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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
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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  • 315
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  • 67
    Very good
  • 20
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  • 11
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  • 14
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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
Hidden gem

Cafe REL is a quaint restaurant attached to the Hot Spot Gas Station in Franklin, NC. You may have to wait to get a table, but the food is excellent and well worth the wait. Meals start with crisp, french bread to dip in oil and tomatoes. The entrees are delicious. My favorite is the salmon... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
SHenderson850
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Tallahassee, Florida
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  • Special occasions
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Tallahassee, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Cafe REL is a quaint restaurant attached to the Hot Spot Gas Station in Franklin, NC. You may have to wait to get a table, but the food is excellent and well worth the wait. Meals start with crisp, french bread to dip in oil and tomatoes. The entrees are delicious. My favorite is the salmon! Save room for dessert,... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went to Franklin for our 6th anniversary and Caffe Rel was highly recommended to us by our inn keeper. It's in a random spot, connected to a gas station, but don't let that fool you! The inside is nicely decorated with an eclectic mix of decor. The maitre d and wait staff were friendly and accommodating.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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17 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I had read about this place online before coming to Franklin, so on arrival I went there for lunch! I ordered the French Blue Batard and the Shaved Filet Mignon sandwich. The service is good, they had a doorman and the wait staff had white shirts and tie. The food is a mix of European, sandwiches, salads, pastas etc. The... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Arrived at 5:30 and there was already a line. Maitre'd said it would be about 20 min. wait and he was just about spot on. Once seated, water and bread with a tomato-basil olive oil concoction for dipping was brought right away. We ordered a bottle of wine, calamari and a cup of crab bisque for appetizers and shrimp ala... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

You must eat here. The best food I have ever eaten. The service was outstanding. I had Coquille St Jacque Delicious Go early to avoid long wait

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Buddy of mine from Florida gave me this restaurants name, "you have to eat at this place, you will not regret it".. Well he was right, one of the best meals I have ever had for the price.. Our waitress, Lori, was great.. {Place only takes checks or cash, so leave the plastic at home...Try for yourself, then you write... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

great food, consistent service and quality. Price extremely moderate for quality. Cash or Check only.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This is a gem of a restaurant not generally known by tourists as it is in the back of a gas station. Yes, really. You can enter thru the gas station but the official entrance is in the rear. Everyone whom we have brought here has loved it. It is basically a French restaurant that will take you back to... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

Took a recommendation straight from Trip Advisor while in town on a getaway weekend. Superior meal, outstanding service and reasonable pricing. Don't let the location fool you...this restaurant is an amazing gemstone. The flavorful meal was worthy of being featured in a magazine or travel food show. Simply outstanding.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

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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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

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