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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
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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: March 31, 2018

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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt, bring your Valentine and enjoy a Parisian atmosphere with a complimentary rose and Live music with Lori Carsillo Trio from 7 to 10 pm. Valentine's specials will be available in addition to our regular menu served until 10:30 pm.

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Private Dining

From a grand cocktail party in their exclusive event space, to a casual dinner for 14 on the patio or dining room, Cafe Claude welcomes private events.

Cafe Claude Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (73)
Authentic (52)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
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Special Occasion (48)
Fit for Foodies (48)
Romantic (46)
Cozy (43)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
Live Music (36)
Great for Lunch (31)
Business Meals (28)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Comfort Food (26)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Casual (22)
Bar Seating (21)
Fun (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
People Watching (9)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Seasonal (6)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Cafe Claude is one of our favorite places in San Francisco. On this visit my wife and I were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. The staff took very good care of us and made the night special.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

I've been to café claude several times before and they have all been good meals. This time I got the steak frites and the cut of beef was not good. My co-worker got the exact same thing and she agreed that the cut of meat was not very good and it was not prepared very well. We both ordered medium rare. The steak was extremely hard to cut both with and against the grain, it wasn't particularly flavorful even though it was drenched in sauce. It is hard to describe how the meat was, it wasn't exactly tough, but it was a bit sinewy if that makes any sense. At $29 plus tax and tip, I feel like it was a horrible value. I won't be returning any time soon.

The bread and butter were very good as was the crème brule. The steak was just disappointing.

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 (Yosemite)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent wine and food and not too loud even with the live music. A great time was had by all five of us!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Over all the food was good. Some misses, and some solid staples. Sadly I’ve had better french bread in Texas, and that’s not saying much. The meals are old school Parisian fare, and that’s the point. Great atmosphere, especially with the jazz band providing background music. SF Classic.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Café Claude is a great restaurant, however the owner should know that guests are kept waiting for an hour. With very little communication or caring. There was no order in seating, parties were seated even if not complete. Restaurant could turn tables much quicker.
Once the server Emanuelle took over , everything went smooth, he was wet attentive and apologetic, food was excellent.

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·Dined 6 days ago

This was one of the worst restaurants I’ve ever been too food was appauling

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Birthday - We were seated 45 min late but there was a convention in town so we understand they were doing their best.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I had the coq au vin which was delicious, but one of the pieces was a little undercooked near the bone. I also ordered the apple tart for dessert but a small chocolate soufflé was brought instead. They were gracious about the mistake & comped the dessert. The soufflé was excellent though! Loved the vibe in the outdoor seating & had an after dinner drink at the bar - a fun vibe as well. Will definitely go again when next in San Francisco!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

My partner and I had a cozy corner table for our romantic dinner - the ambience is lovely with soft lights and quiet spaces. The waiter and staff were skilled, refined and polished. I had a salad with exquisite butter lettuce and vinaigrette; my partner enjoyed the onion soup and it was perfectly prepared. We shared the steak and the bone marrow reduction was fragrant of thyme and exact in the consistency. The waiter knew well the wines and offered a Sancerre that is now a new favorite.

Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

I would highly recommend steering clear of the bar seating. Very tight and uncomfortable.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Classic bistro good, done well and authentically.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

A friend recommended Cafe Claude and was so happy they did. Always looking to try someplace we haven’t been to before and this restaurant is great. I loved everything about it...food, service and ambiance. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

wrote a lengthy review on FB. This place was great. Cocktails were high quality, appetizers and entrees were all fantastic. Server was friendly without being over-casual and was quick with a suggestion when asked. Not cheap but worth it .

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Wonder French atmosphere. The food was amazing, and the service excellent! There was a talented jazz combo playing the night we went, and it was a perfect fit for the evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had a lovely meal outside, where the live jazz was not too loud. The coq au vin was very tasty, and two people in the party who had the duck confit raved about it.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was wonderful! Everything was so great, food, drinks, service, music. Can’t wait to come back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

The roasted chicken was superb and the service excellent. I only wish the the bus person had't misunderstood me on the leftovers. They were way too good to discard!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Selected Cafe Claude for late reservations for New Years Eve. No problem getting a 10 p.m. reservation, although the restaurant was full by the time of our dining. Food excellent, especially for the price given it was NYE.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Defiantly we were rushed, food was very good. It was only 6 PM, I was very surprised about condition of the both bathrooms, very dirty.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

For a special night in SF . Night before NYE .Nice décor . A live vocal /combo .Our waiter Noah was knowledgeable about the menu . And friendly . Restaurant was busy , took a few minutes to be seated . Onion soup was as good as it gets . Nice , fresh dinner salad with a light vinaigrette . I had the crispy duck leg with fantastic lentils . Mrs. had the trout . Both dishes were delicious .The cream brulee was the best I've had in years . Many places around the area for pre or after theatre dining .But worth it to seek out Claude lane and the Café Claude .

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fabulous night out! We loved the special dishes and mood during the holidays.

