Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.6
994 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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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!

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1HokieChris
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good menu with changes and specials that make you want to keep coming back. Sure, the steak in great—I get it often, but the different salads and sides and specials of the day keep me coming. And, the service is great with outdoor seating in the garden area. Thanks,

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Susie
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

We asked for lime with the water. After about 30 minutes, my friend went to the bar to get it herself. She was charged a $1 on the bill. Our server was MIA for quite awhile.

The Garden is WONDERFUL! Sooo relaxing. We will definitely return, but we were disappointed in this "small" thing.

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JuJu
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate during Happy Hour.
Great deals & as usual, amazing food.
Pizzas are best in town!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Hickory to have dinner with a long time friend. Everything was great! The food, our server, Campbell and the beautiful outdoor setting!

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vipRobT
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food and ambiance are always great.....service is always slow.

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emilm
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was not friendly nor did she clean our outdoor table but our waitress was super.

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Ryank
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Most recent visit to Cafe Rule was interesting. The Bar staff and service was great. However, when we were seated, we ended up waiting over 20 minutes without a server coming to bring water or take any orders, assuming a miss communication happened. I would like to commend the Manager on duty, we left with out informing anyone of what happened, but she must have quickly realized something was wrong, because I received a call about 5-10 minutes after we had left apologizing for us now being served. She attempted to go the extra mile, I greatly appreciate the call and the manager attempting to make things right as soon as she found out something had gone wrong, with no prompting from the customer. Because of her, we plan on coming back in the near future and will continue to recommend Cafe Rule. Mistakes happen and I will chalk it up to just more 2020 craziness.

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JerryK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and great service. Food was absolutely excellent. Andi the bartender was spot on with the drinks. I most definitely will return. Highly recommended!!

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George
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our current favorite venue in Hickory. Food service setting all first rate. Easily the #1 venue around with outside seating.

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CandiceS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been twice in the last month and the service and food was amazing

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EmmaR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We didn’t receive any service for about 20 minutes, however we asked another waitress for help and the manager and staff was amazing. The food was great. Honestly the overall perfection canceled out the beginning

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AliahH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was perfect; we sat on the patio in the corner. Our server, Ashlee was really nice and went above and beyond for us. She suggested a really yummy cab, we loved it! Will be back.

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MeganD
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was not worth the price. Service was just ok. Great wine list.

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VeryNicePlace
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Rule is the bomb... had a great time and do each time we come.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and atmosphere. In addition, the service was top notch.

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vipRichardP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Worth the drive from Asheville. Highly recommend it. A gem hidden away.

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JerryK
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the staff. Food is excellent. Service is great. I will be back!

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DustinP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

we had reservations at 645 and they sat us down at like 650 nbg. but we waited for 20 minutes before they came and took our drink ordderd

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited for the first time recently to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The food was delicious. Our waitress, Taylor, was very sweet and attentive. The atmosphere was both enjoyable and quiet. At the end of our meal, we received a lovely card from the staff that made our night! Thank you Cafe Rule! We will be back!

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1HokieChris
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to the area

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KarenL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to unwind and catch up with friends. Relaxing!

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ReedP
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding food. Very cool vibe and great outdoor seating.

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Derek
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food is of good quality, but every time I go I feel like the portion sizes continue to shrink despite the fact that the prices do not decline. Yet, the small portions of food are well prepared.

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DaveH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Cafe Rule is a beautiful place and the quality of the food is excellent. Great concept!

However, each of the last 3 times we have eaten there, we have had service problems. The last experience was clearly the worst and most embarrassing as we had out of state guests.

Forgot one person's drink order (twice)
Forgot to tell us they did not have the wine choice and then were very slow with the substitute.
Food was cold or barely warm, 4 of 5 of the plates. No offer for desert and extremely slow to bring the check.
Sorry to say, this was our last try here.

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RachelR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Cafe Rule is delicious, the service was great & the outdoor seating is beautiful. We found it to be the perfect spot to eat ‘out’ during the pandemic, with great spots for outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab cakes are out of this world!

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GregoryN
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic . Great menu choices. Great service.

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LauraQ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve enjoyed my meals at each visit. Don’t go often but always impressed when I do. Went with girlfriends and had a great time. Good food good service!

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JonB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff was wonderful. The place was very clean and they were cautious about Covid regulations as well. The food was wonderful and well worth the price. The waitress gave our cocktails on the house due to our wait for table to be sanitized. Can’t get much better than that.

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 994 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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