Wonderful Hungarian Restaurant. What a wonderful restaurant! The Hungarian recipes taste just like my mother use to make, full of flavor and cooked perfectly! I love the old-world ambiance, especially the paintings and the Hungarian music. I've been twice, driving up from Houston, and it was well worth the trip each time. The wait staff are friendly and efficient; the owner is interesting and fun to talk to, and the chef is a dream come true!!
Don't order duck. the duck is so dry that must be baked or fried twice. We drove all way from Austin. This is a one time Bistro never go back again.
A Rare Jewel in Old Town Pflugerville..
For those who have not yet eaten at European Bistro, a great dining experience awaits you. The food is absolutely delicious, and that applies to every dish we've tried.
We have been dining there for five years with no increase of price during that entire time.
Wonderful, had 20th B-day there tonight..
This food is really really amazing. The Hungarian food here is fantastic, as agreed to by my Hungarian born and raised bf.
They are super friendly, and made a wonderful atmosphere for my 20th B-day.
Both my American family and my Hungarian bf love this place. I will be back many many times!
Save room for dessert!. A hidden gem in the Pflugerville/Austin area! Nice atmosphere and friendly waitstaff. Great place to go for traditional German cuisine. The desserts are AMAZING (especially the apple strudel and the German chocolate cake)! Will definitely come back!
Worth a trip from South Austin. With the new toll road done, Pflugerville is only 1/2 hour from Buda, via 130. Exit Pecan St. We have been coming here for years, and have never been disappointed. Hungarian and German food is true comfort food. We recommend the Albanian Salad, the cherry soup, the deep fried mushrooms, the borscht, any of the entrees, the house wine is Hungarian, but other wines are also available. The special is always great. All their foods are wonderful. Try the Tokaj wine with dessert. The Eastern European culture is wonderful, but still undiscovered, and this is a great place to sample it. This restaurant is family-owned, and part of the family grows all their peppers, back in Hungary. When you come here, you're part of the family, too!
Great Valentines Day dinner.
The following is an e-mail sent to European Bistro about our Valentine's Day dining experience,
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2009 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: European-Bistro
My wife, Shari and I had a great time at your restaurant. The wait staff gave us great service that night. We enjoyed talking to the other couples and drinking wine while waiting to be seated. No complaints from us, just our compliments to the chef and your staff for great food and service. I am very happy that you have such a fine establishment serving Hungarian food.. It was a real treat to find European Bistro in Tx being that I am half Hungarian. The musician was fantastic - I asked her to play a chardas and the songs reminded me of my childhood.
Thanks again for a fantastic evening!!
Joe & Shari
My wife and I had a great time and the food was wonderful. European Bistro is highly recommended.
Way overpriced for the quality and service--Valentine's Day, 2009. I had been to the European Bistro several years ago when it first opened and was impressed. So when I got an email about their Valentine's Day special, I thought it would be a unique dinner for us. We reserved early online and got a call back twice and confirmed our reservations by phone. It was much to our surprise then when we arrive for an early dinner at 6:30 that they had apparently been lost. After a half hour wait (along with several other couples) we were seated. It took an eternity to be served (2 hours in all) and the food was unremarkable. The appetizer a salmon pate' was served with too few bread sticks to really appreciate it. The cream of asparagus soup was good, but not outstanding. My lamb was overdone (the red cabbage was excellent) and my wife's salmon was palatable, but unexceptional even though the sauce was unusual. We had to ask to get our dessert and the bill was extraordinary with the gratuity already added in--an affront to our dining sensibilities--$258 for two people--we did have champagne to be fair. Interestingly people who order the steak seemed to be served much faster than other entrees. As the place was full, we assumed the owner made enough to pay for her next trip to Hungary. There was a definite shortage of wait staff (we counted 4 waiters for over 20 tables) and our waiter was doubling as the manager. The accordion player was very good--a bright spot of the evening and decor of the restaurant was definitely romantic and interesting. Our overall feeling--a ripe candidate for a "Kitchen Nightmare" episode.
Not suggested for special night or event. Had tried this spot for lunch and was pleased with interesting food. Called and made reservations for a birthday dinner. Owner made suggestions for flowers, table, birthday banner...I accepted suggestions and plans. Arrived for dinner...no knowledge of reservations noted. Waited an eternity for a table to be made available. Two stale, drooping, pink roses in tacky vase for male's birthday was put together at last second. (should have been red roses). Birthday banner? printed out (on dot matrix ?) then taped together. Service was poor, slow. Food was good but the night was soured. Disappointing. Will not be returning.
Wonderful Experience. After having heard and read about The European Bistro, we finally had an opportunity to go there this past weekend and we were extremely impressed. It is much easier to get to and closer to Austin than we had realized. We went with a large party and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The wait staff was professional and attentive. More than half the party were children and the wait staff was very good with them as well. The waiter recommended a sampling of appetizers that were happily passed around. Given the size of our group we had a pretty good cross section of everything on the menu and everyone was content. Fortunately, we had saved room for dessert and those were excellant as well. We heartily recommend The European Bistro and intend to return often.
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