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Rue Cler Restaurant

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401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
+1 919-682-8844
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 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
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Durham, North Carolina
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good place for lunch, some nice French options. salad is good, occasional fish/chicken is also welcome. bakery next door.

Thank omidsafi
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Six years ago I visited North Carolina. Rue Cler was on my list of restaurants to dine, but I did not make it. I returned and made for spot for a quiet lunch. I arrived just before the end of lunch service. I received a warm welcome and my server was attentive. My starter was a refreshing cucumber soup. It... More 

Thank Clevagal
Asheville, North Carolina
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Dinner was amazing! Had the Prix Fixe, which was well worth the price. The prix fixe menu changes based on the best local ingredients. Savory beignets were also an unexpected treat. The food was innovative, perfectly prepared and delicious. Service was impeccable.

Thank Queenwondergirl
Raleigh, North Carolina
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had dinner and wine with friends visiting Durham. Menu has a price fix meal for $35. We had four appetizers. Portions were small and quality average. Our friends ask him to make sure the shrimp appetizer had four shrimp. He said he could not guarantee that. They indicated we would pay extra but he said not possible. Appetizer came... More 

Thank rwalsh2432
Wilson, North Carolina
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed downtown last weekend and walked over for a delicious brunch. Service was friendly and quick. Prices were reasonable. Have a basket of beignets while waiting for your main dish.

Thank jimcash
Singapore, Singapore
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday brunch offers a fairly broad menu. Unfortunately, North Carolina law doesn't allow sparkling wine or other alcohol before noon - not the restaurant's fault, of course. We had crepes, asparagus, and the country breakfast. The asparagus was nicely done and the crepe fillings were tasty/ the crepes themselves were soft and tasteless. The service was ordinary at best and... More 

Thank William S
Ohio City, Colorado
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Finding decent restaurants in Durham is getting easier and Rue Cler is one of the few french options. The food in general is good but not great and some of the service staff have attitude issues. The menu doesn't change very often so it's hard to return often as the menu also isn't very extensive. Finally, the price point is... More 

Thank jskyler
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place for brunch whether you want omelets, sandwiches, salads or soup. Service was prompt and friendly. The Salad Nicoise was very good...the onion soup was just fair.

Thank Crookedridges
Raleigh, NC
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have eaten here many times, usually for lunch or brunch and it never fails to please. Good simple food, a fairly small menu (which to me says it's all fresh), and they always have beignets and moules frites. Good coffee, too.

Thank 43pat2014
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

The decor of RueCler is nothing to write home about, but that's not the point of this restaurant. Rather, RueCler is a bistro that focuses on its food and service, not on superficials. My group of four shared two appetizers, and then each of us got an a la carte entre. My mussels and fries were absolutely delicious. Just wish I'd... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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
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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