Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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What 967 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRichardP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Worth the drive from Asheville. Highly recommend it. A gem hidden away.

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JerryK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the staff. Food is excellent. Service is great. I will be back!

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MikeB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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1HokieChris
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New to the area

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KarenL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great place to unwind and catch up with friends. Relaxing!

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ReedP
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and outstanding food. Very cool vibe and great outdoor seating.

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Derek
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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DaveH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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.

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RachelR
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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GregoryN
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic . Great menu choices. Great service.

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LauraQ
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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JonB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible! Try the crab cakes!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Morefoodplease
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A great find with nice outdoor and patio setting. Will definitely be back.

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MaryB
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend Cafe Rule for a classic fun meal with lots of creative menu choices.

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BradO
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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Nick
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

asked for an outside reservation and didn’t get it but really good

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PatrickR
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

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.

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vipLindaG
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took our friends there for 1st time..an outstanding meal & service. We actually joined the wine club as we were so impressed!

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George
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our #1 “go to” pandemic venue. Love the outdoor seating. Great food. Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Best waffle ever. We’ll be back.

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Walker
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MaggieJ
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipgeorginag
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outside seating, great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SteveA
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Cafe Rule did not disappoint!! Everything was very good!!

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viplarryf
Charlotte
25 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good. The food was great and the service was also very good.

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DavidD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waitress was nice but seemed pre occupied with minimal visits for service.

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AndreaG
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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!

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ShannonH
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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.

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vipCraigM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great bar and excellent food. Dinner is amazing and if you can make brunch you should definitely try it!

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LesaJ
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RandaN
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JDIngle
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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...

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Tripnc
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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AshleyM
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KristenS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tenderloin pizza, the blackened ahi tuna tacos, the Nashville fried chicken and Brussels. All were amazing!

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 4.6 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.

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