Fran's Filling Station
Fran's Filling Station

Fran's Filling Station

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fransfillingstation.com/
  • Phone: 7043722009
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 2:30pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample free lot parking.
A word from Fran's Filling Station
Welcome to Fran's Filling Station. I opened this restaurant to fill a void: inexpensive, eclectic dishes designed to satisfy both grazers and hearty eaters in a fun, welcoming and casual environment. My mission is to prepare fresh and carefully crafted food and to serve it in a manner that nurtures the spirit as well as the body, capturing the essential meaning of hospitality. Happy Eating! -Fran Scibelli
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Fran's Filling Station reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 17, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (19)great for outdoor dining (7)great for lunch (7)special occasion (4)good for groups (4)romantic (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • DOCH
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    always awesome food....Fran is incredibly creative and her staff is very accommodating.....a great team
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but no surprise
    Tappioca329
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Fran's is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I have had a few issues before with service being slow and the last time I went it was pretty bad, but I always love the food and this time the service was great! I am actually moving out of the area and knew that I wanted to get one "last meal" at Fran's before I left. Do yourself a favor and go! (And get the bread pudding)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Picky
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    What an original restaurant. The menu had great, original selections -- very unlike your typical restaurant (and in a good way)! Food was very distinctive and delicious. Chef and owner came out and spoke with us, which we found a nice extra. Can't go wrong with this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I'm going to say that they had an off night. I have been there before and enjoyed the experience. Not so much this night.....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait but delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was slow from start to finish, partially because our waitress was so busy and partially because the food is made fresh! It was delicious though, and I would go back, but maybe order an appetizer to break up the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighboorhood Restaurant!!
    Randy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great Neighboorhood find!! We will come back often. Wait staff was friendly and helpful
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent service
    Luv2travel
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Visiting Charlotte & found Fran's on Tripadvisor ... Fran herself felt as though our food order was taking too long (which it wasn't) so she bought my husband and I a round if drinks ... We've never had that type of attention before especially since not once did we ever complain .. We were so lost in our own conversation as the atmosphere allowed us to do so ... Food was good & prepared to our liking
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    elles
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    All 4 of us really enjoyed our meals. The dessert was ridiculous and I don't know how it can be topped! Try the biscuits - they are almost delicate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Made a reservation at Fran's because they were not participating in Restaurant Week & we didn't want to be rushed with the crowds. We were not disappointed. Our server was quite knowledgeable about the menu & specials and guided us expertly. The food was excellent, especially the tomato mozzarella basil salad. Fran's will now be on our short list of go to restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, cute place
    FLfam
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Our server offered great recommendations especially for our wine when they were out of my favorite. Fran also came out of the kitchen to check on and chat with guests about their meals, the prep, and answer other questions they may have. Fran's has a unique, smaller yet diverse menu. Try the bacon and jalapeno wrapped sweet potato tots and the scrumptious honey-thyme chicken!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sandwiches
    Billy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I love their takes on burgers and fried chicken. They have a bunch of old favorites that are presented in a unique way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and service
    MrsK
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The food and service were awesome. Four of us went to Fran's and we all shared a taste of our meal with each other. Everyone loved the food. The tater tot appetizers rocked! We would definitely go again, and a lot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great people and great food
    nikki
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our party of 6 was greeted and fed easily. This place isnt fancy but it is quality and the service is outstanding. Will was our server and he took great care of us. I wouldn't suggest this place for huge parties unless you were gonna rent the entire spot BUT, they will accommodate in any way they can. We had a mix mussels in coconut curry, both fried chicken sandwiches, the meatballs and the Veal. Everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fran's Came Through
    JohnnyG
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had a group of eight to celebrate my daughter's graduation from Johnson and Wales. The food and service were great. The meals were served in a timely manner, and the staff were very accommodating. Thank you Fran for making my daughter's night very special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 17, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 131 reviews are from the Fran's Filling Station reviews archive.
