Built in the middle of a lake, the charming and historic castle of Bottmingen offers customers a beautiful and romantic experience unlike any other. Dating back to the 14th Century, this Swiss mansion has been carefully preserved and elegantly renovated in the past few years with the opening of a fine dining restaurant, a wedding venue and lovely terrace gardens. Famous for its sumptuous French cuisine, the castle's restaurant offers a prix fixe menu along with a normal one, with dishes such as the Vivers lamb, Chateaubriand, Marinated Loch Fyne salmon, Porcini flan with parsley and the lip-smacking desserts sure to leave your taste buds in amazement and wonder. It also an excellent location for functions such as weddings, parties, corporate dinners and other events with lavishly decorated rooms seating 8 to 300 guests and an attentive, courteous service by the friendly staff. It is especially worth visiting during Christmas when the castle is lit up with stunning decorations.
One of the most popular event venues in the city, Volkshaus Basel most commonly plays host to concerts and musical events. Buy a ticket in advance and add spice to your evening with lots of rock, Indie and Electro music. Popular local and national musicians entertain the audiences throughout the year with their classy performances. The space also houses a bar that serves an impressive array of spirits, brews and cocktails.
The old Atlantis presents itself with a revamped interior, attractive wooden tables, comfortable seats and a lot more. These days there is less live music than in the past, but the quality of bands is excellent. A wide range of international dishes are included in the menu where formerly pale, tasteless dishes once held court (check their website for the current dishes). The weekend attracts long lines of people ready to dance to the masterful DJs.
You didn't always get an unrestricted view of the Rhine from the Gasthof Zum Goldenen Sternen. The oldest guesthouse in Basel used to stand somewhere quite different. In the summer you can sit in the garden and relax, watching the river flow by. The interior, composed mainly of halls with benches, has a medieval ambiance. The delicious fare and the impressive wine list satiates every discerning diner's taste buds!
Sushi lovers should head straight to Noohn, a bar and a restaurant that serves alcohol and fusion inspired Japanese fare. The restaurant is quite spacious, with an outdoor seating area, amidst the lush green garden. The rooftop of the restaurant is brightly lit; from where you can gaze at the twinkling stars. Guests can order their favorite dishes from the Sushi Bar. Chefs also offer custom-made orders suiting your palette. Reservations are highly recommended.
Paddy Reilly's is the solution for every homesick Brit or Irish in Basel. The Guinness is poured perfectly, the staff are all British, and often don't have the best German, so orders are all taken in English. The English-speaking community in Basel have certainly taken to this pub. They can relax with their own and forget that they're not in London or Dublin. The interiors, with its old style adverts, certainly make the pub look very authentic. Along with classics like lasagne, they also serve typical pub fare, like Shepherd's Pie and baked potatoes.
Situated within Hotel Bildungszentrum 21, The Rosengarten Restaurant manages to keep the uniqueness of the menu intact. A great place to have fine-tasting meals, especially if you are a large group of people. Since this place can be booked for private luncheons, it is an ideal choice for those, who have come down for a convention or a meeting. A dining area that seats well over hundred people provides not only amazing menu, but also scenic beauty to feast your eyes on. Overall a fine restaurant for leisure meals.
A visit to the Hasenburg will give you an authentic taste of an old Swiss pub. The food is traditional Swiss fare and consequently, this restaurant has attained a sort of cult status in Basel. Nothing and we mean nothing in the restaurant has changed in over 40 years. Under mounted antlers, you can enjoy intimate conversations into the early hours or make new friends with fellow drinkers. Favorites include variations on traditional Rosti (a typical Swiss potato dish). The hearty beers on tap complement just about everything.
Topas is a Jewish restaurant that is best known for its kosher recipes. This simple restaurant can be found in the basement of the Jewish community building of the city. Meals are served from midday, and the daily-changing menu also has a vegetarian option. They have a selected wine for the month, and it's available to take away. With the large range of kosher dishes on offer, you can also order specialties like dumpling soup. There is also a catering and party service available. On the Sabbath, only bookings with pre-payment are entertained.
Restaurant Safran Zunft is a unique place to be with its elegant interiors done up in neutral and warm shades to entice one and all. The menu is laden with traditional local and South African dishes that will please the palate and make you want to come back for more. Their wine list is a splendid collection in itself with an extensive range of wines that perfectly complement the meal. The premises can be used to host private events and parties including weddings, with advance booking. Special events see special menus and don't be surprised if Christmas day brings to you a whole new genre of cooking at this posh restaurant. Check website for more details.
Walliser Kanne is a Swiss specialty restaurant that is known for its Valais platter. Classic wooden seating, low arches, beautiful flower arrangements and ambient lights make up its cozy interiors. The bi-level eatery has a bar at the ground floor and a dining room on the first. In summers, you can relish the fresh delicacies at their open-air terrace. The restaurant serves delectable Wiener schnitzels which are prepared at your table as per the original recipe. The Valais platter is served with bacon, cheese, dry-cured meat and Hauswurst. They serve the cheese fondue in three delicious flavors: with ceps or champagne, or moitié-moitié. You can also try their raclette and fish and poultry specialties.
Zum Isaak is an exotic restaurant that promises you a blend of good 'gastronomy and culture'. Enjoy a vegetarian fare for lunch with a platter of seasonal vegetables, fresh fruits or go in for their meat dishes, succulently cooked and tempered with the right amount of spices. For your dinner, choose from a meat, fish or chicken platter, and lavish your palate with a plethora of delcetable desserts to enchant and spellbind you. THey can also organize banquets at various locations. Small meeting spaces are available within the complex for your cultural needs. Check website for more details.