Years ago, this time of the year usually meant that the hospitality industry of the area would freeze just like the lake itself – however, many of them stay open all through the seasons these days. We rounded up 34 restaurants where we can stop by through our wintertime Balaton-adventures: wine-bistros, gastro-pubs, hidden apartment-restaurants, and even the hidden cellar of an aristocrat’s castle are among them.
Alsóörs Marina, Alsóörs – Elegant and cozy at once, the selection of the yacht club is shaped with the help of a well-known gastronomic consultant, Viktor Segal, and we can try it on any day of the year.
Carpaccio Restaurant, Alsóörs – The bests aren’t always the ones that spent the most time in school, and Carpaccio in Alsóörs is a great example of that – we can have light Italian courses here from 10am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 5pm on Sundays.
Sáfránkert Restaurant, Paloznak – Fresh ingredients, seasonal meals, Homola-wines, and the unmatched tranquility of Paloznak. Thanks to plans to elongate the season, we can enjoy the idyll from Thursday to Sunday, between noon and 9:30pm.
Márga Bistro, Csopak – Although the staff has changed, the quality remains the same here. Knowing MÁRGA, they’ll come up with some seasonal deliciousness for winter as well when they are open every day from noon to 9:30pm, with the exception of Tuesdays and Wendesdays.
Petrányi Cellar, Csopak – István Petrányi, the head of one of Ford’s branch companies, has been managing a winery at Csopak’s hillside for many years, and he decided to open a wine terrace as well last summer – and it has a fantastic view. István and his wife has been distancing themselves from running the company while they keep getting closer to the hospitality industry, which means that we can have rethought homely meals here in winter as well. They are taking a break in January, but they will be back for February.
Vígmolnár Csárda, Csopak – Vígmolnár used to be the home of a water mill in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and today, it operates as a quietly elegant, rethought inn that we can visit every day except for Wednesdays.
Bistro Sparhelt, Balatonfüred – An eye-catching design, a talented chef, seasonal meals, and Instagram-worthy creations – Sparhelt is rightfully one of the most popular restaurants of Balaton. They are open from Wednesday to Sunday, between noon and 10pm.
Morzsa Bistro, Balatonfüred – Morzsa started out as a food truck but now it operates as a bistro in Balatonfüred where they implement the original bistro-philosophy: they make good meals quickly and simply. They’re open every day.
Nem Kacsa Restaurant, Balatonfüred – Nem Kacsa Restaurant in Balatonfüred is the second place that is managed by the ambitious crew of Bistro Sparhelt. The new spot is just as unconventional as its older brother – we can try their unusual courses from Wednesday to Sunday, between noon and 10pm.
Villa Vitae, Balatonfüred – The white wooden tables of the Mediterranean villa’s east-facing restaurant not only provide an amazing view, but they are also packed with great courses – however, these cost more than the meals of an average Balaton-bistro. We can come here all through winter but we have to make a reservation in advance.
Apáti Restaurant and Café, Sajkod – Apáti in Sajkod is the place to visit if we don’t have the time and funds to go to Naples for a pizza – the quality will be almost the same. They are open from 11am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 11am to 8pm on Sunday.
Neked Főztem Gastropub, Zánka – They started out as a beach buffet and now they have one of the trendsetting restaurants of the area of Zánka, with a continuously changing selection and ingredients straight from local producers. In January and February, we can eat here on every weekend starting from noon until 9pm.
Káli Art Inn, Köveskál – We can stay at Káli Art Inn boutique hotel all year round, but if we make a reservation in advance, we can also stop by for dinner.
Kővirág Pension and Restaurant, Köveskál – Kővirág is one of the bests of the Balaton Uplands today – it’s safe to say that it became a fashionable destination. Their selection changes daily, and we can enjoy the Provencal atmosphere in the fall as well: with the exception of Tuesday and Wednesday, they are open every day until the end of October; starting from November, we can eat here from Friday to Sunday, between noon and 10pm.
Mi a kő, Köveskál – Tamás Trombitás used to make statues but he’s been managing his winery and restaurant in Köveskál where they prefer Hungarian cuisine. They’re open from noon to 9pm on weekdays, and from 10am to 9pm on weekends – don’t forget to make a reservation.
