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2.33/5 rDev -37.9%
Went here last weekend with some friends. Saturday night around 6pm and our party of 3 got the last available table without a wait.
At first glance, this place seems amazing, but once you settle in that good feeling quickly dissipates.
Very noisy. Like other reviewers, I am 27 and can typically handle a bar like atmosphere, but this was too noisy for the perceived motif of the pub. Music was good selection, but drowned out conversation at our table.
Food was good, not great. I got the baked Mac n' cheese with Gruyere, which sounded great, but tasted like mac n' cheese with a can of cream of mushroom soup. Other guests burger was tasty, but $14. Third guest's lamb Shepard's pie was lacking flavor.
The beer is why we went there, and this was the biggest let down! First off, their tap list was mediocre at best, a few out of ordinaries, but Duvel, Maudite, and other "regular" brews rounded it out. They were all out of 3 of their 9ish available draft picks including Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous. No problem, I think, I'll just order from their extensive bottle collection.... WRONG! Half of the bottle collection is 22oz or 750ml, hence being >$20 and some up to $100+! I finally find a good 12oz to order, but guess what, they're out. FULLY 7 BEERS IN A BOTTLE I TRIED TO ORDER BUT THEY WERE ALL OUT (not exaggerating)!!! On a Saturday night, no less!!! I finally just got a 10oz pour of Duvel for $9.
On top of this we were charged $0.25 for each of our "Naturala" waters, and I was charged $0.25 for each taster from the bar, unbelievable.
There are MUCH better places around, don't bother with Haven.
11-22-2011 22:20:22 | More by bierkoning
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
Went there last night for a little dinner with friends that have never been before we went to a bar not far away. I have been there once and let me just say that it was way better than I remembered!
Very good bar menu...you definitly get what you pay for. I was all over the board with my orders(I enjoy trying things not avail local to me) and one problem my first 3 choices we unavailable. Bottle and draft. Friday night yes, but come on I was disappointed to have to go with third/forth decisions.
Atmosphere was a little louder than would have liked. I mean I am young(29) and can handle but the issue was the "manager" I assume kept on screwing with volume in corner causing people to talk super loud .
Also one last thing...Pub shirts....I love collecting them as sort of conversation starters at other bars. I am a walking billboard 6'9", as a matter or fact currently wearing a Peter B's shirt in Monteray that says on back "Love may be blind but marriage is a real eye opener" and I am about to go to Ports Hoptoberfest...but when you ask the server a simple Q if the logo is on back and she doesnt know and the hostess cant open the case and lastly all there was were S/M HELLO...she said "we just dont sell many of these..." Well I guess you didnt sell another.
All and all place is great, try the Lamb Burger (*excellent*), beer selection a little pricey and sparse but a great time.
Will be back.
10-29-2011 17:42:11 | More by Kevin1082
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
Visited 8.10.11. for lunch.
Located just south of the historic circle at the center of Old Town Orange, Haven Gastropub is an upscale establishment which, along with Bruery Provisions, has brought a breadth of fresh air to central Orange County. While this is certainly a worthwhile destination especially for traveling BAs, note that despite the wealth of proximate parking lots, this is a very busy part of town, so you might have to exercise some patience to find a parking spot within walking distance.
The inside of Haven's features a 14 seat old wooden bar, looks like they might have reclaimed this from another establishment. There are approximately 20 four-top tables some with booths, and four tables on the street-side patio. The service was generally efficient without being intrusive, and was certainly helpful when questions were asked.
The tap list, while not extensive, was relatively top notch. During my visit they featured beers from a number of top notch breweries, including The Bruery (Batch 300), Craftsman (Triple Sage), Ballast Point, Deschutes (Black Butte XXIII), Dogfish Head, etc. Note that the beer prices are on the extreme high end for Orange County. I had the Batch 300 and my buddy had Duvel Single, we paid $9 for 25cl and 33 cl pours respectively. Close to D.C. type prices. Note there are only about a dozen taps, but once again most are of very high quality. Besides the beer they featured an extensive selection of top shelf liquors, including small-batch bourbons and wines. Given the price of the taplist (not to mention the prices of the bottled beers) not sure I want to venture into that part of the beverage selection.
The highlight was certainly the food. This place calls itself a gastropub and for good reason. I had the burger, served on brioche with a side of fries scented with truffle oil. My buddy had the short rib tacos (not Korean) which were delicious. They had an extensive list of upscale pub fare, include some rarely seen dishes, goat poutine, etc. Once again prices were on the very high side, we paid $14 for our lunches.
Given the price point this is more of a special occasion place than someone who isn't on an expense account could regularly afford. All in all, in a more affluent location this would be a really hopping place. In any case, certainly worth a visit.
