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Haven Gastropub

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Haven GastropubHaven Gastropub
BA SCORE
86
very good

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.49%
Taps: 14
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

190 S Glassell St
Orange, California, 92866-1478
United States
phone: (714) 221-0680

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @havengastropub

Notes:
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(Place added by: kbm on 09-11-2009)
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Photo of jwswigs
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

jwswigs, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Ducksfan
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%

I've been a regular at Hollingshead's for years. After being fed up with their service and obvious lack of respect for their regulars I sought a new local pub. First discovring Haven during the international street fair at the orange circle, I didn't think the upscale atmosphere really suited my fancy. On my most recent visit I was extremely impressed. They have a wonderful beer selection with over a dozen taps and a plethra of bottles. A friend and I split a Rodenbach Grand Cru, had a couple racer 5s and an Old Chubb at prices much lower the Hollingsheads. The service was great, one of the owners even came and chatted with us for a bit, very friendly and knowledgable staff. I was also pleased to run into to a few friends so I felt right at home. Haven is wonderful, if you're in the area give it a try.

Ducksfan, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

I like the look of the place, perfect lighting, not too many tvs, great wood and stone finishes. If I could build my perfect kitchen, it would look a lot like this.

Lots of different beers on tap, which are constantly changing, and way more in the bottle than I can count. Food is good, a bit trendy, but tasty.

Service is a bit slow, it's a very busy place, so that's kind of expected.

Lots of choices, usually at least 3-4 beers from different styles, with always some IPA, Belgian, Stout, Amber, and lighter ales. Food is all over, from prosciutto brussell sprouts, to ceviche, to chicken and waffles, to bacon wrapped shrimp and grits, like I said, trendy, but well done.

Pricing is a little on the high side, but all around, if you were in a real restaurant, you would pay more for this style. I haven't eaten anything bad here, but I wish it were just a little more economical.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of snpub540
4.4/5  rDev +17%

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.

snpub540, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of oldsailor
4.4/5  rDev +17%

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.

oldsailor, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.4/5  rDev +17%

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.

PeprSprYoFace, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of femmebiere
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

femmebiere, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of DrewShalvoy
4.25/5  rDev +13%

DrewShalvoy, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of BigChug
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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.

BigChug, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Lucnifter
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Lucnifter, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of shadwsndst
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

shadwsndst, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Kevin1082
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

Kevin1082, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

I've been here quite a few times and am not sure how I didnt review this yet. Anyway, this review is from 8/14/12 with StarRaptor and Markintihar

Atm- Its built in the veign of an open restaurant style with open black ceilings, big windows along the side a fireplace and a big bar along the side. At night with the wood its a bit dark and nice with the low lighting.

Quality- Overall the quality of this place is great. The food is well crafted and super tasty. The beer is on point most of the time, Wish they had a bit more on tap at times. Most of the time its things that are pretty available in So.Cal. No real WOW beers. Bottles are pretty good as well.

Service- Always prompt and helpul, lots of yes sir and can I get you anything else. The chef and staff really make people feel at home.

Selection- Its a one page menu and thats okay. I just need more sometimes. Not a flaw per se just needs a bit of variety.

Food- Amazing everytime. Last night I got the lamb burger. WOW. Super flavorful and perfectly cooked to the chefs selection.

Value- I'm torn here. Its kinda in between reasonable and pricey. For 1 beer, chips and the burger was over $30.

FosterJM, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of iago0618
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

iago0618, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

bump8628, May 21, 2010
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Chmanzi
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Chmanzi, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

Saturday evening, nothing doing for dinner, what to do? Hmmm, I hear of this new gastropub in Old Town Orange, why not try it out?

Dark wood and stones all over the interior with wide windows looking onto Glassel, and a bar with seating for maybe ten people. Two TV's are located high over the back of the bar. Not a spacious place, but rather cozy. Lots of people inside, and as the night progressed, more people started showing up.

14 taps at the bar, represented by beers like Weihenstephan Original, Hemp Ale, Chambly Noire, Autumn Maple, Hottenroth Berliner Weiss, Oaktoberfest, Saison Dupont, Arrogant Bastard, Guinness, Blanche de Bruxelles, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Union Jack IPA, Green Flash IPA. The bottle list was quite impressive too (but small in quantity), carrying Old Dubh, Chimay, Spaten, Ayinger, Cantillon, Duvel, Westmalle, Rochefort, Orval, Lindemans, Wells Bombardier. Supposedly, they cut a deal to offer TAPS beers, but I didn't see any offered during my visit. Two pieces of glass are offered for the beers: a 16 ounce piece (not a standard shaker), and a 12 ounce goblet. Beers were poured nicely with big heads....they were even pouring their Guinness correctly. Drafts are $6, bottles will vary.

The food menu is very limited....less than a dozen things, including starters. I went for the macaroni and cheese. Delicious! It's made with white cheeses, topped with panko, but that cheesy goodness won me over. Oh, and some of the entrees offer suggestions for beers to pair with.

Staff was plentiful for my visit. Friendly bartenders. The food came out quick.

In the past, finding high quality beer in Old Town Orange could only be found at Rod's Liquor. Cafe Lucca added some craft beer to their lineup, but it isn't a bar. Now I have to a good watering hole in Old Town, and it makes a nice alternative to Hollingshead's in the city of Orange.

DoubleJ, Oct 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Booner818, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

werdnacross, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rollzroyce21, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

fthegiants, Jul 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of elserracho
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

I'm mostly with reviewer KBM on this one, but I found the food and service to be mostly pretty good. The tap selection is not that impressive and is a bit strange to folks who are looking for a true beer destination like beachwood or even pizza port. They do not focus on west coast styles, which is of course their right, but the things that they do have don't make a lot of sense. I've seen a lot of sweet beers and a lot of wheat beers, in short, the 16 taps don't present a lot of range.

I'm more impressed, recently, with the taps right around the corner at PJ's abbey - they have Green Flash Imperial, Racer 5, Ten Fiddy, and more. Haven has more taps, a nice atmosphere, and better food, but PJ's has them beat in terms of good quality beers.

elserracho, Dec 21, 2009
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Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.