The Refuge

4.3
309 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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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
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
What 309 people are saying
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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious - the staff was attentive all around and our waiter was great. We celebrated my boyfriend's bday and couldn't have asked for a better night.

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SteveP
Grand Rapids
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We each had a glass of wine and then started with the Calamari app. For our main course we both had the Triggerfish.

The wine was excessively expensive. Cheapest GLASS was $19! Note to self, have wine at home! Both the Calamaris and the Triggerfish were reasonably priced and tasted very good.

Service eas great

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

The restaurant hadn’t been cleaned, there were flies all over and the server was unclean.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! We sat at the bar and Tony the bartender was terrific. The food was really good - Thursday is prime rib day! People were very friendly. Will definitely go back.

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Mahalo
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun, low key evening with long time friends. The food and the service were very, very good.

JD
vipJonD
Western NC
87 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Surprisingly good restaurant in the Harris Teeter strip center. Cioppino was excellent as was the burger. Our server Danica was outstanding.

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vipFsu1jester
Tampa
86 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in old Charleston. Great seafood offerings and drinks.
Snapper was amazing.

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CharlesT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Only thing wrong was, they don't serve coffee! Wanted some with our desert, but no.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. Loud.

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MaxM
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Chef did not show up for work and the wait time for food was over 1 hour

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Familyof4
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could tell the waitress was happy and loved her job! Food was EXCELLENT! Great location.

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vipBillM
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

VERY disappointed! The only high point was the hostess! A vey sweet young lady.

First, let me say it was not crowded, several tables full, inside a coupe outside. Most were already eating or had ordered.

We we seated in a nice booth and waited a bit for someone to come by, probably 5 minutes for water and the waiter. He was not very personable and acted like he was bothered to have another table. We ordered an appetizer of the deviled eggs and a bowl of lobster bisque, and the main course. The apps took a while to come out. The eggs were rubbery, the soup was ok.

Then we waited and waited and waited for the mains. After at least 45 minutes we went to the bar to tell them we were tired of waiting and were leaving (couldn’t get the waiters attention). We attempted to pay for the appetizer and soup but the manager kindly comped it.

Overall a very bad experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic love everything 1st time there

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place - will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

They are understaffed, but the servers were really working hard to try and provide great service. They either needed another server or fewer tables. The trigger fish was so salty that we couldn’t eat it. The drinks were slow in coming out and we spent 30 mins waiting on a glass of wine at the beginning of the meal.

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vipmichelle
Charleston
43 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

I understand everyone is short staffed that being said…
Our waiter barely made eye contact with us for 39 minutes
Apps came out pretty quickly but entrees took another hour. No apologies no communication as to why the delay.
Food was very good when it did arrive but not worth the wait.
Also if you offer 1/2 price wine it should include all wine.
Disappointing experience overall

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CarmenC
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time celebrating our son's birthday. Food was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual The Refuge did not disappoint!! I will be back again soon!!

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vipwineb11
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner - food was delicious- and service (Jason) made our evening! This place is a local gem!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really pleasant staff, food great, but too noisy.

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vipSusanW
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, waiter was very efficient and pleasant.
We will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

It would take quite a bit for me to go here again

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Beachhon
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Highly recommend!

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Ejcrash1
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The meal was served with attention to detail. Our server made suggestions but never rushed us. The bar played music a little too loudly but the overall experience was nice.

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arthurm
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

food was excellent
service got a little confused and forgot our salad


tha food more than made up for the slip up

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neven was incredible. We’ll be back next weekend!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Seated on time, great service! Food and drinks were very good, only minor complaint was the food could have been served a little hotter. Overall wonderful place to go, we will be back.

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Jenz010
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My boyfriend and i had a 7:45 reservation for Tuesday steak night. We arrived at 7:35 and was sat right away. We proceeded to sit there until it became 8:15 and was absolutely stunned we had been waiting to be greeted for 40 min. We were passed by servers especially one in particular many times with no acknowledgement. Until around 8:20 a woman server said I’ll be right back with you all
As she was walking by, no real stop or no greeting. She never came back- but walked by again and again. I finally got up at 8:30 and asked for a wine menu and mentioned to the nice hostess that we haven’t been greeted yet and it had been been almost a hour. Honestly I’m not sure why we even stayed at that point. But we were very excited to try this place as i had made this reservation several weeks before our arrival. We stay in the wild dunes so we were pleased with the location of this restaurant and made the comment when we first sat down that we would consider coming back next week as we are here for 2 weeks..now absolutely not! we were greeted by a server he was apologetic and considerate of our neglect but even then our beer and wine still took another 15-20 min. The restaurant at this point was cleared out from the dinner crowd, we are not sure why there was such a poor service when it wasn’t that busy. We finally got drinks and made our orders. I will say the food was decent and hot, but as to another disappointment our steaks came out missing our ordered sides being told they ran out of baked potatoes and mashed potatoes. you are in a plaza with a grocery store, if you run out of potatoes- go grab them. Why would you have a designated steak night and run out of key items. We were given fries, then offered fingerling potatoes, and yet again was told they ran out of those. Our experience was just awful, we would never consider giving this another try because of how it went. Where was the manager?? Never saw one! Huge flag! We were also not the only table this happened too.

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Natalie
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience4

My husband has newly diagnosed celiac disease and asked for advice on safe menu options. The manager was contradictory with his suggested gluten free menu options and cross contamination but the restaurant had gotten previous good reviews on the GF app so we proceeded with the order of edited menu items. The waitress returned to ask for our order, which we repeated, no less than 4 times before switching our orders, and served my husband French onion soup with the crostini still in it. They brought him a new soup and he ate fish, rice, and vegetables but was severely ill within 30 minutes of leaving and symptoms continued the next day. While the waitress and manager made a feeble attempt to serve gluten free items, it was clear that the restaurant is extremely ill prepared to accommodate patrons with a true gluten allergy. We were also overcharged by $12.

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vipMaryW
Charleston
65 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service and food delivery was slow. Food was good. Extremely noisy

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very good food!! However, I felt the portions were small compared to price, but overall, this is a very good restaurant. Will definitely dine here again.

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vipGus369
Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food. Menu was interesting . Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was pretty good! good coctails

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IsleofPalmFoodie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Neighborhood Casual Restaurant. A happening local spot with great drinks, good food and Good Vibes!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Nothing special about the food or the restaurant. Below average.We were staying on Isle of palms and when it's something close our last night should have just gone in to downtown Charleston again food is way better and the prices were about the same.

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Eliz
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

There were tons of flies. I’d never got back. While trying to eat among the flies the food was not very good

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DebT
Charleston
47 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It took awhile to get our food but they were short handed & our waiter was doing his best so we didn’t mind. Food was very good

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vipTipyluv2323
Charleston
55 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Refuge for the first time last weekend. Our waiter was absent the majority of our meal and forgot several things. Not much of a personality either. BUT the food was great and the hostess who seated us had a wonderful personality. We decided to not make a decision quite yet. We went back this weekend. We sat at the bar. The food was once again awesome. Roman was the bartender. He was outstanding…very attentive (while still busy with the rest of the restaurant) and has a great personality. We will definitely go back. Thanks Roman!

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RayJ
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waited 15 minutes for water. All of our courses were brought out at once. Very stressful meal.

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Rhallpac
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Amazing appetizers, wedge salad was to die for and the steak and frites was perfection!

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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 309 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.