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Cafe Claude

7 Claude Ln, Ste 8, San Francisco, CA 94108-4446
+1 415-392-3505
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good40%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“coq au vin” (31 reviews)
“steak tartare” (36 reviews)
“onion soup” (24 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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7 Claude Ln, Ste 8, San Francisco, CA 94108-4446
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited on 26th September for evening dinner, after being recommended. We were in San Francisco for 1 week on holiday from the UK. I can not fault this lovely bistro. The service was excellent and the food was devine. I had...More

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think I'm just a sucker for this little alleyway, because last year I went to Gitane next door and loved that one too. My cousin suggested this one and I didn't even realize it was the same alley until I arrived. The menu is...More

Thank MN_on_the_road
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been here a couple of times and have always had a fun time. The food very good and service is friendly . It's great when they have live music but the place is very small and get overcrowded fast. Make reservations in advance ....More

Thank Miguel S
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thanks for the kind words, Miguel!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved this place! Authentic...it was just like being in Paris. The food was outstanding and the service too. The wine list is good too. I can't wait to go back to this place. They are down a little alley and do have outdoor seating...More

Thank JKCDMom
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you enjoyed the wine and escargot! Merci!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Recommended by our concierge and she was right! I had the French onion soup and coque a vin, my husband had the duck confit and both were delicious. The server was attentive. There was a jazz combo playing which was a great accompaniment to our...More

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Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thanks so much for the great review! Merci!

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Service was attentive but not over bearing r over friendly. Classic French food so I started with the onion soup. My husband had a great salad and the cheese plate was good also. All the entrees were a decent portion, more on the small to...More

Thank Texasbelledds
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

thank you so much for coming in and taking the time to leave a review! Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 September 2017

My husband and I had a fantastic dinner here during a recent trip to SF to see a play. I had eaten at Cafe Claude once before, about seven years ago. It was very good then, and even better this time. The hostess was extremely...More

Thank Mjde1229
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank you for the detailed review, we're so glad the experience was spot on. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 2 September 2017

Situated in a small alley near Union Square, this is a lovely restaurant for lunch or dinner. Lively when full with tables very close together, it is a small space with some outdoor seating. The steak tartare is very good. The service excellent!

Thank yoginiflygirl
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

thanks for the great review and for coming in!

Reviewed 28 August 2017

We had our anniversary dinner there and the the meal was wonderful, the service attentive and it was a memorable evening. We will definitely return!

Thank Mary Beth M
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

We are thrilled you spent your anniversary with us! We are looking forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 24 August 2017

The approach from the south can be a bit of a turn off. You enter through a narrow alley that's painted black. Stick with it. You'll pass a few other restaurants before you hit Cafe Claude perched on the left. You'll feel like you've found...More

Thank Daryl C
Franck L, Owner at Cafe Claude, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

We're glad you found us down the alley! Cheers, Daryl!

Union Square
Originally home to rallies supporting the Union Army
in the Civil War, this grand square has become the
city's premier shopping and entertainment district
containing the largest number of upscale department
stores, chic boutiques, art galleries and theatres in
the city. It's a large open area where tourists and
locals gather, watch cable cars and crowds go by,
enjoy a snack, or plan their day of shopping and
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Questions & Answers
Tom D
7 August 2015|
Response from Amanda S | Property representative |
Hi Tom, You're welcome to stop by for drinks during the jazz. We do have a small bar for cocktails, so as long as we have room, you're welcome to just drop in. Enjoy your visit. Amanda
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
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
  • Neighbourhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-392-3505
  • E-mail
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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