The Compass Tavern

29 reviews
$30 and under
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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 29 People Are Saying
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4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2021

Good casual pub type atmosphere. Got a bunch of appetizers to share which were good. Disappointed with the service as our server was more interested in socialist with friends at the bar than attending to patrons. I would still go back.

New England
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021

I had a great experience here. Our server was friendly and seemed to know everything on the menu. The food came quickly. My friends loved their risotto, and my wings and fish were both fried perfectly. We ended the meal with a flight of margs that were all delicious, highly recommend!

I was a little worried about capacity restrictions but I did see them turn customers away. It must be hard to turn down business after this past year

I'll be coming back and planning for more cocktails next time!

OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2021

Excellent service food was great

New England
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2021

Was great, definitely recommend and will be back.

1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020

Amazing food and friendly staff. Ample parking lot

1 review
Dined on 31 December 2020

Went for new years dinner. Everything from the drinks were bad to we got our meal before the appetizers and it was cold. To it was not a good first experience especially for the price.

1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020

The meal was great! No wait time. Excellent service.

New England
11 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020

I was so disappointed with our evening. We only go out once a week and try and patronize a different place to help as many places as we can. This place was dumpy. Our table was sticky and not because it was dirty but because the peeled the top coat off of the table. Everything and I mean everything stuck to it. The menus, the napkin the plates and my clothes. It had a very strange odor throughout that hit you as soon as you walked in. The manager (?) was wearing a mask but barely. He wore it below his nose just barely covering his mouth as he seated and walked about the restaurant and behind the bar. I can’t believe once they put my salad together they looked at it and were happy with how it looked and sent it out. The “grilled” romaine was so limp and wet. And it was the smallest dinner salad i had ever seen. This place was just bad. From the ripped booth seats to the sticky tables and they charge for water? Not a huge deal but really charge for tap water? I can set with absolute certainty we will never try here again.

New England
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020

1st time there. We sat outside and it was nice. The food and sizes were good. The waitress that was the trainer was not so good. The trainee was better. The trainer did not seem like she wanted to be there, she brought out our check and didn’t ask if we wanted dessert or anything else. We got the point

Well come back for that another time.

1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020

Unfortunately, waitress was not on her game that night. Waited for drinks alot, seldom stopped by the table. Food was just ok. Not fantastic, but wasn't terrible. Great place to sit outside and have a few drinks.

1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020

We booked a table for 5 for my brother's birthday. Service was great! Prime rib was very good and my baked haddock and vegetables was just right for me. Thanks everyone at the Compass Tavern!

1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020

None of the staff including bouncer and waitress were wearing masks. No social distancing. Will not recommend. Should be shut down.

1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020

Went to grab a meal with friends. We walked in the restaurant, and no one was wearing their masks or gloves. We were seated outside, and the menus were reusable, when they should be single use due to Covid-19. They clearly weren’t wiped either, as they were sticky. Our waitress never told us her name, and wore her mask as a chin strap the entire meal. My friends and I felt super uncomfortable, but since we were there already and hungry, we stayed. We never saw anyone enter the building wearing masks except for us. First and last time eating at this establishment. Please train your staff on the importance of masks and proper sanitation. My friends and I are all in the food service industry; we were appalled at your lax enforcement of government guidelines against the pandemic.

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
8 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020

Busy place pregame crowd was fun

New York Area
6 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 York Area
2 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
8 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 is rated 3.9 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

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