ESCA

4.7
68 reviews
$31 to $50
European
Progressive gourmet restaurant in the heart of Budapest with a few tables and an open kitchen for your best experience since 2015.

The foundation of our menu is the naturality of the ingredients which came from organic and sustainable farms from the region.

chef - Gábor Fehér

Our winelist contains 100% natural wines from around Europe. Each bottle is carefully selected by Szofi by nature considering the winemakers philosophy and concentrating on the uniqueness of the wines.


We are open only for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday
Dinner:
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
What 68 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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peky
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly and outstanding service with a little scandinavian style. One of my favourite

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KateV
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 5-course blind tasting menu is an excellent choice. Ciders are unique but would recommend to go with wine as that what’s the restaurant is specialized in.

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ZoltanK
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always. We had tasting menu with wine pairing.
Food was delicious, wine pairings were great.
Coffee was amazing too.

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MateS
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! Great service, great food, amazing value for money!

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AAAAA
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Actually the restaurant was not open and nobody was there.
I tried to reach by phone to the number given in the confirmation mail, however the number was not active.
I'm wondering why you accepted reservation and kept sending the reminder to me. In the end you are asking the feedback even though the restaurant does not operate.
I don't know whose fault this is but please improve the communication with restaurant, otherwise I will not come to this restaurant again.
I was terribly upset in that night.

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DominicC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Had the chefs tasting 5 course menu with the accompanying wines. It was delicious. The aubergine fritter with Parsley sauce and the squid among the stunning highlights.
The wines paired with each course were equally wonderful. All very carefully and perfectly selected.
All in all a great evening of great food and wine.
Thank you

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SandorK
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. The food excellent and the service proffessional.

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HadzsalaK
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic little restaurant, very creative nordic kitchen, amazing value.

One of the hidden gems in Budapest!

Thank You

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CheryllV
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing about this place: The food, staff, service, everything. I 100% recommend this if you are looking for a place with a nice ambience and great quality food and wine.

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Dora
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Esca is super cool and the service is super kind!🦄 thanks again!

We will come back!

Food&wine 5*

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited ESCA before and it was amazing experience just like now. The taste of the food was exquisite also we loved the organic wines. ESCA is absolutely one of our favourite restaurant.

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Tanja
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the food a lot. Outstanding dishes!
Although the music was quite energetic we had a really relaxed evening. Highly recommended!

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HelgeB
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It can be intimidating to see that the menu only offers the single option of 20 courses, with the possibility of a wine pairing. («Will there be 20 sets of knives and forks? Where do I begin?»)

Eating at Esca was an amazing experience, with both a chef and waiter who excelled at their jobs. The 20 courses can be described as 20 mouthfulls of beautifully balanced flavours and textures, paired with natural wines. Think of it as a 3-course meal divided into 20 distinct experiences: it will look small on your plate, but you won’t leave hungry. (And you won’t want to leave Hungary (I’ll see myself out.))

The playlist was instrumental with and the room itself with its high ceiling and reserved lighting made the whole experience a relaxing affair - the only stress I experiences was trying to remember to grab a picture of each course before taking a bite to remember what we just experienced afterwards.

Absolute highlight was the radiating pride and joy from the chef on the occasions where he came out to serve certain courses himself.

We will be coming back whenever we’re passing through Budapest.

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OpenTable Diner
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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IsabelleT
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very tasty and creative food but the portions are far too small. Very expensive restaurant

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Tamas
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! It was very special experience for us. The foods were delicious and the service was extraordinary. We recommend to visit this restaurant for everybody.

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Elisabeth
Berlin
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for the lovely evening. The hole menu was outstanding delicious and the service was nice and professional.

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TheBugs26
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We feel very lucky to have experienced the cooking of chef Gábor Fehér on Monday. Wonderful imaginative food and relaxed service. Very special, thank you.
Also thought it quite amazing that you are shut Saturday and Sunday-good for you, everyone needs a weekend!!
We shall definitely return to the beautiful city of Budapest and this special restaurant.

Cutting edge food right up there with the best of the best.
Bel&Stephen

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Dalma
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique menu with interesting wine selection, both unusual and exciting (in absulutely the good meaning). The studio restaurant itself has a very nice atmosphere, with very polite and well-prepared service.

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BarbaraS
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! 12 courses that take you on a full journey, that perfectly mixes the modern cuisine with the local hungarian food of our childhood.
Will definitely come back!

