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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” (62 reviews)
“moules frites” (16 reviews)
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French, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in town for one night and dropped in for dinner. So glad we did! The beet appetizer was delicious and my salmon dish with green beans and roasted potatoes with Bernadine sauce was fabulous. My husband’s mussels hit the spot along with the...More

Thank marytspecs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our small group had a very enjoyable dinner at Rue Cler. There is a small bar by the door where you can sit while waiting for your table or others in your party, which makes for a nice place to socialize before dinner. The service...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Rue Cler is a favorite of ours in Durham. Laid back, charming atmosphere with great food, ample wine selection and excellent, knowledgeable service. The prix fixe menu is a good value and changes regularly. On our last visit, the butternut risotto was delicious, and my...More

Thank ENCsailor
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Rue Cler was the third restaraunt we tried for restaraunt Week and by far the best dinner we had. Kudos to our attentive server, Maria. For starters I had the warm lentil and beet salad and my companion had the romaine salad with blue cheese...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

Three of us used the triangle restaurant week to try out Rue Cler which we had heard about for years. We were seated immediately at a nice table and greeted by a very knowledgeable and attentive waiter. We were offered the special menu and the...More

Thank Rick R
Reviewed 28 January 2018

As usual, my 20'th time, I ordered the Salmom & Donna did the same. This meal I will not be sharing for the first time ever! It was so good & we started with a Gratin Dauphinois Potatoe & lots of bread dipped in olive...More

Thank donnanwill
Reviewed 7 January 2018

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 3 January 2018

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 30 December 2017

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 17 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
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2 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
9 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, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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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