  • Good food, disasterous service
    Nate
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    If you are patient, this is some of the best food in Charlotte. But you have to be willing to wait for your order to be taken, wait for your check at the end of the meal, wait for the server to run your credit card. All of those waits longer than what's reasonable and customary. Their burger is one of the top two in Charlotte, though.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    our meal was wonderful--my husband got the beef tenderloin skewers. the caesar salad that came with was our favorite part. I ordered the new south fried chicken sandwich and it was wonderful. our only complaint was that it took a very long time for our meal to arrive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice local place
    J4444
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My wife flipped out over her turkey an jezebel sauce sandwich. I had a fried chicken sandwich and the "famous" fries, both of which were just kind of ok. Service was curt and effective - perhaps was because there was only 1 server working at the time? Anyway, we'll give it another try and see how it woks out.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once again, Fran's was great
    JOhn
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Took a friend for dinner, their first time. The food was very good. The M $ C with a salad was more than enough for me. A neighborhood favorite.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Fran's!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    You can always count on having a great meal at Fran's! The food is creative and fresh and you can always find a great special to try.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A go to restaurant for lunch
    September25
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    A go to restaurant for lunch or dinner. The Greek salad at lunch with the shaved roasted chicken is great. Go anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Neighborhood Gem
    GAgirlfoodie1
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We visited Fran's Filling Station for the first time on a Friday evening. The food and the service was outstanding. Everything thing is made fresh, in house. We will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Casual First-Class Experience
    Wantmore
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Fran's Filling Station is a must-visit when in Charlotte! The atmosphere is casual, but the food is exquisite and definitely has a special twist. My boyfriend got the lamb, and I got the crab cake salad. We highly recommend both options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect spot
    SoFried
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I have dined at Fran's many times...the food is fresh and tasty and we always enjoy the trip to the Filling Station every time. I personally love the homemade meatballs and sauce.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Setting, Delicious Food
    Veggielover
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I absolutely loved this restaurant! I am vegetarian and my date was a meat-lover, and we both enjoyed our food. We went on Valentines Day and we enjoyed the featured sangria plus their home-made veggie lasagna. My date said the burger and fries were excellent and we both loved the biscuits as a starter. Their zucchini side was the best we have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above and Beyond
    TStu
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We've never had a bad meal at Fran's but Valentine's Day dinner was above and beyond expectations. The fried oyster app was perfectly cooked. The flounder special was incredibly delicious as was the chicken sandwich. We thought the chicken looked over cooked but one bite proved us wrong. The outside was crunchy and the inside tender and moist. The red velvet cake for dessert was over the top. Fran has done it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not best visit I've had
    Tappioca329
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I love Fran's and have been here countless times. The food is always amazing and never disappoints. I've gotten used to the slower service but this visit was REALLY slow. Our dinner time should have been about half of what it was. We waited for the waitress, we waited to place our order, to get the food, to pay for the food, to get our cards back. If this was my first experience, I would have been hard pressed to want to come back. So definitely visit because of the great food, but either go when it's not busy or be prepared to hang out awhile....maybe a long while. We were also seated mine in front of the door and it was pretty cold the whole time. We definitely could've asked to move I guess but they were pretty packed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    kimg2233
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great menu to suit picky older eaters, little picky eaters and every one in-between.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fran's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Fran's was great food with a creative twist. Very original combinations and very flavorful. Loved it and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Enjoyed the great food and great service but the restaurant was a bit noisy. You have got to try the bacon wrapped tater tots.... Delicious! I had the meatballs and my husband had the burger. Both were great. Service was wonderful as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Small Gem
    foodwithfriends
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Our group of six was looking for a fairly quiet, intimate, quality restaurant for NY Eve. We found it all at Fran's. Food, wine, service, and ambience all very good. AND it was quiet enough that we could have conversation. I have already recommended this restaurant and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, fair service
    JCStarnes
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Given that it was a busy evening, I'll accept that my server could have been swamped, but my guest and I were left alone for long periods of time (prior to ordering, during our meal, and after the restaurant had literally cleared out but us). It left a cloud of disappointment over a pretty good meal. Worth giving it another shot, though!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    JLP1026
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    I honestly have driven by this restaurant countless times and never realized it was there. Thankfully I finally stumbled across it as they have one of the best (if not the best in my opinon) burgers in Charlotte. It was fantastic, I can't wait to go back and try some of their other menu options. It was priced reasonably, the service was great and it was a very comfortable and casual environment to eat in. I only wish they did brunch, because I'm sure it would be fantastic. I will definitely be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish my neighborhood had this
    George
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This is a very comfortable restaurant, just the right size, with great food and service - a real "neighborhood" spot. Wish we had one like this in my neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good time, good price
    Charlotte
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Always enjoy the cleaver menu, and friendly atmoshphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Salmon
    FoodieLiz
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    I had the salmon on a bed of fried rice and green beans. It was delicious! Perfectly cooked. The banana cake for dessert was also wonderful. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quite the perfect evening
    Bacontots
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Everything about Fran's is outstanding, from the service to the atmosphere and especially the food. Bacon tots are a must have. I could not have asked for a better dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, but the menu changed...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The first few times going there was great. They had good selection of Southern dishes on the menu. On our last visit we found a new menu that was less Southern. The food was good but the Southern food was the attraction for us. I hope it's just a seasonal menu...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but not for kids
    hakdaddy
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Enjoyed lunch and the bacon wrapped tots were awesome. Took my kids and they enjoyed it but more of a bar scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food & Service!
    CLTNative
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    My girlfriends and I dined at Frans for my birthday and it was a great experience! The ambience was perfect for an intimate gathering of friends. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and personable and the food was DELISH! The pairings were right on point and obviously carefully thought out by Fran. I love the eclectic vibe; no cheesy themes or overly pretentious decor. We will certainly be back to try the lunch menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a favorite with delicious
    September25
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Always a favorite with delicious , fresh tastes. A must do anytime you want to dine out~!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.