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Cafe Rule & Wine Bar

4.0
4
1363 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 21 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Southern, Fusion / Eclectic, American
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 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
  • Catering
    We offer off site catering events customized to your vision and needs! Email reservations@caferule.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer multiple spaces to enjoy a private dining experience - from 12 - 70 guests, we have you covered! Email reservations@caferule.com for more information.
  • Private party contact
    reservations@caferule.com: (828) 449-1360
  • Area
    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, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,363 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlotte

    Great for outdoor dining

1,363 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    My food was average, got the burger, side of Brussels that were bland. My spouse got the chicken sandwich which was good but the bun was awful. The appetizer of steak tip was ok. My drink was horrible, sent it back, it was the alcohol free cranberry mule, straight lime juice... awful. The desserts were really terrible, the banana pudding and pecan pie was the worst I've ever had. Very disappointing.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded 4 days ago
    Wow, this sounds like we really dropped the ball. We are so sorry to hear about your experience! Will you reach out to me directly at sallie at ionehospitality dot c o m (no spaces)? I would love to learn more. We hold a much higher standard than what you are describing and I would love the opportunity to find out what happened. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know. I look forward to hearing from you!

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  2. GGman

    Charlotte

    57 reviews

    2.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great but the food was very lacking for the price charged. Our party of four had to visit the bar 2 or 3 times to find full trays of food because 2 to 4 were empty. Dessert was limited to chocolate brownies and chocolate chip cookies. A choice of sweet tea for a drink was not included in the $35 price. I chose to wait for an omelet which was partially raw. Overall: limited menu, fairly prepared food, trays allowed to be empty, nice atmosphere and great service staff.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded 4 days ago
    We are so sorry for your experience on Sunday March 31. We really dropped the ball. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know. Will you reach out to me directly? We'd love the opportunity to offer a token of our apology. Sallie at ionehospitality dot c o m.

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  3. BrianP

    Greensboro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Cafe Rule for Easter not realizing it was a buffet that day . Once we were seated , no one came by with drinks or instructions. We finally asked a staff member how it worked . Our reservation was at 1:00, one hour before the buffet closed. Most items were out , eggs and salmon were cold. Had to ask for syrup for pancakes. Breakfast sausage was actually a grocery store hot dog , the list goes on and on, Never got a refill on our drinks , had to flag someone down to get our $145 check. Such a disappointment. Will not be back .
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded 4 days ago
    Brian we are so sorry about your experience. There is no way for me to confirm that this is Mr. Payne, but if so, I do personally thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me about this experience already. We are so sorry and so embarrassed by how this service went. I hope the refund was fully processed. If this is another Brian, I do hope to hear from you directly at sallie at ionehospitality dot c o m (no spaces) We'd love the opportunity to offer a token of our deepest apology.

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  4. Patsy

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for brunch which you serve every week and it was compete confusion. We had to ask for water, no one took a drink order till we asked, no one told us it was a buffet. The waitress had no clue on the price, no one said we could go inside for the buffet. The food was all cold. I did not wait in line for an omelette because you only had one station going. The desserts all had chocolate which I cannot eat, no other choice. Then I went to the ladies room and it was filthy. No one had cleaned from the night before. Garbage overflowing the sinks were dirty and wet. Only plus is we got to sit outside and enjoy the weather.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded 4 days ago
    Patsy we are absolutely mortified by the experiences of Easter Brunch. We do not intend to excuse ourselves from such a terrible shift, but I hope you know that is so far from our typical standard. Our team is usually great at "The Pivot" and working under pressure, but our Executive Chef and main team were unable to come to brunch at the last minute due to emergencies, and we were unable to recover. Please reach out to me directly so that we might offer you a small token of apology.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Prime Rib was under done. We had to wait 3 times for more food to be brought out. Hash Brown Bar?Felt dessert could have been better. Love the food there, but was disappointed in meal.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. Due to emergencies and unforeseen circumstances we are unable to deliver our typical standard. I hope you will reach out to me directly at sallie@ionehospitality dot c o m so we can offer a token of our apology for the meal. We know we can do better. I hope to hear from you!

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  6. ElizabethO

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Would dine here again.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked outdoor and was told it was overbooked and could not sit out there. Overall food was good. Service was great, but we specifically booked this restaurant for the outdoor seating as the weather was beautiful and did not get to enjoy it!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Each person was served at different times from the first person to the last person in a span of over 15 minutes, food was cold. The kitchen did not appear to coordinate with waitress or guests.

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  9. SteveA

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The new menu is quite good. The only thing needed is more appetizers. The bar tender was good last evening and our waiter, Joshua, was very good. Some new and different desserts along with lower prices, and I think everything will be back on track!! Enjoyable evening!!

