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39 Rue de Jean - Charleston, Charleston, SC

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

4.2
4.2
4922 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 Monday 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.

*menus subject to change, please visit www.holycityhospitality.com for current menus


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, French American, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sunday Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (843) 722-8881
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Marcus Shell
  • Catering
    We cater through our sister company Events by Good Food. Please contact Tristan Whisenant, General Manager of Upstairs of 39 Rue de Jean at (843) 725-5959 ext. 2 or request more information at eventsbygoodfood.com.
  • Private party facilities
    The Upstairs at Rue event space offers a private dining room that can be transformed to host professional gatherings or celebratory affairs, accommodating up to 200 guests. This unique space, overlooking Upper King street, features vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and a private entrance. Upstairs at 39 Rue de Jean is located in the heart of Downtown Charleston. The venue maintains the charm of the city’s historic architecture while allowing the versatility to create an atmosphere appropriate for your special event. Please contact Tristan Whisenant, General Manager of Upstairs of 39 Rue de Jean at (843) 725-5959 ext. 2 or request more information with the provided inquiry form.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Cross street
    King St. and John Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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  • Half off Mussels on Tuesdays!

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Enjoy half-off all mussels every Tuesday night.

  • Wine Mondays

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Mondays just got a whole lot better! Come enjoy HALF OFF bottles of wine every Monday night. *bottles must be under $100*

What 4,922 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

    Most Booked

4,922 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great food at good prices (coming from an area where a meal like we had could have easily been $150). The food was great and service was excellent.

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  2. Mlad

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Most of the food that we ordered was delicious. One of our guests was disappointed with her shrimp starter, everything else was great. Our server was pleasant and attentive. Noise level was a little high mostly because there were several large groups. All in all a very pleasant experience.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I normally never complain about a restaurant. I have very fond memories of Rue de Jean when I was here in Medical School. I ordered the “Special” of the night, Flounder on a grit cake. There were 2 thin pieces of Flounder that was VERY DRY and almost tasteless!!! I ask for some Tartar Sauce to try to make it edible but all they had was Aoili sauce. I was embarrassed because one of my guests also ordered it and thought it was terrible. Sorry but just telling you the Truth. My salad , bread and fries were very good. Thanks! SS Dinner 7pm Sun May 19

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  4. ToddW

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! The goat cheese salad was enough for 2. It was fresh and flavorful, the mussels were steaming hot and full of flavor.

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  5. Mare

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, everyone enjoyed the brunch. Eggs Benedict, French dip and short rib sandwich all great!

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  6. RickG

    Houston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would have gave 4 1/2 stars but not an option. Our server was excellent, he has been our server before and once again excellent. The mussels with lardon in blue cheese was off the charts, scallops very good. The only thing was my wife’s steak, she said it was good but not for the price.

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  7. KerryS

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in the bar area which was very nice. Great people watching. We had great service and the food and wine were awesome. We will be back on our next trip to beautiful Charleston!!!!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Terrible despite good food. The service was horrendous. We were seated in a side portion with small uncomfortable table for 4. Specials had sold out. Server kept bringing for 3 of the 4 in our party. Main courses were brought while we were halfway through appetizers. Tried to overcharge by $30 for the wrong bottle of wine. They should be embarrassed.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time here as usual. Andrew, our waiter, was exceptional. The snails here are to die for. If you haven’t been here, you’re missing out!

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  10. Pmtiger

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife’s salad was excellent and my filet was cooked perfectly. Initially they forgot my roquefort topping but made up for it by bringing a small plateful. Our server Sara was attentive and helped us finish in time for our show.

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  11. JanT

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic and flavorful food plus the service is friendly and helpful.

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  12. TriciaC

    Western NC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice atmosphere and great service. Our table was ready when we got there and our waiter was attentive, but not intrusive. The French Onion soup was outstanding and the Grilled Lamb Porterhouse is not to be missed. Local Catch was Flounder and it was well prepared. Would order again. Cocktails were spot on and a nice wine selection. Will visit again on our next trip to Charleston.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    always a classic. bartender Michael is a superstar.

