Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.7
1023 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Located in the beautiful foothills of Hickory, North Carolina, Cafe Rule & Wine Bar is a beautiful restaurant where you can experience the delicious dining in a relaxed and refreshingly casual setting.
Fresh, sensational flavors and exquisite wine pairings are yours to enjoy as your palette is spoiled by our culinary team. There is simply no comparison to the array of dishes, the extensive wine selection or the fabulous ambiance that Cafe Rule invites you to savor. We offer a variety of private dining options for parties, business meetings and special events (up to 35), as well as an inviting outdoor patio with fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured gardens.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ScottB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience- Salmon and chicken were perfect. Enjoyed our dinner, it was our second time here. Will go back again.

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simonaB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner with birthday friend, good food and wine

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JimL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food if you like something a bit different. A little pricy but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Cafe Rule! Drinks and service were fantastic. Will definitely be back!

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RobV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual! Large table of many ladies near us made it quite noisy on the indoor patio!

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vipamynrob
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and very chic atmosphere!

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vipJmass2
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was amazing!

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vipMelissaC
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, as always! Love the staff, the food and the atmosphere.

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ToddK
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Driving home to Charlotte from a weekend in Blowing Rock and looked for somewhere to stop for brunch on the way - Cafe Rule was a great recommendation! We had an excellent meal there; we were a larger-sized group (13 total - 6 adults, 7 children); they were very accommodating by splitting us up at a few tables due to COVID restrictions. Great choices both with breakfast and lunch options depending on what everyone was in the mood for. Would highly recommend and hope that we get the chance to go back there again!

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AnnD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday. Very good food and waiter was wonderful

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KavinM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Pitiful. Food was cold. Sent steak back, got replacement full of FAT. Sent back again. Wife's meal was very good.

Manager NEVER asked what the issue was. Meal was removed from billing, though I left hungry and ate at Wendy's on the way home. Was my 39th Wedding Anniversary. Not very memorable.

Requested booth, advised NONE available. There were 7 open booths the whole time we were there. There were 5 open booths when we left.

POOR management.

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vipMarshaD
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff was friendly and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Cafe Rule and Wine Bar for New Years Eve and had a wonderful dinner experience. This four course meal started with a brilliant Brie and cranberry jam, followed by a delectable salad/soup course, and then the entrees. The petite filet was buttery, melted in your mouth, and one of the best steaks we’ve ever had. The salmon was cooked to perfection and loved the homemade pesto sauce. The dinner was so good we had to take the desserts home, but they were just as good (if not better) the next day. All in all, it was a brilliant end to the year 2020.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time dining for New Years celebration. We were seated in the covered outdoor area. The ambiance was fabulous and the food superb. Loved every minute.

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ShawnD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great the food was perfect and we’ll definitely be back to eat.

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RyanB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an outstanding experience and the food & drinks were incredible!

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GabrielS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The second time my lady and I have dated for dinner, it has been excellent both times. Also, on a personal note, a very good friend of mine's son worked there two years ago and passed due to an accident. The ownership, as I have heard, allowed folks off for his funeral and was very supportive of his family. That, along with knowing the place is an excellent dinner destination every time, will keep me going back.

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Linda
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant- food and cocktails are always excellent. Staff do a wonderful job ensuring guests are well taken care of. We go here for all special occasions
Highly recommend

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Victor
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to eat around Hickory
Food is great , service awesome would recommend to everyone to try

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vipMegH
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don't live in Hickory but were there for something and decided to find a Sunday brunch spot. We found Cafe Rule and what a treat it was. It looks great online but that is not always the case. With Cafe Rule, it exceeded our expectations. Even with Covid protocols (which were clearly being adhered to), it was a delightful experience. We look forward to returning, particularly when the weather is nice and we can enjoy their beautiful patio. Great vibe and service and food were top notch.

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JuJu
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Had an issue, but Manager resolved it...very nice.
$10 coupon for next time + Free appetizer.
Server was Campbell...outstanding & tried very hard to make our Anniv. dinner nice after a difficult start concerning our reservation.
Order the mashed potatoes instead of the goat cheese polenta--could only taste the polenta, and I love goat cheese. :)

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LarS
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious dinner - Would recommend to anyone! A little pricey but, overall worth it.

