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The Refuge

Sandwich Place and Burger Joint$$$$
San Carlos
  • The sandwiches at The Refuge is a can't miss
  • Carmen H.
    "Belgian beer & killer pastrami sandwiches & patti melts."(9 Tips)
    Yow-Hann L.
    "Pastrami Steak Frites is awesome."(4 Tips)
    Bryce B.
    "Try the Champ Cheesesteak With Garlic Fries"(6 Tips)
    Heather M.
    "Love the cheesesteak and the goofy fries."(3 Tips)
83 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • pastrami
  • goofy fries
  • garlic fries
  • burgers
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  • djs
    djsMay 9
    Tasty pastrami sandwich but for $18! Feels like a ripoff :(
  • Edward M.
    Edward MateoOctober 3, 2016
    Sandwiches are HUGE.
  • Craig O.
    Craig OSeptember 30, 2016
    Pastrami. Nuff said
  • Edward M.
    Edward MateoSeptember 30, 2016
    If you love pastrami, this is the place to go. My wife and I will be back as soon as we can.
  • Priscila d.
    Pastrami sandwich is pretty good, you can split it . The garlic fries are delicious 👌
  • Anna J.
    Anna JamesMay 22, 2016
    Ruben is the best.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TanMay 1, 2016
    The reuben
  • Alan B.
    Alan BerezinMarch 25, 2016
    Simply the best pastrami I have had even including NYC
  • Kamran M.
    Kamran MunshiFebruary 27, 2016
    Pastrami sandwich was quite good. Also huge.
  • Matt M.
    Matt McGunagleJanuary 11, 2016
    Best Reuben sandwich I've ever had. Bring the bros and celebrate life.
  • Issa A.
    Issa ArajNovember 18, 2015
    chicken cheesesteak was the bomb!
  • Marlo F.
    Marlo FrujenglajnOctober 27, 2015
    Pastrami and beer
  • Donna M.
    Donna MeadOctober 25, 2015
    The bread pudding is by far the best I ever had!
  • Mathias K.
    Mathias KörberAugust 23, 2015
    Pastrami sandwiches and the beer selection
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HorelAugust 3, 2015
    Best Reuben ever!!
  • Damon H.
    Damon HowellJuly 21, 2015
    Average food. Businesses meeting they would not let us split the bill. Big issue
  • Eddy C.
    Eddy CJuly 18, 2015
    Reuben sandwich and garlic fries
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RobinsonJune 19, 2015
    Pastrami, just pastrami. So delicious.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SpearsJune 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    God bless pastrami and God bless you.
  • Mitch G.
    Mitch GinsburgMarch 30, 2015
    Good beer and good pastrami. What more could a boy ask for?
  • Venkatesh H.
    Venkatesh HodavdekarMarch 29, 2015
    I had the OG cheesesteak sandwich but it was fairly disappointing. Try something else if you are considering it.
  • Tati ☆.
    Tati ☆☆☆☆☆☆February 20, 2015
    Everything at this place is good. had chicken wonton soup pear salad Reuben san. garlic fries and the Triple beer. Cool place, nice staff and awesome food. Underberger digestive drink is great :)
  • Sencer K.
    Sencer KFebruary 14, 2015
    Immediately became my favorite place. Oh man, the beers!!
  • Harsh
    HarshFebruary 7, 2015
    Get a couple friends together for the fressers platter to make your own pastrami and chopped liver sammies
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkJanuary 28, 2015
    Brined for a week and then smoked, the pastrami on the Toasted Slaw sandwich is as tender as it gets. Hardcore pastrami fans must also try the pastrami burger. Read more
  • Dana J.
    Dana JonesJanuary 21, 2015
    Dog watch CIA fbi
  • Tim P.
    Tim PoochAugust 2, 2014
    Awesome pastrami sammiches!
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy ChauFebruary 15, 2014
    The bread pudding is life changing. Well worth the diabetes.
  • Greg V.
    Greg VFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Allagash Curieux which is their Triple Ale aged in Jim Bean bourbon barrels for 8wks. Very smooth and fruity with a smooth almost citrusy finish.
  • Greg V.
    Greg VJanuary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    OMG: the Pastrami Reuben: house-made pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss on toasted rye -- which paired brilliantly with a malty-chocolaty draught Viven Smoked Porter. Very, very tasty!
  • James K.
    James KwokDecember 29, 2013
    Closed for the holidays until January second!
  • Will K.
    Will KivinskiOctober 9, 2013
    I probably violated every rule by getting a ribeye cheesesteak on my first visit. No regrets... It was bomb! So are the goofy fries.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.October 6, 2013
    Perhaps the best burger I've ever had...
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda ReidJune 16, 2013
    If you're not in the mood for booze try their homemade Black Cherry Soda!
  • Long
    LongMay 21, 2013
    If you really love the pastrami here, you can always order the pastrami steak, which is off the menu.
  • Brianna S.
    Brianna ScheffApril 30, 2013
    The best pastrami sandwiches/salads. Rueben or if you're not counting calories go for the pastrami burger!
  • Louis C.
    Louis CorsoApril 22, 2013
    Pro tip: ask Paul for beer suggestions. He knows his stuff!
  • Des T.
    Des TurnerApril 17, 2013
    Must have the Pastrami sami and a beer. Please leave room for the Pot of Creme chocolate dessert (OMG!) The real deal for chocolate and creamy, will take a while to finish very decadent.
  • Alana R.
    Alana RenfroMarch 15, 2013
    Amazing! I ordered the white cheddar burger medium and it came out rare so be careful!
  • Xande M.
    Xande MacedoMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    First time here? Don't even look at the menu. Order a pastrami sandwich and a plate of pickles.
