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.
Succotash, peach salsa
Seared scallops, corn succotash and cilantro crema
PECAN PIE CHEESECAKE
Creme anglaise, whipped cream
Amazing place. Worth the drive from Asheville. Highly recommend it. A gem hidden away.
Love the staff. Food is excellent. Service is great. I will be back!
We visited for the first time recently to celebrate our 40th anniversary. The food was delicious. Our waitress, Taylor, was very sweet and attentive. The atmosphere was both enjoyable and quiet. At the end of our meal, we received a lovely card from the staff that made our night! Thank you Cafe Rule! We will be back!
New to the area
It was a great place to unwind and catch up with friends. Relaxing!
Excellent service and outstanding food. Very cool vibe and great outdoor seating.
The food is of good quality, but every time I go I feel like the portion sizes continue to shrink despite the fact that the prices do not decline. Yet, the small portions of food are well prepared.
Cafe Rule is a beautiful place and the quality of the food is excellent. Great concept!
However, each of the last 3 times we have eaten there, we have had service problems. The last experience was clearly the worst and most embarrassing as we had out of state guests.
Forgot one person's drink order (twice)
Forgot to tell us they did not have the wine choice and then were very slow with the substitute.
Food was cold or barely warm, 4 of 5 of the plates. No offer for desert and extremely slow to bring the check.
Sorry to say, this was our last try here.
The food at Cafe Rule is delicious, the service was great & the outdoor seating is beautiful. We found it to be the perfect spot to eat ‘out’ during the pandemic, with great spots for outdoor dining.
Everything was fantastic . Great menu choices. Great service.
I’ve enjoyed my meals at each visit. Don’t go often but always impressed when I do. Went with girlfriends and had a great time. Good food good service!
Staff was wonderful. The place was very clean and they were cautious about Covid regulations as well. The food was wonderful and well worth the price. The waitress gave our cocktails on the house due to our wait for table to be sanitized. Can’t get much better than that.
It was incredible! Try the crab cakes!
We had the Citrus Lump Crab Cakes. They were delicious. I have never been a fan of crab cakes but Cafe Rules are amazing. We also enjoyed the Greek Salad. It’s big enough to share. The Grilled Salmon was fantastic. They also have a beautiful garden. Great place for a date night or a girls night out.
A great find with nice outdoor and patio setting. Will definitely be back.
Taco night is great! Our only thought is that the music was a bit too loud for comfortable conversation. Ordinarily I would ask to turn it down but just didn’t.
Recommend Cafe Rule for a classic fun meal with lots of creative menu choices.
Our dining experience was very good. However, the internet was down and our waitress and staff in general were mildly overwhelmed with handwriting checks for meals. This was time consuming and made overall service slow.
asked for an outside reservation and didn’t get it but really good
We had a reservation at 5:00 but they didn't want to seat us at a booth in the dining room, said we hadn't reserved a booth, nobody else sat in the dining room for the entire dinner which lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes. Waitress was pleasant and friendly, appetizers were good, we had the focaccia bread and the bacon with grit cake. I had tuna tacos, that were average, my wife ordered the ribeye medium rare, it came out rare or raw. We told the waitress and she said she would tell the manager. They did nothing. It was our 25th wedding anniversary. I will never step foot back in this restaurant, very disappointing. I will also go out of my way to tell people not to eat here as they do not know what customer service is about.
Took our friends there for 1st time..an outstanding meal & service. We actually joined the wine club as we were so impressed!
Our #1 “go to” pandemic venue. Love the outdoor seating. Great food. Great service.
Great brunch. Best waffle ever. We’ll be back.
Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambience ! Would definitely visit again unfortunately it’s in Hickory and hopefully I don’t have to come back to this city.
I brought my mom and dad in for their birthday on Thursday. Everyone was very accommodating and the staff executed perfect Covid procedures. Food was excellent. Get the daily deviled eggs!! You won’t be disappointed. Shout out to Megan for being super attentive and all around awesome.
Beautiful outside seating, great food and service.
Brittany the waitress was very attentive. We have Brunch on a sunday.
Food was excellent. Love the crab cake Benedict n devil eggs are to die for
As usual, Cafe Rule did not disappoint!! Everything was very good!!
Everything was very good. The food was great and the service was also very good.
Waitress was nice but seemed pre occupied with minimal visits for service.
The food was delicious. We got the filet, house salad and chocolate torte. There was some confusion about the wait staff, and we sat without any service for nearly 15 minutes until I asked someone For help. Other than that it was a great experience. The ambiance in the patio is amazing!
Our service was terrible. Our waitress was so unfriendly. She didn't tell us specials, bring bread, or even explain when she dropped a barcode on the table which was the menu. She brought a cheeseboard without saying a thing about what was on it. And the cheese board had dry chunks of parmesan. Food was OK. Not great. Not worth the price. Drinks were excellent. The only bright spot. We won't go back.
Great service, great bar and excellent food. Dinner is amazing and if you can make brunch you should definitely try it!
Everything was great - we were supposed to dine outside but due to inclement weather, we ate in the enclosed dining area just outside the garden. It was very noisy there and a little hard to hear, but it was fine.
Food is delicious. Must go if in hickory. Nashville hot chicken is to die for. Kale salad is amazing. Mac and cheese was okay. Blackened chicken/steak with pasta was amazing. Drinks are good. Place is a little expensive. Try and go when they have drink deals.
As always, the food at Rule is a cur above. From the taco appetizers to the churro waffle ice cream sandwich, amazing! And, for a great summer cocktail, try the Easy Street! Refreshing...
We were very impressed with the precautions taken to keep diners safe. We will go out of our way to go back based on safety measures, kind service and delicious and varied menu options.
This is our favorite local restaurant when we want a nice relaxing meal. We had a nice meal outside and relaxed. The food was very good.
We had the tenderloin pizza, the blackened ahi tuna tacos, the Nashville fried chicken and Brussels. All were amazing!
Cafe Rule & Wine Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (828) 324-2005.
Cafe Rule & Wine Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 967 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.