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.

    Please note that a valid Swiss Covid or a EU Digital Covid Certificate is mandatory to access indoor areas of restaurants.The 2G rule applies, only people who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 have access. The certificate must be presented together with an official identity card.




  • Lunch menu

    Monday, January 17th to Friday, January 21st, 2022

    Pumpkin velouté
    Salmon ballotine (UK)
    Veal kidneys (CH) with sauteed potatoes and vegetables
    Meagre (TR) with chorizo sauce, rice and piperade
    Ravioli with eggplants and parmesan
    Pear tart

    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