Mazel Tov, the Best Jewish Restaurant in Budapest
Mazel Tov – Good Luck Jewish Ruin Bar
This Mediterranean, ruin bar style restaurant opened in 2014 in the historic Jewish quarter. Beside its meals and exquisite interior, its main peculiarity is that the fragments of the former ghetto wall are placed at the end of the courtyard garden. This room operates in winter and in summer as well. In summer, the garden provides a perfect Mediterranean atmosphere, and in winter, we can taste the specialties of Jewish cuisine in the charming, heated garden.
The restaurant is dedicated to diversity and acceptance; it is one of the venues of the Jewish Summer Festival, while concerts and other cultural programs are also held here.
Exterior of Mazel Tov and What’s Behind
It’s worth keeping your eyes open because there is only a small board saying “Mazel Tov”, hanging on a derelict building that reveals: we have already arrived to the best Jewish restaurant in Budapest.
Unfortunately, we can’t get past through the ruinous entrance too quickly because usually there is a long line of guests in front of the building waiting to enter. Let’s hope that nothing falls on our head during waiting. Of course, we can reduce the risk if someone from our group takes on the task and stands in the line alone, while the others can have some cold drinks in the ruin bar next door. You can call the others once you past the gate because even from here, it takes 10–20 minutes to get in.
After queuing, you have to say at the counter in front of the double glass door how many people you want a table for. If you arrive with a group and the people behind you want a table for two, and a 2-person table gets free, then they can go in first.
It’s written in many reviews that it’s pebbly after the entrance that isn’t favorable for high-heeled shoes, but I refute that comment because I haven’t seen any pebbles by the entrance; it must have been replaced. There is a pebbly part only around the trees.
The interior of Mazel Tov is simply a miracle. The exterior and the interior are worlds apart.
The design of the interior is magnificent. There is a huge contrast between the ruinous exterior of the building and the spacious interior full of plants; it’s like a huge oasis in the middle of almost nothing. I have to say the interior is indeed luxurious.
The food and drink menus are pretty well divided, easy to see through, and the host really thought of everyone and everything from appetizers to the most special dishes!
The prices, compared to my average Hungarian wallet, seemed a bit high, and if I arrived starving I would have to leave a small fortune here, especially if I had a lot to drink. Though I would love to taste the whole menu!
There can be no complaint about the service as there are plenty of waiters. If we forget to order something at first, we need to wait a bit so that we can order again, so if possible, let’s not forget anything about our order.
The serving is very appetizing, you almost feel guilty for eating it.
There is also a rich variety of beverages.
The principle of the restaurant is entertainment with shared meals.
The Middle Eastern-style open kitchen is sumptuous with typical Israeli dishes, hummus, skewers (this is my personal favorite), grilled meals and excellent authentic dishes made here. Plenty of salads, roasted meats, all out of fresh and quality raw materials, straight from the market.
Some dishes were spiced with a little too much coriander for my taste, but it wasn’t unpleasant.
Atmosphere and Music
We can enjoy the fantastic dishes in a really pleasant, Mediterranean atmosphere, and the music is provided by a special DJ.
If the many culinary experiences weren’t enough, you can also take a few tangible memories and the Mazel Tov book with you from the souvenir shop.
The Mazel Tov book is a collection of Middle Eastern gastronomic recipes.
It includes the traditions of Israeli cuisine, the secrets of making humus and various legends decorated with pictures; moreover, most of the dishes can be prepared by even a beginner, but of course, it includes some special and complex dishes as well.
Mazel Tov Opening Hours
The opening hours are adapted to the ruin bars in the area and Mazel Tov is open until 1 am on weekdays and until 2 am on Fridays and weekends. Earlier, it was open until 4 am, that might be restored again.
Mazel Tov has achieved its main goal: it became a place where everyone can sit and eat together at a table in an enjoyable venue in this open-hearted world where lifelong friends can be made.
Monday – Thursday: 17.00 – 00.00
Friday – Sunday: 12.00 – 00.00
H-1073 Budapest, Akácfa utca 47.