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Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.5
581 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Southern
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  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic, American
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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
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Phone number
(828) 324-2005
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
HWY 127
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Self park
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Entertainment
please check www.CafeRule.com for details.
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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
What 581 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

First time trying their Sunday brunch. It was absolutely fantastic. The Croque Madame with an over easy egg added on top was to die for. A friend of mine from Cornelius drove up to celebrate her birthday since it's her favorite place to go in Hickory. Miquel is always such a great server that we request him every time :-) LOVE the outside garden area and we chose the perfect day to enjoy it.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Knowledgeable staff, great food, and excellent selection of wine,cocktails, and beer. Perfecr for an evening out.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My wife and I's favorite restaurant in Hickory.....great for just the two of us or meeting friends. Love everything about Cafe Rule.....menu, atmosphere (especially outside) and service.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The food and cocktails never disappoint. Our waiter, Cameron, was great.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday and the night was perfect. Cameron was our server and was very helpful on the wine selections. Fish special are always a great dish as were the scallops that night. Everyone enjoyed the night and was ready to return again next week. Best restaurant in Hickory.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

No doubt my favorite restaurant in town! Great food, great service and wonderful ambiance. Never disappointed!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We were out of town guests. Not sure what this restaurant is trying to be. Motorcycles? Wine? Sparkly gold ladies room? Before dinner biscuits and jelly? So many themes going on! We ordered a 2012 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir from the wine list, but the server brought a 2014 to the table. He said the wine list was incorrect. Isn’t the name Cafe Rule and Wine Bar? And the wine list is wrong? We took the 2014 offered but it was an inferior year. We were charged the 2012 price. Grilled romaine salad with grilled shrimp was tasty, and my husband enjoyed his wedge salad with a filet although $28 for 5 oz seems pretty pricey.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

First time dining at Cafe Rule. Great food and service. Will definitely dine at Rule again.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great service as always. The soup of the day was superb and the salad ingredients were very fresh and generous.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Beautiful decor (awesome wine display) and wonderful patio area! Miguel was our server, very attentive and helpful. Food was wonderful. Couple of ordering snaffus bit nothing major.

Great wine list!!! Go visit if you're in Hickory.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

My husband and I took my parents to Café Rule for their 60th Wedding Anniversary.
They prefer a quiet dinner to a party.
Everything, from the time we walked in, until the time we walked out, was PERFECT.
Our server was Megan...probably the best waitress I have ever had.
She was personable, but not invasive on our time as a family.
It felt like she was celebrating with us & happy to be there.
The food was amazing. We had shrimp cocktail, fried okra (appetizers)
Mom loved the chicken & waffles. Dad loved his steak. Husband loved his steak...said the best in Hickory! I had a veggie plate (4 veggies) -- delicious. Dessert was brownie a la mode - yum ... We were all so full, we all 4 had to share a dessert.
Thank you for a sweet time.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great experience!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Absolutely one of my 'new' favorite restaurants! Service was perfect, food outstanding, ambience wonderful! Looking forward to returning soon! Thank you Cafe Rule for an evening to always cherish.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We had reservations so no waiting (highly recommend). Service was excellent from the start and our server had a great knowledge of the menu and options. Seafood and pizza were both very well prepared.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Extensive wine list, creative menu options, inviting atmosphere and a gracious staff make it an all around enjoyable dining experience.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My husband and i love this place for brunch. Anytime we have out of town company this is a must on Sunday morning / early afternoon.
The food is amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I have eaten here many, many times. Never had a bad meal. This get together was for my son's 21st birthday. I had made the reservations on OpenTable for 8 people. Apparently there were lots of celebrations this particular night and it was very busy. So the staff did the most awesome thing for us....they opened up a room in the back (Chef's Table). I think you can request it for private party. This was absolutely the best evening because we were all to our self. Chris was the waitor and did an outstanding job. The food is absolutely wonderful. They had run out of Sea Bass, and offered up the next nights fish for us which was Halibut. Mouth watering. I can't thank the staff and Chef enough for such a wonderful evening!!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Very nice dinner and expansive wine list; even had a good wine sale that was nice touch. Restaurant was not busy the night we went so very quiet.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

