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ESCA studio restaurant

4.7
4.7
72 Reviews
$31 to $50
European

Chef Gábor Fehér spent most of his culinary career in Budapest, Copenhagen and Paris, decided to open something new in the heart of his hometown.
He opened Esca - Latin for ‘dish prepared for table’ - in its early form in the summer of 2015 and become one of the best gourmet restaurant in Hungary. After five years the restaurant and the chef achieved a higher level and reopened with a new concept and a more elegant interior in January of 2020.

Esca offers a progressive dining experience through a procession of courses prepared in an open kitchen and served to guests of only five tables each night.

With the greatest respect, these ingredients are transformed into the day’s set menu which contains around 20 courses. We offer only natural wines carefully selected by ‘Szofi by nature’ and we believe wine made this way tastes better, is more vibrant and suits our food perfectly.


ESCA MENU 26000 HUF
WINE PAIRING 18000 HUF

service 12,5 %

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Booked 7 times today
  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, Hungarian, Nordic

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    06 30 949 2144

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Fehér Gábor

  • Catering

    If you are interested in catering an event with ESCA please contact us at hello@escastudiorestaurant.com in advance! Occasionally we take some events outdoors or in other venues.

  • Neighborhood

    Budapest

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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What 72 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. GH

    GoethalsH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    the food was delicious! the cook and servant where so kind and you could see that they love what they do. The atmosphere was really intimate because of the lighting and I just loved the whole experience.

  2. TH

    TH2601

    Hungary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Modern, inventive food, great pairings, beautiful room.

  3. F

    Fruzsi

    Hungary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and great ambiance. Our waiter was ready to answer all questions and made recommendations we loved.

  4. K

    Kate

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unique dishes, brilliant ideas, familiar flavours. A small, cosy restaurant with great, friendly service and reasonable prices. One of the best tasting menus in the city!

  5. p

    peky

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, friendly and outstanding service with a little scandinavian style. One of my favourite

  6. K

    Kate

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The 5-course blind tasting menu is an excellent choice. Ciders are unique but would recommend to go with wine as that what’s the restaurant is specialized in.

  7. ZK

    ZoltanK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect as always. We had tasting menu with wine pairing. Food was delicious, wine pairings were great. Coffee was amazing too.

  8. MS

    MateS

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was amazing! Great service, great food, amazing value for money!

  9. AA

    AAAAA

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Actually the restaurant was not open and nobody was there. I tried to reach by phone to the number given in the confirmation mail, however the number was not active. I'm wondering why you accepted reservation and kept sending the reminder to me. In the end you are asking the feedback even though the restaurant does not operate. I don't know whose fault this is but please improve the communication with restaurant, otherwise I will not come to this restaurant again. I was terribly upset in that night.

  10. DC

    DominicC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening. Had the chefs tasting 5 course menu with the accompanying wines. It was delicious. The aubergine fritter with Parsley sauce and the squid among the stunning highlights. The wines paired with each course were equally wonderful. All very carefully and perfectly selected. All in all a great evening of great food and wine. Thank you

  11. SK

    SandorK

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was an amazing experience. The food excellent and the service proffessional.

  12. HK

    HadzsalaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic little restaurant, very creative nordic kitchen, amazing value. One of the hidden gems in Budapest! Thank You

  13. CV

    CheryllV

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing about this place: The food, staff, service, everything. I 100% recommend this if you are looking for a place with a nice ambience and great quality food and wine.

  14. D

    Dora

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Esca is super cool and the service is super kind!🦄 thanks again! We will come back! Food&wine 5*

  15. PK

    PeterK

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have visited ESCA before and it was amazing experience just like now. The taste of the food was exquisite also we loved the organic wines. ESCA is absolutely one of our favourite restaurant.

  16. T

    Tanja

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We enjoyed the food a lot. Outstanding dishes! Although the music was quite energetic we had a really relaxed evening. Highly recommended!

  17. HB

    HelgeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It can be intimidating to see that the menu only offers the single option of 20 courses, with the possibility of a wine pairing. («Will there be 20 sets of knives and forks? Where do I begin?») Eating at Esca was an amazing experience, with both a chef and waiter who excelled at their jobs. The 20 courses can be described as 20 mouthfulls of beautifully balanced flavours and textures, paired with natural wines. Think of it as a 3-course meal divided into 20 distinct experiences: it will look small on your plate, but you won’t leave hungry. (And you won’t want to leave Hungary (I’ll see myself out.)) The playlist was instrumental with and the room itself with its high ceiling and reserved lighting made the whole experience a relaxing affair - the only stress I experiences was trying to remember to grab a picture of each course before taking a bite to remember what we just experienced afterwards. Absolute highlight was the radiating pride and joy from the chef on the occasions where he came out to serve certain courses himself. We will be coming back whenever we’re passing through Budapest.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience

  19. IT

    IsabelleT

    Hungary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Very tasty and creative food but the portions are far too small. Very expensive restaurant

  20. T

    Tamas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was perfect! It was very special experience for us. The foods were delicious and the service was extraordinary. We recommend to visit this restaurant for everybody.

