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39 Rue de Jean - Charleston, Charleston, SC

39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

4.2
4.2
4792 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. Full list also available on our website 39ruedejeanCHS.com


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 65 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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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Offers

  • 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 4,792 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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  • South Carolina

    Most Booked

  • Charleston

    Most Booked

4,792 Reviews
  1. SusanL

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    2 people at table said their meals (lamb chops and short rib were excellent. 1 person did not care for the chicken francaise served over mushy tasteless “risotto “. Appetizers and desserts were good. Waitress was great. Would return.

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  2. VeraW

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Travelled from Greenville. Our first visit upon referral from a friend. Seated promptly, server appeared immediately. Allowed us time to ask questions, referred to the sommelier for a wine suggestion (which was excellent). Server was delightful (Autumn). Was cheerful and attentive without being pushy. Our meals arrived promptly, exquisitely presented, perfect temperature and absolutely delicious in every way. Will definitely return.

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  3. Roger

    Atlanta Metro

    43 reviews

    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Our food was just okay. The Brussels sprouts with bacon was an appetizer. The larger Brussels sprouts were not thoroughly cooked. The Caesar salad was bland. The onion soup was the best item followed by the lamb chops with mushroom risotto. Our server was pleasant but she never offered us the specials of the day. We overheard other waiters describing the specials to other patrons. It was too late for us to take advantage.

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  4. Skip

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice setting Excellent service and meals!!!!

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  5. Sreece

    Atlanta Metro

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extensive menu options and very shareable portions! We had the Lamb and the Chicken Francese. The wine and cocktail menu have a multitude of options. We Highly recommend the restaurant who has a fabulous staff of engaging servers.

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  6. mike

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The wait staff was nice. Restaurant is very noisy. Food was good but not great. Annoying credit card charge was added to the total.

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  7. SandraW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and wine were excellent. Our server was respectful of our desire to savor our experience adding to the already excellent ambiance. Will definitely recommend to anyone visiting Charleston

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  8. CityCentreInn

    Charleston

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and service were outstanding. I had the special, Sheephead fish and my companion had scallops. The scallops were huge and dining companion said they were delicious. I do wonder if they were shark or scallops because of the size though. We had trouble conversing even at the corner table because it is loud as always. Our server was great and i am sorry i can’t tell you her name for kudos. And as always, the bread is the best! i had pot de crème which was a generous potion and served in a cup. It was addictively fantastic.

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  9. eatwell

    Charleston

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall the experience was great. The steak was not the medium rare, a little more towards the well-done side. Will order rare in the future. Other than that small oops, everything else was great. I recommend this restaurant and will definitely return.

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  10. Arundelld

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The best server we've had while going for the last 5 years

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  11. Maya

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The appetizers were delicious and so were the cocktails.

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  12. GaryP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I went there for my birthday dinner. It was a great experience and the atmosphere was amazing. The food was great too! I would recommend going there if you’re in Charleston!

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  13. BrianD

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great, as always. A Charleston staple, and will be for the foreseeable future.

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  14. JanetG

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quaint little restaurant with a French ambiance. Service from Kristen our waitress was outstanding with no rush.

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  15. michelle

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the short ribs, it was perfect. My daughter had the duck, perfectly done. Cocktails were great. Busy but fast service

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fresh baked bread, mussels and Pom frittes were delicious. Scallops were cooked perfectly. Lamb was delicious according to a friend that dined with us.

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  17. Kimberly

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The escargot needed more time beneath the broiler. And a simple butter garlic would be fine. It was creamy and too fancy and the flavor was bland. The charcuterie needed a sweet ingredient…maybe candied pecans or honey? The slice of cheese (I think it was cheese) looked like salmon but was 100% wax. Not kidding…WAX. The Caesar salad was great. The wine was great. The service was great. The place was great. But what we ordered was not great.

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  18. Jenn

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rue de Jean has been and continues to be one of our favorite Charleston restaurants. The food is consistently good.

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  19. Snowellen

    Tampa

    91 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We sat In a booth and had no idea we would be blasted by cold air from wait staff and guests constantly using the side door. It was a very uncomfortable experience. The duck was terrible. It was more like a German dish with very acidic, sour cabbage. Overcooked. I mentioned this to the waiter when we were asked and he said he would speak to the chef. Later in the meal, the manager stopped by to ask about dinner and I reported the same. Got the same comment that he’d mention it to the chef. That was the end of that, no chef appearance, apology, deduction on bill. No option to order something else. The coq au vin was good.