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  14. HowardH

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was PURE SALTY especially the escargo THE PHOTO OF THE MUSSELS LOOKED LIKE PEI'S BUT WERE NOT. THE ONION SOUP WAS ALSO SALTY. We were afraid to order main courses and left CHANGE YOUR HEAD QUICK OR CLOSE DOWN.

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  15. MeredithE

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Drinks and wine list: A+ Appetizers: A+ Moules and escargot were delicious! Dinner menu is wildly diverse and a crowd pleaser. Our group had scallops, NY strip (perfectly cooked), Coq au Vin, Gnocci, Beef Short Rib and Chicken francaise. Everything was incredible. We went to many fine dining restaurants while visiting Charleston but this one was the best. The chocolate mousse was a great finish. Service was fantastic. Sat outside and it was charming. A Must Do dining experience!

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  16. Suzanne

    New York City

    238 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    238 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu looked awesome but food not quite as good as expected or hoped. Hemingway cocktail had an odd smok dry y flavor and not sure why. Escargots had very little garlic and we’re not very traditional. The duck confit was crispy and delicious but very salty and the accompanying asparagus & wild rice “salad” was warm and mushy with little flavor. The rabbit entree was quite good but dish could have used more if the braising liquid for some of the drier pieces of meat. Overall it was ok but not the traditional French food we were expecting. Fortunately, though our waitress was quite busy she was still very pleasant and attentive.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant was average/below average across the board. I've lived in the area for 7 years and nothing has changed inside the restaurant. It's in need of a refresh from a physical perspective as well as a food perspective. We paid a lot of money for a below average restaurant. I don't think we'll be going back.

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  18. CatherineM

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Dined here on Mother's Day. The food was EXCELLENT and our server Natalie was wonderful! This would be a five-star review but we were seated in the Oyster Room and the smell of sump or sewer was really strong. Also, I encountered a post-meal plumbing mishap in the lady's that was appetite-destroying. would recommend seating in the main restaurant or outdoors to avoid the smell - which unfortunately often is found in older buildings.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very limited menu for a holiday. Service was excellent. Loved our waiter. Did not care for food options. Not really a kid friendly atmosphere. Decor was average, nothing exciting. Nothing energetic about the place. Seemed very dry. Took a long time to receive our meals. No one at the table enjoyed our food. Expensive bill at the end. I have been to other establishments with all the above better experience for less money.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went with locals that have been many MANY times over time. They said they were known for espresso martinis and French onion….. they were both disappointed w them this time around. “ not the same as it used to be”. We ordered red curry mussels and lamb and both were wonderful! Second round of drinks we all ordered something other than espresso martinis and that second round was mehhh. Again though- keep the bread comin for this mussel curry sauce! Our server was wonderful! He did a great job with everything we asked. Hostess staff was not dressed appropriately. Waitstaff is in black and white and ties and the host was in a dress sooooo short, distractingly short. Not just for us but other patrons as well. Prices are fine. Yea probably higher than they used to be but that’s everywhere. Would we come back? Yea. Are we running back and recommending to people … no

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  21. Jan1

    Phoenix

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was superb. I had trouble and my sister had the scallops.

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  22. DavidH

    Richmond

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Very noisy, hard to hear. Food was fair, service was excellent

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  23. JamesA

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We ate here before a concert at the Music Hall. It is conveniently located, the service was good, and the food was also good.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a real treat to meet old and new friends at Rue de Jean. Atmosphere is great, foot is top shelf, and service excellent. I am a little hard of hearing so the noise level when the restaurant starts filling up is a little difficult for me. Typically I have my food by the time the noise level increase, so not doing a whole lot of talking.

