Holidays Rule When You Celebrate with Us!

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plate of food greens ruffage salad with ranch dipOur New Lunch Should Have a Speed Limit!

We’ve redesigned our lunch menu for speed! The all-new selection includes a Pick 2 for $10.75, as well as delicious new sandwiches and salads starting at $7.50.

New sandwiches include a Beef Steak Pita, a Corned Beef Sandwich, and a Cubano!

We’ve added tempeh to the menu as a full-time protein option for salads, and we’ve also introduced a daily pasta special.

Check out the new menu here!



cafe rule gift cardsGift Certificates are One-Size-Fits All

Wondering what to get that hard-to-shop-for friend?

Cafe Rule & Wine Bar gift cards are a great idea!

Stop by the restaurant today, or shop online. We can mail a physical gift card, or send an e-card!





paul nance cafe rule director of hospitalityWelcome Paul, Director of Hospitality

Paul Nance recently joined Cafe Rule as Director of Hospitality. He has more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including Providence Bistro, Dolcetto Wine Room, Carolina Ale House, and Hominy Grill. He comes to us from his position as a Managing Partner with Darden Restaurants.

In addition to his work with Cafe Rule & Wine Bar, Paul will also assist Imagine One Hospitality’s other properties, including the Diedra Lackey Memorial Park in Hickory and Peppervine in South Park.

Be sure to stop and say hi next time you’re in the restaurant.

Welcome to the team, Paul!


hand holding a drink in front of christmas treeHoliday Reservations

We still have a few spaces for parties, large or small, this holiday season. For large parties, you can inquire online. For parties under 10, call for reservations today at 828-324-2005 or via Open Table.







Make Your NYE Reservations Today!

cafe rule new years 2019 flyer special menu december 31

Our NYE prix fixe looks fantastic! We have three seatings for a 4-course prix fixe dinner: 5 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:30 pm.

First Course

  • Roasted winter vegetable bruschetta, whipped ricotta

Second Course

  • Black-eyed pea and collard green soup, cornbread crouton (V)
  • Seven layer salad: mixed greens, tomatoes, eggs, onions, peas, cheddar, gruyere, avocado mash, crispy Parma ham, herb buttermilk dressing

Third Course

  • Pork Osso Bucco: sage mushroom and goat cheese bread pudding, braised mustard greens, fried leeks
  • 5 oz Filet and Lobster: roasted shallot mashed potatoes, squash au gratin, mushroom bordelaise, rosemary drawn butter
  • 10 oz Filet: roasted shallot mashed potatoes, squash au gratin, mushroom bordelaise
  • Lamb Tenderloin: smashed confit potatoes, asparagus, mint chimichurri
  • Falafel: roasted carrots, cauliflower rice, arugula salad, lemon tahini sauce
  • Pan Seared Salmon Steak: roasted sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, saffron sauce

Fourth Course

  • Chocolate Torte: fresh berries, raspberry coulis, Chantilly cream
  • Strawberry Champagne Trifle: Chantilly cream, mint
  • Limoncello Tiramisu: orange biscotti

The prix fixe is $79/person, not including beverages, tax, or gratuity. Call for reservations today at 828-324-2005 or via Open Table.

Restaurant Week is January 18-27

Join us for another fun Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week. Here is a peek at our Winter Restaurant Week prix fixe menu:

First Course

  • Wedge Salad: bacon, walnuts, tomatoes, eggs, blue cheese dressing and crumbles
  • Kale Salad: sunflower seeds, cherries, roasted butternut, honey lemon vinaigrette
  • Broccoli Baffle


  • Flat Iron Steak: braised red cabbage, roasted potatoes, bacon jam
  • Pan Seared Salmon: hoppin’ john, spinach, peppadew relish
  • Cauliflower Skillet: chipotle cashew aioli, arugula, pickled onions, radishes, chimichurri
  • Chicken Confit: cornbread pudding, roasted brussels sprouts, spied rum cranberry chutney


  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Chocolate Torte
  • Mint Creme Brulee

Dinner is $35/person. Beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included. Call for reservations today at 828-324-2005 or via Open Table.

Upcoming Music Live at Cafe Rule

December 16, 11 am: Caitlin Krisko from “The Broadcast”

December 21, 7 pm: Jody Hager

December 22, 7 pm: Jody Hager

December 30, 11 am: Riyen Roots Sunday Blues