Where to Eat in Franklin: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Franklin is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,582. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Franklin with Southampton County for statistical purposes.
Things to do in Franklin

1. Starbucks

1500 Armory Dr, Franklin, VA 23851-2452 +1 757-516-2621
Excellent
80%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Jennifer B

Starbucks is in the Farm Fresh grocery store. It is always my first stop when going grocery shopping. Everything is delicious. I always try the flavour of the month. A latte or a caramel macchiato is a no brainer. The only problem with Starbucks is all of the choices!

2. Dairy Queen

1418 Armory Dr, Franklin, VA 23851-2451 +1 757-562-5124
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
33%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By bkhd - gates

The chicken tender meal that is includes their world famous ice cream for $5 dollars is one of the best deals going in town. The facilities are well maintain with a clean area to eat. The restrooms are also kept clean. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting. It looks like a family friendly restaurant like Friendly or Shoney but with better prices. The ice cream is what put them on the map. Somebody in your party needs to at least try a small cone or sundae. Once you try their ice cream you will probably be back for more unless you have no taste buds or you do not like ice cream. Enjoy!

3. El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

164 Council Dr, Franklin, VA 23851-2455 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 757-562-2811
Excellent
77%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 38 reviews

El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By washnahi - Franklin, Virginia

We eat at El Ranchero on average once a week. Food and service are consistently good, service is fast and friendly. Prices are incredibly reasonable. They have 2 good size rooms that can accommodate large parties. If I had to have one criticism (and I don't) they might branch out with some other dishes on occasion, but their core menu is plentiful and delicious.

4. Fred's Restaurant

107 S Main St, Franklin, VA 23851-1605 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 757-562-2919
Excellent
31%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Fred's Restaurant

Reviewed By Luis P

I one love a great breakfast spot and this here I have to say was a very good choice. Thought of going to Denny's but found this place and the food was amazing and the staff was great. Definitely recommend this place if you find yourself in this town.

5. Three Guys Italian Restaurant

181 Commerce Park Rd, Franklin, VA 23851-2446 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner SGD 16 +1 757-562-5588
Excellent
54%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

Three Guys Italian Restaurant

Reviewed By j p - charlottesville, va

Wanted Stromboli and asked what fillings were standard. Waitress stated that only cheese was included and all toppings were an additional $1.25 each. Passed on that because that would have made for an expensive little Stromboli. Ordered a meatball sub instead and it was disappointing. Didn't have much sauce and the meatballs didn't look or taste like beef. The texture of the meatballs was like scrapple - or processed lunch meat. The French fries were really good though; crispy outside and soft inside. Wouldn't return.

6. Don Pancho's Cantina

1200 Armory Dr Ste D, Franklin, VA 23851-2463 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Mexican, Pub Lunch, Drinks, Dinner SGD 5 - SGD 24 +1 757-516-8622
Excellent
35%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
7%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 27 reviews

Don Pancho's Cantina

Welcome To Don Pancho's Cantina Are you in search of that unique blend of flavor, spice and excitement that comes as something exclusive to the experience of dining in an authentic Mexican restaurant? Are you tired of experiencing the same old, generic Mexican themed establishments and want to eat somewhere that tastes and feels like the real thing? Then Don Pancho’s Cantina is the place for you!Don Pancho’s Cantina is the leading Mexican dining establishment in all of Franklin, Virginia. We go to great lengths in order to make sure that we offer our customers the best Mexican dining experience anywhere in the state, and we do so with great passion and pride. In our years of experience operating out of Franklin, Don Pancho’s has cultivated an outstanding reputation for both our superb level of customer service as well as our great food and family friendly atmosphere.At Don Pancho’s we even cater to parties and large group gatherings. Our friendly, dedicated staff as well as our array of live performance bookings all serve to ensure an unforgettable night out. After all, we at Don Pancho’s understand that Mexican dining is as much about the atmosphere as it is about the food and we endeavor to provide it to our clients in the most authentic fashion that is possible!Don Pancho’s Cantina also offers special discount prices on all of our foods for senior citizens as well as our war heroes. Furthermore, our takeout service allows you to take real Mexican food home with you and save yourself the trouble of cooking today make a reservation or come on down!

Reviewed By TravelinDeweyIV - Tokyo, Japan

This restaurant has good Mexican food at a decent price. The service is good and the servings are huge. I could only eat half my burrito, leftovers for the next day. The margaritas are good too.

7. Joe's Pizza & Pasta Palace

1217 Carrsville Hwy, Franklin, VA 23851-3914 Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 757-562-5020
Excellent
48%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Reviewed By Biggy S - Boone, North Carolina

Salad looked like it had been sitting out for 2 days. Food was good! I enjoyed that! What I didn't enjoy was our waiter! When ask for silverware he responded "when I can find it", when he brought our food and was holding the plates in his arms we didn't immediately tell him who got what so he told us "these plates are heavy", I ask for another glass of wine and after I had almost finished my meal he comes up and ask " do I still want that glass of wine"....
Had heard from others how good the food was and I know it's slim pickings as far as eating establishments go in Franklin but.......train your wait staff !

8. Huddle House

1547 Armory Dr, Franklin, VA 23851-2441 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 757-562-0330
Excellent
34%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Reviewed By HARRY D - Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania

The staff was friendly. Their menu had a wide variety to choose from. Food tasted great and was cooked just right.

9. China Express Restaurant

1100 Armory Dr, Ste 134, Franklin, VA 23851-2457 Delivery Chinese +1 757-562-6269
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Big_bro_1_usa - Chicago, Illinois

PROS: Great value for the money for Chinese food that's prepared fresh when you order. My family enjoyed our dinner and were pleasantly surprised that the food tasted as good as it did. CONS: none.

10. Pizza Hut

1394 Armory Dr, Franklin, VA 23851-2400 Pizza +1 757-562-3398
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By HARRY D - Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania

We got there just before closing so the buffet was closed. We did order a pizza and drinks. Both were very good. Only complaint was members of the staff complaining out loud about their work environment and hours. Not very business like.

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