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The Refuge, Isle of Palms, SC
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The Refuge

4.1
4.1
429 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,


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 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 429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Good for groups

  • Charleston

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charleston

    American

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  1. H

    Highstandards1

    Atlanta

    131 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good local vibe... good food and service. Bingo night is fun.
  2. C

    Coco

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Two items on regular menu were not available on Sunday evening. I would expect that if they were “specials” that night n sold out. But these items are always featured as a regular part of menu. Very disappointed. Other than that, the chef has created an excellent menu. Very ambitious to say the least.
  3. G

    Gary

    Western NC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    I grew up and lived in the area. For a Friday night it was sad At 6:30 their was only three tables filled. The place was dead. The waiter did a good job but the the loud yelling at the bar did not set the tone for the $120 I dropped on very poor meal. Chicken Parmesan was the worst I have had. Very basic. We also shrimp Alfredo. The sauce was very spicy. The shrimp and grits was not what a normal dish tasted and looked like. I asked the waiter why it was so dead and he said it was out of season right now but the Island restaurant next did not have any seating available. The other place was packed. I am not sure if the chef has changed or what but it is definitely not what it has been in the past. I hope it will get better.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my boyfriend here for dinner to celebrate him graduating from the Citadel. I wanted something casual, but with good food and a nice atmosphere. The Refuge was absolutely perfect! I had made a reservation but it wasn’t needed (it was a Wednesday night); we were seated immediately and everything was wonderful- food, drinks, service, atmosphere. It was truly perfect for us and for the occasion. We will definitely be coming back!
  5. c

    carolynm

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Sadly our experience this time was in sharp contrast to the amazing one we had in the summer. The food was not prepared well nor fresh. It lacked flavor and even the toast was burnt.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Ridiculously loud party in the main dining room which made it impossible for us to have a conversation without raising our voices.
  7. k

    kimc

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, service was friendly and fun. Great place to gather with friends and family!
  8. DS

    DavidandSusan

    Atlanta

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time we have been to Refuge this trip. Keith was our server both times. Great food, excellent service - friendly and professional. Lobster dinner on Sunday evening was perfect - perfectly prepared lobster and sides were just right. Would highly recommend.
  9. C

    Coco

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent server. Excellent menu n food preparation. Wished the music started a little earlier. Couldn’t really hear it in dining room.
  10. NB

    NBBB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food! The cheesecake was superb. Plan to return whenever in the area.
  11. FG

    FoodieGurl

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    One waiter for entire restaurant. It was freezing, had to change tables. Lobster dinner was completely over cooked.
  12. BM

    BarryM

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great dinner at Refuge. It has been awhile since our last visit and we were so pleased to be back. Our meals were very tasty and actually exceeded our expectations. Cozy dining room without the loud clamor that is present at so many restaurants these days. Now that we have rediscovered the Refuge we will definitely be back!
  13. EE

    EricE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Service was great...but slow. Food took a long time to come out. 2 meals were cold and one was missing and finally arrived when we were done eating. The food was not bad, they just need to work on service.
  14. K

    Karebear

    New York Area

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time visiting The Refuge. My husband and I went for an early dinner on a Friday and we had the place practically to ourselves. Our waiter, Keith, was just the right amount of attentive, and the seafood centric menu included a number of interesting options. My only disappointment was that the menu included on Open Table was not the same as the updated menu in the restaurant so the dish I was looking forward to eating was not included. On the positive side, my husband said the scallops were delicious! Plus the craft cocktails we had were amazing! Definitely will be back!
  15. JT

    JamesT

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We really liked the Trigger fish and bottle of Pinot Grigio.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Food was not good. Food was not fresh and over salted.
  17. J

    Jody

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for Steak Night. Was a great meal for the money
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    On vacation, had breakfast twice and a dinner. Had excellent service, food is very good.
  19. G

    Gourmet4

    Greensboro

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. It was Wednesday night and they had music which made the evening very nice and relaxing!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was delicious. Gnocchi was terrific with a full bowl of food. The scallops tasted delicious but there were only three scallops on the plate. Two of us in our party ordered the scallops. The price for the three medium size scallops was $38. Those of us that ordered scallops left hungry. But the gnocchi was a good value and was delicious.
  21. DD

