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Refuge

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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
16505989813
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 24
    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
You better be hungry!

Wow, we found this place online. We were not disappointed. The place is crowded all day long and they are open 7 days a week. The portions are HUGE!!! I had a 1/2 sandwich and that was more than enough. The pastrami is cut thick and has a really delicious taste. The others in our group had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
14hungrymama
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Wow, we found this place online. We were not disappointed. The place is crowded all day long and they are open 7 days a week. The portions are HUGE!!! I had a 1/2 sandwich and that was more than enough. The pastrami is cut thick and has a really delicious taste. The others in our group had philly cheese steak... More 

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San Francisco
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Heard about this from Thrillist has having the best Reuben on the Peninsula and it is true! Lunchtime just before noon on a Tuesday: snagged an outside seat (seat yourself apparently) and ordered their signature Reuben (big enough to split) with my wife and some garlic fries. Service was prompt even though their cramped patio was crowded. After a short... More 

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San Carlos, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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 30 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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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Carlos
  • Phone Number: 16505989813

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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?