Fran's Filling Station

4.4
629 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
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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vipDanD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Meal was tasty - good home comfort food. Could have done with a vegetable option with my meal but told there was none.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was very poor. It
Took over an hour for our food to come
Out. The manager informed us that they were short staffed but he couldn’t comp anything because Fran was “sleeping”. The table next to us was very upset. They were given free desserts but that didn’t make up for the poor service

We tried this for the first time as we’ve heard great things. Needless to say we were very disappointed.

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vipSusan
Charlotte
23 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for lunch with sandwiches, salads and reasonable prices...always a favorite

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KristenH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fran’s never disappoints! The kale salad is outstanding , the special was delicious, and the New South Chicken sandwich is the very best sandwich in town!

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JenH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for a group of friends to get together. Loved it!

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vipjen59
Charlotte
105 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

such a great lunch spot, hard to decide but went with the calories!! the tots wrapped in bacon are sinful, the deviled eggs delicious and got the chicken sandwich with the pepper jelly. so many great tastes, enjoyed them all

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vipElsomE
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Our meal had to be sent back to the kitchen twice, since it was served cold to us twice. No apologies, very disappointing, not what we’ve experienced at Frans in the past.

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DOCH
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service is excellent as the servers get to know their customers. menu changes frequently with interesting and innovative choices.....all of which are really tasty......a wonderful neighborhood, family restaurant where Fran comes and greets her guests

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vipAliciaG
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fran's is always a treat, whether for lunch, dinner or Valentine's Day. Food is fresh, delicious, inventive. Menu rotates according to season's and Fran's creations. Fresh ingredients used. From down home (Fran's meatballs) to wonderful fresh fish, salads, desserts - it's always good.
Also a good craft beer list and selection of wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience everytime I go to Frans! I will definitely be back.

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JanisT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We went for Valentines dinner and it was a huge disappointment. Had been one time previously a few years prior and it was much better. We were sat and it took 10 minutes before a waitress came to greet us. The food arrived cold on the appetizer, the main course was just so so and not very warm but the meet was nearly raw. Was told it was supposed to come that way. I sent back and I’m pretty certain it was microwaved and brought back out. No bread with dinner was offered. The room we were sat in was in the back and had no real ambiance and looked like they set a bunch of tables up just to accommodate more people for that night. I don’t know if that is true but we didn’t feel it was inviting or conducive to a nice dinner setting for this special occasion. Overall it was not worth the money and really wish we had chosen somewhere else. Sorry. Wish we had a better review to offer on Frans Filling Station.

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gailm
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

We encountered a major service issue during our lunch experience which other diners experienced as well. The huge delay getting g our food served was bad enough, but none of the servers proactively explained the problem which made the atmosphere really uncomfortable. Then, to top it off, when we finally got our food delivered it was not the right order. Most people will forgive a legitimate problem if they are kept informed. It becomes a bigger issue when kept in the dark.

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BikerGirl
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

My husband had the Asian Calamari, and I had the Thanksgiving Turkey Burger. Both were delicious! Great flavor on the burger, turkey sometimes can be a bit dry. Asian sauce on the calamari was tangy and enjoyable. We finished by sharing a slice of chocolate peanut butter cake. Yum. Only downside was we were seated next to several tables with small children, so it was a bit noisy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our experience was awful. The hostess lied to us several times about the availability and wait times, despite us having a reservation and arriving on time. She proceeded to seat people who arrived after us without a reservation, and only told us she was “sorry about it.” We ended up waiting another 20 minutes before getting so fed up with her attitude that we left. I will never come back to Fran’s, specifically because of the apathy of their staff.

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EulahC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed. It was a experience my grandson will remembered. The waitresss was very friendly, hospitality was excellent,and over all everything were good. I plan to visit again soon.

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DELLAR
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was a neat little gem of a place, and the food was amazing.

