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.)


    Friday, March 29th until Monday, April 1st, 2024 (Easter)
    Wednesday, May 1st, 2024 (Labor Day)
    Monday, May 20th, 2024 (Whit Monday)
    Thursday, August 1st, 2024 (National holiday)










  • Lunch menu

    Monday, March 4th until Friday, March 8th, 2024

    Flädli soup
    Poached egg with mushrooms
    Tandoori style chicken (CH) slices with cashews and rice
    Pollock (IS) with hollandaise sauce, natural potatoes and broccoli
    Ravioli filled with pecorino and pepper, spinach sauce
    Chocolate raspberry tartlet


    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