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The Refuge

Crane Street., Menlo Park, CA
+1 650-319-8197
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pastrami” (90 reviews)
“garlic fries” (13 reviews)
“sandwiches” (18 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
Crane Street., Menlo Park, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Refuge is a popular place. It probably has the best Belgian beer selection in the area, but also has other beers, including many craft beers, both in draught and bottled. The food is basic, but great basic (one of the best bread puddings I...More

Thank OmarKhayyam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mac n’ cheese was delicious. Had the Reuben which was great and filled with generous portion of meat. Bartenders were very friendly and focused on concentrated service. Thank you

Thank 7DustedHound
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I had been told about the pastrami and decided to try! The pastrami is good, better than average, but Does Not Compare to the best deli’s in New York that serve much better Pastrami. And is not the best I have eaten, good but not...More

Thank Josmshank
Reviewed 17 March 2018

While the food here seems a little over the top (humungous pastrami sandwiches dripping with fat and juice), the beer selection cannot be surpassed anywhere close by. A wide selection of Belgian beers & glassware suited to each type of beer makes this place special....More

Thank sunshine_susan
Reviewed 14 March 2018

Four of us had lunch here. We’ve eaten here before when the noise level has been deafening, but today they weren’t busy. Two, light eaters, shared a Reuben, and still had some to bring home. We had cheesesteaks and #19 pastrami. All were delicious as...More

Thank DNDee
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

We came here for an early dinner as a family of five and really enjoyed our meal. The food is American fayre done well: great tasting burgers with lots of additions to choose from. The beer selection is a bonus and the lively, fun atmosphere...More

Thank Gilly C
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Everyone I work with raves about this place. So I grabbed my man who is obsessed with pastrami and we made a date of it. The interior was great decor and setup. The menu was wonderful! My man couldn't decide on which version of pastrami...More

Thank Samantha C
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Delicious food and outstanding beer menu. On a busy Friday or Saturday night there's usually a 30 - 40 min wait for a table but the bar is generally open. Bartenders are super friendly. I'm a beer lover and always need their help picking the...More

Thank Jessie W
Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Ate here with a co-worker and the food was great! The prices were on point and the beer was varied. I recommend the Philly with fries. The location is nice also. It is set back from the hustle and bustle. If you're on a budget...More

Thank Chad R
Reviewed 8 February 2018

This is a really fun place and the food is great, but very rich. I had a tortilla soup that had about 30 otrtilla chips in it; but the flavor was very good. Husband had the Reuban, and he said it was one of the...More

Thank Leslie E
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Leslie E
3 February 2018|
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Response from TruBritinUSA | Reviewed this property |
No, it’s first come first serve and the wait can be long
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crane Street., Menlo Park, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Menlo Park
  • Phone Number: +1 650-319-8197
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