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Rue Cler Restaurant

401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
+1 919-682-8844
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (57 reviews)
“beignets” (61 reviews)
“moules frites” (16 reviews)
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French, Vegetarian Friendly
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401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quaint space and delicious beignets. First trip and won’t be our last. Wonderful flavors in the omelette, I had the “eggs benedict” not sure of the official French name and it was also delicious. Instead of hash browns they serve pommes frittas (French fries) and...More

Thank ncfisherCharlotteNC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A close to Paris as you can make it in Durham. Steak and frittes or mac and cheese are favorites. Desserts are delicious. Go early and get the 3 course meal for a bargain before 6:30pm. I'd get there @ 6-6:15.

Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food in a nice setting. We ordered mostly off the special board. The lady had a charred escarole starter, I had duck and pork pate. Both were great, very well presented. For mains, coq au vin and a merguez lamb sausage. Both very delicious....More

Thank Morgan2010
Reviewed 18 December 2017

For the most part this is a nice restaurant with great food BUT it is so noisy because of the large groups and bad ecoustics....If you want a quiet meal, forget it. Also, the server did not know anything about the wine list nor anything...More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Took my mother and partner on her last evening in Durham. A sunday night, parking was easy although the place was packed, we had the coq au vin and mussels. All was delicious, well proportioned and with great service. We were seated next to the...More

Thank Herve_8
Reviewed 12 November 2017

We ate here several weeks ago prior to a concert at the Carolina theater. It was fantastic. I started with the foie gras. It was outstanding. Then I had the coq au vin which was also A+. My wife had a salad and a flounder...More

Thank Lawrence B
Reviewed 11 November 2017

The DUCK CREPE is Donna's usual order & the Salmon is mine. As always both were super & only $13 each. The Crepe was so good ( I got a bite) i wanted to quickly finish my delicious Salmon & order a Duck Crepe for...More

Thank donnanwill
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Rue Cler has been in business since 2006 -- long before the current food scene fully unfurled in Durham. They were an early bastion for food lovers and have quietly maintained their quality food on the corner of East Chapel Hill Street. The menu is...More

Thank Holly R
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Had a superb dinner tonight. Excellent Coq Au Vin and Moules Frites...simple elegant and so much flavor. This is a must on your to do list. The staff is stellar, including Andrew. Many thanks for such gourmet delight. Well done!

Thank Joseph K
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

In 1969, when I began at Duke, you couldn’t have imagined a spot like this. Warm, friendly, cheery and outstanding food and wine. We chose three items from the terrific menu. The duck confit and the coq au vin rocked. Really first rate. Loved every...More

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3 September 2016|
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Response from Robert P | Property representative |
My apologies for the delayed response... Casual attire is perfectly acceptable, no coat or tie required.
Fagan G
10 September 2015|
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Response from Robert P | Property representative |
Phil is correct... We have a full bar, as well as a Martini list featuring classic cocktails, including bourbon drinks.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-682-8844
  • E-mail
Since 2006, Rue Cler has proudly served the community of downtown Durham. We bring the freshest southeastern ingredients to our diverse clientele, offering simple, classic preparations, in the style of a Parisian neighborhood restaurant. Our dinner menu is updated frequently, with a focus on seasonal, local products. We have an extensive, award-winning wine list, with selections from France and the US, including rare bottles. We gladly accept reservations, so give us a call today!
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