Cafe Claude - Marina
Cafe Claude - Marina

Cafe Claude - Marina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeclaude.com/
  • Phone: (415) 375-9550
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm
    Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Interested in French fare à la maison? We can provide it! Please send all catering inquiries to info@cafeclaudemarina.com, tell us what you are looking for and we can turn your evening into a French soirée!
  • Entertainment: Please visit our sister restaurant, Cafe Claude downtown for no-cover live jazz Wednesday-Sunday evenings!
  • Special Events: Check out our special events via our website or facebook, and sign up for our newsletter for all the 'latest & greatest' details!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fillmore
  • Public Transit: 22 Fillmore Muni
    Golden Gate Transit Bus via Van Ness
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking, Lombard Garage
A word from Cafe Claude - Marina
Cafe Claude Marina is a French neighborhood bistro, featuring classic bistro dishes in a setting filled with Parisian style. Favorite dishes include coq au vin, onion soup, steak frites and classic creme brûlée, all prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Drenched in vibrant nostalgic flair, the restaurant features antiqued tin ceilings, burgundy flocked wallpaper, dark wood wainscoting and shimmering vintage chandeliers sourced from France. All this elegance transports you to France, but remains a comfortable place to gather with friends or family.

The wine & beverage program from Wine Director Sarah Knoefler highlights wines from the Loire Valley, a selection of French-focused aperitif drinks, and international and locally made beers.

Create your own wine flight during Happy Hour, when wines are $1/ounce, with a selection of perfect French bites.

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Cafe Claude - Marina reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelQuiet
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)romantic (12)special occasion (10)fit for foodies (9)notable wine list (6)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Excellent French Food
    Wabbit
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My partner and I enjoyed Steak Frites with a Cheese plate, and the Prix Fixe Dinner (a soup, duck confit, and chocolate cake). Both were very good meals. Our server was an excellent steward of her wine list: knowledgeable and quite passionate about her work, she shared with us not only excellent selections but samples of other wines in case we wanted some other option. My cheese plate dessert of three different cheeses would have been a tough pairing for anyone else but her selection was amazing. The space was very charming and was a nice place for a romantic getaway: far away from my usual neighborhood and worth the journey! We are looking forward to many return trips.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    hbfam14VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We loved Cafe Claude. Excellent French style food. Very quiet and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive for simple fare.
    JayS
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Simple french fare is OK, but over priced. We also requested a carafe of red wine, thinking it would be economical. It was $38 for a half liter which made the meal far too expensive for a fairly light and simple meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A disappointing evening
    Ginny
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I had been looking forward to this evening as I had enjoyed the Cafe Claude in the Financial District. The menu was narrow and dull although the food was adequate for what it was. Presentation was okay but did not warrant the high price. I've had meals costing over $300 per person and returned the following evening to pay even more because the total experience was extraordinary. The service was good but we had requested a booth and were seated next to the bar. Mediocre experience, unfortunately.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cold Food, No Subs, Out of Items
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We ordered the french toast bites, they were out of maple syrup. The Sophia Mimosa that I ordered that was supposed to come with the cute can of Sophia sparkling wine and cute straw. No straw on my can. Asked if juice was fresh squeezed, of course it isn't. Asked about one item to order, of course they were out. MY friend asked to order the omelet with just egg whites, she was told no, they don't make substitutions. When asked which items were vegetarian, the waitress couldn't answer. When my food finally arrived it was cold...a croquet madame was cold. I would have asked for another or something or let the waitress know but she never came back. She might have asked about it when only half of the sandwich was gone, but she didn't.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was my first time at your restaurant and we enjoyed the meal. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We thought the waiter was pushy trying to push wine onto us. Then a salad and when the main of mussels and chips arrived the portion was very small and the chips were floating in the wine sauce. The manager deducted an amount for the chips and offered us complimentary desert but we were over it by then. Won't be back
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • finickypalate
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Michelle, her staff, chef and staff can be described in five words…"Class! is Class! is Class!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Needed Attention
    goodine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I ordered the trout, which I found over cooked and mushy to the point where I could not, at sight, define the vegetables. My friend ordered beef tartare, which I found unremarkable. The salad of burrata and tomatoes was excellent and the tomatoes may well have been organic because they were so flavorful. The corn fritter appetizer was good too. The dessert, a fruit tarte, was good but the fruit a little underripe and the crust a little hard. The cream almond base was excellent. Waitress was beyond excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bean There Done That
    LocalSourceVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was disappointed with one feature of the fix priced meal recently. The salad was mostly wax and green beans which was fine, but when the excellent roast chicken was also surrounded by wax and green beans I was disappointed. Surely a couple broccoli spears, roasted tomatoes, squash, or some mushrooms would have been a more thoughtful and enjoyable accompaniment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enchante!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cafe Claude in the Marina is a little neighborhood gem of a place that's friendly with delicious food! This was our second time there, and we have dinned at their downtown location as well. Enjoyed their Coq Au Vin and Beef Bourguignon (special of the evening). Service was friendly & attentive. We will certainly be back...........
