Enjoy a truly French ambience in a former Basel prison

Monsieur Philippe Maire and his team are delighted to welcome you to the petite, historic and elegant hotel brasserie au violon. Traditional, refined and typical French cuisine that delight your palate, will be remembered alongside time enjoyed in its cozy surroundings.

You will adore the unique character of this former jailhouse, harmoniously converted into a charming hotel and lively brasserie. Thanks to its superb location in the heart of the old town, courteous, attentive staff, and excellent value for money, au violon is a special place to stay that offers its guests an exceptional gastronomic experience.



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  • Location & opening hours

    hotel brasserie au violon
    Im Lohnhof 4
    4051 Basel
    Tel. 0041 61 269 87 11


    Opening hours brasserie

    Monday - Saturday:
    11.30 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday until 11.30 p.m)

    Cuisine from 11.30 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m - 9.00 p.m. (in summer until 9.30 p.m.)


    Monday, May 20th, 2024 (Whit Monday)
    Thursday, August 1st, 2024 (National holiday)










  • Lunch menu

    Monday, May 27th until Friday, May 31st, 2024

    Sweet potato velouté with coriander
    Soft boiled egg Anchoïade with sucrine
    Braised beef shoulder (CH) with oignons, mashed potatoes and carrots
    Monkfish (IS) medallions wiht saffron sauce, rice and peas
    Lemon ravioli with goat cheese and zucchini
    Lemon tartlet with meringue
    Chocolate cream puff


    with starter and dessert at CHF 38.- (vegetarian CHF 34.00)
    with starter or dessert at CHF 29.-  (vegetarian CHF 25.00)

    The lunch menu is available from Monday to Friday: Mittagsmenü