Absolutely one of my 'new' favorite restaurants! Service was perfect, food outstanding, ambience wonderful! Looking forward to returning soon! Thank you Cafe Rule for an evening to always cherish.
We had reservations so no waiting (highly recommend). Service was excellent from the start and our server had a great knowledge of the menu and options. Seafood and pizza were both very well prepared.
Extensive wine list, creative menu options, inviting atmosphere and a gracious staff make it an all around enjoyable dining experience.
My husband and i love this place for brunch. Anytime we have out of town company this is a must on Sunday morning / early afternoon.
The food is amazing!
I have eaten here many, many times. Never had a bad meal. This get together was for my son's 21st birthday. I had made the reservations on OpenTable for 8 people. Apparently there were lots of celebrations this particular night and it was very busy. So the staff did the most awesome thing for us....they opened up a room in the back (Chef's Table). I think you can request it for private party. This was absolutely the best evening because we were all to our self. Chris was the waitor and did an outstanding job. The food is absolutely wonderful. They had run out of Sea Bass, and offered up the next nights fish for us which was Halibut. Mouth watering. I can't thank the staff and Chef enough for such a wonderful evening!!
Very nice dinner and expansive wine list; even had a good wine sale that was nice touch. Restaurant was not busy the night we went so very quiet.
By far the best brunch in Hickory!
Delicious food and great service! Pecan pie cheesecake is my favorite dessert ever. If you are too full to enjoy it, take a piece to go!
Food was excellent as usual, would recommend for anyone looking for good food but doesn’t break the bank
We really like this restaurant; however, during this visit they failed to meet our expectations. The service was excellent; however the food was not prepared to our request. We asked for no balsamic on the wedge - did not happen. The salad dressing was bland, the shrimp was bland the requested cocktail sauce had to be sent back. This is supposed to be the best restaurant in Hickory - not this time.
Nice interior and initial waitstaff contact was good. Extensive menu, wine and spirits list. Took forever to get our meals and waiter forgot or salads. Waiter was also slow to bring our second bottle of wine. Food was fine, however slow and forgetful service detracted from the meal.
Sunday Brunch. Love it!! We go about every other Sunday.
Food is always great. Every time I dine here there always seems to be an issue with the service.
Great dining experience as usual. Awesome atmosphere, food and service.
Street corn and the pork chop were out of this world! My wife loves the chicken pot pie, which was excellent as well.
Making a Reservation through open table was awesome. We walked in and were seated immediately. Cafe Rule is taking care of their guests in Five Star fashion.
did not have food served until 1;40 past our reservation time.
Took another couple out for supper. The menu was extensive with many delicious options. Our waitress was wonderful and very informative. The only thing I was disappointed in were the cocktails. Too strong for my taste.
poor service this is the second time in a row for poor service for us not sure if or when we will be back
Service was wonderful. Food was terrible and undercooked
We enjoy our experience every time we dine at Cafe Rule. Food is delicious and the staff is the best!
Had a great time with my wife at Café rule after a long and hectic week… It made date night worth having. Keep up the good work guys.
Great seafood specials and amazing service!
We had a reservation and when we arrived there was only one other couple in the restaurant and my wife commented it doesn't look like a reservation was required and the hostess said "oh yes it is good because with a reservation you get a better table or booth." At that point she proceeded to take us to the booth in the very back corner of the restaurant. I asked can we could be seated at one of the booths by the windows and she said she would have to check since people had reservations and I said yes and so do we. She went and checked and then moved us to the front booth next to a window. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants in Hickory but with the seating experience, when we had a reservation, and then the food being average at best we won't be in a hurry to return. Our waiter was good and did his best to make up for the original back corner booth including searching through the stack of menus to find two that didn't have food stuck inside of them. We both asked if we could change out the French fries with dinner to another side and were told there maybe a slight up-charge and when my wife order the beets the waiter said there would be no up-charge for beets. Bottom line there was a up-charge for her beets and an even higher up-charge for my asparagus. Again, I understand a up-charge but didn't expect the amount of the charges.
Bottom line I was very disappointed at Cafe Rule and our experience, not the restaurant and experience that it use to be.
First time here, brought my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. Great service, exceptional food, great wine and beer list. I think we were there for around 2 hours, and we had an awesome time!
The food was over priced. They ran out of the fish that I ordered and instead of replacing it with another fish I was told I would need to order the valentine "special". No other fish was offered and the valentine special was $60/ person.
I love the relaxed feel of this place –especially the outdoor fireplace and heaters in the winter time. Extensive wine list, amazing small bites, entrees and desserts. I love everything i've tried on the menu and want to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly as always.
Food was excellent. I have never had a bad meal at Cafe Rule. Nice Valentine's menu but we selected from the normal menu. Great service, waiter had excellent timing. The prices are high for Hickory, NC but it is one of our favorite places for special occasions.
Excellent restaurant! Service was very good. I ordered the Salmon and it was delicious. Great wine list with a huge selection. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth it. We had a very nice experience.
My favorite local spot. I travel around the globe, and it’s great to come home to a world class restaurant. Thanks you Cafe Rule.
My third dining here at Café Rule and I will return. Have been happy with all the selections I've made. Only the shrimp yesterday was not up to the par I imagined. Service outstanding! I liked making the reservations with Open Table.
Probably need to re-visit. First time & from Calif. where I managed restaurants. Had Spinach salad w/grilled chix..o.k. My friend had Pecan Pesto Pasta w/blackend chix, said it was o.k. If charging more, need to deliver more, cant be just o.k. I will give it a second try sometime soon just to be fair. Champagne was excellent & I imagine the wines are too. Chzcake was to die for!!!
Chris was a good server, oh Biscuits & jam wonderful!!!
Consistently good. Have never been disappointed. Menu is varied and specials are always interesting and exceptionally good. The pork chop with pear sauce was my dinner last night and it was cooked to perfection. My husband tried the special which was a pasta with lamb. I assume he enjoyed it since there was not a morsel left. This has become a favorite for us.
Food was awesome. Craft cocktails are amazing. Outdoor areas are wonderful. Can't wait to plan an event to use the new chef's table and private area. Miguel offered top shelf service.
Food and service was exceptional. Always great seafood specials and definitely worth the visit. Best restaurant in Hickory.
When you need a place to unwind with friends, you choose a place whose quality service, cuisine and ambience are welcoming and consistent.
Café Rule is great for meetings, intimate events, or small dining parties
Thanks for being a great place to unwind
Took 2.5 hours to finish the meal, service was very slow. They were not that busy and there was no reason for the meal to take that long.
One of our favorite spots. The wine list is out of control and the food is awesome. The only problem is finding time to come here again! Also, our waitress, Flo, was wonderful!
The food wasn’t what we expected
Friendly service, great variety of quality food and drinks, and a modern ambiance! The wine selection is vast and our waiter delivered the wrong wine, but we decided to try it anyway and it was delicious.
Awful food. Raw steelehead x3, although we all ordered medium. Cold lumpy grits. I go here frequently and they can fix an adequate salad. Queens feast is suppose to invigorate new customers. Good luck with that.