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Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.6
4.6
1281 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (828) 324-2005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party contact

    reservations@caferule.com: (828) 449-1360

  • Neighborhood

    Hickory

  • Cross street

    HWY 127

  • Parking details

    Self park

  • Entertainment

    please check www.CafeRule.com for details.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,281 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This was a prom dinner. Our waitress was nice and the food came out in good time.
  2. WB

    WBDeac

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was very flavorful, and was served promptly. We had a nice table in the back, with a good view of the restaurant. Service was good and attentive. Nice overall experience, and I would return. I recommend it to others.
  3. JS

    JodeeS

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The bacon, deviled eggs and oyster appetizers were amazing. The scallops and risotto were delicious. Unfortunately the filets were over cooked. We were seated in the back corner next to a party of 10 so it was rather noisy.
  4. EG

    EliG

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cafe Rule has upped its game in the last year. We had a great meal last night. The cocktails were excellent and imaginative, my filet was perfect, and my husband loved his flounder. The only disappointments were soggy, lukewarm, uninspired thin-cut French fries served with ketchup. A thicker cut fry served hot and fresh with an aioli or remoulade would be a tastier and better fit for the menu.
  5. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t complain about anything! Everything was great! Cant wait to visit again!
  6. SU

    SusanU

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere and the food was very good. I’ll be going back.
  7. CF

    CindyF

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Understanding the times we are living in and trying to hire employees is difficult ,so most places are short staffed so this review takes that into consideration. All that said, our party was there for Sunday brunch. We had to ask for coffee refill several times and then waited 25 minutes for it to be brewed.Coffee could have been better prepared and readily available for customer refills considering it was still morning and Sunday Brunch. Also, Gluten Free bread options would have been helpful for several in the party are gluten sensitive. Wondered why on the Crab Cake Benedict one is only served and then another single poached egg is served on the plate without another crab cake Benedict. Traditional Benedict’s are served with 2. Either serve 2 or leave the lonely poached egg off. Also, I was served the wrong plate that was for another table, it had a substitution on it, the server took the plate away, instead of just leaving the plate that was delivered and bringing the extra item that was substituted.The food was delicious, but little attentions to details for a popular casual fine dining restaurant can go a long way and make a positive difference.
  8. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative and exceptional menu and your choice is always well prepared. Fantastic selection of wine and cocktails. But the best part is the service! Outstanding..
  9. D

    Derek

    Charlotte

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Definitely worth trying. They seem understaffed like most other restaurants. Food quality is very good. The wait for service and food was lengthy. The choices are good. Give it a try on a less busy night
  10. SA

    SteveA

    Charlotte

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding as usual. The cocktails have gone a little askew. All in all though, excellent!!
  11. MW

    MarkW

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great meal. Steaks there are awesome! We will be back.
  12. LJ

    LoriJ

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed my first experience and will definitely be back. LOVE the ability to make a reservation when so many restaurants have moved away from this! I will be back simply because of this option for Sunday brunch! The food was wonderful. Service was not 5 star, but it seems everyone is understaffed right now - and given that and experiences at other comparable restaurants right now, it was above average.
  13. JS

    JustinS

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Lemon drop was amazing. Good vibes
  14. MM

    MaryM

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and exceptional service! Wonderfully crafted cocktails, great beers and wines! Our waitress was very helpful and attentive to our needs as well as ready with suggestions that made our dining experience even better! The caramel popcorn ice cream was an amazing surprise! It was delicious!! Perfect place for a delicious meal and relaxing ambiance!
  15. S

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Enjoyable but the food was not worth the prices. My dad paid 28$ for a blackened steak pasta, and there were four bite sized pieces of steak in it. There was no flavor. My moms burger was way over cooked. Our server was great but food was not good.
  16. PA

    PhilA

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Among the best (if not the best) restaurant in Hickory. The food is prepared very well, excellent service and a nice wine list. We had excellent cocktails to start; then the broccoli baffle and fried oyster appetizers. The seared scallops with mushroom risotto was outstanding, as was the Nashville Crackling Pizza. We paired these with an excellent Sancere. Very well done!
  17. MD

