Awesome Gem of a Restaurant
This tiny little restaurant packs it in with amazing food and fantastic service! We had both the Prix Fixe menu as well as several small plates for our table, and the quality is amazing. The Executive Chef even came to our table to greet us, thank us for dining there, and ask if there was anything he could do to insure we had a great time. Awesome! Our server was bubbly, personable, and very attentive.. The wine, superb... all while dining outside on the patio. How cool! We are so coming back! SOON!
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Personal Local Meat & Wine Dine
Nice local food & wine, nice prices. Polenta is the best! Memorable pork chop. Charcuterie: Wow, tho some of it, like the andouille, is "out there" so be prepared. Don't expect a big-deal high end restaurant. Pace is slow, service unpretentious, low-key. We had to slow our mindsets to the pace, but adjustment paid off in enjoyment. We even ended up lingering, had an extra glass of good Zin from Lodi, spent pretty much the whole evening there.
It is a very small place. We could not get one of the few outdoor tables, which would be ideal on a warm night (if no smokers out there), but one of the few inside tables worked fine, too. It is easy to see the owners/operators love their work -- kinda makes one envious! Cheers to the Compass Star!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was fantastic, service was very good, the wine pairings with the food were very good. We had the Prix Fixe dinner, and everything was excellent. We'll be back!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice to see in Martinez
It is nice to see a restaurant in Martinez that serves dishes made from local ingredients. The menu didn't have tons of choices, but it was fun to try new things. The ham & cheese beingets covered with powdered sugar were very unusual but also very tasty. We had small plates including the beingets, a caesar salad (nice but not spectacular) and ravioli made with the eggs & cheese. I wasn't a big fan of the ravioli but my boyfriend liked them. I liked that there was outside seating. I also have to commend the staff as they were super attentive displaying excellent customer service and the food and beverages were delivered promptly. 3 different staff came to our table to make sure everything was good. I really like this place. Try it.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
great spot, great food!
Compass Star is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant, that makes you feel like you are somewhere else. The menu is always changing and the small plates are perfect to split.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and wine
The Compass Star Cafe & Wine Bar was an unexpected gem in local downtown Martinez. Definitely worth visiting; excellent cuisine and wine pairings
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Little Gem in Martinez
Tasty menu with lots of homemade goodies. The prix fix menu was a great choice.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant
I eat at the Compass Star, on average, once a week, though my record is 4 times in one week.
They really know how to put together a top-notch meal here. The ingriedients are always fresh and everything is made in house. Each week, there are at least two different lunch specials, usually a sandwich and a salad, and a Prix Fixe evening special, in addition to the regular menu items.
The prices are very fair for the quality of food. The service is great, and the staff goes out of their way to make me feel at home.
This place is a foodie's delight.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Perfect Sausage
When my husband ordered corn dogs - I was pretty surprised. Corn Dogs on date night? They were made from scratch, fresh, light, and melt in your mouth delicious! Everything was fantastic. I love sausage, (Sliders) this chef specializes in making her own. I was in culinary heaven!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best restaurant in town
We just moved to the area and have been looking for a go to restaurant. Not only did we found one but this May be the best place we've ever eaten at. They change half the menus each week so you can always except something different and great.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is an intimate venue with an unusual menu. We were looking for a place to celebrate our anniversary and were happy we discovered Compass Star. The food was creative, well presented and delicious. The server and chef were welcoming and informative. We'll be back again. Soon!
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM