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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 #45 of 643 Restaurants in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 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
Roseville, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Aix en Provence
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Saturday 11:30 lunch...Wife ordered a chicken on a bed of greens...Totally tasteless...my order of quiche of the day equalled my wife's tasteless meal. Do not have a clue how others rated this restaurant with 4 Stars...Also the sound level was not condusive for an enjoyable dining experience...

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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76 reviews 76 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had a great dinner at Rue Cler. We chose the Prix Fixe menu everything we ate was delicious, well done and with a beautiful presentation.Each dish had the right combination of fresh ingredients that melts in your mouth. The service was also good the only thing is that the place is a little dark. We are definitely coming back.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This restaurant has wonderful food, great atmosphere and a staff that bends over backwards to make you feel extra special. Everyone is happy! Even though there is a parking deck across the street, you can imagine you are in a Parisian bistro! Don't miss it when you are in Durham OR come to Durham just to eat here!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

After a friend told me that Rue Cler had an amazing brunch, I knew it was the spot to go on my most recent weekend in Durham. We began with cocktails and an order for beignets. To die for! Airy and sweet and perfectly "doughy." Just the way a beignet should be. We sat up at the bar and the... More

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New Bern,NC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Me and family visited last week. We tried half dozen menu items, all very good. Roasted chicken (Poulet) was excellent. Steak & frites also excellent.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nice, airy French place in the heart of Durham. Several of my dining companions had Steak which while tasty, was not the best cut of meat. I had the classic Coq Au Vin that was very flavorful. Lovely, hot beignets following dinner. Had very nice, fresh Rose wine by the glass.

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Moshi
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I do not go out to eat much, primarily because I feel I can cook my own food, serve it to myself and husband, have it cheaper and better, and avoid the pretentious restaurants where you wait for something that is only marginal. So, I am a harsh reviewer with all our world travels. Well Rue Cler Lunch was amazing!... More

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NC
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

My husband and I had a bad service experience here a few years ago, and haven't returned since. However, we chanced it last night for a spontaneous date night, and we are glad we did. The bartender was our waiter, as we selected one of the nice tables by the window. We got the 3-course prix fixe, and ordered 6... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Excellent unique menu, reasonable portions and served with care. Not much to look at but has a rustic charm. Quiet atmosphere which allows you to enjoy your meal and company rather than the din of many restaurants. Well cooked and presented. Not cheap but a good value.

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