While the French bistros and bakeries peppered around Savannah toast their Provencal sandwiches and perfect their flakey croissants and pastries, 39 Rue De Jean delights belles and beaus alike with savory steak frittes and some of the best wines in the city.
Tucked on the west end of Oglethorpe Avenue, 39 Rue De Jean brings classic French food with a modern twist to Georgia’s First City in a casual European setting. It’s not just bouillabaisse, braised rabbit and escargot served at this friendly fine dining establishment, but also hand cut steaks, short ribs and even award-winning sushi!
“We love the idea of pairing sushi with French food because both cuisines start with the product,” Marketing Manager Kinsey Rogers said. “We source the freshest fish around and then make that the centerpiece.”
The restaurant’s two sushi chefs carefully craft edible art—sushi so good, it was named 2016 winner of the Foodie Award for “Best Sushi.” The establishment also received the “Best Dessert” award for their Warm Apple Tarte Tartin, a spin on an apple pie topped with Leopold’s French vanilla ice cream, crème anglaise and caramel. Executive Chef Drue Longo may be one of the few women chefs in Savannah commanding an award-winning restaurant, but she definitely knows what she’s doing.
Though 39 Rue de Jeanis located inside Embassy Suites, it is far more than an in-house hotel eatery. While the inspiration may be drawn from France, its physical roots are in Charleston, where the first 39 Rue De Jean opened in 2001. After the original restaurant’s success, the parent company, Holy City Hospitality opened another location in the Hostess City of the South.
Along with their specialty sushi, Ratatouille Crepes, Herb Crusted Lamb Rack and other enticing entrees ranging from $16-$32, they also have a drink menu boasting everything from twists on classic cocktails to champagne cocktails, as well as a 200-bottle wine list.
“Of course, the Louis Latour Corton Grand Cru from Burgundy is a highlight on the glass list and by the bottle we offer some great values on the common big names, but also some very hard to find labels like Husic, Miraval, Phipps and Blackbird,” said General Manager G.T. Curry.
The star of the show, however, is the Henri Giraud 39 Rue de Jean Signature Grand Cru Ay Champagne, a classic champagne which is served in an elegant bottle and engraved with 39 Rue De Jean’s logo. Pair it with the Seared Carolina Sea Scallops and their crème brûlée and discover the divinity with your taste buds.
Stop in any day from 5-7 p.m. and enjoy their Happy Hour which features house wines and well cocktails for $4, mussels or half a dozen raw oysters for $8, the Short Rib Sandwich for $9, the Brasserie Burger for $11 and other specials. To make reservations, call 39 Rue De Jean at (912) 721-0595 or go to 39ruedejeansav.com. And if this French fare isn’t enough, then head over to Cafe M or Le Cafe Gourmet for breakfast the next morning!