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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
please check www.youssef242.com for details.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Cafe Rule & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
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.
Slow service, under staffed. Three memb ...
Slow service, under staffed. Three members of the group were pleased with food, two ordered steak which were over cooked. Requested medium rare, received well done. Did not send steaks back because service had been so slow we did not want to create awkward dining for our guests.
Overall we like Youssef's and will return, but we're a bit disappointed on that occasion.
Worst experience to date. This was our ...
Worst experience to date. This was our favorite restaurant, but has dropped to our least favorite. The service was only okay at best, but now their waitstaff's dress code is the same as someone working in fast food and just seems to be too casual. Their dishes look like discounted second quality, again too casual. When you spend this much money for dinner, you expect a little class, but it has left the building with the service, casual dress code for the waitstaff, food quality, and overall feel. The worst part is a server/helper that seemed very dirty and unkept which does not represent the image of the restaurant. He seems to wonder around the place occasionally helping with food orders, but not sure what his job is. If I owned the place, he would be fired on appearance alone! It is hard to always stay on top in the restaurant business, but it seems this place is making so many bad changes one after the other, that it makes me think they are getting advice from rookies rather than professionals.
Great surprise to find such a treasure.
Absolutely love this restaurant. It was really a treat to find such a culinary delight in Hickory, North Carolina. Must try the black eye pea hummus and the fried kale. The ahi tuna appetizer was delicious and more than enough for 2 people. The scallops and homemade fettuccine was fantastic, the scallops were grilled to perfection. The beignets were excellent,portion is huge. We had 3 adults and didn't eat a fraction of them. All in all this is a must stop and enjoy, you will be pleasantly surprised.
We loved your restaurant and were lookin ...
We loved your restaurant and were looking forward to returning, then we heard that you were changing the format into a tapas type of offering. We loved the food, the presentation, and the portion size just as it is.
Lovely casual upscale meal
Beautiful restaurant with a really wonderful outdoor area and classy indoor area; upscale but not fussy. Food was in the $$$ range, not $$ as described in some places- expect $25-35 entrees for dinner, plus some less expensive options like gourmet burgers and pizzas. The food was excellent, the service friendly and knowledgable. We'll be back.
Great place for any special occasion.
I enjoy bringing my out of town guests here since it's always a special treat. Great atmosphere and wonderful customer service. Quality of food and wine is fantastic. My friends always request Miguel every time because he's so passionate about what he does and always engages everyone in the group and makes them feel so welcome. Plus he's knowledgeable about each menu item and knows what to recommend based on expressed preferences. Great place to catch up with good friends and unwind. Great place to enjoy a relaxing dinner out for adults vs. the more family-oriented places in town.
Had An Amazing Dinner!
We were staying overnight in Hickory and had dinner at Youseff's on our way to a concert. From the atmosphere and service to the menu and wine/beer list, were were extremely impressed. We had to try the calamari that was done perfectly with and the Thai sauce was amazing. My husband had the tuna and I had the Asian style chicken and lettuce wrap - both were delicious and perfectly done - loved the presentation too. The wine and beer pairings were perfect. We had planned to come back for dessert (I wanted to try the cappuccino cheese cake) after the concert but we ended up getting out too late. We have been raving about our experience since we got home and would stay in Hickory again just to have dinner again at Youseff's.
Best restaurant in hickory
We absolutely loved this place. The decor is modern and elegant. The food and service were excellent. We loved the goat cheese appetizer in the mason jar. The steaks were perfectly prepared. Loved the wine list. Can't wait to go back.
Perfect for any occasion
I took my husband here for his birthday and had never even heard of the restaurant. I wanted to find somewhere nice but not have to go to Charlotte and what an unexpected surprise to know this gem is so close to home! It's a little pricey but perfect for special occasions.
The food was absolutely delicious and the waitress was knowledgeable about food and wine. We can't wait to be back!
We had a party of four and all were very pleased with the experience. The service was prompt and professional. The food was excellent - including the Calamari and Ahi Tuna appetizers. I travel for business and have the opportunity to visit fine restaurants across the nation. It is so good to find such a great restaurant right here close to home.
Dinner was great and our server was wond ...
Dinner was great and our server was wonderful. We had a table of 6 on Valentine's weekend. My only half way complaint was that they added gratuity on the bill for our party. Our server would have gotten a larger tip had it not already been added.
Thanks for the wonderful night!
Valentine Prix Fix at Youssef 242
Prix fix menu for Valentine's was quite enjoyable, and fairly priced. Nice to have this option on Saturday night (as Valentine's Day was Sunday). The starter was only 1 choice - a generous serving of creamy potato soup that was served hot (warm or lukewarm soup is BAD) and topped with crispy pancetta and crispy turnips............nice! Salad, entree, and desert courses were basically popular items from the seasonal menu & more than meet expectation. If I'm in town next year, I'm there!
Hickory's Hidden Gem
I am not from Hickory and the only times I have really dined in Hickory has been corporate places which I don't really enjoy. So when I was meeting a friend in Hickory for dinner I was very surprised to find this restaurant (which I did from the Charlotte Restaurant Week website). And it was like stepping into a whole different place. The atmosphere is beautiful and the food was awesome. I also have to give a hand out to our server, though I can't remember her name, because my friend and I were catching up and very talkative and she was very good at giving us time and space. We appreciated that. If I lived closer it would be go to dinner spot! And regardless I will go out of my way to dine there often.
A happy birthday!
We took my daughter & her husband out for her birthday.
Small clear plastic sparkles were spread on the table when we arrived...a nice touch.
We had a great meal & lots of fun.
The waitress was super & even brought us gluten-free bread after we asked questions about a GF meal.
Dessert was even GF...delicious!!!!!
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