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37 remarkable restaurants at Lake Balaton that stay open in the fall season

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Monday, October 10, 2016 — László Tucsni

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky/We Love Balaton

When it comes to the perks of Balaton in the autumn, besides that it is best to take a tour around the magnificent lake at this time of the year, the remarkable restaurants that keep their doors open all through autumn time are also one of the very top advantages. An ever-increasing number of eateries are open in the autumn at Lake Balaton, but still in most towns all we face are closed gates. We assembled a list of places near the lakeside, where it is worthwhile to wander when you’re hungry, and compared to previous years, we found so much more – altogether 37 great restaurants.

North Shore

Chianti Restaurant, Veszprém – Chianti started out as an Italian eatery, but instead it became one of the pioneers of rural gastronomy. They are always charging forward, during the whole year, sometimes holding exciting wine-infused dinners.

Villa Medici Hotel & Restaurant, Veszprém – Another renowned restaurant in Veszprém doesn’t close its gates either; guests can stay at the hotel, sip on delicious drinks in the Nostalgia Garden, and devour fine-dining dinners all year long here.

Fricska, Veszprém – Tasty burgers and fine glasses of wine are still the stars on the shore of Lake Séd.

Oliva Hotel & Restaurant, Veszprém – Chef Balázs Tornyos’s kitchen is heated up all year long in the center of Veszprém, and yes, they do have a famous chocolate heaven dessert.

Carpaccio Restaurant, Alsóörs – You can still try the tasty dishes of Carpaccio’s Italian menu every day until the end of October, and during the weekends from November onwards.

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky/We Love Balaton

Sáfránkert Restaurant, Paloznak – They have already switched to the autumn timetable, which means that they are always open, except for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Söptei Winery & Restaurant, Csopak – They await all guests with a fine restaurant and award-winning Rieslings until October 15th; from then on, they are only open during weekends, and they close for the winter.

Márga Bistro, Csopak – They would not only like to keep the restaurant open all year long, but also encourage the whole region to do so, thus it is worthwhile to knock on their door any weekend. They are only closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Vígmolnár Csárda, Csopak – It is rare that we can pop in to such a great eatery anytime, but Vígmolnár really always welcomes guests. They only take one day off per week: Wednesday.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/We Love Budapest

Bistro Sparhelt, Balatonfüred – The staff is only off on Tuesdays; on any other days, Balázs Elek’s beloved kitchen operates in full swing.

Nem Kacsa Restaurant, Balatonfüred – This unit of Sparhelt’s team was only opened this year; it will definitely be open until the end of October, between Thursdays and Mondays.

Baricska Csárda, Balatonfüred – The rethought traditional Hungarian courses are cooked here from Wednesday to Monday, in the autumn and in the winter alike. It is recommended to pop in, even for just a tasty apple pie.

Kredenc Wine Bistro, Balatonfüred – Even if Kredenc is not really a restaurant, besides flavorsome wines, they still offer a few more simple and seasonal courses during weekends. And we’re absolutely sure they’ll be open all year long.

Karolina Fűszerkertje, Tihany – The new chef, introduced in the summer, will not be lazy in the autumn, or during winter; at most, they’ll close the terrace, but only if the weather gets really bad.

Apáti Restaurant & Café, Tihany – They surely make outstanding pizzas every weekend until the end of November.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi/We Love Budapest

Neked Főztem Gastropub, Zánka – They opened during the summer, but immediately aimed at being open throughout the whole year. You can try tasty and seasonal dishes here anytime.

Kővirág Restaurant, Köveskál – In the Káli Basin’s version of Kazinczy Street, life never stops, and the kitchen is open all year long; don’t forget to try their túrógombóc (Hungarian cottage-cheese dumplings in a sweet sauce)

Miakő, Köveskál – Tamás Trombitás’s team doesn’t close up for the autumn either, and they might even continue the fresh tradition of pig slaughtering that they started a few years ago together with other eateries of the area.

Káli Art Inn, Köveskál – A whole gastro village works together for the Káli Art Inn; if you check-in ahead, you can find out what they’re cooking and whether they have any seats left.

Káli Gourmet Bistro & Deli, Köveskál – They reserve the right to stay closed if the weather turns bad, but according to the plans, they will be open during the weekends in October.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi/We Love Budapest

Borbarátok, Badacsony – They feature a full autumn package with accommodation and wine tasting included, but you can always just drop by for a succulent Magyar stew.

Pura Vida Dine, Tapolca – They are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but from Wednesday to Sunday they await their guests with tasty lunches and dinners. Keep in mind that the kitchen is closed from 3pm-6pm!

Bakos Attila Vendéglője, Szigliget – They await visitors with homey dishes and photos of countless famous guests hanging on the wall every day except for Tuesdays.

Bock Bistro, Vonyarcvashegy – The Balaton bistro of Lajos Bíró is on track all year long.

Télikert, Keszthely – Dani Bezerics’s wintertime unit is open from October 15th, and until spring, they entice guests with lunch menus, à la carte dishes, and weekend parties.

Paletta, Keszthely – This year for the first time, Paletta is not taking a winter break; they are open from Friday evening until around lunchtime on Sunday.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi/We Love Budapest

South Shore

Kristinus Wine Estate, Kéthely – They only close up at the end of December, and during the first two weeks of January; otherwise, life is always bustling at this high-tech wine estate.

Hubertus-Hof Hotel & Restaurant, Balatonfenyves – Good news for the lovers of Angus beef: Hubertus-Hof awaits everyone throughout the whole year.

BL Yachtclub, Balatonlelle – They have plenty of programs planned for the rest of the year, from Christmas Markets to a winter regatta series. No question at all whether they’ll be open in the winter.

Mango Restaurant & Café, Balatonlelle – The promenade at Balatonlelle will not be empty in the winter; Mango features a fusion of Mediterranean and Magyar cuisine, and some weekend programs both in the autumn and in the winter.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi/We Love Budapest

Rádpuszta Csárda & Leisure Center, Balatonlelle-Rádpuszta – This restaurant superpower operates all year long, with a bullwhip, meats made in a charcoal oven, and with lots of goods.

Chateau Visz, Visz-Berencspuszta – Fine dining doesn’t hibernate in the winter, if you ever feel like a duke, Chateau Visz is always awaiting you.

Kistücsök Restaurant, Balatonszemes – Kistücsök stands strong throughout all 12 months.

Déli Part BBQ, Szántód – At the moment, they are open during weekends, and let’s hope they don’t change their mind!

Mala Garden, Siófok – Far Eastern flavors, while the golden brown leaves are falling down… umm, and also when the trees turn green, yellow, brown, bare, or any other colors.

And those who close soon

Hegyi Csárda, Balatonlelle, Kishegy – In October and November they are only open upon request from bigger groups.

Szászi Cellar, Hegymagas – It is worthwhile to keep an eye on Szászi, as there will surely be some special occasions when they open up their gates.

Photo: Tamás Kőrösi/We Love Budapest

To be on the safe side, always check the places’ Facebook pages before wandering all the way there, just to make sure they’re open!

This list is not ultimate; if you think we left out a few good ones, just let us know in a comment!

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