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Grand Opening: Compass Lakeside Grill & Lounge


2340 Ontario Street, Oakville

So I was invited to attend the VIP Grand Opening of the latest waterfront resto in Bronte’s Harbour:  Compass Lakeside Grill & Lounge.

When we arrived just after 8pm, Compass was out of food so I can’t make any judgments on that however I can comment on the drinks and service.

At the bar, after waiting for quite some time, I requested a glass of Cookoothama wine and was told that it wasn’t being served that night but two seconds later it was served to someone else! Awesome.

Then we asked for a regular coke and a rye & coke. What we received was a watered down coke (so much so that it didn’t taste like coke at all) and a scotch and coke. They served us Grant’s Whisky (scotch) instead of Canadian Club (rye) which was the brand of rye we specifically asked for. Thanks.

The view from the restaurant is amazing, overlooking the Bronte Harbour.

Likewise, the patio is quite nice with the large windows giving a clear view of the interior of the restaurant from outside.

So much so that we witnessed the martini guy conjuring up the martinis by dipping his bare hands into the jar of olives. Classy.

After a few perfunctory photographs of the dull blue and brown interior we were out of there.



Where did we go eat after?

Thai Senses.

Where we got some actual food and attentive service.

Compass Lakeside Grill and Lounge on Urbanspoon

Thai Senses on Urbanspoon



7 thoughts on “Grand Opening: Compass Lakeside Grill & Lounge

  1. I was at the opening too and have been there several times since and recommend this place to everyone.

    The food is Awesome, the table service is excellent, the view is fantastic.

    However; bar service is horrible and i don’t recommend sitting in the bar area.
    Every bartender seems to have a chip on their shoulder, they need an attitude adjustment.
    I have never feel so ignored as when USED to go just for drinks at the bar.

    It’s like I have interrupted their life with my petty drink order….

    Posted by Barbara Tender | May 25, 2012, 13:40
  2. sorry to hear you had such a bad experinces….we are still new and I do hope you would give us a second chance…..it was a very rough night and we know things didn’t go smoothly but we are ironing out the bumps and learning as we go…..I am sorry you missed out on the food….it was so good it went super fast and I do hope you will come back one more time…again sorry it was not up to par but we have been working hard to make it better everyday!

    Posted by Kook | April 26, 2010, 21:28
  3. Yes, I agree, please try it again! I had a fabulous time!

    Posted by Adrianna | April 24, 2010, 13:28
  4. I too was at the new Compass restaurant……all i could say is this. Great Ambiance, Great Food, Great drinks and Fabulous service! Sorry to hear your experience wasn’t a good one, give it a 2nd chance!

    Posted by Rosanne LaScala | April 23, 2010, 18:46
  5. 20 minutes is a very fast time to judge a place…
    we hope you come again and test out the food because it is amazing. like i said…apologies on the bar though!

    Posted by Marisa | April 22, 2010, 15:52

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