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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
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Ranked #7 of 118 Restaurants in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
Good for: Outdoor seating
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Good for: Outdoor seating
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English first
San Diego, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Dined here on recommendation of our daughter's family. Outstanding Pastrami sandwiches!!!! We also had Brussels sprouts which we fought over with the kids. Cauliflower soup was not so good, but the goofy fries were wonderful. We had just come from NYC where we ate twice at the Carnegie Deli which knocks our socks off... This was different but just as... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We sat outside because the wait for a table inside was over 30 minutes. It was still chilly even with a heater nearby. The drinks and food was great. Big burgers, cooked to order. I like the place.

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Portland, Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Their pastrami is so tender, so delicious, so special that it defies description. I can honestly say you have never eaten pastrami like this before, because it's unique to Refuge. Go early, as there is always a waiting list to get in!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My wife and I stumbled upon this place during a trip to San Francisco last week. We got there just in time as the restaurant became more and more busy. I ordered a Philly cheese steak and she ordered the Ruben. Both were excellent. I would also highly suggest ordering the goofy fries, where they add cheese and pastrami. Excellent!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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73 reviews 73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you love pastrami, you MUST go here. It's as good as it gets. Burgers, salads, everything else we've tried has been excellent as well, but the pastrami is truly special. The selection of imported ales and beers is excellent as well. Highly recommended.

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San Mateo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

The pastrami sandwich was certainly good but not worth $17.95. New York City restaurants with better pastrami don't charge like this place does. And the noise level is very high.

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San Francisco
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The pastrami at Refuge is really good. One of the best I've had but the prices are high. A basic pastrami sandwich was $18 or $19. The menu is limited but good. The staff is friendly and attentive. So, the pastrami was great but plan to pay $18 for a sandwich, sides are extra.

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Mountain View, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Came late Saturday afternoon and it was PACKED! Had a little wait so we strolled Downtown San Carlos. We shared the Reuben which was amazing. The pastrami is so delicious! We also shared the mac and cheese and it wasn't special. Finally we squeezed in the bread pudding which did not disappoint, probably one of the best I've ever had.... More 

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San Francisco, CA area
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Go. Just go. Now. Have the Reuben. You will understand. It melts in your mouth with wonderfulness. Don't wait another minute. Go.

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Kent, Washington
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57 reviews 57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The staff is super friendly and the waitress told me her favorite so I had to follow her suggestion! I had 1/2 Ruben and 1/2 Pastrami with Slaw! Amazing to say the least! I'm not a huge fan of the beers they have, but that's just me! What I didn't expect was how large the portions are, I was stuffed!... More 

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Additional Information about Refuge

Address: Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Carlos
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: American

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