Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
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LesaJ
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great - we were supposed to dine outside but due to inclement weather, we ate in the enclosed dining area just outside the garden. It was very noisy there and a little hard to hear, but it was fine.

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RandaN
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious. Must go if in hickory. Nashville hot chicken is to die for. Kale salad is amazing. Mac and cheese was okay. Blackened chicken/steak with pasta was amazing. Drinks are good. Place is a little expensive. Try and go when they have drink deals.

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JDIngle
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food at Rule is a cur above. From the taco appetizers to the churro waffle ice cream sandwich, amazing! And, for a great summer cocktail, try the Easy Street! Refreshing...

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Tripnc
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were very impressed with the precautions taken to keep diners safe. We will go out of our way to go back based on safety measures, kind service and delicious and varied menu options.

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AshleyM
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite local restaurant when we want a nice relaxing meal. We had a nice meal outside and relaxed. The food was very good.

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KristenS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tenderloin pizza, the blackened ahi tuna tacos, the Nashville fried chicken and Brussels. All were amazing!

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Silver
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service was slow, appetiezers was dripping oil , food was ok , nothing really special that would make me go back. Sorry but I wouldn't send a friend there, by the way it was my daughter 21 birthday and no one ever said happy birthday, and just FYI I wasn't been cheap , I order calamari, oisters and fried broccoli for appetizers, ribiye and salmon for 5 guest's . The drinks took a while to come but they where ok.

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vipskinisin
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

nice night outside; Oyster entree was so breaded and hot with cayenne pepper you could not taste the oysters. Wedge salad always good, appreciate they will chop it. Scallop entree very good. Server was very nice although not totally organized.

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Falt007
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an exceptional waitress and the garden of the restaurant is magnificent with the twinkling white lights, unfortunately we were seated inside due to weather. But due to social distancing it was not crowded or loud. So it was an awesome evening for us and my elderly in laws. The chicken with waffles and broccoli baffle are exceptional and the tacos are good. My hubby had the steak- it was not good, lots of fat but ribeyes tend to be that way although it is the second time at Cafe Rule. Do not let that sway you from the other great menu items.
Also one great thing about the waitress, she allowed us to bring our own ice cream cake, she took it out of the freezer half way thru dinner so we could cut it. Really friendly and helpful service, no one just standing around although we do miss the friendly guy bartender.

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Amber
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It seems like the change their menu frequently. The chicken tacos were just okay. Definitely not worth the price.

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DanielleS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Rule provided the perfect atmosphere to celebrate a special birthday occasion. We appreciate the entire team commitment as an Open and Safe business in the Catawba Valley. Thank you for your professional service, delicious meal and unique dining experience.

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BillieR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Rule never disappoints. Great atmosphere. Great food. Outstanding service. We've been there several times and always enjoy our dining experience.

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LiaJ
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening! Look forward to eating here again.

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VeryNicePlace
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food and service... AND, we were blessed to learn that between 5 & 6 pm, just about everything we had ordered was 1/2 price!!! I wanted to do something special for my wife and this place was the perfect answer.

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AshleyM
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a pleasant quiet setting

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating is so nice! The food was wonderful and we had great service! It’s a little pricey but would definitely recommend it!

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patti
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

They sat us directly in the sunlight at sun set which was a little uncomfortable. The food was good and the service was adequate.

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JordanH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The steak that was cooked 100% peedect tender and juicy could have used more seasoning. Everything else was exceptional!!

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Maichang
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bethany our waitress was wonderful! Great experience overall! Definitely will be back!

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SueA
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

this was not our first visit to Cafe Rue. Always a good time and good food. We ate outside in their beautiful patio gardens. Great service, never rushed. It was a great anniversary dinner. I had the cream pesto pasta with shrimp and my wife had scallops. Both dinners were well prepared and ample portions. Cafe Rule is probably one of the best restaurants in Hickory, NC

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bwstone
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful job providing safe environment as well as appealing.

MD
vipMarshaD
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, staff very responsive

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AnitaP
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We booked a reservation for outdoor seating and when we got there, they didn't know, so we had to wait about 20 minutes to get seated outside while others came in after and breezed right on past us to the outdoor patio. It is clear on my reservation I made here at OpenTable, that we were to be seated outside. Also, my husband's Ribeye left a lot to be desired. He said it was like a Waffle House steak. It was a thin steak and for the price, should have been a bit thicker and better. My scallops were good, but the side of succotash was just "eh". For the price, I'd say it's not worth it. We will stick to our tried and true restaurants closer to Charlotte.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience5

The only complaint I have is that I requested outdoor dining thru open table as you can see from from the history. However, when we arrived, they were going to seat us inside. When I told them, they said “oh you must have done it online. It doesn’t carryover to us”....what? No clue what that means. They did accommodate us...and the food, service were excellent. Not sure who’s fault this is...open table or cafe rule?

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome server- Taylor- and fantastic food!

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Debbie
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch, good music, great service. We ate outside.
It was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Graduation celebration

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always just as you’d like it

Dirt Bike

Grit Fritter

Fish tacos

All perfect

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CRYSTALW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time dining outside and really enjoyed all aspects of our evening. Thanks for great hospitality and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love cafe rule - the food, service, and drink selection are always top notch!

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KindalM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a great experience at Cafe Rule. Atmosphere was heavenly and food was on point. Absolutely loved it and will be back!

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njoy
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate on patio. Service was top notch. Always someone taking care of us. Landscaping is beautiful, peaceful and appealing. Had sampler appetizer, scallops that were done to perfection, tender steak, done perfectly medium, mashed potatoes and asparagus. Steak and scallops melt in your mouth. Dessert was to die for. Cinnamon waffle like cakes with amazing ice cream between layers.

The perfect place for our wedding anniversary. Highly recommend for special occasion or just a fantastic meal, because you deserve it.

JD
JessicaD
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Rule has a laid back but elegant ambiance. I love it as a somewhat relaxed date night, girls night out spot, and an amazing brunch experience. The service is always fantastic and the food is in my opinion really top notch. If you’re looking for something nice without breaking the bank 10/10 you should visit.

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JoelR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Met a friend, enjoyed the evening. Good food, reasonably priced. Great service from a friendly and efficient staff. Will return.

JR
JaxRamblinMan
Greensboro
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The menu at Café Rule offers just enough variety to please anyone. The wine list is great and the markup reasonable. I've always enjoyed outstanding service at this restaurant.

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KelseyQ
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Cafe Rule was wonderful! We had an awesome waitress & awesome bartenders! We will be back soon for sure!!

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KRftwp
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of four and enjoyed entrees, drinks and dessert! All of it was wonderful

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SharonB
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. One of our party ordered a wine and didn’t like it, and the manager took the cost off her bill. I’ll go back!! It’s really pricy, but good for an occasional special evening.

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Debbie
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our Mom to Cafe Rule to celebrate her 89th birthday.
Service was good. Food was delicious. Music was wonderful.

She said she would definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food as good as always. The only issue we had was the server. She was untrained and very disruptive when she came to the table. She spoke loudly and like she was demanding attention. Not a normally a problem but a disappointment considering the caliber of this restaurant.

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 4.6 stars by 933 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/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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