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  10. Mikey

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service is always great! Great value for your money for brunch.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. MelissaG

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Wine had turned, appetizer had tons of oil in it, and no complimentary bread only doughy yeast rolls with butter and pimento cheese.

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  12. EdMc

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was not great. Not sure if it was an off day we were there for brunch. 2 had the steak tips. The steak portion was small eggs overcooked. Hollandaise was okay. One had the stack salad with grilled chicken. It was aweful. One had the stuffed French toast the filling was lumpy and strange. Overall not worth the price. It’s a beautiful restaurant . Staff was good.

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  13. MichaelS

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The appetizer meatballs were good but cold. Our Medium Filet came out rare. It took our server about 5 minutes to do a first taste table check. The cook up took 10 minutes and the steak came out well done, while the fingering potatoes were now cold. The snapper was great, however I was finished eating by the time my fiance was able to eat her well done steak and cold potatoes.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was very good, but service was not, especially for price you pay. Drink refills took forever as did the wait for our entrees. Some entrees were lukewarm from obviously waiting to be brought out. We had to take silverware from table next over after asking multiple time for missing setting. We asked for soup appetizer to be brought before dinner, but it arrived with dinner. We sent it back and then it was still on the bill and had to remind server to remove.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. Chuck

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining here and will definitely be returning. Haddie our server was excellent, engaged in conversation regarding the menu items, sauce choices, and alcohol options. I had the scallops which were cooked and seared to perfection in a buttery sauce. Wife had Chilean Sea Bass which she stated was remarkable. We skipped the dessert as a delicious carrot cake was waiting for us at home. Wine choices are inexpensive and varied, bourbon selection was good with market prices. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and will be returning.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. JoanM

    Western NC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was wonderful. Our server was very attentive. Enjoyed the evening

    1 person found this helpful

  17. hank

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    found this place recently and was excited. First time-Chilean Sea Bass was very good.., last visit the short rib gnocchi could’ve been over the top, but was so salty-We could not eat it….

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  18. jjerry

    Western NC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food we had was awful my wife had the stack with lobster the stack had no flavor it was tasteless. The lobster had way to much salt . We were offended no bread I just that was extra cost we were not even asked. We saw our server a total of 3 times was not even asked. The cost for a tasteless salad was 30.00 I guess you know that fact. We will not be back to your restaurant.

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  19. FineDinerNC

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Similar to others, staff is over-worked due to area staffing levels. Food was OUTSTANDING! Our reservations were 7pm; Finished up at 10:30pm

    1 person found this helpful

  20. VinnyK

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    My wife’s ravioli came out very cold. When we told the server, nothing was done about it. Not impressed!

    1 person found this helpful

  21. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Wow just wow (not in a good way) when this place was called 242, it was pretty special and Cafe Rule has kind of held on to that glory until recently….They can get away with this low level of food quality and experience in Hickory, but no way in a larger market like northern Virginia, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, or even places like Providence, Richmond, or Greenville SC for example. Poor execution and zero attention to details to differentiate when compared to similar type of bistros around the country…I wanted to avoid sharing this type of feedback, because I’m a big fan of the owners but sincerely hope vast improvements will happen!
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 16 February 2024
    Hi! I hope you will reach out to me directly (I will share my email privately as Open Table only allows for that) so that we can learn more about your experience. We appreciate you taking the time to send us some feedback so that we can stand behind our company charter of getting better every single day. I look forward to hearing from you!

    1 person found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Zero issues with reservations. Awesome experience.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 16 February 2024
    Thank you so much for celebrating with us! We are so delighted to know you had a great time and we look forward to having you back again soon!

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  23. FrankS

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was excellent! Food was ok but limited choice to an overpriced pre selected menu. The ‘grilled lobster tail’ was 1 inch wide by 3 inches long, almost a total of 4 bites that we were supposed to share. The filet were cooked perfect. If we wanted to substitute French fries for the potato purée (read mashed potatoes) they wanted to charge an additional 30 dollars. Usually impossible to get reservations on Valentine Day but 250 after tip for 2 people and limited choice, only one cocktail and water is simply outrageous. They called everyone with reservations except those that booked online to tell them it was pre set. Must have been a lot of cancellations! Because there were so many open tables from 5-8 we were shocked!

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  24. VeryNicePlace

    Western NC

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve rated the overall value less than it could’ve been simply because the meal was overpriced. We were there for Valentine’s Day and at 100 bucks a pop. It just seems that there was something lacking in the meal, although it was very good. A fair price in my mind would’ve been in the high $60s low $70s per plate but certainly not above that.

