About Us

Rue Cler is named after the famous market street where the parents of founder John Vandergrift lived in the Seventh Arrondissement of Paris.

Executive Chef Todd Whitney’s food is inspired by French tradition and seasonal, local products. The dinner menu features Chef Whitney’s take on classic bistro food, while also offering an ever changing prix fixe option. The popular lunch and brunch menus feature classic French sandwiches, crêpes, and salads. Composed of local and seasonal products, these menus are sure to delight.

Chef Whitney attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon. He spent the early years of his career honing his skills in San Diego, Portland, and Atlanta, as well as the Boone area. Upon returning to the Triangle, he worked for Jean Paul Fontaine at Bistro 607 in Raleigh before accepting his first executive chef position at J. Betski’s in 2006. He then moved to Vin Rouge and excelled as executive chef in French cuisine in 2011. After opening and running Oval Park Grille in 2014, he began his current position at Rue Cler in April 2017, ready to dive back into his love of French food and wine and confident in the high potential of what could be accomplished at one of Durham’s oldest restaurants. Thus far, Chef Whitney has wowed guests with his wealth of knowledge, skillful execution, and warm personality.

The building that houses Rue Cler dates back to the early 1920s and has been a landmark in downtown Durham. Open Durham has a wonderful page dedicated to the history of the building.

401 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, NC 27701 919-682-8844
Dinner: Tuesday–Thursday: 5:00–9:30 p.m., Friday–Saturday: 5:00–10:00 p.m., Sunday: 5:00–9:00 p.m.
Lunch: Tuesday–Friday: 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.