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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, Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 423
    Excellent
  • 92
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 17
    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
Tasty surprise in a Hot Spot gas station. BRING CASH!

We've been to Caffe Rel dozens of times. The food is consistent, service is fast, and price is reasonable. Chef Richard is a piece of work; people either love him or hate him. He's a gruff teddy bear with a soft heart. And he's an awesome saucier. Every sauce in the restaurant is five-star quality... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sugarfork
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Franklin, North Carolina
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Franklin, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've been to Caffe Rel dozens of times. The food is consistent, service is fast, and price is reasonable. Chef Richard is a piece of work; people either love him or hate him. He's a gruff teddy bear with a soft heart. And he's an awesome saucier. Every sauce in the restaurant is five-star quality. I almost don't want to... More 

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1 Thank Sugarfork
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow. This is just one of our favorite restaurants period. The Bisque is worth a visit itself, but we also never had a meal that wasn't excellent. The John Gotti is by far my favorite sandwich. Very consistent and a wonderful for lunch or dinner. Get to lunch early or your have to wait...

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1 Thank Chris G
Hayesville, North Carolina
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fine dining with reasonable prices. Fresh and just the right spices. Large menu variety for a small restaurant. Friendly staff as well.

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1 Thank luckylady1234
Clayton, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always enjoy going to the Caffe Rel. We usually go with friends from McDonough Georgia. They love it. They buy extra French bread to take home with them.

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1 Thank Mary R
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The chef prepares fantastic meals and sandwiches. Ingredients appear to be fresh and of great quality. This is probably the best quality restaurant in Franklin. Only negative is that the chairs tend to be very uncomfortable .

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1 Thank Lauren C
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Evening out with family. Celebrating a birthday! The waitress was extremely nice, food was great! The atmosphere Was friendly but professional.

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1 Thank Annette K
Franklin, North Carolina
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You'd never think a place of fine dining quality would be in the back of a gas station. But it is. Just look for the Hot Spot. Hours tend to fluxuate with the season. Tourist season they are packed! But don't expect cocktail service or plastic cards. Cash only. But there is an atmosphere at the gas station. Very good... More 

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Thank Mjmccaskey
Hayesville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We go often to Caffe Rel and love it. Wonderful food and excellent service. We usually go for lunch and everything we try is delicious. I find that the appetizers are big enough for a meal and love the snails and tails. My friends all love the grits. Highly suggest trying it if you haven't already. Don't let the fact... More 

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Thank clayjoan1440
Vestavia Hills, Alabama
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96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting friends who live in Highlands, NC about 30 minutes away from Caffe Rel. we arrived and it was full. We added our name to the waiting list and it was awkward because there is no where to wait except right in front of the door. People arriving after us were asked d to wait in their cars.... More 

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Thank Jeffrey B
Franklin, NC
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is always great at this restaurant. All of the party that I was with had a fantastic meal. The chef and owner came by and asked how we liked our meal and chatted for a while. Go there to enjoy excellent fine dining meals.

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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 Mountains  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: 828-369-9446

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Italian, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?