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About Cafe Claude

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 onion soup, croque monsieur and nicoise salade at lunch, and steak tartare, coq au vin and steak frites at dinner.

7 Claude Lane
San Francisco, CA 94108
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Happy Hour! Weekdays: 4:00-6:00pm

Cross Street:
Bush & Kearny

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 392-3505

Website:
http://www.cafeclaude.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz! Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Find our calendar online at www.cafeclaude.com

Catering:
For unique dining experiences and special events, please contact Victoria at victoria.kreckler@aubonrepas.com or (415) 738-8045.

New Private room available now!

Parking Details:
Parking is readily available at the Sutter Stockton Garage, which is one block away from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Justin Minnich

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us Thursday thru Saturday and enjoy live Jazz music from 7 to 10 pm. More information listed at cafeclaude.com

Specials

Complementary paired Sips and Bites from Cafe Claude
Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Complementary paired Sips and Bites from Cafe Claude
Details

Cafe Claude Bite: french caramelized onion, emmental cheese, baguette crostini begin with a sip of Segura Viudas Sparkling Wine; finish the meal with a taste of Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: August 29, 2017

Ends: December 31, 2017

Availability: Daily 5:30PM-6:30PM 9:00PM-10:00PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We will be serving our regular all-day menu and we will be open from 5:30 to 10:30 pm.

Happy Holidays!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We will be serving our regular all-day menu from 5:30 to 11:00 pm. We will be offering food and wine pairing, holiday cocktails and additional food specialties. Jerry Oakley Trio will be playing from 7 to 11 pm, bubbles at midnight. Hats and Tiaras available for the courageous!
Happy New Year!

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Private Dining

From a grand cocktail party throughout the restaurant, to a casual dinner for 14 on the patio, Cafe Claude welcomes private events.

Cafe Claude Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (75)
Authentic (51)
Neighborhood Gem (49)
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Cozy (49)
Special Occasion (48)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Live Music (47)
Romantic (46)
Good for Anniversaries (43)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Notable Wine List (27)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Great for Lunch (25)
Business Meals (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Fun (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Casual (18)
Comfort Food (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
People Watching (12)
Great for Brunch (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Healthy (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Tapas (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great French bistro for the price. The live music and ambience was wonderful.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was very good. The kitchen was backed up, so the service was slow. They did apologize by comping the dessert.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Not as good as Paris but an adequate butter lettuce salad and missed the mark with steak/frites-

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Delightful

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great atmosphere and fabulous food. The booths are a bit snug, but cozy.

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Always killer service (be patient, these servers are busy and worth it)! Steak tatare, best in class.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The place is charming and the service excellent -- warm and welcoming. The food was good, for sure, but not outstanding or memorable. But it is a comfortable place for relaxing and eating good (if not great) French food with a little California edge.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

A birthday dinner celebration.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Another friend told me they have live music other nights, but I am allergic to jazz so we lucked out. We were two Marin/SF females who have know each other 50+ years. We both now live in Europe and decided to spend the weekend in SF. Both loved everything except maybe the climate control that they fixed for us and another table. I spend a lot of time in France, mainly Cote d'Azur, their food seems more "northern" but it was very, very good. Our waitress was also excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

What a delicious meal as ever!!! Food is always excellent!!! Service is wonderful. Table side steak tartar is the best in the city!!!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was wonderful as always! Service however was lacking! Had a reservation for 1:30pm and had to wait for our table to pay and leave! Then waiter was less than attentive! He wasn’t very interested in our desire to start with a pate plate and then have our main. And just forget about dessert! He left us sit after our plates were cleared for so long that we decided that it wasn’t worth ordering anything else! Just so irritating!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

love the place--character, etc, but was noisy and crowded on Saturday afternoon

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was well-timed and friendly. I definitely would return to try more dishes. A hidden gem in a alley way.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Travel to Paris via Claude Lane in San Francisco. Authentic Parisian Bistro (literally shipped over piece by piece) with attentive service, luscious French cuisine, and a well-balanced Jazz Combo in the corner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Not great or special in any way. I was disappointed.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This just-off-Union-Square standby just seems to get better and better. Away from the hustle and bustle of the major shopping streets, and tucked down Claude Lane, you feel like you are a world away rather than a 3 minutes walk. Service is always terrific, and the food is first rate. Traditional bistro menu but updated. Small bar occasionally has live music. Absolutely charming.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was excellent as was the service. The restaurant was noisier than I like, but it was comfortable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Cafe' Claude. It was our anniversary and Emmanuel waited on us and made the night super special. He recommended a great wine and the duck confit was amazing. It was a great evening and a fantastic choice for dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Service was very slow. There was a family that was sitting next to us who told the waiter, right off the bat, that they were off to a play, yet the service was so slow, that they were about to leave without getting their entrees. Food was just ok.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Set off an alleyway in an old brick building, Cafe Claude reminded me in appearance and setting of the bistros in Paris that it is modeled after. Any doubts about its authenticity are dispelled immediately upon opening the menu. The only challenging part of the experience was trying to make my mind up. I started with the cheese assortment, picking three cheeses made from sheep's and goat's milk. They were divine and were paired with strawberries, honeycomb and glazed walnut which served as a delectable counterpoint to the robust Bleu de Vasque.

