We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
+1 650-598-9813
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“pastrami” (97 reviews)
“garlic fries” (15 reviews)
“goofy fries” (11 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (152)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 152 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had the Reuben and the garlic fries. I think I could eat my weight in both of them. The staff here was great, the food was even better, and they have an amazing beer selection. Lots of sour beers too which is a rare...More

Thank Katie L
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

Despite being $18.95, their sandwiches are still affordable since they easily feed two people. We had their Reuben, which was piled high with meat, and VERY good! The $6 order if FANTASTIC fries was too much for us to finush, even though we were sharing!.

Thank Donna S
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

The fries are awesome and the Ruben is heavenly. The food comes out really fast and is warm and fresh. There are no words to describe this food.

Thank Kkebates
Reviewed June 18, 2018

My wife & I recently visited The Refuge after almost 2 years since our last visit. I had a huge pastrami craving & The Refuge is the only place I know to satisfy this craving. I had the Pastrami with Swiss & Mustard. My wife...More

Thank michaelkT1957ZO
Reviewed June 7, 2018

Great big reubens, burgers, even a Thai salad was excellent! Plus an impressive selection of brewskies. And all with very good service!

Thank Ned K
Reviewed June 6, 2018

Refuge is a beer-lover's paradise. The selection and quality of beers is outstanding. The food is excellent. Service was friendly and fast. The place gets busy though - so don't be surprised if you have to wait for a seat. It's worth it.

Thank AllenInk
Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Casual dining with some outside seating. The pastrami sandwich is enough for two people and I really loved their pastrami salad. It’s big with lots of hunks if tender pastrami. Refuge also has great wine and beer selection. Very popular place.

Thank tnnrbc
Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

A friend of mine suggested I try this place when I was in town. I love a good sandwich and his recommendations have never lead me astray so I trusted it. He suggested I get the Rueben and their goofy fries. I don't like sauerkraut...More

Thank Jason S
Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

Showed up right at opening on Saturday and I’m glad we did; by 1230 there was already a line waiting. We each had the Reuben. It was excellent as usual. Refuge makes their Reuben with pastrami. The meat is cut thick and is very tender....More

Thank Bacinac
Reviewed March 3, 2018

We stopped in for dinner yesterday, cute place. We tried a variety of foods, cheeseburger and garlic fries, wings, and grilled cheese and tomato soup. The food and service were great, we all enjoyed our meal. One small thing to note, the garlic fries were...More

Thank MichelleandJeff L
Nearby HotelsSee all 8 hotels in San Carlos
San Carlos Inn
15 reviews
.04 miles away
LiA Hotel
123 reviews
.05 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn
136 reviews
.59 miles away
Residence Inn by Marriott Redwood City San Carlos
10 reviews
.71 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
The Cask
38 reviews
.23 miles away
31 reviews
.10 miles away
West Park Bistro
28 reviews
.23 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Hiller Aviation Museum
182 reviews
.76 miles away
Fly Bay Area
74 reviews
.96 miles away
The Reading Bug
21 reviews
.23 miles away
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company
11 reviews
.64 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Refuge staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing