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Caffe Rel

459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
+1 828-369-9446
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“crab bisque” (56 reviews)
“snails” (26 reviews)
“caramel cake” (23 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Hours
Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is amazing. Cheap high-end cuisine. The blue crab bisque is to die for. Their sandwiches are amazing as well. Cash only. You can bring your own beer in! It’s also connected to a gas station!

Thank Noah B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is an unexpected gem! French cuisine, excellent! Great service great food. The huge multi layer cakes are amazing also

Thank snashpicot
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The bread dip and blue crab were amazing. This place is great, don’t let the appearance fool you. This restaurant is attached to a gas station, but no gas station food here!

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was eight years before I knew about this restaurant- Locals know all about it, but an outsider from out of town, it is a best kept secret. Yes, it is attached to a gas station, but so what. The outside decor with plants is...More

1  Thank katork
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresh bread served before the meal. Decadent desserts, great coffee drinks, try the scallops and crab bisque

1  Thank Dabrielle W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are Floridians that love NC, and travel all over. We were told by numerous locals to make sure you eat at Cafe Rel! (Lesson learned “don’t judge a restaurant because its part of a gas station”). Absolutely delicious! We have eaten there on every...More

1  Thank Cheryl036
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been several times & always love Caffe Rel! We always try to go each time we're in Franklin. High quality food & very attentive service. Try the mile-high cakes for dessert.

1  Thank Mary Catherine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were impressed with the ambiance in this quaint little place. My wifes linguini and clams was floating in clam sauce. Little to much sauce. My meal came out scallops and shrimp. I was advise the mashed potatoes should be great with the dish. One...More

1  Thank tomvh54
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our meals were delicious! My husband and I both had shrimp dishes! Our server was very nice. It was my birthday and they brought out a piece of chocolate cake and sang happy birthday, which was really very nice. The meals were also very reasonable.

1  Thank ldesal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were riding our motorcycle down there in august the place was recommended by 4 people so we stopped for dinner what a very nice place I'm very glad we stopped probably one of the best place we have ate at the place is a...More

1  Thank steve k
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Questions & Answers
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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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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