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Refuge

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American, Bar, Pub
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Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
16505989813
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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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

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Thank Tracy T
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife loved her Rubin but my hamburger was over cooked. I asked for medium-rare but got well-done. Beers are a little small (.25 l) for the price.

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Thank Michael D
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived at the restaurant at around 12:30 pm; the place was very busy. Fortunately there was a booth ready for us. Being small eaters, we decided to share a sandwich and an order of garlic fries. I wanted my Ruben sandwich with everything that was supposed to be on it. My husband does not want anything on his but... More 

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Thank Tennisbums
New Haven, Connecticut
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267 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 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 ...

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Bolivar, Ohio
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 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!

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Thank Angelakayt
Gretna, Louisiana
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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.

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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 June 22, 2016 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 

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Thank Mary Jo S
Palo Alto, California
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320 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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 

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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.

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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.

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Thank Emilio M

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Restaurant Details

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
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
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?