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Rue Cler Restaurant

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401 E Chapel Hill St, Durham, NC 27701
+1 919-682-8844
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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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 4 weeks ago

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 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank luv4raleigh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
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 

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Durham, North Carolina
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513 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 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 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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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 

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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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Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia
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401 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

My husband and I had dinner at Rue Cler and talked about it for days. The specialty drinks were a great way to start off our meal, and our server, John, wasn't pushy or didn't make us feel rushed, but let us enjoy ourselves at our own pace. We both ordered from the prix fix menu and it was a... More 

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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This place came highly recommended for brunch and so I decided to give it a try. We were quickly seated. I had the green salad with a side of bacon and eggs. Also tried the beignets which were okay (a little more doughy than expected) but the flavor of them were good.

Thank qcgirl
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15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Vin rouge better food, service and ambiance. I had the prix fix and it was good and if vin rouge didn't exist it would be the best French in town.

Thank mtns2beach
Copenhagen, Denmark
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40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We stopped at Rue Cler spontaneously with another European family at around 5pm on a Sunday and was excited to taste some delicious French food. The food was fantastic but the staff was completely unfriendly to our families! We had three small kids who were hungry but not too loud or fussy and the staff acted like they had never... 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
Romantic, 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
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?