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Cafe Claude - Downtown
Cafe Claude - Downtown

Cafe Claude - Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeclaude.com
  • Phone: (415) 392-3505
  • 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
  • Executive Chef: R. Patrick Kelly
  • 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 Leila Seppa leila@claudelane.com, hosted in 5 Claude Lane Gallery, catered by Cafe Claude
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz! Thursday through Saturday 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    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 :-)"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Truite Amadine was a perfect selection for lunch. Trout was cooked perfectly. Visited in mid-afternoon, quiet with a cozy table in the corner."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I wanted to take my friend to a french restaurant for her birthday. Cafe Claude had great online reviews so I decided to make reservations. We were both impressed with the incredible food and fantastic service. The steak tartare was delicious and the Epinard (creamed spinach) was to die for. I had the Onglet. The steak was perfectly cooked. Our server suggested a beautiful rose for the meal and the creme brulee for dessert. We enjoyed everything. I will be back for lunch the next time I come into the city!!!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Nested inside a small alley, the location is convenient, but hard to find. The foods are very good, escargots with puff pastry tops are excellent, so is the pate sampler. The rotisserie chickens very good as well. The service is very nice. Definitely recommended!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Tucked away down an alley way, this place would be hard to stumble upon but is worth seeking out. The food was wonderful."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I've been eating at Cafe Claude for over 20years. Never once had a bad experience. Everyone I invite to join me loves it. Indoor or outside it's a gem."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The food and live music at Cafe Claude still shine, but you will sit inches from the next table and might not see your server for long, long stretches. Since the restaurant is so small it's tempting to wonder where the staff congregates (a secret nightclub through the kitchen?). Yes, tables all pushed together is tres chic, but less alluring when your neighbor bumps your table and knocks your water over trying to get out. Coq au vin very good."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Order a glass of Chenin Blanc only to be told they were out. Had the French Onion soup that was almost tasteless. For my entree I order the duck confit that was dry. Very disappointing meal..."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "it took 3 staff members to give us sufficient directions as out of towners we could not find the elusive "Claude" ally way "street"...finally, it was worth the search....food excellent, staff fantastic (w/ one notable exception of a neophyte searching for his rhythm)....very seasoned...felt like European fine dining....a bit pricey but again worth it...."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Our evening at Cafe Claude was delightful. A warm greeting, quick seating, an informed and helpful (but not intrusive) waiter! We were off to a good start. The Chèvre salad was wonderful, and generous enough for a satisfactory split. I had the trout - perfect. The sauce was so good. The raisins and capers added a lot of interest. My husband had the steak with fries. Perfectly prepared and very tender. We split the special Bastile dessert. Yummy. Having been to Claude several times for lunch as well as for dinner, we were happy to be impressed again. I am sure we will keep this on our list of faves. Oh, and the live Jazz on Sat night is just another bit of panache."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Delicious! the Duck Confit, the Coq au Vin, the Escargot and the Vieux Carré cocktail all made up for a wonderful meal at CC."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I took a friend for lunch after 1:00 on a Friday aftertoon and the restaurant was perhaps half full. We had great service. For daytime meals I like to be seated in the front area, which is light and airy. The wine list is full of interesting wine choices. We selected the trout almondine and the salade Niciose as our entrees. Both dishes were beautifully presented and tasty. I worry that this ownership group's expansion into other restaurants will damage Cafe Claude, but happily so far that has not happened. I highly recommend this restaurant for a bit of France."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food here is terrific, as is the attention given to each of us by the servers. We came for a special birthday, and it could not have been better."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Such a little gem. Has the feel of the neighborhood bistro in Paris. Shared a bottle of Bourgonne (Burgundy) and the pate, both great. The duck confit was very good. Plate du Jour was Article Char, very much like salmon, sadly a little over cooked. Best entree was the trout."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Cozy atmosphere, excellent food, excellent service. The pate appetizers were excellent, as was trout armandine. Very good wine selection."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Come here for the food and service but not to have a quiet conversation unless you eat outside in the covered dining area."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Been here many times and the food is still as good as ever. Our table of 4 had the asparagus soup and steak tartare to start, both of which were excellent. We had the monkfish, rabbit parpadelle, salad nicoise and poulet roti all of which were as good as we remembered. Oh, and the chocolate souffle..died and gone to heaven. Only watch out..if you are a party of 4 it is possible to get a table that is cozy enough that it becomes an issue simply fitting everything on the table."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I ate at Cafe Claude before going to the theater. I found the tables very close and the party of 4 next to us unaware of others. We found the starter good; a great French Onion soup and solid walnut/goat cheese salad. Sadly, the entrees were unremarkable. Following our main course, I was surprised they do not offer nonfat milk for lattes. Timing was good for our event but with the number of choices downtown, we won't be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Cafe Claude does not usually disappoint - the food is always very good, and the staff is professional and on top of things. But this time around, our waitress was a ditz. She took my drink order then completely forgot to put it in. (Our party of two sat inside, and the section was three quarters-full. It's a good think the manager was attentive."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "All good. Happy, crowded, place. Worth the wait at the bar with friendly lady bartender and fine wine."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Was running late (10 minutes) so I called 15 minutes ahead of time and the hostess gave me attitude..I mean jeez, I'm your guest? And I'm courteously calling? Wtf! When I got there (5 minutes late), got a cool/unwelcome reception. The owner(?) a French woman, though, was gracious. Hard to shake off the reception!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I've always considered Cafe Claude a good fallback plan, and the spot is darling, but the food just was not up to par this visit."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "A great find. Looking for something different and we found it. The food choices were excellent. Everyone in the place was friendly. The service was quick."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The coq au vin was dry though well flavored. The french onion soup was tasty but needed a bit more oomph. Wine list is ok, although the wines by the glass are expensive for the quality. The bread lacks the texture of a great baguette. Better than the Belden Lane alternatives but my French friends would not be happy."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Step into Claude Lane and be transported to the Latin Quarter. Weekend 3-piece jazz tops the effect. The menu standards are very good but we trust the specials to be just that. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We had a party of four dining early on a Sunday. No one there when we started, but filled up quickly. Good basic bistro atmosphere, nothing fancy but feels quite French. Service was very good, informed and attentive. Starters were only ok -- salad was uninspired, escargot were good but again not exceptional. Main courses were all very good. Coq a vin, trout, duck confit were all first class. Pork chop special was only fair -- somewhat dry. Killer was the creme brulee for desert -- to die for. We ate indoors, but outdoor seating in alley has heaters and would be fun enough, but no view or anything enticing."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great place in Downtown San Francisco. Wonderful live music, exceptional service, and the food was actually to die for. The only thing is that the place is a little small, and the music was a little too loud for my taste, but everything else was perfect and spot-on. Great place, highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The staff is friendly and charming, (our waiter was from the Alps near Evian and understood the tenor of the experience we were looking for: conversational and fun!) The food and the mixed drinks were very good, we marched through small plates (pâté, cheese, (I think, as I said the drinks were good!) soup, and split the entrée, and it ended up being too much food. The music was very good and just enough so you could listen when the conversation lulled but did not force you to raise your voice to be heard."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Have been here often for lunch and it never disappoints. Fun place to sit outside or inside."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I am from Santa Barbara and each time we travel to SF we make sure to have at least one meal here. The food is wonderful as is the service."
    Dined on 6/19/2014