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  25. CampbellCulinary

    Western NC

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Flavorless meal except for the soup. Under-staffed in the kitchen hen so our waiter left to help, so that ended the service for the evening.

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  26. JennieM

    New York City

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Caesar salad was not very good - large pieces of lettuce in a deep bowl - more of a tossed salad than a traditional Caesar salad. The rabbit was overcooked and although it was requested that potatoes be eliminated from the dish they were served with the dish. The Coq au vin was very good.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food here has really gone downhill. The escargot was made with straight butter not clarified butter which made it heavy and impossible to eat. The mussels had very little flavor. The duck was served with no sauce, very dry. The salmon was overcooked and flavorless. The duck croquettes had a weird consistency. The only good thing was the crème brûlée. The service was good given what he has to work with. Overall I'll never go back.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A boisterous place great food drinks ok seated in nice seats better than booked! A little loud but pretty great for last minute.

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  29. MonicaM

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, good service, scallops perfectly cooked. Halibut unfortunately overdone. Despite overdone fish, good experience. Would return if in town again.

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  30. BandM

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a fabulous place to eat! The staff is wonderful! They really know their wine and food!

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  31. SenseiMark

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location and ambience. Food was good and served quickly for a crowded Friday night. Server was busy elsewhere with all the college graduates.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful. The onion soup, halibut and chicken franchise were all delicious. Our waitress Sydney, who we had twice during our stay, was very efficient, attentive, and timely. Very nice person as well. We will definitely come back to this restaurant our next time in Charleston

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  33. Gerard

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Our waitress was great. The soup was excellent the short rib not great.

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  34. CLJBL

    Dallas

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    7 pm reservation but didn’t get seated until 7:20. Ordered onion soup and chicken franchise. Soup arrived 40 minutes later and chicken 20 minutes after that. Waitress was great but guess they wait until you order to begin cooking.

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  35. cheryl

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Although we had reservations, the restaurant was clearly overbooked, and we did not get a table for 30 minutes. This was an issue because we had tickets for a show that we almost missed. Please respect patrons that make reservations. Thanks

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Half hour wait after reservation. Place overbooked. Waited long for food. Ordered bottle of wine. Appetizer arrived before we were told they ran out and suggested different bottle

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  37. Starfish

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is always a good experience at Rue de Jean. That is why we keep coming back.

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  38. Outstandingchoices

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    For the price, I was disappointed for Short Rib entree, very fatty, tasty. My friends all found their meals tasty, Our waitress seemed to "rush" for our orders, she took bread plates away when meal arrived. 2 glasses of wine served seemed like a smaller than usual.

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  39. KristineW

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal we have had in a long time! Being dog friendly on the patio was perfect for us since we were traveling with our 2 pups. Everything about the experience was what we hoped for when we chose this restaurant. Thank you!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was fine. Our service was acceptable. It was a fine evening.

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FAQs

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 4922 OpenTable diners.

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for 39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

39 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    King St. and John Street
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown Charleston
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Fri, Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sunday Dinner Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, French American, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Marcus Shell
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (843) 722-8881
  • Catering
    We cater through our sister company Events by Good Food. Please contact Tristan Whisenant, General Manager of Upstairs of 39 Rue de Jean at (843) 725-5959 ext. 2 or request more information at eventsbygoodfood.com.
  • Private party facilities
    The Upstairs at Rue event space offers a private dining room that can be transformed to host professional gatherings or celebratory affairs, accommodating up to 200 guests. This unique space, overlooking Upper King street, features vaulted ceilings, exposed brick and a private entrance. Upstairs at 39 Rue de Jean is located in the heart of Downtown Charleston. The venue maintains the charm of the city’s historic architecture while allowing the versatility to create an atmosphere appropriate for your special event. Please contact Tristan Whisenant, General Manager of Upstairs of 39 Rue de Jean at (843) 725-5959 ext. 2 or request more information with the provided inquiry form.
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