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Rue Cler Restaurant

401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
+1 919-682-8844
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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French, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is outstanding and well prepared. The drinks are well made. The wine list is stunning with a broad variety at a reasonable price.

Thank LRF17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped into Rue Cler for dinner while in Durham. It’s described as a comfy French Bistro. We loved the food, but I’d call it energetic as opposed to comfy only because of the physical plant with its high ceilings, concrete walls and large glass windows...More

Thank Palmview
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Had an absolutely outstanding dinner before seeing a play at DPAC. One of my daughter's is a vegetarian and she had no problem finding options. My wife and I both had the fixed price menu: I got a watermelon salad, ham with peaches and the...More

Thank ButlertheDog
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

We were meeting with h friends after work in Durham. We thought this place would be different and it was. Delicious cheeses and appetizers,interesting cocktails, delicious entrees and unique deserts. The hangar steak was cooked to perfection, salads had really good greens. Atmosphere was cozy.

Thank 276elizabethl
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I've been here twice and received great food and service both times, including once on a holiday when they were quite busy. I do recommend reservations. It's worth noting that the restaurant is quite noisy, and at times it was difficult to hear my partner's...More

Thank sc2nc
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Rue Cler is part of the Durham NC foodie scene. One of 2 good French restaurants. Menu was a typical French style with price fix choices. There were at least 3 main courses to choose from. Staff friendly and helpful. Food was good and I...More

Thank bigguylf
Reviewed 7 May 2018

Rue Cler is in Downtown Durham, and there is even a parking garage across the street so parking is easy. They also take reservations which I recommend as it is a small spot. I dined at Rue Cler for brunch and the brunch menu had...More

Thank NCTraveler2015
Reviewed 19 April 2018

Durham is full of good restaurants--chose a different one, it will probably be better. Perhaps they didn't pay their heating bill on the day we went, but it was uncomfortably cold inside. The cement floors and hard walls make it hard to hear the person...More

Thank CrystalClearTravels
Reviewed 7 April 2018

In downtown Durham. Simple dining room and a great bar that you can eat at. The bartender was so friendly I didn't feel like I was eating alone. Nice selection on the menu and the prices were reasonable for such quality food. Nice selection of...More

Thank Walter11_22
Reviewed 7 March 2018

We were in town for one night and dropped in for dinner. So glad we did! The beet appetizer was delicious and my salmon dish with green beans and roasted potatoes with Bernadine sauce was fabulous. My husband’s mussels hit the spot along with the...More

Thank marytspecs
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2 September 2016|
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Response from Robert P | Property representative |
My apologies for the delayed response... Casual attire is perfectly acceptable, no coat or tie required.
Fagan G
9 September 2015|
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Response from Robert P | Property representative |
Phil is correct... We have a full bar, as well as a Martini list featuring classic cocktails, including bourbon drinks.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 14:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701-3303
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Durham
  • Phone Number: +1 919-682-8844
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Since 2006, Rue Cler has proudly served the community of downtown Durham. We bring the freshest southeastern ingredients to our diverse clientele, offering simple, classic preparations, in the style of a Parisian neighborhood restaurant. Our dinner menu is updated frequently, with a focus on seasonal, local products. We have an extensive, award-winning wine list, with selections from France and the US, including rare bottles. We gladly accept reservations, so give us a call today!
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