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The Refuge, Isle of Palms, SC

The Refuge

4.8
4.8
494 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 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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.

What 494 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

494 Reviews
  1. AmberB

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Order a steak and it was so salty. Had to scrape the salt off. The asparagus were also so salting they could not be eaten. Service was ok. If you like being left alone, you will love it.

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  2. Dave

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent service in this family owned restaurant.

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  3. PhyllisC

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Did not have coffee at dinner service. Food was very good

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the atmosphere and food was Devine. Service was excellent. Went back for lunch the next day. Again a wonderful experience! Thank you

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  5. DonO

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food. The Caprese salad was the best we have ever had; they make it with Burratta cheese. Yum! Everything was great. If you are in the mood for great food, this is the place.

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  6. KalanG

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot for a nice dinner out! Quality/fresh/flavorful food, great drinks, and a price point slightly less than you will pay for comparable food downtown (and you don’t have to deal with the headache of downtown parking!).

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  7. jack

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid breakfast experience. Will definitely go back. Very gracious staff.

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  8. VincentD

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The wait staff were very amiable and informative. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food selection. I definitely would comeback.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we go there on Tuesdays a lot for their steak night menu, we love the place and the folks that work there are always the best!

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  10. debbieb

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistantly good food. Beautiful updates. Great carrot cake!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my island favorites! Great atmosphere and excellent food!!

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  12. BarbaraK

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent - our server was friendly and knowledgeable. She was timely in knowing when we were finished with a course and not hovering. The food was very tasty and excellently prepared. Our overall experience was excellent.

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  13. Live2eat

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Thai Coconut Shrimp Curry was excellent, perfectly prepared shrimp and great flavor in the rice. The filet was a tender cut and prepared perfectly. The only thing we didn’t enjoy was the she crab soup. It had a lot of onions but the charge was removed from our bill without even asking. Awesome meals.

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  14. KevinG

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We started with sharing fried calamari and wedge salad for my wife and I. The calamari was well cooked but had more coating/seasoning than I would prefer. Wedge was very good for sharing. My wife enjoyed the short ribs. The trigger fish was also very good although the risotto was more rice than traditional risotto.

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  15. Mark

    St. Louis

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good and the service terrific! Atmosphere is very nice as well.

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  16. jojof

    Raleigh

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dine here twice on our vacation to IOP. Both times everything was great. The food was great, wine list was good, and the service was spectacular.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great ! Will visit again during our next trip

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  18. KarenB

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We were staying on IOP so location was perfect. The vibe was good. The bar looked like it was fun. I was with family so we had a table. Service was good. Value was good. The food was good no complaints but not amazing. Just a good solid dinner. Family friendly.

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  19. Steevo

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, fresh, flavorful food. Drinks made perfectly. Go here!! You will be glad you did.

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  20. Spartanburgdiner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed the upscale seafood menu, beautifully plated. Nice ambiance, great location.

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  21. RoisinI

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have to admit I was a bit disappointed - I was expecting a nicer restaurant. I was traveling by myself with my two kids. The drink menu was standard, the calamari wasn't worth the price. The kids menu didn't offer a seafood option - the server accepted my son's request at fish and chips and brought him an adult size ($26) meal that he barely touched. He is 8 with a 5 year old's appetite. I was taken aback at the thought that he would want this! (Upselling I guess?!?) The table was dirtier then I would've liked and we were sat in the corner. Plus: I loved my trigger fish but - it was served with fingerling potatoes drowned in butter. Not a fan with this restaurant and expected more from a restaurant found on open table. This was more of a yelp level reservation.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect! Great environment and great service!

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  23. GeraldA

    Las Vegas

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Worst servers ever - rude entitled young beach girls who show no interest in their patrons. Nothing is ever very good! The prices are quite high. Go next door to the Long Island Cafe. It is a much better choice.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was fantastic! She was so happy and friendly. I would come back again just to see her! The food was delicious! I will certainly return.😊

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  25. BrianV

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hidden gem for IOP. Food is always great and service is excellent.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing crab cake! Wonderful service. We will definitely return!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This was not a restaurant I would recommend for quality seafood in the Charleston area.

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  28. LobstaJohnson

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just wonderful, the service was great and the calamari was the best we've ever had. So convenient, too, if you're staying at Wild Dunes or other IoP properties.

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  29. JessicaS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was very good. However it was very hot inside and we waited almost 90 minutes for our food. Additionally the table, seats, and floors were all sticky. It was not a very comfortable wait. Our waiter did his best to make up for what seemed to be a backed up kitchen. But I have trouble recommending this restaurant to others based on the uncomfortable heat and overall stickiness of everything. Maybe just get your food to go.

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  30. PaigeT

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love lobster night- they were fabulous! Thank you Jason for your service, too!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was awesome. Our waitress was wonderful and a pleasure talking to. Food was superb!

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  32. NeverGoingBack

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was not spectacular. The meal looked like a home cooked meal with no seasoning like something you mom would make when she is working full time and hates cooking.

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  33. DebbieF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    There was a band that was so loud and it lasted until 6:00. Our group in the dining room couldn’t speak to each other. Other diners seemed irritated as well.

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  34. PaigeT

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the Refuge’s menu and we love their staff. We are never disappointed.

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  35. AuntieM

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    When you walk in and the place is empty we should have turned around and gone elsewhere. Lesson learned.

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  36. lindaboo

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The A/C was struggling and the air was oppressive! The service was slow! Over 1 hour to get food. The place is too small to have live music and the noise level was high! Main complaint is it was too hot in there. Need to upgrade their A/C!

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  37. Jewel

    E. Tennessee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were very disappointed. Omelet was full of meat but not much else. French toast was just ok and one member of our party waited an hour for his food. Sadly, it also wasn’t worth the wait. They did give a discount for our long wait which was nice, but would rather have had a great breakfast!

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  38. RPinOC

    Charlotte

    37 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    There is a 2.8% Surcharge for credit cards. It's on your tab, so I guess the Surcharge applies even if you pay with cash.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service! Easy reservations. Nice bar!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and wine, attentive service, and the best secret: carrot cake perfection (that happens to be gluten free). Go try it!

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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 4.8 stars by 494 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 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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