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St Johannsvorstadt, Basel, Switzerland
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11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate at this hotel on a recommendation of a friend. I was not disappointed. Food was so flavorful and hot ! For dessert, a beautiful dessert cart was rolled out. It was a bit of nostalgia. I had Isle flotante which is egg white floating in vanilla sauce. A lovely, unhurried evening.

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1 Thank lisakeg
Melbourne, Australia
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72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Let's face it. No matter what the food is like, eating in a restaurant overlooking the fast-flowing Rhine River is something special. That's the view at Chez Donati, and the food is as good as the splendid river. The staff were fabulous - classic Italian service with food that lives up to them and a very good wine list. We... More 

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Thank MA J
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28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

I went to this Basel institution with my wife for the second time. If you are looking for snazzy en vogue decor, this is not your place. If you are looking for a good meal with good service and a little local history, then this is the ticket. The food is very good, although I think for the price, presentation... More 

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Thank Scott C
London
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69 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

An institution in Basel. Top quality food and service in a quaint and serious (but not too formal setting). I have been a couple of times and had an excellent experience and would always go back, albeit accepting it is a wallet breaker each time (but not bad value for what you get in terms of quality and portion size... More 

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1 Thank cyulcfslx
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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464 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Chez Donati is an institution. The freshest food, the best wines, the most elegant patrons. Impeccable service, amazing food, everything is outstanding. This is a very expensive restaurant and you need a reservation. Dress for the ocasion. 5th visit

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Thank Thomas K
Zurich, Switzerland
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92 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Everytime you go there you will be happy about the very cosy Location with nice and valuable paintings, friendly staff and the excellent Italian Food. The menu covers everything that you can think of when you think of good Italian Food, i.e. excellent Starters and Pasta, meat and fish and to top this the Dessert trolley full of delicacies.

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1 Thank Thomas R
Switzerland
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82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We went to this restaurant for a special occasion and the service was excellent. The weather was good and we were offered a choice of table on the terrace overlooking the Rhein. It was delightful. We were looked after from start to finish, in an attentive but not overbearing way, and the food was excellent. This was a restaurant we... More 

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Thank Colin H
London, UK
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Our first visit to this restaurant. It was nearly empty, and yet the maitre d' led us to a tiny table at the very back that was literally wedged between a wall and the only large party in the entire restaurant (we had to turn sideways and edge into our chairs). We asked to be moved, and the staff were... More 

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Thank justhe4ofus
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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238 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

I have been invited once more to this so-called Italian (Piedmont)restaurant and found the service, quality of food, and price poor. A propos service: our host was welcomed extremely politely, whereas we, his 2 guests , were hardly noticed. In general I found the waiters as arrogant as ever with the exception of the French waitress. The amuse bouche was... More 

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Thank jocoine
Cumberland, Maryland
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

For our first night in Basel, my husband made reservations at Chez Donati. We were greeted at the door by the manager and several staff members. They seated us outside, and we had a beautiful view of the Rhine River. I had the fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil salad and the bouillabaisse, which featured 5 different fish . Both were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St Johannsvorstadt, Basel, Switzerland
  • Location: Europe  >  Switzerland  >  Canton of Basel  >  Basel

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?