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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, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night

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  • 333
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 12
    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
Best Gas Station Food Ever!

I've eaten at Caffe Rel several times over the past 5 years. Every meal has always been excellent, whether its shrimp and grits, french pot roast, or bone in pork osso buco, my wife's favorite. The deserts are fantastic as well. The staff are very friendly and the owner will come by and chat if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
Mtnhermitt
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Dunedin, Florida
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  • Special occasions
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Dunedin, Florida
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I've eaten at Caffe Rel several times over the past 5 years. Every meal has always been excellent, whether its shrimp and grits, french pot roast, or bone in pork osso buco, my wife's favorite. The deserts are fantastic as well. The staff are very friendly and the owner will come by and chat if its not to busy, very... More 

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Oregon, US
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Could easily have driven right past on our way through, but luckily, we checked reviews and stopped. Great sandwiches and specials for lunch. Outstanding service. One word: the "deep fried flat fries" are like thick and chewy potato chips. Still tasty, but maybe not what you are expecting.

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Sapphire, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is one of those places you luck on to. We asked a local where THEY would eat tonight and were given directions to the little place in the back of the gas station. Turned into the absolute best meal on our trip. Menu I would expect in the best New York City locations. Price I would expect in New... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Caffe Rel is a delightful and unexpected treasure attached to, of all things, a gas station. The small restaurant is comfortable with tables well spaced so you aren't listening to everyone elses' conversations. The food is fresh and delicious. The mostly French dishes are surprisingly low in price Service is excellent. If you are in the area and want a... More 

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Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I checked out reviews for local restaurants and this one topped the list of must eats for my visit to Franklin. Unfortunately, I was unable to get there for dinner so I had to settle for lunch. Settle? Nope. Lunch was delicious. The meal started with bread and this absolutely unbelievable delicious bruschetta. The tomatoes were lightly roasted and seasoned.... More 

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STL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

I cannot think of any better way to describe this place then gourmet at a gas station. The owner is a finely trained chef. The service was outstanding the food was even better. I could not believe that this place is a gas station. I would not have traded had it not been for the outstanding reviews. If you're looking... More 

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Ennis, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We visited again yesterday with three people this time. This restaurant is certainly a one of a kind. From the outside, you see it shares a building with a gas station. When you first approach, I am sure you will have second thoughts (the first time you visit). When there is a wait, they will only have one party inside,... More 

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Hiawassee, Georgia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

had lunch at Caffe Rel this past Wednesday. It was a hot, hot day, and was greeted at the front door by a friendly young man who suggested a cold drink while we waited. It was just after noon and we were told the wait would be about 15 minutes. After less than 5 minutes we were called in-perhaps ahead... More 

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Waynesville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Caffee Rel is located in a building adjacent to a Hot Spot gas station/convenience store on East Main in Franklin. But don't be fooled by the very unassuming location, the food is five star all the way. They DO NOT take reservations, so it is suggested to get there early at lunch or dinner, or be prepared to be in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Had another wonderful meal here again. But if a wait but well worth it as always. When visiting franklin this place is a must. Have seen them on national TV as well.

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Additional Information about Caffe Rel

Address: 459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
Phone Number: 828-369-9446
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Smoky Mountains  >  Franklin
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
Cuisine: French

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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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