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
210 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)romantic (98)neighborhood gem (96)special occasion (75)great for outdoor dining (62)great for lunch (56)notable wine list (42)good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (20)late-night find (17)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Great food, nice wine, nice music and atmosphere. As a just married couple we had a special night over here.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    QuindiVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Always point on. Been coming for 14 years, and they never miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Solid
    matineeVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have eaten dinner here a couple times and it is always good, sometimes great. We had dinner for 4 this time and it fell into the good category. Hopefully, next time we get back to great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Wonderful! The staff is friendly and the food is great. Perfect French bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was superb
    Adelaidians
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We loved the food and wine at the Restaurant. The service was attentive and staff were knowledgeable. We were given an extra desert which was a lovely gesture. We would recommend this as we were very impressed with the meals. Thank you for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romance at the Cafe Claude
    mthpeaceVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Even a really bad French restaurant carries with it a certain romantic cache and this is an outstanding French restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was so good that I almost felt as though everyone was a professional actor performing the roles of waitress, etc., as if following a script that was written to assure superb service. This was my first trip to Cafe Claude and I will return. The only caveat I would mention is that we dined there on a weeknight and the restaurant had just opened for the evening, so the crowd was small. The facility is small and a larger crowd could get very noisy, taking away some of the romance and lowering the ambiance. Best to go on a weeknight and get a 5:30 pm reservation. ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Food
    sfotpa
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Lovely little space on Claude Alley, wonderful duck leg and lentils cooked just right. Service very good,there at the right time and knowledgeable about the menu and wine. sweet place in a great Union Squre locaton. Will return,can't wait to try other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jujulebourg
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Cafe Claude has great ambiance with the live jazz music, terrace & great bar tending. We saved our visit for a special occasion in anticipation to a great night ahead of us. We sat inside and had a great time listening to the music with a round of excellent cocktails & wines. The decor reminded us of the american-french appeal missing some of the true authentic feel. Right away we noticed the waiters seems stressed and rushed (although it was a late night reservation). We were disappointed to not converse with true french waiters, we felt as if they held back. The food was good, able and well garnished, but not exquisite as hoped. Over-all a good experience nevertheless.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely dining
    Dinerdad
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Very good food and great service. The menu selection was classic French.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Bistro Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Best thing about Cafe Claude besides the food is the service. Great, fresh and delicious French food that isn't overly priced. Definitely worth checking out at least once. Good for two people. Beyond that it can feel a little claustrophobic.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!
    dante
    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.
  • Very Nice
    CT86
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food and drinks were great. The servers were extremely friendly. Live music is icing on the cake.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for lunch
    restaurantmaven
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I met an old friend visiting from Europe who remembered Café Claude from years ago, when he lived in San Francisco. He said in some ways, it's much better than it's ever been and I tend to agree. The soups are always terrific, wine list outstanding. Looking forward to going again for lunch next week. Only one observation: the outdoor seating area doesn't always smell terrific, the whole alley way needs a good scrub so you may want to keep that in mind if you are booking on a hot day for lunch - would have given it 5 stars for ambiance if we'd eaten inside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Lunch Spot
    AllieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Cafe Claude is one of my favorite French restaurants. I took my co-worker, who is from France out to lunch. I watched him carefully as he mixed the beef, egg and the side ingredients with his fork and knife, adding just enough Worcestershire sauce and dijon mustard. He thoroughly enjoyed his steak tartare! I normally have the Croque Monsieur, but I wanted to try something different so I ordered the Chevre salad with chicken and it was delicious. To my surprise the warm goat cheese was spread on my levain and it was good. The chicken was tender and juicy and I loved the combination of apple and candied walnuts in my salad! The service was spot on; attentive, but not overbearing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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.