Borbarátok, Badacsonytomaj – Although Borbarátok, a restaurant, cellar, and guesthouse created by a group of friends is only open until the first weekend of January, it’s definitely worth a visit – they are open from 11:30am to 9pm.
Villa Kabala, Szigliget – The former Mediterranean-style villa of painter István Farkas is now a place where they make rethought Hungarian meals that we can taste every day from noon to 9:30pm. Those who don’t want to eat can enjoy the view with a glass of wine in hand. They will be closed between 8 January and 18 January.
Papa Áron Pince, Hegymagas – Papa Áron is one of the coolest faces of Szent György-hegy, but it’s hard to describe what they actually do. One thing is for sure: their apartment restaurant is unique in the area. They remain open in winter: we can have dinner here on Friday and Saturday if we make a reservation in advance.
Bock Bistro Balaton, Vonyarcvashegy – Following Budapest, renowned restaurant-owner Lajos Bíró conquered Lake Balaton as well by adding the restaurant in Zenit Hotel to the chain of Bock-restaurants. Meanwhile he also showed that Hungarian-cuisine can look good on the menus of elegant restaurants.
Kastélypince, Keszthely – We can have lunch at the surprisingly modern restaurant hidden under Festetics Palace’s Baroque magnificence every day from 10am to 5pm. However, as this is a cellar, we can also taste an abundance of local wines here.
Oliva Hotel and Restaurant, Veszprém – From the outside, it’s a Baroque-style building from the 18th century, while inside is a restaurant of Mediterranean atmosphere with a Hungarian-style menu – and they are open all year round.
Villa Medici Hotel & Restaurant, Veszprém – The kitchen of Csaba Amrein is among the bests of the city. They’re ever day from noon to 10pm.
GUSTO13, Veszprém – The renowned restaurant, Chianti returned with a new name and concept at the end of November: they traded the former elegance for a bistro-vibe. We can try the new selection every day from 8am to 10pm.
Kreinbacher Winery, Somlóvásárhely – Kreinbacher Winery is not only known for its wines, champagnes, and award-winning design, but also for its quality bistro-restaurant that we can try every day from noon to 10pm.
Pura Vida Dine, Tapolca – We can enjoy the mix of the countryside atmosphere and Spanish Mediterranean vibes even in winter. We can experience how well black clams get on with traditional chicken meals at the middle of the historic town’s centre from Wednesday to Sunday.
Terazzo Bistro & Bar, Sümeg – Hidden on the hillside of Sümeg, this spot vibrates a Mediterranean atmosphere even in winter. This is paired with an exceptional kitchen, and a terrace with an amazing view – open from Thursday to Sunday, between noon and 9pm.
Fenyves Yacht Club, Balatonfenyves – Balaton-shore, Angus beef, rosé duck breast; all of this in the middle of a yacht club. The design-award winning restaurant of Balatonfenyves’ yacht club operates even in winter. They are open from 7am to 9pm every day, and these opening hours can be expanded if we talk to them in advance.
Mango Restaurant & Café, Balatonlelle – Mango is located a few minutes of walk away from the boat stop Balatonlelle – they’ve put themselves on the culinary-map of Lake Balaton with a really good bistro kitchen. They are open all through the week, from 11:30am to 10pm.
BL Yachtclub, Balatonlelle – Besides the chance to rent boats, the yacht club of Balatonlelle has so many other services that they can easily stay open during the year. Culinary delights are always in season here, just like the ice rink right now.
Chateau Visz Gourmet Restaurant, Visz – One of Hungary’s few fine dining restaurants outside of the capital is located in the aristocratic Chatau Visz where we can feel like a noble with their three, four, five, or seven course menus from Wednesday to Sunday.
Kistücsök Restaurant, Balatonszemes – During the past 20 years, Kistücsök turned from a traditional inn into a top notch restaurant under the leadership of Balázs Csapody. We can try the renowned meals of Kistücsök, they will be only closed between 8 January and 18 January.
Rozmaring Kiskert Restaurant and Pizzeria, Siófok – Chef Sanyi and Waiter Sanyi keep working so that people can have the best pizza of Balaton in this hidden corner of Siófok. They went on a break around Christmas, but soon they will be back and stay open from Wednesday to Sunday.
Always make sure to double check if your chosen restaurant will be open at the time of your planned visit.
Translated by Emma Póli