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brasserie au violon

Im Lohnhof 4 | 4051 Basel, Basel 4051, Switzerland
+41 61 269 87 11
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good46%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Im Lohnhof 4 | 4051 Basel, Basel 4051, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is a favourite of our ex pat friends who weekend in Basel but work in Zurich. The forbidding wall on the outside presages it's previous role as a prison and the lift to reception has the same gloomy and forbidding undertones! The reception...More

1  Thank Chris F
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We were wondering the streets of Basel, looking for a nice place to eat. A stranger recommended this place, telling us it was an former prison. Well, we were intrigued and set off to find it. We found it tucked away in a small plaza,...More

Thank SF-Ranger
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Enjoying the full charm of Basel while having some French taste on your plate - excellent combination; especially in summer, under their yard's huge trees! Ask the waiter(s) about the meaning of the restaurant's name (unless you are a French speaker and/or a jargon master)...More

Thank AlinkaPadu
Reviewed 2 July 2017

This is a popular restaurant in Basel. The food is very good. I had scallops and white beans which was an excellent choice. Desert of poached peach and sorbet was a good finish to the meal.

Thank WestSussexIan
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Au Violon is a true inside secret, that is to the wandering traveller, minutes away from busy Bärfusser Platz, but serene and quiet. We discovered it after lunch and promptly reserved for dinner. Tables set under huge trees, around an ancient fountain, on a terrace...More

Thank Minnie250
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

We found this little reataurant by accident, but were pleasantly surprised. We had a light lunch with great food, great wine and good service. It was full of locals. Sit outside! The courtyard is perfect!

Thank Exploringeurope
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Food is great, service is great, in multiple languages. The decor is typical old Swiss brasserie as well. Don't look further for your business lunch, this is it.

Thank EchoTrav70
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite spots in Basel. Good food, service and wonderful ambience. A must for all my visits to Basel.

Thank 956lindab
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Booked a table for 5 and arrived on time. The food was good but the service wasn't great...they kept us waiting for nearly 1 hr for our main course. We didn't go for starters so were getting a bit peckish. After asking when the food...More

Thank AnneTr2015
Reviewed 10 December 2016

At first glance this looks like a nice pick. Situated in a quiet spot, still close to the busy center of Basel, with the hilarious Tanguely fountain, the Barfuser Platz and the Barfuser church not far away, I felt welcomed by the warm atmosphere of...More

1  Thank Barlozzo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 22 - US$ 52
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
11:30 AM - 11:45 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Im Lohnhof 4 | 4051 Basel, Basel 4051, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Basel  >  Basel>  > Altstadt
  • Neighbourhood: Altstadt
  • Phone Number: +41 61 269 87 11
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Monsieur Philippe Maire and his team are happy to welcome you into the small, history rich and elegant hotel brasserie au violon. The traditional typically French cuisine for lunch or dinner will surely be remembered as a very enjoyable time spent in a cozy atmosphere.
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