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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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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Good for:
Special occasions

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  • 308
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  • 65
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
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
Great food at reasonable prices.

I've been here twice when traveling to Franklin and look forward to going back. The food is well prepared, nicely presented and tastes fresh. A bit inconvenient that they don't accept credit cards and the gas station is an odd location, but the food is worth a visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Christine W
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Breaux Bridge
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Breaux Bridge
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

I've been here twice when traveling to Franklin and look forward to going back. The food is well prepared, nicely presented and tastes fresh. A bit inconvenient that they don't accept credit cards and the gas station is an odd location, but the food is worth a visit.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

You would not expect to find a restaurant conjoined to a Gas station, but it is. The locals know how good the food is and it is always served piping hot. If you go for dinner expect a short wait to be seated. You will not be disappointed in the food, service or atmosphere. Take cash as they do not... More 

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Richfield, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Omg! A must visit!! Crime brûlée was fabulous as well as all of the entrees my family had. No disappointments here! Service was excellent also!

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This place was attached to a gas station and everyone in the town boasted that this was the best restaurant in town. I was hesitant but decided to take people's word. It was totally worth it. It was clean and the food was fantastic. Don't let the gas station put you off. It is totally worth trying!

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Gainesville, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Excellent food and outstanding service. A unique experience! A great meal with a touch of French class at the gas station. Amazing!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I'm guess I'm one of the minority who feels this restaurant is too uppity for its own good. Let's start first with the location. Ok it's a gas statio but they seem to pride themselves on this and for what? So we the customer get the ambience of a crappy gas station and they pay the equivalent rent? I Don't... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We initially went on Tuesday (that was the business hours) but when we got there, there was a handwritten sign saying they were closed Tuesday's. But since reviews were so good we went back the next day. The food was fresh, good portion sizes, and average pricing. I was very disappointed in the fact that they couldn't invest in a... More 

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Murphy, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

First time eating here. Although I live in Murphy, this will not be the last time I eat here. One of the best Reuben's I ave ever had. Friendly staff, delicious food, nice atmosphere.

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Malabar, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Went to Caffe Rel for a birthday lunch, and was very happy with all food ordered! Gyro, Cuban, pork belly burger special and Asian chicken salad were all very good! Host was very, very friendly and waitress was also great. Nothing we had was mediocre, even the chips were good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

For lunch we had the Philly Cheese and the Crawfish with cream sauce. The sandwich was excellent. I can't imagine how big a "double stack" must be. The crawfish was excellent but we did ask for and added a bit of Parmesan cheese. Save room for dessert. The Creme Brûlée is perfect.

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Restaurant Details

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

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?