08-11-2011 00:14:27 | More by jdense
4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
Ok. This is my local gastropub that I've been going to since the day they have opened, so I am going to attempt to review from unbiased standpoint.
The food here is amazing. Its borderline phenomenal depending on what you order. I highly recommend their Lamb Burger and Haven Burger, any of their flatbreads, and the truffle fries, but alot of people go straight for the short rib tacos, which are also great.
Most of the service that I have personally recieved has been exceptional but that may be because I come often.
My main concern with this place is the pricing and selection. I feel, in my experience as craft brew and gastropub fan, that this establishment can charge too much for a selection of beers that are getting increasingly more common. Their 14 taps do rotate, but some of the prices are unreasonably high for these and their bottle list. This is very painful for me to admit.
Overall, I really like this place because of the food and beer combined, and find the atmosphere to not be to tre sheik to bare. The polished wood and subtle interior allow for a calming atmosphere as well.
08-03-2011 18:52:00 | More by BigChug
4.05/5 rDev +8%
I stopped by here while in town for work last week. Not far from the center of Orange, the interior is a fairly typical, but quite nice gastropub.
I sat at the bar, and the bartender was friendly and attentive. The workers were not overly knowledgeable, but could certainly speak to the beers they had on their menu.
The selection was quite good, both tap and bottle list, but the bottles were a bit expensive. Overall, I was impressed, but certainly not overwhelmed. A craft beer enthusiast should be able to find at least a couple interesting taps and a few interesting bottles to try.
I had the shepherd's pie, which was quite good. I certainly recommend eating here.
I recommend this place, especially if you are in the area for Bruery Provisions. I highly recommend coming here instead of Hollingshead's if in the area.
06-28-2011 14:25:08 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
Have come here 2 times in one week on a Saturday aftrernoon and on a Thursday afternoon and had a good time. Crowd is a trendy OC crowd and they play some chill music.
Both of my bartenders have been very nice and friendly. My first Babe was more knowledgeable about the product.
Selection is great. So far I've had a Vintage Rodenbach, Craftsman Honesty on tap, and a bottle of Double Jack and Alpine Nelson. They have had Stone, Bruery, Bigfoot from SN, Allagash and others on tap. Bottle list is good as well.
Oxtail Poutine is the best and the homemade beer chips are pretty good too.
03-24-2011 20:23:35 | More by snpub540
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
I've been here a few times and its a very chill place to hang out for an hour or two. The beer selection is exciting since it changes so often and its written on a huge chalk board by the bar. Its a pretty small restaurant, so the wait time varies quite a lot.
The food is good, but overpriced and not that appealing to me. I've had better gastropub experiences. However, my favorites were the homemade potato chips, mac&cheese, and sliders.
I've had Aurora Borealis, Celtic Stout, Pliny the Elder, and a couple others that I can't remember at the time.
Definitely a place to check out.
03-22-2011 04:39:44 | More by femmebiere
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
Went their for dinner on a Friday night at prime time so I expected a wait, but I have to say that I think the hostess needs a serious lesson on how to seat people as it was just my wife and I and there were opportunities to seat us but chose to seat larger parties instead.
With that being said, our server was awesome and not only knew about the beers that were being served but also knew what paired well with the food we were eating. The beer list is awesome and we were able to enjoy a few beers for the first time. Food was awesome as well.
Overall, I'd be happy to return there and hope to get seated a little more efficiently next time.
03-20-2011 03:02:38 | More by oldsailor
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
Stopped in here after going to Bruery Provisions as I had heard they had the Cismontane Double IPA on-tap. Unfortunately, it wasn't on anymore, but still some other interesting selections.
The restaurant and bar has a really nice vibe to it and definitely has a classy/upscale feel to it. And the prices reflect that. The beers weren't exorbitantly priced, but higher than I would have liked. I didn't get any food, but that certainly seemed to be more expensive.
Overall, the place was pretty nice and perhaps if I felt like paying more than necessary I would consider stopping here more often, but I think a stop every once in awhile is more than enough.
02-05-2011 09:06:30 | More by womencantsail
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
Went here last week after hitting up Bruery Provisions which is right down the street and walking distance. It was their Souther California Brewers Guild night so the selection might have been a bit better for me. They had about 15 beers on tap or so but every single one was super local. They had some Cismontane brewing stuff and Bruery Stuff. Even stuff from Newport Brewing and pizza port.
Atmosphere is cool. Kind of Orange County Hipster but not bad. Good place to take a date if they don't like beer because they do cool wine flights.
People might say it's pricy but for the quality and type of gourmet food you get it's not bad. The Burger was amazing and so was the Mac and Cheese. Get some of the homemade chips too. Their awesome.
Overall a pleasant experience and I will be going back for sure during happy hour because the burger is only $8 and beers are cheaper.
02-02-2011 19:15:48 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.