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The Compass

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-434-1900
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What is the essence of a great gastropub? Bartender Levi and chef Chris really surprised me with their flexibility- setting me up with a pear based caponata ans a custom made vegetarian dish based on a halibut entre ... Lindsey , one of the servers , really made me feel at home... Very chill spot - superb food , extensive... More 

Thank jonathan n
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a couple of appetizers & wow! The crudo was amazing! Served on a salt block, it was absolutely delicious! We also had the bacon wrapped corn dogs & they were great too! Will definitely be back, great selection of wine, beers & craft cocktails.

Thank Stanfordette
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186 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We were here for a late dinner on a Thursday night and sat on their porch. We had their dirty fries as an appetizer, which were great, just a little spicy with some peppers which I had to stay away from. I then had their braised short ribs, which were tasty, and the grilled brussel sprouts were pretty good as... More 

Thank raininroses
Sacramento, California
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

NIce place to go with friends for a craft beer and sandwich. Veggie lasagne and burgers are good. Delicious French fries.

Thank claudia b
Sun Valley, ID
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The food is outstanding--everything is delicious--and the prices are totally decent. The bar program is an event of its own. Levi's enthusiasm for handcrafted infusions, syrups and bitters, not to mention overall knowledge, is contagious and exciting. You can see the pride and thoughtfulness in every drink and on every plate. The entire staff is welcoming and I have always... More 

Thank IdahoRuby
Bellingham, Massachusetts
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113 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

While vacationing in CA, my husband and I found The Compass, which is located on the 2nd floor of a shopping area in Carlsbad. It has a cool pub vibe and a nice amount of beers on tap as well as unique-sounding cocktails (my husband had a beer but I didn't have anything, although the cocktails sounded great). We both... More 

Thank Jayme S
Dana Point, Ca.
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154 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

If you are looking for a "lunch hour" place to dine.....don't waste your precious time coming here. Was here last Monday. The place was not too busy. We waited Too long for a greet and service to order a drink. Then after we finally got our drink we waited Too long for our order to be taken. The server had... More 

Thank loisp9154
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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162 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I popped in for a quick snack on a late afternoon, sat at the bar and checked out the HH menu. I had a glass of the 7 Terraces with the peppers to eat for $4. The locals dominated this cozy bar. As an out of towner, not a place to linger. Head downstairs to Gaia for a cup of... More 

Thank dive2tennis
Carlsbad, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Love this little place for excellent food! The short ribs were superb, beet salad spectacular! Appetizer of portabella mushroom fries (yes, that's correct, portabella mushroom fries), will have me stopping by often. Those with a Hendricks and tonic are a wonderful evening opener. Would like this place to be a bit larger, maybe some place with a view, but with... More 

Thank Speaksoftlyplease
Reading, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We visit twice Once for beers and nibbles and once for a lunch There is a large selection of beer ranging from the usual to the more interesting craft beers They range from blondes to stouts and strength from 4.5 to 10 We had some truffle fries which were tasty One of us is avegeatrian so it can cater for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-434-1900
Gastropub new to Carlsbad, excellent food and large selection of beer

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