When will the restaurants by Lake Balaton reopen?


  • We Love Balaton

06/04/2015 2.00am

April and May are here to wake up those of our favourite Balaton restaurants, which choose winter hibernation instead of all-year-round opening. We revised our list dating from January and found that there are Italian pizza with Pavarotti and real Hungarian pickles cream soup available in April.

Photo: Baricska Csárda

Baricska Csárda, Balatonfüred


The planned opening date for Baricska Csárda is 17 April, until then, try Chianti Restaurant, the Veszprém-based brother of Baricska.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Code Zero, Csopak


You'll have to wait until 1 May to see the opening of the containers that cook great beef ribs marinated in Port wine, by then, probably a fleet of sailors will be banging their doors for a manly portion of meat.

Photo: Ferenc-pince Csárda

Ferenc-pince Csárda, Tihany


Mid-march, one of our favourite Balaton csárdas decided it was time to prepare for the season, so if you happen to pass by, drop in to see whether the pickles cream soup could make it to the menu again. The csárda promises full opening after Easter - only Tuesday remains a rest day, as it's their tradition.

Photo: Karolina Fűszerkertje

Karolina Fűszerkertje, Tihany


Found (in part) on the terrace of the Echo Residence Hotel, the restaurant of Karolina Fűszerkertje awaits everyone with an Easter menu of lamb rump and rabbit ragout soup with thyme, hence it's definitely worth a try - plus, granny Karolina won't let you leave hungry and that's a fact.

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky /WeLoveBalaton

Kerekes Pince, Balatonalmádi


Balatonalmádi's Kerekes-pince also switched into standard open mode as on 5 April with an Easter overture and a pork roast. Visit them in any weekend from now on.

Photo: Ádám Kiss /WeLoveBalaton

Mauro Ristorante, Zamárdi


The Italian of Zamárdi, the adored/hated Mauro Ristorante has a countdown clock on its website as huge as the 'Ciao!' its waiters shout at guests entering. closed down for winter. Based on this modest timepiece, we presume the place will start pouring pizzas and Pavarotti arias on us from 22 April.

Photo: Miklós Szabó / Márga Bistro

Márga Bistro (Closed)


We already wrote about the changes coming to the restaurant of Szent Donát Winery - only the panorama and the wines remain unchanged. Márga wants to deliver superior quality with new wave food and the manager of a top restaurant in Budapest. You can also test the test mode on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout April.

Photo: Öreg Harang

Öreg Harang Tavern & Restaurant, Hévíz


Gault&Millau Hungary's Eatery of the Year 2013, the Öreg Harang Borozó reheats its kitchen on 1 April.

Photo: László Bagi - We Love Balaton

Pajta Gallery, Salföld


The meeting place of artists in Salföld started its spring term at Easter. We wouldn't be surprised if the hundreds of pictures on the walls were joined by new ones this year.

Spoon Lodge and Spoon Il Mercato, Balatonakarattya


Akarattya's Il Mercato begins serving pastas and pizzas (sans Pavarotti) from 1 May, and the same goes for the other Spoon joint, Spoon Lodge, although with Far Eastern dishes.

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Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Kővirág Pension and Restaurant


8274 Köveskál, Fő út 9/a

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Köveskál is always worth a visit. One of the best spots in town, Kővirág was slightly transformed at the end of January. Check out the new design on Fridays, Saturdays,  and Sundays in April.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Mi a kő, Köveskál


Not only Kővirág, Mi a kő has also re-opened in Köveskál - the owner, Tamás Trombitás and his team are sharing photos of the almond blossom and the marrow and tripe on Facebook.

Photo: László Balkányi /WeLoveBalaton

Söptei, Csopak


The Söptei Winery and Restaurant in Csopak reopened in February. For now it operates in weekend mode, which means that it is open from Thursday to Sunday. You might want to check out the Vígmolnár Csárda as well.

Photo: László Balkányi /WeLoveBalaton

Malackrumpli Bistro, Balatonfüred (Closed)


The popular Malackrumpli is a typical summer spot, but its opening is less than certain. The managing „black sheep”, Tamás Járosi stated in his year evaluation that they are unsure whether to open, since they are dissatisfied with themselves. We, among many, however have been satisfied with them, so we sincerely hope that Malackrumpli will return.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Kistücsök Restaurant, Balatonszemes


The south shore stronghold, Kistücsök is already past its winter break. The restaurant has been open every day since 16 January. This time of the year, the season's menu is not the only attraction of the place: most of the other trendy restaurants and buffets around are still closed.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Hegyi Csárda, Balatonlelle-Kishegy


The two popular restaurants of Balatonlelle's Kishegy, Majthényi Press House and Hegyi Csárda will reopen on 1 May..

Photo: Krisztina Bordács /WeLoveBalaton

Majthényi Press House, Balatonlelle-Kishegy


Although the place only reopens in May, Majthényi Press House still receives groups with advance booking in the mean time.

Photo: Lanka Sebestyén/WeLoveBalaton

BL Bavaria Yachtclub restaurant, Balatonlelle


The restaurant of the BL Bavaria Yachtclub in Balatonlelle has joined the line of noteworthy hamburger spots, which you can test already, since the restaurant and its patio reopened on 1 April 2015.

Photo: Viktória Vilhelm/Marina Gyros & Hamburger

Marina Gyros & Hamburger, Balatonföldvár


You already have a place to sit down outside in Balatonfüred: the popular Marina Gyros & Hamburger in the marina opened as early as 6 March.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Vögyhíd Café, Kőröshegy


The Völgyhíd Café under the Kőröshegy Viaduct waited with the opening until the national holiday of 15 March.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Paletta Bistrobar and Vinoteca, Balatonboglár


In 2014, we fell in love with the newly opened Paletta Bistro in Balatonboglár with its excellent hamburgers and sail shades. This year, we'll have to wait relatively long for the opening: Paletta is expected to return to business on 1 May. By then, at least the weather will certainly be right for lounging on the patio.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Kikötő Restaurant, Szigliget


Szigliget's Kikötő Restaurant opened before Oszi bácsi, the neighbour even thought of buying the flour, but the first sailboats were already be on the Lake: in March.

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