Set between the bright theatre lights of Budapest’s own mini-Broadway on Nagymező utca, the Komédiás Kávéház recalls the grandeur of bohemian café life. This small restaurant and café carries the air and charm of a French bistro in 1920s Paris, yet there is still something distinctly Hungarian about it.
With vintage photographs of operetta stars lining the wooden stairway up to the first floor, and the inviting soundtrack of evergreen tunes and classic pieces from the live piano on the ground floor, this family-owned café captures the essence of Budapest’s theatre district.
Mirror-lined walls are punctuated with frescoes and ambient lighting, and the Komédiás Kávéház is the ideal stop-off point to fuel a night at the theatre or a day’s stroll shopping on Andrássy út.
The food blends Hungarian traditional cuisine with the French bistro style. The portions are generous, the dishes are beautifully presented and above all the taste lives up to the expectations promised by its elegant and warm interior.
The starter plates are great to share in a group, like the cheese platter, served with crusty bread and accompanying fruit, ideal when washed down with some Hungarian wine before attacking the main course. To take the edge off winter’s chill, the French Onion Soup comes served in a bowl of hollowed-out crusty bread or the creamy Garlic Soup, with a homemade pogácsa, will be sure to warm you up.
The great thing about the menu is the selection of vegetarian-friendly dishes. For those who cannot get enough cheese, the Breaded Camembert with Cranberry Sauce and Baked Apples carries a festive flair. Served up with delicious potato croquettes, this simple dish marries the rich and creamy Camembert with the tart flavours of the cranberries and the sweetness of the apple.
However, for something less indulgent, there is a selection of tasty tartines both with vegetarian-friendly fillings or those served with meat.
The Roasted Goose Leg, served with steamed and then fried potatoes alongside a portion of sweet red cabbage with just a hint of clove, is ideal for the cold and crisp winter evenings, or the Goose Breast Fillets Cooked in Tokaj Wine and served with succulent grapes also satisfies both hunger and the taste buds.
The Hungarian kitchen is well-known for its desserts, and most of the classics have a starring appearance on the menu, but for something especially seasonal try the Chestnut Pancake filled with creamy chestnut puree and topped off with hot chocolate sauce and nuts.
The vintage appeal of the Komédiás Kávéház makes it a great location to relax and enjoy a leisurely meal. It’s easy to pop in for a quick bite – whether you’re just interested in a warming soup or a sweet, to lavish multicourse dinners. The seating upstairs is comfortable and the warm lighting paired with the mirrors gives the venue an ambience and accessibility for any occasion.
Whether you are dressed up for the theatre and you want to enjoy a pre-show meal or an after-production feast as you discuss the latest in the current operetta season, or on a romantic date or a meal with friends, the Komédiás Kávéház is a multipurpose venue that caters to any occasion While there is a feeling of understated elegance, there is no dress code and the atmosphere is comfortably informal.
Even though it is open all year, there is something magical about this small Budapest bistro in the wintertime, when there is snow in the air, roast goose on your plate and the lights from the theatre flashing through the window.
Open: Monday-Friday – 8am-12am
Saturday-Sunday – 1pm-12am
(a 15% service charge is added to the bill.)
Starters: HUF 900-2,690
Mains: HUF 1,490-5,490
Desserts: HUF 880-1,250