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Steinenbachgasslein 3, Basel, Switzerland
+41 61 281 45 95
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Basel, Switzerland
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed January 27, 2014

We came to Kelim because it was recommended by a colleague as the most authentic Turkish restaurant in Basel. We unfortunately were disappointed. The portion sizes were small and the food was nothing special (we had the vegetarian Mezze platter for a sampling). Seeing the small kitchen with a lot of pre-prepared food helped explain why. The staff was literally... More 

Thank 1happywanderer2014
Basel, Switzerland
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45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Returned to the Kelim with a friend and sat outside in the courtyard which felt very exotic and comfortable. The food as usual was delicious and the service very good. This is a very popular place situated just off Barfüsserplatz. We started with a shared large mezze and next time will probably have a smaller dish. For the mains we... More 

1 Thank Kidja
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185 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

Have eaten here a few times and never been disappointed. Good food and something different from the usual Swiss fare of meat and potatoes!! Good baclava and Turkish coffee!!

Thank P J
Basel, Switzerland
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

The food at Kelim is delicious and flavorful-I've order many dishes! This visit it was the babba ganush. I like to start with the mezze. Just as important the staff is always very friendly, prompt and courteous. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating and a cozy atmosphere. Love this place!

Thank Jenwodny
Basel, Switzerland
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109 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2013

By now, my husband and I have been to Kelim at least three times, and food was always spot on. During warmer months, the external seating area looks very lovely and cozy. Inside, the restaurant is also comfortable although not very big. There is one table, on the way to the kitchen and close to the door, one should avoid... More 

Thank Dindi_SE
Baden, Switzerland
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210 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2012

Located in a backstreet near Barfusser Plz. offers good Turkish food, with a preference for lamb, Turkish beer and wine in cozy atmosphere.

Thank Madmartigand
The Hague, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2012

As there are not too many Oriental restaurants in Basel I think that Kelim is a good choice. Was there with a group of business partners/associates. The owner Mr Ali immedately responded by phone to my reservation request sent via e-mail. The atmosphere's nice, not too much space inside but comfortable enough. The service was nice. The food was tasty,... More 

Thank BNapotnik
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2012

We visited after a recommendation from a friend and were really impressed. The restaurant is tucked away so you wouldn't stumble across it without knowing it was there, but it's well worth seeking it out. The food was great quality with generous sized portions and good, friendly service even though it was a busy Friday night. We weren't rushed at... More 

Thank BaselEmily
Basel, Switzerland
2 reviews
Reviewed November 27, 2010

Although we made a pre-booking for group with three kids and 4 adults , we were offered the most squeezed up place close to the kitchen and on the way to rest of the tables, highly inconvinient with kids. This was a table of 4 people adjusted for 7 and the leg space between tables was close to zero. The... More 

Thank see200
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2010

I ate here because of the good reviews on tripadvisor but I was greatly disappointed. The food lacked flavor. It was also extremely overpriced even for Switzerland. I ordered Baklava at the end of the meal and it was about 2 inches x inches with no flavor for 9 chf! I wouldn't recommend this restaurant.

Thank jskzug

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Steinenbachgasslein 3, Basel, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Basel  >  Basel>  > Vorstädte
  • Neighborhood: Vorstädte
  • Phone Number: +41 61 281 45 95

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?