39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

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French style cafe and bar offering the best in Brasserie cuisine. Enjoy indoor/outdoor patio seating, cocktails and a well-rounded wine list.

We offer a modified menu from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
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OT
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chris was great!!! We were celebrating our 26th anniversary, and Chris brought us complementary champagne, it was wonderful! Had the mussels for appetizer EXCELLENT!!!! Baguette was delicious, my husband had the duck, and I had the crab cakes. Ended with Creme brûlée! WONDERFUL!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time here. We drove from Raleigh the second time and the food wasn’t as good as the first time. However, on the third trip down it was just like the first visit. Looking forward to another visit in the future.

t
Milwaukee
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent rabbit and the desert was excellent as well. Service wasn't as attentive as I thought they should be, but still very good!

KH
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING! 3rd time here and never a disappointment! Excellent food, wine, cocktails, service.

SC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, make sure you are not seated out the back by the toilets as it is somewhat divorced from the main restaurant.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a trainee for our waiter, Scott Tallman, and he was so attentive. Provided a fantastic experience. The braised rabbit was divine and the filet was fantastic. Brooke Albea also stopped by our table, so sweet and very knowledgeable (she recommended the rabbit). We will def be back. Delicious!!! Good luck Scott with your training!!!🤣🤣

OT
Charleston
66 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptionally good service, food and wine. The creme brulee to finish the meal was enough for four and the timing was perfect as we were right on time for our Gaillard event.

MH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Three couples tried out 39 Rue de Jean this past Saturday. We are all fairly new residents of the Charleston area and slowly working our way through the amazing food scene here in the Holy City. I would say that overall 39 Rue de Jean was a pleasant evening but that it was only about average for this vibrant city at best. While the food was good but not great (we ordered trout, steak frites, short ribs) the noise level was very loud, the service average and the prices a bit high for the quality of the meals. My personal favorite was the French Onion Soup which was excellent but unfortunately was the highlight of the meal that followed. Would I go back? Yes, possibly, but with so many other more impressive choices across the city, it won't be any time soon.

DL
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can always count on great food and service at 39 Rue de Jean. We sat outside on their porch and it was a delightful evening. Fun to watch all the people passing by in the alley way next to their porch. People watching is a good sport!

PT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Bar drinks were not that good. Onion soup was good. Duck confit wasn't very good - very salty, not enough contrasts in tastes and textures. Bread was stale. Server was not very familiar with the dishes themselves.

JE
Greensboro
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Classic brasserie, easy to enjoy. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

MK
St. Louis
43 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food in a more casual setting. Right across from visitor’s center. It was exactly what we were looking for.

P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good French cuisine in a cozy and warm atmosphere

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Ate outside and there were flies around the tables

DE
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

29th anniversary

R
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great food, subpar service. We had a reservation but our table wasn't ready. The bar was packed, so it took a while to get a drink. Once we were seated, our server took 10 minutes to speak to us.

WK
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Rue is usually a go to for us and a 5 star experience. This experience was still good but not up to the restaurant’s normal quality - in food or service. Again, it wasn’t bad but is normally better.

AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoy this restaurant. We have dined here once before and the waiter was very rude but this time, our server Molly was wonderful. We will be back.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Not a relaxed atmosphere, food served too fast, food quality did not match price.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choices on the menu. Attentive and helpful service. Food quality always good.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and time!

8
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

WAITRESS WAS VERY NICE, SHE HAD NO HELPSO DRINKS AND FOOD WAS SLOW, AND FOOD WAS TERRIBLE

S
St. Louis
44 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful French cuisine. I had the duck breast special which was very good and followed with the Pot of Chocolate. You cannot go wrong here if you like French food.

LC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to an event at CHS Music Hall afterwards.

DH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

nice French atmosphere, food was under done, sent it back, arrived back quickly. otherwise uneventful. Wine list was nice

TW
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was really good. Cooked just right and served with the perfect sauces. We went on a Monday night so the restaurant was not crowded. We expected really good service since our waitress only had two tables. But the service was poor.

FO
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful stop for a late lunch. You'll feel like you are in a French Bistro. We had the mussels, a mesculun salad, great bread, and bottle of wine. A go to place when we visit Charleston.

BB
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall, 39 Rue de Jean is a very pleasant restaurant with quite good quality food. I had escargot and moules marinières. The moules were cooked correctly, not overdone. We ate outside, which was a bit drab- indoors looked to have more ambience. Overall, I would eat here again.

l
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another great meal. Never disappointed.

LM
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a great brunch, amazing crepes and a great outdoor cafe setting

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here a number of times and consistently had a great experience. We enjoyed the Sun brunch on 22 Sept seated outside. The service was great, the food and bloodies were outstanding! We would highly recommend dining here and have it on our top 10 list in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, IOP, Sullivan's Isle, etc.!

M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch on the covered (and dog friendly) patio! Top-notch service and a delicious, affordable menu. Can't wait to go back!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Pretty good food. Nothing crazy. Waiter was super cool.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Dining Room did not happen to be busy in the night we were there. The waiter did not acknowledge our table for 10 min and we had to get his attention to get our drinks and bread. He forgot some drinks that were ordered for some in our party. The quality of service was not of the quality that we were expecting. Also, I had checked in for our reservation about 30 min early with the hostess(es) and told them we were at the bar and to please come get us when the table was ready and we would be available if the table was ready early. Like I said, the dining room looked more empty than expected and the hostess(es) never came to retrieve us and I had to check up after the time of our reservation.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I have been to this restaurant before, about a year and a half ago. I can certainly say that something must have changed for the worse unfortunately. Based on my experience I could not justify going back again. The food was good, not amazing (and honestly not quite up to the Charleston standard I’m used to) and some items were clunky. Dishes were served plated messily and the food itself lacked finesse and didn’t seem like very coherent courses (ex. the appetizers were heavy and unable to be finished). I was seated in the back directly by the restroom doors (very uncommon) and the service was very slow. My drink was forgotten and I had to ask for it, and when who I assume was the manager came to apologize he made an unnecessarily snarky comment about our waitress’s competence. She was very nice and I don’t blame her, I could just tell that the restaurant’s standards were not where they should have been. Overall I was vaguely disappointed.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the mussels!!!

GS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always stop at Rue when we come to Charleston. This time, we were celebrating my 30th birthday and the staff did not disappoint! Everyone was so kind and made the experience unforgettable. As always, the food was exquisite and the wine delicious!

MA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from our waitress. Food was as very good.

D
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant in Charleston - curried mussels!

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Trout Amandine was bland and flavorless and we waited nearly an hour for our food without anyone checking on us or explaining why the wait was so long. We also both finished our drinks and no one asked us if we wanted another. It could have just been a bad night, but I probably wouldn't go back.

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