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 90 reviews are from the Cafe Claude - Marina reviews archive.
  • JGC1VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Good French comfort food, nice welcoming service, could have a conservation and actually hear my dining partner. Wine prices too high!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Grown Up for Cow Hollow
    SocialLight
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love Cafe Claude downtown - vibrant, elegant, live music - a good, stay late and have another glass of champagne energy. The Cow Hollow location is beautifully decorated and the staff were extremely attentive and helpful. The crowd was no where to be found however. Well, actually, they were all at Eastside West enjoying beer specials and nachos. The food was OK. My dinner partner and I both shared the Beignets as an appetizer. After, my Salad Provencale could not compare to the Nicoise salad downtown. It was a few pieces of tuna and a mountain of arugula. My guest had a salad of mostly green beans and cucumbers and the beans seemed completely raw. All in all, we agreed that we should have ordered burgers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice to have Cafe Claude nearby
    compudocVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We've gone to Cafe Claude for years but only a couple of times since they've moved to the Marina. It's nice to have them nearby since we live in the Marina and find parking at the downtown cafe difficult. This restaurant is delightfully unpretentious - like the lovely restaurants in every neighborhood throughout France. The prices are VERY reasonably for the quality of the cuisine. The service is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice French restaurant
    Mountlaurelfamily
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Coq au vin. Very good Service was wonderful. Ambience was very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Parisian Bistro
    SyjazellVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We have eaten at Cafe Claude - Marina twice and love it! The menu is small and the dishes beautifully executed. The service is just right - very personable and attentive without hovering. The decor is lovely - pieces have been collected from Parisian bistros and they have re-constructed the perfect environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find in Cow Hollow
    FeedmewellVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We had been to Cafe Claude on the east side of SF, so before the opera decided to go to the nearer Cafe Claude on Greenwich. On a Tuesday night, and early, it was understandably quiet. Top marks for delicious food and service. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    ObserverVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very much enjoyed the Bouillabaisse here, very good service, quiet spot, both with indoor and outdoor sitting. Prefer the outdoor setting as indoor was too dark for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DOJO
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Service was great and fried sardines was delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but...
    KentVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Very friendly with good and friendly service. Our waitress had a great sense of humor and knew the menu and wine list extremely well. However, food was very very slow to arrive with only three other tables being occupied the evening we were there. Quiet, peaceful atmosphere in a cozy and warm dining room. Food portions moderate and with relatively high prices given quantity and quality. Pretty limited menu. The people are very nice, would really like to see the menu expand a bit, the pace pick a bit, and the prices a bit lower with an expanded wine list with a few more choices especially at the moderate price range (say $30-40). Want this place to succeed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unspectacular
    PaulonVallejoVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    An over-priced salad, a tasteless flat iron steak, and gutless wines...we won't be coming back unless it is for the crispy fries and moist roast chicken (Tuesdays only).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lindaVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    dined at Claude downtown, had to try the marina location to compare. food and menu selection are similar between the the two locations, but i LOVED the ambiance of the marina location, which has old school charm. dark wood and red velvet burnout. the wine list is extensive, one is sure to find something to whet their whistle. a must order item : steak tartare!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Parisian perfection
    SyjazellVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This little bistro is decorated with fixtures and furniture taken from cafes all over Paris. The menu is small and everything is cooked to order and to perfection. I had the trout which was sublimely flavorful. We shared a lovely French red. The service was ideal - just there when we needed something, but not hovering. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprised
    Traveler
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This restaurant looked like a typical neighborhood spot. Very casual, friendly folks in the small space. The food was excellent and wonderfully prepared and very french.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice for what it is
    anonymouseVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The menu is limited, but that's a good thing: the food is well prepared and the service is attentive. The place is spacious and quiet, but we had to ask them to turn down the music because we go there for the quiet ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B'day dinner at Cafe Claude
    jack
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    A delightful, tasty birthday dinner for my bride. If we live long enough, we'll be there again next birthday -- and hopefully many times in between.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place for a night out
    Foodlovingal
