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.
Fusion / Eclectic, Mediterranean
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 - 3 pm
$30 and under
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cafe Rule & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Delicious brunch options and open on Sun ...
Delicious brunch options and open on Sundays! We had a variety of entrees including shrimp and grits, chicken club and the breakfast skillet in our party. Each was delicious and we all greatly enjoyed the presentation of each dish. Our waiter was fantastic and very enthusiastic about his job and the cuisine. Definitely recommend as a good brunch spot. The only downside is you can't order cocktails until after 12 per state law which makes brunch a little less decadent.
Cafe Rule was wonderful!! We have come ...
Cafe Rule was wonderful!! We have come to Cafe Rule (aka Cafe 242) for several years. To be truthful, when the switch was made to Cafe Rule we were not happy. However, the change has now settled in and it is once again our favorite place on a Friday evening! The cocktails and food are all fantastic!! Love our server Jocelyn!
I was driving from Asheville to Greensbo ...
I was driving from Asheville to Greensboro and I planned to stop in Hickory for dinner. I used open table to look for any unique options and found Cafe Rule. What a fantastic and unique place! The bartender was fantastic and made some great recommendations. I had the ahi tuna appetizer and a wood fire pizza. The food was really fantastic! The pizza is small so you can split it with a friend and enjoy a couple smaller appetizers or you could make it a meal for one. The prices were very reasonable. The patio was so cute and had a lot of seating. I can't wait to come back and explore Hickory and enjoy this little gem (mind you it's a 90 minute drive - and worth the day trip).
Had a great time. Food was outstanding a ...
Had a great time. Food was outstanding and the wine list quit extensive. Diffently not your ordinary fare. Chef is extremely creative. Owner/chef stopped by the table and treated us like family. Friday night date night. Extremely busy. Reservations highly recommended! Will definitely be back.
Calimari was some of the best I've had. ...
Calimari was some of the best I've had. Grilled Romaine Caesar was very good as well. Across the board all of our steaks were perfectly cooked at a variety of temperatures.
Highlight of our experience was the service. My daughter was a bit cold, our waitress offered her a blanket.
Very nice modern restaurant, quite open ...
Very nice modern restaurant, quite open with natural lighting. I am from the Washington, DC area where are many fine dinning places. Cafe Rule can compete with the best of them. If you are looking for a special place to dine in Hickory, NC this is the only restaurant that I have found that offers fine dinning a varied selection of steaks, seafood and their own very special appetizers.
If you are a "foodie" and wish to a sophisticated dinning experience in regard to both service and food offerings you will enjoy Cafe Rule.
Not sure I am crazy about new menu. Not ...
Not sure I am crazy about new menu. Not sure why they insist on live music- warehouse type building noisy enough without background live music. Hard to talk with dinner companions. Service slow. Not inexpensive. Do like the outdoor venue when not so hot.
I dined there during the Queen's Feast w ...
I dined there during the Queen's Feast week, so I got the 3 courses for $30. This was a good bargain. The Southern Wedge salad and pork chop were splendid! The only downside was the waitress we had-either she was new or very unconcerned with serving us. Other than that, the experience was great and it's definitely a place I want to return to. The ambiance in the outdoor dining area was wonderful and beautifully designed and during early fall months would be a great place to sit once the fireplace was going. We left by going back through the inside dining area and inside the place was alive and vibrant and much louder. Totally different atmosphere than outside but seemed like a hot spot to be.
Dined here as a part of Charlotte Restau ...
Dined here as a part of Charlotte Restaurant Week on a whim and BOY were we impressed! Completely worth the drive from LKN. Everything was wonderful and the bloody mary shrimp & grits was especially fantastic!!! Will definitely be back!
The name has changed recently, but it ha ...
The name has changed recently, but it has the same great, professional service, fantastic food, unique menu and nice atmosphere. We are lucky to have Rule. It would easily fit in the resturant scene of a city 10x the size of Hickory.
We eat there a lot.....and always enjoy. ...
We eat there a lot.....and always enjoy....but last night was best yet. Love the new menu. Service is always superb. Live music was fun....Good background, not too loud. I really appreciate the chef accommodating my low cal diet. Motorcycle display....very cool!
Love the atmosphere. Chicken in chicken ...
Love the atmosphere. Chicken in chicken and waffles was dry. Drinks were small but tasty. Wish there were more wine by the glass choices. Service was pleasant but we found ourselves consistently looking for our server. Not the best value but not terrible either.
This was my first visit since the restau ...
This was my first visit since the restaurant changed its name and menu. I don't quite get the attraction of the motorcycle theme they're using, but I will have to say the food was excellent and the service hasn't changed from the old days of Youssef 242. Strangely, the best item our table had was a broccoli appetizer. It was fantastic!
Food was excellent. Scallops with truffl ...
Food was excellent. Scallops with truffle risotto , halibut, and charcuterie plate app were memorable. Pleasantly surprised by drink menu as well. Had a jalapeño cocktail that was outstanding.
Our server was excellent, but I believe he had too many tables so service was a little slow. Hopefully they will get the service sorted out before the grand opening.
Overall a fantastic experience.
We went for brunch on Father's Day. The ...
We went for brunch on Father's Day. The menu was disappointingly limited. I had "The Skillet." I thought it would come with some toast or a slice of melon. Nope, nothing extra -- not even a slice of lemon in the water. The interior of the restaurant is lovely, as is the outdoor eating area. But the food was only OK, and we both thought it was overpriced.
Still a great restaurant, but not sure I ...
Still a great restaurant, but not sure I like the menu changes. Offerings seem "heavier" overall. Don't like that cannot get Salmon as an add-on for salads. Also, hate that Casino Royale drink taken off drink menu.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the new menu. The Street ...
LOVE LOVE LOVE the new menu. The Street corn, Calamari Sweep with Mustard BBQ sauce and the Black Eyed-Pea Hummus Lettuce Wraps are among my new favs. The service was great and the food was amazing. My next visit will be very soon as I can't wait to try the new Allen Brothers steaks that I overheard the table over from us raving about.
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