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39 Rue de Jean

39 John St, Charleston, SC 29403-6432
843-722-8881
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Ranked #102 of 738 restaurants in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Description: Located in historic downtown Charleston , SC , 39 Rue de Jean is a refined French cafe and bar offering the best in classic Brasserie cuisine. The creations of our culinary team pay homage to the classic brasserie cuisine that inspired vehemently loyal Parisians. Guests of 39 Rue de Jean enjoy indoor/outdoor patio seating, cocktails and a predominantly French wine list blended with a selection of our steward's favorites.39 Rue de Jean offers a private dining room that can be transformed to host professional gatherings or celebratory affairs, accommodating up to 200 guests. This unique space, overlooking Upper King Street, features vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and a private entrance
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English first
Charleston, South Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We (locals) stopped for lunch at this casual bistro, one of our favorite lunch spots in Charleston. As usual, the mussels (highly recommended) with choice of 4 sauces, were done to perfection. The scallops, accompanied by mashed potatoes, were an excellent choice. Service was very good with a knowledgeable and friendly waitress. Food service was timely and well paced. The... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us by several people. I would like to thank them all! We ate at the bar, which was nice. We ordered a great bottle of French wine that didn't disappoint. Mussels cooked in a creamy broth is not to be believed, it was an experience I won't soon forget. We then dunked our bread in... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I am not one to pan a restaurant however after a multitude of tries I have given up in 39 Rue de Jean. The food is mediocre and this time the service was inept at best. i was with a group of 6 in total. We ordered aps and a main course. WE waited patiently for the aps and after... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This was an annual vacation trip to Charleston for the family. We had a wonderful lunch at this bistro style restaurant. SO many great restaurants in Charleston but this restaurant stands out and the bouillabaisse was the best I have ever eaten. The service is informative and welcoming. The ambiance is comfortable. Try it. This fish soup is chocked full... More

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New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Drinks and salads were very good but main courses......Duck Confit was just ok and Braised Ribs were a plate full of fat. I know ribs can be fatty, but this was mostly fat. Too many great restaurants in Charleston to have to live with that....won't be back.

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Winchester, Tennessee
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75 reviews 75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Casual french bistro atmosphere that was appropriate for kids as well as adults. The food was good quality with excellent french fries ( although a tad salty). The NY strip steak was of good quality , but was rather tasteless. My husband had the salmon and thought it was good, but not excellent. There is a paid parking lot (... More

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Morrisville, NC
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44 reviews 44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We were not planning on going to 39 Rue de Jean but it started raining and it was very close to our hotel. It was a nice surprise. Our waiter was fine but felt like he had to many tables. He was very nice and kind though. I got the short ribs and they were very good. They do have... More

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D.C.
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162 reviews 162 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

classes casual French bistro. Awesome mussels and beer. Casual but unite good. Ask of r small outdoor patio seating.

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amsterdam
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Do not miss lunch at 39 Rue de Jean. The chickensalad sandwich is just perfect with mesclun salad and a perfect vinaigrette. You think you are in Paris.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The food was very good and the waiter was very attentive and friendly. There were not many vegetarian options.

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