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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%
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Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is expensive and my food was cold I wasn’t that happy they need warm food a little bit more . I’m not coming back

2  Thank Carlos B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have eaten here a lot but last night was my final visit. The so call "Hostess" treated me like with no respect in asking me what I needed. Not how many people are with your party or even a hello. I heard her welcome...More

2  Thank Jimmy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We eat here every time we come to the mountains. The food, service, surroundings, and certainly deserts are delightfully delectable. This restaurant is known all over the southeast for getting it all perfect and treating the tourists like they care about your dining experience.All of...More

1  Thank Gidgt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Never know what you get from the outside??? Sandwiches were huge and delicious. A full menu of alot!! Very busy!!!! Worth stopping on our way home.

1  Thank Yvonne D
Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

Best place in town. Meals are always good. Suprise next to has station. Do not miss this place. Excellent chef French and Italian dishes.

1  Thank vickih8282017
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Caffe REL continues to be the best fine dining in Franklin, NC! The menu is awesome, food is consistently delicious, the service is efficient and friendly, and the price is reasonable. The Shrimp and Grits are my favorite item on the menu, and although all...More

1  Thank Diane W
Reviewed November 3, 2017 via mobile

This was the place to go in Franklin but the food did not live up to the hype for me. No waiting area other that outside and they do not take reservations. Cash only as well. Service was good but the food was not quite...More

2  Thank Bigmeaux56
Reviewed October 31, 2017

We had to wait, but that was expected even at 2 in the afternoon on a weekday. But it was worth it. The meal, and the dessert, were amazing. The best of all was the tomato sauce for the bread.

1  Thank rimaSC
Reviewed October 29, 2017

Five of us went for lunch. They brought a plate of fresh bread slices with a tomato/olive oil dipping sauce. The bread was good, I wasn't a fan of the dipping sauce but then, I'm not a huge fan of olive oil. I ordered a...More

1  Thank Paulette H
Reviewed October 28, 2017 via mobile

I am going to preface this review by saying that Richard was not at the restaurant while we were there. I have been dining at Caffe REL since 2006 or so. The food has always been outstanding. No complaints there...ever! I KNOW you have to...More

3  Thank Joanne M
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December 10, 2017|
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Response from Arthur P | Reviewed this property |
It's not 'my restaurant'. Give them a call and ask them? I own Ristorante Paoletti along with brother, Chef Kevin Paoletti. We definitely offer Gift Cards and this is the perfect time of the year to consider them for... More
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August 17, 2017|
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Response from JOHN D | Reviewed this property |
No they do not.
March 30, 2016|
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Response from MaryD3377 | Reviewed this property |
You can check online, and also listed under details on Trip Advisor - shows the hours now of 11 am to 8 pm Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat. The phone # 828-369-9446 if you want to call and ask when they change their hours... More
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Restaurant Details

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