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Caffe Rel

459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
+1 828-369-9446
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good15%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crab bisque” (53 reviews)
“snails” (23 reviews)
“caramel cake” (23 reviews)
Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Friends mentioned that if we were ever in the area of Franklin N.C. we should try this restaurant. They didn’t mention that it was connected to a gas station convenience store. The food was absolutely fabulous. We had the crab bisque which was rich with...More

1  Thank Elymusicman2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This European style cooking restaurant is colocated next to a gas station which will really throw you off but surely a place to visit and step into the aromas of a French restaurant. Homemade bread with multiple daily specials along with a large selection of...More

1  Thank mgvaillant
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We haven't been to Cafe Rel in about 5 years but we are SO glad they are still here and that they kept our favorites on the menu! We got there right at lunch time and they were busy and said there would be a...More

1  Thank CoffeeMates
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very creative, well prepared offerings at a reasonable price. Owner takes prides in assuring excellence in food and service. Restaurant is a gem in a small town and compares favorably with what you'll find in larger cities.

1  Thank B2828RIkenneths
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food, well prepared. Service was excellent once we were seated. This restaurant is very popular and they do not take reservations so go early and be prepared to wait -- outside. If it's raining you will wait in your car. We got there about...More

1  Thank TientsinMama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every dish we have tried at Caffe Rel is excellent! They provide great service too! We go every chance we get.

1  Thank Freda0616
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Mac and cheese is so so good. Homemade chips are exceptional and the desserts are huge. Service was lacking.

1  Thank kentvegastravel5476
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Friends took me here for my birthday after months of bragging about the food! We drove an hour to get here and were NOT disappointed. Each of us ordered something different and we were willing to share samples of what we ordered. I had the...More

1  Thank elceecarr
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We got there towards the end of the Saturday (Easter) rush. We were seated immediately and given water. We had to wait about 10 minutes before our waitress got caught up to ask about drinks. I think our timing hit as a peak of food...More

1  Thank Orange_Products
Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank Janet P
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2 March 2018|
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Response from dandyrick | Reviewed this property |
Yes. But they charge a gratuity😣.
Enola P
23 December 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.
10 December 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, 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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