  • GG
    GGFebruary 19, 2013
    Ken says I gotta try the pastrami here. Tasty Subs worthy?
  • Raider Rensi
    Raider RensiFebruary 10, 2013
    The rib-eye philly cheese steak is awesome. Go for the Champ!
  • Jason A.
    Jason AJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This is on the short list of places where I would choose to die - very happily, indeed.
  • Igor M.
    Igor MikJanuary 8, 2013
    Highly recommended - good food, quick service.
  • Bryce B.
    Bryce BurnetDecember 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Champ Cheesesteak With Garlic Fries
  • Heather M.
    Heather MarieSeptember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the cheesesteak and the goofy fries. Be adventurous with the beers. Gets packed and they aren't happy about people crowding around the bar. For long wait times, head to Ale Arsenal next door.
  • Rick G.
    Rick GilchristSeptember 22, 2012
    Ask for the bottle list and READ it... Awesome finds for the lay drinker!
  • Beth S.
    Beth S.August 31, 2012
    Try the Reuben Sandwich
  • Jeff Z.
    Jeff ZAugust 18, 2012
    Amazing food, great selection of beer. I just wish our waiter (Oski) had been more friendly. He made us feel *very* unwelcome. :( Questioning a return trip now. How sad. I really used to love it here.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    The beers are lovingly described, and served in appropriately specialized glasses, and the pastrami (top it with chopped liver if you're feeling extra decadent) is first-rate.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SheppardJune 2, 2012
    Try the Best Reuben in Town - The pickle makes one feel inadequate
  • Chandra D.
    Chandra DMay 6, 2012
    Be a fatty. Get Goofy Fries.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SorianoMay 5, 2012
    GOOFY FRIES!!!!! Best damn garlic fries ever.
  • Arnold V.
    Arnold ValentinoMarch 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Pastrami Steak - Not on the menu but it's awesome good!
  • Scott M.
    Scott McReynoldsFebruary 17, 2012
    Try the Reuben Sandwich - Famous for their Pastrami.
  • Scott M.
    Scott McReynoldsFebruary 17, 2012
    Try the Ribeye Cheesesteak - We all shared. Brie burger still the fav
  • Scott M.
    Scott McReynoldsFebruary 17, 2012
    Try the Brie Burger - So good!
  • Karla
    KarlaJanuary 13, 2012
    Try the The Reuben - Awesome
  • Ben R.
    Ben RussoDecember 19, 2011
    There's really no choice: get the pastrami. Read more
  • Yara K.
    Yara KhouryDecember 15, 2011
    Saxo beer is good. Pastrami rules in that place
  • cooper b.
    cooper betheaDecember 11, 2011
    on the walls they have prints by chris onstad, who writes achewood and used to drink here.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JohnsonNovember 5, 2011
    if your going for lunch on a week day go a little early.
  • Tony G.
    Tony GuntharpOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Come for the Pastrami but stay for the St Bernardus ABT 12
  • Yow-Hann L.
    Yow-Hann LeeSeptember 24, 2011
    Pastrami Steak Frites is awesome. Heads up, this place is jam packed on Fridays at lunch hour.
  • tim r.
    tim rechinSeptember 14, 2011
    Try the Brie Burger - it's to die for. hand ground chuck, the patty melts in your mouth. Read more
  • Nikhil C.
    Nikhil ChopraMay 20, 2011
    Good food and beer but horrible for bigger groups, service sucks
  • Rob C.
    Rob CMay 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get either the Pastrami steak or Reuben. Amazing stuff!
  • Charlie A.
    Charlie AyersApril 26, 2011
    Try the Brie & mushroom burger with seared foie GRAS added to it, served medium rare
  • ‎ןıɥd ʍ.
    ‎ןıɥd ʍɐןMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    While you're here, try the #19 Pastrami Sandwich, a "sweet" Ohio burger or maybe a Pastrami burger. You can't go wrong if you add garlic fries tothe order
  • Jessica B.
    Jessica BergesFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Ohio burger... You'll be in for a sweet treat.
  • Tom L.
    Tom LieberJanuary 19, 2011
    tasteless cheddar burger
  • Nathan J.
    Nathan JohnsDecember 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The pastrami changed my life. And it's hard to pass up St. Feuillien on tap.
  • David H.
    David HuieNovember 8, 2010
    The Brie burger is very solid. As always, make sure it's medium rare.
  • Erin F.
    Erin ForsApril 23, 2010
    Sit at the bar and order the Massive Ortega, then ask the bartender for the "cure what ails you" shot from the little bottles on the wall. Read more
  • Carmen H.
    Carmen HughesMarch 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Belgian beer & killer pastrami sandwiches & patti melts. I'm coming back and soon!
  • Vivien G.
    Vivien GoMarch 17, 2010
    The PASTRAMI sandwich is the real deal. And it's in sleepy San Carlos. Who knew? Read more
  • karen c.
    karen carbonnetMarch 10, 2010
    Best pastrami west of the Mississippi and Belgium beer on draft.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MendezMarch 3, 2010
    The Patty Melt and a St. Bernardus are a great combo.
  • Juliana
    JulianaJanuary 14, 2010
    Try the amazing pastrami and the burgers!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MoyerDecember 31, 2009
    They just added pulled pork to the menu... Mmmm!
  • Jerry C.
    Jerry ChaconNovember 10, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    I agree that the Pastrami is great, but my favorite alternatives are the cheesesteaks!
  • Kirk H.
    Kirk HerlitzJuly 16, 2009
    Great pastrami, but buck the trend and get the awesome patty melt!
  • Milè F.
    Milè FlorezApril 16, 2015
    delicioso un sabor realmente que te quedara con las ganas supper very rich !
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