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3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
Visited here Boxing Day '10, after a quick trip to the Provisions store. Located on the corner of Almond and Glassell, parking can be a bit of a hassle, but I got lucky and parked on the street.
Walking it's quite open, with a wooden motif, having a long bar at the south end. I was greeted by a friendly gentleman with a Rollie Fingers mustache who got me a pour of Craftsman Winter. I also had a pour of Gruner Veltliner and a dram of Laphroig during my stay. Had the mac and cheese, a bit crunchier, good but not as good as Beachwood. Service was solid even if they had a lot to do.
Fairly pricey, my meal and drinks were $42 before tip. Bottle selection is impressive, if expensive, $72 for SA Infinium. All and all a nice restaurant, but nothing to go out of the way for.
12-27-2010 21:47:30 | More by Halcyondays
3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
Been wanting to go to HG since I first heard and read about this place in the Register and here on BA. Alot of good reviews and some not so good.
Kind of reminded me of the pubs back in London and Great Britain. It was open as you walked in. A very relaxed atmosphere. The bar to the left and big. Full of the hard stuff. To the left is a huge chalkboard with whats on tap at the moment. First thing I noticed was Sierra Nevada's 30th. That was not on their website when I checked last. But taps change at any moment. Ahead was a small fireplace(unused). The waiter brought us the menu's. Draft was on one side and bottles on the other. A small happy hour (food only) menu was available. They could of had happy hour price for the drafts. But I guess they do well enough without the dollar or two off. I ordered the flight. 1 I had before and 3 newbrews. I then had a pint of Craftsman Octoberfest. I asked the waiter where was Craftsman from. He told me from the San Diego area. Found out afterwards they were from the Los Angeles area (Pasadena). I didn't think they were from the San Diego area. I know my San Diego brewery's. One strike for the waiter's knowledge. Our waiter then changed to a waitress. Shift change I guess. I then asked for a bottle of Pure Hoppiness. The waitress lady/girl was at the counter socializing with the locals I guess. The place was not at all busy. Probably around 4 or 5 tables were full. So 15 minutes later she comes back and say's they are out of Pure Hoppiness. Bummer. I was really hoping for the Hoppiness. Oh well. Back to the Octoberfest brew. We ordered the Housemade Potato Chip (good), onion soup (good), Margherita Flatbread (okay), Pulled Pork (pretty good) and their famous Haven Burger (good too). So the food was average. I liked the burger and flatbread at Congregation Ale House alot better. And the Pulled pork and burger at Beachwood is better. HG was just okay for us.
I'm glad to be so close to Beachwood BBQ. Just down PCH. If I'm ever in the historic downtown Orange area again I would probably visit this establishment again. But the last time I was in the area was. . . . .never. Never say never.
10-26-2010 16:16:11 | More by dcgunman
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
One of many restaurants in downtown Orange that I've driven by so many times but never had the chance to dine in.
Finally came here with my cousin for a Sunday lunch. The draft selection wasn't that impressive and most of them have relatively low abv. They do have an enormous bottle list but why would you want to order bottles in a pub when you can buy them from stores for half the price.
The service is... serviceable. Not bad, but not earth-shattering. But who needs earth-shattering service at a pub?
Food is the best part here. We had the tacos and some other dishes and the flavor was phenomenal. I'll try something else if next time I am here.
09-19-2010 21:26:39 | More by vince4953529
2.78/5 rDev -25.9%
I live a block and a half from Haven and I was really excited when this place first opened. A local that would only pour craft beer and a top notch burger on par with Fathers imho. Unfortunately the place has jacked the beer prices through the roof while not even offering a proper pint. If your going to charge $7+ a beer at least make it 16 oz. Try to get a drop on the weekends and you will have to push your way through a bunch of rejects from an old Duran Duran video to get to the bar. Snooty attitudes prevail from the staff and the crowd. There are some bright spots, the food is usually excellent and Babe (yes thats her real name) the bartender is one of the best in the business. The owners are friendly enough just more interested in being trendy then a good local.
