Cafe Claude

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
4097 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
French
Close to Union Square and closer to Paris, Café Claude has remained an unpretentious neighborhood meeting place nestled amongst the urban skyscrapers. Café Claude is a classic Bistro, Gallic waiters, and Paris Bistro style menu. Enjoy a bubbly atmosphere with live Jazz from Thursday thru Sunday, while seated in an intimate banquette or outside.

Our patio is shielded against the wind, and the heating lamps keep our patrons toasty even on a brisk evening.

Signature menu items at Café Claude include onion soup, croque monsieur and salade niçoise, steak tartare, coq au vin and steak frites.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details

Specials

Social Hour

Come and join us to our Social hour from 4 to 6 pm, unique bites with delicious wines and crafted cocktails.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 15, 2019

Ends: February 16, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

What 4097 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
BT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Pricey ,however the food and ambiance was excellent.

p
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch at this old fave. Cafe Claude does nor disappoint. The onion soup, croque madame and salad were great. My dining companion loved her poulet roti.

HM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We are demanding of our food quality and preparation. We found Cafe Claude's food good, not great. We had escargot (excellent), a cheese platter (good selelction, adequate portion), duck leg confit (good), Petrale sole (one with chile remoulade--not spicy--and one without--very peppery, my wife found it inedible) and steak frites (done to order). Frites disappointing. Bread served was comparable to a Safeway baguette. Did not try dessert. Went for gelato. Band playing jazz was excellent and did Corcovado for me.

V
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time dining with Cafe Claude when we scrambled for last minute reservations to celebrate our anniversary. What a fabulous decision! We were seated near the jazz quartet's stage and met with champagne by our server Kim, who could not have been nicer or more attentive throughout the evening. Our entrees were delicious, I chose the Coq au Vin and my husband enjoyed the French onion soup and Salade d'Asperge Lyonnaise (substituted dijon mustard dressing instead of hollandaise). Throughout our meal we enjoyed listening to the jazz ensemble. The dining room has lovely decor, warm and relaxing and we felt like we'd wandered into a beautiful little bistro in France. Looking forward to our next visit.

SF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were outstanding! But we requested outdoor seating and the “Patio” turned out to be an alley. They sat us at a table where there was a vent at our feet that blew air all over our legs like a wind tunnel. When we asked if we could sit inside or move to a table away from the “wind”, they were kind but because they were full, unable to accommodate our request. Outdoor “Patio” tables are covered with paper (rather than cloth tablecloths). Our waitress and the food was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant if you want a fabulous French meal but suggest you book an indoor table.

KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappoints! The food is wonderful and we love the atmosphere!

KJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Claude was a pleasant eclectic experience with piano jazz music playing, unique ambiance, a friendly waitress and to top it off delicious food. My meal started with a moderately spiced steak tartare followed by a crispy skinned, tender duck quarter and a dessert of a very hot tasty chocolate Moelleux au Chocolat. To note: The restaurant is located down an alleyway easily passed by.

JA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places and it was wonderful to share it with friends. We had a delicious meal, great service, and perfect atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.

MG
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, classic French bistro food, served with grace in a charming location. One of my downtown SF favorites.

JR
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice restaurant, but losing it's uniqueness. Long ago you heard more French than English at Cafe Claude and the buzz felt Parisian. The food was good (though my Coq Au Vin had a heavy sauce), Jazz music was very nice and the service was prompt. Nice place to go out.

DM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Been going for years. The quality of the food has dropped dramatically.

MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Great ambience, great food. Romantic. Excellent service. Noise levels were low which was nice.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered escargot, French onion soup and charcuterie board, and they turned out quite amazing. The cheese on French onion soup was not too hard or too soft, and the dishes were less salty than a lot of other French place. The live jazz music is definitely a plus. Check this place out if you are into music + French food.

ER
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. I loved it. The music was perfect for the night. The risotto was very good. What a perfect night for my birthday.

WJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Pretty Restaurant, a bit too dark, and the live music makes it very noisy. Food was excellent, we order the recommended highlighted wine which was perfect. The service is very friendly but not warm and familiar. I would recommend it for quality French Faire.

MR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Great service. Have been going for years and never disappoints. There was a live band there our last time and we had to switch tables because we were band adjacent and couldn’t talk but they moved us as quickly as they could.

J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nicely prepared French food in a lovely environment

EH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here for years. The food and service are fantastic. It's like taking a trip to France without every leaving San Francisco.

AM
Atlanta
55 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was OK nothing special. Had Steak Tartar - not bad but not the best. The service was not good at all despite not many people at the restaurant. Disappointed in the experience. I had high hope but it was let down.

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening, the food was delicious, the service was very good and The ambiance was relaxing and enjoyable.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was incredibly friendly and attentive, with no rushing us at all. Delicious food

SF
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cafe Claude is always fantastic and delicious!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing from the ambiance to the food, we fell in love with this place!

W
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic live jazz band! We ate in the beautiful room with the crystal bar. Ordered the escargot, the chicken, the steak tartare, and a few cocktails. Everything was fantastic!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We dined on a very hot day in the city. It was very hot in the restaurant as it did not have AC. I would have appreciated more frequent refills of water given the heat. Other than that the service was great. The food was delicious, price seemed reasonable for the taste, quality and portion. Would absolutely dine here again. It was a bit too dark in the restaurant so it made the menu rather difficult to read.

CC
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the trout and my friend had the duck. We split a goat cheese salad. The salad was very tasty. The duck also, but the trout was a bit blah. Service was good, but I would try another French restaurant first before returning.

NB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are a book group and have had trouble finding a quiet and nicely priced restaurant. Cafe Claude fits our criteria very well.

JS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my girlfriend's birthday din din and I notified them before hand when making the reservation. They made us feel so welcomed and everyone who attended to us wished her happy bday, they sang happy bday to her 3 times, they joked with us, gave us recommendations based on my food allergies, brought out champagne for us to cheers to on the house and dessert. It was so awesome and the food... oh my goodness the food!!!!! Go!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Server chewing gum, very aloof. No professionalism.
Onion soup cold, pate did not feel and taste fresh.
We ordered partale sole which is a thin filet,
What was served was a rolled price of fish, which
We enjoyed but was not what we ordered.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Claude continues to be a favorite place for dining in the city. Every detail is well conceived, and our extended family, all of whom love French food, agrees it is always delightful.

O
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful restaurant. I enjoyed every part of it. The trout was especially delicious.

MN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was wonderful, but the duck was dry, and the Ahi salad was lacking in texture. the Glazed Pecan salad was fantastic!

JH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I truly enjoyed our great experience at CAFE CLAUDE!!

MA
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently visited San Francisco, and after some research, went to dinner at Cafe Claude. It was incredible! Great atmosphere, music, food, and wonderful little location. A definite must visit for next time! thanks !!!

LM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always loved Cafe Claude and went there often for lunch when I worked downtown. So I suggested it for dinner when my friends came visiting. They loved it - everything about it - and I'm sure when they return for another visit, we'll be eating there again.

MM
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service excellent.

s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Salad disappointing. Steak was very tougj
French onion soup excellent

BE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My favorite lunch restaurant in San Francisco. Delicious!

Report
SA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to get a reservation but so worth it. The best soufflés!!

J
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great French food. Was a little dark inside. Servers were very friendly.

1
2
3
103

Tweets by Cafe Claude