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The Refuge, Isle of Palms, SC

The Refuge

4.3
4.3
383 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Charleston sits The Refuge in Isle of Palms. This family owned and operated venue is sure to please all.
Here at The Refuge, we take pride in pleasing the palates of locals and tourists alike. Our experienced staff stands behind the recipes on our menu, and use only the freshest ingredients to ensure an unforgettable dining experience. The coastal location of The Refuge is complimented by our modern and sophisticated design, which brings an upscale aesthetic to dining in Isle of Palms.
The Refuge offers an array of menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner to fit the schedule of any island dweller. Brunch enthusiasts can take refuge in our Weekend Tide menu, overflowing with delicious creations like baked avocado and egg, or stacks of buttermilk pancakes. With a coffee bar for coffee lovers and a restaurant for foodies,


Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 242-8934

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jason Daly

  • Catering

    The Refuge has catering services available for any type of event, from birthday parties to weddings. Our staff is prepared to help plan your customized catering menu so that you can relish in the savory tastes of our dishes. The Refuge can accommodate parties of all sizes, whether you're looking for pastries and baked goods, or a full-service meal.<br>Our brunch, lunch and dinner menus are available for you to pick items for your catered event. Choose your favorites to create a personalized taste experience for your guests to enjoy.

  • Neighborhood

    Isle of Palms

  • Cross street

    Palm Boulevard and the IOP connector

  • Parking details

    In the Harris Teeter Shopping Center

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • STEAKHOUSE NIGHT AT THE REFUGE EVERY TUESDAY

    Multiple dates available
    Choose a Rib-eye or New York Strip, among others, to indulge on alongside our array of sauces and sides. All available cuts of meat are blackened or grilled.

Popular dishes

What 383 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Good for Groups

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  1. G

    Granny7

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for steak night and the dinner was delicious. Jack, our server, was very attentive and helpful! Dinner was served in a timely manner. Definitely will dine there again!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Lobster Mac and Cheese was amazing. It was an Experience night and the Pork Chop with Cabernet Demi sauce was absolutely delicious. The outside of the restaurant can be a little deceiving since it is in a shopping center, but don’t let that fool you. Will definitely go again when I am in the area.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Bathroom was very dirty
  4. AC

    AndyC

    East Sussex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our best meals so far in the US. Fabulous rib eye streak and an equally good New York strip. Great service too. Highly recommended.
  5. MM

    MaryM

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We ordered appetizers to start- the Brussels sprouts were burned- the tomatoes in the Caprese salad weren’t very good. The beets in the Refuge salad were still very “earthy” tasting. The Trigger fish dinner was very good as were the desserts and drinks.
  6. c

    chass

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Not good, that’s all
  7. TC

    TCS1

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and amazing service! Will definitely be back.
  8. H

    Honeybun

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had the Cioppino, the crabcakes and the crab dip and all were excellent. Of our 4 nights eating out on Isle of Palms, Charleston and in Mt. Pleasant. The Refuge was our favorite meal.
  9. JM

    JeanM

    Memphis/West TN

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place to take family for a casual island dinner.
  10. KJ

    KristinJ

    Columbus

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, a nice ambiance and friendly waitstaff - the crab cake appetizer was delicious and a perfect portion
  11. JS

    JorgeS

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Staffing issues. Appetizer arrived with the entrees, no tables were cleared, yet only 2 tables had diners. Waited forever to get drinks including water. Food was good but would not go back, too many other good restaurants in the area. Very overpriced for quality of service.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Visiting from out of town. I would not recommend this to anyone. Our server was overwhel
  13. TN

    TerrieN

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    My husband and I visited recently. I ordered an appetizer as I wasn't that hungry. My husband ordered a Ribeye steak. The server brought our meals and we immediately informed her that the steak was a NY strip. She checked with the chef who "confirmed" the steak was in fact a ribeye. Now we are in our 60's and eaten more than our share of steak-especially Ribeye which is our favorite cut. DO NOT LET THEM SERVE YOU A STEAK YOU DIDN'T ORDER!!
  14. w

    wantgoodfood

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    It was good. The service wasn’t that great, the server was a bit grumpy for example he never refilled our water while the table next to us got like five water refills.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was delish! Order the wings & sausage also vodka pizza. 🤩 such a cool interior too....love it here
  16. RM

    RichM

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Do Not Go My husband had the special and I had the lobster bisque with (1) 1/2 inch piece of lobster was ok and the fish and chips the fries weren't even cooked all the way were mushy . We left 85% of our meals and dropped $100 that's how bad it was that bad I can't believe where all the other reviews came from we were so disappointed. Should have thought about it when it was almost empty when we walked in at dinner time on a Friday. Was showing no reservations open but the place was empty 3 table and 1 group got up before they ordered after they looked at the menu. We left and went to Ben and Jerry's for ice cream to get the taste out of our mouth and something great to eat.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, and service.
  18. CD

