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The Refuge

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214 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 214 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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TonjaF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipTKJMK
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipRichardW
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at The Refuge! The salmon was awesome and the Cioppino fantastic! Great service too!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I prefer brunch

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KathyW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipTraveler
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent but our server Laura was phenomenal! Try the Cioppino it was to die for.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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Goodeats
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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Cicero
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

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AaronT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place... food was delicious and presented beautifully

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Dede
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love going there for the crabcakes and cioppino.

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Jeff
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Ran out of tea sweet and unsweet tea by 7 pm. No ice. Food was ok. Not much of it for the cost.

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vipCrazy5
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Chef came to table to check on n us. Bre was a really sweet server. Recommend!

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vipteresahs
Charleston
86 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Refuge was a last minute reservation and an unexpected surprise! We had a wonderful dinner sitting at the bar. Will definitely return!

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vipDennisB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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KelliG
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were beyond expectations. The chef even made a table visit to recommend one of his favorite bourbons. Great experience.

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LisaB
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipLori
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It was their 2nd night back open so the kitchen was very backed up and they seated too many people at the same time. The dining room was too crowded and there was not much social distancing that could be done. Wish they had posted that on their website so that we would know before we made a reservation. The fried green tomato appetizer was great. The rest of our meals were a bit too salty.

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Dinner42
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Refuge is a fabulous restaurant to go to for breakfast. The quantity and quality of the food prepared and served there is outstanding; it’s going to be hard to find another location to top theirs. The decor and setting is extremely nice, you will be surprised, and there’s an coffee bar on location as well. You won’t be disappointed...

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their service has greatly improved since last year.

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Mijfeur
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, ambience and service. Thought it was a little pricey, particularly $8.00 for craft beer.

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SusB
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food not great. Large groups with little children made deafening noise

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Daniel
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers Tony and John were excellent !!! Jordan the chef even brought us a dish and asked how things were. Y’all win with the energetic personal touch.

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vipSteveP
Grand Rapids
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time that we have eaten here within a week. My wife had the triggerfish. I had the Crab Cake. Both were excellent. And the service was also great.

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NYdiner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

While it was an ok evening, it was WAY too loud, service was not that great, and the food was average for a relatively high price point. Probably will not be back.

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Cupcake
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy Saturday. Food hot, delicious and fresh
Service was excellent tonight even as busy as they were

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful dining experience. Fast service, good food, overall a great time.

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vipWeezie
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Both the pork chop and brisket were tough as shoe leather; The fish sandwich overly salty. They offered to bring another dish and did with no charge but it was at least 15 minutes between the offer and the time it took to come back and take the order. By the time the food came, everyone was finished eating.

On the plus side, the Lush Puppies were wonderful. And there was no charge for the dinner - either the original or the replacement.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious especially the triggerfish and gnocchi bolognese!

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JeffO
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner - excellent from the hostess - waitress - drinks - food - owner visit. Couldn’t have been better. We ordered off the regular menu - as they had Valentine specials. What a treat it was. Great service / great food. Highly recommend The Refuge!!!

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ddas920
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four enjoyed our Saturday morning at the Refuge very much. The food was delicious and I look forward to going back!

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Mickey
Charleston
28 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall this was a satisfactory first time visit. The service was somewhat slow but that was because he was by himself and serving the entire dining area. My soup was served with no spoon and when asked I was given a teaspoon! My wife had to leave the table to get a soup spoon. The food was above average but a bit pricey.

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CateB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The Refuge used to be one of our favorite brunch spots. Today we had a reservation and was not served water until 27 mins after being seated. It was New Year’s Day, I would expect a busy day in the restaurant and they were way understaffed. Did someone call out- maybe? But looked like they needed at least three more ppl. Our waitress was downright rude while taking our order. Coffee bar closed, ran out of kids menus, not enough water glasses... no latte ok l’ll take regular coffee. Came back 20 mins later with coffee for me in a disgusting dirty cup and for my husband (he didn’t order coffee). Another 30 mins and our food comes out- completely wrong meal for my starving 5 year old and my husband specifically ordered French toast with no toppings - it’s loaded with fruit, nuts and whipped cream. And completely left off extra order of bacon. My 3 year old and myself finish our meals before the correct meals came back. No refreshed coffee after request. My omelet and potatoes were ice cold. And really what set me off, not a single apology for all the delays and mess ups. They took off the one kids meal and brought me a coffee to go. Thanks. We dine out a lot in Charleston and in a super competitive restaurant scene you need to stay on your toes. Not sure what happened to this place but the past two experiences have been so dismal we won’t be back.

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Foodlover
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. We didn’t expect a special dinner for New Year’s Eve but they were able to accommodate our request. The music was great and everybody there was friendly.

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vipMimimimi
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I just got an email saying we didn’t show for our reservation but we were there if they check their receipts they will find a credit card bill with my name on it.
The food was not hot when they brought it to the table. We were with two kids and didn’t make a stink but it wasn’t hat

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Local
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My food was delicious, but the other 3 felt that their dishes were only average. Wait staff was minimal and certainly overworked. We waited too long for service, in fact, at a table next to us the people left prior to service. Probably will not go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was good. There was a guy playing music during breakfast which was cool but we couldn’t really hear him too well. I got the avocado and eggs and there was barely any avocado at all on the toast but besides that everything was good!

FAQs

The Refuge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (843) 242-8934.

The Refuge is rated 4.4 stars by 214 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.