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Rue Cler


401 E Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 682-8844
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Photo of Heather Wilcox Heather Wilcox
Aug 14, 2021 5

Our favorite brunch in town! We will continue to support you. Thank you for keeping Durham safe!

Photo of Todd Beaufort Todd Beaufort
Mar 13, 2022 5

Highly recommend! The staff was very knowledgeable and courteous. Started off with asking us if we were on a timeline, for example to get to a show at DPAC etc ... or not. We were not, and they accommodated that perfectly with any orders coming out well timed and not rushed. Staff was knowledgeable with the menu and wine list and provided recommendations when we had questions. Nice environment in dining room. And of course, the food was fantastic! Flavorful, nice presentation, and appropriately sized portions. We'll be back.

Photo of Vanessa T Vanessa T
Aug 8, 2021 5

My first time there and I couldn't be more pleased. The staff were courteous and attentive, the ambience was nice, and the good was marvelous. Thank you!

Photo of Erica Yeager Thomas Erica Yeager Thomas
Dec 23, 2021 5

One of the best meals I've had! Wonderful atmosphere, cocktails, escargots, roasted chicken, and beignets. I also like the vaccine requirement, masked staff and amount of space between tables. We will definitely be back!

Photo of Jennifer Frazer Jennifer Frazer
Jul 8, 2021 5

Delicious cuisine! Amazing staff. The duck melted in your mouth. Really enjoy this place would highly recommend

Photo of Rachel Zamorski Rachel Zamorski
Feb 6, 2022 5

Fabulous experience. Our server Lindsay and the sommelier Ian were knowledgeable and fun! The veal and oysters were out of this world.

Photo of Jea Hyun Kim Jea Hyun Kim
Jan 20, 2021 5

Solidly executed French cuisine and good takeout service. I got to try their Coq au vin and chicken pate. Chicken pate was the best I tried in Durham - the combination of the crunchy baguette, pickled onions, mustard, fennel jam was almost orchestral. This was also my first time having coq au vin, and the chicken was extremely tender and I liked the slight hint of wine residues on the outer layer. Bitterness of the wine sauce on the veggies were also on point. Definitely a must visit if you are a huge fan of traditional French style cuisines.

Photo of Ashleigh Thomas Ashleigh Thomas
Jan 16, 2021 5

Best takeout experience I’ve had in Durham. The food continues to be delicious and travels well (we had coq au vin, braised short ribs, green beans, and a potatoes side dish). Rue Cler is only doing takeout right now and it seems their dishes are designed to not be negatively affected by sitting for a while before being eaten.

Photo of Luminoso-Kenneth Cruz Luminoso-Kenneth Cruz
Jan 16, 2021 3

Ordered some food today before closing. My partner described the fish as bland and "barely able to be saved by the sauce until it wasn't." The one bite of the potatos I had (cause I don't eat fish) was under seasoned. It was as if someone put oil on a cooked potato and called it flavor. The portion was a lot smaller than I expected. It wasn't worth the price. The food was edible and the staff I interacted with was friendly, so they get at least 3 stars.

Photo of san ly san ly
Dec 29, 2020 5

I was so happy to know that they are opened for take out again! I ordered the family plan with Coq Au Vin and everything was delicious! The chocolate dessert was to-die-for! Curbside pick-up was also easy and safe. Highly recommend!

Photo of Julia Münchberg Julia Münchberg
Nov 2, 2020 5

My brunch was a 6 oz skirt steak -- perfectly medium rare -- fork tender -- with crispy thin cut frites. Add 2 eggs up -- NOLA quality beignets and a big basket of warm baguettes -- and you have enough for two hours of fine gustatory amusement. Perfectly executed in every respect.

Photo of Jeff Sears Jeff Sears
Oct 24, 2020 5

Sweetie ate a delicious Croque Madame -- for brunch -- basically a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with sunny side up eggs and sauce béarnaise. Perfectly executed in every respect. Dinner was more adventurous. We mixed and matched the prix fixe menu with specials. No problem doing so here.

Photo of Ciro Mcalpine Ciro Mcalpine
Sep 3, 2020 5

This is our second visit in about a month and enjoyed a wonderful meal both times. Had the prix fixe dinner on both occasions and savored each course. Some may complain the portions are small, but with the three courses, you are abel to enjoy a variety of excellent dishes without being stuffed.

