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.





  • Lunch menu

    Monday, June 14 to Friday June 18, 2021
    Broccoli gazpacho with hazelnut
    Greek salad
    Beef onglet with pepper sauce, french fries and vegetables
    Linguine with sea food, tomatoes and basil
    Risotto with coconut milk, lime emulsion and avocado
    Meringue with ice-cream
    Lemon tart

    with starter and dessert at CHF 37.- (vegetarian CHF 33.00)
    with starter or dessert at CHF 28.-  (vegetarian CHF 24.00)


    The lunch menu is available from Monday to Friday: Mittagsmenü