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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Romantic (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Special Occasion (14)
Business Meals (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Cozy (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Fun (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Casual (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Healthy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (6)
People Watching (6)
Tapas (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Authentic (5)
Live Music (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

Service was wonderful. Food was terrible and undercooked

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Western NC)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

Great seafood specials and amazing service!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Great for Brunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Tapas, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Charlotte)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My favorite local spot. I travel around the globe, and it’s great to come home to a world class restaurant. Thanks you Cafe Rule.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Great Beer, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My third dining here at Café Rule and I will return. Have been happy with all the selections I've made. Only the shrimp yesterday was not up to the par I imagined. Service outstanding! I liked making the reservations with Open Table.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Healthy, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Probably need to re-visit. First time & from Calif. where I managed restaurants. Had Spinach salad w/grilled chix..o.k. My friend had Pecan Pesto Pasta w/blackend chix, said it was o.k. If charging more, need to deliver more, cant be just o.k. I will give it a second try sometime soon just to be fair. Champagne was excellent & I imagine the wines are too. Chzcake was to die for!!!
Chris was a good server, oh Biscuits & jam wonderful!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Consistently good. Have never been disappointed. Menu is varied and specials are always interesting and exceptionally good. The pork chop with pear sauce was my dinner last night and it was cooked to perfection. My husband tried the special which was a pasta with lamb. I assume he enjoyed it since there was not a morsel left. This has become a favorite for us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food was awesome. Craft cocktails are amazing. Outdoor areas are wonderful. Can't wait to plan an event to use the new chef's table and private area. Miguel offered top shelf service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Food and service was exceptional. Always great seafood specials and definitely worth the visit. Best restaurant in Hickory.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 31, 2018

When you need a place to unwind with friends, you choose a place whose quality service, cuisine and ambience are welcoming and consistent.

Café Rule is great for meetings, intimate events, or small dining parties

Thanks for being a great place to unwind

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Late-night Find, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Took 2.5 hours to finish the meal, service was very slow. They were not that busy and there was no reason for the meal to take that long.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

One of our favorite spots. The wine list is out of control and the food is awesome. The only problem is finding time to come here again! Also, our waitress, Flo, was wonderful!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food wasn’t what we expected

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Friendly service, great variety of quality food and drinks, and a modern ambiance! The wine selection is vast and our waiter delivered the wrong wine, but we decided to try it anyway and it was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Awful food. Raw steelehead x3, although we all ordered medium. Cold lumpy grits. I go here frequently and they can fix an adequate salad. Queens feast is suppose to invigorate new customers. Good luck with that.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Good experience

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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

This is our go to spot every time we pass through Hickory. I had the best chicken and waffles this past Sunday for brunch... Amazing! We love it here and just can't enough of the great cuisine, friendly staff and exceptional wine selection.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Beautifully decorated restaurant with delicious food.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·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 23, 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 22, 2017

Great place to celebrate CHRISTmas with friends!

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 (San Francisco)·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 15, 2017

The grilled Romaine with tuna is oohlala!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great service and food

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 25, 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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