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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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11:00 AM - 8:30 PMAll 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 via mobile

1ST issue is the weird gas station ajoing the cafe. Not a very good spot. Not much area to park. The place is awkward when u walk in. It says please be seated. So we go seat ourselves and then told by the manager that...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't let the view from the outside ruin a visit to this great restaurant , believe me it happened to me but I went in anyway and what a great surprise . Me and the wife had a wonderful dinner . service was outstanding and...More

1  Thank burgosa631
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The amazingly extensive menu is a happy surprise to newcomers since the kitchen is small and the restaurant is adjacent to a gas station. But the excellent cuisine is the best in town at a very fair price - actually the best deal in the...More

1  Thank Larry N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When my parents pulled up to the gas station, I couldn’t quite believe we were going to a restaurant attached to it. Once inside, you would never know! The food was superb, easily the best I had in the many restaurants my family had visited...More

1  Thank GriffinBaker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was amazing we got sandwiches, presentation of food was great! Can’t wait to go back and try more!

1  Thank Nicole L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I know food and have lived in France as a student and a professional. Franklin is a wonderful place but I had no idea a foodie like me would find Caffe Rel here. It is simple but delicious, authentic and served well, local produce, cozy...More

1  Thank Felicia M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A gem in Franklin. The food and service are superb. We have eaten there twice and definitely will be back. Caffe Rel is just another reason for Franklin to be a destination trip.

1  Thank Harry R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went before a concert at the Smoky Mountain Performing Art Center. It is a busy place so get their early. Food is prepared well and they make you feel that you are part of the family.

1  Thank Thatcher50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped on our way back from Cashiers and had a great, relaxing dinner! Bruschetta was served while you waited for your meal! What a delightful experience!!! My hubby ordered the chicken cordon blu sandwich served with chips and I ordered the prime rib sandwich!...More

1  Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

We ate here for the first time. The food was excellent and service was friendly and knowledgeable. Filet mignon and shrimp was very good with a generous portion. There were many items that I would like to try. Will have to return! Delicious and huge...More

1  Thank Patricia J
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Enola P
23 December 2017|
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Response from Harry R | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the size of the group as they do not take reservations and are usually fairly full. I would suggest going around 2:30 to 3:00.
11 December 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Easy, Arthur. A rather snarky attempt at knocking a competitor.
Foster B
17 August 2017|
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Response from JOHN D | Reviewed this property |
No they do not.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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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