5820 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003834.083467 -118.327409
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Greater Wilshire / Hancock Park
Best Hidden Secret in Saturday Night Entertainment – To date, there is Dolores Petersen presents:.... actually this is one the Goulash Series.... one of many events to happen at Duna Csarda besides their seasonal visit from a musical Gypsy Troup.....There's Jazz, Cabaret and Classical events as well.
Every first Saturday of every month, the Blue Morning Quintet performs.... this is one outstanding Jazz group playing the best of America's songbook as well as the great Jazz standards. The cover is a meager $10. It's a party each time they perform.
1st experience w/ hungarian food, piano bar? – This is the first time I've experienced a Hungarian restaurant. It was intense in the meat department. Meat meat everywhere. We got the sampler appetizer and the sampler entree and it was more than enough food to feed the four of us (2 of which are built like linebackers). We took a photo of the entree because it was so over the top. Literally it was a pile of food (80% meat) on a wooden slab. The waitress was extremely nice, professional and knowledgable. I only regret we didn't try the Hungarian booze. If you're a vegetarian or don't enjoy fried meats this might not be a good choice for you. Overall the food was decently prepared albeit heavy. The cabbage was very enjoyable. The atmosphere is good, staff very personable. It seems like a lot of 'characters' would frequent this kind of establishment. I was a little surprised to see the piano and microphone in the corner. I don't know when they have the piano music going on, but that would be the time to go. It would really amp up an already quirky establishment. Also they gave us loaves of bread. I don't know if that's their standard policy or if they just had a lot of delicious bread that they didn't want to go to waste, but it was pretty nice of them. I say give it a try. It's a huge restaurant with barely any people in it. Heck, have a party there.
CItysearch Editorial Review – Dining here feels a bit like stepping into a European foreign film where you're both spectator and player. The slightly surreal atmosphere embraces the disaffected conversations of the primarily Eastern European crowd, peppered with Melrose locals. Wooden chairs, white tablecloths, and fresh flowers fill the airy dining room that comes complete with a grand piano, shelves of Tokaji wine and a dose of televised Hungarian opera or live jazz. The sunny covered patio, meanwhile, offers a more casual gemutlichkeit hangout. Dishes include Hungarian sheep's cheese, cold sour cherry soup, paprika chicken with dumplings, veal goulash, stuffed peppers, breaded chicken liver, rosted duck and chocolate chestnut torte.
Their Wiener Schnitzel is better then my Mom's cooking! – I am a native Hungarian and recently had dinner there with a friend and my daughter. We all had Wiener Schnitzel, with cucumber salad and it was EXCELLENT! Dobos torte was just as good. The server was friendly and attentive. I was surprise to see only a few customers there Sunday evening because the prices were very reasonable. They need to promote their restaurant better.
I highly recommend eating there.
Please, please don't go here !! EXTREMELY BAD FOOD !!! – When we entered the restaurant the place was completely empty! I mean nobody was in, besides the waitress. This should have been the sign to leave, but we decided to stay since our taxi left already. We are Hungarian citizens and we were on our honeymoon in Los Angeles, so believe me we know when a Hungarian restaurant is good or not. We started asking in Hungarian if it was possible to dine on the terrace, since you can smoke on terraces in LA. The waitress answered that she couldn't speak Hungarian. When we asked if it was cold on the terrace, she answered 'it's the same temperature as outside'! We decided to sit on the terrace and the waitress came back after 5 minutes giving us the menu and our drinks. I asked her were she came from and she answered from Russia, Moscow. After 5 minutes she came back and asked if we decided already. We said not yet and she went back in. 5 minutes later she came back with a face like 'made your decision or not'! We did and my wife took the 'korozott' sort of blended goat cheese and I took the 'Hortobagy palacsinta'. Her dish was fine, mine not really and far from a real 'Hortobagy palacsinta' and very fat! As main course my wife took the roasted duck and I took the stuffed cabbage. The duck was over cooked and a bit green inside! The stuffed cabbage was extremely fat and far from tasty. Our waitress was very rude and when she came back to gather our more or less still full plates, she didn't asked if the food was good or not. Obliviously she could have seen that we didn't eat their food at all, but it would have been a nice question from her side. When she offered us the dessert menu, we kindly asked her to call a taxi for us. We refused to stay here longer! She called a taxi, we paid and runned afterwards to the toilet in our hotel to get rid of this awful food! So please, please, we beg you DON'T GO AND EAT HERE! It's a waste of money, time and costs you afterwards the same amount of money on toilet paper.
Terrific Hungarian food and super service – Each one of us in our party of 4 just LOVED the food - the schnitzel was terrific, very light and very crisp, with very tasteful potatoes and red cabbage. The stuffed cabbage was out of this world and the Hungarian bean soup was soooooooo tasty and different. A definite return when we are in the LA area again. The desserts looked great but we couldn't budge, the portions being so very generous. HIGHLY recommend this restaurant for those enjoying Hungarian/European cuisine..
Avoid if you can! This is not representative of the succulent Hungarian food. – Bad Bad Bad, bad food, bad service. If you are from Hungary or even been in Hungary, you know this place is not meeting the standard of the tasty flavors or Hungarian food.
My friend and I were more then disappointed. We hardly finished our plates. It's a shame because Hungary has very good food, good foie gras and amazing Goulash.
Great Food! Loved it! – I was missing my mom's Chicken Paprikas so we decided to try this place last night. The food was so great, it felt like a home cooked meal! My boyfriend was very happy with the stuffed cabbage, and he doesn't normally like sauerkraut but he ate it and loved it! I loved the cucumber salad, and the chicken paprikas was great. I loved the homemade noodles! The wine was great and it went well with the chocolate cheesecake we had for dessert. I normally don't like cheesecake, but it wasn't heavy at all! I love how they were playing Hungarian Opera on the plasma t.v., definitely added to the ambiance, which is lacking as other people have commented. With some lighting and a makeover to add a more "homey" feel, it would be amazing! I will for sure go back, and when my Hungarian dad comes to visit I'll take him there!
Fan*Freakin*Tastic – This restaurant is seriously the best place to go east of La Brea!!!!! SOOOOOO good, honestly!! The service is beyond fabulous. If you have a question about the menu, the knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help you select an item that you will fit your taste. They have a rather extensive wine list, to my surprise. If you have ever had stuffed cabbage made by a true Hungarian you will absolutely die for the stuffed cabbage at Csardas. Not to mention the chicken paprikash that motivated me to book a flight to Hungary. I can't wait!!!
You gotta order... – ...the chicken crepe and the chicken paprikash. Those two dishes were extremely delicious. My friends and I visited the restaurant on a weekday and the restaurant was completely empty. So needless the say, the staff was pretty attentive. Stay away from the appetizer cheese plate. That was kinda yucky.
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