39 Rue de Jean - Savannah

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751 reviews
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Escape to Paris in Historic Downtown Savannah. Widely known simply as “Rue”, this 2015 addition to the Savannah culinary scene is the sister to its original Downtown Charleston, SC location. Featuring a festive Brasserie and very European atmosphere, Rue is just the right place for a café au lait, leisurely dinner, a lively dinner or drinks with friends.
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

When a restaurant offers Flounder Meuniere on it’s menu - I expected just that.
A lovely piece of fresh flounder sauteed in brown butter. I received two hunks of fried fish
perched on a large bed of rigatoni that had a meuniere sauce tossed on it.
Very disappointing. Additionally, the fried breaded fish was incredibly overcooked - to the
point of being hard to chew.
I have been to Rue de Jean many times and it is really a favorite of mine. This night, though
was a miss. I would remove the flounder from the menu or rewrite the menu to read - fried fish
with lots of pasta.

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

Our great experience last year is what brought us back for my wife's bday this year. Unfortunately the food , especially the sea food tower (servs 4) couldn't compare to lasts years order. Last yr. It was cooked perfect and the sea food seamed of higher grade, quality and grandness this year not so much yet price was same. The manager last year came over and wished her a happy bday and have her a desert. Sadly this year no such service.
The service from Jeff was great.

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LB
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very disappointed. Having visited the Charleston restaurant expectations were high. Mussels were great, as was the scallop pasta. Remaining dishes that we ordered were very poor - pork belly, goat cheese/beet salad, banana dessert. Also tried the sushi out of curiosity and it was dreadful. Our waitress was rude and indifferent.

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a
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place , the server was great. The food was delicious loved the creme brûlé !

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CA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, drinks, service were top notch.
Everyone in our party agreed "we have to return soon".

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DD
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines dinner.....excellent!

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n
Savannah
30 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

good food and excellent service - again. What else do you want?

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We arrived at 5:45. We told our server that we had tickets for a 7:30 show at a theater a ten minute walk from the restaurant. He said that many of the other customers were going to the same show and it would be fine. After about 15 minutes, we had to ask for some bread. As we got closer to being at our table for about 45 minutes, we flagged our inattentive server down to ask the status of our meal. He told us the kitchen was backed up but our meal should be out in about 10 minutes. We finally asked the manager for help. Our food came shortly thereafter. An hour after we had arrived. The food was pretty good but, especially since there are so many great restaurant choices in Savannah, we do not plan to return here.

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C
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I gave this a provisional "yes" on recommending to others. We're fans of 39 Rue de Jean in Charleston SC, but this one wasn't at that level. We think they must have been understaffed the night we were there. Employees brought us other tables' orders -- twice. Some in our party enjoyed their meal very much. My duck confit, normally a favorite dish, was tasty but overcooked. The manager was apologetic for the problems. We may try it again on a future visit, but there are so many good restaurants in Savannah that this one will have to up its game to flourish.

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GH
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing. Calamari was greasy and hamburger was over cooked.

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WM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and the service always top notch. I want to stress that, as this is one of our favorite places. The only dings on RDJ is the large open atmosphere of the restaurant makes it VERY loud when it is bustling and also contributes to the one star down for ambiance. The brick work is beautiful and some of the detailing quite nice, but at some point a rather cavernous room is just a big space to fill, so if you are looking for "intimate" this is likely not your spot.

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FC
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and will be returning. Highly dependable quality dining at a reasonable price. Always excellent service. Even when crowded, as it can get later on weekend nights, the noise level is not bad. The large separate bar area helps.

We especially like the fresh oysters on the half shell and several presentations of mussels. World class!

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K
Savannah
39 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of favorite restaurants in Savannah. Food and service are always excellent. Wine list is varied and reasonable.

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is new since our last visit to Savannah Georgia. Since we are old walking a great distance is not comfortable. We chose Rue de Jean because it was convenient to our lodging , was French and advertised at the hotel. We enjoyed our meal and drinks and would do it again.

