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Caffe Rel

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459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Greenville, South Carolina
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24 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great food, friendly service, and reasonable prices. If you visit Franklin eat here. Eclectic decor and don't let the connected Hot Spot store fool you. Owner and head chef stopped by our table and engaged in a warm conversation. My wife and I enjoyed one of our best meal experiences.

Thank rbonjour
Brevard, North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I and several of our friends often take the hour and a half ride (each way) to eat here. The food is always fantastic, portions are very generous and the staff is very friendly and professional. We look for excuses to go to Franklin so we can eat at Caffe Rel.

Thank John C
South Carolina
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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been four times over the last three years, always enjoyed dinner. Traditional fair, great service, nice inside setting. No reservations, but the outside wait is handled well by the staff, order something from the bar. Cash only, plan accordingly.

Thank Bahama_Jack
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75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family and I tried Caffe Rel because of the online reviews. The reviews were right, the food is excellent and well worth the price. The staff is friendly, but very busy. The location is a little weird. We couldn't find it at first because it's in the same building as a gas station. Only one complaint, the bathrooms. The... More 

1 Thank julie h
Franklin, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

More high end food that I don't believe you can get anywhere in franklin. Pricey, not a lot of parking. Not somewhere I would visit often.

Thank Jasmine J
Crestview, Florida
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What an unexpected delight to find this cosmopolitan cafe behind a gas station in downtown Franklin. The eclectic menu offers many temptations. To begin, there is the baguette presentation with not just olive oil, but a delicious concoction of oil, tomatoes and herbs. My husband ordered the Philly Cheese Steak, which came fresh, hot and oozing with cheese. I ordered... More 

1 Thank Suzanne B
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always busy, so get there just before 11am for lunch. The food is wonderful. You would not expect this from a place attached to the Hot Spot gas station. Don't let that stop you.

2 Thank michael d
Bluffton, South Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A cosmopolitan cafe with excellent service, food, speed and hospitality of the mountains. A must do in the Smokies.

3 Thank stever1708
Tallahassee, Florida
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86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a delightful surprise! Visited because of the ratings on trip advisor amd they were correct. The food was better than I had I'm venice and Florence, italy last fall. The bread was fresh and served with delicious homemade marinera. The sandwich I had of roast pork, ham, pate, and pickled veggies was one of the best I have ever... More 

3 Thank ndavis52
Atlanta, Georgia
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My in laws lived in Franklin for years. We came through town to visit their graves. I had read the great reviews for Caffe Rel and thought that would be an upbeat addition to our trip. Wow! What a treat! I had the black basil shrimp & my husband crawfish cognac & cream-delicious! We brought our own wine ( no... More 

1 Thank ginnymom911

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Italian, French, American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
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: 828-369-9446

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?