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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%
Travellers talk about
“pastrami” (97 reviews)
“sandwiches” (19 reviews)
“garlic fries” (13 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
Crane Street., Menlo Park, CA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I stopped by The Refuge to meet a friend for a couple of beers on a recent business trip to Menlo Park. Loved the casual vibe, pastrami-topped fries and extensive beer list. The only downside is it closes at 9pm, but that seems to be...More

Thank Nathan W
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first saw this restaurant on Diners Drive ins and Dives. They make their own pastrami and it is really good, as advertised. Great Ruben and Huge selections of great Belgian Beers.

Thank TBHeller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We tried 3 cheesesteaks and a pork sandwich. Cheesesteaks were very good though bread should’ve been toasted (and been better bread) Pork sandwich was great. Let us sub salads for fries. Beer selection is outstanding.

Thank shan262
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

This is the sister restaurant to one in San Carlos. If you like Belgian beer and meat. This is your place. Probably the best garlic fries I ever had. They use roasted garlic not raw so they have a sweet not bitter taste. pastrami is...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

How refreshing to find this gem in Menlo Park. With a well curated selection of beer and cider and a terrific casual menu it’s the place to go. In love with the Pastrami Chop Salad. Burgers looked devine!

Thank McNeill8
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Oh. My. Pastrami. The best Reuben sandwich ever!!! My date and I usually pick different items and share. Not this time. Nope! We did not want to share. And we were completely satisfied with that decision. It’s the perfect bite of homemade pastrami. The bread...More

Thank Boootz
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

Don’t bother reading the menu; just order a pastrami sandwich and expect to pay a LOT for it. The beer selection is good, so it’s worth taking a look at the drink menu. If you don’t like pastrami or can’t tolerate noise, go somewhere else.

Thank chaiken
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

The Refuge has become a peninsula favorite, located in San Carlos and in Menlo Park. Their house made pastrami is a melt-in-your-mouth meat treat. Sandwiches are huge the pricey but well worth it. They also feature a large range of high-end European beers and Ales.

Thank Todd K
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Known for their pastrami, but order any sandwich that sounds good! Great quality ingredients, nice beer selection, and great service. Park in the plenty and close by FREE parking lots. Wander around the many nearby shops.

Thank Kali_dude
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

The food is pretty good and the service as well. But, this place is very loud inside even with a small crowd. Difficult to stay even for a short while because of that.

Thank johnjenkins67
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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups
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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