Tags: Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Cafe Claude was quite charming but typical of downtown San Francisco restaurants was très cher. Instead of the over-priced entrees we ordered two appetizers and wine and were well-fed.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was a fantastic lunch. Unique french onion soup broth that was delicious and the cheese was melted thoroughly. I can give a solid recommendation for cafe Claude.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Cafe Claude is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. It never disappoints.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Four persons, two adults and two kids. Food was overall close to mediocre, same for the service. Niçoise salad and steak tartare were good. Pâté plate was the worst - the taste was sacrificed to provide a large amount. Coq au Vin was mediocre at best with the wine sauce being too dense and rich and therefore masking all other flavors including that of the meat. Desserts saved the day - we had Crème Brulée (fantastic), Moelleux au Chocolat (very good) and Valrhona Mousse (also good). Service was overall disappointing. Relatively long waiting time, food came but wine didn't. When I reminded our server of the missing wine, he just shrugged and said he is also waiting for the barman. Steak Tartare was not mixed in front of us which was weird. Rather than being served, this plate was basically dropped onto other empty plates on the table in front of me.

Overall a disappointing experience that I wouldn't recommend, particularly given the large number of available choices in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I have been going to Cafe Claude for years now, and have been pleased every time--except this particular visit. Waitstaff seemed to be insufficient for holiday diners, for starters. In addition, the noise level at times was quite troubling--and the booth, which looked appealing--was shortened so that cutting one's food required maneuvering to avoid elbows. The food this time was adequate but fell short of its levels of achievement in the past. Lunch for three, with tip and two glasses of wine (total) was just shy of $200. That struck us as excessive.

I would go again, however. I would not eat in the large dining room because of the noise but would eat in the room off to the side or outside, with the heat lamps . I would also only order the salads and apps, rather than the bistro plates.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was amazing although they had run out of the starters we ordered, however they gave us puddings on the house!
We would definitely recommend this restaurant very pleasant surroundings and the waiting staff were very attentive.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Server never wrote anything down, we asked for the cheese plate first, was very clear that wife was allergic to walnuts and cheese place was delivered late and with walnut bread. The French onion soup with horrible. Server was also taking care of the bar so he was less attentive than if we had our own server.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Been coming to Cafe Claude almost since it opened and am always surprised how they maintain such wonderful food and atmosphere. Never gets old.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Fantastic experience, great food, very nice ambiance (inside).

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Perfect for Christmas Eve. Like they say, you do feel like you’re in Paris. Lovely food, our server was perfect. Hidden gem as they say.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It's been a while since our last visit, but the food and service was just as good as its always been. Our salads, appetizers and entrees were all delicious.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Very close to being a real French restaurant. Couldn't wait to sink my teeth into their coq au vin and my partner loved the crispy duck. Wish we had had time for the jazz.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Lovely holiday lunch outdoors under the heated awning, espadon and rose from Chinon and coq au vin--Parisian ambiance blends with San Franciscan warmth.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary with a few nights in SF. Cafe Claude was a reminder of wonderful romantic vacation we had in Paris.
Cafe Claude did not disappoint. The ambiance is romantic, the food delicious and the staff genuine. Our appetizer was delivered promptly and cleared promptly. Little bucket of baguette refreshed as needed. I had the house special Quiche Lorraine and it was the best I have ever had, flaky pastry and melt in your mouth egg filling. My husband
And the candle on our dessert along with best wishes for our anniversary made a perfect end to our meal.

We won’t wait for an anniversary before coming back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Outstanding French cuisine and perfect service! Our out of twon foodie guests raved over every dish. Be prepared to share notes because everything is outstanding. Unlike many restaurants the portions are excellent - you don’t leave hungry or stuffed. Highly recommend.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised to be offered indoor seating despite having an outdoor seating reservation. A welcome change given this cold December night's weather. I ordered a Sazerac to drink. Rather small for $12, but whatever. It was delicious. Then the appetizers -- ASSIETTE DE FROMAGE (cheese plate). This was so delicious. It took about 40 minutes to be served, but whatever. We were enjoying our drinks and having a nice conversation. I was now out of Sazerac, so I ordered another. This time it was brought faster, and was about 2x the size. Ok, so I either got jipped the last time or they were especially generous this time. But...whatever...I'm still enjoying myself.
Dinner is brought out almost immediately after they take our cheese plate. The pacing here is a little off. Why so late with the cheese plate, but so early with the dinner? Ok, I had the Crispy Duck. The name is a bit misleading as it was so tender and just amazing. The lentils it was served with were also great.
My girlfriend got the most expensive plate on the menu -- the Steak Frites. I was a bit shocked that she would order steak and fries at a French restaurant, but I must admit that I was curious to see how the French "do" steak and fries. Oh wow what a disappointment.
The steak was _flank_ steak. That tasted like _flank_ steak. It was hard to chew, overcooked, and devoid of flavor. I could see the look on my girlfriend's face go from cheese-plate-happy to flank-steak-sad. I tried it and yes, I can confirm, it was pretty gross.
The waitress asked us if we like. "Well, I do..." I replied, leaving the sentence open ended. The waitress looked at my girlfriend, whose face was clearly showing disinterest in her meal. To my surprise, her typical obtuse politeness was temporarily usurped by her disappointment. "Yea, I don't really like this."
I'm running out of characters for this review. To sum up: they apologized and took the steak off the bill. Overall pleased, will return--not for the steak ;)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Major error is the preparation of a classic French salad. Would recommend confirming reservation on day of reservation especially if late.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always reliable. Great food. Got d value for money.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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