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The Compass Star Cafe & Wine Bar

The Compass Star Cafe & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.compassstarcatering.com
  • Email: rachael@compassstarcatering.com
  • Phone: (925) 323-2177
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast (Pastries & Coffee): Monday - Friday 9:00 am
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
    Dinner: Thursday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Check Out Our Special Events Section For Updates!

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar, International
  • Executive Chef: Rachael Zavala
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer a full line of catering from 10-1,000 people, casual box lunches, to full gourmet multi-course meals, weddings, banquets, etc.
  • Special Events & Promotions: PRIX FIXE MENU (2/13 & 2/15 ONLY!)

    Select One Starter:

    Danish goat cheese fondue served with artisan baguette, green apple, and roasted winter vegetables for dipping
    Winter Green Salad
    Winter greens and asparagus with Laura Chenel chevre & herb stuffed pastry in a pomegranate vinaigrette
    Chili Chocolate Soup
    60% cacao Ghiradelli chocolate and dried California chilies blended into a smooth creamy soup with pepitas and herbs
    Prime rib with herb & salt crust
    Accompanied By
    Vegetable napoleon and bone marrow butter mashed potatoes
    Flourless chocolate cake with cacao nib creme anglaise
    and cream cheese filled strawberries

    Wine Pairings Flights Are Available As Well As Wine By The Glass & Craft Beer!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Court Street
  • Public Transit: Just 4 short blocks the Martinez Amtrak station, which is the bus & train transit hub for Martinez. In addition, there are public bus lines that stop within 1 block of The Compass Star on Court Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample metered street parking, meters are free after 6pm
A word from The Compass Star Cafe & Wine Bar
To Preview Our Seasonal Prix Fixe Menu (Changes Weekly) Go To : https://www.facebook.com/thecompassstar

The Compass Star Cafe & Wine Bar specializes in locally sourced, hand crafted dishes using organic and sustainably produced ingredients. Known for our house made charcuterie crafted in Martinez by Chef/Owner Rachael Zavala.

Featuring a small farm to table menu with a weekly prix fixe and seasonal starters. Our wine list is full of locally sourced Northern California wines from small wine makers (under 500 total cases per varietal), with most wines available by the glass.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Although the ambiance at the restaurant's evening meal didn't match the fine dining, terrific, 5-star food, it still worked. I think the chef has come up with a great business plan to keep the overhead low, while keeping the quality, diversity, and creativeness of the food high. Everything was wonderful. We look forward to going again to try the homemade sausages; and then again and again to taste the ever-changing prix fixe menu items."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Family referred us to this gem, and we are grateful. The food is excellent, and the chef and staff are very friendly and fun! It is obvious that Chef Rachel loves her work/art and enjoys sharing it with her guests! You don't have to be a carnivore to enjoy the fare here, but if you are, you won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Excellent food, excellent ambiance, worth visiting over and over!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Fabulous, seasonal menu prepared with love. My husband and I stopped in on a Friday evening and couldn't have had a better meal. I had the prix fixe menu with lamb shanks and hot flatbread, he had gnocchi and the charcuterie plate. If you love good food made with care you'll enjoy the Compass Star! Dessert was perfect - good portion size, perfect lightness and sweetness. Cute little place, completely worth a visit, we'll be back!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We don't like the Valentine's day crush, so I was looking for a new place for the next night. I stumbled across Compass Star by surfing Open Table and Yelp. It was almost like we were on vacation in a different country. There were only 14 seats, and if you're looking for Il Forniao like ambiance, this is not the place. Where is separated itself from the Il Forniao-like chains was the food. Since it's a fixed price menu, we happened to be there on a Prime Rib night. I asked for and received the end cut. It was terrific and the horse radish was fresh, not out of a jar. We chose the wine pairing and it was spot on. The Port that we had with the flour-less chocolate cake at the conclusion of our meal was superb."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The staff was very friendly and welcoming but the food was absolutely unremarkable. Would not recommend this restaurant. They need to put up a curtain between the kitchen and the dining area. No "ambience" whatsoever! My husband got a very bad stomach ache at 2AM from something he ate. The wine pairing with the Pre Fixe menu was awful. Sorry to say, they really need to rethink the menu!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The special thing about the Compass Star is Rachel, the chef, and her attentive staff. Their excitement about the week's menu and where their ingredients are sourced is what makes this dining experience special. The house-made charcuterie is delicious and fascinating to learn about. All the other food is yummy. It feels like going to eat at a foodie-friend's home. The space is possibly better in summer when you can dine on the outside patio. Inside it feels a little like the lunchtime sandwich bar it is, with fluorescent light in the back. So not the most plush, romantic setting."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The charcuterie tray was by far the best part of our meal. It came with 6 (I think) different types of salami or sausage. The chef brought it out and described each one. The were all tasty and interesting, and surprisingly different. Good local beer menu. We had a nice night here."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We did the Prix Fixe menu, which was very good, the wine pairings were excellent. Great service, and having the chef come out and visit was pleasant."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Tasty menu with lots of homemade goodies. The prix fix menu was a great choice."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The Compass Star Cafe & Wine Bar was an unexpected gem in local downtown Martinez. Definitely worth visiting; excellent cuisine and wine pairings"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2013