Last night we had the pleasure of checking out Cafe Claude's second location, this one in the Marina. The Marina? Yes, the Marina. And it fits perfectly, really. It's got a touch of old French glamour (burgundy flocked wallpaper, tin ceilings, refurbished light pieces, swinging leather doors, dark woods) with classic French and mixed cuisine. Perfect for an area saddled with bros and over-processed hair.
Chef Doug DeGeeter is in charge of the menu, which will feature daily specials (e.g., loup de mer, shirt ribs, duck, bouillabaisse, and more) as well as Truite (lassen trout, pink pearl apple, dill, endive, black radish, lime, horseradish), Poulet Roti au Citron (roasted half chicken, mustard greens, turnips, citrus jus), Le Burger (brioche bun, red romaine, tomato-shallot jam, aioli with fromage, red wine braised bacon, shallot confit, or fried farm egg), and regular staples like steak tartare and onion soup.
Wine Director Sarah Knoefler is in charge of le vin, and the Aperitif Bar Program is handled by Carlos Yturria. They'll get you nice and toasty.
Also of note: the new Café Claude sits right next door to the Dry Dock, one of the city's most noteworthy AA rooms. If you're in recovery and need to hit a meeting, this could be a good place to go beforehand (for business dinners, first dates, etc.), especially in a neighborhood rife with bars, temptations, and other drunken tomfoolery.
Opens to the public on Wednesday, September 18.
Cafe Claude - Marina (2120 Greenwich, at Fillmore): Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday - aperitif hour from 4:30pm-5:30pm and dinner from 5:30pm-10:30pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturday - aperitif hour from 4:30pm-5:30pm, dinner from 5:30pm-11:30pm For reservations or more, call 415-375-9550.