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Caffe Rel

459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
+1 828-369-9446
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good15%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crab bisque” (59 reviews)
“snails” (26 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 1 week ago

This quaint little restaurant is actually located in the same building as a busy gas station.. Hot Spot. No, it is not fast food.. it is delicious bistro food! No matter what you order, a delicious plate of sliced French bread with delicious bruschetta gets...More

1  Thank Peacefulwarrior1011
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have a second home in Franklin, NC and have wanted to visit Cafe Rel for years. There were always enough excuses: kids are with us, they don't take reservations, they only take cash, it sounds very expensive, owner is a real quirky guy, hours...More

1  Thank jtodd4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe Rel has something for everyone. Located attached to gas station, it is, hands down, the destination eatery in Franklin, NC. Check their site for open days and plan around the dates. The crab bisque is my favorite and the complimentary bread and sauce for...More

1  Thank Mary J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My parents always go here when they are close by and raves about the food, so we decided to stop in. At first I wasn’t sure since it shares a building with a gas station. The crab bisque and everything was delicious. The owner stopped...More

1  Thank hambone843
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love this place...so disappointed they were closed on Tuesday. Everything we have ever eaten here has been so delicious. And the atmosphere is fun and unique. I can never explain how to get there...just that it appears to be part of the gas station...More

1  Thank Apalacheagriculture
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hard to imagine a less likely location for a restaurant of this quality. Our nav system got us there. Not sure we would have found it. But can only rave about the food. The scallops wrapped in bacon appetizer were amazing. Our entrees, shrimp curry...More

1  Thank airpizz6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always take our out of town visitors to Caffe Rel as it has been consistently good. The last two however we were a bit disappointed. Overall, though, it's still our favorite restaurant in Western NC.

1  Thank memomvet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Truly a fine dining establishment! Excellent Italian and French inspired quisine. Service was timely and our party thoroughly enjoyed every bite! Will definitely return many more times in the future!

1  Thank warmdude
Reviewed October 15, 2018

i don't write reviews - ever. But after reading that poor review that I felt did this place an injustice, I want to say the food is excellent; the service has always been good for me. Don't know the manager, but those who work there...More

2  Thank hisfamilycarol
Reviewed October 11, 2018

I must say their fresh tomato dipping sauce served with bread is the best I've ever tasted. I was very pleased to see they had Shrimp and Grits on the menu. It was very tasty but way too oily and not enough grits. I wouldn't...More

1  Thank DonnaAJ
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March 2, 2018|
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Response from Larry N | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do accept take-out orders. However, when they are very busy during peak-hours on Friday and Saturday night the will often not accept take-out orders over the phone. But we only live 5 minutes away, so will... More
Enola P
December 23, 2017|
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Response from Kevin M | Reviewed this property |
Most sandwiches are about $9, appetizers $4-9, entrees $12-24. They have burgers, Mac & cheese, etc. I would bring my kids & grandkids here, so I would say it is kid friendly. The food is incredible! Service is great. I... More
December 10, 2017|
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Response from Larry N | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do - my wife and I have gotten them for friends several times.
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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
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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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