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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
+1 650-598-9813
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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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San Jose, California
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Rueben sandwich was delicious and quite thick. Also, the consistency of the rye bread was excellent. Lastly, the server was quite attentive.

Thank Choc18Chip
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the generally great reviews and as this was walking distance from where I was staying (depending on whether you can walk a mile or not) I gave it a try. Wonderful. Service was great, and the food was even better. I saw some comments about paying $18 for a pastrami sandwich - well just go for the half sandwich... More 

Thank doctor206
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Reuben was amazing! Lots of great beer on tap too! I found some really obscure beers here that I have never tried before. You can find something on the menu that you will love, even on a budget, and a great atmosphere to go with it.

Thank J A
South San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was recommended by a friend and coworker, saying that it's a great place for beers and burgers - let's not forget sandwiches etc. the multitude of reviews and found it still at four or more. I won't say anymore other than if you like beer - you need to try this place for all the styles of Belgium... More 

Thank rvssf
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

After seeing the Triple D show that featured the Refuge, I was anxious to give it a try. There were four people in our party. One person ordered a pastrami on rye and said it was great. Two ordered burgers and both said they were not that good. I had a Philly Cheese Steak, and was very disappointed. The cheese... More 

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Vacaville, California
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246 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016

Their pastrami sandwich is as close to a New York pastrami as you can get! I am from the east coast so it really reminded me of eating back home. Now I want to fly to New York and eat.....

Thank Emarsh69
Rollins, Montana
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52 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Made a special trip from across the bay when we were out visiting. The pastrami sandwich was awesome and one of the best I have had, but the price was kind of a deal breaker for a 5 star rating. I don't care how good you think your food, ( or pastrami), is, when you approach $20 for a sandwich... More 

Thank Harry F
Lake Oswego
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137 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Had lunch with two friends here this week and it was a great find! We had pastrami sandwiches and a 'french onion dip' sandwich and everything was fresh and delicious! They have a number of great offerings to eat, and a great selection of beers on tap including a number from Belgium. We didn't try them but we will when... More 

Thank littlemtn
San Francisco, California
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82 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Their Reuben sandwich did not disappoint. Piled high with half a pound of juicy, tender meat, the sandwich was full of flavor and perfectly cooked. I got mine topped with coleslaw and melted Swiss cheese. Delicious. My wife ordered their fig salad, and the dish was massive. Bigger than our face. Oh, and she said it was really tasty too.... More 

Thank nycbos8
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I was craving a Ruben sandwich so my friends took me here. Omg, I was not disappointed. It's everything you want it to be. Delicious juicy meat, gooey cheese and amazing sauerkraut. We also got the Philly Cheesesteak, what a winner. I'd definitely go back again. Yum

Thank Tracy T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, 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: +1 650-598-9813

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