39 Rue de Jean - Charleston

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French
French style cafe and bar offering the best in Brasserie cuisine. Enjoy indoor/outdoor patio seating, cocktails and a well-rounded wine list.
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KW
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I usually don’t leave a review, unless we enjoyed our experience. However, this was suggested by a good friend who knows I LOVE French food. I ordered mussels, and my husband, the charcuterie platter. They were both delicious, except for the fact they arrived together with the Manhattan clam chowder and Truffled potato soup we ordered as well. Wrong! I specifically asked her to space the courses accordingly, so we had time to enjoy everything. We split the coq Au vin, (I originally ordered the Salmon Bearnaise but cancelled it before it was sent because we were definitely being rushed) of which I didn’t have one bite. Taylor, our server, obviously had no interest what so ever in our experience of a $200+ meal. Disappointed and rushed! We aren’t 20% tippers (more like 40-50%) and I’m sad to say, the 20% we left was not earned. Sorry, and good luck.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. Waiter was very pleasant and attentive. Entree took forever to be served - excuse was large party - which is a pet peeve of mine.

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I
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely & relaxed eating pace

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KM
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner there for a graduation celebration and it was a great time! Our reservation was for 7:15 and we were seated promptly. The food was amazing. My mom and I both had the broiled sea scallops which were perfect and my sister loved her dish. The atmosphere was sophisticated but also comfortable and the service was spot on. I’d definitely go again the next time we are in Charleston.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The one problem I had with this restaurant was they charged me two dollars to change my mashed potatoes to fried potatoes. I just feel like when you pay $28 for an entrée that does not include salad you should be able to change your side without an additional charge. Also I thought five dollars was a little pricey for a bottle of beer.

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NP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the meal. We had a large party and the service handled it well, and with patience. We ordered from the lunch menu, and had no complaints. It can be noisy at times. Would recommend.

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ID
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rue de Jean is one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston. Consistently good food and friendly service.
A bit loud sometimes, but still enjoyable. I have been coming here for decades. The mussels are outstanding! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to a friend.
Ingrid Dawson

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W
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Sorry this was a miss for our group because of the service, followed by the food. Really dismissive server for our special occasion dinner and really ignored us most of the evening. Food was underwhelming. We’ve been to their sister restaurant Virginia’s (and love it) but wanted to try 39 Rue. There are so many great restaurants in Charleston, I don’t think I’d go back.

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L
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really nice evening and a great dinner. Good service, everyone was friendly, polite, and courteous. We had the mussels and they were fabulous!

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i
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was great! That rabbit of yours is legendary! The scallop dish was delicious! Our waiter, a delight! You cannot go wrong with Rue de Jean!

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C
Charleston
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

My new favorite in Charleston!

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RT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting Charleston and wanted a good French restaurant. We were not disappointed. Excellent food and service.

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E
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Mother’s Day meal. The trout and shrimp were delicious.

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The salads were very good but the sandwich was not. It was cold and hard. We were unable to order sushi (one reason we came) .

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DP
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Great ambiance. Good service. Nice adult beverage selection

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OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous duck confit hash at Sunday Brunch

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OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Mothers Day

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WP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Simple dishes well prepared. Terrific service, French bistro ambience, interesting crowd, prices entirely reasonable.

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G
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Please try the blue cheese and bacon (lardon) mussels. They are magnificent!

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RB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Absolutely flavorless food, despite relatively high prices. The place needs a thorough cleaning, too; it just seems tired in all respects.

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RD
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Mussels Aoili are awesome! It wasn’t too crowded so we had a wonderful graduation celebration!

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l
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall it was wonderful. The service was absolutely amazing. The reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 was for the vegetable cream mussels that I had. I had them previously and they were amazing this time they were barely edible.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and so was our server Brody, it was a little noisy but I think it was because there was a graduation and some sort of formal event happening in the area and so many came to celebrate at the restaurant. Highly recommend.

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NP
Omaha
14 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was perhaps the 4th or 5th time we have eaten at Rue de Jean -- has always been great, and honestly, it just keeps getting better! Food was outstanding. Steak superb. Atmosphere is relaxed and upbeat. Looking forward to enjoying Rue de Jean on our next visit to Charleston.

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RL
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Although the Brunch Menu was posted outdoors for all to see, we were disappointed to find that it is only available on Sunday!!

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M
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

More urban than what one would expect in a French restaurant. Wait staff was efficient, but in a hustle/bustle way. Industrial noise level made for a frustrating dining experience. Maybe request outdoor dining for a more relaxed, personal experience.

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J
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French food. Started with French Onion soup & escargot. Main course trout almondine. Good size portion to share with purée potatoes and crisp harcourt verti.

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DG
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

39 Rue de Jean is a long time favorite of ours...never disappoints!

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S
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good but not hot enough. I noticed some service issues at tables around us. I decided to eat the food because I would have had to find the waiter to return it to get it warmer.

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our best meal in Charleston. We both ordered the escargot, and the mussels and bouillabaisse. Everything was fantastic. Excellent t cocktails as well. Will definitely go back!

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j
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very noisy but great food, service good and has the french bistro feel to it

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Jason, was excellent and knowledgeable about the food and drinks. The outdoor seating is comfortable and made for a wonderful atmosphere. I would recommend this dinning experience to anyone.

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c
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Rue De Jean. Our waiter (think his name was Bryce?) was outstanding. He recommended a dinner cocktail that was excellent! The food was wonderful. Will be back!

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CS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, great food. Excellent service. We sat outside on the covered porch, which created a less noisy environment that sometimes occurs within the popular restaurant. I had dessert for brunch and I was beyond pleased. My friends had different brunch items, and they were all pleased. We also had the tartar and mussels! Seriously great food...presented nicely and we found the price very fair for the amount and types of food/beverages we ordered.

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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BC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. Would recommend. Charcuterie was outstanding.

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J
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rue de Jean has been one of our favorite restaurants. This time there were 2 issues - our food was very salty. We ordered a $50 bottle of wine. They did not have it, so we ordered a $55 bottle of wine. They did not have it so we had to order a $65 bottle of wine. I was not happy about being charged $65.

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m
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate dinner with my parents before our daughters’ dance recital. Erin set things up so we were ready to order and move through dinner quicker than normal. Molly our server was a delight! She checked on us just enough. Rue de Jean has been a favorite of ours for years because we trust the food and service to be amazing every time. Thank you!!!

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CC
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our party of 6 had lunch there on a Saturday since it was impossible to get an evening reservation before our departure from Charleston. Everyone enjoyed their chosen meals and we all were satisfied with the time we were able to spend chatting and eating. Would love and will plan to return for an evening meal. Make reservations well ahead of time.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We are still asking ourselves why this place was so loud! We could barely hold a conversation. The food was good, but the servers seemed stressed. Sadly we won't be returning.

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