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Restaurants in Basel

The restaurants below have been grouped into three different price categories:
Expensive (over CHF 110)
Moderate (CHF 60 to CHF 109)
Cheap (up to CHF 60)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one and include tax, service and half a bottle of house wine or equivalent.


Cheval Blanc by Peter Knogl

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Chef Peter Knogl serves up almost faultless Mediterranean haute cuisine supported by an extensive wine list and not one, not two but three Michelin stars. On fine summer days, the romantic terrace on the Rhine provides the perfect setting for couples. Beware - you'll need to get dressed up to dine here; the surroundings are stately and formal. But what would you expect from a restaurant housed within Les Trois Rois hotel?

Address: , Blumenrain 8, Basel, 4001
Telephone: +41 61 260 5050

Restaurant Matisse

Cuisine: European

This elegant Michelin-starred restaurant uses art and design to create a 1930s-style atmosphere – but there's nothing outdated about the dishes. Seasonal degustation menus feature everything from yellowfin mackerel with melon and nasturtium to Black Angus steaks with amaranth and celeriac. Service and presentation both earn regular plaudits.

Address: , Burgfelderstrasse 188, Basel, 4055
Telephone: +41 61 560 6066


Cuisine: Asian

This two Michelin-starred restaurant offers stylish, Asian-influenced haute cuisine in an elegant, modern setting, with three separate dining rooms. The dishes are veritable works of art, and the excellent wine list complements the menu perfectly. In fine summer months, it is possible to dine in the garden.

Address: , Bruderholzallee 42, Basel, 4059
Telephone: +41 61 361 8222



Cuisine: Mediterranean

Seasonal, market-fresh ingredients underpin the first-rate Mediterranean food served at the Besenstiel, which recently underwent a change of owners. The pasta, fish and meat dishes are classy and high on flavour. The restaurant has a fine selection of Portuguese wines.

Address: , Klosterberg 2, Basel, 4052
Telephone: +41 61 273 9700

Les Quatre Saisons

Cuisine: European

If you enjoy imaginative modern cuisine, Les Quatre Saisons is the place to go. This luxurious restaurant offers a wonderfully creative menu based on seasonal ingredients and the flavours of the region, combining French, Italian, Swiss and German culinary elements to great effect. The lunch menus are good value.

Address: , Clarastrasse 43, Basel, 4058
Telephone: +41 61 680 8720

Safran Zunft

Cuisine: Local

A charming restaurant with stacks of atmosphere, Safran Zunft is located in an ornate old guild house with a history dating back to the Middle Ages. The food on offer is very good, with an emphasis on Swiss and regional dishes such as the house speciality, the indulgent Bacchus Fondue.

Address: , Gerbergasse 11, Basel, 4001
Telephone: +41 61 269 9494



Cuisine: Baguettes and salads

Proclaiming itself as "influenced by Viennese coffee-house culture with a modern twist, and by simple Mediterranean cuisine", this café-cum-restaurant-cum-bar is one of Basel's best options for an informal lunch. Fresh baguettes are the speciality, with salads and cheeses also on offer.

Address: , Im Schmiedenhof 10, Basel, 4001
Telephone: +41 61 261 7777


Cuisine: Lebanese

A lovely Lebanese restaurant on Barfüsserplatz, Aladin has a wide-ranging menu incorporating both meat dishes and vegetarian options. Lebanese cuisine is a mix of several influences, in particular Arabic and French. The grilled skewers are excellent.

Address: , Barfüsserplatz 17, Basel, 4051
Telephone: +41 61 261 5731


Cuisine: Swiss

Housed within an old, narrow, medieval-looking building, the Hasenburg offers a cosy atmosphere in its two small restaurants rooms, with the additional option of al fresco dining. The kitchen serves a variety of specialities, including calf liver with hash browns.

Address: , Schneidergasse 20, Basel, 4051
Telephone: +41 61 261 3258
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Featured Hotels


Swissotel Le Plaza

The Swissotel Le Plaza, graded as four-star superior, is a stylish option a few minutes' walk from the Rhine and the Old Town. The hotel has 238 rooms and offers 24-hour room service, as well as a gym with a sauna and steam room. Its Grill25 restaurant serves up the classics in smart surroundings.

Hotel Rheinfelderhof

A few minutes' walk from the city centre (and even closer to the Messe Basel trade fair venue), this is a well-priced hotel with almost 50 rooms. It's nothing fancy but has all the basics covered, from free wifi to satellite TV. There's a traditional restaurant on site.

Teufelhof (Devil's Court)

This enjoyably quirky establishment comprises two hotels: the Kunsthotel (Art Hotel), with nine rooms each designed by a local artist, and the larger Galeriehotel (Gallery Hotel), in which both the rooms and public spaces function as exhibition spaces for artists. Prices can vary greatly according to demand.


Located near the Spalentor city gate in the Old Town, this friendly four-star hotel has 40 comfortable, modern rooms, internet access, fitness equipment, toys and games for kids, DVD rental, a bar and a garden. Another perk: the hotel offers free bike rental for guests.

Pullman Basel Europe Hotel

An upscale chain hotel with a convenient location for the Old Town. It's a sizeable property – there are 141 rooms – and it's popular with business groups thanks to its half-dozen meeting rooms. Other selling points include a fitness lounge and the gourmet Les Quatre Saisons restaurant.

Les Trois Rois

One of the oldest city hotels in Europe, Les Trois Rois is Basel's grandest residence. Over the years, its luxurious rooms and suites on the banks of the Rhine in the Old Town have accommodated such luminaries as Napoleon, Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Mann and Queen Elizabeth II. It also has a fitness centre and various top-notch restaurants and bars.