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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.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Happy Hour! Weekdays: 4:00-6:00pm
Bush & Kearny
$30 and under
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Live Jazz! Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Find our calendar online at www.cafeclaude.com
For unique dining experiences and special events, please contact Victoria at email@example.com or (415) 738-8045.
New Private room available now!
Parking is readily available at the Sutter Stockton Garage, which is one block away from the restaurant.
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
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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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