    DDSailor

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Thomas provided excellent service and both entree’s were fantastic. Will definitely return again soon Only negative was the dining room was very cold requiring my wife to don a jacket
  22. JB

    JohnB

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The only disappointment was an entree with scallops, but with only 3 scallops, and for $38.00! Not good. Everything else was fine.
  23. BC

    BobC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Server was great. Food w As good but on the bland side. Prices are higher than average and food should match price but failed. Have eaten here several times so it is not bad. Just expected more.
  24. SC

    SCgal

    Charleston

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great meal with friends from Colorado. They wanted good low country food and were not disappointed. We went on steakhouse night. Enjoyed ribeyes, triggerfish and salmon. Calamari for appetizer and key lime for dessert. Wonderful meal
  25. CD

    ChasD

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food quality excellent! Wife had wild salmon. Cooked well with excellent flavor. Difficult to find “wild” salmon in restaurants around here. Filet was superb as were the mashed potatoes. Service was excellent. Provided sample desserts. Carrot cake was WOW! Cream cheese icing among best I’ve had. They have coffee shop with baked goods next door. Based on dessert sampling I’d highly recommend
  26. m

    mrbrew1963

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place, great for a date night. Indoor and outdoor atmosphere is really good.
  27. LB

    LennieB

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was great! Food very good! Not too noisy and pleasing ambiance!
  28. LB

    LoriB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and amazing service! We really enjoyed it. When we first pulled up to a shopping center I questioned the food but it was amazing! Definitely recommend!!💕🙌🏼
  29. CS

    ChristineS

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our breakfast with the family at The Refuge. The service was personable and attentive. The ambiance was nice but the bar area was loud. The food was very good and everyone enjoyed it.
  30. V

    Verde

    Washington DC

    114 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Scallops are superb. Catfish extraordinary. Salmon was so delicious. We enjoyed the food here so much. The atmosphere and service were nothing special but overall a good experience.
  31. DB

    DBA2525

    Atlantic City

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    When we visit IOP we always visit this restaurant. The food is good and service is great! Love the appetizer with the Burrata. The tomato are always so fresh! Enjoy the Cesar Salad fresh and not over dressed. I had the salmon perfectly cooked and my other family members like the Hangar steak. Our server James was great as well as the hostess who seated us with a smile. The restaurant was a bit warm but the fans were assisting. The music was great, I wish I had the name of the two men performing they were excellent and personable to everyone who was there! We will be back again!
  32. SD

    ShannonD

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    wonderful food!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Food and service was awesome. Noise level was very loud.
  34. RH

    RayH

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and delicious meals!
  35. CL

    CLTfoodie1

    Charlotte

    68 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Interesting restaurant with pretty good food - we had the shrimp etouffee and the cioppino with the heath bar bread pudding at the end. Nice looking restaurant inside but the staff was very casually dressed like they just came off the beach, etc. Not bad at all but it does not match the environment it looked like they are trying to display. A tad pricey for the entrees for the quality/value.
  36. B

    Bobbie

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Two hour wait for food. Waiter forgot to put our order in.
  37. JM

    JillM

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    Very good food. But the room we were in was INCREDIBLY hot, made it less desirable to eat hot food in a hot room
  38. K

    Kathy

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Table was ready for us, food very good and our server helpful and fun.
  39. SB

    ShellyB

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    This was our first visit and we made reservations for my son’s birthday. The hostess was attentive and friendly, seating us quickly even though we were a few minutes early. Likewise, our waiter was excellent. He answered our questions, gave the specials, and was prompt to take our orders. The appetizers were great, deviled eggs and lobster Mac and cheese. Unfortunately, the main courses were meh. The plates were warmer than the food served and everything was extremely heavy. The chicken and steak were both dry. I feel like everything came from a microwave, and for a $300 dollar dinner bill for 5 of us, (2 appetizers, 3 waters and a soda, 4 entrees and a kids plate) we were left a little let down. I would not go back for another dinner. On the bright side, there is a great little coffee shop attached to it that I would love to try, and maybe this place is just better for breakfast and lunch ( which they have full menus for both).
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, we had to wait about 44 minutes for food to come out, other than that it was a pleasant experience. Dessert made up for the wait.

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 4.1 stars by 429 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 4 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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