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Cafe Claude

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Union Square
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7 Claude Ln, Ste 8, San Francisco, CA 94108-4446 (Bush & Kearny)
+1 415-392-3505
17:30 - 22:30
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Sun 17:30 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Nashville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My girlfriend, daughter and her boyfriend and I tried this restaurant because a band that I follow emailed me that they would be playing there. In general, the service was good. We ordered 4 entrees. No alcohol and no desert. My beef Burgandy was served on pasta. The chunks of "beef" were almost entirely chunks of fat. I expected a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A third visit to Cafe Claude, this after several years. Small, intimate but comfortable bistro. Excellent mussel appetizer, daube de boeuf dry and somewhat tasteless, trout buried in way to many green beans, wine list extensive but expensive; how about a reasonably priced house wine? Good background live entertainment. However, we will likely return.

Thank rhale53
Franck L, Manager at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

We appreciate the review and honest feedback. We will share with management. We hope to exceed your expectations next time! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in hoping to catch a jazz night (but unlucky cos it was Sunday). Service was authentic french but friendly. Menu is a bit sparse and I found the wine expensive. But I enjoyed my visit

Thank loss-leader
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

We appreciate the review. Glad you enjoyed your experience. If you visit us again, we have live Jazz Thurs, Fri, and Saturday More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner at Café Claude the other night. It was our Anniversary, and Café Claude made it a memorable, wonderful evening for us. Service was exceptional and we were given a great table over in the front corner. The atmosphere was very romantic, and the place was busy but not loud....it was easy to carry on a conversation, and... More 

Thank Barry 4
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

A 12 out of 10? We love it! Thank you for spending your anniversary with us, Barry! Can't wait to see you again. More 

Davis, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at Cafe Claude again last night ! We were last there in April of 2016. We had a leisurely, romantic, dinner (she had the Salade Maison and Poulet Rôti , I had the Salade de Chèvre Chaud and the Steak Frites). The cocktails were great ("le Verger" & "Solace"), and the wine (A 2012 Chateau Paviel De Luze... More 

Thank dhtolson
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words and the detailed review. Hope to see you again soon! We'll pass the review on to Justin as well. More 

Sterling, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Tucked away in a side alley, Café Claude is where we found to have a beautiful Christmas Eve family dinner. We enjoyed perfectly cooked steak frites, along with delicious wine and mocktails for the kids. You have to look to find it -- and it is worth the hunt. Nice service, intimate seating, live jazz on the nice we visited... More 

Thank mshapiro99
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

We're so glad you found us and had a great Christmas Eve dinner! We can't wait to see you again! More 

El Macero
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Cafe Claude felt a little tired. The ambience is dark, service was oddly unprofessional and the food was good but in no way outstanding. With so many top notch restaurants in SF I won't be spending any more "food calories" here.

Thank Bennett_Traveler
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

Bennett, we appreciate you taking the time to give us feedback. We're sorry we didn't meet your expectations. We hope you'll give us another chance, we were just featured today in the SF Chronicle as one of the best French Bistros in the Bay. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful meal and great cocktails by Myoko. Made it very memorable experience. Thank you to you and highly recommended. Go there x

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Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

thank you for the great review, we're so glad the meal and drinks were to your liking! Looking forward to seeing you again! More 

Napa, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

I've been a big fan of Cafe Claude since they opened...it's our go to lunch spot when we're in the city. This holiday lunch was a bust. We were seated on time but our server had no idea we were there. She passed by us a dozen times without any notice or greeting. We had to go and tell her... More 

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Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

NapaWineboy, we appreciate your detailed review. Thank you for taking the time to do so. We absolutely read every review and will investigate further with the Chef. Additionally, your note about the service will be shared with management. We hope you'll give Cafe Claude another chance to earn it's go-to status for you. Have a great 2017. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

This is french bistro fare at its best. Think steak tartare prepared to your liking tableside, and steak frites with perfectly done fries and good hanger steak. The staff are very, very friendly and accommodating, and helpful with suggestions for wines or anything else you might want. The restaurant is quiet, and perfect for a night with close friends or... More 

Thank Jim R
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

Merci Jim! We're thrilled your experience at Cafe Claude was fantastic. We can't wait to see you again! Have a great 2017! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 40
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Claude Ln, Ste 8, San Francisco, CA 94108-4446
    (Bush & Kearny)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighbourhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-392-3505
Affectionately known as the "Paris of the West," Cafe Claude is a San Francisco institution. Situated on one of the city's hidden alleys, Claude Lane, Cafe Claude offers a taste of France, with classic bistro dishes at lunch and dinner, a full bar, and an affordable wine list. On warm days, linger on the patio and enjoy a rare dose of sunshine, or a warming bowl of onion soup or coq au vin inside. On weekends, the restaurant comes alive with live jazz from 7 to 10pm, Thursday through Saturdays.

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