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6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA
+1 415-788-6686
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“bonbons” (13 reviews)
“bon bons” (7 reviews)
“paella” (13 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I've passed by this place numerous times and finally had dinner there recently. Entrance is on the alley. The bar is on the ground floor and the dining area is on the second floor. It has a very european ambience. Tables are very near each...More

Thank BPenuliar2015
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This restaurant is beautiful, but our dining experience was not. We won't return. I was surprised that, being a Spanish restaurant, sangria wasn't on the menu. I asked about it anyway, and was told they had it that night. I've had a lot of sangria...More

Thank RockerChic57
Franck L, Owner at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Thank you for the detailed review, we will be reviewing this with the team. So sorry you had such a bad experience.

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Is this the worst restaurant in San Francisco? Probably not. There is so much competition. But it is in the running. Let's start with the food. My wife and I had a starter that was just about edible. Then, for the main, a variant on...More

Thank QuentinYoknapatawpha
Franck L, Owner at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Dear Quentin, I would like to thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your recent experience at Gitane. It is only through feedback and conversations with our guests that we can provide a better and better experience to our valued guests. I...More

Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We tried two dishes and both were less than mediocre. The meatballs were chewy. We also got the octopus dish and the potatoes in it were really cold while the octopus was warm. An odd combination to say the least. Nice ambience but that is...More

Thank Way2Cheap
Franck L, Owner at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

We're sorry you didn't have a great meal, we obviously had an off night. I hope you'll consider coming back in the future.

Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We stopped in San Francisco on our honeymoon. We found this restaurant in a little side street. Very French looking inside. We were no disappointed at all. The food was gorgeous. The lamb just fell off the bone. Highly recommended to go to. Staff were...More

Thank Matt240975
Franck L, Owner at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2017

Thanks Matt! So glad you loved the food and service!

Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

We had a very good dinner experience at this restaurant. We ordered the octopus for appetizer and arroz marinero (for 2) with a side of padron peppers. The octopus was tender and tasty. The presentation was different from photos I had seen on TripAdvisor. I...More

Thank Travel_Fan2007
Franck L, Manager at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

thanks so much for the kind words! Hope to see you again!

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Visited Gitane on a recent visit to San Francisco, don't be put off if you approach from the alleyway side. It doesn't look much but is beautiful inside. We had a cocktail first in the bar which was very slick before a lovely meal. The...More

Thank Alexhughes8
Franck L, Owner at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Thank so much for coming in! Please come see us again soon.

Reviewed 17 July 2017

The food at this beaudoir-inspired (red and black) restaurant was quite good (artichoke appetizers & octopus as a main) - they make a decent Negroni. Server was a bit overbearing, the tables are VERY close together so you will hear you waiter tell them same...More

Thank djjbtoronto
Franck L, Owner at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

thank you for the review and feedback on the service. We appreciate you coming in!

Reviewed 15 June 2017

This place did have a great decor, atmosphere, and service. But, it missed it's mark on the food. Four of us shared apps which where so-so. Then we where going to share the Paella, but when it came out it was under cooked and very...More

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Franck L, Owner at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

thank you for the review...we're sorry that the experience wasn't up to par. We hope to see you again.

Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

This is a small restaurant with a very cool bar. We walked around for a good hour trying to find a restaurant to have dinner at. Most of what we wanted was full, or the menu's were too overpriced. We happened upon this restaurant (with...More

Thank Larvan
Franck L, Owner at Gitane, responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Larvan, we're glad you found us in the dark alley! Hope to see you again.

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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Jess Y
28 March 2015|
Response from BigNightFan | Reviewed this property |
They are allowed but it's definitely not a kid-friendly kind of place....
Jess Y
28 March 2015|
Response from Amanda S | Property representative |
Hi Jess, Kids and teens are allowed at Gitane. We normally seat families on our patio, where they have a little more space and can more easily step away if they need a moment. Our chef can help create something for your... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Claude Lane, San Francisco, CA
    (Bush St & Kearny St)
  • Public Transportation: Muni: 2, 3, 4, 22, 30 Bart: Montgomery Street station
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighbourhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: +1 415-788-6686
  • E-mail
Named for the freewheeling gypsy, Gitane crosses borders to create a menu that features the flavors of Southern France, Northern Spain and the adjacent regions from Italy to Morocco. Described as one of San Francisco's most romantic restaurants, the design is eclectic, from outdoor patio to soaring bar to the intimate upstairs dining room.
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