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39 Rue de Jean

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39 Rue de Jean Review

With a backdrop of classic French-bistro style—gleaming wood, cozy booths, and white-papered tables—Charleston's trendy set wines and dines until the wee hours on such favorites as steamed mussels in a half dozen preparations. Order them with pomme frites, as the French do. Each night of the week there's a special, such as the bouillabaisse on Sunday. Rabbit with a whole-grain mustard sauce was so popular it jumped to the nightly menu, while Rue's burgers have a well-established following. If you're seeking quiet, ask for a table in the dining room on the right. It's noisy—but so much fun—at the bar, especially since it has the city's best bartenders.

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  • Reservations essential
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 10-22-2012

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    sloooow

    I have give Rue de Jean many chances. Here's the rub: The food is to die for. The service is horrible and the kitchen is slow. Oddly enough, they have the best burger in town. The mussels are fantastic as are the escargot. Just be prepared to wait wait wait for everything. My most recent meal there lasted 2 hours (at lunch!). I can appreciate the authentic bistro food, but not the authentic bistro service!

    by mlr1983, 8/18/07
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    A Pleasant Change from Standard Seafood

    Rue de Jean consistently serves very good food and provides excellent service in a pleasant atmosphere. It is my first choice for visitors and has never let me down.

    by lauraleesteakley, 9/6/07
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    'strange brew...'

    An unusual restaurant deserving a 'mixed' review. Outside seating (limited) is delightful; inside--especially in main dining area--in booths is noisy. Brunch (Sun.) food ranges from very good to excellent (especially egg-based plates and hamburgers)...but the wait seemed interminable (there were 6 of us). An interesting way, nonetheless, to spend a leisurely Sunday meal. Good drinks.

    by willieB, 12/6/07
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    Excellant-best burgers in town

    Absolutely the best burgers and fries in town. Great bistro atmosphere. My husband is not a Charleston fan-we live in Pawleys Island-but he LOVES this place. I take him and clients here regularly and all LOVE this place. Can hardly wait to go back each time!

    by bethieg, 9/26/08

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