I finally settled on the Truite Aumandine and was rewarded with a dish as well-cooked as it was plated. The meuniere sauce and the way that the trout was caramelized around the edge brought back profound memories of enjoying this dish in Milan, Italy as a child. I got one mouthful of bone as I got careless with where I pulled the meat from, trying to get close to the edges where the caramelization takes place.

The only disappointment came from a matter of personal taste regarding the Sazerac that I ordered. I'm accustomed to the flavor of the bitters being up front, but this version placed the absinthe out front. It wasn't bad by any means, just not my personal preference.

For a weekday lunch it was not crowded. The restaurant has been laid out to make the very most out of the limited space that it occupies. Mirrors placed at eye level keep the cozy space from feeling cramped. Space behind the table was adequate, but might be challenging to negotiate for larger patrons.

I happily give Cafe Claude a five out of five for an authentic French dining experience in the heart of San Francisco.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful experience, great food, excellent service. Prefer the inside dinning.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very nice place, the service was great. Delicious French onion soup and croque madame. Would suggest all n area to give it a try.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I came to Cafe Claude to specifically see the singer performing that night. Unfortunately I could not hear her very well since she was in the corner and not in the middle of the restaurant--I would recommend having the singers in a more open area rather than the corner. Food was still good, and the service was terrific.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Fun, Business Meals
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Cafe Claude has been one of my very favorites in the city. Everything about special and perfect! Thank you.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Outstanding service. The soup de jour (potato and bacon) was superb, as was the Quiche Lorraine with salad. Delicious

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Just about perfect in every way. Our server was excellent. Delicious duck confit. Maybe the best I've ever had and great cocktails too. We're already planning a return trip in a couple of weeks. Have walked past this place for years and had drinks but had never stayed for dinner. Great all around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was our anniversary and it wonderful how they personalized the experience and gave us free champagne. We didn’t have to wait long for anything. The music was great. I will definitely come back.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Disappointed very average French standards. Nothing I would go back for.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Quiet, delicious food, good service.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Cafe Claude was absolutely amazing. My Girlfriend and I dined there for our Anniversary. They had a nice table next to the window set up for us. They greeted us kindly as soon as we walked in and there was no wait for our reservation even though we were slightly early.

The server promptly greeted us and got us started with water and introduced us to the specials. Sevice was very attentive but never overbearing. He was also great at making recommendations to help guide our choices.

The food was out of this world! Started with the small steak tartar (which was plenty for the two of us) and he suggested fries to accompany it, excellent! They never rushed us through the first course and had our entrees perfectly timed to follow. We had the crispy duck and the chicken, both out of this world!! The ducks sink was so crispy while still being moist and falling off the bone in the center.

We finished with a soufflé style chocolate cake that was served with sweet creme to pour over. It was so rich and gooey in the center, absolutely worth it!

They even sent out 2 glasses of sparkling wine on the house at the end of our meal for our anniversary. It was a very nice surprise!

All in all a great experience. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I dine here every time I travel to San Francisco. Cafe Claude is the definition of hidden gem.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent service, good food—will return. Thank you!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We were really happy with our meal, service and ambiance. I will revisit Cafe Claude again.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Despite having a reservation, we were sat at a bar with less than 12 inches of eating space, no leg room, directly in front of the taps. Our stools had no back, and the tiny, main thoroughfare was behind us, including the hostess station. The food was pricy, and my husband’s steak was over cooked. My salt cod was fishy and salty, and not in a good way. The bartender and host were kind, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food in my opinion was underwhelming for the price and the reviews I was expecting more.

Tags: Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Standard French fare, nothing exotic. Coq au vin was very good. Can be crowded, but it was quiet on a weekday following a holiday.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our memory of a previous visit was not reflected in this one...generally disappointing food but good service.

French onion soup was made beforehand and re-heated with soggy crouton and weak flavour. Ordered steak frites medium rare and arrived raw...sent back for additional grilling. Cut of meat was tough and stringy. Duck confit was good.

Would not return in future.

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 (London)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice room. Nice food. Nice service. We recommend it, without hesitation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Awesome, quaint French cafe. Wine list is excellent, but not extensive. Swordfish in a remoulade base was amazing

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Good classic French food with good service. Would recommend to anyone looking to eat near union square.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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