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St Johannsvorstad, Basel, Switzerland
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
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64 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 

1 Thank cyulcfslx
Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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464 reviews
293 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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

Thank Thomas K
Zurich, Switzerland
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Thomas R
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82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Colin H
London, UK
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60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank justhe4ofus
Bad Krozingen, Germany
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227 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank JoCoiner
Cumberland, Maryland
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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 

1 Thank swellsville
Basel, Switzerland
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112 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Nice restaurant in a traditional way. Waiting staff are older and a traditional style service. The food is relatively simple but nice. Dessert trolley looks amazing but I didn't sample unfort. For the price I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to come back for a personal dinner but I'd be happy to return to have another sample... More 

2 Thank DGM_1981
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

My birthday dinner at Chez Donati was really special. We did make a reservation and were received and shown to our table with a warm welcome. The service was excellent, our waiter Roberto was attentive and humorous without being intrusive. The interior and the atmosphere, very smart but not over the top, made it a truly special experience. The food... More 

Thank Irina K
Canton of Aargau, Switzerland
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180 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

Visited them during the baselword fair the resturant had its main door closed and when we knocked the guy who opened was very arrogant and said all tables are reserved in a very rude manner , i had a few business friends from other country and they found the attitude very shocking, there is a polite way to communicate the... More 

5 Thank Traveller4146

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Italian, Mediterranean, European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
18:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: St Johannsvorstad, 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?