Big restaurant located next to very touristly area in center of the town. Macro beers at high prices. Best thing about this place is the central location and the huge outdoor seating wich i nice on a unny day. Not a beer place.
Not really a beer destination anymore. Has a got a few beers, like some Dreher variants, on the menu, but that’s all. Large outdoor seating in front of the restaurant overlooking the central part of the pedestrian zone of Pest. Good food and polite service. Very expensive, Norwegian prices. VIP impression. Walk on by (visited 31.07.2012).
This is a basement area of the famous tourist hotspot that they tried to capitalize on the microbrew offerings by making their own. It’s location isn’t so great and it proved costly to make their own craft beer on premises so they farmed it out to Ilzer who make a fine beer. The food is very good, but not a great value, neither is the beer worth dropping in.
Edited this place to restaurant, they don’t brew here, and their selection of wine wins over the beer....6 bottled beers, 2 on tap, Gerbaud (brewed at Dreher?) and Dreher. Not worth mentioning in places, ordinary restaurant. Avoid.
(Visited 04/2009): Gerbeaud is located in Vörösmarty Square. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic there so I am not sure what the car parking situation is, but we had no problem finding a place for our bikes.
The downstairs Pub was closed on our visit, with a sign directing people to the patio. No problem as it was a beautiful day. The interior also has a small gift shop and restaurant seating. The terrace has full service though.
As far as I could tell Gerbeaud only had one beer available, and contrary to what I thought while planning my visit there, the beer is not brewed on site. The one beer I did try (Gerbeaud Superior) was just average.
Service was decent considering the culture and language barrier.
We did not try any food on this visit.
Overall there is no real reason not to stop here if in the Vörösmarty area. It’s a little overpriced but so are most things in the tourist areas, and it is an easy way to get your hands on a Hungarian beer.
They don’t have their own beer anymore... draught Pilsner Urquell, Dreher and something else in bottles. A tourist trap, high prices, ok ambiance in a way, and possibly worth coming in here with non beer geeks with money, and only with such people. The cakes may be good but we were scared away by the prices.
This review relates to a visit made a year or so back, before I was a member of this site.
Situated in the centrally-located Vörösmarty Square, an imposing palatial building dating back a century and a half dominates a full side of the square. The actual Gerbeaud pub occupies the left wing of the house and, through the summer months, provides a large, covered outdoor seatin area, great for people-watching. The remainder of the building houses a huge restaurant with banqueting functionality on a royal scale and an exquisite confectionery shop and café. While these are of course worth a visit I will concentrate on the pub in this review.
Three beers are available, brewed to a secret recipe held for generations. Sadly the beer is no longer brewed on the premises but you can tour the old vaulted cellar brewery onsite. Of particular note was the pilsner style beer which was very dry and hoppy with that great "spliff-smoke" aroma sometimes experienced with good German pilsners. The wheatbeer was a good reminder of the ORIGINAL Hoegaarden, but again with the flavour spectrum enriched.
You MUST, and I mean must, try the Gerbeaud goulash offering. You will not be disappointed. A full-flavoured succulent stew comes in a generous portion with a delicious light pastry topping that balances it perfectly. It really was so good I almost visited the pub twice; and would have done so if I was there for longer.
In summary this is not an English-style pub but a continental beerhouse, the atmosphere buzzes in the mid to late evenings with locals and tourists enjoying a pint and a bite to eat. It is easily reached by metro and the prices for food and beer although high by Budapest standards (you are in the centre of town) compare very favourably with any gastropub in London. English (at least to a limited degree) is spoken.