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Rue Cler Restaurant

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401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
+1 919-682-8844
17:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 14:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Tue - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 14:00
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Singapore, Singapore
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a descent restaurant with good service. Food was ok, size is reasonable... but not a must try place. Very crowded it's better to make advance reservations.

Thank Joey F
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was amazing. I had the duck confit crepe and it was incredible. Everything on the menu sounded great. The dark and stormy was really good. I would definitely come here again.

Thank Joey N
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious and unique food in this cozy restaurant. Great to do prior to a show. Good service and good food and drink quality. We told the waiter we had to get to a show and he was very helpful.

Thank geleli
Raleigh, North Carolina
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78 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even though the selection is fairly narrow, the food is excellent. They make the best Frisee salad I have had outside of France. Service is usually very attentive and all four of us had fabulous meals.

Thank Mike C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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129 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Two of us for a pre-show dinner. The atmosphere is cozy nice, the service was impeccable and the food was spot on. The menu is limited, but varied. We went with the prix fixe with a choice of three plates for each of three courses. Everything was delicious and nicely presented. I especially loved the short ribs. The timing was... More 

Thank DiveDog13
Raleigh, North Carolina
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92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The service is amazing! You can't ask for a better staff. The atmosphere is very cozy. I've been in the summer and winter. Anytime is a great time to go. The food is amazing! It looks like they have a new menu every month which makes it exciting to come back and try new French food. It's owned by two... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

My husband and I used to live in the Raleigh/Durham area and were back to visit friends. We decided to try dinner in Durham and went to Rue Cler based on a friend's recommendation. We kicked off the meal with wine and cocktails and when I saw a Sidecar martini on the menu, I knew my night was off to... More 

Thank foodislifePittsburgh
Durham, North Carolina
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532 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Recently came here for dinner and was as always, extremely happy with the experience. The food here is great - I tried the steak frites this time, a healthy helping of steak, perfectly cooked, great flavor - with delicious thin fries. Waiter offered us a selection of tables and let us pick, so we ended up in the smaller back... More 

Thank ckassotis
West Orange, New Jersey
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We were in town for a wedding and needed a place for dinner one night. The food was nice. Ambience is good. I expected a more from the reviews I had read. I ordered a side veggie; my fish came served over those greens. I did ask the waiter, who was attentive, why he did not mention it. He did... More 

Thank rochelleforster
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We were in Durham downtown for an art show of a friend. After reading reading reviews on TA, I had high expectations for this. I should say I have mixed feelings. I had prix fixe menu. salad was OK. The vinaigrette was yummy. Crepe with duck confit was a bit underwhelming and quite forgettable. Black drum fish was a bit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$35
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • 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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Henderson, North Carolina

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?