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Incredible Greek Restaurant in Budapest, Hungary

When I travel, I always go out of my way to try the local cuisine and experience the culture. This is how I've come across many of my favorite foods, and is in fact one of my favorite parts of traveling. Admittedly, however, I also have my limits when it comes to foods my system can handle (I'm looking at you, fried crickets in Thailand). I've had many wonderful experiences eating non-local cuisines as well - from a delicious Peruvian restaurant in Geneva, Switzerland where I introduced by Economics professor to Peruvian food, to today's post: Greek food in the heart of Budapest.

While visiting the Hungary's beautiful capital city, we indulged in lovely langos, great goulash, and succulent stuffed cabbage, which were all fantastic. Despite how tasty the food was, we could not help ourselves when, less than ten minutes' walk from our accommodation, we discovered a Greek restaurant. My partner was initially hesitant to try it, as he wanted to eat locally, but once we realized it was open late on the day we returned home late and hungry, our fate was sealed.

A selection of some of the delicious Hungarian food from our trip to Hungary - left to right goulash served in a bread bowl, langos, and another meat stew similar to goulash.

Although slightly unassuming from the outside, when we made our way into the restaurant we were blown away. All it took was one step from the grey street into the brightly-colored inside of this restaurant to make us feel as though we had been transported straight to one of the Greek islands. We were impressed by the decor of the restaurant - and that was before we saw their extensive menu.

The ground floor of Dionysos Taverna is set up to look like a taverna, right down to the stone streets of places like Paros or Mykonos. The walls were whitewashed, the window shutters painted bright shades of blue and teal, and there were Greek accents, like vases, ceramics, traditional artwork, and vegetation everywhere the eye could see. It felt like an escape to Greece, contained within the walls of the restaurant.

Greece or Hungary? You tell me.

On the second floor, there was an artistically curated section of seating which looked like it had literally been imported from Greece. Greek mosaics and paintings lined the walls, blue and white checkered tablecloths covered the tables, and impressive attention-to-detail could be seen throughout: from Hungarian and English writing in a Greek-style font to an intricate tray set up to represent a serving of Greek coffee, the design was impeccable - right down to the brikki! Above that floor was a more modern section that clearly had still been designed with Greek accents, albeit in a more refined way with more toned-down colors. It looked like a more private area where one would host a party or small gathering. It was beautiful and only added to the charm of this establishment. The staircase connecting all of the floors appeared as though it was one of the whitewashed stone stairways commonly found throughout Greece.

Everyone traveling with us was super-impressed by the restaurant. The food was also tasty, but I must say that the vibe and decoration overshadowed the food simply because the design was so creative and eye-catching! I've been to Greek restaurants (outside of Greece) with tasteful decor, but Dionysos Taverna took it to a whole other level. Even the bathrooms were beautiful (and impeccably maintained)!

A blue-and-white checkered tablecloth with a spread of colorfully-plated Greek dishes on the tabletop.
Obligatory photo of some of the dishes we ordered, since the main reason we visited was to eat, after all!

Overall, it was a really cool experience to visit this restaurant and we were all glad we went. Even though we were thousands of miles away, it felt like a little escape to Greece. I think it's special how the culture of Greece can permeate borders and languages and still manage to welcome people no matter how far away.

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