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Permanently Closed - Lion and Compass

4.3
584 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Top Tags:
  • Business Meals
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. For over a quarter of a century, the Lion & Compass has maintained a special status in the Silicon Valley. Opening in 1982, the Lion & Compass quickly established its reputation as the premiere business dining restaurant for the high-tec cognescenti. Combining sophisticated urban cuisine with a tropical English environment, a New York Times article from the 1980's noted, "the Lion & Compass is to the Silicon Valley what Sardi's was to the theater district."

From business dining and banquets, private corporate events, wedding receptions, to a fine dining experience for two, the Lion & Compass is a culinary oasis in the Silicon Valley.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 745-1260
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Miguel Areguin
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Private party facilities
The restaurant offers private rooms for 8, 28 or 45 guests. Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Weddell Drive
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Parking details
Self-parking also available
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.1
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4.0
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Bobby (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Great place to eat, though I understand it will be closing soon.

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vipJohn (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

It was great as usual, however they are closing on Friday 12/22/17 after 35 years. Sure will miss this place and the staff. Good luck to all of you! Take care!!!

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MaryAnn (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

I am sorry to see Lion and Compass closing. We were part of a group, everyone enjoyed their meal. The drinks were good. The wait staff was very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly, meeting our needs without being intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was great but service was slow. Our service forgot our appetizer order even though we asked for it twice...never got it.

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Abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxy (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

The service was slow, but food was decent. There was too much sand in the clams! It was nice to eat there one last time before they close next week!

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vipJSMarley (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

Continues to be the best place for a business lunch in silocon valley!

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vipdrsamurai (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

Always good food and good service. Too bad it is closing.

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vipJohn (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 8, 2017

This is THE iconic Silicon Valley restaurant and I'm sorry to see it close. Try it before the end of the year!

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LLCJlovesgoodfood (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

This Silicon Valley icon will be closing their doors soon. So we wanted to try it. They have good food and great cocktails and a decent wine by the glass list. Our kale ravioli appetizer would have been much better with a drizzle of...something, as it was dry. My husbands steak was tender and cooked just as he ordered. My entree of seafood in a lightly spicy Thai lemongrass was very good. Our salads were large portions. No room for dessert. Service was very friendly though a bit slow given it was not crowded. So all in all a nice dinner but nothing really stands out.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

A Silicon Valley classic from the 80s with much history. The menu includes a variety of selections, all delicious. Excellent service too. Sad that it will be closing, but so glad we had one last wonderful experience there. Fun to reminisce of lunches with Andy Grove or Jerry Sanders, who had his special corner table.

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KerryM (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

Always the best business lunch restaurant will miss when they close

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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

Good service and ambiance as well as good food selection. Wine selections were well rounded and reasonable price for the area.
I would recommend for business dinners.

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OpenTable Diner (Boise)
5.0  Dined on October 30, 2017

Excellent food and service. My macadamia crusted sea bass was delicious and very fresh. All four of us enjoyed our meal. Very sad this restaurant is closing just before Christmas. I’ve been a customer for over 30 years and have always enjoyed dining here. Happy to see they are keeping up the quality and service until the end.

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vipDissatisfied (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on October 19, 2017

This place has really gone down hill. I've been going here for over a decade. Both the quality of the food and the service has gone way-down. The tuna that my wife had was poor; quality was bad and it had no seasoning. I had a lunch that came with French fries. It took 10 minutes to get ketchup for the fries. In general, our waitress was AWOL. She came back to pick up her tip, otherwise, she was nowhere to be found. The other wait staff were much better, but overall, I probably won't be going back again, ever.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2017

We had a business dinner for 12. We were treated very well. We were seated in the private room which is very cozy and has a den-like feel. The food and drinks were fantastic. Tonya sp? did a great job of getting our order right and keeping our drinks full. It is on our list to return.

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OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2017

My favorite find of long recent. Excellent, diverse, creative, yet solid menu. There is certainly some beneath-the-surface history to the place. Think Narnia meets the masons, but whimsical. Loved it. Not cheap, but worth every penny.

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RickL (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

Very good place for a business lunch. Quiet, not crowded, nice and bright, good food.

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vipfredfredfred (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

Exception food and service. I had the Chinese Chicken Salad. Wonderful and consistence. I have eaten there for 50 years one of my faviorates.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
1.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

First time and there will not be a return. Super slow service (we were at nearly hour 2 before entrees showed up; when they did for our table of 12, 1 person did not get a plate-for another 10-15 minutes. Another steak was completely overcooked and had to be returned.

It was a business dinner - the noise was fine but 3 hours for mediocre food was well below expectations.

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vipNotSoGreat (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on September 5, 2017

I had not been to this restaurant before and reserved an evening for our CIO Staff of twelve. I was pretty disappointed at the run down décor right away. Shutters in the middle of the room and a picture frame over a mirrored wall were odd amongst other things - not the ambiance for "fine dining".
The appetizers (calamari and chili prawns) were fine. Our waiter, Michael, kindly separated a salad into two plates as two of us were going to share it. I ordered the Filet Mignon which came with mashed potatoes and asparagus. I asked for the Filet to be medium well and to exchange the asparagus for green beans. However, I was plated with asparagus, green beans and no mashed potatoes and my filet was very well done. As Michael did not come back to check on our meals, I went forward with eating my overcooked filet. Eventually we saw Michael again and I informed him of the mishaps of my meal. I would expect the waiter to catch this, especially for a "fine dining" restaurant.
18% tip was automatically included. I did tip an extra $20 to make it 20%. Maybe that was because Michael kept pouring the wine!
I don't see a reason why I would go back here.

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