    MacDaddy

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  18. L

    Lsad828

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful Sunday brunch! Good was creative and delicious!
  19. e

    emilym

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was wonderful as always. Disappointed that my Bloody Mary did not resemble the Bloody Mary that was advertised on Instagram last week.
  20. JS

    JustinS

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    We were sat beside a table of 8 that were pretty rambunctious. It was just too loud to enjoy our evening. We didn’t ask to be moved so that was our mistake. Service, food and cocktails were excellent. Just hate the it kind of a mood killer.
  21. AM

    AMGlovwr

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shrimp and grits is amazing! Would definitely be back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and the food was excellent. Our waiter was friendly and made some really great recommendations.
  23. GF

    GFGuy

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    While I have eaten here many times, the Angus Filet with truffle cheese, seasonal veggies and roasted Brussels is possibly the best meal I have ever had in my life. SUPERB!
  24. ML

    MirandaL

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Catawba County. Dine here generally every Saturday evening.
  25. JM

    JulieM

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The ribeye was wonderful. Our server was very attentive.
  26. JA

    JonA

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef here is to be commended! We request vegan meals and were asked what we liked and they ran with it. The food was outstanding. This is the second time we've done this here and both times were perfect. Absolutely recommend to everyone.
  27. RH

    RobinH

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My server Ashley was fantastic! along with the bartender, who made my Bloody Caesar.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Never got served
  29. T

    Tiffany

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Unfortunately it was a very negative experience. We had a reservation and sat at 8pm. Didn’t get our first cocktail until 8:30 and our salads finally at 8:45. Our waters were always empty and we were never offered bread. They have changed the menu and the salads are too big to be side salads. We ended up canceling our entrees as after an hour being there and waiting, we were mad and done. We are finished with cafe rule for a while as we are tired of overpaying for bad service. If you are under staffed or don’t have supplies, then don’t take a reservation.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great, service started out on point but after we received our food our waitress all but ignored us. Refills on water stopped, and we sat for over 10 minutes after finishing our meals before she acknowledged us again. We were excited to try dessert but did not want to deal with any more service issues, so we paid and left. We will be back simply for the food and hopefully better service.
  31. RS

    RogerS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our anniversary. Our waiter was superb. The Wine selection was great and the appetizers, entrees, coffee, and desserts were all perfectly prepared when served! Our evening was perfect!
  32. TR

    TomR

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner. They were very busy but the wait staff were attentive and efficient.
  33. A

    Alimama2g

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing, food was delicious, and atmosphere in the restaurant was perfect. **My only complaint is the seat backs to the booth we sat and we’re very loose so every time the people behind us got into their seat banged into our backs.
  34. BL

    BethL

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great atmosphere for gathering with good friends! Great selection of food and drink, creative and flavorful menu. Wait staff is excellent - almost elite quality service. Attentive yet not intrusive, perfectly timed and genuinely friendly. Can’t get much better than that!
  35. JS

    JustinS

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food. Good service. Amazing cocktails.
  36. d

    dc12

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food Highly recommend the Nashville Crackling pizza
  37. m

    mariak

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A Lovely, clean , smart restaurant. Well worth going. Easy to reach especially if walking from LR UNI.
  38. AD

    AnnD

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    everything was very good. server was new but did a very good job. wish you had more wine by the glass.
  39. PL

    PatrickL

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    We have been to Cafe Rule many times and this was the loudest it has ever been for us. However, it was so good to see so many people out and enjoying being with each other! So, sure it was noisy but it was good noise!! I didn’t like eating my dessert out of a mason jar though. It was messy and sort makes you eat from the top down. The service was excellent, as it always is. Our table seemed like it was just stuck in the middle of the dining room and wobbled badly. The staff were quick to fix that but I would suggest that it isn’t a good idea to have a table set in that location. We’ll certainly be back but probably at a different time.
  40. D

    Doug

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    In this age of restaurants having a huge challenge with hiring and keeping qualified staff, I loudly applaud Cafe Rule. While service was somewhat slow, our server mentioned it up front, and we were in no hurry. We had a lovely dinner in a lovely place.

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 1281 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    HWY 127

  • Neighborhood

    Hickory

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Self park

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    please check www.CafeRule.com for details.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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