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Rue Cler

4.4

401 E Chapel Hill St
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: (919) 682-8844
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Photo of Penny Smith Penny Smith
Dec 4, 2022 5

Amazing food and the staff makes you feel welcome, special, and cared for. The flavors and execution on the food is impeccable. The lemon Béarnaise sauce with the steak frites is to die for.

Photo of Caitlin Clineff Caitlin Clineff
Sep 30, 2022 5

Absolutely fantastic experience! The food was wonderful, very friendly staff, and the bar mixed me a delicious mocktail off-menu. Our server answered all of our questions about the menu patiently. Everything was cooked perfectly to order. We had reservations but showed up early and were seated right away. We will definitely be coming back!

Photo of Jessica Israel-Filipkowski Jessica Israel-Filipkowski
Sep 15, 2022 5

A deliciosos night…. Service was a little slow but worth the wait! The Foie Gras was out of this world delicious!

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 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 Sarah Ludington Sarah Ludington
Jun 25, 2022 5

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

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 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.

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.