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DianeH
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for restaurant week and had nice choices to choose from the limited menu. We all liked our food selections, very good.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the flatbread with fig and goat cheese, the trout and asked for our dessert (coconut cake) to go. It was all delicious and outstanding. We have never had a negative experience at Fran’s.

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AnthonyC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing calamari. I’d definitely recommend.

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vipEdgarS
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not really impressed.

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vipRuth
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Food is always superb, well priced, good quality, happy/comfortable environment. A real treasure for Charlotte. Go Fran Go!!!

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vipJudithS
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all regards. Lovely evening with out of town guest. Good service and food.

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Ally
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fran’s is one of our favorite spots in Charlotte. We had tater tots wrapped in bacon and fried pickles for appetizers on our last visit. They were outstanding. We ordered the lasagna and fried chicken sandwich absolutely delicious. In the past we have ordered the lamb burger, kale salad and meatballs and enjoyed them all. You can’t go wrong at Fran’s the food is outstanding.

In warmer weather the outdoor patio is one of our favorite spots.

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Kebo
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch or dinner! Our food was delicious and service was awesome. Bread pudding was one of the best I've ever had!

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BethL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Fran's is one of my favorite lunch spots. Delicious sandwiches and sides, so I was excited to try it for dinner. I have to say our entrees were disappointing. My husband's prime rib, which he asked for rare, was literally well done but he was too hungry to send it back. My lobster pot pie, after the lobster was eaten, was a bowl of mushy sweet potatoes and white beans. Our appetizers - brussel sprouts and calamari were fantastic, and so was dessert.

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vipTMik
Charlotte
41 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fran’s is consistently good and Fran, herself, is one of the hardest working restaurant owner in town. Food never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, I highly recommend the Brussels sprouts and the tater tots. Next time we will stick to the appetizers, although my husband ate his burger in three bites and my special lamb entree was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fran’s is one of the best restaurants in Charlotte! Love this place- absolutely delicious. We had the lasagna, paella seafood pasta, herb crusted mountain trout and beef stew. One dish better than the next. The calamari and brussels sprouts were great apps too!

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vipJames
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Fran, and Fran's Filling Station. Always reliable, warm, homey, delicious.

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vipMeredithN
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Frans! Some of the best food in Charlotte.

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vipCharlottean46
Charlotte
132 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Divine! The freshest ingredients always.
My neighborhood gem!

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vipBerkeleyG
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious! Fabulous food, great atmosphere, wonderful service. Don't miss this hidden gem in Charlotte!

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vipDustinW
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server was very sweet, and the saving grace of the experience. How we their menus were outdated, if you are removing things from the menu.. print a new one. There were still summer cocktails on the menu in the middle of November. It just felt thoughtless. The food was okay, basic is the best I can use to describe it. The portions were also quite small.

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TomQ
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Fran’s used to be a good spot for us. Convenient location in the heart of Dilworth. The food is always very good. However, this time the service was horrible. We felt rushed and server hovered like they couldn’t get us to leave fast enough. Not sure I will go back which is disappointing.

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vipAddie
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Ordered Salmon just pan seared and spinach sauté
Salmon was a little overcooked.
My friend ordered the chicken dish not cooked to good .
Did get complimentary coffee. Offered carrot cake.

Would definitely return

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JackF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. This was our second time and we will definitely come back on future trips to Charlotte!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday around 6:00 with 5 other people, was greeted and seated as soon as we walked in. The restaurant is nicely decorated and the wait staff was very nice and attentive. I was given a glass of champagne for my birthday which was really nice of them to do. I definitely recommend eating there.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Frans. It feels like home. The food is always delicious

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AriG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small and homey, Fran's Filling Station has good, home-cooked meals at reasonable prices. (Careful with buying alcoholic drinks, though, they're expensive.)

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vipMimi
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best trout I have ever eaten!

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Fran's Filling Station offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (704) 372-2009.

Fran's Filling Station is rated 4.4 stars by 629 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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