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,
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
We made a reservation on OpenTable for 8:30 at The Refuge. The day before our reservation, we confirmed online that we would be there. Then, the day of the reservation, the restaurant called me at about 4pm to confirm that we’d still be there. We got another call less than 20 minutes before our reservation to ask whether or not we were still coming. At that point, we could tell that the restaurant staff were very interested in going home early. We rushed through our dinner and made it out by 9:00. We were very relieved when another party arrived after we did.
The food was excellent, we were just hoping for a bit more hospitality.
We had a TERRIBLE experience. Were promptly seated before our reservation time moments after the restaurant opened. Our drinks and salad were quickly served and then we waited an hour- no food. Everyone around us who arrived after us was eating their entrees. The restaurant was now packed. The waiter was apologetic but had no explanation and after some time the manager came to our table. He started explaining what time our order was placed in the kitchen. Instead of being apologetic he was argumentative and trying to justify it. We got up and left.
The prior visit to this restaurant was also painfully slow despite it being nearly empty. The food here is good, if you can wait for it. I don’t know how they stay in business.
We have frequented the Refuge a great deal pre-Covid and decided to try it for dinner after a long week. Service is sometimes “spotty” but ok. Service last night was a bit more than “spotty”, and our server seemed a bit stressed and only partially attentive. Food was good as usual, drinks from the bar seemed to take forever. Oh well. May need to rethink our choice in the future.
Great food. Nice wait staff. The only drawback is the view outside is a parking lot but that cannot be helped. Nice addition to IOP.
Was very delicious and romatic. We had a great time and definatley will return.
We have never been disappointed in the food at Refuge. They have tables appropriately distanced. Our server was great and made good suggestions. We will definitely be back.
Great food and great service.
Always enjoy the quaint atmosphere, fabulous food and excellent service.
We had a NYE reservation and had never been. We gave this place a shot and from the start it was a let down. We were asked if we wanted a seat in the coffee shop or the dining room for dinner - on NYE...we thought even the question was odd. The place is a very nice dining room which set expectations reasonably high. Then - we ordered two cocktails - one was simply a dirty martini. It was all olive juice. My bourbon drink was awful and we then tried Moscow Mules - again all lime juice. We then had a crab cake appetizer which was passable - not great and looked as if it had waited for some time to reach us. We decided that a full dinner was a risk - given the pretty lofty menu prices. We tried the $32 charcuterie board. Another massive disappointment. The server spent no time explaining what was on the board. It was small, basic and no silverware was provided. The value for $32 was well below par. At that point we wrapped it up and ordered pizza for our NYE celebration. With all of the great food in the area, this place is a hard pass.
Doing the best they can in Covid I guess. Kitchen was very slow with only two tables. Food was good
A must try deep in the corner of the Harris Teeter plaza on Isle of Palms. I went early, around 5 and had the place to myself. Before I left, The Refuge had a steady stream of diners coming in. I enjoyed a glas of Sparkling Rose Moscato. It was fruity, sweet, and light. As an appetjzer, I tried their New England style clam chowder. It was outstanding! Loaded with clams, bacon, potatoes and a little bit of scallion. Very very creamy and flavorful. Note: a cup will be sufficient if you are ordering dinner, a bowl is HUGE. I decided on the Ciopino for dinner. It had a lobster claw, several HUGE shrimp, and a dozen clams. I asked for no mussels. The Ciopino came in its signature red sauce and over some angel hair pasta also having 2 large garlic bread crustini's to sop up the broth. This Ciopino was delicious and very filling. The seafood was over the top fresh! I wish I had a bowl of it right now. The sauce could stand more seasoning/spices but it was YUMMY just the same. I know I will go back to Refuge for an awesome and fresh dinner with great service the next time I'm on IOP
Fantastic service and food! We will be visiting again soon!
Chicken was over cooked and dry. Steak was ok, but needed more char for taste. Our server was not very well informed, and the outside seating overlooks the parking lot in a shopping center.
Very enjoyable dinner. Good food, excellent service and atmosphere.
We always eat at Refuge whenever we are in town. The food is amazing and the service is fabulous!
The food was delicious. The staff was friendly and the restaurant was adorable.
Awesome food wonderful staff
Food is absolutely excellent. Outdoor dining available. Great option for a local restaurant on IOP with outstanding food that does not disappoint!
For indoor dining with delicious food-eat here! Well stocked bar. Pretty restaurant.
Second great meal this week at this super spot. Thanks bill
Extremely busy when we arrived for our reservation. I was very impressed with how promptly they addressed our party of 8. While we had to wait a little while for entrees, our drinks & appetizers arrived promptly. Food was excellent! And our server did a great job.
This has become one of my favorite restaurants in Charleston! Don't let the "laundry" sign below REFUGE keep you from going! Very deceiving. Have tried several entree's and all have been wonderful!
Always superb food and service. The menu is novel and adaptable to any culinary desires.
Highly recommend. We are frequent patrons even with other good options nearby.
Always a great meal at The Refuge! The salmon was awesome and the Cioppino fantastic! Great service too!
I prefer brunch
Great food and service!
Food was excellent but our server Laura was phenomenal! Try the Cioppino it was to die for.
This was maybe the most delicious meal my husband and I have had in our entire lives. It was the last meal of our honeymoon, and we definitely saved the best for last. Will be talking about this meal for years to come!!!
Good seafood dinners. I had the triggerfish with rice and it was seasoned and cooked very well. I would have liked a few more veggies on the plate , but that’s just my personal preference. My friend had the risotto and crab cake and enjoyed it as well. The interior was nice and not too crowded. The service was friendly and not overwhelming.
Food quality was inconsistent - my date had the triggerfish (loved it), we split a Caesar salad (exceptionally good), and I had the steak frites (hangar steak was unpleasantly tough, fries were undistinguished). The pricing is consistent with an upscale restaurant but the quality doesn't quite get there.
Nice place... food was delicious and presented beautifully
I love going there for the crabcakes and cioppino.
Ran out of tea sweet and unsweet tea by 7 pm. No ice. Food was ok. Not much of it for the cost.
Great food. Chef came to table to check on n us. Bre was a really sweet server. Recommend!
The Refuge was a last minute reservation and an unexpected surprise! We had a wonderful dinner sitting at the bar. Will definitely return!
We arrived for this reservation a few mins before the scheduled time only to find that the restarting wasn’t even open! No signs on the door - nothing
The food and service were beyond expectations. The chef even made a table visit to recommend one of his favorite bourbons. Great experience.
We went for lunch and I loved my salad! Beets, artichokes and asparagus with nice greens. Added blackened shrimp which was great! My friend had an ok salad. Cute place in a plaza. Very nice staff. Would go back again.
My husband and I had a great dining experience. We enjoyed the brussel sprouts appetizer, it was delicious! My husband had the filet mignon and I had the shrimp & grits. The filet was perfect and the shrimp and grits were creamy & savory.
We could tell out waiter was new but he was very attentive and gave us great service.
It was our first time to the area and we are happy we chose The refuge. We will definitely come back the next time we visit IOP.
We started with BLT Deviled Eggs and they were fantastic. I got Lobster Mac n Cheese and my boyfriend got the Breach Burger for our entrees and we both couldn’t decide whose meal was more delicious, especially those homemade french fries!! We finished our experience off with the Lemon Cheesecake and it was creamy with the perfect amount of citrus. I will definitely be back when I am in town again!
The Refuge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 242-8934.
The Refuge is rated 4.3 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.