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Rue Cler Restaurant

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401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
+1 919-682-8844
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Using our extensive network of regional farmers and fishermen and our...
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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    Very good
  • 25
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Burr - Food Good; Atmosphere Chilly

It was a pleasant surprise to find a French restaurant with decent French food. While the food was good - and they accommodated my pepper allergy - the atmosphere and the service left something to be desired. Yes, it's summer in NC, but the entire restaurant was freezing. My food was growing ever... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Kokosmom123
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Hertford, North Carolina
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

My husband and I enjoyed a very pleasant lunch. Rue Cler is within walking distance of the Marriott. I had a yummy chicken salad that was very fresh. My husband enjoyed the crepe of the day. The service was cheerful and the restaurant is cute. The chocolate mousse was the best I've had. Save room!

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Hertford, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It was a pleasant surprise to find a French restaurant with decent French food. While the food was good - and they accommodated my pepper allergy - the atmosphere and the service left something to be desired. Yes, it's summer in NC, but the entire restaurant was freezing. My food was growing ever more ice cold while I was trying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Oh my....this is a great place for authentic French cuisine. Wine selections are excellent. Old school dishes with fresh ingredients set Rue Cler apart. The coffee and beignets are a must have for desert!

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Quiet trendy Sunday Brunch scene in comparison to other local great Brunch options in Durham - no chaos. Food and decor are inspired. GREAT SALAD options. Very good service, many refills of coffee were offered. The families with extremely well behaved children was a nice local touch of class. Right down the street from the Durham Hotel and please do... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Rue Cler is an always reliable French restaurant with a romantic atmosphere in an intimate space. Although it used to be a little off the beaten track, location-wise, since the opening of new hotels and restaurants around it, it is suddenly in the middle of the action. Try the Coq au Vin. It's the best this side of the Atlantic,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

In the center of the city and missed by many, my wife and I enjoyed coffee and beignets on weekend mornings, occasionally we would have a cheese plate and wine mid afternoon on a Sunday. The main courses were a little more "french" than our tastes but the atmosphere and service made our visits worthwhile. The food we chose was... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I took my wife here to celebrate her birthday because she loves beignets and I had read Rue Cler offered the best in the triangle. I would say this was correct, and they did not disappoint. We ended up ordering a half dozen for appetizers, and another dozen to go at the end of our meal. The food was fresh... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I had dinner with colleagues here recently, and enjoyed everything. We ordered many shared plates for starters and each had entrees to ourselves. Fresh ingredients, and in true French bistro style the food was delicious. The Prix Fixe menu is a great deal, 3 course for $30! The wine list is excellent, with a focus on French wines (duh), and... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We (3) went the Rue Cler Thursday evening before a concert at the Carolina. Two of us had the prix fixe selections and we were more than satisfied. At $30 for the three courses for the prix fixe it is well worth it. Service was excellent and our servers wine recommendations were good choices for all.

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Chapel Hill NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We love Rue Cler. After be offended with a maitre'd years ago I never went back. We tried it again a year or so ago and rediscovered a really great food option. Yeah It can be loud and a busy but it is a bistro style and like in France the basic menu doesn't change much, and just offers seasonal... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-682-8844

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: French

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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