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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
Tuesday
Closed
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Hours:
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
Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Food Good Atmosphere

Didn't order any pastrami, boohoo me but I really enjoyed the Refuge. The atmosphere is really good but get a little loud, was here for a girl's night and we could barely hear each other. But still nice laid back atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and the service is fast. I had the Tilapia... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Tamara F
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
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San Francisco, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Didn't order any pastrami, boohoo me but I really enjoyed the Refuge. The atmosphere is really good but get a little loud, was here for a girl's night and we could barely hear each other. But still nice laid back atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and the service is fast. I had the Tilapia sandwich and it was absolutely... More 

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Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My husband and I ate lunch there. He had the pastrami and I had the dumplings. The pastrami was cut thick and was mediocre at best. My was fine but again, not impressive. San Carlos is filled with wonderful restaurants but this is not one of them no matter how many people line up.

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San Diego, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
8 helpful votes 8 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Carlos

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?