    CecilD

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Tuesday special night is really worth going to.The steaks are great as is the pork chop.It is noisy but they have tried to curtail it.Ambiance is acceptable,drinks are fine.Service is poor although not the fault of the servers who are really good.Due to the condition in the US currently there is a shortage.2 nice ladies to serve the whole room with drinks,appetizers,entrees plus the occasional jerk.Haven’t been except a few times on Tuesday would recommend it and will be back.
  19. r

    runtoeat

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We decided to try The Refuge on Steak Night. We arrived at 7 and the restaurant was not crowded at all. The service was a bit slow from the start, but it appears they, like many others, were short staffed. Our server was very friendly. We both decided on the filet (8 oz.!) and asked for it very rare thinking it would be overcooked. The meal also comes with a prep sauce and 2 plentiful sides. Between us, we choose Brussels sprouts, asparagus, fries, and creamed corn. The corn appeared to be baked in a light cheese sauce, and was tasty, but a bit odd, but the other sides were fantastic, as were the steaks! The meat itself was very good quality, the seasoning simple but adequate (salt, pepper) and it was cooked to perfection. It literally melted in the mouth! I opted for the cabernet demi sauce and my husband ordered the sautéed mushrooms. All was delicious. Prices were good - $30 for steaks, chops, salmon, but the filet was $35. Update 5/14: We made a return visit on Saturday night. Since we booked so close to the day, we settled for a 6:30 seating. Not many were dining this early so service was greatly improved. My husband ordered the fried shrimp and oyster dinner with fries and cole slaw and said it was excellent. I ate what was quite possibly the best fish dish I've ever tasted. The special was baked amberjack, fresh that day, with a soy and sesame glaze, wild mushroom orzo, and asparagus. The orzo had plenty of this wonderful mushroom sauce and was delicious, but it was the combination of the three that made it so good. I can't stop thinking about it days later. I upgraded my marks based on the two dinners we had this week. The Refuge is already on our list for our next trip to IOP.
  20. j

    janderjd

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food. Great service on a busy Mother's Day. Our server Keith was very knowledgeable about the wine list.
  21. JW

    JasonW

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  22. MN

    MargoN

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Keith was a great server. Something was going on in the kitchen, however, and it took about an HOUR to get our food, 3 of us had the same fish special. Portion was on the small side, and rice was NOT well cooked. Keith replaced the gin and tonics that 2 of us ordered once we told him they did not taste right. (Tasted much more like a gin and tonic once her remade the drinks.) We've never had this kind of negative experience at the Refuge before.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Rice was not cooked. Food was cold.
  24. TT

    TammieT

    Western NC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great seaside spot - each time we visit it’s good
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the salmon and the scallops! Highly recommend!
  26. M

    Mary

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great spot and an excellent dinner!
  27. A

    Andy

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The food, drinks, and service were great. Would recommend. It was a little hard to have a conversation due to the noise level.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service!
  29. DP

    DPWKelly

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit; came for Tuesday’s Steak Night special; excellent food prepared exactly as ordered; inviting ambience and decor. Service was efficient and attentive. Happy we went!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening. Blackened triggerfish exceeded expectations. Plenty of space, clean and attractive
  31. JP

    JaneP

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was delicious!!
  32. BB

    BackBayFoodie

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Good not great. Service was very friendly.
  33. RV

    RVAWm

    Charleston

    262 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    262 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Dining area was separated from the bar physically but not verbally. Our seating was overly interrupted by obviously intoxinated bar patrons. Otherwise the Tuesday Steak NIte experience was a advertised. Food & drink was nicely prepared and presented. Service was appropriate and attentive. Return: maybe.
  34. CF

    CarolF

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Enjoyed Easter dinner. A bit of a “diner-y” feel despite up-scalish menu offerings. Crab cake was excellent though as was Brussels sprouts appetizer. They offered their own beer too!
  35. L

    Luv2eat

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal we had on Isle of Palms during our stay there. Highly recommend!!
  36. PE

    PattiE

    Charlotte

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keith was a wonderful waiter and the food was delicious!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loved the triggerfish entree and Brussel sprout appetizer and Refuge salad - large enough for two. Do not recommend lobster bisque. Nondescript. Great service. Actually for this time in our world and industry, I give the service 10 stars!
  38. PG

    PaulaG

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    First time visiting IOP. This restaurant came recommended. However, they were out of calamari before 7pm. Food quality was OK. Crab cakes which I love, has some orange/yellow sauce on it with fried onion rings from a can on them. I would not unfortunately recommend this restaurant.
  39. JK

    JenniferK

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Our reservation was for 7 PM; our server did not acknowledge us until almost 7:20. My husband ordered a beer and I ordered a Cosmo. My cocktail was served at about 3/4 full. I asked my server to have the bartender give me a full beverage since I was paying full price. He graciously brought me a full drink. The food is always good there, which is why we always go back. The service tends to be less than stellar, but the food always makes up for it.
  40. BT

    BrianT

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was really good and very reasonable for the location. Service was pretty hit or Miss and no wine or cocktail menu made ordering drinks very painful for a large table.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Refuge using the Order Online button. The Refuge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 242-8934.

The Refuge is rated 4.3 stars by 383 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Refuge

1517 Palm Blvd Suite A Isle of Palms, SC 29451

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Palm Boulevard and the IOP connector

  • Neighborhood

    Isle of Palms

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    In the Harris Teeter Shopping Center

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jason Daly

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 242-8934

  • Catering

    The Refuge has catering services available for any type of event, from birthday parties to weddings. Our staff is prepared to help plan your customized catering menu so that you can relish in the savory tastes of our dishes. The Refuge can accommodate parties of all sizes, whether you're looking for pastries and baked goods, or a full-service meal.<br>Our brunch, lunch and dinner menus are available for you to pick items for your catered event. Choose your favorites to create a personalized taste experience for your guests to enjoy.

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