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Cafe Claude

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7 Claude Ln, Ste 8, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Bush & Kearny)
(415) 392-3505
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Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 138
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    Very good
  • 44
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  • 11
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
French delight

this is really a classic place, with a really good menu and wine list. Right in the financial district, tucked away in an alley. Great service and everyone in my party of four enjoyed their meal. I had the classic steak Pom frittes...excellent. Again, a really nice selection of wines by the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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348 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Mill Valley, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We've been to Café Claude a number of times over the years. We always thought of it as a cozy place with reliable good (though not exciting) food. We needed a place to meet friends and thought "let's go back". What a disappointing experience. It started with the host. When we got to the restaurant there was one table occupied.... More 

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The waiter was nice but it didn't compensate for the rest. Ridiculously expensive for what it is. Don't go there!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

My 22-year old daughter and I were excited for a celebratory dinner on the last night of our trip! We had a very upsetting experience at cafe Claude. Strangely, they did not recognize our Minnesota driver's licenses as acceptable identification to order a glass of champagne. They made my daughter feel self conscious and implied I was complicit in illegal... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

this is really a classic place, with a really good menu and wine list. Right in the financial district, tucked away in an alley. Great service and everyone in my party of four enjoyed their meal. I had the classic steak Pom frittes...excellent. Again, a really nice selection of wines by the glass as well. Really good place.

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Texas
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Café Claude, tucked away in an alley of small restaurants near Chinatown has been a favorite for decades. We had not visited in 5+ years and were surprised to find sleek new décor but the service and food were as remembered. Good salads and sandwiches with Alsatian beer. We'll be back.

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Perugia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

When I go downtown I love going to lunch at Café Claude. The food is consistently good. A little of the Frenchness is missing but enjoyed it just the same.

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Hurstpierpoint, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Everything promised well for the Cafe Claude: the welcome was warm, the booths snug, the menu enticing; but it never quite delivered. My colleagues both chose roast squash soup which they pronounced good. My lardons salad was good except that the egg on top failed the basic egg-cooking test, having lost its vibrancy during the operation. One of my colleagues... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

San Francisco has a sizable population of French ex-pats which is reflected in a lot of great French restaurants. Cafe Claude has been one of my favorites for a long time. The decor is authentically French bistro as is the menu. The wine list is good, the food is very, very good. I had steak frites on my last visit... More 

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Marion, Ohio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This cute little restaurant was recommended to us by a friend. As out of towners it was a bit hard to find, as its in an alley with several other restaurants. The place did not disappoint, such a cute little French restaurant with wonderful menu selections. I had the pasta that was in special. The noodles were cooked perfect and... More 

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california
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I ordered the half chicken (about $25) and glass of Merlot. They were both wonderful. The meal was simply prepared, roasted on a bed of cabbage and tasted fresh and was not overwhelmed with too much sauce or spice. The restaurant is down a quaint alley and even though it is late January, it felt warm enough to sit outside... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7 Claude Ln, Ste 8, San Francisco, CA 94108
    (Bush & Kearny)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: (415) 392-3505

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, Café

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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