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Rue Cler Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence

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Certificate of Excellence2014 - 2018 Winner


Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch

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1/2 Dozen 4
1 Dozen 7
Salade Frisee
Lardons, croutons, sunny side up egg
Soupe A L’ Oignon Gratinee
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!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An afternoon lunch was superb... waiter was a gem and their salads are truly great.. main entree of trout was unreal.. desserts too were amazing.. see you soon Rue Cler... worth the trauma of parking.. Durham get it moving.. more public parking

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 12 November 2018

We had a 7 PM reservation, but were bable to arrive at 5:30 PM on a busy saturday evening. Bob Preston, the general manager knew us from previous dining & immediately set us up with a table. Our usual order of the Salmon dinner was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank donnanwill
Reviewed 18 October 2018

Ate here with my wife before a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center. About a 7-10 minute walk from the venue, but a much better restaurant than what you'll find closer by. Service was excellent. I had an appetizer of what was essentially homemade...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank RaleighNCTraveller
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

The food is outstanding and well prepared. The drinks are well made. The wine list is stunning with a broad variety at a reasonable price.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LRF17
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped into Rue Cler for dinner while in Durham. It’s described as a comfy French Bistro. We loved the food, but I’d call it energetic as opposed to comfy only because of the physical plant with its high ceilings, concrete walls and large glass windows...More

Date of visit: August 2018
2  Thank Palmview
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Had an absolutely outstanding dinner before seeing a play at DPAC. One of my daughter's is a vegetarian and she had no problem finding options. My wife and I both had the fixed price menu: I got a watermelon salad, ham with peaches and the...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank ButlertheDog
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

We were meeting with h friends after work in Durham. We thought this place would be different and it was. Delicious cheeses and appetizers,interesting cocktails, delicious entrees and unique deserts. The hangar steak was cooked to perfection, salads had really good greens. Atmosphere was cozy.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 276elizabethl
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I've been here twice and received great food and service both times, including once on a holiday when they were quite busy. I do recommend reservations. It's worth noting that the restaurant is quite noisy, and at times it was difficult to hear my partner's...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank sc2nc
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

Rue Cler is part of the Durham NC foodie scene. One of 2 good French restaurants. Menu was a typical French style with price fix choices. There were at least 3 main courses to choose from. Staff friendly and helpful. Food was good and I...More

Thank bigguylf
Reviewed 7 May 2018

Rue Cler is in Downtown Durham, and there is even a parking garage across the street so parking is easy. They also take reservations which I recommend as it is a small spot. I dined at Rue Cler for brunch and the brunch menu had...More

Date of visit: May 2018
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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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