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Caffe Rel

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459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
+1 828-369-9446
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Franklin, North Carolina
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

When you walk into Cafe Rel, you feel like you are in another country. The ambience is very welcoming. The menu covers many specialties that you will not find in any other restaurant in our town. The service is wonderful and everything is cooked to order. There is a very extent wine list. It's time for you to experience a... More 

Thank Judith H
Franklin, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Staff very attentive, very cozy and clean with excellent food choices. Have never been disappointed in presentation or taste of food. Favorite place to go when in Franklin, NC ‼️❤️️❤️️

Thank SisterJane
Franklin, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food here is great. The wait can be lengthy as a result of the great food. But definitely worth the wait. My family has taken me there two years in a row for my birthday. We all loved it.

Thank Carol H
Kennesaw, Georgia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

When my in laws first suggested this restaurant attached to a gas station, I thought... oh no.... this will be a dive.... I had no confidence that this experience would be a good one... I was WRONG!!!!! I could not have been MORE wrong!!!! We have been several times now, and each time, I have thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Portions... More 

1 Thank KTDMT7779
Durham, North Carolina
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our way back from Cashiers we decided to go through Franklin just to eat here. Not our 1st time and I must say we were totally impressed again. I had crab stuffed baked flounder and Carmine had Opal basil shrimp over pasta. Beautiful presentation, delicious food and our server was very attentive. Their bread is good too.

1 Thank Phyllis R
North Carolina Mountains, North Carolina
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came for an early dinner after a show at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. The restaurant is within a gas station parking lot (in fact the restrooms are shared with the gas station). The decor is eclectic and fun. Since it was early we were seated immediately. It was very difficult to understand our waitress, since... More 

1 Thank Susanne T
Hayesville, North Carolina
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83 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard about this place and decided to visit with friends visiting from out of town. It was outstanding. Everyone enjoyed their meal. I had the shrimp with basil, my wife had a delicous cheese sandwich, friends had crawfish pasta, chicken livers and mac and cheese. We will definately go back, even though its a 45 min drive.

1 Thank William M
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We like the food at Cafe Rel, but the servers and host always seem like they are unhappy. There is usually a wait to get in, but that's a good sign. I always feel very rushed in this place. Rush to order, rush to finish. Oh, bring cash, they don't take credit cards!

1 Thank Fezoj S
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183 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Next door to the Hotspot gas station, but you'd never know it until you go to the restroom. The restroom is shared with the gas station and is pretty much on par. The food, however, is way above par. I'm working my way through the menu with every visit. Busy times require waiting, but we went mid-week at lunch. No... More 

1 Thank starketcher
Ottobrunn, Germany
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So the restaurant isn't IN the gas station but is attached to it. The place is small so often have to wait at popular times. We have never had a bad meal here. The menu is large and varied so it doesn't matter if you want a sandwich or a fancier full meal. I think my husband is on a... More 

1 Thank laurena1957

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, French, American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Franklin
  • Phone Number: +1 828-369-9446

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?