Only the very first customers might remember what the REFUGE was supposed to be when we opened years ago.

Our sign billed us as a ‘Wine Pub’, a place where you could sample the many regional varietals (mostly French) that were to be found in true ‘Bistrots a Vin’.  It was a great plan except Belgian Beer exploded in popularity and so sealed our identity. As a result we have branched off into neighboring countries, expanding our list to offer a more diverse selection to accompany our spectacular beer list, while at the core, still staying true to our old world roots.

The wine list at the REFUGE has always been our hidden gem. We strive to bring you the best examples of varietals that are well suited to their specific region, along with producers who prefer to make their wines in a sustainable manner. We are true food lovers who enjoy a glass that will accent our meal and not dominate if, for this reason, we are focused on wines that aren’t afraid to show off a little terroir.

Download the REFUGE San Carlos Draught & Wine List (PDF)

Download the REFUGE Menlo Park Draught & Wine List (PDF)

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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