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“Fun little place”
Review of The Compass

The Compass
Ranked #41 of 375 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence
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
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Found this by accident when visiting Carlsbad as we went into Carlsbad Village, so we stopped for appetizers and drinks. We really enjoyed the clams appetizer - the sauce was amazing and a little spicy! We needed a little more of the bread to get all the juice, and there was a charge, but only 1$ so not too bad. Husband tried a flight of beers, and enjoyed them. I tried one of the specialty cocktails, and it wasn't what I hoped for, but I would have been willing to try some of the others if we went back. The environment was casual and friendly, and the waitress was engaging and helpful. Looked like many more fun foods to try on the menu including burgers that the people next to us ordered that looked delicious!

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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Not a fast food place. Takes about 20 minutes for food once order has been received. Great menu. Generous proportions. Inside and smaller outside eating.

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Reviewed 7 June 2017

We were over from the UK and staying in Carlsbad to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We made three trips to The Compass and enjoyed every visit. We didn't have a full meal - just Corn Dogs once - but we did enjoy many cocktails, beers and wines. Some Happy Hour, some not, but always sitting at the bar savouring the atmosphere. We were well looked after by the bar staff and met some interesting fellow drinkers. You really should try a Pickleback!

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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Started out with waiting a little bit for a seat as it's not a very large place. It was worth it! Started with the bacon wrapped bratwurst corn dog and wasn't very impressed. The concept sounded great but the meat tasted more like a polish sausage and was kind of heavy on the gut. It wasn't bad, just not something I'd order again.
On the the other appetizers! The Korean kimchi tacos were AMAZING as well as the orange habanero wings!!!! Almost the best wings I've ever had! As we sat there, I watched the plates go by and I was in awe at the portion sizes and the plating. Very well done!
Also a compliment is well deserved for our server Alyssa, she was very knowledgeable of the menu items and she was sweet as can be with our indecisiveness (everything sounded so good).
Highly recommended establishment!!!! I WILL RETURN!

Thank NavyET08
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

Good food, on the healthy side but tasty, recomend the biscuit and gravy and the poached eggs.
Not too big, downside only one bathroom

Thank Maritza H
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