39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

4.2
3205 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
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JohnB
Savannah
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

By the advertisement expected “French” Restaurant to be more elegant. Felt I needed to not have tried to dress a little but to wear a cap backwards. Food was great. Just had a bar atmosphere. Would not go back if wanted nice dinner (dinner &
drink for 2 with grat $129 )

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Lisa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant is definitely having some severe staffing issues. It took about 15 minutes for our waitress to come over for the first time. Most of the wait staff looked like they were frantically running around. I ordered the chicken francaise which was fine. The other person I was with ordered the shrimp and it appeared and tasted like it was not fully cooked. When we asked the waitress if the shrimp typically was prepared like this, she said yes, but that they would make a new one if we felt more comfortable. When it came back out, it was the same dish sent back (the pieces that we had cut up were there) just with char marks on the shrimp and in a smaller bowl. The people behind us had to send 2/3 of their meals back as well - 1 meal was cold and the other was too well done to eat. The waitress was pleasant but the restaurant definitely has some work to do before I would consider coming back again.

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SRAA
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service.

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JeffW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had outdoor dining for Sunday brunch and it was perfect. Our server was very friendly, pleasant and efficient. Our food was great and the environment was excellent.

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vipAllanM
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Great place to find the perfect bistro. Authentic, great service and ambiance. I'll be back next trip.

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Carleton
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was great, food was wonderful, service was excellent; this is what you would expect from a great French resturant.

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KurtG
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We've been going to 39 Rue de Jean for years (once a month or so). The last 2 times - and even moreso last night - we've felt it's changed, and not for the better.

Post-pandemic the menu has changed, losing some of our favorite dishes. It that were all, we could let it go. But last night the quality of the food was definitely down a notch (or two).

I've had steak frites at Rue de Jean many times. Last night the steak was poorly trimmed - nearly 1/2 fat and gristle. In addition both the steak and the fries were luke warm at best when served.

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Gary
Jacksonville
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server was attentive, but had too many tables to manage. Food was very good. They were out of rabbit sausage so we had fried goat cheese and spinach salad which was very good. Had Mussels which were excellent, but our entrees came before we finished our mussels. Had duck entrees which was excellent. Great wine list. Rating would have been higher if not for the delivering entrees while still enjoying the appetizer. Kitchen was very busy I'm sure.

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AllergicFoodie
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a great meal with delicious wine. Jason is a fantastic server who knew about my food allergies and was ready to recommend items for me.

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RobertS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went late on a Friday night and they had run out of thier famous onion soup. Service was exceptional and I recommend the mussels and thier chicken francasiae

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BarbaraB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service. The ambiance is cheerful & fun & loud!

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vipfair
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

We had a mediocre dinner. But the service was super slow. We waited 1 hour to order. The waiter finally turned us over to management. The tried to make it right, through a free round of drinks.

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wizdale77
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

39 Rue de Jean is one of my favorites and I try to dine there whenever the wife and I are in Charleston. The food, service and ambiance are great and it is not overly loud. Our waiter was attentive despite the fact he had a few tables with multiple diners. Needless to say, I shall be back when we are back in Charleston.

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Shelley
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am not a foodie but I think the French food is great. We had dinner and I miss eating lunch there.

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NoahB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Asked for a medium burger it came back charred. Fries were good though so was the bread. Potato soup was eh.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Don’t bother- food mediocre. All hot food served cold. Portions rationed. Service attentive and accommodating but noncooperation from kitchen.
Plenty of other places nearby. Give ‘em a try…

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vipserenataylor
Charleston
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had mussels which are normally delicious, but these were just average. Not sure if it was that particular order, but it wasn’t good enough to merit making a trip there again. Server was great, salad was good, drinks were fine. But, nothing outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

App which was escargot a bit disappointing did not like the garlic sauce, a bit thin. Entree was very good, service was spot on and wine was a winner

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wellfeed
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. My too go place, and love taking visitors.

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Elle
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy dining at Rue de Jean! The food is always very good and the French Onion soup is incredible. Our table of four had two dinners of short ribs, pasta with shrimp and soup and beet and fried goat cheese salad. Nice selection of wines and a small but flavorful cheese plate. No room for dessert!

