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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
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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 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ;)
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