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963 Laurel St, San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 598-9813 · $$ · American, Sandwiches
Rating: 4.0 out of 5"955 Yelp reviews ·


  • Tue - Thu11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Fri11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
  • 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sat12:00 PM - 10:00 PM


The Refuge is an upscale, artisan beer pub located in the ever popular downtown area of San Carlos on the main artery, Laurel Street. It captures the best iconoclastic dishes America has ever conceived, and the personal European nostalgia of its founder and owner, Matt Levin.The menu is eclectic and Morecohesive. Our ultra-tender, mouth-watering pastrami, hand-carved and steaming hot, will be a Bay Area revolution. Nobody has ever served this type of pastrami in the Bay Area. It is made with respect to the bold traditions laid down by the great delicatessens such as Langer’s and Katz’s. The menu also features fresh house-ground Hamburgers, authentic Ribeye Cheesesteaks, fresh salads, seasonal soups, comforting desserts, and last but not least, house-made charcuterie and cured meats.

Good for

Burgers · Sandwiches

Popular menu items

Goofy Fries · Pastrami Burger · Ohio Burger · Scallop Salad · La Chouffe

General info




Latest reviews

  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by Nelson W. at Yelp User Review4/8/2014Great atmosphere, good service, good food.I had a $17 Reuben, which was tasty, but it was $17.They appear to have a great beer selection, and by great beer selection, I mean belgians and other relatively unusual imports.I gave them the fourth start based on beer selection alone. More
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by Matt H. at Yelp User Review4/7/2014Your Reuben took Refuge in my fat gut.This place is sick, get your asses up to San Francisco please! More
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by Jason M. at Yelp User Review4/5/2014First time there had the gooey fries and the Rueben.. Fries were great! Huge amount of pastrami that was so delicious. Perfect mix of kraut n cheese and the bread was very tasty.. Looked like a great place to drink some beer n boy they have a huge selection! Too bad I was driving.. Worth the drive from Mountain View! More
  • Rating: 4.0 out of 5"by Judy C. at Yelp User Review4/3/2014Sandwiches and salads are huge, definitely come with an appetite! Pastrami here is seriously delicious. Order anything with it and you'll be fine! Probably going to be my go to pastrami joint. Great beer selection and goofy fries are good to share! More
  • Rating: 5.0 out of 5"by Eugene L. at Yelp User Review3/30/2014I was in the neighborhood exercising my Second Amendment rights . I hadn't eaten all day . I've been wanting to try out the Refuge since I saw it on DDD on the Food network.So I jumped into my Whip Blue Thunder and Rolled over to the Refuge . I parked my Whip right out front in the street.I rolled up to the … More