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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%
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Italian, French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
459 E Main St, Franklin, NC 28734-2697
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Reviewed 4 days ago

due to no reservation policy, we got there at 4pm. good thing we did as it filled up quickly. Pros: service, didn't have to wait for anything, lots of choices, wine prices so reasonable we purchased theirs & saved the bottle we bought. Cons: shared...More

1  Thank md665398
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wow! Just a fun night. Didn't mind waiting outside for 30 minutes as we grabbed a six pack from the gas station and chatted. Had a scallop meal that was great! Cool place!

1  Thank ShelleyUr
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We eat here regularly when guests are in town and it is always a hit. Given its popularity and lack of a reservation option, it can take a long time to get a table during "high season," but at least they now keep a sign-up...More

2  Thank Linda J
Reviewed 6 days ago

Read the reviews and followed the recommendations of locals and visited for dinner on a Thursday night. Arrived at 5:15 PM, dropped my wife at the door and looked for a place to park. Cars were flying into the parking lot and I thought we...More

1  Thank CaptiveGuru
Reviewed 1 week ago

Over rated restaurant with a very rude young lady waitress, she ruined the dining experience with her bad attitude. Locals think this place serves gourmet food because 90% of their only other choices in town are fast food chain joints. I laugh when I see...More

Thank swampyankeeval
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cafe'Rel, you would never expect to get this kind of meal behind a Convience Store! If your ever in Franklin NC you have to make this a stop on your way through! Great food it's worth the wait!!

1  Thank rtrsales
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in about 3:30pm on a Saturday afternoon and were informed of a 20 minute wait. But there's more! We were handed menus, shown to a covered waiting area with seating outside and invited to grab a bottle of water while we waited. 10...More

1  Thank Bruce W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is only open Wednesdays through Saturdays, but well worth the wait. We arrived shortly after 5 PM thinking we would beat the crowd. But oh no! The place was packed and the waiting area outside was full. Folks leaving the restaurant said they...More

1  Thank Allan W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here on back to back evenings. I don't think I've ever come across a better value in a restaurant. Paying Olive Garden prices and receiving 5-star cuisine was such a pleasant surprise. Can't say enough good things about the food. The service was...More

1  Thank Errol M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you get to Franklin, you must find this fantastic place hidden in the back of a gas station. Eaten here several times and everything has been awesome. This is not some fast food joint where you can have it your way... the chef does...More

1  Thank Victor K
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Hope H
1 April 2017|
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30 March 2016|
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Response from MaryD3377 | Reviewed this property |
You can check online, and also listed under details on Trip Advisor - shows the hours now of 11 am to 8 pm Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat. The phone # 828-369-9446 if you want to call and ask when they change their hours... More
Gayle M
7 June 2015|
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Response from Gena L | Reviewed this property |
And bear in mind they do not take reservations so get there early! They do take drinks orders and you can sit outside while you wait.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs 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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