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.

    Open on Thursday May 26, 2022 (Ascension Day)

    Closed on:
    Whit Monday June 6 and Monday August 1st, 2022 (National holiday)






  • Lunch menu

    Monday, May 23rd until Friday, May 27th, 2022

    Pea veloute
    Egg mayonnaise
    Sliced beef (AUS) stroganov with rice
    Codfish (NL) with tomato, basil sauce and gnocchi
    Ravioli with lemon, romanesco and goat cheese
    Coupe with red berries
    Chocolate delice with passionfruit mango sorbet

    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