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.

    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 September 20th to Friday September 24th, 2021
    Parsnip velouté
    Egg with mayonnaise
    Sliced veal liver (CH) with raspberries, mashed potatoes and beans
    Salmon pavé (NO) with curry sauce, wheat and pak-choi
    Ravioli with mushrooms
    Pear Helena


    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