39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

4.2
3294 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
French style cafe and bar offering the best in Brasserie cuisine since 2000.

Enjoy indoor/outdoor patio seating, cocktails and a well-rounded wine list.
Current Dinner hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00 PM- 10:00 PM.
Sunday Dinner service: 4:00PM-9:00PM.
Sunday Brunch: 11:00AM- 3:00PM.
Friday & Saturday Lunch: 11:00AM-3:00PM.
Reserve your table now or call in for carry out at 843.722.8881.

We are excited to reopen our restaurant to all of our guests and are cautiously abiding by the SCRLA to ensure that we are taking care of not only our guests but as well as our staff safely! We have chosen to operate at smaller capacity and do ask that you make a reservation in order to secure a table for dining.

We have always had high standards in regards to sanitation and we are applying even more safety measures. Full list also available on our website 39ruedejeanCHS.com

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3294 people are saying
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BarbaraZ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience. Delicious food. Great server. It was very loud-partly because it was just very buay!

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KathieV
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We've dined at Rue De Jean many times. We usually enjoy the restaurant. The food this time was less than acceptable. The mussels were over cooked and shriveled, the short rib was dry. No sauce. No flavor. The mash potatoes were watery. Our poor server seemed overwhelmed ---hence service was terrible. What a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good but restaurant needs a face lift and it was way too noisy for the type of meal!!

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vipdonnad
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I love this restaurant, but the food was off tonight.
Mussels were cold but broth was hot.
French dip sandwich was huge, but beef was tough and chewy.
The service was excellent, but the food was definitely off.
It wasn’t our best night here and we come often.

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ChrisW
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner, small menu and not overwhelming and everything we ate was great.

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WilliamS
Key West
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This establishment needs to reinvent itself. The place seems very tired.

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8alot
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The French Onion soup was delicious but my French fries were cold when they arrived.

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Nick
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Love this restaurant. A favorite that’s always consistent. You have to have the mussels.

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KevinB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the mussels in red curry sauce. Potato soup is a classic.

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RolandL
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Were seated outside. Then 20 minutes of no service or greetings. We just left.

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vipPHLl
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

had to get my own water. The server took a long time to acknowledge me.

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harrietteB
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

20 min wait for entree-escargot
Muscles shriveled, broth non-existent
Server spilled water glass at guest’s place, had to ask for replacement napkin
Forgot one guest’s cocktail- arrived with dinner
Had to ask for more bread, fill water bottle
Med rare burger burned like charcoal

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vipKkwhit
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Coq au vin was outstanding. Short rib very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food! Loved the lemon chicken!

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EvansH
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my mom’s birthday, and it was excellent! From the wine, to the service, to the food, everything was

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vipTravelingTooth
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciate that our waiter was wearing a mask

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Roamin88
Wilmington
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The mussels, which they feature, were a huge disappointment- tiny and hard to extract from barely open shells. To their credit, when we mentioned it, they took them off our bill. Other items were okay. After initial confusion over no wait staff being assigned to us, our waiter was excellent. Wine list was very good and reasonably priced.

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Bernard
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We ordered escargots and they were cold. I am from France and they should be hot.
The meals had good flavor but also cool. Need to check their temperature as for the price we paid our meals should have been warm.
Waitress was great but cannot say the same to the kitchen staff

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AliceL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The portions are big and delicious. Reservations are recommended though.

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LynnD
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great waiter. Hoped for more ambiance and "Frenchness". It was for a 25th wedding anniversary. We were seated directly across from the bar . The food was between good and mediocre.

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LanceM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tammy was great
Our first time @ this restaurant
Will definitely come again when
we visit Charleston

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CharlestonGirl
Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch.
Everything was perfect.
Not sure if I’m spelling this right but Meach was our waitress. She was fantastic.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi, So glad to hear you all enjoyed your brunch with us! Misha is a wonderful addition to our team, and we are so glad to heard that you all enjoyed her service and your brunch. We hope to see you again soon! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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KarenB
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Just ok. Onion soup was disappointing. Came to table warm, not hot. Sent it back and the second time it was hot but the cheese on top was not fully melted and not browned. Broth had no onions in it. Very un-French onion soup!! Mushroom omelette was prepared well but had little mushroom flavor, potatoes were tasty but very greasy. Not in a rush to return.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Karen, Thank you for taking time to address your time spent with us. I will pass along the information to our culinary team in order to correct the issues you had with our French Onion Soup, as it is one of our most iconic dishes and it should always be served as one. Please reach out to me directly when you all decide to dine with us. All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager sdoherty@39ruedejean 843-722-8881

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TeriW
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Disappointed in the brunch menu. Expected more choices and better bread options.

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ShannonS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! We enjoyed our Brunch very much.

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BarbaraM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing!

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Barbara. So glad you enjoyed your time with us! Please visit us soon, as we would love to have you join us again! Shannon Doherty General Manager

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vipKathieW
Key West
28 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very lovely restaurant with amazing service and food. Would definitely go back!

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Kathie, Thank you so much! So wonderful to hear that you all enjoyed your time with us, and that your food and service was lovely. We hope you dine with us again soon! Hi Bob! Thanks for the 5 stars! Hope you make the drive to see us again soon! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our overall experience was very positive. Our waiter Jason was extremely attentive and professional. The food overall was excellent. My husband’s mussels and short ribs were first rate, as was my steak frites. My only issue was with the onion soup. It arrived cold without the cheese melted. Jason, who had not delivered the soup, took care of the problem promptly. However, the soup was quite salty without the depth of flavor of other onion soups that I have tasted. The cheese was very thick and gluey.

