The dramatic interior at Café Claude in the Marina. Photo by Aubrie Pick Photography.
The bar. Photo by Aubrie Pick Photography.
As previously mentioned in tablehopper, Franck LeClerc is opening a Marina location of ~CAFÉ CLAUDE~, and we have word that the doors will open officially on Wednesday September 18th. The space is definitely opulent and over the top, with damask wallpaper, gilded mirrors, burgundy leather, and shiny dark wood surfaces. Our piece from July included lots details on the design from Elmer Lin (Consortium). There is seating at the bar (where you can enjoy a bar menu), in the dining room, or at a secluded (and rather romantic) booth in the private dining room. Ooh la la, indeed. On nice days, there will be six tables outside, too, plus windowed doors that open to let in the fresh air.
On the bar menu, look for apertifs like the Bitter Grin with Bonal, lemon juice, and soda, and bites like charcuterie and cheese plates, escargot, and a brandade; take a first look at the bar menu here. On the regular menu, from chef Doug Degeeter, you’ll find a daily rotating special, including short ribs on Sunday and loup de mer on Friday. The menu is classic bistro fare, with small plates like a smoked trout salad and steak tartare. Larger dishes include a burger, roasted chicken, and Niçoise salad; take a look at the dinner menu here. Hours will be Tue-Sun 4:30pm-11pm, Sat-Sun brunch and lunch will launch four to six weeks after the opening, with an aperitif hour from 4:30pm-6:30pm. Look for weekday lunch further out. 2120 Greenwich St. at Fillmore, 415-375-9550.