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Caffe Rel

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459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
828-369-9446
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Never disappoints

9 of us tried 9 different entrees. Raves for the lamb shanks, mac & cheese, and salmon. Everyone enjoyed the meal. Our server was delightful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
misslillies
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Brevard, North Carolina
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Brevard, North Carolina
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53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

9 of us tried 9 different entrees. Raves for the lamb shanks, mac & cheese, and salmon. Everyone enjoyed the meal. Our server was delightful.

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Durango, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has everything one could want.... good atmosphere, great food and a very good waitress. I would have given it 5 stars except for one thing. The host was rude and pushy. Three parties were waiting to put their names on a waiting list and he made us go back outside in the heat before he took our names.... More 

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Williamson, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We get a takeout sandwich here every time we visit to take out & explore the mountains. It is gourmet food. How I wish we had this Cafe in my hometown. Anything I have ever ordered has been superb.

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant has all of the things I love rolled in to one place. Very good food, excellent service, quirky location! We went for lunch at 2:00 on a Tuesday and waited for a table. A good sign! It was only about 15 minutes before we were seated. We were immediately brought fresh baked bread and olive oil and yummy... More 

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Monroe
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My wife and I were visiting Franklin and went to the Caffe Rel for dinner based on our son's recommendation. Yes, it is attached to a gas station. Not where you might expect fine dining. But it is spectacular! Unique and tasty food suitable for a fine dining restaurant in a large city. Professional wait staff that anticipates your needs.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Great meals by all in our party. Comfortable atmosphere that made dining fun and enjoyable with teenagers and parents...

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We came here with friends who live in town. This place is located along side a glass station. Not your usual spot but we are glad we came. To start with,with we all had Crab Bisque. It was great. We also had a Ceasar Salad which was okay. For our main dishes, I had the special Thai Peanut Shrimp, others... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Best eats in Franklin but more choices in nearby Highlands. Food is hearty and desserts are yummy. You'll need a nap afterwards.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Ok bad stuff first for a 5 star rating: It is in a gas station; they only serve Lamb Burgers so don't bring people who wish they were really in McDs; the bathrooms are in the gas station; they don't take credit cards but there is an ATM in the gas station. Ok so why 5 stars? You'd have to... More 

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Tampa FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Worth the wait. Foodies will love this menu. Only one table for a party of 8 so get there early or enjoy a glass of wine served while you wait. Desserts are divine here, the chocolate cake served 3-4 people easily. Excellent cuisine. Basil Shrimp pasta was nice. Soft shell crab done right. Really nice choices & skilled chef. Go.... More 

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Additional Information about Caffe Rel

Address: 459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
Phone Number: 828-369-9446
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin
Open Hours:
Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Cuisine: French

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: 828-369-9446

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm

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