Restaurant Chez Donati Restaurant, Basel
What the "Kronenhalle" is for Zurich, the "Chez Donati" is for Basel. For more than 50 years, classic "Italianità" has been celebrated here on the bank of the Rhine. In keeping with the classic tradition, we had "Antipasti misti del carello" for starters. The carello (cart) is the Donati's hallmark, carrying everything from antipasti, to the roast of the day, and all the way to desserts. Whatever is wheeled in on the cart is truly good. We then moved on to the ultra-tender "Tournedos Rossini" steaks. Be sure to leave some space for one or more delicacies from the desert cart. For us a must-have is the fluffy Gâteau St-Honoré, delivered daily from Confiserie Beschle, one of Basel's oldest pastry shops. Closed on: Sundays and Mondays
Restaurant Price range
A 3-course menu or dinner à la carte per person will cost approx.:
- Below € 30
- Below € 80
- Above € 80
On Fridays, Donati's serves the finest Bouillabaisse in town, and has done so – needless to say – for the past 50 years.
If you did not already know, opening the wine list will tell you that "Chez Donati" is associated with the grand hotel "Les Trois Rois." The wine prices are sky-high, and appear to have been multiplied by the factor of four.
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Location, ambience, room, service, and wine list:
6 = one of a kind
5 = excellent
4 = good
3 = satisfactory
2 = imperfect
1 = poor
6 = superior culinary art (normally 3 Michelin stars)
5 = extraordinarily creative culinary performance – often awarded one or two Michelin stars
4 = excellent cuisine, high quality, and consistency
3 = great cuisine, out of the ordinary
2 = unambitious cuisine
1 = best not to dine here
6 = unique resort or restaurant that satisfies (nearly) every need and desire
5 = top-of-the-lot in its category, as-new infrastructure, with lavish attention to detail
4 = swank restaurant or thrilling hotel with restaurant, bar, indoor or outdoor pool, gym, and spa
3 = elegant restaurant with patio, or small-but-refined hotel with restaurant
2 = harmonious restaurant without terrace or a luxurious B&B with swimming pool
1 = simple restaurant or charming B&B without swimming pool
On the edge of the historic town centre, right by the Johanniter Bridge across the Rhine.
A museum-like ambience: Pieces of art on the walls, heavy chandeliers and classic if dated furnishings create a harmonious atmosphere, and represent the very spirit of "Chez Donati." Time seems to have come to a standstill here.
The restaurant extends across two rooms. In the summertime, tables are also set out on the little patio above the Rhine.
Traditional, down-to-earth Italian cuisines, and especially the dishes on the "carello" are a sure bet – and have been for more than 50 years.
Small wine list, the focus being on Italian specialities.
In keeping with the ambience, lovingly cared for by grizzled staff.
Location: Basel | Basel
Restaurant Chez Donati
Sankt Johanns-Vorstadt 48 · 4056 Basel
Phone +41 61 322 09 19