I would certainly return for the food and service, but I would not order the onion soup again.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Linda, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on your time with us. So wonderful to hear that you all enjoyed your entrees and service! Jason is a wonderful asset to our team, and we are lucky to have him! As for your issue with your French Onion Soup, it is something that has been addressed and handled, in turn we are grateful for that feedback so that we can continue to improve. We hope to see you soon! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, ambiance was very nice. Service top notch.

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KenyaD
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took two friends visiting from out of town here for dinner before a concert at the music farm. Everything was excellent. Our server Francis was amazing!

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for choosing us to dine with before your show! So wonderful to hear you all enjoyed your evening with us and that Frances took such great care of you! Please continue to join us for dinner or pre show drinks in the near future, as we would be happy to have you join us! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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Will
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good as always and service was excellent. Very crowded so the noise level was fairly high. However, overall a good evening.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Will So glad you enjoyed your evening with us! Our restaurant tends to become a little boisterous when busy (mostly guests joining us before a Charleston Music Hall show) but please feel free to request a quite area when making a reservation on Open Table and we will do our best to accommodate. All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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vipRVAFoodE
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have visited Charleston for fifty years and never eaten at Rue de Jean. I am not sure why, but I will not let any future visits slip by without eating here.
When we arrived at 7:15PM the place was packed and loud. We were seated after a short wait. Water was delivered promptly but it took a while for our waitress to get order drink order. We ordered our meal at the same time to avoid a long delay.
Trout Almondine, scallops, chicken Francaise and the short ribs were ordered by our group of four. No complaints.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Thank you for taking time to send us your feedback and kind words! We appreciate the praise on our entrees, and hope that you visit us on your next trip to Charleston! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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Robert
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short Ribs AND the Pork Chop were some of best we have ever had. The resturant was short staffed, but working hard to serve patrons

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Robert, Thank you for the kind words and recognizing our wonderful staff! We hope to see you in the near future! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I love this restaurant. However the short ribs had portions that were very dry and even seemed somewhat burned. The wine ordered with dinner wasn’t delivered until we were halfway through our meal. And the cocktail before dinner was late arriving. Our waitress was the best! So friendly and charming. I guess all in all the problem was with there not being enough servers and the food somewhat overdone.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi, Thank you for taking time to send us your feedback it is very much appreciated. Thank you for the kind words in regards to our wonderful staff, as they deserve all of the praise! I will address the issues with your entrees with our culinary team and will continue to improve in all areas. We hope to see you soon! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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GeneT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Hoped for the Best of Dinners in Charleston, had the worst.
Waitress was attentive but unable to keep our meal together.
Ordered glasses of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon and escargot to start. Got Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc. Told her the error and was left with the Sauvignon Blanc. The Cabernet came with the escargot 15 minutes later. Ordered French onion soup and Salmon for my wife and a Cesar salad and Braised short ribs. After 20 minutes a bowl of French onion soup arrived cold, made with chicken stock and onions that were sautéed for less then 5 minutes. No sign of the Caesar salad. When the waitress stopped by to tell me they were out of Braised short ribs, I asked about the salad, was informed that she did not remember me ordering one, but she would have one made immediately and would I like the duck breast instead of the ribs. At that point anything would have been alright. An hour and 15 minutes after being seated, the salad arrived with my wife’s Salmon, which looked more like a well done steak then seared salmon medium. It was burned to the point that it was not eatable. The duck breast came out looking good, but I soon found out that it had no sauce, seasoning or reduction and the center portions were raw. Never saw our waitress after that. I left $140 on the table and left,
I would never recommend this restaurant to another human.
There is no excuse for such poor wait service or horrible quality of what was expected to be a high quality meal.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Gene, Thank you for taking a moment to let us know about your dining experience with us. It is clear that we dropped the ball on many different levels of service and cuisine and for that I am sincerely sorry for. It sounds like you were visiting the Charleston area, but if you do visit again I would love to have you all back in to enjoy a meal on us the proper way. Please reach out to me directly if you all are in town again. All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager 843-722-8881

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StephanieA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we had while in Charleston. Misha was an awesome server. Great overall experience.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Stephanie, Thank you joining us for dinner while visiting Charleston! We are so glad you enjoyed your meal and had a wonderful time dining with Misha. Misha is an asset to our team and we are thrilled you were able to enjoy a dinner with her! Hope to see you all next time you are in town! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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MelanieB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Mussels and broth was delicious. Good Manhattan and wine selection. I ordered the scallops and just did not care for the sauce they were in.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston
Responded on November 22, 2021

Hi Melanie Thank you for joining us for dinner! So glad to hear you enjoyed your mussels and cocktails. We hope to see you again soon! All the best, Shannon Doherty General Manager

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MartinB
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here everytime we visit Charleston. Always one of our favorites.


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RobertS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing French Oniion soup as oysters( cold months only ). Service was quick and friendly, we have eaten here numerous times and don’t forget to enjoyed homemade bread!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was delicious, but we waited an hour and a half to get our food!! It is not somewhere I would recommend for a special anniversary dinner.