About Us

Rue Cler is named after the famous market street, where the parents of founder John Vandergrift lived, in the 7th 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 Todd 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 excepting 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 accepted his current position at Rue Cler in April of 2017. Ready to dive back into his love of French food and wine, 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 Rue Cler is in dates back to the early 1920’s and has been a landmark in downtown Durham. Open Durham has a wonderful page dedicated to the history of the building, which can be reached here.

Address and Hours:
401 E Chapel Hill St. Durham, NC 27701 (919)682-8844
Dinner: Tue-Thur: 5:00pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Sun: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Lunch: Tue – Fri: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Brunch: Sat – Sun: 10:00am – 2:00pm