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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.
Hickory, NC 28601
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
please check www.CafeRule.com for details.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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