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  20. Andie

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great management, food and waitress! Would definitely recommend.

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  21. Fussy

    Tampa

    93 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve gone to this place for more than 20 years, whenever we were in Charleston. The mussels were as good as ever, but the fries were soggy and the broccoli was chewy and tough. The bread was meh. We had good cocktails but they were very small for the price. Stick to wine.

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  22. JolineH

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was not overly impressed with my meal. The duck was rubbery and orzo was dry. Would not go back.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance, delicious French cuisine and friendly service made for a delightful evening with friends. The lamb, as well as the goat cheese & beet salad was delicious. The mussels also received rave reviews from my friends.

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  24. TomM

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very pleasant meal. Quick service and good portions. Good but not great food.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food did not live up to our expectations. The drinks and dessert were good. Wasn’t as impressed as i was hoping to be.

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  26. Arvidh

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My husband had the bouillabaisse and it was by far the worst he ever had. It had rice in it. I had the coq au vin which was watered down and flavorless. Very disappointing. We were there before and had the duck which was overcooked but gave it another shot. Never again!

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  27. Kiki

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the restaurant was lovely and the perfect dining spot for a pre-show dinner. We just happened to pick a night that was VERY BUSY with out-of-towners visiting for an outdoor convention. Dining in the bar would have been perfect, we had a small booth and our server was fabulous, but the bar was PACKED for Happy Hour, I suppose…with lots of loud and boisterous folks. We will be back to dine here…the food, decor and service is superb.

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  28. Sophie

    Charleston

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were very pleased. Haven’t been since Covid. It was still very good. We will make a point to come back more often.

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  29. PeteP

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Scallops and escargot were tasteless. Only 3 scallops for $30!!!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, appetizer came out a bit cold. The braised short rib was amazing. Drinks were good as well, but felt very un-valued as a customer. Witnessed the hostesses talking about other tables to customers waiting, and was not addressed when leaving the restaurant. Service was okay but nothing outstanding. Not sure if I would go back, but worth going once to experience the food.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing server, the shrimp was really good. Wine over prized.

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  32. TopDog

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner with friends. We enjoyed our dinner and cocktails

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  33. JaneC

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lunch was good and had a great SEWE weekend special which was wonderful. Service was great as usual, overall it is a solid choice!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Too many loud talkers in the place. Lots of women going to the female comedienne next door. Everything was fantastic except for the loud talking. Sydney, our waitress, was great and food was great!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were going next-door to see a show. We advised our server that we had only so much time she was able to accommodate us and get us out on time with fantastic service. Her name is Natalie.

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  36. ALMP

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Visited Rue many times over the years and was super disappointed with this visit. Service was terrible. We were there almost three hours before an event at music hall and barely made the event. Took forever for waiter to come to table after we were seated then told he would be right back. It took us a half hour just to order a round of drinks. He took order for end to end meal; never came back till after food (that took an absurd amount of time to come out) and we had to flag him down to request another round of drinks - that we didn’t even finish bc we ran out of time bc they took so long to get to table. Super disappointed.

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  37. BobbyS

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were excellent! It's one of our "go to" restaurants when we're in Charleston. Ambient noise level was a little much but no more than other nice, busy restaurants in the city. A very good time!

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  38. ukcraig

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited Rue on Valentines evening with my wife. We had eaten there several times in the past and enjoyed the restaurant. We opted for the valentine special menu which was a mistake. Salmon was flavorless and steak was over cooked and tough. Fries were soggy and French onion soup was not hot. Wait staff was very friendly but forgot several things requested. Issues were probably caused by the holiday menu and crowd (but it was not packed). We are locals and will likely go back, but not during a special event.

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  39. AnthonyJ

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My girlfriend and I got a table outside for valentines day and it was honestly a perfect little dinner. Our waiter nick was extremely helpful in offering suggestions, and I felt like he was infinitely available while also giving us the time to enjoy our experience without feeling rushed or forgotten. Would definitely recommend.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience. Great food and great atmosphere.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 4792 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 65 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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