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459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
828-369-9446
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Ranked #1 of 70 Restaurants in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

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Fort Mill
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

The food was very good. It is in a Hot Spot gas station so you wouldn't think it would be any good, but probably one of the best in Franklin or any other place. The only thing you need to know it is a bit pricy and you have to pay to cash--no credit cards!

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Gainesville, GA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

We just returned from eating here after rave reviews. I especially wanted to eat here after reading that the owner made unruly children leave, lol, my kind of place as I cannot stand having my dinner disrupted by bad parenting. Franklin was so dead on a Saturday night, but this place had a wait of about 20 minutes. Everyone had... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

While in town on business, I chose to eat at Caffe Rel based on being ranked #1 on Tripadvisor. First red flag...wine was served pre-poured. I prefer my wine be poured tableside. I ordered a cup of the Blue Crab Bisque which had a negligible amount of crabmeat and had very little flavor; very flat tasting. The Caesar salad was... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We had heard from several friends (and saw on TripAdvisor) that this restaurant was great, so we thought we would try it. We dined on New Years Eve, so we expected a crowd. We were told the wait would be about 20 minutes, but we actually waited close to an hour (party of 4). With that said, it was completely... More 

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florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Food was great and we have been there several times. And they are proud to be next to a gas station and convinience store Check their features before you go you might want to schedule your visit

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Davie, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 via mobile

One of the best meals I have ever had. I had the Mahi mahi and my husband had the meatballs and pasta marinara. The waitress suggested the lunch portion. The food and the service was outstanding. Will be going back to try the Belgian Chocolate Cake.

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Clayton, Georgia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We learned after out first attempt to have lunch at Cafe Rel that in order to avoid standing in line, one needs to arrive earlier than noon for lunch. Cafe Rel does NOT accept reservations. A sign at the entrance states " If you have reservations, you are in the wrong restaurant." A widely varied menu offers tasty dishes for... More 

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Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes to eat at this tiny, cramped restaurant located in the Hot Spot gas station. A nice touch is the restaurant shares the rest rooms with the gas station and they are horrendous! The food in this cafe is not memorable. The service is very slow. One time we went with our son... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Wonderful treat when in Franklin! Must try the cake! Service is always fantastic and the setting is not what you would expect to be considering it is housed in a gas station! Don't let that scare you though lol its VERY clean!

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Menu is extensive (at least 8 pages). Lots to choose from. Maybe a smidge too much because it took a while for all everyone in our party to make a decision. Food was very tasty. We had to wait--it was a Saturday night. But the wait was worth it. A couple things to watch for... The place is small so... 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

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