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JP
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

We have been regular diners at this restaurant since it opened years ago. We brought some friends, who have been wanting to try Rue deJean for a while, and decided to go restaurant week. We all ordered off the restaurant week special $40- 3 course menu. I ordered the onion soup, Coq eu Vin and eclairs, while the others ordered petit filet of beef and one ordered the sushi appetizer. I enjoyed the Coq au Vin’s flavor, but the chicken wasn’t braised properly and lacked any crispness I expect. The leg and thigh lacked the quantity of meat you might expect. The accompanied asparagus were difficult to cut, as they were under-cooked. Mashed potatoes, pearl onions and mushrooms were delicious in the wine sauce. The petit filet entrees were quite underwhelming. Extremely rubbery and difficult to cut. Almost inedible. Our onion soups were spot-on and the eclairs delicious. The crab sushi was mostly rice, and had zero flavor.
We were so upset about our experience , and relayed our displeasure to our server, who offered to credit one of the meals. We will come back in the future (not restaurant week), and order our favorite standbys - Duck confit, mussels and braised short ribs. We hope we can bring our friends back for another try off the regular menu, as we have been very happy in the past.
The service was excellent and very accommodating. We chatted with some friends at another table, and they were very happy with their meals. They ordered from the regular menu.
We have dined at many other restaurants during restaurant weeks in the past, and its hit or miss. I don’t know why, perhaps experimenting new recipes for the discounted promotion? Sourcing less costly ingredients? Perhaps, due to increased business for the 12-24 day, Eat It and Like It Restaurant ‘Week’, staff are ill prepared? Who knows?

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time visiting Rue de Jean and I was very pleasantly surprised. Everything about it was excellent. The food was beyond compare and the service was top notch. I would recommend anyone give it a try, It is worth the trip.

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TT
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the happy hour specials and our fantastic server in the bar... she was delightful and so professional..!!
Can’t wait to return..!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was slow both at the bar and in the restaurant. Took over 20 minutes for wine to arrive, we had finished our appetizers prior to it's arrival. Steak temperatures were off.

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MD
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Went for our daughter's 30th birthday which we stated in the OpenTable reservation. This was not known by the restaurant and we did not have a table when we arrived at the reserved time. When we did get the table it had to be the worst table in the place. It was right at the intersection of where the staff moves around, where the clients wait for their tables, and the people come in and out from the attached hotel.
The service was good with the wait staff attentive but not over bearing. The food, on the other hand did not really live up to the expectations. The escargot was tasty but the fois gras was tasteless. The onion soup was inconsistent, my wife's had lots of onions and mine had almost none. I had the bistro steak and it was so sinewy that I ate less than half. Our son who lived in France for several years said he food was not as good as even a basic bistro. Also, the pacing of the food delivery was very slow. We sat down a bit after 7:30 but didn't receive our entrée until exactly 9PM.
This will be our only visit to 39 rue.

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OT
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We went here for my birthday dinner tonight, but won’t be back. When we arrived we sat down at the bar to get a drink and an appetizer while we waited on our table, but unfortunately the only thing we got was terrible service. This was probably the worst service I’ve had at a slow bar. Keeping our hopes up we get to our table and the waitress was just unfriendly and no where to be found throughout the course of our meal. It took 75 minutes to get our food. The 10oz filet was cold and over cooked. The scallops were chewy and also cold. The only good thing about our meal was the sushi appetizer. The bill was $197 without tip. The service was terrible. The food was below average. For a slow night there was no excuse for this. This place is not worth the price.

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L
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Waitress was good but kitchen was so long in having our main courses ready we were late to a concert. The noise level is distracting.

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V
Savannah
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. Quickly seated and waiter was very attentive. Food was very good and nicely presented. Will go back.

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I recently visited for a weekend getaway to Savannah. While there we decided to have dinner at 39 Rue de Jean. The dinner started with a baguette portion which was crusty on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. We ordered the French Onion soup each for an appetizer which was awesome! I only ate half of it to save room for dinner. My husband ordered the Braised Rabbit with Creamy Polenta and I ordered the Cordon Bleu and substituted the creamy polenta for the pasta that would normally come with it. Each of our dishes were absolutely tasty. We were too full to have dessert, but I saw they had eclairs and some other things listed. This restaurant is located in the ground floor of the Embassy Suites off of W. Oglethorpe. If you plan to celebrate a special event, anniversary, or just wish to splurge on a nice french meal while in Savannah give this place a try! Pic attached is of the French Soup and Baguette.

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We appreciate the brasserie style in the French way. This restaurant is not at all consistent with this state of mind.
The service, rather soft, is inefficient. It took us several times to ask for bread, plates to share an appetizer, spoons for desserts, and we pass.
The quality of the products does not justify the asking price.
In front of the few guests (3 tables occupied only at 6:15 pm) and empty room at our departure challenged us ...
The decor is nonexistent, the background music is in French to remind us that we are in a French brasserie... This is not enough.
If we return to Savannah in the future we will carefully avoid this restaurant.

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SD
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Took my spouse and son for their birthday along with some friends and everyone enjoyed their meal, service, and the attentiveness of everyone.

