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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%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (64 reviews)
“beignets” (59 reviews)
“moules frites” (15 reviews)
French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

If it weren't for lack of ambiance, this restaurant would earn a 5-star rating. Best steaks prepared with fine ingredients, great frites like in Belgium, and always a crowd. The best frizee salad around.

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

I came here with my girlfriends and we had such a great time! Our server was really nice and professional. The presentation of our dishes was nice and the food itself was delicious. I definitely need to return.

Thank Ingrid M
Reviewed 25 September 2017

I think of Rue Cler as gastropub with a beret and a striped jersey. We stopped in for an early dinner and ordered off the blackboard. I channeled my inner "Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" and had house made sausage with house cured red cabbage,...More

1  Thank margaret r
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
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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
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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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