39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

4.5
2912 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 60% 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

Support 39 Rue de Jean - Charleston during COVID-19

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 2912 people are saying
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ButchS
Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding in every way. Excellent food, service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful, food and service alike

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Foodie123
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was really great! Service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom was in town :)

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JacobW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The most perfect dining experience my wife and I have had there. Perfect.

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AYIC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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AmandaR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

39 Rue De John was a great recommendation. The food and service was outstanding. The menu has something for everyone. Definitely not to miss in Charleston.

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irizayo
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love Rue de Jean! This was our first time going for lunch! The Onion Soup was delicious, hot, and flavorful as usual. The potato truffle soup was cold. I was not going to return it because it would offset the timing of the meal; it would have been a 10 for that soup it not for the temperature. The flavors were spot on. The oysters in the wine sauce are always my favorite, but this time the wine sauce was super extra salty. I could not, and I tried, eat it. The short rib sandwich with fries was perfect!
A spoon was dirty and they brought us the wrong check when we were ready to pay.

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BobbyW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. The spinach salad was the best ever.

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IAppreciateAGoodMeal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

When will servers learn to correctly place a glass? I have noticed over the past several years servers place the water glass, tea, etc over the fork, to the left of the plate. WRONG! I don't care what is seen in commercials, television, etc. all glasses go to the right of the dinner plate above the knife and spoon. OK, rant over. Aside from the aforementioned, service was a tad slow, expected since no one wants to work -- thank you to everyone out there that holds a job and doesn't sit at home waiting on the gov't check, oops, 2nd rant?? Seriously, thank you to everyone out there who is working!

Now, the food. I have not eaten bread since February. To say the warm, crusty French bread with soft butter was simply delicious is a true understatement! I had four slices total, two with butter and two to go with the incredibly delicious Escargot appetizer. I have always loved Escargot and Rue de Jean's does not disappoint. Buttery, garlicky deliciousness!

For dinner I ordered a small bowl of Moules (mussels) served in the traditional Marineire broth - white wine, shallot, garlic, a little more butter and parsley. The mussels were from PEI, small and slightly briny. The small bowl contained about a pound of mussels, each beautiful and scrumptious!

Whether you are a local or a tourist, Rue de Jean should be on your list to dine. Charleston is definitely known for its seafood, so sure, enjoy the seafood but don't forget about the French food.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had the scallops and they were very good, but what it say upon was not good. Bland, but trying to be fancy. My mom had the portobello mushroom sandwich which she liked. The onion soup was not good. Too thick. Don’t think it’s worth the price at all. 65 and neither of us drank. I’ve had much better French food elsewhere and I was expecting more since it is in such a tourist town.

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vipYankeedoodle
Savannah
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Seated upon arrival. Attentive server. Excellent entree of short rib and generous side dishes. Beef tartare was too chunky for our taste, but was nicely seasoned. A smoother consistency would have made it easier to spread on toast. Nice menu.

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vipJames
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Steak Tartare was the best I have had in a long time.

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vipBigDuck
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch ambience and amazing food make this well worth every penny. I'd especially like to give a shout-out to our excellent server, Maggie. Exceptional all around.

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FrenchRickyT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fried Goat Cheese Salad 👍
Rabbit Sausage 👍
Cast Iron Duck Breast 👍
Creme Brûlée 👍
Opolo Paso Zinfandel 👍👍👍
🍷🍷🍷

Perfect Service , Perfect Food , Perfect Wine

Does not get any better than this

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was pleasant, the food was good. Would recommend!

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katies
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. The bread, scallops, steak, and muscles were outstanding!!!!

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vipSCmommy5
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great Service! We enjoyed our time at Rue de Jean.

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vipteresahs
Charleston
88 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

In the past, my husband and I frequently dined at Rue de Jean. The food and service were always very good. But our last visit wasn’t so good. Here is why -
1. We were eating late afternoon on a Sunday. I wanted the Niçoise salad with duck. The waitress said that it is not on the dinner menu and that it’s not served on the Sunday brunch menu - so no. She didn’t offer to check with the kitchen and when I looked at the Sunday brunch menu, there was the Niçoise salad.
2. The mussels weren’t fresh.
3. We ate outside and the flies were everywhere. One landed in my wine glass, which was about half full. The waitress took it and returned with what looked like the same glass with exactly the same amount of wine. So of course I wondered if she just took it and fished the fly out. But, the wine was good. So I drank it anyway.
The Caesar salad was good and the fish of the day was very good. And in spite of the flies, we did enjoy sitting outside on the alley. It’s a charming little corner. But sadly, Rue has slipped.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food and service was amazing as always!! Xo

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vipKenS
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

39 Rue de Jean is one of our favorite go-to restaurants when we're in Charleston. We typically visit for dinner at the bar but decided to try brunch this past Sunday. Understanding that many places are currently under staffed, it still took a very long time to meet our server for the first time. She was polite but not engaging and did not check in with us with any frequency. The kitchen was slow but we attributed this to a lack of staffing. The bread, as always, was piping hot and delicious, but the entrees were surprisingly average. My Steak Hache was way too peppery to enjoy and the Pommes Lyonnaise where flavorless and soggy. My wife made the better choice of Pain Perdue but was disappointed as well.