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TheProfessor
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Cafe Rule is AMAZINGLY good. I had the filet with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. All were delicious, and the steak was cooked exactly to my standards. Their signature dessert, the pecan cheesecake, is absolutely decadent. Perfect!

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Tate
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, great atmosphere. Nashville hot oysters were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Had a hard time finding our waitress. She came by to get our drink order and then waited about 30 minutes before being able to order. We also had a hard time finding her for our check.

For dessert, I ordered the Chocolate Pot De Creme. It was highly disappointing. The description said “cocoa nib brittle, orange curd, raspberry sauce”. It was a chocolate pudding with lemon, cut up strawberries. There was no brittle, orange, nor raspberry sauce.

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Decm
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was fine. I didn’t like the fact they let a man bring in a dog that was not a service dog into the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really good food, great drinks. The Dirtbike is my new fave. Only thing I could say negative, is we had a reservation (made almost a week ahead), and they didn’t have a table available for us when we arrived. It happens.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best blackened ribeyes ever and the creamy mushrooms were terrific. Glad they have their A game on in the face of strong CoVid headwinds. Support your locally owned restaurants please!

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Luv2eat
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food snd service! Jeremy was a great waiter. Broccoli appetizer was insanely tasty. Only feedback is the broccoli was a bit too oily but was probably because oil wasn’t hot enough. But it still tasted SO GREAT! Can’t wait to visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was good as always. However three people ordered burgers, we were not asked for the temperature we would like them cooked at. We received med-rare, medium well and well. Over all great and of course amazing drinks!

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MichelleS
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We chose to start out our Anniversary here for brunch, and we were not disappointed. The staff were super nice and wished us Happy Anniversary when we arrived and when taking our order. The food was great, but my favorite was the popcorn ice cream with salted caramel drizzle that was offered to us to celebrate our special day. I know it sounds weird but it is so good and worth trying. Will definitely be coming back, highly recommend for special occasions, girls/guys night out, or date night.

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ShawnR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredible food and very knowledgeable curtious wait staff

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KarenY
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group felt very safe and comfortable at Cafe Rule.

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Grey
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and quality of food. I appreciate the choice of lower-priced + higher-priced options.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance and seasonal fall decorations, fabulous farm to table fresh foods with exquisite flavor and appreciable portion sizes. Attentive wait staff.

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SteveA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner on Friday evening. The cocktails were great! The service was fantastic. The dining room assistant manager was so kind and thoughtful!!

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CarrieC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I am writing this review based on my last couple of visits. I have gone to Cafe Rule for years, way before it was Cafe Rule. We held our wedding reception here 5 years ago (small second wedding) on the patio. We have always loved it and continue to return for the food and service, until recently. September 16, 2020 we came for my daughters 21st birthday, with reservations for 4. We waited 35 min for someone to take our drink order, a manager finally came over and apologized for our wait and brought back the fried broccoli I assume to appease us, I would rather have just been able to order some drinks. We sat for about 20 min longer before someone else came and promised great service, we never got that. We were there over two hours with most of the time being wait. We went back for brunch one Sunday and the service was awesome as was the food, so I told my husband I was taking him this past Sunday, again TERRIBLE service! We sat for another 20 min at the high tops without being served..again here comes a manager to drop off water, service is everything and it has been lacking. We paid over $85 with a tip for two people brunch, I had to ask to take my drinks from the bar as they just kept sitting there.. I had to get up and get a napkin, I asked for tabasco and they brought some house hot sauce, i asked someone else if they had tabasco and they said they did and brought that..I had to spice my bloody mary , I ordered it spicy but there was no spice. We had to get up and find our waitress in order to place an order.. It has not been a good experience here lately and I am hoping someone who actually cares about this place see's this and makes a change..oh, I get that you have some regulars who like to sit at the bar on Sunday and stay all day, that is great, doesn't mean the bartender, and the manager need to hang out with them also while other patrons are ignored.

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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I got the stuffed French toast with fruit..delicious!

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vipsscollier
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were traveling through Hickory and stayed the night. Brunch was excellent!

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JDIngle
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite go-to place. Food consistently great!

FAQs

Cafe Rule & Wine Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 324-2005.

Cafe Rule & Wine Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1023 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Rule & Wine Bar does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/cafe-rule-and-wine-bar-hickory/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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