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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” (66 reviews)
“beignets” (61 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 4 weeks ago

Took my mother and partner on her last evening in Durham. A sunday night, parking was easy although the place was packed, we had the coq au vin and mussels. All was delicious, well proportioned and with great service. We were seated next to the...More

Thank Herve_8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here several weeks ago prior to a concert at the Carolina theater. It was fantastic. I started with the foie gras. It was outstanding. Then I had the coq au vin which was also A+. My wife had a salad and a flounder...More

Thank Lawrence B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The DUCK CREPE is Donna's usual order & the Salmon is mine. As always both were super & only $13 each. The Crepe was so good ( I got a bite) i wanted to quickly finish my delicious Salmon & order a Duck Crepe for...More

Thank donnanwill
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Rue Cler has been in business since 2006 -- long before the current food scene fully unfurled in Durham. They were an early bastion for food lovers and have quietly maintained their quality food on the corner of East Chapel Hill Street. The menu is...More

Thank Holly R
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Had a superb dinner tonight. Excellent Coq Au Vin and Moules Frites...simple elegant and so much flavor. This is a must on your to do list. The staff is stellar, including Andrew. Many thanks for such gourmet delight. Well done!

Thank Joseph K
Reviewed 21 October 2017 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

1  Thank rickybob
Reviewed 18 October 2017

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

1  Thank Nicholas L
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
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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
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, Business meetings, 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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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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