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Caffe Rel

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459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
+1 828-369-9446
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food is always great and unique. I've never had a dish I didn't like. They have always had the the most amazing dark chocolate cake, but today it was a miss. The recipe has changed or they changed the recipe. Bad idea. Dessert was a disappointment today when usually it is the highlight.

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Thank DeniseLB609
Franklin, North Carolina
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Greek salad with salmon...SUPERB. Don't be decieved by the outside. Food is excellent, as is the service from the loyal, seasoned wait staff !!!

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1 Thank Gustav W
Atlanta
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As noted, attached to a filling station. Really good French cuisine. You Will not be disappointed. European atmosphere with good service and Great bistro food. Always a surprise to take first timers.

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1 Thank bonnie M
Franklin, North Carolina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking at this restaurant you would never believe the food and service that is inside of it. The food and service were both outstanding.

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1 Thank ruthfowler2010
Franklin, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is attached to a large gas station, but don't be fooled. This is a great restaurant! No reservations are given, so be ready to wait....but it's worth the wait! Chef Robert offers a piquant and varied selection of fresh dishes, beautifully presented. My favorite spot in town!

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1 Thank ssdyar
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Great Outdoors RV Park recommended this restaurant since we were not familiar with the area. We are so glad that we did get a chance to eat here. The food was delicious!

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1 Thank Ann M
Trenton, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw several good reviews on this restraunt but when I saw it with the gas station I had my doubts. When we went in I was really surprised. The food and service were great! We also had a beautiful orchid on our plate. Presentation was very nice.

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1 Thank boyd945
Lakeland, Florida
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I ate at the Caffe Rel three (3) times during our 3 week visit to Franklin, NC in October 2016. We had lunch each day. While we had to wait anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes each time, the wait was well worth it. The food is excellent. The decor was great and the service was fantastic... More 

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1 Thank Charles S
Key West, FL
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us had lunch and the service and food was outstanding. Around the table we had a filet mignon sandwich, tuna sliders, asian chicken salad and a spinach salad. All were great. We took several cake slices home to go for dinner, which were stunning.

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1 Thank coconutheadKW
Kissimmee, FL
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our meal at Cafe Rel. we visited with friends. Every plate was exceptional. We had a slight wait but it was worth it. Our server provided us with great service. We will be back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, French, American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?