The food was delicious. The beer was cold and tasty. The waiter was friendly (and spoke excellent English). And the location was really convenient by tram. A note, the bier bar is on the street level, the restaurant is upstairs. I believe they serve food at the bier bar, but we ate at the restaurant. The price was par for the course (Swiss prices, anyway)
I had Swiss filet of beef with bernaise and my husband had then duck with tart cherries. Both were great.
Barfusserplatz was a fun area in general.
Solid, traditional beer hall setting in downtown Basel, right off Barfusser platz and one of the central tram stops in town. Outside seating was available, but on an early Friday evening, with a Jazz festival starting up outside in a few hours, there were no seats to be had. So we ventured inward.
Nice atmosphere inside (for those of us who like the beer hall sort of thing). With pretzels hanging on a rack on each table and quick drink service, everyone was made happy and comfortable, kids included. Menus were handed out, and they even had English versions for us German-challenged patrons.
A decent selection of beer, but not a huge list; mostly local swiss brews that I was unfamiliar with. On draft they had a blonde, and amber, a dunkel and one dark beer. The first two were quite delicious. The wife had the dark and loved it (I sampled it and was also a fan).
The menu here covered most of the bases for both adults and kids. I had the special with baby pork, ratatouie, and baked potato. It was being hyped as a once-per-year thing (for the jazz festival), but I wasn't all that impressed with the result: the pork lacked flavor yet had too much gristle, and the ratatouille was mediocre; at least the baked potato was good.
Still, most of the group was happy and enjoyed their dinner. The low key and louder atmosphere made us worry less about the kids antics, so it turned out to be a good family place.
Bier hall atmosphere
Daily specials, veggie specials, business lunches
Serve beer & wine
Good food at reasonable prices
Outdoor seating, but smoky
Know the "Zeughauskeller" of Zurich? This is a Germanic baby version of that restaurant, nested in the center of Basel at Barfüsserplatz. It has a simple variety of German/Swiss dishes including egli knusperli, cordon bleu, rindstartar, bratwurst, bretzel, etc. A good place for a hearty lunch/dinner coupled with German beers in a relaxed style area.
Stick with sitting downstairs at the "bierhalle". It doesn't require a reservation. Upstairs will require reservations and it is no longer a casual environment.
Came here after touring Basel for the day. It's a great spot to people watch as it is right by the tram station.
I had fish and chips and beer. Cheap (relatively speaking) and good. For some reason french fries in Europe tastes a lot better.
The cordon bleu was great along with the side of french fries. The dunkel beer they had on tap was fantastic with the dinner. They have both English menus ans wait staff that speak good English.
Really lovely place to share a beer and a meal with a colleague. We were made to feel welcome immediately upon entry and had wonderful barley soup, Bretzen, and Bier. Convenient location. Good times. No complaints.
Good Swiss kitchen, sensible prices and good range of beers. Very central location.
Nice athmosfere good Swiss traditional food (one of the best tartare ever) average prices
Have been there 2 times.
First time in May , after sitting inside for 1 hour, suddenly a note was put on the table saying that it was reserved. It appeared that those tables were for regular customers! May-be they do not like new customers or tourists overthere.
Have complained to the manager and suggested to ask customers if they want to seat at another table. He agreed that would be more polite indeed.
2nd time in September The beer served was half foam/half beer. When complaining it was said
wait a little, then the foam will disappear.
Of course it did, but then the glass was half empty and we do not want to pay for a half glass.
Menu was rather limited compared to a few years ago, so no improvement.
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