Dio Restaurant Is Permanantly Closed

This was the official website for the Michelin rated restaurant, Dio in Budapest.
The restaurant has permanently closed according to Yelp reviewers.
The content is from the site's archived pages as well as from outside reviews.


Address: 1051 Budapest, Sas str. 4.

Phone: (+36) 1 328-0360
Fax: (+36) 1 328-0361

Restaurant manager:  Tünde Váradi, Szilárd Kovács

Opening hours:
Monday - Sunday: 12:00 - 24:00

Dió Restaurant & Bar,  a new pearl of gastronomy in Budapest, can be found in the heart of the city, at the beginning of Sas street.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is characterized by the harmony of contrasts Hungarian folk motives merged with a clear modern design. This harmony is supplemented by specialties of the Hungarian cuisine, representing traditional and popular dishes in a modern style and form rich in fantasy.

The cuisine of Dió Restaurant & Bar mixes ancient Hungarian ingredients and spices with the elements of modern gastronomic culture. It meets the requirements of the guest of today not only in terms of tastes and look but the restaurant also differs as far as the trend represented by the restaurants offering traditional Hungarian courses is concerned.

Our target is to make the unbelievably rich world of Hungarian dishes, ingredients and tastes popular together with the wine and brandy (pálinka) specialties of Hungarian wineries.

While staving off their hunger, the guests of Dió Restaurant & Bar will enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic adventure and get acquainted with the modern side of the Hungarian cuisine still unknown for many.

Dió Restaurant & Bar offers an excellent site for different events no matter whether a family party, dinner for friends, business lunch, business meeting or a press conference is organized. Our staff is always ready to make every effort to fulfill the wishes of our guests to make the event unforgettable for them.


The restaurant can seat 75 guests at tables in its only room. If buffet service is ordered, max. 60 persons can be seated conveniently. Such a service is available to min. 40 persons.

Our summer terrace is capable of seating 40 guests.


  • birthdays
  • company parties
  • press conferences
  • wedding parties



Grey cattle goulash soup with small dumplings
Lecsó slices of beef tenderloin with morel and foie gras accompanied by homemade pasta
Apple and cranberry pancake with green apple sorbet


Salt cured salmon trout with curd cheese mousse
Grilled pike-pearch fillet with crayfish risotto
Crme brlée


Green pea salad with goat cheese and caviar pie
Morel mushroom cream soup with plum dumpling
Dill lecsó with squash and egg
Chocolate strudel with blackberry mousse


Cold goose liver in its own juice, Beef tartar, mangalica pork sausage, Crayfish tartar, smoked breast of goose, fresh vegetables
Goose liver ravioli in goat cheese sauce
Green Pea salad with goat cheese and caviar pie (V)
Salt cured salmon trout with curd cheese mousse


Grey cattle goulash soup with small dumplings
Homemade meat broth
Morel mushroom cream soup with plum dumpling


Trout fillet with ewe cheese cake and garden sorrel cream
Grilled pike-pearch fillet with crayfish risotto


Baby chicken with creamy asparagus and potatoes
Duck leg confit, served with apple strudel and cabbage potatoes
Breast of duck with Tokai wine and dates barley risotto
Grilled Foie Gras with goat milk pie and pumpkin cream
Mangalica chop with sausage sauce and goat cheese polenta
Crispy shank of pig with roasted cabbage and potato doughnut
Paprika Veal stew with Egg noodles
Veal tenderloin with poppy seed sour cherry and butter parsnip puree
Lecsó slices of beef tenderloin with morel mushroom and goose liver accompanied by homemade pasta
Prime beef tenderloin with bolete sauce and gratinated potatoes
Saddle of Lamb with pear textures
Dill lecsó with squash and Egg (V)


Chocolate strudel with blackberry mousse
Crme brlée
Apple and cranberry pancake with green apple sorbet
Cheese platter served with vanilla loaf




Dió Restaurant & Bar Located on Sas Street near St. Stephan's Basilica, the Dió Restaurant is located just off the tourist trails . A street garden reveals the entrance to the restaurant, which captivates with its interior. Traditional flair with an oriental touch form a harmonious unity, wooden ornaments provide an extraordinary ambience. Stylistic objects bring contemporary interiors in harmony with Hungarian stylistic elements. The Dió Restaurant & Bar consists of a room where the bar is also located. Plants are placed as room and table dividers to provide the necessary privacy so that the food in the comfortable surroundings becomes an experience. Unobtrusively the staff is available for the wishes of the guests. Menu The cuisine of the Dió Restaurant & Bar is characterized by the traditional Hungarian cuisine, which is modern and imaginative. Hungarian ingredients are found in international dishes, resulting in a harmonious mix and exciting combinations of gourmets from all over the world. Various awards reflect the good quality of the cuisine, where fresh ingredients are the top principle when preparing. So we sampled the zanderfilet with river krebssauce and homemade salmon caviar noodles . A choice we did not regret - a spot-fried filet piece with a delicious sauce, which underlined the fish and the noodles in the taste and zerging on the tongue. The aubergine risotto with baked Pannonia cheese was too powerful in the composition, the risotto alone would have been enough. For the dessert, the chef Levente Kovács served us a poppy-seeded pudding with snow-egg ice cream and crème brulée , both worth the calories that these desserts convert into kilos. Summary: A restaurant, which is worth not only because of the food, to be visited. A restaurant tip by Edith Spitzer .