08-17-2010 03:40:35 | More by justbeer
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
I went with my husband and a friend. The beer selection was good, lots of different choices. It was nice to see different kinds of beer I had never heard of before. The service was just ok, kind of wished they were a little more knowledgeable and welcoming. Food was good too, I had the mac and cheese. My husband had the pulled pork sandwich and enjoyed it which is good because he is a total food critic. It was pricey but I would definitely go again. They also just introduced happy hour I might give it a shot, hopefully its not too crowded.
07-31-2010 06:45:21 | More by jramos1
1.75/5 rDev -53.3%
I wish this place wasn't so posh, expensive and phony. I love the location, right in Old Towne Orange, with plenty of charm. Inside it is modern and generic. It just looks like an overpriced "trendy" bar.
Service staff is a pretty young, who aren't tremendously "service" minded. They don't seem to care about you one way or another - and wish you would hurry and leave so they can seat more people. I was there for hours watching the lunch to dinner crowd with an old friend very recently.
I was not impressed with the tap selection, or the bottled brews either. They refuse to get anything like Pliney, because they don't think the crowd would even know what it is. I found this out after a long talk with a full-time bartender. he blatantly admitted to me that they started off as more reasonable, but the more they got established, the higher the prices went "because they can." Wow. Pretty cocky, not sure how I feel about taking my money there now.
You wind up paying alot more here, for less, for Duvel or something even easier to find.
Same goes for food, it's okay, small, pretentious, and overpriced. Meh.
06-05-2010 07:05:35 | More by AnnieMetal
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
Haven is in the charming plaza district of old town Orange. The interior is warm and comfortable, but still pretty sleek and modern.
I was there in the middle of the day on a Thursday, so it was pretty quiet. The bartender was certainly friendly, almost to the point of being obnoxious at times, but he never really crossed that line. This was probably due to the fact that it was slow at the time and he didn't have a lot to do. My girlfriend and I each ordered flights. The beer was well-kept and tasty, but a bit pricey for the quantity. I expected that, though, in a trendy gastropub in this part of town. They only had maybe ten or so taps, but they were filled with high-quality crafts and a few tough-to-find beers (minus the Guinness, that is).
The food sounded great, but I never really got a look at it and didn't try any myself. If going to Haven to dine, expect a hefty tab that my college budget couldn't have afforded.
05-21-2010 19:18:10 | More by bump8628
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
I was very impressed by the knowledgeable bartender. She never talked down to anyone and was quite content to let people make their own choices. But, when asked, was quick to offer reasoned educated choices.
The food was good. I ate the Brussels Sprouts with bacon and the pork belly. The sprouts were a bit on the salty side, but were a great match with the Scottish ale (recommended). The pork belly was perfect -- crisped on the top with a beautiful sauce and creamy celery puree. The prices are a little high, but this is Orange, after all. And the portions are huge.
Great value. Don't miss it.
04-01-2010 03:34:32 | More by iago0618
4.05/5 rDev +8%
Ive managed to get to this place twice now, once with a good foodie friend who is interested in learning the ways of the brew, and again with a valentines day date
I was very impressed with the food the first time and the beer selection was above average. They have some good one offs form local breweries such as Stone and The Bruery and the standards form far off places...
Service and atmosphere were good both times and although my server made some off suggestions when one bottle I was interested in was gone, he was interested to talk to me and learn about another style that he didn't know.
The only reason this place doesnt get a higher grade form me is the Prices...
$18 for a pour of Stone/Brewdog Bashah
$30 for Lost abbey Gift of the Magi
These were the two that stuck out with a few others that seemed a little high even for downtown orange. Roll back the prices a little bit and maybe the Bashah wouldnt be on tap for 2+ months
I definitely recommend a Haven burger and a flight of 4 if your looking to try some of the taps
02-15-2010 22:28:00 | More by Chmanzi
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
This is a great place to have a pint in a posh setting. The food is decent but its the ambiance that really sucks you in. Chalk board beer list, stonework with inlaid candles and dark wood everywhere! The on tap selection is nothing spectacular, but their bottle offerings are quite good.
Service was knowledgeable and fun, a few friends and I went in and had a few drinks over a couple hours and had a great time. This place is a bit of a drive (compared to my Yardhouse haunt) but well worth it. I enjoyed the intimate setting and genuine service.
01-19-2010 07:24:17 | More by shadwsndst
Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.