Cafe Rule & Wine Bar
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.
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!
Been my favorite for years!! Best food in Hickory! Never disappointed!!!
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!!
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.
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
Mother and I were in town for a conference. Really enjoyed the food and the dining experience.
Awesome.... reasonably priced.
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.
Excellent brunch on the patio with live jazz. Very good service and great menu.
Wonderful evening with family!!
Very nice atmosphere and food was excellent
Excellent dining experience. Our waitress was exceptional!! Please pass along these comments to her! Thanks!
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
A wonderful time, as always. Our favorite Hickory restaurant!
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.
Excellent experience! They went above and beyond for our Anniversary.
Enjoyed the meal. Service was good and the location and ambiance was good
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.
Great selection of wine and food. Recommend the dry aged Ribeye that pairs great with Stags Leap Cab.
We had a small dinner party in the Chef’s Table area. Everything about it was amazing !
We had a fabulous meal and enjoyed lovely outdoor dining in the garden.
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.
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.
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.
I highly recommend that everyone tries the bacon stack at least once. It is one of the most amazing things that I've eaten.
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!
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.
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!!!
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!
We ate al fresco and it was fabulous! Food was outstanding and the staff was professional.
We happened upon this fabulous restaurant and we’ll definitely be planning a return visit.
Family get together.
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.
An amazing, personalized experience with fantastic food and delicious cocktails! The service was spectacular and the ambiance was wonderful!
Great food and vibe.
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
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!!
We were there for a business dinner and the food and atmosphere was great.
Will go back for sure.
Loved it! Great food, service, wine selections. The outside patio was wonderful.
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!!