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.
Fried or steamed add cashew aioli: $2
Filet 5 Oz.
grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes, demi
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.
We had Haley, the best server ever!
For the first time in a long time the food was just “ok”. Ambiance as always, was fantastic
This place is always fantastic and the calamari is the best I have ever had!
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!
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.
Outstanding meal! Everything was delicious. Our Server, Campbell was very attentive to our entire party.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Casual upscale restaurant. Fairly limited food menu but what they have they do well. Service has been excellent.
Service was outstanding. Food was exceptional! Cocktails were also very well crafted.
Food and service were great. Really enjoyed the crab cakes and the cheesy grit fritters. Look forward to eating there again.
The food was fabulous, the service was top notch. Cafe Rule is a real gem of a restaurant.
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.
Always wonderful service and amazing food!
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.
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.
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.
Our favorite venue for dinner out and did not disappoint! Love the garden seating.
Filet was very good as was the pizza.
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!
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.
What a terrific spot! Excellent food and service in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Mother’s Day dinner with 3 mons
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.
Always one of my favorite places to eat dinner. Service was great as always!
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
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.
Food was excellent and our server, Tyler, is the best. Place is a little pricey though.
Food was superb! Service by Holden was excellent, and the bartender was very helpful and informative. A very enjoyable evening!
A great time as always.
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
We love cafe Rule and have a great time every time!
Another fabulous brunch at Cafe Rule!! Food, drinks, and service were outstanding as always. Can’t wait to come back!
Amazing Place !
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,
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.