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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

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

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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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Overall Rating

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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 (69)
Authentic (52)
Cozy (48)
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Romantic (45)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
Live Music (43)
Special Occasion (43)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Quiet Conversation (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Casual (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Fun (14)
Local Ingredients (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
People Watching (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tapas (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The person who managed seating chart was not very nice. After we requested to change our table, he took a long time and very unpleasantly did it.
However, food was excellent!! I didn't expect anything based on their pictures, but really we liked their food very much!!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The staff was friendly, and attentive. The food was impressive, I came out delighted and content. The ambiance made me feel as if I were in Paris. I am surely going back to try the other delicacies.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent food done in the French Style. Service was excellent, and the waiter recommended a very good Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (By the glass). The Coq au Vin was classic. The Tart Tatin was made with authentic Puff Pastry (Feullitage Classique) and had excellent texture and flavor. We will return.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Cafe Claude is the next best thing to being in Paris. The traditional French bistro menu is perfectly executed, and the outside dining on the alley gives an added touch of authenticity. My steak and frites were delicious, and my friends enjoyed the Cog au Vin and the swordfish. We will make a point of returning the next time we are in San Francisco.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

As always, the food, service and ambiance were wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As always a great pleasure. Whenever I bring friends they are amazed that it even exists in a small alleyway, but it is so French you really feel like your on vacation. Every dish is a delight and they all treat you like family.
Always a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Rating

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Organic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was disappointing. It was bland and lacked flavor. I expected traditional French bistro choices. However, I've had similar dishes that were much more appealing.

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 (Cambridge)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Well worth booking the food and the live jazz were great as were the attentive staff

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Cafe Claude was recommended to me by tour guide. I am so glad she did! Creative cocktails and tradional French cuisine made for a wonderful experience for my first night in San Francisco

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Be sure to check out Happy Hour Wines and selected food items.
Loved my Chicken liver pate and Trout Almondine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I confess to a bias--I like this restaurant a lot. The food is interesting, the wine list sufficiently broad and the staff both friendly and professional. My only "ding" on it is the pricing of the wine. I flinch when I see the posted prices on the wine list. $15 or $16 a glass for a Chablis or Sancerre seems too steep to me.

Every visit to Café Claude rewards the diner with a very French style experience.

Tags: Live Music, Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Quiche Lorraine here used to be amazing and I thought it was the best, but what I got this time was completely different from what I had 6 months ago. I was very disappointed by it.
Service is always great, nice atmosphere for a date or friend get together.
Wines are good too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary at Cafe Claude last night and had a wonderful time. The staff were all very friendly and perfectly attentive without being in our faces. The foie gras and steak tartar were heavenly. The sparkle in the sky cocktail is delightful. French onion soup paled in comparison...there was just some rich element missing. We were full by the time our entrees arrived (coq au vin--meh, and the sliced meat platter with pickled veggies, better). Desserts were spectacular as was the 30-year and 20-year port. Thanks for a lovely evening!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 9, 2017

A Gem in downtown San Francisco tucked away in a quaint alley. We discovered Cafe Claude many years ago when we were living in the Bay Area. It is still one of our favorites, the food and service are exceptional . The mussels are the best in the area , the swordfish and chicken melt in your mouth. Excellent wines and the waiters have great recommendations. Has a nice ambience and European feel. Love Cafe Claude!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I got it mixed up with Claudine...didn't like the surrounding area...was looking for outdoor seating but once I got there, I didn't want to sit in that ally so moved inside. Atmosphere was ok service was good, food was good and reasonable, wine was good too...but nothing to rave about.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

I thought the food was delicious as well as their dessert. Great atmosphere and service ! Enjoyed it !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary, but Cafe Claude is great any night. We have been here several times in the last couple of years. Cafe Claude is cozy and very romantic, the service and food is out of this world. Cafe Claude is a must.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food, great waitstaff, good wine selection. In an alley, no view. Very intimate

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

I can’t say enough about this place! What a great find! The Coq Au Vin was absolutely to die for! Great jazz band playing, not too loud. Service was impeccable! Do yourself a favor and go to this gem!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

It was a date night dinner for two and we chose to sit outdoors. The temperature was very nice and they have heaters for outdoor seating. We wanted to try everything but we ended up choosing the mussels and steak tartare for appetizers to share (they offer a small / large portion) so we chose the small for both. We also ordered the french onion soup which is so damn good. For the main entrees, we ordered the Coq a Vin and the Duck dish. I highly recommend the duck! And we had to finish off with dessert! The apple tartine and chocolate cake! All so very yummy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I've been to Cafe Claude several times for lunch because I find the ambience charming, but this was my first dinner experience. The service was attentive and they really bent over backwards to compensate for a "backed-up" kitchen by offering extra dishes and drinks to keep us happy. We were a party of four. Two of our four main dishes--the roast chicken and the duck confit--were poorly prepared, dry and stringy, which could've been the result of whatever was going on in the kitchen, but those two dishes should never have found their way to the table. The other two dishes––trout almandine and steak frites--were well-prepared and tasty. I give Cafe Claude high marks for their wait staff and front-of-house staff, but the food didn't impress.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Cafe Claude is a gem hidden in San Francisco's Financial District. Great place for a drink, some jazz and great food. I had the duck which was out of this world, and the martini was a nice compliment. Great atmosphere, will definitely return!!

Only suggestion is maybe a better wine pour, the person who joined me called it a "Shot" of wine.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great French food. Well executed cuisine and great ambiance with the Jazz trio playing the background.

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