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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
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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
Everything was great - the food was awesome. We had calamari appetizer that was one of the best we've ever had; pork chop was cooked just as ordered, excellently seasoned; the shrimp and grits were well beyond the traditional offering in flavor and ingredients. The portions for the entrees were generous. The service was very good and the wine list is excellent (though we opted for a drink and a beer). It would be good if there was a wider selections of beers.
The food was great, and so was my cocktail. The waiter was a little awkward. Hovered too much while we were deciding, and check on us too much during appetizers but not at all during the meal. We waited around for boxes, and again for the check.
Add a visit by a fly, and I was just glad the food was good...
We moved our reservation to 730, originally 630, which they were happy to do. Upon arrival our 1st server stated that the kitchen had just received 45 dinner orders for a large party. She encouraged us to put orders in immediately, which we did around 7:45. She then returned to the table to tell us that another server would be taking over because she wanted to get off early to attend a friends bday party. 30 minutes later our bottle of wine arrived and an hour and a half later our food arrived, cold. We made reservations well in advance and drove an hour and half to dine here per a recommendation. Very poor experience.
My wife and I really enjoyed this place. We went for brunch and the food was delicious. My only real complaint was the music-I loved that there was a live band playing while we were there, but it was very loud. In fact, we had to raise our voices to talk to each other at times. Service was very good-the young lady who waited on us was very friendly and attentive, and the overall experience was pleasant. We will definitely go back and try their other menus.
Our latest time at Cafe Rule was excellent. We have been several times since moving here and have not been disappointed. Food is exceptional, ambiance is very good. The outdoor dining option is a major plus, especially during the spring and fall. Service was attentive but not disruptive. We will go again without hesitation.
It was like an icebox inside and luckily we got a table on the patio. We had to ask for knives, butter and salt and pepper. Not good. Had a mimosa that was tiny! The food was OK but not worth another trip. Very few places are open for Sunday brunch after church.
Cafe rule was great as usual. We were seated outside and it was perfect for Sunday Brunch. Only two complaints...my wives waffle was just barely warm and the candied bacon was $6 for 2, yes 2, slices of bacon. Overall though it was an enjoyable dining experience,
Third time at Cafe Rule over a number of years. The kitchen offers delights while the staff is a bit aloof. Wait staff not at the level of the kitchen and environment. Just not professional. Hostess sipping coffee and surfing the web on her phone rather than focusing on customers. Staff on various distracting management missions somewhat distractive to customers. I would give it another try for sure as the food and wine selection is superb. Just seems like the customer facing staff needs the same focus on customers the kitchen does. We all have off nights, but it looks like the staff here has the opportunity to step their game up and make this restaurant the place it deserves to be!
Exceptional food is the norm for this restaurant ! Never disappointed every time we have visited. Patio is the best in Hickory for a dinner under the stars. Service has never disappointed and always has brought it A game. Have recommended this restaurant to out of town friends and they were impressed.
Food was very good and Service was excellent. What could have turned into a poor experience was more than made up by the wait staff and floor manager. The salads are huge and can easily be shared if ordered in addition to an entrée. Noise level is moderate to loud that would be my biggest knock.
We had reservations at 7:30, walked in at 7:06 and they already had the table ready for us and seated us immediately. The service was super. We had at least 4 different staff members wait on us throughout the night. Made us feel special for sure! Food was incredible and atmosphere was great. Good choice for the evening!
Such a great place and a lot of neat things on the menu. The steaks are top-notch when they serve them at the correct temperature. I ordered the 9s Prime filet medium rare it was served nearly medium well I refuse to send it back cuz I didn't feel like waiting and it was still edible that's the waist of 50 bucks right there. I ordered a grilled Caesar salad the dressing is terribly weak really needs to be fixed if you've never had a good Caesar don't order here. It would be nice if the waitress came right after my food was served by another waiter so she could check on things like temperature. We went through several bottles of wine expecting the year stated would be the year served so we continue to return them until we found a wine with the correct year on it as listed.
love Café Rule as always but had an issue this time with the volume level of the live band playing in the bar at 7:00 pm. it is difficult to enjoy a dinner conversation with your party when the band thinks they are playing at an outdoor amphitheater.
many others in the dining area had an issue with this.
it may be an appropriate volume level at 9 pm for the bar crowd but not while people are trying to enjoy dinner and conversation 30 feet away.
we did ask for volume to be brought down but to no avail.
disappointed by the lack of sensitivity by the manager.
Cafe Rule does not disappoint!! There is something for everyone on the menu. They have recently brought back their fried okra with pimento cheese dip. This has always been a favorite, but the dip could use a little tweeking. The fish specials are always wonderful, and incorporate local vegetables. The halibut on Friday evening was fantastic!! As always, the service was superb!!
We chose Café Rule to celebrate a special occasion and was disappointed from our time of arrival, until we elected to walk out of the restaurant without being served. We arrived at 7:55 for an 8:00 reservation and were promptly seated. Our server appeared in about 5 minutes and collected our spirit order. At 8:35 our cocktails had not arrived, our server had not reappeared and our starter or entrée orders had not be taken. When the waiter did appear, he informed us that the "ticket" for our cocktails was misplaced. He failed to see that while those situations do occur, failure to revisit our table in over 30 minutes is the root cause of service and restaurant failure. We would not recommend Café Rule to anyone, for any event or purpose. There are other, better options in Hickory including Boca, and Highland Avenue - with excellent food, great ambiance and prompt service. We left Café Rule and arrived at Boca at 9:00 to find Youseff and his top team ready to serve us. Our cocktails were delivered in under 3 minutes, and our entrees in under 15. We will not return to Café Rule.
Puzzled by the award given to this restaurant by Open Table given the lack of quality in ingredients we experienced in our meals. Great atmosphere and wine selection were the positives. Whomever is buying ingredients needs to find a better vendor for product! There is no excuse today for serving tasteless corn, rubbery calamari, or bottled caesar dressing with such a great menu.
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