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The Refuge

Crane Street., Menlo Park, CA
+1 650-319-8197
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pastrami” (103 reviews)
“sandwiches” (21 reviews)
“garlic fries” (13 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
Crane Street., Menlo Park, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a quiet, leisurely meal, Refuge is not the right spot. It is lively - noise level at 82 decibels. Food and drink come relatively quickly, though the attentive staff doesn't rush you. The pastrami is mouth watering good - with...More

Thank yakherd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great reuben sandwich, and amazing beer selection. This place is casual with wonderful food! We dined outside because it was a nice sunny day. This place was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and now I see why! Just go - it's delicious!

Thank Kim K
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Service at the bar was excellent. There were 4 of us and the bartenders were attentive and on top of it. The food was good and the beer selection was large. Nice parking area in the back. Worth coming back again.

Thank johnrQ8444QY
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

The pastrami sandwiches are exceptional. I finally had a chance to try Katz in NYC and I can honestly say the refuge version is tastier. Served on toasted rye it hold up well to all the flavorful juices. Very big sandwich and quite pricey at...More

Thank Bacinac
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Consistently high quality and taste on the pastrami and Swiss. The restaurant is tiny and popular, so expect to be crowded. But we’ll work it if you like the pastrami.

Thank Larryv501
Reviewed September 23, 2018

Stopped in for lunch after a long flight home and as usual found the place busy!! They are know for their Pastrami and their french fries served in a paper cone. The sandwiches are large enough to share. You can also order just 1/2 sandwich....More

Thank mrskemosabe
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Pastrami hounds, rejoice. The Refuge has this down. Moist, savory, flavorful. They are flexible (I prefer provolone to swiss cheese on my #19) and there are alternatives for those who aren't in it for the pastrami (burgers, etc.). Belgian beer afficianados, this is your watering...More

Thank 763amy
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a cozy place to get some lunch or early dinner. They have good sandwiches and amazing fries.

Thank KHANOOM2010
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Amazing beer selection! Pastrami is delicious and service is excellent. I had a Pastrami salad that was delectable and my friend had “the best Reuben ever”. He’s 97 years old so l think he’s had a few in his life.

Thank JSDTarr
Reviewed August 13, 2018

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
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Leslie E
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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, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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