The Refuge | San Carlos, California
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The Refuge
Good based on 7 ratings
Type: Restaurant

963 Laurel St
San Carlos, California United States 94070 [ print map ]
650 598 9813 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Tues-Saturday

Mayor: tightslice (1) | Taps: 18 | Bottles: 40

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7 reviews for The Refuge
 Ambiance  74%
 Service  77%
 Selection  83%
 Food  82%
 Value  70%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  80%

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail  (1171) San Leandro, California | November 29, 2013
Next door to Ale Arsenal, so thatís convenient. Wasnít hungry, so I didnít eat, but everyone says the pastrami here is great. Tap list isnít quite as big as Ale Arsenal, but certainly respectable. The seemed to have a lot of Belgian beers when I stopped in. Service was kind of on the slow side, but it was really busy (on a Tuesday at 9pm, even).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 2, 2013| Updated November 13, 2013
Visited during SF Beer Week 2013 (February).

I missed it the last time I was here stopping at Ale Arsenal as they close early. This is a little more upscale than Ale Arsenal but there is no dress code or anything like that. We sat outside after waiting for 15 minutes in chairs on the sidewalk. They serve beers while youíre waiting so it isnít all bad. For beer week they had a bunch of interesting taps going including 3 of the new Zymatore beers. They have a number of bottles in the fridge too like some of the Almanac barrel aged beers and a few other oddities. The food was pretty good albeit expensive. Service was a bit slow but good otherwise.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow  (81) Seattle, Washington | August 23, 2013
Pub/eatery with Belgian leanings. Interesting if not exceptional tap list, friendly service, decent food, a bit noisy with an awful lot of screaming children for a Friday night.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy  (225) Santa Clara, California | July 26, 2013
Killler pastrami!!! with a great Belgian beer. What more could you want?
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis  (608) Sunnyvale, California | October 17, 2012
Not bad at all, with a nice tap list, regular rotation, and a pretty interesting bottle list as well. Definitely Belgian emphasis, but there is something for everyone here. Open for lunch and dinner.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 16/20
Kramer620  (1) San Bruno, California | October 26, 2011
Tap list changes regularly! 18 draught beers with a focus on Belgians list ususually includes: IPA Whites Blondes Doubles Tripels Quads Sour 20 or so regular bottles and an additional 20 "reserve" bottles. One of the best bars in the bay area.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
bennylava  (6) California | May 2, 2009| Updated May 4, 2009
About 15 Belgian style ales on tap. Mostly true Belgians plus a couple Allagash. Typical Belgian ales offered on draft are St. Bernardus 12, Golden Carolus, Houblon Chouffe, Triple Karmaliet, Delirium Tremens. Food is very good too, and a nice selection of Old World wines by the glass or bottle. Itís been open about a year, Iím surprised to see it not rated.

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