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Cafe Claude

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Union Square
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7 Claude Ln, Ste 8, San Francisco, CA 94108-4446 (Bush & Kearny)
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Winston-Salem, NC
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Thankfully we were not in a hurry this Saturday afternoon. But the service was slow considering the four of us ordered six dishes. We shouldn't have ever run out of food. The charcuterie and pate' platters were delicious. The cheese platter was tasty, but skimpy for the price. The staff realized their poor service issues and offered free dessert to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small tables, in an alley, true bistro. So much flavor. All dishes soared. Someone felt compelled to play trip hop club music? No need. Give me Edith Piaf!

Thank Johnny D
San Jose, California, United States
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56 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent meal! My husband and I came here for our anniversary dinner and couldn't be happier. We started with the corn chowder and escargot, they were both so delicious! For the entrée I had the coq au vin which was so flavorful, I highly recommend it! My husband had the duck which was very nice, not super oily. We ended... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Wow, amazing place, the real deal for French food, simple could not fault the food and service. Very busy so you need to book. Memories.

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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very disappointed with the overall quality of the food served. Very much overpriced. The waiter was very lyrical about the a Tuna tartare starter. It should be called an Avocado tartare, flavored with Tuna. Service was very good.

Thank Jennifer P
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set down a little alley off on the main streets, Cafe Claude delivered excellent French food in cosy surroundings. The staff were friendly and attentive without being in your face and even though we were sat outside, we weren't forgotten about. The food was lovely, my steak was cooked exactly as I'd asked for it and my partner's food was... More 

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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606 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here for an early dinner from a windswept visit to Alcatraz. We hadn’t booked (I would recommend doing so) but the Maître d’ fitted us in with our promise to be finished by 7:30 pm to release the table. The food was good but with a little criticism that the Gravadlax lacked a proper herb dressing and the... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always go to cafe Claude when we visit San Francisco. Great French food and has a kind of hideaway feeling because it's in a cool alley. Love the onion soup, their salads, and really any entree is delicious. Takes me back to my visits to Paris!

Thank Vicki F
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I had a delicious meal at Claude at 9:15 last night. The bread was tasty but not crusty. The coq au vin was bland: needed herbs. My drink and dessert were perfect. Service was excellent but too chummy for this New Yorker.

Thank mahler5
lafayette, california
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119 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Had lunch at Cafe Claude. The service was as fast or slow as you wanted it. We stayed a couple of hours. We shared the Salade Nicoise and the Mussels with Frites. Both were very good and plenty of food. We enjoyed 4 glasses of wine and the cost was about $100.00. Might have been cheaper to buy a bottle... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: 14153923505
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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