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Chez Donati is an old Italian meeting place for the artists in Basel. Well known for its artistic decor, the restaurant emphasizes on food from the region of Piedmont. Classic as well as contemporary Italian food is served here. The wood paneled walls, neutral color, Murano chandeliers and modern art on the walls set the ambiance. You will find signed works by Andy Warhol, Jean Tinguely and Jean Michel Basquiat hanging on the walls. The chefs are well known for their Antipasti and Osso Buco and their specialty is Braised beef and fresh fish.
What would Basel be without Bodega? The restaurant tends to get rather noisy but its atmosphere is inspiring and the spaghetti is very good. Situated on the Barfüsserplatz, it is much-favored by advertising and other creative types as well as well-versed watering-hole patrons! You can't always hear yourself speak on the ground floor and it is the busiest part of the restaurant; a place where people come to enjoy a beer or a coffee. Thanks to the elegantly laid-out tables, the first floor is a bit more chic but the story is still the same: it usually gets jam-packed. If you want to dine on the top-floor you will definitely need to book a table, especially on weekends. Call for details.
You may be surprised to find such a small, reasonably priced restaurant in such a splendid location next to the river Rhine. In fact, all of the riverside restaurants on the Kleinbasler bank are next to one another, with this one being squashed between two hotels. Dishes served here are mainly of the pasta and anti-pasta variety. The home made cakes, washed down with a large cafe latte, are nothing less than a treat. In the summer, the sun shines onto the Zum Schmale Wurf's terrace and if you want to sit here, you will have to come early. The locals love to make use of one of the city's few sun-filled spots.
Birseckerhof is sure to takes you back to times gone by. Imposing pillars hold up the high ceiling, exquisite art dresses the walls and antique lamps complete the ambiance. The staff can be a tad moody sometimes, but at times they are cordial and prompt. Both lunch and dinner are reasonably priced, and the menu changes frequently. Don't forget to try the house wine. Even the homemade desserts are fresh and fabulous.
Da Roberto is only a stone's throw away from the railway station. This restaurant is entirely devoted to Italian cuisine. It can be difficult to get a table here at lunchtime as the restaurant is popular with office workers from the many local firms. The service is friendly and relaxed, and the food is served unpretentiously, almost like a bar in Rome. The interior is composed of the colors of the Italian flag, but is unobtrusive nonetheless. The antipasti, fish, and pasta can all be highly recommended, and the lunch menu offers good value for money.