Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

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844 Reviews
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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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious from top to bottom!! Loved the look and feel of the restaurant and bar! Will definitely look forward to dinning there again when we’re in Hickory!

C
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been my favorite for years!! Best food in Hickory! Never disappointed!!!

OT
Western NC
41 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were fantastic!!! The cocktails are still a work in progress. If you order a drink off of their drink menu, you will be fine! If you order something not on the menu, good luck!! The whiskey sour that we ordered was pretty good. The gin gimlet, not so much. It was almost pure lemon juice! I asked for it straight up, but it came in a tall glass, which I guess is straight up, but it was also on the rocks and so sour that I couldn't drink it. I sent it back!! Otherwise, everything was great!!

VR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travel extensively, we were in London last week, and I will say Rule is one of the more enjoyable dinning experiences we have had this year. The wait staff was excellent, wines very good and the casual comfort food meals we chose were all enjoyable. If they think about expanding, come close to Lake Forest, Illinois and we would be frequent dinners.

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

They seemed to be too busy for us
10 mins after we were seated before wait staff arrived
Took 1/2 hr to get a cocktail
Appetizers were forgotten then brought later( they did comp them)
Specifically asked that coffee not be brought until desert was served ( given what had already happened) yet coffee brought 5 mins before desert

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother and I were in town for a conference. Really enjoyed the food and the dining experience.

OT
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome.... reasonably priced.

LH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought a friend from out of town and we had a fabulous time. Food was awesome. We ordered the salmon and the scallops and shared. Both were perfect! And I always recommend the broccoli baffle. It is sooooo good. Even my husband likes it. And he's not a fan of broccoli! Get a booth if you can. Noise level is great if you do.

P
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Excellent brunch on the patio with live jazz. Very good service and great menu.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with family!!

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and food was excellent

GS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Our waitress was exceptional!! Please pass along these comments to her! Thanks!

VN
Western NC
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my mother and deceased father’s 43rd anniversary or should I say it would’ve been… The folks at Café rule made it absolutely special for my mom. They even made her a custom little bouquet of flowers which made her night. As usual the food was great price is reasonable and the service fantastic. Can’t say enough good about this restaurant

OT
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful time, as always. Our favorite Hickory restaurant!

O
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wide and I had a delicious Sunday brunch here, October 13. The food was outstanding! We enjoyed the cocktails, the entrees, and dessert. The service was great. There was live acoustic music playing. Everything was perfect.

BL
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! They went above and beyond for our Anniversary.

DR
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the meal. Service was good and the location and ambiance was good

JG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

When requesting a table be cleared where you want to sit. They wanted to place us in the center of the restaurant where patrons enters and leave. Not a great stop to enjoy your food or conversation. Needed to move to a high table which was small and seats were uncomfortable. The good news the food was terrific as always.

KC
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of wine and food. Recommend the dry aged Ribeye that pairs great with Stags Leap Cab.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a small dinner party in the Chef’s Table area. Everything about it was amazing !

SF
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal and enjoyed lovely outdoor dining in the garden.

OT
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for a conference this restaurant came highly recommended. We loved it so much we went back 2nd night. Amazing cocktails, great wine selection, awesome food. Great service. The patio was so delightful. I could eat here every day.

LC
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We frequent Cafe Rule and were very disappointed in tonight’s dinner. There were three tables seated in the entire restaurant. Service was fair, food was partially cold, delayed to table, and not to standard. Unfortunate experience.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Loud. Waited over 1:45 for our entrees and finally cancelled them. They did comp them which was appreciated. Just not the same place as it used to be.

OT
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend that everyone tries the bacon stack at least once. It is one of the most amazing things that I've eaten.

AL
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was nonexistent . Party of 6 was seated in patio and no server ever came to our table. We used a cell phone to call and ask for a server. Once we had one we barely saw them. We did not receive the food that he said he was bringing. The food we did receive was very good. Will try another time , however, this trip was very disappointing!

H
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unplanned dinner had us making dinner reservations for the night. As we have had in previous visits the service and food was perfect. Jeremy was our server and he was excellent. Food was great and exactly the way we ordered it. Highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Western NC
42 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cafe Rule has finally hit on a winning menu!! The only thing they need is a good bartender!! Of the three drinks that we ordered, only one was decent, and it was a specialty drink off the menu. A good bartender can mix anything! They really need to find one!!! Otherwise, Cafe Rule is great!!!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Charlotte and visit Hickory often to see family. When we can, we make a point to come to Cafe Rule. It never disappoints but last night may have been our best meal there! Maybe one of the best meals I've ever had. Fresh and inspired menu and presentation. Love this place!

LC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate al fresco and it was fabulous! Food was outstanding and the staff was professional.

J
Columbus
59 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We happened upon this fabulous restaurant and we’ll definitely be planning a return visit.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Family get together.

H
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We missed the bread and pepper jelly , but Jeremy did a great job on alternate appetizer selection.
All 4 meals were well prepared, presented and consumed. The Garden sitting is exceptional and a long time favorite since first discovered in 2014. Exceptional location and menu.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing, personalized experience with fantastic food and delicious cocktails! The service was spectacular and the ambiance was wonderful!

B
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and vibe.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food quality was excellent would highly recommend. Service was sub par. Took 30 minutes for waitress to take our order, almost as long to get our glass of wine we ordered. Restaurant seemed very disorganized, this is not a restaurant I would recommend even though food was good, much better in Hickory and more reasonably priced

s
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Western North Carolina. The service is always outstanding and the food is superb. I love going there and only wish it was closer to where I live. Yum Yum Yum!!

DG
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for a business dinner and the food and atmosphere was great.

Will go back for sure.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great food, service, wine selections. The outside patio was wonderful.

H
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service we will return soon! Our friends from New York City said it rivals some of the best restaurants in their city!!

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