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The Fehér Szarvas Vadásztanya (White Stag Hunting Inn), located next door to the Park Hotel at Klapka u. 8 (tel. 36/411-129), a few blocks south of Dobó István tér, is one of Eger's best-known and best-loved restaurants. The menu offers a full range of Hungarian wild-game specialties. Award-winning regional wines are featured. A piano and bass duet plays nightly amid the kitschy hunting lodge decor. The restaurant is open daily from noon to midnight and reservations are recommended. Credit cards are accepted. The Arany Oroszláu Étterem (tel. 36/518-211is at the same address as the charming Offi House Hotel above. For something informal and more budget, try Caffe Cherry at Széchenyi u. 11. If your hotel does not include breakfast, you can get it here as they are open from 9am to 10pm daily.

Where to Sample Local Wines -- The best place to sample local wines is in the vineyard country just west of Eger, in the wine cellars of the Szépasszony-völgy (Valley of the Beautiful Women). More than 200 wine cellars are located here, each offering its own vintage. Some cellars have live music. Although the wine cellars don't serve food, you can grab a meal at one of the local restaurants. Generally, the cellars open at 10am and close by 9 or 10pm.

The easiest way to get to the Szépasszony-völgy is by taxi, though you can also walk there from the center of town in 30 or 40 minutes. You could also take bus no. 13 to the Hatvani Temeto (Hatvan Cemetery) and walk from there; it's a 10- to 15-minute walk. Remember if you are driving, Hungary has a zero-tolerance law.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.