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Brasserie Au Violon

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French, Swiss, European, Central European, Fusion
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Im Lohnhof 4, Basel 4051, Switzerland
61 269 87 11
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697 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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

Thank bradyboy2
Canton of Basel, Switzerland
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100 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Louise H
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

i often stay there for dinner with customers and friends and it was always very good. Nice to sit inside and nice to sit in the beergarden outside too. The Ambiente of the Restaurant is good

Thank Snesnon
Basel, Switzerland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Really enjoyed the food, wine and ambience here...great bottle of Burgundy! Dessert of trio of crime brûlée Was fab!

Thank Juliex66
Basel, Switzerland
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

We chose the Mid-day menü. The first course was boiled beef salad and took nearly half an hour to arrive. The tables left and right also had to wait. It was nicely presented but rather bland. It could have had more vinegar, capers and cornichons and less mayonnaise. The main course was Saltimbocca of chicken breast. Well cooked and served... More 

Thank neil d
San Francisco, California
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52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Great setting, very good menu, and excellent wine list. Brasserie is part of a hotel set in an old jail, which gives it a unique and historic vibe. But best way to enjoy Au Violon is to sit on the terrace when the weather is good. The gravel paths, lighting strung across the trees, and of course the trickling fountain,... More 

Thank gitanomericano
Co Kildare
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116 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We ate here on Thursday 19th May on our final night in Switzerland. Our hotel had recommended it and it really was a brilliant recommendation. Its in a beautiful setting and has a real old world charm. We found Basel to be exceptionally expensive but at least here we felt it was worth every franc. My main course of sea... More 

1 Thank sgs67
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

We travelled to Basel for the European Cup Final & dined here for lunch. The restaurant is in a beautiful old building which is full of character. We enjoyed an excellent meal which was promptly served to our large party of 10. We were very impressed by the service. Our waiter was attentive and extremely polite. We would definitely recommend... More 

Thank Anne H
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Spent a lovely evening here during the Basel show when everywhere is expensive - at least here its worthwhile. Excellent food, attentive service and everything we hoped for.

Thank foodie2609
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45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

by far the best restaurant in Basel! at last a place that had the whole package. will go again and again. nice place (ex monastery, ex prison, now hotel!), great food, very good service.....and the sweets....so nice

Thank Dimitris P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$22 - $44
French, Swiss, European, Central European, Fusion
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Im Lohnhof 4, Basel 4051, 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?