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The Compass

300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA
760-434-1900
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Ranked #15 of 276 restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Description: Gastropub new to Carlsbad, excellent food and large selection of beer
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Description: Gastropub new to Carlsbad, excellent food and large selection of beer
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  • English first
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English first
watsonville, ca
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Looking at the menu before we went in, the idea of portobella fries grabbed our attention. They were even better than we imagined. We also had an order of their brussel sprouts. They may have been the best brussel sprouts I have had. They were perfect. We also shared the blackberry panca salad-another hit with us. They had a nice... More

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Oceanside
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64 reviews 64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

On a recent Sunday morning, I was looking for a place to catch some brunch and which was also pet friendly. Looked online and up popped The Compass. Was close enough and something different so called to confirm pets are allowed and then headed out to eat. Outdoor seating with lots of shade and you can people watch...so a good... More

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Oceanside, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

...and you want a cold drink, some good food, and good attitude patrons this is the place to go. Great beer selection...LOVE the Portobello fries!!! and service is very friendly and fast Gets very busy when the sun comes down.....but love the energy

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tucson
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I say average because we mostly like happy hours and so we didn't eat from the regular menu which is really packed with lots of trendy food. We had the cauliflower fritti, spicy boudin which is pork shoulder sushi rice, vinegar and pepper jack cheese. Sounded good but didn't care for it. The carnita taco was excellent. Should have ordered... More

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Carlsbad, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Are at The Compass for the first time today! My turkey burger was delish and my wife enjoyed her salad. Excellent selection of draft beers. I'm definitely going back!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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69 reviews 69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We stopped in for a cocktail Friday night, and tried the Ahi appetizer. It was so fun and delicious and I loved the menu so much we went back Sunday morning for brunch. It was a great breakfast for our group of five. Two dollar mimosas, bloody Mary bar, great craft beers on tap. We had a wide range of... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Great gastro pub! Mules 5 star! Mondays after 9 they're only $5. Short ribs are the best! Shrimp appetizer yum too. Odd location, but great decore and more importantly food/drink. Service is either great or bad...depends on the waitress you get. If management is reading this please please only hire the good ones! :)

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Carlsbad, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Went to this place with the expectation that it was going to be just another wanna be gastropub but it is more than that. The food is great, they have an awesome beer selection, lots of good wine and some really good looking cocktails on the menu. I haven't tried the cocktails yet but they sound really good and I... More

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Culver City, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Food was satisfying. Great service from one person, bad service from another. Not terrible. We would return. Please note that the kitchen closes fairly early in the evening.

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Carlsbad, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

We’re locals always looking for something new and adventurous in Carlsbad. We just happened to run across an article on The Compass in a local magazine and the menu looked exciting. What luck! More like something you’d find in Austin or San Francisco than around here. The drinks: We ordered off the special cocktail menu – normally a place where... More

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