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The Refuge, Isle of Palms, SC

The Refuge

4.5
4.5
506 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

10:00 PM


Booked 19 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 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 506 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charleston

    Great for brunch

  • Charleston

    Kid-friendly

  • Charleston

    Neighborhood gem

  • Charleston

    American

506 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very good if you were looking for a brunc; II was hoping to be able to eatthe lunch menu. Their lunch menu looked delicious, and they had this fabulous soup. Unfortunately, when we arrived, they informed us they no longer do lunch menus on Sundays and that we must get brunch.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server was lovely, but the restaurant was understaffed. The menu looked delicious, but the food was unseasoned, unpalatable and over priced. We will not be back.

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  3. RachelH

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. We are going back tonight!

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  4. AnnK

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took friends there for lobster night. They raved about. The food and drinks are so good.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They wouldn’t seat us early despite restaurant being empty Made us wait until 8:15 reservation and then rushed the rest of the night. No plates given for appetizers. 2 meals were wrong. And waitress was sweeping around our table. For a $500 night I’d say not the best money spent.

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  6. ATLAlex

    Atlanta Metro

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The crab cake transported me to Maryland and the pork belly fingerling potatoes were decadent 💕

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    My fried oysters were mostly breading, my guests fried shrimp were overcooked. My wife’s fish and chips was great! We’ll try again, by the way service was fantastic. Thank you.

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  8. MariannH

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The triggerfish was excellent. Enjoyed the sangria and beer selections .. Jeremy was very efficient and super friendly !!

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  9. ChrisD

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, terrific service, nice atmosphere- we will be back.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good drinks, good service. Overall nice dinner spot.

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  11. CatherineR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the “new” Refuge. Delicious food, great service, snd cute atmosphere. New IOP favorite!

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  12. LoriR

    Charleston

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was good, drinks were fair. Atmosphere was mediocre at best. Expensive for the overall experience.

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  13. DanaH

    New York City

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It was quite awful. There was a huge very very loud party in there---not in a private room. The restaurant could have called us earlier to notify us. We could not even hear ourselves think. And the staff was busy helping the party out. We were there on Valentine's Day and had a great time.

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  14. AmberB

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Tucker

    Charleston

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service and food were excellent, but the prices reflect the location on island.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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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  19. 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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  20. DonO

    Charleston

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 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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  21. jack

    Charleston

    17 reviews

    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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. debbieb

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. Live2eat

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 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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  28. 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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  29. jojof

    Raleigh

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Steevo

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. GeraldA

    Las Vegas

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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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 4.5 stars by 506 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 19 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 8:00 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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