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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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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“crab bisque” (52 reviews)
“snails” (23 reviews)
“caramel cake” (23 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM Hours
Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Superb French cuisine, cozy atmosphere, excellent service. Highly reccommend Caffe Rel, dont let the location behind the Hot Spot fool you.

Thank Janet P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can't tell from the outside.. But go in and try it..awesome food, service, wine selection with friendly staff. We stopped in for lunch around 1 on a Saturday..busy but not crowded..no wait. The Crab Bisque was awesome. The bread and marinara were yummy.. Each...More

1  Thank John P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Caffe REL is a fantastic restaurant located adjacent to the Hot Spot gas station. The Chef of Caffe REL is also the owner. Chef Long was a former Chef at the famous Greenbrier before coming to Franklin. He has a menu that is unbelievable. The...More

1  Thank Kelsey94
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found in a gas station beautiful decorated top flight service bringing great quality French food to the table. Reservations not accepted, prepare to wait in line every meal but it is worth the wait. Upscale sophisticated dishes with tons of flavor.

1  Thank srb1996
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has great food and a great atmosphere. We have eaten here several times and Have never been disappointed. Only thing. They only take cash! Don’t leave Home without to eat here.

1  Thank John D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very good italian restaurant that is connected to a convenience store. Because of that it looks like it might not be that good but it has a very nice interior and fairly authentic food. They don't take plastic so bring cash

1  Thank dkpruitt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Caffe Rel is located adjacent to a quick stop gas station mini mart sort of establishment. So, if it hadn't been recommended to us by our innkeeper, we probably would not have found it. However, it was a pleasant dining experience. The restaurant features...More

1  Thank MissPawley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Caffe Rel is about an hours drive for us, we had heard positive comments about it so we decided to try it today. It was well worth the trip as the food and service was excellent. For the quality and amount of food we thought...More

2  Thank Affen8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This café reminded us of many cafés we visited in France. My husband walked by the kitchen and was astonished how clean they kept the kitchen. The food was amazing!! Marinara sauce was a bit too spicy for my four year old. I wish they...More

1  Thank Tiff08217
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Caffe REL is a must stop while in Franklin. Their sign on the outside says...”It’s about the food”. Such a true statement and those reviewers who gave less than a positive review for this restaurant need to be reminded of that. Who cares if the...More

1  Thank Joni G
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March 2, 2018|
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Response from dandyrick | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But they charge a gratuity😣.
Enola P
December 23, 2017|
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Response from Harry R | Reviewed this property |
Depends on the size of the group as they do not take reservations and are usually fairly full. I would suggest going around 2:30 to 3:00.
December 10, 2017|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
Easy, Arthur. A rather snarky attempt at knocking a competitor.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
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
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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