The REFUGE San Carlos
963 Laurel Street,
San Carlos, CA 94070
Tel: 650-598-9813

The REFUGE Menlo Park
1143 Crane Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: 650-319-8197

General Information:

San Carlos –

Menlo Park –

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-9:00pm
Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday: 12:00pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-9:00pm


Working at the Refuge is a fun and rewarding experience. We are currently looking to expand our staff and need experienced cooks, servers, hostesses and bussers.

If interested, please download and complete our Refuge Employee Application and Employment Questionnaire. Please e-mail the completed documents along with your resume to

Please know that we are a busy restaurant so would prefer that you do not stop by the restaurant or call. We will contact you if we are interested.

Seating Policy

Reservations are accepted for lunch service for 8-15 persons.

We do not accept evening reservations. Walk-ins are seated on a first come first served basis, through a waitlist that our hostess maintains at the front door.

Parties must be complete to be seated. Larger parties are encouraged to arrive early to insure prompt seating.


San Carlos: Available on Laurel Street

Menlo Park: Available in Lots 2 or 3 on Crane Street

The REFUGE thrives in the quiet, unassuming towns of San Carlos, CA and Menlo Park, CA where the hand-carved, meltingly tender, boldly flavored navel pastrami is sending shockwaves through the gastronomic consciousness of patrons who call it “the greatest this planet will see in some time.” If that wasn’t enough, the REFUGE boasts the most Belgian Ales on draught (18 in San Carlos and 24 in Menlo Park) in the Bay Area, with more in bottles.
But wait, just for good measure, we grind our own blend of hamburger on a daily basis as well as slice Ribeye for our Authentic Cheesesteaks.
Not to mention, we also offer honest Old World wine, dazzling salads and appetizers, a 35,000 song iPod library, and an owner and staff crazy (and skilled) enough to pull it all off. Casual connoisseurs unite! This place is the real deal. Whether it’s a quick lunch or a raging evening, the REFUGE experience is unlike any other place at any one time.
The originality and pathos are immediately apparent. We care about every detail, and it means a lot to us when the REFUGE is chosen to spend a piece of precious time.

We care about every detail, and it means a lot to us when the REFUGE is chosen to spend a piece
of precious

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