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Rue Cler Restaurant

) #16 of 629 Restaurants in Durham ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ French, Vegetarian Friendly
401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
+1 919-682-8844
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (55 reviews)
“beignets” (61 reviews)
“moules frites” (15 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:30All hours
French, Vegetarian Friendly
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here with a friend for a long overdue catch-up dinner and had the most amazing meal from cocktails to coffee. I very much enjoyed the "Prix Fixe", my favorite among which was the mushroom and duck tart, and I had the special entree...More

Thank VilkasPilkas
Reviewed 6 days ago

The food is very well prepared with amazing combinations and spices. I have had alot of French food, but this is my favorite now. My only complaint would be the portions could be a little bit larger for the price. I'm a really big eater...More

Thank 34blast
Reviewed 1 week ago

Located in downtown Durham on Chapel Hill Street. Parking is an issue. Decor is minimalist French cafe. Service fast and friendly. We ate tapas style - duck and mushroom tart, asparagus and egg appetizer, country style duck and pork pate, salmon, sauteed greens. Desserts included...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wandering around downtown after the Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning and went in here for brunch as there was no wait. Had the Farmer's Plate with a terrific freshly made sausage patty.

Thank Caroline N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family enjoyed a Saturday brunch here. Food is good and the beignets are a must! Service was very good.

Thank Lisa F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ate here with my daughter and we both loved it. We did their prix fixe meal, but as you can substitute from the regular menu, it's really a great deal. I'm a foodie, but not that familiar with french food, and I spent a...More

Thank Lojeslj
Reviewed 15 June 2017

First impression from the outside: cute corner lot with large windows looking out. First impression from inside: disappointment. 1) well worn interior, could use a refresh 2) arrived just before lunch hour, was asked if we had a reservation.... the entire place was EMPTY except...More

Thank Nakki M
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Went to Rue Cler for the first time. I must say, it won't be the last! Our server was very helpful. He told us the prices for the separate courses from the prix fixe menu, in case we didn't want the full dinner. He told...More

Thank TheRealAwaxy
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We went to Rue Cler on a Thursday at 5:00 PM. We had no reservations, but were the first ones there and were told to sit wherever we wanted. We chose one of the high tables in the window. Our server came immediately, was very...More

Thank Madeline G
Reviewed 22 May 2017

My wife had: Sparkling wine. Course 1 Roasted Baby Beets, Blue d'Auvergne, Hazelnuts, Strawberry Vinaigrette, Herb Crème Fraiche. 2 Chicken liver Paté. 3 Sautéed NC Wild Striped Bass, Roasted Red Potatoes, Asparagus, Shrimp Beurre Blanc. 4 Strawberry crepe I had: Mint julep. 1 Bibb Lettuce,...More

Thank kisner_jeff
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Questions & Answers
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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 14:00
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
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Using our extensive network of regional farmers and fishermen and our close friends in the wine business, we have tried to adapt the experience of a Parisian neighborhood restaurant to offer a unique dining experience. Our food is inspired by French tradition and seasonal, local produce. The wines we serve are all made by vignerons that we know personally, who themselves love food, and who craft their wine to showcase the specific terroir, while harmonizing with the meal. Most of our vignerons practice biodynamic or organic farming. Our prix fixe dinner menu showcases the freshest ingredients the southeast has to offer, prepared simply and with care, served at a bargain price. We also serve classic bistro and brasserie dishes a la carte. Our popular lunch and brunch services feature French-styled sandwiches, crepes, salads, and more.
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