Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.7
1121 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHkylocal
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If weather is permitting everyone should try the patio for dinner. Absolutely an amazing space to enjoy. Food was great as always and the service was on point. This place is great.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had Haley, the best server ever!

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VeryNicePlace
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

For the first time in a long time the food was just “ok”. Ambiance as always, was fantastic

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AlexisB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This place is always fantastic and the calamari is the best I have ever had!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 21 year anniversary while visiting NC. This place was fabulous! The food and service were top notch. We had the crab cakes and the broccoli app…delicious! My husband had the pork chop and I had filet mignon….it was perfect. For dessert we had homemade vanilla ice cream..again delicious! When in Hickory this place is a must!

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gusted
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Hey I love cafe rule! The ambience is great! Waitress was great! The food was uneven. Fried chicken was delicious. Bun was stale. Fries were delicious. My mother got the locals breakfast- bacon was tough and heated over not crispy and fresh sausage was tasteless. Pot de crime was delicious but not orange curd or raspberry sauce. Also no cocoa nib brittle. Walnut cake was dry. Strawberries were great ice cream great. Cheesy grit fritters were great - loved them.

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vipFenderstrat
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal! Everything was delicious. Our Server, Campbell was very attentive to our entire party.

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ToddP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had reserved outside seating and also canopy seating in the event of rain. When we got there, neither of those areas were available. Try harder to accommodate reservation request.

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WarrenS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Our waitress Ashley was awesome and very attentive.

This was my wife's 65th birthday and we had a great time with family and friends.

Every time we come to Cafe Rule we have a great meal.

We will be back soon.

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StanM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal.Everything was cooked to perfection. But the Popcorn ice cream with caramel drizzle and sea salt was to die for. Our waiter was a gracious host for our dinner.

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PENNYF
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner. The food and the staff were wonderful. they were short in the kitchen so we waited a long time for our food to come out - but our server was fantastic. he kept us with fresh bread and refilled our drinks - a really great waiter. We will go again soon!

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GaryS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Casual upscale restaurant. Fairly limited food menu but what they have they do well. Service has been excellent.

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KRftwp
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Food was exceptional! Cocktails were also very well crafted.

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vipCurtC
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful!

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BrianW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Really enjoyed the crab cakes and the cheesy grit fritters. Look forward to eating there again.

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JamesS
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, the service was top notch. Cafe Rule is a real gem of a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

The blacken chicken pasta was very bland. It tasted like heavy cream and noodles. The chicken was well seasoned and very good. The broccoli for an appetizer was okay, but would not order it again. For the pricing we had high expectations of the meals that were served. The waiting staff were very professional and great with service.

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vipLindaG
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful service and amazing food!

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vipOpenTableRocks
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second trip to Cafe Rule and it was definitely as good as we remembered. We like to try different restaurants and selected this one a few months ago. Enjoyed our first visit and decided to go again. Just as good as we remembered. Though it is about 30 miles one way, we look forward to our next trip. Both times I had the filet and it was melt in your mouth. My wife is a little more adventurous and tried a pizza. The server suggested two of them and my wife said both sound really good, so "surprise me." Though not something I would order, the one bite I had was very flavorful. We will absolutely keep Cafe Rule on the rotation.

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Hickoryfun
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

This was not the experience we normally have at Cafe Rule it was a graduation night and a special event for us. We were placed in a back room and there were several small bugs flying around and the room curtains were closed and the room was very dark. The appetizers were good and so was the wine but the entrees took to long to get to our table and all food was cold which never has happened to us before when we have eaten here before. The dessert was delicious and the server was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was absolutely wonderful. We have been there several times before. But I can tell the transition after Covid has affected the quality and type of food. Definitely overpriced for the quality. But again, the staff was very friendly and we wanted for nothing.

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George
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite venue for dinner out and did not disappoint! Love the garden seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Filet was very good as was the pizza.

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TrinaH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place for an intimate dinner or just a great night out. Their "Appy Hour" was why we went but we realized that we had to return for a "full course" meal next time.
Creative menu with maximizing the flavors of the individual ingredients used. Simply put this place is a must to go to. Looking forward to our next meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our half-way point restaurant with one side of our family. The food is always amazing whether is dinner or brunch, amazing selection of wine and cocktails as well. We’ve never had an issue with service or what we ordered.

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vipPUpton
Naples
83 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a terrific spot! Excellent food and service in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day dinner with 3 mons

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LisaP
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had my son’s graduation dinner there. Enjoyed the fried oysters for an appetizer and the filet for my entree. One of our favorite restaurants in Hickory. We will miss going there now that my son has graduated.

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Erica
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite places to eat dinner. Service was great as always!

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LoriA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We had reservations for a Thursday evening. We were early and seated immediately. We waited too long for a waiter and once he showed up it went downhill. He was not knowledgeable about the menu and said things like “nobody orders soup”. Trying to signaling him to come back to the table to order more drinks - he blatantly ignored us. We hoped he was just new at his job to give him an excuse. Some of the Food was not as ordered. Just a tough night to enjoy

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slow servuce

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vipDerek
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. We go there probably once or twice each month. The outdoor garden area is great for good weather outings. It is a must do if you are in Hickory, NC.

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AnnD
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our server, Tyler, is the best. Place is a little pricey though.

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VincentC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb! Service by Holden was excellent, and the bartender was very helpful and informative. A very enjoyable evening!

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LesaJ
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great time as always.

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AshleyI
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! I love cafe rule! I got a 12 ounce Ribeye and that was the only thing bad about my experience. I ordered it med rare and it came out almost well done! I’m just bringing this to your attention! Still love y’all

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LesaJ
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love cafe Rule and have a great time every time!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous brunch at Cafe Rule!! Food, drinks, and service were outstanding as always. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Place !

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1HokieChris
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Café Rule totally gets it! The food is best in the area/region/southeast. Their fried oysters are the best I have ever had, and I have had them around the world! And, I am not even sure how they cook the broccoli, but it is a taste-explosion.

Yes, the fish is great. Yes, the ribeye melts in your mouth. Yes, great wine selection. Yes, the garden/patio is perfect.

However, do not go without the fried oysters and broccoli. These are unique.........

Bests to all,
Chris

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 1121 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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