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The Compass Tavern

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16 reviews
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$30 and under
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Located in the heart of Massachusetts, The Compass Tavern brings a new vision to your typical neighborhood restaurant. Our concept is built upon the nature's landscape and deep woodlands of Central Massachusetts, offering a local flavor and charm of New England. The Compass celebrates the true natural character of Worcester County, which is made up from the rolling hills, rich culture, countless lakes, and natural beauty that paint a true New England canvas. With Wachusett Mountain minutes to our north, the Appalachian Trail to our west, the Blackstone Valley just to our south, and the Atlantic to our east, the Compass truly is in the center of the Northeast. We invite you to come join us as we are now open for business in the Canal District of Worcester! Come enjoy an exclusive taste of New England at The Compass Tavern!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 16 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020

It was our first time here for a couple night out. The first table we were seated at smelled like a sewer so we moved to another one. That one barely sat 6 of us, and the table top was not wiped down fully. Food was average at best, nothing special. The server did her best and was friendly. I just wouldn’t go back here unless I was hanging at the bar. Definitely a one and done place to eat. Kind of disappointing.

vipOpenTable Diner
6 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020

Busy place pregame crowd was fun

New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020

We made a 5:45 PM reservation because we had an event at DCU starting at 7 PM. I assumed that bar type food we would be in and out within an hour or so. We didn’t get our dinner till after 7 PM and our son never got his chicken fingers. It took more than 15 minutes for a waitress to even come and give us water. The food was just reheated, you could tell because the pulled pork was hot in some places in cold and others. The waitress was sweet and apologized, which it’s not her fault. The restaurant was understaffed and it seem like the kitchen was too small to accommodate all the people they sat. You would think being so close to DCU that they would be accustomed to being busy. I would avoid there are so many better restaurants in the area if you have the time.

New England
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020

Do not go here to eat before a game! Had a reservation, sat at 5:30, our drink order was taken at 5:50. Placed food order at 6 & never got the food! Had to cancel the food order at 6:50 because show at DCU started at 7!

OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020

The staff was very friendly. The food was good.

1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020

I had the most amazing experience at Compass Tavern on Valentine's Day, and I have not been able to stop talking about it! I took my aunt out for dinner, as she had very recently lost her husband, and this would be her first holiday without him. Our waitress, Delaney, could not have made the experience better for us. Not only were we able to dine on the most AMAZING pre fixe menu (lobster rangoon app, two amazing seafood dishes, chocolate cake AND a bottle of wine for $60? THANK YOU!) but it was the first time in weeks we were both able to relax, enjoy the food and the company, and not feel rushed at all. Before we knew it we had been there 2 1/2 hours and not once did Delaney try to push us out. The food was served at the perfect intervals and was so delicious and fresh. I wish I was Mark Wahlberg and could have afforded to leave her a $5,000 tip because she deserved it :)

New England
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020

Good place for drinks
Food was ok
Service subpar— took over 45 min for food and wasn’t super crowded. Waitress didn’t notice the delay

New England
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020

Staff was busy socializing among themselves.

1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020

Our plan was to attend an event there. We got there early for dinner and drinks as the organizers said' light fare". They clearly were not prepared for the masses who planned to do the same as we did . Our waitress was barely there, our order was not completely entered and when those who didn't get food went to have something at the venue there was really no place to sit or eat.

The owner , even our poor (I suspect green ) waitress were quite apologetic. It was clear they were rushing around to the point of near frenzied state. But in the end , they did apologize, gave us credit towards the meals messed up and the event itself was awesome.

I love the Compass. Have been there several times but this was my first time with an event at this scale. Lessons learned- I anticipate this won't happen again.

New England
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019

Very friendly staff and the food was scrumptious! Very busy place with plenty of parking available. Great sports bar....many TVs!

New England
18 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019

Wanted a quick bite to eat before the Railers hockey game. 4 adults and one toddler. Kevin our server was very attentive and took care of the two of us while we waited for the other three to arrive. Drinks refilled promptly. Toddlers order out in right away. Food was good, nothing spectacular, but just what we expected. Good value and fast service. We will be back.

New England
3 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019

Wide variety of food, including gluten free options (and a lot of them!). Very reasonable prices & great service! We are DEFINITELY going back!!!!!

New England
6 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019

The staff was very nice and the entertainment was great. The food was good. I will revisit.

31 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019

Great Pub Grub. My mother ordered the Taco Pizza, my wife the Ruben and I had Grilled Chicken Quesadilla, an appetizer. All three arrived together at the proper temperature.

That's a well run kitchen.

1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019

Everything was great except I think the outside seating area needs updating. We traveled there because it had outdoor seating but were kind of disappointed with the chairs and tables; They need new ones.

OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2015

Prices were reasonable, food was good. Enjoyed the set up of the restaurant. The bar is in the center; which is a decent size bar. Nice high back booths. When we went the noise wasn't too loud were you're yelling to talk. Overall great experience and would return.


The Compass Tavern does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

The Compass Tavern is rated 3.3 stars by 16 OpenTable diners.

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