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The Refuge

Sandwich Place and Burger Joint$$$$
San Carlos
  • Carmen H.
    "Belgian beer & killer pastrami sandwiches & patti melts."(8 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)
82 Tips and reviews
  • sandwiches
  • pastrami
  • goofy fries
  • garlic fries
  • burgers
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  • 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
    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
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