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.

    Closed from December 23rd, 2021 until January 10th, 2022 (included) due to our company vacation.

    Please note that a valid Swiss Covid or a EU Digital Covid Certificate (vaccinated, recovered, tested) is mandatory to access indoor areas of restaurants. The certificate must be presented togehter with an official identity card.




  • Lunch menu

    Monday December 6th to Friday December 10th, 2021
    Consommé Célestine
    Poached egg with potato espuma
    Pork saltimbocca (CH) with polenta and vegetables
    Fish ragout (IS/NO) with sea food and rice
    Spaetzli pan with savoy cabbage
    Crumble aux  pommes
    Café liégeois

    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