“Good restaurant in Budapest”
Reviewed March 19, 2013
The Dio Restaurant is few steps form Erszebet ter, the central place of Budapest. The dining room is brand new with a special wood decoration very tipical. It is not the tyoical "hungarian food" as you can imagine but is is a sort of modern hungaria with lighter recipes. Price is really high compared to the hungarian averagre. Service is good.
Visited February 2013


Serendipitous Dinner on St. Stephen’s Day”
Reviewed March 6, 2013
***** Henry A
Fort Collins, Colorado
After a long day traveling from the US, my wife and I arrived in Budapest on 20 August, and learned this was St. Stephen’s Day, a national holiday celebrating the founding of Hungary in AD 1000. It appeared that half the population of Hungary had come to Budapest. We met a Canadian couple that had also just arrived at the Budapest Intercontinental Hotel, and the four of us started walking to look for a dinner restaurant. Every place was full with long waits. We asked two young policemen where we might find a less crowded restaurant. They told us to go several blocks down one street and start looking. We spotted the Dio Restaurant & Bar and were seated outside immediately. This turned out to be a most relaxing and leisurely dinner. We ordered a bottle of wine and read over the menu of traditional and more contemporary Hungarian dishes. My dinner of mixed seafood appetizers, salmon main dish and crème Brule dessert was outstanding, to put it mildly. Our waitress was polite and attentive, but never rushed us. Prices were not too high for a major European city. After dinner, we joined thousands watching a huge fireworks show launched from barges on the Danube River.



Reviewed February 1, 2013 
***** evla700
Stockholm, Sweden
Level  Contributor
Nice restaurant with very friendly service. Good food. Nice environment. Traditional Hungarian food. Good value for money
Visited February 2013


 “Great Place to Eat”
Reviewed January 23, 2013
***** Rulawyer
Level  Contributor
Service was excellent, food and wine first class. If you want a good place to eat and an intimate setting, this is the place


Visited December 2012


Reviewed January 9, 2013

“Good food”
Istanbul, Turkey
Level  Contributor
This is a Michelin rated restaurant with excellent food and service. Prices are okay but not cheap- we paid about $150 for a group of 4, including dessert, wine, and tip.
My only complaint is it's very empty. It's a large restaurant, and they had only 4 tables full on a Saturday. That makes for a dead ambiance, but otherwise, great place.
Visited January 2013


“Great Restaurant”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

***** Chris B
Doncaster, United Kingdom

This is a very modern restaurant, nice interior but the music was a little too modern for us. We went there on Monday night and it was almost full with locals which is a good sign. We had no reservation but they gave us a very nice table for two. We started off with meat broth as it was a very cold evening. We looked suprised when it came to the table because it was a clear soup with a chicken drumstick in the middle but the taste was fantastic. We followed this with mangalica pork which was superb and a roasted pork hock with red cabbage, this was also superb. These were very generous portions and so we could only manage a creme brulee between us. The staff were attentive, polite and were more than happy to help us with our choice of food. We thoroughly recommend this restaurant, superb food, good prices and professional staff.
Visited December 2012


 “nice food”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

**** EuropeanArchitect
London, United Kingdom
I went to Dio after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. We went there during peak hours and the place was almost empty. That felt a bit weird. Service was very good. They had TV on which surprised me and distracted me from conversation, food and experience... I am not sure what was the point since all 4 tables didn't care about it. I asked the waiter to switch it off (I know, I know...) and he did. Nice music, good food. I had a steak with a lovely mushroom sauce. Decoration on the plate made from a pinkish sauce was completely dry which I found a bit stupid. My mate had a huge plate of something made out of pork. Tasted great but there was a bit too much on a plate. As a treat from the Chef we were given a duck parfait which tasted ok but was a bit too fatty for my taste. For dessert I asked for apple sorbet ONLY even though you don't have that option in menu. It was ok. Frozen apple mousse. Could taste the ice. Interiors are looking great. Worth visitng. Apparently it belongs to a very rich film producer who owns a LOT of the places around Budapest therefore it isn't highly popular with the locals. It is Hungarian fusion and restaurant is made to be posh.