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“French, and fun”
Review of Cafe Claude

Cafe Claude
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Ranked #179 of 5,800 Restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $40
Cuisines: French, Cafe
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Union Square
Cross street: Bush & Kearny
Description: 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.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you are looking for somewhere that serves good French food at a reasonable price, with some live jazz on the side, Cafe Claude would be a great choice. Although tucked down a rather unppossessing lane way, it has a delightfully French ambiance and we really enjoyed the meal. The asparagus soup was fantastic, everything else we tasted was good and the reasonably priced wine list was interesting. The service was great once we had a table. We booked on line, arrived on time, but then had quite a wait for the table, so be prepared! And live music is not on every night, so check to make sure you don't miss out.

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Thank Jenny H
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

While making the rounds on the downtown SF museum circuit, we took a friend's recommendation of a favorite. Cafe Claude, on a narrow alley in the Financial District, is classic France all the way. From the setting, steeped in color and dark wood paneling, to the long zinc bar, you know what you're getting. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable, and the menu has terrific items for any palate hungering for classic bistro. We lunched on beautiful mussels, a true Salade Nicoise- egg and anchovies!- and a terrific homemade pasta. Prices are average for the city, but the experience is well beyond.

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Thank R S
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Cafe Claude, a short walk from Union Square, Chinatown or the Financial District should be on your list of places to eat in SF. It's not gourmand, just well-prepared Brasserie-style French faire served by knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. One can sit outside under the canopy (heated, thankfully) or inside the warm and cozy main rooms. The seafood dishes we had were all off the menu and just wonderful. I've yet to have anything be other than deliscious!

One can linger through appetizers, mains and deserts or have a quick meal between seeing the sites. Definitely a restaurant worth making a reservation to enjoy.

Thank Joepure
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Everything and everyone in this place speaks, looks and tastes like a typical good french bistro. The menu is classic (coq au vin...) but well executed, the wine list offers a nice and reasonably priced selection of wines and our waiter was french.

There are a lot of places which pretends to be french bistros that usually loosely re-interpret the concept. This is one of the most authentic ones I tried in North America and the perfect place to go for a nice classic dinner.

Definetly a keeper

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Thank BlueTrain
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Excellent traditional bistro meal in an atmosphere that reminded my wife and I of previous trips to Paris. Food was fresh, well prepared, appropriately sized and served by very professional, competent staff. Totally enjoyed oursleves and look forward to going back again.

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Thank DBIT
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