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AlexisT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Food was excellent and up to the price of the unique menu.
However was disappointing as it was impossible to engage any discussion with the waiter, he was focused on jus computer most of the time

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Viktor
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best fine dining restaurant in Budapest. The atmosphere is very unique and the chef is simply a genius!!!

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MatthewR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good, however the wine pairing was a bit disappointing. Then being told that the wine pairing doesn't begin until the third course so you have to buy extra wine for the start of the meal was a bit off. The waiter tried to take my partner's plate away before she had finished and did take away her wine glass before it was finished. Was very expensive.

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HannahG
Cork
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience of ESCA was fantastic. There are no menu choices but a gluten free and pescatarian diet were accommodated. The service was fantastic. The restaurant is intimate with just one chef and one waiter.

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Paulinestouthart
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very original taste , presentation and food
Natural wines witch combined perfect with the food
Nice place,Although we had a private diner on a Tuesday evening.

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Renette
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Felt pretentious. Chef was I the dining room and didn’t even interact with diners. Three tables occupied so lacked ambience. Nothing memorable and wouldn’t return

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MortenS
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Very Nice place, good vines. Lovely friendly waiter nowing all about the wine. Fantastic food. Loved the place and we have both been working in kitchen for 25 years

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Christensen
Kiel & SH
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening with perfect food and Service. The next time we visit Budapest we will definitly eat there again.

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vipBren
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Superb service but was let down by the dietary restriction that wasn't catered for even tho it was specifically stated when the reservation was made.
Wine pairing complemented the dishes perfectly well.
Overall dishes were good but was just expecting more creativity from the Japanese inspired Chicken Yakitori dish.

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viphungryEyeUK
London
31 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was well-crafted, though small portions. Restaurant has a relaxed, Nordic vibe. Good place for a date.

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OpenTable Diner
Greece
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a small restaurant so it felt cozy but you wouldn’t feel like the other diners are encroaching on your space. The four-course menu I tried was superb and the wine-paring on point. Extremely affordable.

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DavidP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had a fantastic dinner at ESCA. The ambiance was great and we all enjoyed the intimate, quiet, and welcoming environment. We all had the full menu and enjoyed every aspect of it. The food was beautifully prepared and certainly tasted as great as it looked. It was without a doubt one of the best meals we have had in a long time. The service was great as well. Our host, Róbert, was very attentive to us throughout the evening. He was polite, friendly, and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend ESCA to anyone who wants to enjoy a nice, sit-down meal in Budapest.

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Kasper
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Sand in leech. Not compensated. And too small glasses of Wine.

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EllenK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 8 course menu with wine pairing and it was simply amazing. All the wines were natural wines and it was a new experience for us. All of them where lovely and paired perfectly with the Food. The Food was cooked to perfection, good quality ingredients put together to create fantastic flavours and texture. Service was verry friendly!

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EszterB
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It is a well designed nice studio restaurant with excellent quality of food.

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Tobias
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant, very friendly waiter. We were the only visitors that night, which normally would make me feel weird, but in this small, cosy restaurant, it just felt nice.

Waiter was attentive and pleasant. Sometimes it was hard to hear what he said, but it may have been a language-barrier.

We had the full 8-course meal with wine pairings. The food was really good, some very suprising dishes, and just enough food to feel satisfied but not over-full. The wine pairing was really good, many different flavours and types of natural wines.

I would definitely recommend people to come here!

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ZsanettS
Hungary
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has a very unique vibe, that kind of atmosphere is very rare in Budapest. The food was amazing, and I love the philosophy behind the whole concept.
They have the half and full manu. Just a tip: do not underestimate the full one because it was more than enough :)

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StephenM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue/ambiance was fantastic. Great to be able to see the chef at work. The host Robert was very attentive to our needs and explained each course and wine accompliment.
In our opinion, there should have been a balance of white and red wines as part of the in flight service, and red wine really needs to be room temperature not chilled!!
We were not offered coffee at th end so we’re not sure if this was available if we wanted it or not.
The food was very inventive indeed and tastes that we have never experienced anywhere else. Michelin star standard we would say.

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SerenaM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic fine dining, we had the 8 course tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was really good, amazing flavours and cooked perfectly. The wines were all organic and natural wines and very well matched. I will go back for sure!

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ZsomborO
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing! We ate a full seasonal 8 course menu with the natural wines.

FAQs

ESCA is rated 4.7 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.