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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)
+1 415-392-3505
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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Camberley Surrey
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87 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved this cafe restaurant. We had a drink at the bar on our first visit. Liked the vibe and booked a table for the next evening. It's San Francisco's attempt at French - bit weird but fun anyway. Bar lovely and all staff very attentive and friendly. Good choice of drinks and wine. Food lovely - try the pates and... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lunch for 4, outside in the alley. Heaters worked well. Service was friendly. Goat cheese salad was great (chicken added was great!). Quiche was fine, nothing too special, but good. Both the croque monsieur and the croque madame were fantastic. Fries were delicious. Will go back. $100 for 4 for lunch, no drinks.

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Yuma, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the restaurant. I had the Onion Soup and Swordfish. The fish was spectacular. My sons had the duck and chicken and said it was great. Wine list is expensive.

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

Thanks for coming in! We appreciate the review. More 

San Jose, CA
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127 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had not visited Cafe Claude for several years, but was overnight in SF so I decided to check back in for a Saturday night dinner. Arrived on time and was promptly seated. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and we asked him to select 3 cheese for the appetizer plate. Soon thereafter he was back and his selection was... More 

Thank Silicon_Valley_Guy1
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We're thrilled the food was great, however we're sorry about the service issues. We'll relay your feedback to our management team. More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 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 

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

Alan, thank you for your review. We're sorry your dinner did not meet your expectations. Thank you for the feedback, we'll share your comments with our kitchen and management team. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2017 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 January 18, 2017

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 

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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 January 17, 2017

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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365 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 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 

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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
French, European
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, 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: +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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