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About Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

Located in the beautiful foothills of Hickory, North Carolina, Cafe Rule & Wine Bar is an upscale restaurant where you can experience the fine dining that our quaint town has to offer 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 private dining room and seating for parties, business meetings and special events (up to 35), as well as an inviting outdoor patio with fountains, sculptures and beautifully manicured gardens.

242 11th Avenue NE
Hickory, NC 28601
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday Brunch: 11 am - 2 pm

Cross Street:
HWY 127

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(828) 324-2005

Website:
http://www.caferule.com/

Entertainment:
please check www.CafeRule.com for details.

Parking Details:
Self park

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cafe Rule & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
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Good for Birthdays (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Fun (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Authentic (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
People Watching (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Live Music (8)
Casual (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Healthy (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tapas (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I ordered the pasta special - it was $29 for a very small portion. The price was too high for just a pasta dish - there should have been a small salad with it for the value. We spent for 2 of us $100 and only had one drink each. Too expensive for a tuesday night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Though the menu was preset, everything was absolutely fantastic!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

From Paige welcoming us when we arrived to Becca's phenomenal service through out the night, it was a phenomenal experience

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice dinner date experience. Quite pricey for Hickory, in my opinion.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I was told about Cafe Rule by a colleague and every word about the food was true. It was perfect for a nice lunch date and the food and service was top notch. Incredible wine and spirit selection and the chicken and waffles is a must try. The candied bacon was the best bacon I've had...Ever. You won't be disappointed. Our server Chris couldn't have been any better with his knowledge of food, great conversation, and an occasional joke. One of the best food experiences I've had in Hickory. Don't let the price fool you, for I've paid more for alot less. 10/10. Will be back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great dining experience as usual. Very consistent. Awesome staff.
Great atmosphere and bar area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Fun, Hot Spot, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great place to celebrate CHRISTmas with friends!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Love the atmosphere and staff were very friendly. We will definitely be back !

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The grilled Romaine with tuna is oohlala!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service and food

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very cool restaurant, food was great, our waitress really made the experience.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 26, 2017

outstanding find! Great Open Table recommendation. very enjoyable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Sports, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service, the place isn’t as clean as it was after the remodel. The fish feature tonight was pan seared too long. Service was amazing as always. My wife really enjoyed her shrimp pesto.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Fine dining with creative meals, great atmosphere and service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Amazing food...great service! Highly recommend. Great place for any occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

I’ve never been disappointed when dining at Cafe Rule. Love the food and have great service every time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great wine list. Service was good and the everyone pitches in to make sure food is delivered when ready and makes sure your table is happy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great service; disappointed that they still have a broken part that keeps them from being able to froth milk for lattes

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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Everything was great - the food was awesome. We had calamari appetizer that was one of the best we've ever had; pork chop was cooked just as ordered, excellently seasoned; the shrimp and grits were well beyond the traditional offering in flavor and ingredients. The portions for the entrees were generous. The service was very good and the wine list is excellent (though we opted for a drink and a beer). It would be good if there was a wider selections of beers.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was great, and so was my cocktail. The waiter was a little awkward. Hovered too much while we were deciding, and check on us too much during appetizers but not at all during the meal. We waited around for boxes, and again for the check.
Add a visit by a fly, and I was just glad the food was good...

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 1, 2017

ALWAYS AMAZING-- Feels BIG city with southern hospitality!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We moved our reservation to 730, originally 630, which they were happy to do. Upon arrival our 1st server stated that the kitchen had just received 45 dinner orders for a large party. She encouraged us to put orders in immediately, which we did around 7:45. She then returned to the table to tell us that another server would be taking over because she wanted to get off early to attend a friends bday party. 30 minutes later our bottle of wine arrived and an hour and a half later our food arrived, cold. We made reservations well in advance and drove an hour and half to dine here per a recommendation. Very poor experience.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Always an absolute favorite- even when super busy! We are treated like family!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Tapas, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Came for a private surprise birthday celebration and again was NOT disappointed. Dinner and the service was excellent as always.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My wife and I really enjoyed this place. We went for brunch and the food was delicious. My only real complaint was the music-I loved that there was a live band playing while we were there, but it was very loud. In fact, we had to raise our voices to talk to each other at times. Service was very good-the young lady who waited on us was very friendly and attentive, and the overall experience was pleasant. We will definitely go back and try their other menus.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We loved the Sunday brunch menu with creative offerings and a waiter that was extremely knowledgeable and friendly ... thank you Graham! Jazz group was an extra feature so our out of town guests were properly dazzled!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Outstanding dining experience as usual. Great food and great service. The staff make Café Rule
one of the best restaurants in N.C.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Fun, Happy Hour, Hot Spot
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food we ordered was excellent. The service timely and professional. All-in-all an enjoyable evening with good food, good service and a lovely patio setting.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The monkfish special with risotto was fantastic. Service was excellent as well.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Perfect! My husband's birthday! Great no complaints! Will b back.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Our latest time at Cafe Rule was excellent. We have been several times since moving here and have not been disappointed. Food is exceptional, ambiance is very good. The outdoor dining option is a major plus, especially during the spring and fall. Service was attentive but not disruptive. We will go again without hesitation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

It was like an icebox inside and luckily we got a table on the patio. We had to ask for knives, butter and salt and pepper. Not good. Had a mimosa that was tiny! The food was OK but not worth another trip. Very few places are open for Sunday brunch after church.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Cafe rule was great as usual. We were seated outside and it was perfect for Sunday Brunch. Only two complaints...my wives waffle was just barely warm and the candied bacon was $6 for 2, yes 2, slices of bacon. Overall though it was an enjoyable dining experience,

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Third time at Cafe Rule over a number of years. The kitchen offers delights while the staff is a bit aloof. Wait staff not at the level of the kitchen and environment. Just not professional. Hostess sipping coffee and surfing the web on her phone rather than focusing on customers. Staff on various distracting management missions somewhat distractive to customers. I would give it another try for sure as the food and wine selection is superb. Just seems like the customer facing staff needs the same focus on customers the kitchen does. We all have off nights, but it looks like the staff here has the opportunity to step their game up and make this restaurant the place it deserves to be!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Exceptional food is the norm for this restaurant ! Never disappointed every time we have visited. Patio is the best in Hickory for a dinner under the stars. Service has never disappointed and always has brought it A game. Have recommended this restaurant to out of town friends and they were impressed.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was delicious and our server was awesome!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This is our second visit to this restaurant and we very good food and service. Our first visit in the Spring was not so good and we wanted to try it again. I would recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

All good. First time visitors, will be back. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was very good and Service was excellent. What could have turned into a poor experience was more than made up by the wait staff and floor manager. The salads are huge and can easily be shared if ordered in addition to an entrée. Noise level is moderate to loud that would be my biggest knock.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Absolutely one of the best restaurants in Hickory. Server remember our drink order from our previous visit 4 weeks earlier. Fish special was amazing. Will now become our go to place in Hickory for dinner/drinks. Definitely a must visit if in the area.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Live Music
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