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Refuge restaurant opens in Menlo Park

Original post made on Jun 11, 2013

It's all about pastrami and Belgian beer at "The Refuge" restaurant in San Carlos. Owner and chef Matt Levin is now bringing his popular concept to Menlo Park, opening a second Refuge at 1143 Crane St.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 7:06 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by Steve, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Jun 11, 2013 at 9:44 am

This is great news! I doubt many folks down here know about the Refuge, but the pastrami they serve is on a par or better than the best that NY delis have to offer - it is completely amazing. And the Belgian beers are terrific too. It's a gourmet deli/bar disguised as a plain neighborhood hangout. I predict and hope they will be successful here.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Right on, can't wait to have Goofy Fries and great beers close to home!!!


Posted by Hungry already, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jun 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Great pastrami sandwiches and beer in walking distance - I can't wait! Will need to start exercising in preparation.


Posted by Downtowner, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Yippee! I love the Refuge. I've been a regular in SC for about 4 years. Best pastrami, ever!


Posted by SCB, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Jun 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Too bad no one ever wants to open a restaurant in Menlo Park that serves "healthy" food. This restaurant that is opening sounds like it should be named something like "Heart Attack Bistro."


Posted by Nate McKitterick, a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on Jun 12, 2013 at 11:22 am

I'm not a big fan of pastrami, but a local place that serves Belgian and Belgian-style beers? Oh, yes, please! For home consumption, Beltramos has an excellent selection of these beers as well.


Posted by Fan of Cohen's, Katz's, the Carnegie and the now closed Stage, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jun 13, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I haven't tried the Refuge yet but I love a good Noo Yawk pastrami sandwich on rye with just plain brown deli mustard, a half sour dill pickle, a potato knish, some chopped liver, and an egg cream with a side of omeprazole.

Places that offer swiss cheese on the pastrami are not authentic Jewish delis. But the Carnegie isn't either and it is one of my favorites.

Max's at the Stanford Sho[ping Center makes a decent pastrami but it is not New York. Katz's Cohen's and the Carnegie have set the gold standard for Roumanian hot pastrami. We will see if the Refuge matches up. I hope it offers a plain authentic New York hot pastrami on rye with brown deli mustard along with its non-New York versions of the pastrami sandwich.

Now if it can only import some Junior's cheesecake.

BTW, Amici's serves the best cheesecake west of the Hudson River.


Posted by yeah, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I am a fish eater that likes the scallops at Refuge, just hope for more veggie and fish options!!

Always happy for new restaurants in town. Also for existing places to mix up the menu one in a while!! Fox example, love Shiok, but the fish dishes haven't changed in years. Please??


Posted by NYer, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 13, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Best to NOT assume that it will match Katz's. happens too often around here and east coasters wind up disappointed. Ahhhh, New England Lobster shack? Better to expect less and be surprised. Downtown is awful for restaurants, especially casual so let's help make it a success and get more good options to consider MP


Posted by MenloFolks, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

Went yesterday and the place is a winner. we are hardly big pastrami eaters but the menu has other options and clearly they know what they are doing. Note to Refuge: More non meat options will do well down here......

Expect this to get a good buzz and that it will become a staple of downtown eating. Welcome to Menlo Park.

Let's hope that this is a signal to others to consider our town and a message to other restaurants to up their game! Same for shops/boutiques -- so little to choose from here but perhaps competition will change the landscape and the offerings we have downtown.

Go Refuge


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