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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (66 reviews)
“beignets” (59 reviews)
“moules frites” (15 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 2:00 pmAll hours
French, European, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank rickybob
Reviewed 4 days ago

The food here is amazing. I tried several plates and they were all cooked well and felt authentically French. The wait staff is courteous and attentive. The atmosphere is the only aspect that is not great because the restaurant is small and has a bad...More

Thank Nicholas L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

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 9 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 19 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
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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
USD 10 - USD 35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, 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
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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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