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Rue Cler Restaurant

401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
+1 919-682-8844
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Ranked #42 of 653 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
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English first
Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We had Sunday brunch at Rue Cler. What a wonderful experience. We were with my parents and had some special needs. They were more than happy to move us around a couple of times. And then... the beignets!!!! Oh wow!! I had a Bloody Mary and it was one of my favorites. The food presentation was absolutely beautiful. AND the... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Rue Cler is terrific. The atmosphere is lovely. The rooms are beautiful and the acoustics are excellent. The service could not have been better. Our server was so friendly and helpful explaining the different items on the menu (some in French) and also explaining the many options available. The food was outstanding. Everything was presented beautifully, arrived hot, and was... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Busy place. Good menu but average food except for outstanding beignets! Coffee could be better. Service was efficient and polite. Enjoyable but no wow factor. Last table by kitchen entrance provided view of cigarette but on kitchen floor...what was that about?

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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191 reviews 191 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is sort of a French style restaurant which offers relatively limited selection of dishess to be order. They offer also Fix Price menu where you can select 3 course dinner and for each course you have to select out of 3 options. The price is rounded to 30$. I took it and got good duck but also got lamb... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Had a birthday dinner at RC this weekend and it always lives up to our expectations. The $30 fixed price menu is offered every night...every dish is perfectly proportioned and absolutely delicious. New menu items coupled with reliable, regular favorites. Great ambiance and attentive wait staff. My long-standing favorite restaurant in Durham. Rue Cler rocks.

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Raleigh, NC
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216 reviews 216 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We ate at Rue Cler before a show at DPAC. The location for that is terrific--just a few minutes walk. Food is of high quality and the selection is good, though not large. The interior is quite pleasant, though tables can be arranged rather close (as they are, I suppose authentically, at many French bistros). There's a well-priced 3-course prix... More 

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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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140 reviews 140 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We ordered the Prix Fixe menu and loved the appearance and taste of the food. However, the third course flat iron steak portion was only 2-3 oz. which was meager. The duck egg salads and pear salads were excellent, the bread pudding course was great, and the desserts were wonderful. They were also very accommodating as we had our three... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Bistro food. My go-to place for steak frites (and maybe a begnet). Parking deck across the street is open again, making life easy.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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94 reviews 94 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Saturday night, early dinner before a DPAC show. We had just recently spent a week at the real Rue Cler in Paris and were looking forward to checking out this namesake restaurant. The meal was enjoyable, though by no means perfect. The atmosphere is old building cozy, with questionable acoustics. Luckily we had quiet diners around us. The service was... More 

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Roseville, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Nice and varied brunch menu. Restaurant filled up quickly on a recent Sunday morning. A bit on the noisy side, but otherwise a lovely atmosphere. The beignets were well received, as was the croque madame. Several other interesting dishes on the menu...would have liked to go back, but only visiting. Service was attentive and friendly.

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Additional Information about Rue Cler Restaurant

Address: 401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
Phone Number: +1 919-682-8844
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: French

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