Cafe Claude

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$30 and under
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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.
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Social Hour

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

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 15, 2019

Ends: February 16, 2118

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

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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ordered standard French dishes, duck confit I had escargots, also both delicious. One comment about the great wine list - varied, affordable, and a nice selection of wine by the glass. We will go back if we have an event in the area.

C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Claude was absolutely amazing! Absolutely loved the mussels with saffron, sooo good. Everyone said their meals were fantastic, and thought the ambience was perfect. Our servers were so wonderful to my family.

JJ
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Claude-cozy and welcoming with great food!

CL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place as always. Nice to see they have expanded. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, beautiful restaurant and great service! Loved this place!!

LJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good, and the service excellent. We had booked 2 weeks ahead, but were led to a (dark) back table near the bathroom door. We asked to change and were graciously accommodated. Unfortunately there was a corporate holiday party in the bar, which made the center room noisier than we would have liked. We could enjoy a nice live jazz band coming from the party, but when the band ‘took 5’ the sound track was nasty and not conducive to conversation. Our ‘ special occasion’ - a 75th birthday was acknowledged with 2 nice macarons and a candle. We had not asked for more. Next time I would ask to be seated in the room farthest from the bar, which is cosier and more conducive to conversation

RS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a great gathering and dining experience in San Francisco, Cafe Claude is at the top of my list. It's tucked away in an alley and I feel like I've left the city entirely and am enjoying a reasonably priced (though not cheap) meal in France. Never rushed, consistently good food and very professional staff.

A
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We have been coming to the always charming Cafe Claude for over 20 years, and it is one of the few holdouts to have lasted since we first moved to the Bay Area. Somehow they always manage to take a simple premise—French bistro food—and keep it dependably, reliably good. Now they've expanded into the space next door, so there's space for a tasteful jazz band. They used to cram musicians into the dining space, which made for a tight squeeze. A warm and cozy spot in fall and winter. More casual dining in Claude Alley available in the spring and summer. It's one of our go-tos for special occasion lunches, post shopping and holiday time dinners. It's a special place.

TK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place makes you feel as if you are in the Latin Quarter in Paris, with better food! I can’t wait to go back!

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Claude is consistently delicious with delightful service.

DL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Claude's cuisine is exceptional. Two of us had the coq au vin which was perfectly prepared. My husband's mussels were delicious and my nephew raved about his steak frites. All of our appetizers were also excellent. We will happily return.

S
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos the sever was fantastic. Jazz combo was excellent. Food was delicious. Ambience was wonderful.

B
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Great environment and decent food; terrible service.

M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really liked the ambience, the food was excellent and good service as well.

LT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had lunch and dinner within the last 2 months. Trout and chicken roti were fantastic. Service has been exceptional (Kim both times). Chocolate cake was a great ending. Very pleasant evening with live jazz. Would definitely come back to this hidden gem.

MB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent hidden gem in downtown San Fran! We had a lovely business dinner.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Everyone I interacted with working at the restaurant seems to be passionate about providing the best service possible. I would definitely come back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Burned my fingers on warm chocolate cake dish was way too hot. Duck confit rather dry and not enough seasoning. Steak was grass fed which never tastes as good as corn fed—wish there has been corn fed steak option. Not enough food selections. Tuna nicoise and deviled eggs were so-so. Everything was just okay, not great. Best part was the live music—I really enjoyed that a lot.

JC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlos is the best waiter! We love coming here because of him. And of course the good food.

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Absolutely awful-food was not well executed, service was slow and awkward, and we discovered at the end of the meal that our bread had mold on it. Mold. The only decent thing was the chocolate mousse dessert. Definitely will not be returning.

c
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food! Enjoyed the ambience and the quaint setting.

m
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The waitress who served our table was a bit rude. We asked for the next (empty) table to be connected with ours, she said “sure!”, but no action for 15 min. Until my guest arrived and we just had to move the table ourselves for my guest to be seated

BD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and food in a good location. I would return if in the area

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great way to celebrate my birthday while visiting San Fransisco for the first time. Excellent service! Loved the way they made my birthday extra special. Great atmosphere, loved the live jazz music. I wanted to eat more but I was stuffed!

l
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A good classic French cuisine in San Francisco.
Food is good, jazz music excellent, nice service
Keep it like that, please.

r
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

When we were first seated, someone came over and offered us sparkling water, implying it was complimentary. We were surprised to then see him bring a bottle of a French sparkling water ( we thought they had a house sparkling water on tap as some places do) which of course appeared on the bill. And food was uninspired.

m
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely lunch. Frisée salad with smoked chicken breast. Superb

OT
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to Cafe Claude for business lunches in the past. This was my first dinner. Everything was excellent.

Y
Las Vegas
40 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service. was excellent

JC
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We went on a Sunday evening. It took 20 minutes to get drinks and an hour for our meal. My duck confit was chewy. My wife did like her coqauvin. I would not recommend this place. It was my favorite for many years when I was living n the City.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has a great ambiance. The waiters were amazing.

L
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I hadn't been to Cafe Claude for years and was delighted to find they have expanded, now have jazz music and the food is still delicious and authentic. Service was very attentive. It's possible to have a conversation here, even with the music. We will definitely be back.

MT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

De Carlos, the host, was warm and welcoming from the moment we stepped into the front door. Our prior request for a quiet spot was already planned for. Ondine, our waitress, was a wonderful FRENCH surprise, and was SUPERB! Her recommendations for wine was very well thought out (she could be a sommelier), as well as her knowledge of the menu!
We weren’t in a hurry, and thoroughly enjoyed the Escargot, trout, and the cheese board. All was absolutely amazing and we have traveled the world, so you won’t be disappointed. A tru bit of France in the heart of San Fran. Thanks so much. Mary & JC

R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate. We were able to “pull back the throttles” and relax.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

I sliced my hand open real good

c
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best date night! Good for adult night out groups too. Great place to enjoy live music. Had the specials, which were paired nicely with the wine suggested by our server; and the escargot was fantastic! Tucked away in an alley, made it feel extremely fun and romantic.

BT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Pricey ,however the food and ambiance was excellent.

p
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

EC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Music, very good food and cocktails, reasonable prices

HM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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