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Lion & Compass

1023 N FAIROAKS AVE, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(408) 745-1260
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Ranked #24 of 325 restaurants in Sunnyvale
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Californian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Weddell Drive
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English first
San Jose, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This restaurant is in a hidden corner of Fairoaks in Sunnyvale, so it's easy to miss it if you don't know the directions. It unpretentious and has good ambience for a quiet relaxing lunch, unlike the equally popular Birk's, which has been slipping in both the food quality and noise level. Service is top notch and attentive, without being annoying.... More

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Sunnyvale, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I loved that we could walk in and be seated. The wine and the food are excellent. They have happy hour on Fridays and Mike at the bar is great!

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New Jersey
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Excellent service, traditional ambiance. Seafood seems to be their specialty. We were 8 people and everyone enjoyed their appetizers and entrees. Highly recommend the swordfish.

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Rome, Italy
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

One of the most interesting thing I've been told in this recent trip in California is that this restaurant was built by the Atari founder for his friend. It is a nice restaurant, with a very good bar that offer a kind of upper class environment. Food is good and I strongly suggest who visit this place to listen to... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is a very friendly place to dine. The moment you enter the restaurant you are greeted with a friendly good evening. The menu is not large but they always have a special and the selections are always prepared perfectly. This is a place for business people at lunch, special parties are arranged for holidays, and a great place for... More

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Highland, Maryland
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149 reviews 149 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Enjoyed a seat at the relaxing bar and had a fine class of Red along with the Goat Cheese salad and Ravioli. Jimmy the bartender took good care of me.

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Olympia, Washington
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Had a business team dinner here. Food was outstanding and varied. Nice menu with lots of choices. I had the venison in plum wine stir fry, outstanding! We shared a number of appetizers, all very nice. Goat cheese salad also very good. Not many resteraunts in this area with this quality of food. Only downside was the price, a bit... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Not often I've had an excellent dinner worthy of raving about, but the food at the L&C was superb. I had the lamb which was outstanding - I mean, seriously outstanding. The portions of meat were large and not the normal couple of ribs. The glaze was full of flavour and rich without being overpowering. The greens and accompanying items... More

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Sunnyvale, CA
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187 reviews 187 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
748 helpful votes 748 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Lion and Compass is a very pricey restaurant in Silicon Valley, with dinner entree prices ranging from $20 to $40. Filet Mignon is $39, New York Steak is $38, Crusted Chilean Sea Bass is $34, Full Rack of Lamb is $38. I use the entertainment.com coupon for $24 off, or the restaurant.com certificate for $25 off when going to this... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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79 reviews 79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

My husband wanted to take me here as he remembered it fondly for business luncheons years ago.It was nice to actually sit somewhere quiet where we could hear each other talk.The decor felt dated but I liked the plants in the entryway. I ordered the Thai Shrimp Papaya Salad.They were out of Papaya and substituted Mango. Presentation was beautiful however... More

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