Fran's Filling Station

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

Great server, loved the food and would go back.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

The staff was very helpful and the food was delicious.

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MK
Charlotte
57 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.

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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!!!

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

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

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

My favorite
Specials always great

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Charlotte
46 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!

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

Always Great... Thank you Fran and staff!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Charlotte
31 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.

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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.

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

Always enjoy Fran’s!!

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PM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my parents to Frans since it seemed more appropriate for their vibe. My parents enjoyed it very much!

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RS
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Second time eating here and it wasn't as good as the first. I am hoping it was an off night. Flatbread the cheese slip right off the flatbread. Almost like they threw everything on it and put it in the oven. The part of paying $5 for bread irritated me. Either serve bread for free or not at all.
Sandwich were good. Salmon was good. Overall, everything was just heavy. Will give it awhile but we will try again.

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JH
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was really good. We liked the menu selections. The only thing about the service was being asked every 5 minutes if everything was alright.

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W
Charlotte
30 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great as always! The server seemed new or nervous, but he did a good job.

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RC
Charlotte
40 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch spot with tasty food and enthusiastic and very pleasant service, will return!

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RB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent, consistent healthy and creative comfort food choices and great service and value in a great charlotte neighborhood location

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BA
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The service was very good and friendly. The food was fantastic and loved the fried Green Tomators! Would highly recommend Fran’s Filling Station! We have had both lunch and dinner!

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AP
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time at Fran's for my birthday dinner. We made reservations through Open Table for a Friday night at 6. When we arrived we were seated promptly in the front of the restaurant. It was a rainy night and only about half of the restaurant was full by 8 when we left.

We ordered the lobster dip for our app. It was served promptly with delicious grilled garlic bread. The wedge salad was big enough for two with a fantastic dressing. The cilantro and corn added a nice touch. My husband had the salmon with broccoli and rice. It had a sweet bourbon glaze that was delicious. The crab cakes were large (and mostly crab) and the slaw and sauce that came with them were lemony and perfect. The NY cheesecake was a perfect size with the best dulce de leche drizzle, fresh whipped cream, and fresh fruit. Hubs got the peanut butter cake. He said it was moist and he loved the fresh fruit on top as well. I had coffee and it was very strong but really good!

The ambiance was cozy and Phillip our server was kind, knowledgeable, and engaging.

Overall great experience. Phillip mentioned that on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Tap room you can bring kids and listed an extensive kid's menu.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and Great value in a very comfortable setting.

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DB
Charlotte
95 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to Fran’s. It won’t be my last. I ate the fried chicken sandwich and a cup of the corn chowder soup of the day. Both were delicious. Karen was my server and she was outstanding! Great place. Highly recommend.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is really good. And Fran is such a nice person and run a good place.
OK, compared to a Michelin restaurant (I have been to one or two).....well, not quite. But the food is very good, and at a much more reasonable price.
The ambiance is very good for me. Maybe I like Fran's taste or the feeling of Charlotte feels good. Something. I like it!

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Charlotte
129 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our neighborhood gem whose reputation for fresh and delicious. Visitors to the QC should put it on their list of must do’s .

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

We are foodies, and eat out 3 times per week at Charlotte restaurants. Dont know of many we haven’t experienced. In all my time on open table, I have never written a bad review, understanding this is someone’s business.

The restaurant was not busy. We received the worst service of any dining experience we have had within the last 5 years. Our drinks came, and my tea was delivered without any sweetener (which I had requested, being diabetic. We did not have the waiter to come back by so I had to go to the bar finally and get sweeteners. My wife’s cocktail was not brought with the tea, and was finally brought over about 10 minutes later. Our appetizer took 20 minutes to be brought to table (but it was delicious). I drank my tea completely, given we were waiting for so long, and waited 20 minutes before I was offered a refill with it empty. I had to drink my wife’s water for my meal. During this time, our food came, and my wife was given someone else’s meal, which she took a bite out of (she had ordered a chicken sandwich and it was a burger). A different person other than our waiter came out and I feel sure served it with just adding a new bun to the person who had ordered it, and brought my wife the correct food. We have eaten here before and enjoyed the experience. But with all these areas missing the mark, we will not be returning to dine here again.

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JH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food & service were both good. Good restaurant that isn't too pricey. Only issue was with appetizer. We requested it without the chopped onions and it came with them.

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PC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Always love our experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

We were greeted by the owner who was incredibly rude as soon as we walked in. She was flustered about seating our party even though we had reservations and arrived right when the restaurant opened and no other customers were there. She then snapped at one of us to close the door when our group was just trying to make our way in the door. Then the waiter overheard one of us talking about how she now does google reviews. He then proceeded to talk about how they had recently gotten some unfair reviews from demanding guests. Some other misfortunes....My husband waited for awhile to get his soda, I was given a plate with what looked like lipstick on it, and we were supposed to get more bread to eat with the appetizer and it never came until the end of the main course. It’s unfortunate the service and atmosphere were so bad because the food was actually quite good.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was quite good but it took over an hour for us to get our entrees

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service as always!

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Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the service is great. We were there on a Monday night and it was very quiet but on weekends, it's very busy.

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