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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
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Ranked #12 of 117 Restaurants in San Carlos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Cuisines: American
Good for: Outdoor seating
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Good for: Outdoor seating
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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72 reviews 72 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
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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26 reviews 26 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
43 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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Belmont, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I have visited NYC numerous times and tried Katz several times. I've also been to Carnegie Deli. Both have good deli sandwiches but i would take the Refuge pastrami sandwich any day over them. There are other choices at the Refuge including the Mole Burger, some excellent fries but it is the pastrami that stands out. It also offers an... More

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San Francisco, California
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109 reviews 109 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband and I ate here yesterday and split the Reuben and the Mole Burger. The Reuben is quite pricey ($18), but it's the best we've ever had. The Mole burger was spicy but a distant third (the garlic fries were second -- make sure you order some!) We loved their draft beer selection but wish the beer flights allowed... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Both my husband and love delicious and flavorful food and The Refuge delivered! We share Pastrami and Swiss sandwich with side of garlic fries both were full of flavor. For dessert we order bread pudding and Oh My God! Carmel sauce was decadent but vanilla whip cream cut sweetness. Bread pudding simply wonderful.

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Sunnyvale, California, USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I don't know if I'm eating pastrami or butter. It is hands down some of the best pastrami on the planet. This place is absolutely incredible. Fantastic belgian beer selection too! Don't miss the goofy fries.

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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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