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  25. BrentB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Service was poor for the prices. Maybe a one time issue but we had to go back to the host to ask for a server after 25 minutes of being seated. Then clearly our waitress forgot to place our order so maybe a one off but one expects good service for premium pricing.

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  26. BridgetD

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Server was very attentive. Manager spoke with us about our experience which was two thumbs up! Will definitely return.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 16 February 2024
    Thank you so much Bridget! We are so delighted to know you had a great time!

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  27. JenniferB

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were great. I wish it was a little brighter in there but other than that, it was a wonderful experience.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 5 February 2024
    Thank you so much for visiting Jennifer! And thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We've let the managers know about the light levels :) We look forward to having you back again soon!

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  28. joec

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New menu items since we were there last. Probably our favorite restaurant in all of North Carolina.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 16 February 2024
    Thank you so much Joe! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to having you back again soon!

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  29. Moderate

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had to probe our waitress for specials and the happy hour we read about online. Restaurant was empty but our food took over 40 minutes and came out cold (I think the waitress forgot about it). I don’t expect we will go back.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 5 February 2024
    This sounds like we really dropped the ball! We are so disappointed to hear about your experience, and we assure you that we hold a much higher standard! I hope you will reach out to me directly with more information. We value our guests feedback so much and use it to make sure that we are focusing our training to ensure we don't repeat the same mistakes. My email is listed below. I hope to hear from you!

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  30. DRAus

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Had reservation for 7:45pm but had to wait 30min on our table. After we were seated it took 30min before our order was taken and then it took a hour before we got our food. We were there for almost 3hrs. We were annoyed and tired and just ready to go. We were there to celebrate my fiancé’s birthday and the experience was not the best. The food was great but the wait times was tiring and their was no apologies from the waitress as if it was normal to be there that long.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Thank you so much for visiting, & thank you for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are always beyond honored when guests choose to celebrate things like birthdays with us, but that certainly makes it all the more embarrassing when we don't get it right. I can assure you that those timing issues are not our standard, and I am disheartened that our server was not tuned into your disappointment. Will you reach out to me? I would love to apologize to you directly -email below

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  31. KelliC

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We regularly come to Cafe Rule and we always do the Queensfeast. While we had a great time there were a few things that threw the date night off. Our server took forever to come to us and then once she did we felt rushed to order. Our Calamari appetizer came out cold which we sent back to have done again. We had to ask another server to have it fixed because we could never find ours and after 10 minutes we just grabbed one that was walking by. Honestly, the second was about the same temperature but we just kept it and ate. The entrees were delicious! The couple with us had issues with their steak and they way it was cooked, but they just enjoyed it anyways since we had already asked for the appetizer to be remade. The dessert was okay. One of the cooks did give us a much better dessert on the house. Before leaving I asked for another glass of wine, it took our server almost 20 minutes to bring me another, after watching her walk by several times. The tables around us were sensing our frustration. It was a good date night but the feel was just different this time, and our server was not the most delightful, we felt like we were a problem. We will always return but I also like to just share our experiences since I know that Cafe Rule strives for the best!
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Thank you so much for always being our guest, Kelli. I am so sorry to hear about your most recent visit! We deeply appreciate your acknowledging our strive for the best, and we are grateful for your perspective so that we are able to more quickly identify gaps in our training & service, so that we can use this info as fuel to grow. We are glad you were able to enjoy some of your dinner, but we can do better. Will you personally let me know next time you make a reservation?

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  32. Camy

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fine dining at its best. So many unique choices to select from on the menu and the service was excellent! Definitely recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a special dining experience that does not disappoint!
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 16 February 2024
    Thank you so much Camy! We are so delighted to know you had a great time! We look forward to having you back again soon!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We’ve been coming to Cafe Rule for years but tonight was the absolute worst experience we ever had! For simple entrees, we were there for two hours. There was at least 20-30 minutes between each time our server checked in with us. Most of the hot food was cold by the time it got to our table. There was hardly any other diners as it got later so we couldn’t understand what was taking so long. To top it off, since we didn’t want to wait any longer, we asked for a Pecan Pie dessert to go. $12 for a pecan pie, what could go wrong? When we got home and opened the bag, we saw that the “pecan pie” was a small biscuit covered in caramel, a small cup of melted ice cream and a deli container of goopy sauce. It went right in the trash. This was extremely disappointing as our total for the evening with three people was over $130. We will not be back. This place has taken a turn with the quality of its staff, overpriced menu with small portions, and overall experience. We will not be recommending.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 5 February 2024
    Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback. It sounds like we really dropped the ball and I can't understand why you would have had such a rough experience! We hold ourselves to a much higher standard! I hope you will reach out to me directly (I will send my email below) so we can learn more about your experience and hopefully offer you a token of our apology. We know we can do better and would be honored if you would give us another shot!