We will 100% be back as this establishment has never failed us before, but it will be for dinner and at the bar where we've always had stellar service.

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Davidc
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. I heard that it’s the place where other restaurant staff go to and now I know why. Can’t wait to return!

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Aba3
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were really looking forward to this as we are big fans of French food. We were totally disappointed. It was absolutely the worst meal we had on our visit to Charleston. First, the French bread was gummy. I ordered the seared foie gras appetizer. The price should have been a tip off. At $38 when all other appetizers were in the teens, I should have known the portion was going to be huge, more than anyone would want. A little seared foie gras goes a long way. When it arrived I was shocked not only at the size, but also, IT WAS BLACK. Not seared, totally carbonized. Somehow the inside still managed to have cold spots, probably because it was such a thick piece. I tried to order the trout almandine but was told they only had branzino and I went ahead and ordered it. This was probably my fault, I was not familiar with how bony a whole branzino is. Dessert was a totally forgettable pot de Creme. My husband meanwhile had the steak tartare, and thought it was merely ok, and he ordered the seared scallops for his entree. So apparently the chef thinks seared means black because the scallops were also carbonized and way overdone. Service was fine but the food was awful.

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Kevin
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely perfect meal, excellent service, an ya know what - by NYC restaurant standards it was reasonably priced (yes, I know where talking about S.C. - just a compare).. Next time back in town, this is on the list! GREAT job all around.

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Stephen
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Overall an excellent meal. Our server was a bit sarcastic and cheeky. One steak came and it was fatty and difficult to cut. Sent it back and tried to charge us for it at the end. Um, no! Manager was nice enough but shouldn't have gone that far. Very, very loud. Overall not worth the money...there are better places in town.

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kellieD
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Chicken Francaise a must!!
Other than that it’s just … okay.

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ClaudiaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Too expensive for the entire experience. The appetizers were amazing but the angus filet was was not that great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The gracious and attentive service from our waiter made this experience special and memorable.

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Paulo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful French bistro food with a well trained staff. We had the truffle potato soup, fried goat beet salad, snails in wine/garlic, and scallops. All were very well prepared with complex flavors that complimented each other.
Our food was professionally served in what seemed like just few minutes.
The rich cappuccino was a nice end of the meal.

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coko
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was incredible, the ambience was lovely, and our food was absolutely delicious. We can’t wait to go back!

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KarlP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As travelers who count Paris as a favorite destination, we always enjoy visiting 39 Rue de Jean, since it truly gives us a little taste of being in that wonderful city. I enjoyed a spinach salad with a confit duck leg and then a duck breast with blackberry sauce and frites (the one false note was the side salad with the breast was a bit too salty for my liking); my wife had mussels with cauliflower cream and a goat cheese and beat salad to start. The food was scrumptious over all, the ambience that of a French bistro, the servers cordial and very helpful.

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GaryW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Charleston and we live here. We had an exceptional waiter in a young woman that just could not do enough for us. She made the experience truly wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food experience and service was wonderful, as always.

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Melissa
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit back to Rue in quite sometime and we are pleasantly surprised with the high quality of food and service. The staff was attentive to our needs, yet gave us plenty of time and privacy to enjoy being together with family.

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Connie
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always. First time for trout almandine and it was superb. I loved all of it except for the crunch green beans but the rest made up for it either the perfect mashed potatoes and lemon sauce with capers. And the chocolate mousse dessert was over the top delicious with coffee. Oh my!!! Never had better in Paris.

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AndyA
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was amazing. Had the escargot and the coq au vin. Our server was not good at all. It took forever to get her attention. She never really checked back. I ordered a glass of wine and it took 20 minutes to get. She said she had been a server at the restaurant for 4 years and they got a new computer system a year and a half ago and still didn’t understand it. Know the technology. It makes the operation efficient. Once we ordered , it took almost 45 minutes to get our food. She would stop at other tables and talk for 5-10 minutes. The other servers were getting their orders out and checking on their tables regularly. It doesn’t matter how good the food is, if you don’t provide good service, it’s a poor experience for the diner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Not the Rue de Jean of old. My steak was cold and tasteless. Escargot weren't fresh. Trout was so bony as to be inedible. Was ill in the night after. Won't be returning.

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JessicaC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite venue in Charleston for over 10 years now. Even though the menu is slightly smaller now, the food is always consistently prepared and presented. Never disappoints!

JM
JaniceM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great- first girls trip to Charleston! Everyone has been so friendly and helpful. Food was very good!

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Ceocowboy
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!

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39 Rue de Jean - Charleston offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 722-8881.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston is rated 4.5 stars by 2912 OpenTable diners.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://39ruedejean.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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