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Caffe Rel

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459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
828-369-9446
Today
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Good for:
Special occasions

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  • 295
    Excellent
  • 62
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 10
    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
Most recent review
Fine place to eat

It's about the food. Simply great. best of Franklin .Very happy. Try it Love at first bite. This is how dining should be. Home made everything.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
roscoe2012
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Dessert
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400 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It's about the food. Simply great. best of Franklin .Very happy. Try it Love at first bite. This is how dining should be. Home made everything.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

One of my favorite restaurants in Franklin. Food and presentation are excellent! Exceptional service and kitchen.

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Franklin, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Caffe Rel is in an unassuming location, but if you want to get in, pick your hour carefully. At regular mealtimes, it is usually at capacity. Imagine a modest size restaurant with a uniformed, perfectly trained, and gracious wait staff, an open and frenetic kitchen, generous portions, 100+ items on the menu - each and every one cooked to order,... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Recently visited Cafe Rel for Dinner. The Cafe is connected to a convenience store around the side. All the while you are dining people are were pumping gas and walking past the windows. The waitresses were pleasant and pointed out the specials. I had the shrimp and grits and my Wife had the pot roast. The food was ok. The... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What a treat. Great food and service. Atmosphere is nice if not a bit cramped. I am a steady customer and always look forward to awesome pasta, salads, desserts etc. If I could make any changes, the only issue would be the noise level. I like to be able to carry on a conversation within my party. There always seems... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Hidden in a gas station, but the food is great! Unusual dishes as well as the usual mainstays. One of my favorite places to eat

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Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The best tasting and best looking shrimp and grits you will ever have. We have never had a bad meal here. Excellent specials, wonderful sandwiches with fresh cut chips. Every dish has so many wonderful flavor layers. If you like bland food don't bother. Caffe Rel is always perfect for a lunch while out and about or a dinner for... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We have eaten here several times as we have family in the area. We have never been disappointed. As most of the reviews said, be patient. It is quite small and most often you have to wait, outside, but it is worth it. Such a wide variety of food and the owner seems to know how to make all of... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Cafe Rel is connected to a Hot Spot gas station! It really is deceiving though because the food is amazing! Unusual dishes and sauces ( I had salmon with a mango raspberry cream sauce) that are just delicious, and reasonably priced. We go here whenever we are up in the Franklin, NC area. It's one of the most popular restaurants... More 

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Clayton, GA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Every time I go to Cafe Rel in Franklin, NC I'm very happy. The people are so nice, the Chef is a great guy (he gives me recipes), and the food is simply delicious. I can't go there often enough despite the fact that it's a great deal. Everything is reasonable and even my brother asks me to bring take... More 

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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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?