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.
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 - 3 pm
$30 and under
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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 have been in Café Rule many times for ...
We have been in Café Rule many times for lunch and Dinner; their menu is good for both adults and children, for small or large group. Very interesting lunch menu and I love to invite a friend to have lunch there. Their servers are good, one or two of them are excellent.
My wife and I were in Hickory helping ou ...
My wife and I were in Hickory helping our daughter get settled in to a new home.She had plans tonight so we were free to have a date night. Found Cafe Rule & Wine Bar on Open Table, I am so glad we did. We were greeted at the door by the owner Bob and Sawyer. Dan our server was outstanding, he described the menu i caught parts of it as is was in deep review of the grand wine list (we choose the 2006 Wallis Family 2006 Cab it was Great). We had the Broccoli Appetizer was outstanding. My wife had the Fillet and I had the Bone In Rib eye, for sure one of the best streaks I have had in a while. The Pecan Cheese Cake and Waffle Ice-Cream Sandwich were a fitting/filling end to our dinner. The food was outstanding but it was a great atmosphere to relax and talk and just had an great date! I am really glad our daughter has moved to the area because there are several other items on the menu that were calling our name. We Will Be Back. Thanks Bob and the Whole Team at Cafe Rule it was a great night!
We are regulars at Cafe Rule because we ...
We are regulars at Cafe Rule because we love it! The food is always spot on!! The hot crab dip is WONDERFUL!!! I will have to say that the cocktails are not always consistent, but they are willing to fix what isn't right. Always an excellent waitstaff! Thanks Jocelyn!
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!
This place is absolutly outstanding! My ...
This place is absolutly outstanding! My girlfriend loved it and how it was a modern/vintage feel. Food is off the charts good from the jalepeno jelly to the dessert. Overall an unbelievable place. Will be going back ASAP.
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.
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