Fran's Filling Station

4.7
583 reviews
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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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JC
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so great !!! Excellent service
Can’t wait to come back

JV
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great specials - deviled eggs and swordfish!
Super Phil, our waiter, is one of the best in the city!
Owner Fran was gracious and hospitable as always! JV

C
Charlotte
129 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is always my 'go to' first choice of restaurants in Dilworth. Fran's hands on approach to food cooking and prep is excellent. Even tho we am now living in South CLT, we will always return to Fran's as one of our favorites.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mazing amazing food!!
Music could be a bit louder/livelier

JP
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Great food. Great team.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Loved the food, the server was phenomenal. Owner came by, and was great too!

GD
Charlotte
60 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friends is one of our go-to date night spots. And it never disappoints. Food is really good and service is always very well prepared and committed.

S
Charlotte
70 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The Asian calamari was tasty. The lamb burger had very little taste. Disappointed. The peach cobbler was very good. Charge me for ice cubes in my gin & tonic. That is a show stopper. Won't be back after that.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. We have visited Fran’s a lot and the food, service and atmosphere were all very good, as usual

s
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and nice casual atmosphere. Service is excellent.

L
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, as was the service! Recommend highly and we will definitely be back!

R
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited Fran's during restaurant week. The food was great. Service was good. Love the atmosphere.
I would go back again.

OT
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good last Saturday, I went back and got the same meal again! Latin wedge salad, salmon, and butterscotch Bodino. Perfect again!

SB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food, servers and atmosphere! We come every restaurant week because it's a great value! We also come when it's not restaurant week as well because tje food is great. I've never had a bad meal there and it is very refreshing to always see an owner there. Fran is kind, generous and friendly. She found out that the table next to us had someone sitting there who was having a birthday and organized a complimentary glass of prosecco for the person. Love this place!

DN
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great food experience! Fran is the "hostess w/the MOSTEST"!!!

LY
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some friends and I made reservations for my birthday dinner. Excellent choice!!! The eclectic food was superb & the staff was eager to please. The best calamari I ever had!!!! That fig flat bread was everything!!!!
Check them out.. You won't be disappointed!!!

OT
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a special menu for Queen’s feast, but one of the best dinners I have had in a long time. Everyone at the table loved their meal. Curried muscles were great. Salads were terrific (but they always are at Fran’s). The salmon was perfectly cooked & her special meatballs were great. And the desserts...I had the Italian butterscotch Bodino and the three others I dined with her all had coconut cake. The desserts were perfection. Thanks Fran, as always.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday. Small, cozy & great food.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server, loved the food and would go back.

LM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone tried something different we had the chicken Milanese, meatballs, the trout and the tuna special. It all was delicious. We sat outside on her beautiful patio. Fran came by and checked on us. It was a perfect evening!

R
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Fun very casual. Good for families.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great. First time trying it and there’s no doubt I’ll be back. Loved the food and the service was phenomenal

JS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with outstanding menu selections and specials for the evening. Food taste, presentation and ingredients superb. Was extremely busy the night of our dinner with parties of six and eight obviously enjoying the ambiance and service. Fresh roses at each table added a special touch. Never a disappointment. Will return soon.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Taking an old frail lady out to lunch.
Poor sanitation rating
Waiter and service was poor

p
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious as always. Never disappoints. One of my favorite places. Great tater tots, Salmon, pasta al forno, shrimp and grits, coconut cake, butterschotch budino. All great! And great service.

C
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hidden gem in Charlotte. Great food and casual laid back dining.

MG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was amazing!! Service and drinks were not very good at all... Fran was personable and great!

HR
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was very helpful and the food was delicious.

MK
Charlotte
58 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Empty on a Friday night. Our first time there. We were anxious to try based upon friends’ recos, but it did not live up to expectations. Party of 8...three bad mixed drinks. No wine list given to us, just what the waiter recommended, so no idea what we were paying by the glass. One choice of red and one choice of white by the glass. I would have preferred to make my own decision. The tater tot appetizer was delicious, but $11 for the duo.(seriously?..:silly) ..we had to order a second so that there was enough to share for the table. The Brussels sprouts were wry small in portion as well (like an individual side dish than an appetizer ) and not at all crispy. The mussels were very good. Entree portions were large, but nothing spectacular. Our bill for three of us was $200 for a casual pre-concert dinner! We won’t go back.

PO
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I don't normally write reviews, but Fran's Filling Station was outstanding!
Took my wife out from Raleigh for Mother's Day weekend getaway. Food was delicious and affordable for Mother's Day lunch date. Wish I had room for the brunch great selections.
I absolutely recommend!!!

T
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always great food. Bacon wrapped scallops appetizer was wonderful.

R
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite
Specials always great

OT
Charlotte
49 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night - fantastic food (original roast chicken) and other goodies, tots and calamari were faves too. Thank you!

CD
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great... Thank you Fran and staff!

JG
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is fantastic. Service was decent but not stellar. We sat outside as it was a beautiful day and that may be why our server did not come frequently (he also had no sense of humor or personality - maybe just having a bad day). The food, however will keep me coming back. Best veggie burger I've ever had.

AN
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I found this restaurant on the Open Table app and it did not disappoint. The food was wonderful and plenteous without breaking the back. It's a nice setting with white table clothes without high prices. The owner greeted us as we came in and I have already recommended Fran's to several friends!

JM
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

When Fran herself meets you at the door you know good things are in store. Food is prepared from fresh ingredients with an eye to simple presentation, so that the flavors all stand out.

G
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a delightful meal with varying menu, and good service. Well prepared that just feels 'fresh' and made just for you.

RG
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Worst pasta I have ever had. The sauce was sweet. They don't have a clue.

GH
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy Fran’s!!

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