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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

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  • 358
    Excellent
  • 76
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 13
    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
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I had a Outstanding Culinary Experience at Cafe Rel. I friend took me and I had no idea what a treat I was in for. The staff was friendly, service was quick, and the food --- OMG! My only disappointment was I was stuffed from lunch that I did not have room to try a slice of their Caramel Cake!... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I had a Outstanding Culinary Experience at Cafe Rel. I friend took me and I had no idea what a treat I was in for. The staff was friendly, service was quick, and the food --- OMG! My only disappointment was I was stuffed from lunch that I did not have room to try a slice of their Caramel Cake!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Came here with friends and on first view thought it would be a truck stop. Surprised to find this gem that seems to fuse Italian and French into one location. Had the Linguini Primavera which was lite and served with an abundance of sauted free veggies. Friends had a variety of dishes. All were prepared to perfection. The bread was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I love this place... We got the special tonight, forbidden rice with peppered bacon wrapped scallops, covered with peach chutney.....oh my! It was an adventure! We took a piece of Italian wedding cake back to our room because we were too full to eat it at the restaurant...also, the best I have ever had! You must give this a try!

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Parrish, Florida, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

A popular restaurant that serves well prepared and uniquely presented plates. I had grilled Mountain Trout with their standard side of vegetables. A whole trout, beautifully filleted was presented, not a half as most restaurants present. The veg side was amazing; freshly sliced sweet potato, brussel sprout, haricot verts, all cooked to a crisp state and given a butter finish.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My husband and I have eaten lunch and dinner here. All of our meals have been good. My dinner entre was reminiscent of 1980s resort food - classic good food. I would highly recommend if you are in the area.

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Harrison, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

You simply cannot go wrong with any of the menu choices here. A local businessman recommended this super place and we go as often as we can travel there. We go to Franklin just to go to this restaurant! Take cash though! The last time we went they did not accept credit cards.

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Kannapolis, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

While attending a KCBS BBQ event in Franklin, NC, we visited Caffe Rel for dinner and were pleasantly surprised. Squeezed in next to a gas station, you would think it would be your run of the mill joint serving frozen food and can vegies, but that is not the case. This place serves outrageous food, cooked individually and presented in... More 

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Milton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

We had a delicious dinner on our trip thru Franklin. It was the second time I have eaten here and it was wonderful. The food was prepared to perfection.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We love this restaurant, and it is certainly deserving of the trip advisor positive reviews. It reminds you of a New Orleans café, both in the atmosphere and quality of the food. I had the Charleston shrimp and grits, the best I have ever eaten. The host was pleasant, and seemed to work hard to get everyone seated as soon... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Yes, it's beside a gas station and yes, it's true, they do not take reservations. Worth it all, the food is fantastic, the service is great and everyone is very friendly. Please, no big city attitude, just wait with the rest of us and you will experience a great meal.

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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?