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  34. SteveA

    Charlotte

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, our trip to Cafe Rule was very good! They seem to have gotten their "act" together. Starting back in the fall, ourselves, as well as friends have been very disappointed in Cafe Rule. The prices went UP and the service and food went down. We are pleased to see that they seem to once again be on the right right track. We have heard that Cafe Rule has a new chef, which was needed!! During Queens Feast this past Friday, we each enjoyed the Hanger Steak. It was very good, but the foamy butter that was being served with the steak, is much better than the sauce served for Queen's Feast. The only downside during our dinner, was our cocktails. They were awful! We sent them back. The restaurant manager is doing a great job and our server, Danay, was very good. Hopefully, everything will continue to evolve back into the good restaurant it has been in the past. Now, if they could only do something about the prices!!
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Thank you so much Steve! We are so glad you enjoyed the majority of your experience, and we have passed your feedback to the kitchen about the sauce and foamy butter. No worries, the foamy butter is here to stay! Thank you for your kind words about Danay as well. We will pass it all along to her! We're so sorry about the drinks. What a disappointment! We hope you got something pleasing the second time around. Thank you again, and we hope to see you soon!

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  35. LW64

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food just was not what it used to be. My she crab tortellini had a sour and bitter taste and the crab didn't taste fresh for a place where it should be getting same or every other day fresh seafood. The waiter only showed up once every 10 minutes it seemed so service wasn't good. My wife's steak was extremely salty and unbearable. Will not be going back anytime soon.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are so disappointed it did not live up to your expectation or our standard! We take great care to make sure our ingredients are fresh & well prepared, and your feedback has been passed directly to our Executive Chef and team. We do know we can do better, and we hope you will give us another shot. Will you reach out to me directly (email below) so we can offer a token of apology and commitment to a better experience??

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  36. ChuckD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Ordered drinks and got them in about 25 minutes. Ordered appetizers and dinner. Got the apps and 1 hour later still had no dinner. Will not return.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Chuck, we are so sorry the timing of your experience was so atrocious. We know how important timing is to a great meal, and we really dropped the ball. We know we can do better, and we really hope you will give us another shot. Will you reach out to me directly so we might offer you a token of our apology and a chance to return on us? My email is listed below.

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  37. Hurricane

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was well prepared. Some of the combinations, however, just were lacking. The table serve was good but the kitchen was slow. I would recommend but don't be in a hurry.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Thank you so much for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed the preparation of your food, but we would love more feedback regarding the flavor combinations. We are so sorry the timing was not perfected for your experience. Your feedback has been passed along directly to our team. If you have more details that would help us identify ways to improve, we are always open to hearing. My email is below.

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  38. MichaelT

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Would stay away from seafood they arent the best at it.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Hi Michael! I hope you will reach out to me directly so we can learn more about your experience with us last week! I am so sorry it sounds like we really missed the mark for your dinner, but we would love the opportunity to identify our areas for growth! My email is listed below. Thank you for your time!

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  39. Mike

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Normally really like this place. The food is always top notch, even if a little pricey. What got in my craw a bit on this visit was the request for an additional 3% for use of a credit card. It seems like paying credit card companies should be the cost of doing business and already built into the sky-high prices of this place. I paid in cash, but I won't be back to be nickel and dimed at a place like this.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Hi Mike! Thank you so much for joining us, & for taking the time to offer a review! We are so sorry you felt thrown off by the transaction fee on your receipt. We do still pay credit card companies - the fee does not cover the full rising cost of these transactions. We like being able to give our guests the option to opt out of the fee by using cash rather than raising prices for everyone, and we are glad you could take advantage of that! We hope to see you again soon!

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  40. RachelH

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The service was lacking. They seemed ill prepared for the amount of reservations they took. We had to ask for our server several times. She was kind and thorough but seemed like she had too many tables.
    Cafe Rule & Wine BarResponded on 29 January 2024
    Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to let us know about your experience! We are so sorry you felt a lack in service. It is our intention to make sure our guests know just how important each and every one is to us, and we are embarrassed to know that wasn't the case for you! We have passed your feedback on to our team and hope that you will notice a huge difference next time you come in. Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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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 stars by 1363 OpenTable diners.

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242 11th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    HWY 127
  • Area
    Hickory
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (828) 324-2005
  • Catering
    We offer off site catering events customized to your vision and needs! Email reservations@caferule.com for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer multiple spaces to enjoy a private dining experience - from 12 - 70 guests, we have you covered! Email reservations@caferule.com for more information.
  • Private party contact
    reservations@caferule.com: (828) 449-1360
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