Torkos Csütörtök 2015 in Budapest

‘Torkos Csütörtök’, also known as Gluttonous Thursday, will be held again this year not only in Budapest but in several other Hungarian cities as well. What is it about? When is it arranged?
Torkos csutortok 2015
The ‘Torkos Csütörtök’ first was held in 2006 and it got so popular over the years that it grew it self out to one of the most popular events in the whole country. The ‘Torkos Csütörtök’ is a gastronomical event which is part of the carnival season of Hungary and it has a long history which has been always part of the Hungarian traditions. At this event several restaurants take part and it is a perfect opportunity to try the best restaurants in the city. All the participant restaurants offers their dishes for 50% on this special day. As it one of the most popular events in the city you should book your tables as soon as it possible because the restaurants quickly get full. As in the last few years over 1000 restaurants will take place in this event this year as well so there are many possibilities to choose from and it is also a perfect time to try new restaurants and new dishes as well.

This year the ‘Torkos Csütörtök’ will be held 19th February 2015 in various restaurants in the whole country. There are no list of the participant restaurants yet, but in general lots of restaurants are taking part in this event, except from Trofea Grill, Michelin restaurants and some of the other restaurants that are fully booked every evening anyway!


Torkos Csütörtök on March 6th in Hungary

The neverending story named Torkos Csütörtök, or Gluttonous Thursday, is returning in 2014 as well. On this day you can eat and drink at half price in more than 800 restaurants all across Hungary, and it is a day when restaurants are packed to the rim with people.

If you are in Budapest on March 6th make sure to check it out and visit one of the restaurants participating in the program. Not all restaurants do, but quite a lot, so the chance of bumping into restaurants participating as you walk around in the streets of Budapest is in fact quite big.

There are no lists available yet with the names of the restaurants participating in the Torkos Csütörtök in 2014, but it will come within shortly, and we will write more about it then!

Torkos Csütörtök in Budapest
Torkos Csütörtök in Budapest

Torkos Csütörtök 2013

In 8 days you are invited to eat in Budapest restaurants at half price. Not all restaurants participate in this campaign, but quite a lot do.

The exact date for Torkos Csütörtök in 2013 is January 31st. Do not forget to book a table if you want a reservation on this date. Unfortunately we are not able to help out with bookings on this date. Some of the restaurants participating are: Karpatia, Matyas Pince, Nobu, Nador Winerestaurant, BorLaBor, Sercli, Baraka and many more.

For more information about Torkos Csütörtök you can visit Budapest blog or visit the official page.

Gluttonous Thursday 2011

Half Price on Gluttonous Thursday
Half Price on Gluttonous Thursday

Gluttonous Thursday is a great habit in Budapest and Hungary, so if you don’t know what it is yet, you have something to look forward to. Once a year in Hungary most restaurants join into this event and on Gluttonous Thursday they offer all drinks and food from the menu for half price.

If there is a restaurant you normally find expensive, then you might consider visiting it on Gluttonous Thursday when everything is at half price. There are quite some rules concerning Gluttonous Thursday, to protect the visitors, still there are normally complaints coming every year from visitors somehow tricked by different restaurants. Last year they even charged us full price for a brownie with ice Gluttonous Thursday, though the restaurant made up for that mistake later.

The date for the Gluttonous Thursday in 2011: March 10

Name of some of the restaurants participating:
Alabardos, Nador Winerestaurant, Nobu, Bagolyvar, Karpátia, Chez Daniel, Mátyás Pince and Fridays.

Some restaurants normally not participating:
Gundel, Pampas Steakhouse and Trofea Grill

We can unfortunately not help out with table reservations for Gluttonous Thursday.

If you have questions about any other specific restaurant, feel free to ask in the comment field and we will try to answer as soon as possible!

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Gluttonous Thursday mistake made up for

Cream Cafe & Restaurant
Cream Cafe & Restaurant
Last week we wrote about how we had to pay full price for a Brownie and a Coke Light at Cream Cafe Restaurant in Budapest. We complained to the restaurant afterwards, and they apologized for the problems and the misunderstanding – and invited us for a free dinner, to make up for inconvenience!

Visiting the restaurant again we looked forward to taste the food, especially since the menu looked very good on the first visit as well. The menu was full of delicious meals and we had no problem finding something that sounded good. We ended up with two soups and two main courses. The fish soup was really good and everything else was okay as well. It must be mentioned that the most expensive food on the menu costs less than 5000 Forints, which means that the restaurant should be enrolled in a “not-to-expensive” category!

If you ever walk around in the 7th district of Budapest, and maybe would like something to eat after a visit to the Synagogue in Dohány Utca (or the one in Kazinczy Utca), then Cream Cafe & Restaurant could be a place to grab something to eat!

Budapest restaurants

Full price brownie at Gluttonous Thursday

Yesterday was Gluttonous Thursday (Torkos Csütörtök) and I tried to enjoy as much as I could. Since long time ago I wanted to visit Angus Steakhouse restaurant in Kazinczy Utca, but as I did not find it on the list of restaurants participating I though I’d just walk over there to find out if it still existed. It did not…

Brownie at Cream Cafe
Brownie at Cream Cafe

But, a new restaurant has taken over their facilities, Cream Cafe Restaurant. I stopped to take a look at the menu and it looked really good. Earlier I had eaten a good lunch at Hild Vendéglő so I thought I’d try to stop by just for an easy desert, brownie with vanilia icecream. Safely inside I told them that I would only stay for a few minutes (enough to eat my brownie and to get an impression of the restaurant from the inside), and they could receive on those conditions.

I got my brownie, it tasted fairly okay and I wanted to get my bill. As I got it I noticed that everything was on full price. I asked how come, “after all, it is Gluttonous Thursday”. The answer I got was that since I had not reserved a table I had to pay full price! Lucky me who did not buy anything else, but still I feel sorry for others who might suffer from restaurants abusing the happy visitor looking forward to eat on half price.

It was a pity, because the restaurant looked really nice, but in my eyes they really fooled themselves of someone who might have wanted to return to the restaurant!

By the way… the rules for the Gluttonous Thursday says clearly that everything from the menu should be served at 50% throughout the entire day (such a thing as only to guests reserving a table does not exist anywhere)!

Gluttonous Thursday 2010 – today

We wrote about it yesterday and we write about it again today! Gluttonous Thursday 2010 (Torkos Csütörtök) has come upon us again, and that means that we can eat and drink at half price in a whole lot of Budapest restaurants today. Our plans are not yet ready, but I guess we will drop by at least 1 restaurant today, maybe more (time will show)!

A full list of restaurants participating can be found at Take a look, be prepared and watch out as well, as many restaurants often abuse this event to earn more money in different ways. And as you have been out eating, please come back and share your experience with us and our readers. We would be delighted to hear about your Gluttonous Thursday experience in Budapest or somewhere outside Budapest, so if you have visited a restaurant – please write a comment below to let us know what it was like!

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