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All 71 Franklin Restaurants

Caffe Rel

459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
828-369-9446
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Ranked #1 of 71 Restaurants in Franklin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert

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Waterford, Connecticut
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99 reviews 99 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Wrote a much longer review which went somewhere strange while logging in, but the short version is that the menu promises much more than the kitchen delivers. My "signature" shrimp dish had excellent shrimp over pretty good, al dente in a cream sauce that bore no resemblance to it's menu description. As one of our group of four said of... More

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This cafe is beside a Hot Spot service station, An unlikely place for a restaurant. we were skeptical, but were told that this was the best in town. We went in and decoration was very nice. The food, Now that is something else. Best in town, just like they said. Large portions too, Had enough to eat 2 more times.... More

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Athens, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

While returning from the Smokies last Saturday my son and I were following our wives in separate vehicle with my 4 grandchildren 5,4, 2 and 7 months. They were picking the place to eat this time. When we followed them to a gas station in downtown Franklin I was reluctant to get out of the car. After assuring me the... More

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Jacksonville, FL
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161 reviews 161 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We got a RAVING review for this place and we decided to go for lunch. There was a wait as promised. Apparently this little place is always HOPPIN! Anyway, we got seated and the server was very nice. We ordered a bowl of soup and three sandwiches. We also tried the mac-n-cheese appetizer. The food was fine, but not out-of-this... More

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Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Franklin is about 1.45hrs from Hendersonville, NC but well worth the drive. Never thought I would be dining in the back area of a Hot Spot (regional gas/convenience store), much less proclaiming it deserving of a visit. Bring cash because they do not accept cards or checks; there is an ATM in Hot Spot. Wish I had ordered the Blue... More

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Manchester, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

There really are no words a layman like me can use to fairly describe what a wonderful experience awaits your visit to Cafe' REL. For the last 8 years Linda and I have vacationed in and will retire to Franklin. Many family and friends have visited. Without exception all have agreed that dinner at Cafe' REL was the highlight of... More

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Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Don't be put off by the fact this small eatery shares space with the "Hot Spot" gas station and convenience store. It is the best restaurant in Franklin, NC hands down! Consistently good food, daily specials and well established every day selections. The Blue Crab Bisque is to die for....and the bread and bruschetta is excellent as well as the... More

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Otto, NC
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have eaten at Cafe REL on several occasions, and have never been disappointed. The owner and Head Chef, Mr. Robert E. Long, is a formally trained chef who gained his certification at the Greenbriar Culinery School, Greenbriar, WV. All of his offerings are excellent, but my favorite is the John Gotti sandwich. Try it, you'll like it.

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Franklin, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

While the food is generally fine, service--and particular the attitude of the management--have left a bad taste in our mouths in the three times we have eaten at this establishment in our town.

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North Carolina Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
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264 reviews 264 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

Great food and reasonably priced. Need some more seats for the waiting line. The water bottles is a nice touch as is ordering wine. Always a favorite. Service us fast. Sandwiches to full course meals. Lamburger is a staple. Filet sandwich is awesome. Blue crab soup is nice too, then the 8" cakes!

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