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About Lion and Compass

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.

1023 North Fair Oaks Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Weddell Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 745-1260

Website:
http://www.lionandcompass.com/

Parking Details:
Self-parking also available

Executive Chef:
Miguel Areguin

Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant offers private rooms for 8, 28 or 45 guests. Please call for details.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lion and Compass Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (12)
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Good for Groups (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Casual (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Romantic (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Cozy (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Worth the Drive (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Authentic (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 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.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always the best business lunch restaurant will miss when they close

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 3, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 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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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 22, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 13, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My wife and I spent our wedding anniversary at the Lion & Compass, and we had a great anniversary there. The food was excellent and the service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very good service. Big dining area, so it won't be too crowded. The food is a bit pricy according to the quality. It's tasty but nothing special. Good ambient.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Lion and Compass is a great place to have a casual business lunch or lunch with good friends. This place is a landmark in the valley. Food offering very good, very fresh and great service. Highly recommend Lion and Compass.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Four of us had dinner on a Thursday night. The restaurant was not busy at all which is puzzling. I had two of the appetizer salads and they were wonderful. It was refreshing to be able to have a nice conversation and positive dining experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The food and service were very good, the restaurant was kind of empty and I remembered it being a jumping restaurant. It wasn't easy to find because the signage out front is older and the ivy is overgrown and hard to see the building.

Would definitely recommend though

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Restaurant was alright, but I was annoyed that their parking lot was far from full, yet I was basically forced to valet my car (something I never like doing).

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Friendly staff and great customer service. I had the grilled scallop salad, which had great flavor.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Ironically, I was promoting this restaurant to an out of town consultant. I told the story and built enthusiasm. The staff were rude and dismissive. One of them even asked us to leave a room I was just showing to hype the restaurant before we sat for lunch. Even my guest said he never wants to return to that place.

Maybe the staff can take lessons in class, service and basic manners.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Have been to Lion and Compass many times and this is the first time it was below average. Signature Chinese chicken salad was disappointing- very watery peanut sauce, unappetizing chicken pieces that looked and tasted like they had just been defrosted, all presented very poorly. Dining room nearly empty which was surprising - maybe this valley institution has finally had its day.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 2, 2017

I think our server was Tania, she was excellent, very attentive without being interuptive. The lunch menu is always fresh and delicious. The Chinese chicken salad as usual was splendid.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Excellent food. Outstanding sea bass that was cooked to perfection. Good wine list and excellent service. Suggest a drink in the bar before dinner. Best to make a reservation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Excellent lunch and very nice service

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on May 3, 2017

This is a favorite restaurant of ours for over 25 years- always consistent simple delicious meals. The Brazilian Daiquiri is fantastic, as is everything and the desserts and yummy.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Fantastic service, food and venue. Love the patio area for a business or casual lunch

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 3, 2017

My managers name is spelled wrong it is Pantelis! I made the mistake during booking but was not offered a way to correct or change this, I tried to get this changed and was unable to do that by making the request on line. Would you please change the spelling to Pantelis.
Thank you

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

The lion and compass used to be the only special restaurant in that part of the Silicon Valley. Everyone went to the lion and compass. Many deals were done over drinks. Now there are many options in the area. It is still a wonderful place for a quiet dinner or meeting with friends. You can hear each other talk over dinner. And the food has always been great. Although there are many places in the area now, the lion and compass holds many meal memories for people who have worked in this area all of their careers.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Romantic, Business Meals, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

I had lunch with a friend just before Christmas and was pleasantly surprised with both the food and service. This time the food was good but the service was terrible. We ate in the main dining area and there were only a third (maybe a bit less) of the tables occupied. There were plenty of waiters milling around but our waiter was only reluctantly available and the other waiters ignored my requests for assistance. I think they work by stations and if you're outside of their station, they don't view it as their responsibility.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Food was excellent. Would recommend. The atmosphere was very nice.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Arranged a team dinner of 12. Staff was very friendly and focused their attention throughout our meal time. Our team was seated in a semi-private area which made it a bit more relaxed and noise level kept to a minimum. The seabass was cooked perfect and the added nut crunch gave it a nice mix on the palate. We shared a couple appetizers; the brandy chili prawns and porcini mushroom ravioli - both were great. This is a definite go-to place and highly recommend.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Friendly and attentive staff, excellent food. The location looks like a private club.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

The food was AMAZING preparation, flavor and presentation was exquisite. I had a hard time understanding the waiter but we eventually got there; he was very attentive and good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

I have gone to this spot for years...My dining companion, however, was not familiar with the place. She loved it. Can't wait to go back. The host (Kim) at this restaurant is so cordial and really makes any trip here special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Perfect restaurant for that special occasion. Never disappoints. It was our anniversary, and the food, wine and atmosphere (quiet table in the corner), good but unhurried service and excellent food, helped make it a special evening. Well worth the price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Guess it's time is past, "Old" Silicon Valley.
Service was 10 on a scale of 5, impeccable.
Wine, very reasonably priced and initmate ambiance. If only the food was good..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Amazing food with great service. The Rack of Lamb was the best I've ever had. Great for a romantic date. Pricey but worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We didn't eat in the main dining room, but off the bar in the library area.........it was nice & quiet, with only about 3 -4 couples in there..........we enjoyed it..............

Tags: Casual
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