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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” (27 reviews)
“caramel cake” (23 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM Hours
Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Their Philly cheese steak is outstanding. They have friendly service. Decent price. Very busy place but worth the wait.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank MrsAngie75
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Stopped here just based on the TripAdvisor reviews. Yes it seems a little weird that it’s attached to a gas station but from where I was seated, I don’t think you can walk through from one place to the other which is what I had...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank CristyG984
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe Rel is located in Franklin, NC. The funny part is that is located inside a HOT SPOT gas station. You would never guess that a restaurant in that location could be so absolutely wonderful. They have 14 or so tables located adjacent to the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Sherrie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard of REL and today we drove down from Waynesville for Lunch. What a great place and what great food! I am calling my friends now as I want them all to go with us to REL. When you read the menu think...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank F105PLT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love country cooking and there is plenty of that in Franklin., but sometimes you just want something different and Cafe Rel is it! Like another reviewer said, you have to be a little skeptical of a restaurant that is in the same building as...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank debbief26
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You would not think a restaurant that shares a building with a gas station would be good, but this is a hidden gem. We have been here several times over ten years and it has always been outstanding. The French influence especially is good with...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank tjcknigh
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I’ve travel throughout the world and have suffered through many marginal meals in the best of restaurants. Eating many meals at Cafe Rel has convinced my wife and I “ You can go home.” The owner/Chef is meticulous in the preparation of your meal and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Sk D
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Excellent and varied chef created culinary masterpieces. New York quality in a small town. But bring cash, no checks or cards accepted.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Jeff P
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Drove around in circles trying to find the place. Couldn't believe a place connected to a truck stop could be called fine dining. Definitely overpriced for what we go. Having to share a rest room with the truck stop...get real!. Marina provided very good service...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Charles T
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Don't be fooled by being next door to the Hot Spot...Great food and service. You won't be sorry you stopped by...get there early!

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank krkm1949
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3 March 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
24 December 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
11 December 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
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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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