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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
6505989813
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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 23
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 1
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  • 2
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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
The Refuge is a great place for Pastrami and Beer!

The Refuge has a very pleasant atmosphere, and is a welcome spot to have a Beer and food with friends. I recommend stopping in to sample the Pastrami and a good Belgian beer. The Refuge is an upscale, artisan beer pub (with great food) located on Laurel Street a bit south of the main downtown... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
RWBens0n
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San Carlos, California
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San Carlos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Refuge has a very pleasant atmosphere, and is a welcome spot to have a Beer and food with friends. I recommend stopping in to sample the Pastrami and a good Belgian beer. The Refuge is an upscale, artisan beer pub (with great food) located on Laurel Street a bit south of the main downtown area in my home town... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I simply just love this place. It's my go-to location when I had out of town guests and it is a great casual date restaurant. The signature pastrami is fantastic and I love the homemade pickles they serve with their sandwiches. Of course, their beer extension is extensive however the last time I visited I notice fewer actual Belgian beers... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The Wandering Yank here again. I visited San Carlos recently to have dinner with 2 friends, one a local who recommended Refuge. He knew I was looking forward to some good draft beer, since my current home country isn't exactly awash in good brews. This place fit the bill perfectly! I'm not a big fan of Belgian beers, but they... More 

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Mariposa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Omg. We read about this restaurant and their pastrami so we had to try it. Very simple little place. Lots of incredible beers on tap. And the pastrami. Oh my, the pastrami. We opted for the Reuben. It was ready in five minutes. Light rye with caraway seeds. Perfect. Just the right amount of sauerkraut and a perfectly melted slice... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

You really can't go wrong with anything in the menu. Both their Reuben's and burgers are awesome. Tried the chopped liver for the first time and, like their other dishes, it was a cut above.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Best pastrami ever πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ΄ I am from the east and have eaten at Carnegie, Stage and Katz delis in New York... Refuge pastrami is definitely the best I've ever had... Sorry to say but it's true...sooo much flavor, moist, and not salty just all flavor ... We also had the seared tilapia sandwich which was amazing too...Saw this on Triple... More 

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California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Had to try this out, Gus Fieri was there, ya know. I have been to quite a few D, D, and Dives, this one actuqally met my expectations. Busy busy place, I was solo, sat at the bar, got there about 1 in the afternoon. Food was served quickly, hot, tasty. A little pricy but I bet you could not... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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Additional Information about Refuge

Address: Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
Phone Number: 6505989813
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
  • Phone Number: 6505989813

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?