By far the best brunch in Hickory!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Delicious food and great service! Pecan pie cheesecake is my favorite dessert ever. If you are too full to enjoy it, take a piece to go!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Food was excellent as usual, would recommend for anyone looking for good food but doesn’t break the bank

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2.0Dined on February 27, 2018

We really like this restaurant; however, during this visit they failed to meet our expectations. The service was excellent; however the food was not prepared to our request. We asked for no balsamic on the wedge - did not happen. The salad dressing was bland, the shrimp was bland the requested cocktail sauce had to be sent back. This is supposed to be the best restaurant in Hickory - not this time.

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3.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Nice interior and initial waitstaff contact was good. Extensive menu, wine and spirits list. Took forever to get our meals and waiter forgot or salads. Waiter was also slow to bring our second bottle of wine. Food was fine, however slow and forgetful service detracted from the meal.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Sunday Brunch. Love it!! We go about every other Sunday.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food is always great. Every time I dine here there always seems to be an issue with the service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great dining experience as usual. Awesome atmosphere, food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Street corn and the pork chop were out of this world! My wife loves the chicken pot pie, which was excellent as well.

Making a Reservation through open table was awesome. We walked in and were seated immediately. Cafe Rule is taking care of their guests in Five Star fashion.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

did not have food served until 1;40 past our reservation time.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Took another couple out for supper. The menu was extensive with many delicious options. Our waitress was wonderful and very informative. The only thing I was disappointed in were the cocktails. Too strong for my taste.

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

poor service this is the second time in a row for poor service for us not sure if or when we will be back

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Service was wonderful. Food was terrible and undercooked

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We enjoy our experience every time we dine at Cafe Rule. Food is delicious and the staff is the best!

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Had a great time with my wife at Café rule after a long and hectic week… It made date night worth having. Keep up the good work guys.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great seafood specials and amazing service!

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We had a reservation and when we arrived there was only one other couple in the restaurant and my wife commented it doesn't look like a reservation was required and the hostess said "oh yes it is good because with a reservation you get a better table or booth." At that point she proceeded to take us to the booth in the very back corner of the restaurant. I asked can we could be seated at one of the booths by the windows and she said she would have to check since people had reservations and I said yes and so do we. She went and checked and then moved us to the front booth next to a window. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants in Hickory but with the seating experience, when we had a reservation, and then the food being average at best we won't be in a hurry to return. Our waiter was good and did his best to make up for the original back corner booth including searching through the stack of menus to find two that didn't have food stuck inside of them. We both asked if we could change out the French fries with dinner to another side and were told there maybe a slight up-charge and when my wife order the beets the waiter said there would be no up-charge for beets. Bottom line there was a up-charge for her beets and an even higher up-charge for my asparagus. Again, I understand a up-charge but didn't expect the amount of the charges.
Bottom line I was very disappointed at Cafe Rule and our experience, not the restaurant and experience that it use to be.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

First time here, brought my girlfriend for Valentine’s Day. Great service, exceptional food, great wine and beer list. I think we were there for around 2 hours, and we had an awesome time!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was over priced. They ran out of the fish that I ordered and instead of replacing it with another fish I was told I would need to order the valentine "special". No other fish was offered and the valentine special was $60/ person.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I love the relaxed feel of this place –especially the outdoor fireplace and heaters in the winter time. Extensive wine list, amazing small bites, entrees and desserts. I love everything i've tried on the menu and want to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly as always.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was excellent. I have never had a bad meal at Cafe Rule. Nice Valentine's menu but we selected from the normal menu. Great service, waiter had excellent timing. The prices are high for Hickory, NC but it is one of our favorite places for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent restaurant! Service was very good. I ordered the Salmon and it was delicious. Great wine list with a huge selection. It’s a little pricey but it’s worth it. We had a very nice experience.

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