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Had a wonderful time here with friends. Everything was nearly perfect. Great service...until the end when we were totally ignored for a very long time. Don't they want us to pay? It's late!!! Food very good overall (fried sardines and steak tartare both very good), but sadly my duck was overcooked. A little slow to come out too. Loved the wine recommendation. Overall, nice experience and we would come back. Though the other cafe Claude has music and that tends to draw us to that one instead.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic French Bistro in Marina
    AttymarinVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    This was the 3rd or 4th time I've eaten here and each time it keeps getting better and better. It's definitely one of the better eating establishments in the Marina/Cow Hollow area. Excellent service provided by Anna; Michelle, the manager, makes you feel welcome and at home. Extremely clean and well-maintained, with a distinct Paris-Old World atmosphere. Food is top quality (great chef), nice sized portions and beautifully presented. We had Bouillabaise (Friday special), Steak Frites, and Petrale Sole for entrees - all memorable, served hot, and freshest ingredients. Salads and Onion Soup (don't miss it) for starters and Profiterols for dessert. Prices are reasonable and worth it for this caliber of food. Great ambiance and charm.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LoveMyFoodVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great location, very charming decor, decent service. Unfortunately, very mediocre food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I'm so happy Claude came to the Marina/ Cow Hollow neighborhood. Great wine, cheese, plates, service and ambiance. Perfect for a first date and I love bringing my gfs here. The wine selection could be expanded but I have yet to be disappointed with a dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Un tour chez Claude.
    Assemian03
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    After our last visit at Claude Cafe in downtown San Francisco my wife and I have to try the other Claude Cafe near the Marina. The experience was even better because it was intimate and cozy,the service was very professional and the food at the right temperature. The wine list was the only question mark but that is not taking away from the romantic dinner we had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood goodie
    BettyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food and service were excellent - quiet and pleasant surroundings. They did a great job with the space.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RestoluvrVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Sardines - awful. Halibut - too sauced, capers!!!! Coq au Vin - high school cafeteria. Radishes - delicious. Dessert - nearly inedible. Candied rhubarb thing - with jello? Back to awful.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • what's the point of booking?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Arrived at exactly 8:30pm (I.e. time of booking) and the restaurant was full. We were not seated for 45min. Cage Claude completely ignored the point of OpenTable.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cafe Claude - Marina
    CBS224VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Had brunch here on Easter and the food was as good as ever. We had the mussels and the chicken salad and both were excellent as was the side of fries. Lacking a full liquor license, their cocktails are restricted to wine based ones but that does not stop them from being innovative and tasty. Service has always been friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Waitress
    Fred
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great waitress, she explained everything, knew about the wine, what would go best with what we were eating. She was a pleasure to have as our Waitress. The music was wonderful, you could listen to it but did not overcome our table conversation.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quite disapointed
    btr2
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We arrived after our friends were seated, and I felt like I was half at the table and half off because the table-2 put together- was so narrow. My coq au vin was ok, but I really couldn't see the vegetables in the dish as the lighting was so poor. When my husband ordered the roasted vegetable main course, the waitress looked blank and finally said, "Oh, you mean the faro dish!" The noise level got so bad we could not even carry on a conversation across our "petit" table. We had one onion soup, vegetable faro, and coq au vin, sharing a bottle of wine with our friends, and the bill was almost $100. And yes, we dine out often in SF and the Marina and this place offers nothing--Bring back the old Cassis, one of our favorite restaurants!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Good
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I dine out at least 4 time a week and largely enjoyed Cafe Claude, downtown for several years. Happy to know that they were bringing this French Style Bistro to the Marina. Been there three times and I'm calling it a strike-out. The wait staff couldn't be better but the food preparation is abysmal. Who is managing the kitchen, no one! Certainly no one from downtown.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • possibly the best onion soup
    adelaide
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    possibly the best onion soup and cheesecake I have ever ordered! My only suggestion would have been to have French music playing in the background instead of the music that was featured.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday Eve in SF
    CECISTANS
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Enjoyable French food, well presented and served. Friendly staff. Menu priced about right for the Marina/Presidio area. Finding parking is difficult in this area--took about 15 minutes of driving around before luckily found a spot about 3 blocks away.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.