Cafe Claude - Downtown
Cafe Claude - Downtown

Cafe Claude - Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeclaude.com/
  • Phone: 4153923505x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For unique dining experiences and special events, please contact us!
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz! Wednesday through Sunday from 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Find our calendar online at www.cafeclaude.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bush & Kearny
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is readily available at the Sutter Stockton Garage, which is one block away from the restaurant.
A word from Cafe Claude - Downtown
Close to Union Square and closer to Paris, Cafe Claude has remained an unpretentious neighborhood meeting place nestled amongst the urban skyscrapers. Cafe Claude is a classic Bistro featuring a zinc bar, Gallic waiters, and Paris cafe style food. Enjoy a lively atmosphere, weekend jazz, and a traditional Parisian cafe menu while seated in a cozy banquette or outdoors on charming Claude lane.

Signature menu items at Cafe Claude include, at lunch, Niçoise Salad, Steak Tartare, Coq au Vin, and Moelleux au Chocolate.
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Cafe Claude - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
224 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (112)fit for foodies (110)neighborhood gem (97)special occasion (85)great for outdoor dining (64)great for lunch (52)notable wine list (49)vibrant bar scene (23)late-night find (22)good for groups (19)great for brunch (17)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Had a good meal
    Niki53
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We are party of 5, first we shared 4 appetizers of cheeses, salad green, pate, and prosciutto. I had trout with green beans, very tasty honest food. Staff served us well. The wine is a little high in price. The jazz band created romantic atmosphere. This is the place to get a satisfying meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tres bien!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Cafe Claude was a great place for a special night out. My cousin, whom I rarely see, met me there and we enjoyed great food, fine dinner music from Steve Lucky and Carmen Getit, and were still able to hold a continuous conversation without shouting. The service was attentive without being overbearing, and we were not hurried out. It was a bit pricey, but worthi it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • J'ai adoré...
    MR99
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    It was a nice little surprise in a small back alley. We came from Montreal and it was a delight to have a french waiter in a french restaurant. He recommended good food and wine. The escargot en croute wasn't chewy and the onglet (Hanger steak) was cook to perfection (medium). My girl enjoyed the Coq au vin, the chicken was melting of the bones with a great mix of vegetables. Go there, it deserves to be know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Delicious escargots; wish we has had the bread earlier so we could dip in sauce. Special of day petralle sole was well prepared, not over cooked. Flat iron steak was cooked just right, tho sauce over it was rather vinegary. Desserts: crime brûlée and lemon tart outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    shelleyb
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food, the service, the ambience and the great music all combined to make a lovely experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very excellent food. Well-located
    Carlito
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Very good food. French onion soup was just simply amazing one of the best I've ever had.The service was perfect. The ambiance could have been a bit more jazzy. It was a bit quiet. I will definitely go back. A great place to recommend
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tastybits
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food and fun ambience. Our friends from Palm Springs, who, like us, have traveled all around the world, also enjoyed it. While it is French in milieu and food, yet it feels very San Francisco to me. I'll go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere and food
    Pablosalglez
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    It is a great restaurant with a ver uncommon location (in an alley), but the music is amazing! The food is delicious, and the service great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden San Francisco
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The whole experience was excellent. (but it's a tad expensive) Food is very good and the wait staff was extremely helpful. Great place to take your date; a slice of Paris in San Francisco. Overall, this is a great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointeddiner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I was very disappointed by Cafe Claude, and embarrassed at having taken a friend and former colleague of mine from Philadelphia there. It was particularly distressing as I have been a great fan and customer of Cafe Claude for at least 10+ years. We were seated in what could have been a charming table in the corner, but the night was warm and the air circulation was poor. More important, though, no one came to take our drink order for at least 20 minutes and I had to go up to the hostess and ask her to please send our wait person. After we finally got our wine, we waited another 15-20 minutes for someone to take our order. I had the char and it was delicious. My friend had the Poulet Roti and thought it was OK.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do Not Recommend
    sativus84
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a very poor experience overall with both service and food. The waitress spilled a hot dish on one of our party's arm while serving another. Service was rushed with entrees arriving too soon while we were still enjoying our appetizer. The music was too loud and very inappropriate for a French bistro. Mussel dish was too salty and the mussels miniscule. Warm chocolate cake was very disappointing - very leaden and not at all the texture it is supposed to be. With so many other great places to eat in SF, don't bother. Even Claude Alley where it is located has become grubby and very unattractive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded our expectations
    GMBarge
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Having eaten at Cafe Claude many years ago and having a very favorable memory of the place, we returned this year during our anniversary trip. The restaurant is not much different in ambiance from years ago and the food is really outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming and reasonably priced
    mwhiteVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Perfect little French restaurant that was a lovely evening overall. All of our main courses were delicious from the hangar steak, coq au vin, duck confit to the trout almandine. Loved the background jazz too. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific!
