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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!
US$10 - US$35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Private Dining, Seating, 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, Table Service
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Reviewed 22 August 2021 via mobile

We love french cuisine and they delivered high quality food, with friendly personable service. Durham has lots of good places to eat, but you don't want to miss this. Kudos to management staff and ownership.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 15 August 2021 via mobile

Decided to try Rue Cler to support them for caring about people’s health and requiring vaccines. We drove from Raleigh and we’re very glad we did. Everything was top notch. Excellent service, friendly staff, fabulous food, large wine list, excellent vibe. The crusty French baguette...was fresh and warm with yummy butter alongside. I had the Poulet Roti, and it was very good. My husband had the Coq au Vin, and it was to die for. We’ll definitely go back again. BTW, I noticed at least one negative review that seemed completely unrepresentative of our experience. I fear some anti-vaxxers may be writing false bad reviews to harm the restaurant that’s doing the right thing. Don’t be fooled.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 9 August 2021

Are you kidding me? They have an attitude here that is not even deserving of their food , service or atmosphere. I grew up in France. This is not French food. This is an overrated restaurant. They have nothing remotely close to being like rue...cler. Paris or even French. They don’t even speak French. It’s food. And the service and attitude is just not worth the trouble to visit with them. It’s a small place. They don’t care if you are comfortable with your seat and they act like you owe them something by just coming there. After 4-5 visits I will spend my money elsewhere. I’m out.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 14 March 2020 via mobile

Went to the Dpac with a friend and was able to walk to this gem. Food was awesome! Service was good... Enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

Rue Cler is consistently excellent. My favorite is the Moules Frites. The roasted beets is great. Service is very good and parking across the street is convenient for Durham.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 6 March 2020

This cozy French restaurant has never disappointed. Onion soup, Chicken Paillard Salad, and steak frites are all winners. the beignets are a must!

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 31 January 2020

I last reviewed Rue Cler in 2015, and I am happy to say they continue to be excellent. As close to being in France as one can find in NC, it is the place to go for a wonderful meal. Their chicken specialty is superb...and takes extra time.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 6 December 2019

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. Wonderful food and friendly, knowledgeable, efficient service. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 14 November 2019

The piping hot, aromatic, French onion soup on an icy night was a treat for us both. The skirt steak with frites was the best steak I've had in years -- perfectly medium rare, beautifully seasoned, amazingly tender for this flavorful cut. Excellent wines by...the glass, the bottle list is amazing. Server was prompt, helpful, fun, and friendly. The floor is concrete, the wooden benches hard (but pillows provided), the walls stark except for the chalked menus, and this big box of a room was a bit noisy. But the staff and the food made the meal a success.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 6 November 2019 via mobile

Gratin dauphinois : faultless. Magret : 'impeccable'. Wine : very good (and perfect temperature). Even trying to be 'très très difficile' this place is hard to fault!

Date of visit: November 2019
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3 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.
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10 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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Rue Cler Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4