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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All 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
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New Haven, Connecticut
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262 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best pastrami - ever... Come for the food and stay for the beer! Really great pastrami and I should know being from the East Coast, I've had Carnegie, Stage, Katz's ... And great beer selection ...

Thank JJFlash7
Bolivar, Ohio
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I read the reviews about the pastrami and that is why we chose this restaurant. My husband ordered the Reuben and I ordered the Cheesesteak . I preferred the cheesesteak and so did he. Don't get me wrong the Reuben was good but the Cheesesteak was better! Enjoy!

Thank Angelakayt
Gretna, Louisiana
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had read the reviews about this restaurant before leaving for our trip to the Bay area. We love pastrami, so we were eager to try the pastrami sandwich here. We ordered the Swiss and Mustard and it did not disappoint. We split a sandwich and added an order of fries. The fries were typical, nothing special.

Thank Anne H
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yum! The Refuge is just the ticket when we have a yen for an East Coast style Deli Sandwich...Reuben, Pastrami...even a Philly Cheesesteak is on the menu, (not like South Philly, but good). Very popular. Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It is none of those, but the casual vibe and easy, tasty food draws a crowd. Belgian and other... More 

Thank Mary Jo S
Palo Alto, California
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291 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Came here with my hubby and an LD visiting friend. Service was great, Rueben was good, French fries were perfect and the bread pudding is unbelievable, just as in Menlo Park. The atmosphere is not quite as good. The San Carlos place is half the size and does not have the charming area to eat that's inside and yet outside.... More 

Thank Marcia K
Reno, Nevada
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Good Belgian beer choices. Very filling and great pastrami sandwiches. Sized for two meals. Friendly and attentive staff.

Thank Irene D
Rio Rico, Arizona
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

A little bit on the expensive side, but the Pastrami Sandwich was as good as it gets. The meat and bread are very fresh and tasty and lot's of choices.

Thank Emilio M
california, usa
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

I just had a Ruben at The Refuge and I sure wish I lived closer than 90 miles away. Even though the meat was very lean and sliced quite thick, it was melt in your mouth tender. Not mush mind you, the meat had texture to it without being chewy which some Pastrami can be. I only ordered the Ruben... More 

Thank sonoma-geek
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51 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

These guys are so proud of their Pastrami sandwiches, well I don't know how they are proud they are, since this is not a real New Yorker Pastrami. Do the search online for characteristic of New Yorker Pastrami, you be the judge of it. The name pastrami comes from Romanian pastramă, which in turn comes from Greek παστραμάς/παστουρμάς, itself borrowed... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Great Belgian beer choices on tap here as well as other craft brews. There isn't much I can eat here as a vegan, but the beer is worth the trip! I have met many friends here and they have all loved it. If you are visiting the Peninsula, I highly recommend you give it a try! The staff is also... More 

Thank Stephen R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Carlos
  • Phone Number: 16505989813

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