Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.7
1048 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.7based 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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TrishJ
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricky out did himself the food was awesome as was the overall experience

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Menu items and what actually came out were mot the same.
The display and presentation lacked from what I have grown accustomed to for their items,

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vipJohn
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're new to Hickory and have been trying to get to all of the "popular" eateries in town. As of this past weekend, Cafe Rule stands heads above the rest. Fantastic meal, great service and very nice vibe. Excellent cocktails...and best burger in town! (sorry Hickory Station, you've now dropped to number 2)

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CharlieA
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, fair price. That says it all. We are regulars there and love the atmosphere. Highly recommend .

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WendyP
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything is always excellent! Pleased with the service and brunch was the best!

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JoanM
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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vipjsllvn
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. We will be back soon!

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vipHkylocal
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for meeting friends during this difficult time and the food is always amazing.

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AmberW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at cafe rule! Dinner was delicious, service was amazing , and the atmosphere was perfect for a night out. We will definitely be returning for another round!

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JoanM
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brittney was fantastic server and Dennis’s cooking was more than we expected. Over the top good. Will be back soon and have told our friends they need to try if not already. Excellent!!!!

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Victoria
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

We had dinner reservation for a Valentines Evening Dinner. We arrived t Cafe Rule before our reservation and they were able to seat us early which seemed to be nice. When we arrived there was only 1 table that was occupied with customers, by the time we left there were 4 tables set with customers. The atmosphere was nice, dim lighting and a quiet setting, we were greeted by a joyful host. However, unfortunately it was all downhill from there. We were never approached by a waitress or waiter. While 2 tables that came in behind us ordered drinks and received them. The table beside us placed an appetizer order shortly after we were seated and they received their appetizer and a drink refill all while we were sitting awaiting contact from a waitstaff. We waited 15 minutes before alerting the host that we would like someone to come to our table as we still had no drinks. The host went up front and we saw him place call. A new couple then entered and were set beside us and were immediately greeting with the complementary water that apparently is a standard for every table except ours. After 18 minutes of no service AT ALL we walked out of the facility. I can not rate their food or drinks because I never received anything. After we walked out within 3 minutes the manager called us and promised us appetizers to return, we politely declined as our experience had already concluded.

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GMAT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our brunch was for Valentine's Day celebration, and the menu was creative. It was an enjoyable meal and experience.

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vipleslwc
Western NC
66 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A fantastic Valentine's brunch! We enjoyed our visit very much!

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LindsayC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food. service was amazing. server was aware of menu options and able to give great recommendations. will continue to visit!

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BoxaRain
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Valentine's Day special menu. Great Service. Delicious food. Covid safe.

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was amazing. Can’t wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great.,, service, drinks, appetizers, salads, entrees. Steaks cooked perfectly. Only gave a 3 for ambiance because we sat on a covered patio with heaters and I believe I asked to be inside when I made my reservation. We went from being cold when we arrived to hit when we left.

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Hickoryresident
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with awesome food. Practiced good safety precautions and made us feel very safe.

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ChrisW
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a combo special occasion for us. My birthday and early Valentine’s. Food was fantastic and so was the service. Cafe Rule is one of our all time favorites!

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HughA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, the food was fantastic. Felt very safe and "normal". Kudos to all. Highly recommend.

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Mckrapp
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic

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Bill
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!! We will be coming here again for sure!!

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Dandridge
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

I list the ambience as bad because there were too many people eating there (almost every table was full) and too many people were ignoring masking and social distancing best practices. We love Cafe Rule and have frequented it often for the past 10 years, but will hold off until we feel safer in crowded places like theirs.

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ScottB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience- Salmon and chicken were perfect. Enjoyed our dinner, it was our second time here. Will go back again.

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simonaB
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner with birthday friend, good food and wine

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JimL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food if you like something a bit different. A little pricy but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Cafe Rule! Drinks and service were fantastic. Will definitely be back!

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RobV
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual! Large table of many ladies near us made it quite noisy on the indoor patio!

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vipamynrob
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and very chic atmosphere!

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vipJmass2
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service was amazing!

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vipMelissaC
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, as always! Love the staff, the food and the atmosphere.

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ToddK
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Driving home to Charlotte from a weekend in Blowing Rock and looked for somewhere to stop for brunch on the way - Cafe Rule was a great recommendation! We had an excellent meal there; we were a larger-sized group (13 total - 6 adults, 7 children); they were very accommodating by splitting us up at a few tables due to COVID restrictions. Great choices both with breakfast and lunch options depending on what everyone was in the mood for. Would highly recommend and hope that we get the chance to go back there again!

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AnnD
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday. Very good food and waiter was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal, it was delicious and so much food we couldn’t eat it all. Jeremy was a great bartender we tried a few new drinks he made for us and they were fantastic.

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KavinM
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Pitiful. Food was cold. Sent steak back, got replacement full of FAT. Sent back again. Wife's meal was very good.

Manager NEVER asked what the issue was. Meal was removed from billing, though I left hungry and ate at Wendy's on the way home. Was my 39th Wedding Anniversary. Not very memorable.

Requested booth, advised NONE available. There were 7 open booths the whole time we were there. There were 5 open booths when we left.

POOR management.

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vipMarshaD
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff was friendly and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined at Cafe Rule and Wine Bar for New Years Eve and had a wonderful dinner experience. This four course meal started with a brilliant Brie and cranberry jam, followed by a delectable salad/soup course, and then the entrees. The petite filet was buttery, melted in your mouth, and one of the best steaks we’ve ever had. The salmon was cooked to perfection and loved the homemade pesto sauce. The dinner was so good we had to take the desserts home, but they were just as good (if not better) the next day. All in all, it was a brilliant end to the year 2020.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time dining for New Years celebration. We were seated in the covered outdoor area. The ambiance was fabulous and the food superb. Loved every minute.

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ShawnD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great the food was perfect and we’ll definitely be back to eat.

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RyanB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an outstanding experience and the food & drinks were incredible!

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 4.7 stars by 1048 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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