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459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
+1 828-369-9446
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11:00 - 20:30
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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Mts of western NC
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714 reviews
384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 435 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Highlands quality food right in downtown Franklin, NC. Long lines even during the off-season. We dined here March 22 and the establishment was filled by 5:45 on a Wednesday evening. Our orders of Rack of Lamb ($22 special) and Pork Osso Bucco ($18) were delightfully prepared and delicious. These were large servings and we were glad we skipped the appetizers.... More 

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2 Thank Hooked_on_travel77
Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When my friend brought me here I thought it was a joke, a little restaurant next to a gas station!!!! Forget everything about prejudgement, the inside is nice and the food is toe to toe with any top dollar restaurant in a big city but the prices are definitely small town.

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1 Thank alexandrogdl
Hiawassee, Georgia
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have eaten at Cafe Res a number of times and it has never disappointed. Delicious food and a nice atmosphere inside. Although it is connected to a "hot spot" gas & convenience store, you will be happy if you venture inside. Do not expect a kid friendly dining experience. This is wonderful food in a bistro type atmosphere. i had... More 

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1 Thank ShelleyCB
Franklin, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have never had a bad meal...food is 5 star...visit this restaurant often...desserts can't be passed up

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1 Thank Ana B
Franklin, North Carolina
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The very best in the Franklin area. Always, Always. The mussels and pasta the best! All sandwiches with homemade potato chips, too! No credit cards. Check or Cash. No reservations. But short wait. Nothing is a negative as the food is awesome!

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1 Thank mountainlaker
Hayesville, North Carolina
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An absolutely amazing surprise! This is the best not so secret in Franklin. The word is out and folks flock to this restaurant.. and not just the locals know... many out of town folks are seen there daily. My wife and I had lunch there recently. We just had sandwiches which were delicious and nicely priced. We have also had... More 

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1 Thank Kevin C
Key West, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coming from a tourist oriented town, we're quite accustomed to good food being found in obscure settings. Nothing surprised us more than CAFFE REL; a small, unassuming structure incorporated within a gas station but completely self contained. We learned very quickly that, to enjoy this gourmet dining experience without waiting for hours with other appreciative diners, one must be willing... More 

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2 Thank mze19
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At first we wondered why they were only open Wed-Saturday during this season. However, after our first visit we understood why. With food so good you can open whenever and the customers will come. Amazing food, stellar service. We plan to quickly swing back before heading to our flight tomorrow. The dessert was also good: caramel cake and 3 layer... More 

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1 Thank Mark C
Altamonte Springs, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cafe Rel is one of the best dining experiences you'll ever have, I can't say enough about the talents of Chef Richard Long. We are seasonal visitors, sometimes several times a year but always visit Cafe Rel at least 3-4 times when we're in Franklin. Hidden in the back of a gas station, you'd never expect the gourmet food that... More 

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1 Thank mfhodge
Franklin, North Carolina
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would have never guessed that a restaurant connected to a gas station could be this good. I have visited this establishment 3 times and have never been disappointed. The food and service each time have been top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:30
Thursday
11:00 - 20:30
Friday
11:00 - 20:30
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?