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Brasserie Au Violon

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$$$$
Altstadt
French, Swiss, European, Central European, Fusion
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Im Lohnhof 4, Basel, Switzerland
61 269 87 11
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Basel, Switzerland
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 would be served they responded 'soon'. No apology for the waiting when the food did... More 

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 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 this historic place. We were five but found ourselves placed at a table that was... More 

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Switzerland
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128 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

If you need a nice restaurant for your big groups...They offer special rooms... The food is fantastic.. The staff is friendly

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Thank Özlem C
Basel, Switzerland
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

The Violon just received the bib gourmand by Michelin. It is well deserved. The atmosphere is like a nice established brasserie and the food reflects the wonderful development of French cuisine. With good product and creativity : a diner is a journey to france/Paris.

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Thank AK_BS2014
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

Good ambiance in the restaurant; nice selection of dishes. We had starters, main and desserts. The mousse au canard was excellent, although the toast was too thick for this purpose. The fish (filet de dorade) was lovely, shame about the large serving of boring mashed potatoe (which had no flavour). The dessert (trio of creme brulee) was original and very... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

When you stay at Au Violon, you are in what was once a convent and later prison. But no spooky vibes. Just the opposite! The rooms are very clean, the staff affable and efficient. The rooms for sure are older--you notice it pretty quickly--but the rest make up for it. The hotel is nestled in small wooded area, above the... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Had a table at 7PM on a Thursday evening in summer. Waited a full hour for the maIn course, meal was fine but still not worth the wait.

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Thank Dominique P
Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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60 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

First time today with an group of foreign clients. Gosh, they were impressed with the starters through to desserts and coffee. I had the sea bream--skin crispy and so tender inside. Compliments to the Chef!

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Thank Yves22
florida
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756 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We had a very nice meal in this interesting restaurant that used to be a prison I had the pork dish while my wife had the vegetarian option The service was very professional It's an expensive meal

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Thank bradyboy2
Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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129 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Brasserie Au Violon is a local favourite that consistently serves fresh, tasty and well-prepared French brasserie fare. On this particular occasion, enjoyed a perfectly-poached salmon with a chorizo foam and risotto, followed by a scrumptious lemon and fruit tart. Outdoor terrace dining (seasonal) is particularly enjoyable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $44
Cuisine
French, Swiss, European, Central European, Fusion
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Im Lohnhof 4, Basel, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Basel  >  Basel>  > Altstadt
  • Neighborhood: Altstadt
  • Phone Number: 61 269 87 11

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