Photo of Blaine Ashby Blaine Ashby
Aug 19, 2020 5

Great French cuisine. A reservation is a must! My table had the duck magnet, coq au vin, duck confit, marinated olives and escargot. We paired it with a medium bodied red wine and found it all to be so delicious. Each of us thought that our order was by far the most delicious. The chef checked in on us and knew us by our orders.

Photo of Ray Hernandez Ray Hernandez
Aug 5, 2020 5

Great French cuisine. A reservation is a must! My table had the duck magnet, coq au vin, duck confit, marinated olives and escargot. We paired it with a medium bodied red wine and found it all to be so delicious. Each of us thought that our order was by far the most delicious. The chef checked in on us and knew us by our orders. Will be returning!

Photo of Christy Chang Christy Chang
May 26, 2018 4

Food is good. Crepe and onion soup are a little bit too salty. French toast and beignets are amazing. Amount is quite small, so quite pricy if you wanna get really full.

Photo of megan brame megan brame
Aug 15, 2018 5

The chef is happy to make a vegan meal! We got the 3 course meal - all vegan, all delicious! The staff were all delightful and everyone seemed genuinely excited to see the vegan creations. Top notch food.

Photo of Jeremy Edgell Jeremy Edgell
Jul 28, 2019 3

A bit underwhelming given the menu's promise of French-style cuisine. It was definitely adjusted to an American pallette and some of the things one looks for in French food were missing, like a heavy handed use of butter, and un the dish I had, lavender.

Photo of Denise Williams Denise Williams
May 15, 2019 5

This was my first time at Rue Cler and I was highly impressed. I had the fish of the day, which was halibut, and it was really good. My coworkers had the Duck Confit and the Burger and they all enjoyed their meals. I will definitely be back to try the other dishes.

Photo of Liz Templeton Liz Templeton
Feb 9, 2020 5

We savored every bite of brunch! An amazing experience from the service through dessert. The salads, the meal, the drinks and dessert were all beautiful and utterly delicious. I've been here before, and I will go again soon. I'm really looking forward to a dinner here very soon!

Photo of Cheryl Lawrence Cheryl Lawrence
Jan 13, 2020 5

Food is pricey but delicious, lots of wonderful new flavors. Wait staff is very attentive. Wine was excellent too.

Photo of Mike Xenos Mike Xenos
Jan 3, 2020 5

Let me start by saying that this place is always packed. From open to close, however there is rarely a wait. One of the best pubs! They have a smaller selection of ciders in comparison to most places down town. It is a very charming restaurant with lots of character and always has great live music on the weekend. They're open way later than most places downtown so I find myself coming back mainly for this connivence.

Photo of Leland Allison Leland Allison
Dec 26, 2019 5

Would certainly recommend visiting this place. Great atmosphere, delicious food, good customer service. Keep up the good work.

Photo of Ches Spencer Ches Spencer
Nov 19, 2019 5

Pleasantly surprised by this quaint spot with some seriously good breakfast options. Bloody Mary was on point. Definitely returning to this unique experience.

Photo of Martin Bermudez Martin Bermudez
Oct 10, 2019 5

Great food, great service. All prix fixe courses were spectacular. Nice wine selection.

Photo of Erick von Schulz Erick von Schulz
Nov 5, 2019 4

Food is always great and service is pretty good. I love the Croque-Madame it is always amazing. The steaks are good and the mussels are as well. Overall a nice place to eat with friends.

Photo of Hans Rumble Hans Rumble
Sep 11, 2019 5

Upon my last visit here I went for my mom's birthday and made reservations for a party of two. We were sat at a four person table. The server was very polite, but eventually since it was Sunday brunch the place started getting busy. We had already placed our order and just received our food when the manager asked us to bump down to a two person table because it was getting busy.

Photo of Samantha Sherwin Samantha Sherwin
Sep 15, 2019 5

Went for brunch. The food was great! I had the farmers plate which includes, eggs, sausage, fruit and potatoes. No issues with service, everyone was nice and friendly.

Photo of Cat Le Cat Le
Oct 20, 2019 5

Great food and friendly staffs. It made me want to learn French to fully understand the entire menus. Definitely gonna come back.

Photo of J Hill J Hill
Jul 28, 2019 5

Great brunch/lunch menu for Sunday. Food prepared well and homemade. Cant go wrong with anything on the menu. Great atmosphere.

