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Caffe Rel

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 2013
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
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Young Harris, Georgia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful day for a drive so we decided to head to Franklin - about an hour away - to check out the food at Caffe Rel. We had heard great reviews and decided to find out for ourselves. So glad we did! From the moment one opens the door you have the staff's attention. There were 4... More

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North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Surroundings are simple, venue (attached to a gas station) very plain, but the food is simply fantastic. Gruyere mac and cheese, lamb burger, crab cake and pork roulade were wonderful. Limited list of wines by the glass but adequate. Service excellent. No reservations so come early or be prepared to wait. It's well worth the wait. Cash or checks, no... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Very good food, nice atmosphere inside, like a French bistro. If you order crab soup, get a cup, the bowl is huge!!

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Sylva, North Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Anyone with any discerning taste, has got to try Cafe Rel, in Franklin, NC. The food is amazingly delicious, with an authentic flair. Service was stupendous, and the atmosphere was friendly. It seemed that everyone who was there, when I visited, was immensely enjoying their meals.....as I did. I live in Franklin, and this was my first visit to Cafe... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We retired to Franklin about 11 years ago, and didn't try this restaurant for 2 or 3 years because we thought it was a fast-food joint attached to the filling station. However, once we tried it out, it has become a favorite place for special occasions. I have never had a bad meal there, though I have not tried everything... More

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Franklin, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

I think they have excellent food. They start you off with with wonderful bread & homemade tomato dip. Food & Service is excellent. I would recommend Cafe Rel to anyone who visits Franklin. The Atmosphere is good! Enjoy!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We start our trip to the Smoky Mountains with a stop in Franklin NC. Our hotel recommended this place, next to a Hot Spot gas station.... But don't dare let that bother you! Gourmet French food at affordable prices. Can't wait to come back! Hell, we just might move here to be closer to this great restaurant!! The service is... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Stopped for lunch on the way to Young Harris Ga. We were greeted kindly upon entering and a server was there immediately. Took our drink order and came back with fresh bread and a tomatoes and olive oil mixture that was beyond good.... she was very helpful in explaining menu choices and specials. I opted for the Kobe Beef burger... More

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Young Harris, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We had been hearing about Caffe Rel in Franklin, NC for several years. It is reputed by locals as a rare fine dining site well hidden in the Southern Appalachians. We were not disappointed. It is indeed quite well-hidden, as it resides inconspicuously and attached to a gas station in Franklin. No kidding. So after several jokes about "Eat Here,... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Wonderful restaurant! I had crab bisque and a salami sandwich, my husband had a Kobe beef hamburger. The fresh bread with oil/tomatoes was a nice touch prior to our lunch being served. Staff very helpful and friendly.

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