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.




  • Lunch menu

    Monday, September 28th to Friday, October 2nd, 2020
    Parsnip velouté
    Oeuf parfait with mushrooms
    Sliced beef with pepper sauce, french fries and vegetables
    Giant prawns and risotto with coconut milk, lime and avocado
    Fried gnocchi with tomatoes and mozzarella
    Apple pear tart
    Chocolate Liège

    with starter and dessert at CHF 37.- (vegetarian CHF 33.-)
    with starter or dessert at CHF 28.- (vegetarian CHF 24.-)


    The lunch menu is available from Monday to Friday: Mittagsmenü

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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 am - 11.00 pm

    Lunch served from 11.30 am - 2.00 pm
    Dinner served from 6.00 pm - 9.30 pm



    Annual company holiday
    from December 24th, 2020 to January 4th, 2021 (included)