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E
Savannah
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely night, excellent food and friendly service.

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K
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couples date night!

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BH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I both had the salmon béarnaise which was outstanding. Our waiter struck a great balance between being attentive, without being intrusive. We have had too many instances at other restaurants where waiters can be intrusive, perhaps trying to maximize the tip. The servings were large, leaving zero room for desert. The wine list was excellent and the Rodney Strong Chardonnay was a good value.

I did get into a bit of trouble when I remarked to my wife that the salmon may have been my best ever. My wife is very proud of her salmon.

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d
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Our server went missing for fourth five mins and we waited and waited and had to ask two other servers for the check
We were late to our ghost tour bc of this and lost fifty dollars a

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OT
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My short ribs melted in my mouth! Everyone loved their food, the service was wonderful and the atmosphere was awesome! Great experience and we will definitely be back!

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food served in the restaurant was very good with a nice presentation, and our server was busy was tried to be attentive and very polite. The meal came out perfect.

The manager took our desert order and brought it out to us bagged. We ordered deserts to go but when we got home, we realized the deserts had been messily thrown, almost slopped, in a box with them sitting directly on the bottom of the box. No care was taken to package them and the Banana Foster was incomplete and unrecognizable.

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OT
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious - our steaks were cooked perfectly. The service was exceptional - our server was very attentive without hovering. We’ll definitely be back!

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BS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

My wife and I eat here about 4 to 6 times a year and always on New Year's Eve. My company Christmas party was held a Rue this year on my recommendation. I love this place and the food and service are always top notch. However on New Year's Eve this year we were so disappointed in the service. Let me first say that I understand being young and wanting to ring in the new year not being stuck at work. That being said this is not a fast food restaurant and I have never felt more rushed through a meal than I did on December 31st. Coming from someone who works in the service industry this was so disappointing. From the word go everything was rush rush rush. Our waitress is likely a nice person, but it was obvious from drinks to dessert she was anywhere but there. The soup arrived with no untensils to eat it with and it took 10 minutes for our waitress to come check on us and another 5 to get spoons. I could understand if the bar was jumping, but it wasn't. The two young ladies were more interested in getting the process of closing going more than service to the customers. The meal was delicious as always, but as we were waiting on dessert we took out our card in preparation so they could cash us out AFTER dessert. A young lady who had not waited on us came and took the card before dessert was placed in front of us or a bill had been brought to the table. There are rules of ettiquette that should be followed. They ran the card and brought it to us before we even finished dessert. No "can we get you anything else" " would you like a coffee" no offer of anything. If I were paying twenty dollars at a sandwich shop this would be acceptable, however we never spend less than 150-200 dollars here for a meal and drinks. I expect better in a place like Rue. We will come back for dinner again, but we will celebrate the New Year somewhere else next year.

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S
Savannah
34 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were looking for an authentic French dinner for New Year's Eve this year and 39 Rue de Jean provided it perfectly. The food was very authentic and delicious. The service was very good. The wine list is marvelous and the sommelier was very helpful in guiding us toward just the right choice for our desires. The restaurant is a more open floor plan which leads to a higher noise level when it is full, which it was when we first arrived. But as the crowd turned over and became a bit different in make-up it did quiet down some and was not unbearable. Overall, we were very pleased with our choice and will definitely put this restaurant on our list of favorites to revisit.

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LE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. The ribeye and filet were outstanding. A group of us went for New Years Eve. Great time.

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We stopped in Savannah for a last minute trip and so were hard pressed to get a last minute reservation for dinner. (Our bad). This place had open availability and the menu looked good. Service was very slow, and they weren’t even busy. Wanted to order the Cordon Bleu but they were out of chicken breasts... odd for a Saturday night to be out of something like that. I got the French Onion soup, and the broth was very watered down. We ended up splitting the Short Rib entree which was fine. Would not recommend this to anyone wanting a real or even decent French meal.

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GG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Scallops and calimari are excellent!

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MJ
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Out of steak frites at 7pm. I can understand running out of specials or fish, but steak, really? Mussels were not prepared as described on menu. Chicken dish was barely warm. Waitress was the bartender, never saw her between taking the order and getting the check.

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n
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent French food -- felt like I was in Paris!

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c
Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little disappointed to be honest. From other reviews it appeared to be a worthwhile restaurant to try during our visit to Savannah. The food was OK. Not bad, but not great. The service was rather lackluster. Although we had great service from the busboy, who brought us bread and was very courteous. There are better restaurants out there in Savannah. We have been fortunate to have tried them and will likely repeat one of them next time.

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