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The Compass

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American, Bar, Pub
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300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-434-1900
11:00 - 02:00
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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223 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Located on the second floor of the Village Faire shopping center. This is a smaller place with 6 high tables, 6 booths bar seating and outdoor seating. Lots of craft beer choices and spirits too. A varied menu that offers some bar staples and some unusual items. Service was good until they got real busy but not an issue. We... More 

Thank SigEpGov
San Diego
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

OK, I'll be honest. I actually live near this restaurant and had never had the opportunity to visit until recently. Sorry I waited so long. An friendly if not intimate atmosphere at the intersection of Hwy 101 and Carlsbad Village Dr. just a short walk from the beach. Great selection of local and not so local micro brewed beers along... More 

Thank Halfman1
Del Mar, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

If you enjoy discovering off the beat, unassuming places... you have to check out The Compass! Okay, not quite 'off the beaten path' but it is located in a little shopping area that I never would have expected to find a gem like this place. A friend recommended this place and I am so grateful for the invite! There is... More 

Thank James92014
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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112 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Ate here twice during recent visit, once at lunch, once at dinner. Delicious food options with interesting range of choices. Good choice of craft beer and prompt efficient service. Busy on a January weekday evening.

Thank James H
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332 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Plenty of tasteful beers and good place for the last drink before surrender to the night. Been there several times and great beers

Thank Santi T
Bend, Oregon
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped in here after a day of driving and flying. One of the retailers in the village made this recommendation for good craft beers. The Compass did not disappoint. They had a great selection of local craft beers on tap. I'm not a mixed drink person, but it was entertaining to watch the bartenders make the drinks. The drinks... More 

Thank MaureenMatt
Grimes, Iowa
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

We had a great lunch there, interesting choices not just typical food, all of our choices were very good. Good wine list, beer selection too. We stopped in there for drinks and appetizers one evening also, loved the atmosphere!

Thank joekarjohnson
League City, Texas
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65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Between joey the bartender and Adam who made the most awesome short ribs I've ever had. Don't leave Carlsbad without coming here, you'll regret it.

Thank Celticpoo
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 November 2016 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
Reviewed 14 November 2016 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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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, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, 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 Dr, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?