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Caffe Rel

459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
+1 828-369-9446
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
11:00 - 20:30All hours
Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
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Reviewed yesterday

Over rated restaurant with a very rude young lady waitress, she ruined the dining experience with her bad attitude. Locals think this place serves gourmet food because 90% of their only other choices in town are fast food chain joints. I laugh when I see...More

Thank swampyankeeval
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Cafe'Rel, you would never expect to get this kind of meal behind a Convience Store! If your ever in Franklin NC you have to make this a stop on your way through! Great food it's worth the wait!!

1  Thank rtrsales
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stopped in about 3:30pm on a Saturday afternoon and were informed of a 20 minute wait. But there's more! We were handed menus, shown to a covered waiting area with seating outside and invited to grab a bottle of water while we waited. 10...More

1  Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This restaurant is only open Wednesdays through Saturdays, but well worth the wait. We arrived shortly after 5 PM thinking we would beat the crowd. But oh no! The place was packed and the waiting area outside was full. Folks leaving the restaurant said they...More

1  Thank Allan W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on back to back evenings. I don't think I've ever come across a better value in a restaurant. Paying Olive Garden prices and receiving 5-star cuisine was such a pleasant surprise. Can't say enough good things about the food. The service was...More

1  Thank Errol M
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get to Franklin, you must find this fantastic place hidden in the back of a gas station. Eaten here several times and everything has been awesome. This is not some fast food joint where you can have it your way... the chef does...More

1  Thank Victor K
Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't say anything 100 others have not said. Not to be missed if you are in Franklin, NC. Five oz Filet Mignon and Shrimp Scampi is excellent and priced at $19.95. Whole filleted Rainbow Trout with a Lemon Butter is $15.95. Scallops several different...More

1  Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a relatively small restaurant with excellent food, excellent service and reasonable prices...but be sure to carry cash because they accept no credit or debit cards!

1  Thank mike d
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the wait; friendly staff; food was so incredibly delicious! Very unassuming atmosphere that presented world class dishes!! Will surely go again when we are back in Franklin 😊

1  Thank clgrigston
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw the high ratings on Trip Advisor and decided to visit. We got there and found that this restaurant, Caffe Rel, is attached to a gas station! We almost left, but decided to go based on the menu. SO glad we did!! Amazing French...More

1  Thank Folks_in_GA
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Hope H
1 April 2017|
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30 March 2016|
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Response from MaryD3377 | Reviewed this property |
You can check online, and also listed under details on Trip Advisor - shows the hours now of 11 am to 8 pm Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat. The phone # 828-369-9446 if you want to call and ask when they change their hours... More
Gayle M
7 June 2015|
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Response from Gena L | Reviewed this property |
And bear in mind they do not take reservations so get there early! They do take drinks orders and you can sit outside while you wait.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: +1 828-369-9446
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