    Robert
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The four of us celebrated my spouse's birthday with a Tuesday night dinner. The dining crowd was thin. We had excellent service, great meals and a genuinely friendly sense of hospitality. We could not have been more pleased. The duck confit over lentils was the dining favorite at our table. The hostess went out of her way to find a pretty vase to keep a bouquet of flowers given to my wife while we dined. It was a gracious extra touch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • peter
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    appetizer figs with bacon great desert same level music is very nice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing entre
    Pykeenow
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    despite reading some negative posts about the food, we went because we liked the live music trio playing that night. For soup and salad we ordered the Potage de maise and the Chevre . The corn soup was sweet and very tasty. Salad was O.K. goat cheese was spread thickly on bread and very good. I ordered Coq Au Vin and thought the chicken was overcooked and dry, the sauce was so bland that if I was not starving I would have left for another restaurant. Where was the wine flavor i was looking forward to? My wife ordered the flat iron steak. She only ate a few bites as it was too tough and sent it back. We didn't want to chance dessert so left dissapointed. The manager did take the steak off of the bill. The service was excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    First time dining at Cafe Claude and would return and also recommend to others. As most French bistros, the menu is limited, but all selections were worthy of choice. Very small bar that puts out tasty cocktails. Service very attentive - the waiter actually pays attention to the timing and needs of the table. Much cheaper than a ticket to Paris!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Always enjoy this restaurant. Food is consistent and service staff are friendly and very capable. Live music was a nice touch and, thankfully, they kept the volume at a reasonable level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, music too loud
    Antieanna
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Chez Claude is too small to have musical band iplay indoors - I will henceforth go there only when there is no musician band
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good, As Always!
    janesingsVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have eaten at Cafe Claude many times over the years, and it is always very good. The food is delicious and the service is very good. The ambiance and location are nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great romantic French Restaurant
    goodcouple
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was a great French restaurant. The staff is attentive and they have a nice menus selection.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    DinerInDisguise
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Love this little place! The food is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Raphdraw
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I love this place! Everything about this restaurant is wonderful. Very French like cafe.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    comingagain
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Loved the food, service was outstanding. Waiter heard us sing to our companion a happy birthday and when desert arrived so did a candle. It was first class. And I love sitting outside in the alley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food for special occasion
    Shana723VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Good food, excellent service. But a bit crowded if you don't mind. Great for special occasion !
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ElliotSF
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Fantastic as always. Very welcoming and consistently great service and fod
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • open late, perfect
    saxo
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great to find a romantic spot open late on a Monday night. I love the little European-style back alley places in SF. Service was excellent -- our waiter was friendly and knowledgable about the wines, and gave us just the right amount of attention. We really just had a snack and drinks so I can't speak with much authority on the food, but I enjoyed my salad with chevre -- fresh and substantial. Will definitely come back for a full dinner -- a little earlier next time so that they let us sit outside. That was my only disappointment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing duck
    MariposashelVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Over the past years, I have ordered duck in many restaurants. It is a difficult protein to prepare properly. Too well, and it's tough; too rare and it's raw. Without question, this was the finest duck dish I have ever had the privilege to enjoy. Perfectly cooked, tender an flavorful, it was a joy. Add to that a glass of Zaya rum, my first taste and suggested by the bartender, it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful meal
    JimAVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went here for a birthday celebration, and requested a nice table for the event. We had never really heard of it, just found it on open table and read thru the reviews. We were very happy with the results. The service was quite personable, they made note of the birthday as we were seated and enhanced our dessert at the end. The food selection was limited, but we each found a couple things to choose from and everything tasted good, although the pork chop was a bit dry (hard to avoid). We arrived for an early seating and the noise grew as it got busier, but nothing that prevented conversation. We will definitely add it to our list of good places and go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service was excellent. The live jazz trio was fun. It was a bit hard to hold any kind of serous conversation, but very romantic. It is down this little restaurant filled ally close to Union Square. I will be going back sometime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Declining
    GeneralVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I've been here a couple of times and the last one was not very good. The food was very poor and the ambience was not as it used to be.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated
    UgonorreA
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Coming from Europe you know you have a high restaurant standard. Anyway I went there with my girlfriend, the ambient was really comfotable but the dinner was everything but remarkable, and the price way too high to what served. You pay the ambience and the location, but to eat good look somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great management
    dsfourni
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Service and management was outstanding. Even after a misunderstanding on the meal choice, the waitress and manager made the third meal for free to go as a compensationm great food and great people
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JC
    JCetc
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Nice location and polite and pleasant staff. Food was acceptable but not outstanding. Music was great but the congestion and voice-noise of the venue diminished from the experience. It seemed as if it was trying to do too much with too little. I intend to return but with a different approach and expectation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food; intimate setting
    leftcoastlove17
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cafe Claude had a nice intimate feel. Crafted cocktail menu options were delicious and my husband and I both enjoyed our dinner selections; our food was fresh, flavorful and prepared nicely. Enjoyed the live jazz in the background as well. I would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Cuisine Perfection
    NatashaSFVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I love this spot, and we brought my company here for lunch last week. Lovely cheese plate. Great salads (love the Chevre Salad) and chicken. Will come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Lunch
    RobBVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Claude Lane and Cafe Claude in particular make for a lovely lunch spot on a sunny day. Our server was outstanding and the food was delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My birthday lunch 7/28
    mrgoodman
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Everyone was very accommodating, given that my dad and I sat for a while waiting for the 2 others to join us; at some restaurants there can be an "attitude" about staying at the table for so long, but not at Claude! It was really a delightful birthday lunch for me, and the waitress was delightful and patient with us. Also, the bartendress made me a vesper (not on the menu anymore) and was equally delightful (though I did miss Horacio!) Thanks also for the dessert with a candle with it; I like that stuff :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch or evening spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I've had lunch and dinner here quite a few times. Never a disappointment. Great food, great (although sometimes slow) service. It's a great spot if you aren't pressed for time and can wind down to some good food and conversation with your companion(s).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So - So
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Second time at Claude. Pasta dish good, Chicken dish horrible. Waiter forgot 1 dessert which we had removed from the charges. Far to pricey for what you get. The music was good. We will not be returning a third time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic