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Caffe Rel

) #1 of 64 Restaurants in Franklin €€ - €€€ Italian, French, American
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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“crab bisque” (48 reviews)
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Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
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Reviewed yesterday

The wait staff is busy but very friendly. I have never had a bad meal there! For sure a favorite for both locals and tourists.

Thank judes342
Reviewed 4 days ago

There's no doubt that this is a popular spot in Franklin, the waiting line out front is a testament to it, but it didn't do much for us. Based on the reviews we read we were expecting an almost gourmet experience, instead it was very...More

2  Thank Godby
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fantastic restaurant, clean, friendly and inviting. No reservations. Arrive and put your name on the list. The food is more than worth the wait, treat yourself to great food.

1  Thank Elmer G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It doesn't matter when you go to Caffe Rel; the food is consistently great. Be advised though that they're only open4 days a week: Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat. However, they are open from 11 am to 9 pm. If you venture there during lunch...More

1  Thank jefftobin
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Who knew that a 5 star restaurant would be next to a gas station! There was a short wait but so worth it! Everything we chose from the large selection was superb! When you are traveling this great country, don't eat at the usual crappy...More

1  Thank Pam D
Reviewed 6 days ago

Caffe REL had been recommended to us and it did not disappoint! In fact, we were very pleasantly impressed! We arrived around 1:00 on a Saturday and were seated right away. We did notice on leaving that there were several groups waiting (the restaurant provides...More

1  Thank DebbieS50
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had heard a lot about Caffe Rel from friends who spend the summer in Franklin. We were eagerly anticipating visiting this restaurant. The first time I had the Shrimp and Grits. I love this dish and have had it at several places, the best...More

1  Thank Journey53
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our favorite restaurant! The meals NEVER disappoint. My favorite is the Crawfish in Cognac Cream Sauce. Absolutely amazing. Last night we also had the Calami appetizer. Also amazing! Thank you for always exceeding our expectations.

1  Thank Mama0517
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten at Rel on multiple occasions. Sandwiches are solid, large and pretty darn good, overall. While they seem to utilize the pasteurized crabmeat as the dish with Gruyere and crabmeat is notable for its lack of flavor. The bread (Vie de France frozen)...More

1  Thank Arthur P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at 5pm on a Friday and were seated immediately. Don't mind the location. Here, it's all about the food. We had a knowledgeable, attentive server. The bruschetta was excellent as was the escargot and crawfish appetizer. Be sure to save bread to dunk...More

1  Thank venturekbk
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Foster B
17 August 2017|
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Response from JOHN D | Reviewed this property |
No they do not.
30 March 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
Gayle M
7 June 2015|
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Response from Gena L | Reviewed this property |
And bear in mind they do not take reservations so get there early! They do take drinks orders and you can sit outside while you wait.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
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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