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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)
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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San Francisco, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a small place with patio appeal. The fare was not memorable. It's tucked in a side street, which is fun.

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walnut creek, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A favorite stop whenever we are in the mood for French bistro food and wine. Located just a few blocks from Union Square we enjoy Cafe Claude for Lunch, Dinner or a place to meet friends for drinks. My favorites are their pate/charcuterie, steak frites, Nicoise salad and Sancerre. They often have live music in the evening.

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Franck L, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

Thank you so much for coming by! We hope to see you again soon. More 

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20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just had a fabulous meal! The staff and space is wonderful. It is a little bit hard to find... It is stashed down a small street. We spent a month in Paris and this restaurant equals the best meals we had there. And tonight was Live Jazz night with a trio that included a bandoneon playing tangos. Lovely evening.

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

Thanks so much for the review! We hope to see you again soon! Cheers. More 

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great dinner at the cafe claude. The steak and the dessert, the creme brulee, was very good! Nice place for a dinner!!

Thank Fem M
Modesto, California
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Sept. 10, 2016: Theater at 2pm, Dinner 5pm Cafe Claude for four. Been there many times before, but not for past 2+yrs. Still good, but used to be great. Decent service (not as polished or attentive), pleasant ambiance very Parisien like cafe hidden in small alley which on a Sunday eve was frequented by some unsavory characters. The food was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Very glad to select this restaurant for our 20th wedding anniversary. Great steak with a perfect sauce.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

I told a very good friend who knows the SF restaurant scene very well where we were going to go for dinner. His comment was "I know you like French food but why pay 4 times more than you need to!" He suggest Cafe Claude because it was within easy walking distance from the Palace Hotel. It does not have... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

This hidden gem is a must try if you're looking for french near the financial district. It is tucked away on a side street, but worth the search! The menu did not disappoint! The frisee salad was amazing! They have live jazz thursday to saturdays, which adds to the romantic ambiance. The service was also incredible. I would HIGHLY recommend... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

If you enjoy classic "old school" french cuisine ala Julia Child with a side of jazz music, then Cafe Claude is the place for you. It is our favorite place to go whenever we are in San Francisco. hard to break old habits and this is one habit we will surely keep. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are jazz nights which... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely dinner at Cafe Claude located on a little hard to find street (Claude lane). We sat out side on a pleasant night and heaters kept us comfortable. We started with Steak Tartare mixed table side and it very good. Shared an order of fries. I had the French classic Coq Au Vin Pieces of chicken, bacon, and... 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
$21 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, 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, 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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