Photo of Laura Windham Laura Windham
Jun 27, 2019 5

I have been to Rue Cler twice, and both dinners have been delightful. The service is courteous and attentive. The preparation of the food is thoughtful and well balanced. This restaurant is becoming a go-to for special occasions.

Photo of Derrick Ochoa Derrick Ochoa
Jun 28, 2019 5

Good place for french food. Filled me up in no time. Fast and courteous service. The place has a cool atmosphere. Makes me feel like I am back in Tucson.

Photo of C j C j
Jun 15, 2019 4

The food was very good and the service was friendly. The only issue I had was that the greens I was served weren't all that fresh. But I would definitely recommend.

Photo of Laura Windham Laura Windham
Jun 17, 2019 5

I have been to The Clerk twice, and both dinners have been delightful. The service is courteous and attentive. The preparation of the food is thoughtful and well balanced. This restaurant is becoming a go-to for special occasions.

Photo of Jordan Jewell Jordan Jewell
May 13, 2019 5

I took a friend for Mother's Day and we were so impressed with our dining experience. The wait staff were jovial and attentive and the food was excellent! I cannot oversell the quality of the cuisine, and at very reasonable prices. I will absolutely be going back again. Thank you for a lovely Mother's Day brunch Rue Cler.

Photo of robert bridges robert bridges
Jun 13, 2019 3

We give it a 3 * for atmosphere, quaint. But seating was very smug. Our waitress had no personality, which surprised us because we came before the dinner crowd. I mentioned to her it was my husband's birthday. He ordered the lobster salad special, and it was a huge disappointment. I wish I took a pic, cause the serving couldn't have been smaller! She said, "you got the last special". What? I guess it was the bottom of the barrel. I ordered Halibut on bed of chickpeas and it was good. Then we ordered dessert for hubby, still hungry, and after all, it's his birthday. Maybe they will say, "happy birthday", put on a candle, give him a bigger portion to make up for lobster plate. No. Nothing said. We got our bill, and never saw our waitress again. Bill was left with hostess at front. Sorry, maybe better next time we'll have better luck.

Photo of April H April H
Jun 22, 2022 5

Rue has always been a favorite of mine. The bartender made a cucumber gin fizz and it was outstanding. Full of fresh flavors and an amazing texture.

Photo of S Tam S Tam
Jun 12, 2022 5

This is a hidden gem. It's a small restaurant with a few tables but don't let that fool you. The food is outstanding. Foie Gras was better than I've had in France. Cocktails were delicious. NY Strip was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Escargot was in a mushroom butter that we couldn't stop dipping our baguette into! Creme brulee was fluffy like a cloud and unbelievably tasty!

Photo of Sarah Ludington Sarah Ludington
Jun 25, 2022 5

Love this place — exquisite food and service. Wine list is top notch.

Photo of Bhumi Patel Bhumi Patel
Jul 24, 2022 5

We finally made it back to this little gem after 6 years and their dinner was amazing! We got escargot, foie Gras, snapper, salmon and peach clafoutis. I cannot name a single item that was mediocre. Everything was exceptional including Tony, our waiter. He did not hesitate to offer suggestions or tweak our order. Having been to vin rouge, I can confidently say I prefer rue cler. Just wish they had a outdoor seating situation.

Photo of Scott Troolin Scott Troolin
Jul 24, 2022 5

A true gem of Durham…this place was amazing! We had the escargot, the fois gras, the salmon, and the snapper dishes and they were all excellent! Not to mention the server, Tony, was very helpful with pairings/suggestions, kind, and just wonderful to chat with. Oh! And we had a peach dessert which was also very very good! Keep up the fantastic work, folks! We had only been here years ago for the brunch but decided to try out the dinner and oh man were we not disappointed. What’s strange is that it’s not even that crowded inside so, until the word gets out, you should be able to get a table no problem - which is hard to do in downtown Durham today.

Photo of Deborah Schwartz-Kates Deborah Schwartz-Kates
Apr 18, 2022 5

Had a wonderful dinner with my husband and friends. The coq au vin was delicious — one of the best versions of the dish I have ever had. The service was spot-on. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and made excellent recommendations about wines to accompany our meal. As I was about to post this review, I noticed some negative comments, and I have no idea what they could possibly be about. We had a fabulous evening, and this restaurant is one we plan to visit again and again.