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Rue Cler Restaurant

401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
+1 919-682-8844
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (53 reviews)
“beignets” (58 reviews)
“moules frites” (13 reviews)
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French, European, Vegetarian Friendly
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401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
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1 - 10 of 293 reviews

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

This was the perfect restaurant for me and my wife to enjoy our anniversary. The menus selections were great. Everything that was brought to our table was fresh and perfectly made, nothing was over cooked. The salad was excellent everything on the plate was fresh...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I have been to Rue Cler twice for brunch and was disappointed both times. The food is over priced for the quality, especially when you can get a fantastic french meal at Vin Rouge on 9th street.

Thank ABangingGoodTime
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We ate there yesterday for dinner. We chose the prix fixe menu. All the courses on offer were delicious: products from this season, locally grown and perfectly cooked. We really enjoyed the meal! Looking forward what is in the Août menu!

1  Thank NuriaTabletop
Reviewed 18 July 2017

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 16 July 2017

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 12 July 2017

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 4 July 2017

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 29 June 2017

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

Thank Lisa F
Reviewed 28 June 2017

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
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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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