  21. E

    Elisabeth

    Berlin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you so much for the lovely evening. The hole menu was outstanding delicious and the service was nice and professional.

  22. TB

    TheBugs26

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We feel very lucky to have experienced the cooking of chef Gábor Fehér on Monday. Wonderful imaginative food and relaxed service. Very special, thank you. Also thought it quite amazing that you are shut Saturday and Sunday-good for you, everyone needs a weekend!! We shall definitely return to the beautiful city of Budapest and this special restaurant. Cutting edge food right up there with the best of the best. Bel&Stephen

  23. D

    Dalma

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unique menu with interesting wine selection, both unusual and exciting (in absulutely the good meaning). The studio restaurant itself has a very nice atmosphere, with very polite and well-prepared service.

  24. BS

    BarbaraS

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent! 12 courses that take you on a full journey, that perfectly mixes the modern cuisine with the local hungarian food of our childhood. Will definitely come back!

  25. AT

    AlexisT

    Hungary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall3food4service1ambience1

    Food was excellent and up to the price of the unique menu. However was disappointing as it was impossible to engage any discussion with the waiter, he was focused on jus computer most of the time

  26. V

    Viktor

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best fine dining restaurant in Budapest. The atmosphere is very unique and the chef is simply a genius!!!

  27. MR

    MatthewR

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    The food was very good, however the wine pairing was a bit disappointing. Then being told that the wine pairing doesn't begin until the third course so you have to buy extra wine for the start of the meal was a bit off. The waiter tried to take my partner's plate away before she had finished and did take away her wine glass before it was finished. Was very expensive.

  28. HG

    HannahG

    Cork

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The experience of ESCA was fantastic. There are no menu choices but a gluten free and pescatarian diet were accommodated. The service was fantastic. The restaurant is intimate with just one chef and one waiter.

  29. P

    Paulinestouthart

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very original taste , presentation and food Natural wines witch combined perfect with the food Nice place,Although we had a private diner on a Tuesday evening.

  30. R

    Renette

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Felt pretentious. Chef was I the dining room and didn’t even interact with diners. Three tables occupied so lacked ambience. Nothing memorable and wouldn’t return

  31. MS

    MortenS

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely. Very Nice place, good vines. Lovely friendly waiter nowing all about the wine. Fantastic food. Loved the place and we have both been working in kitchen for 25 years

  32. C

    Christensen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great evening with perfect food and Service. The next time we visit Budapest we will definitly eat there again.

  33. B

    Bren

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Superb service but was let down by the dietary restriction that wasn't catered for even tho it was specifically stated when the reservation was made. Wine pairing complemented the dishes perfectly well. Overall dishes were good but was just expecting more creativity from the Japanese inspired Chicken Yakitori dish.

  34. EU

    hungryEyeUK

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food was well-crafted, though small portions. Restaurant has a relaxed, Nordic vibe. Good place for a date.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greece

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is a small restaurant so it felt cozy but you wouldn’t feel like the other diners are encroaching on your space. The four-course menu I tried was superb and the wine-paring on point. Extremely affordable.

  36. DP

    DavidP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family and I had a fantastic dinner at ESCA. The ambiance was great and we all enjoyed the intimate, quiet, and welcoming environment. We all had the full menu and enjoyed every aspect of it. The food was beautifully prepared and certainly tasted as great as it looked. It was without a doubt one of the best meals we have had in a long time. The service was great as well. Our host, Róbert, was very attentive to us throughout the evening. He was polite, friendly, and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend ESCA to anyone who wants to enjoy a nice, sit-down meal in Budapest.

  37. K

    Kasper

    Hungary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Sand in leech. Not compensated. And too small glasses of Wine.

  38. EK

    EllenK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the 8 course menu with wine pairing and it was simply amazing. All the wines were natural wines and it was a new experience for us. All of them where lovely and paired perfectly with the Food. The Food was cooked to perfection, good quality ingredients put together to create fantastic flavours and texture. Service was verry friendly!

  39. EB

    EszterB

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    It is a well designed nice studio restaurant with excellent quality of food.

  40. T

    Tobias

    Hungary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great restaurant, very friendly waiter. We were the only visitors that night, which normally would make me feel weird, but in this small, cosy restaurant, it just felt nice. Waiter was attentive and pleasant. Sometimes it was hard to hear what he said, but it may have been a language-barrier. We had the full 8-course meal with wine pairings. The food was really good, some very suprising dishes, and just enough food to feel satisfied but not over-full. The wine pairing was really good, many different flavours and types of natural wines. I would definitely recommend people to come here!

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ESCA studio restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 72 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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Booked 7 times today
Google Map for ESCA studio restaurant

29 Dohány Street Budapest, Pest 1074

  • Neighborhood

    Budapest

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, Hungarian, Nordic

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fehér Gábor

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    06 30 949 2144

  • Catering

    If you are interested in catering an event with ESCA please contact us at hello@escastudiorestaurant.com in advance! Occasionally we take some events outdoors or in other venues.

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