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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
Today
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Death by Pastrami

has rarely been this desirable. Serious appeal to gourmand and glutton alike. Excellent Belgian beers on tap. Very comfortable and chic atmosphere. A hopping place, engaging staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
Paul D
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Northeast USA
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Syracuse, New York
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Saw The Refuge on DDD, Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Was in town on business and promised myself I would stop if I could. I did and holy wow! This was the better than I ever thought it could be! I willow spend the rest of my life working on ways to get back there again!

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San Carlos, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

There's a reason this place is always crowded...the quality of every dish is superb. My usual is the Half Ruben sandwich...generously packed with juicy pastrami with picked onions and a quartered dill pickle on the side. If you still have room, the bread pudding is amazing...warm, a bit of a crunch on the outside, soft on the inside, served with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

What no man can give, tender, flavorful, perfect. the selection of beers is world class and the staff from the host stand to the waiters are friendly and organized.

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Northeast USA
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127 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

has rarely been this desirable. Serious appeal to gourmand and glutton alike. Excellent Belgian beers on tap. Very comfortable and chic atmosphere. A hopping place, engaging staff.

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Manila
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

San Carlos is a quaint street row with lots of restaurants and small stores. Refuge is further down and you can park anywhere on the street. Service is great - we ordered a half Pastrami and a half Reuben. The Pastrami is through the roof and the Reuben a close second..the fries are awesome too. Great to hang out here... More 

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San Mateo, California
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32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The Refuge is one of those restaurants when someone says.. How about a Belgium Ale and a Sandwich.. The Refuge is the answer.... always. They have a great seltion of Belgium beers, great burgers.. maybe the best and their Reubens are to die for.. might have to go there today now that I am writing this.. Fries are also Perfect!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

On my travels while on business we heard great reviews of this restaurant. We got there before they opened and waited the couple minutes, in those few mins a couple of other people joined us...and by the time they opened there was about 20 people ready to come inside. Since the reviews were based on the pastrami, I felt like... More 

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San Francisco, California
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34 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

If you love Pastrami, good pastrami, not the pastrami you typically find in sandwich shops floating for hours in stainless steel trays filled with warm, greasy water, check out the Refuge. I haven't enjoyed a Reuben that much since my days of frequenting the Carnegie and Stage delis in NYC. Warning! Don't expect quiet conversation with Aunt Mabel, or conversation... More 

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San Francisco, California
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126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
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?