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Yeti
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Still a great place, but sadly seemed a little tired around the edges.
Last time I dined at 39 Rue de Jean was in 2003. And it was a bright shining star on the food scene here in Charleston.

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vipkimm
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The appetizers were disappointing. We had escargots, foie gras, mussels. The meal itself was very good pork chops, duck and chicken franchise.

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DateNightCHS
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

It was too loud to even hear my date sitting next to me without having to raise our voices. The food was mediocre. The cocktails were too strong - almost couldn't drink it.

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vipJamesP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a delightful brunch for four on Sunday. With one exception, the food was great; on of our attendees ordered eggs benedict and even though all the entrees came with "this plate is very hot" warnings, this one was not and the entree was luke warm to cold. Everyone else's food was hot. Otherwise a very nice experience. Bloody Mary's were awesome.

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Marc
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great boisterous brasserie atmosphere, very good plates, decent drinks, attentive service all made for an enjoyable meal.

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vipiaillini
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, one of our "go-to" places in Charleston serves up yet another great meal. Chicken Francaise was delicious, as were the mussels in Red Curry sauce. Service was fantastic as usual. And frankly, this establishment provides an excellent wine list at some of the most reasonable prices in town. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipKendellB
Charleston
85 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed one last lunch at the Rue with our son before he walked down the aisle. We have celebrated here over many years. The food and service are consistently good and never disappoint-today was no exception. Outdoor dining was comfortable and waitstaff continue wearing masks. They get extra stars for the great wine selections.

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Dogsmom
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Restaurant has a big bar which was packed with people shouting - the noise permeated the restaurant making conversation impossible. It took 55 minutes for our first order to arrive, came in the wrong order and when the entrees finally arrived one was stone cold and impossible to eat. Eat someplace else when you are in Charleston- this was very disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to Rue de Jean. It takes me back to Paris every time. Will go again. Soon.

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MaryanneD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, beautifully presented and the service was excellent.

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Jojo
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Having dined here several times before, I was a little disappointed in the food. Onion soup was mediocre, salmon overcooked. Out of scallops and the bourbon we requested.

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PatriciaE
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time trying 39 Rue de Jean. Had a good experience and would like to return to try other menu items.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Just had apps and a drink but very nice experience and wonderful service with a very knowledgeable and personable waiter.

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vipBruce
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Please save your money and dine somewhere else. We sent back our salad because the dressing tasted terrible. We ordered the steak frites and the cut of steak was good, but the au Poivre sauce literally tasted like how floor cleaner smells. We could not eat it. Speaking of floors, I slipped two times going to the restroom as the floor was greasy/wet. Seriously, find somewhere else to dine.

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Jacques
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Good food slow service. Waiter said they are short on people, food took 40 minutes, omlete

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Floridafoodie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Chicken Francaise is the way to go here, delicious. It’s very loud so conversation can be challenging.

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Carl
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our server had a 9 to 10 table section in the lounge area and was in the weeds on a Friday evening.
Food was great and arrived as expected, but had to ask for everything we needed.
Really expected someone to step in and help our server but it didn't happen.
Our side dish didn't come until we were done with our meals, and it was a challenge getting more water.
None of this was his fault as he should have gotten some assistance while he was continuously getting double sat with a mostly full section.
Our server made it right with us on our check but he shouldn't have had to and we didn't expect it. He somehow found the time to recognize my wife's birthday with a dessert and ended the subpar evening on a good note which both of us appreciated.
Not what we expected from a restaurant of this caliber.

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FriendDinner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it. The service was wonderful the dinner was great -the mussels were fabulous !!!

We love sharing dishes and they served them split each course. Wonderful

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richardh
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

the table water had an unpleasant taste as if it was unfiltered tap water. the french dip was made with poor quality beef with a lot of tendon in it. the panna cotta dessert had blueberries in vinegar which tasted like italian dressing- a disappointment. I told the waiter and no response was made.

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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 4.2 stars by 3205 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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