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Haven Gastropub

Haven GastropubHaven Gastropub

Taps: 14 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
86
very good

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 16.98%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ 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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FosterJM

California

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

08-15-2012 14:35:15 | More by FosterJM
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skiofpinsk

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

I stopped by here for dinner on a short work related trip out to Anaheim. It was a Tuesday night, and the bar was pretty open. Most of the tables were filled.
I took a seat at the bar and waited a bit for the bartender to return. When he did, he offered me a tap list and food menu. Pretty decent selection on tap. About a dozen or so taps, and all quality stuff. Bottle list was quality as well, with what seemed like slightly higher than normal bar prices. I settled on a Golden Road Hefeweizen and a lamb burger. While I waited for my food, I noticed that even though the place was pretty full, it wasn't very loud. Not a big fan of bars that are so loud due to music and people shouting over it in order to be heard, so it was a big plus for me.
The food arrived, and both the burger and pomme frites were delicious. I finished up both food and beer and ordered a Ballast Point Sea Monster to finish up the evening.
Overall, I enjoyed this place. If I was a local, I probably wouldn't make it in regularly due to what seemed like slightly higher prices. However, both food and beer seem to be much appreciated here so you can rest assured you'll get a good meal in a pleasant atmosphere.

05-12-2012 01:05:04 | More by skiofpinsk
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Murrhey

Montana

3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$

I've been to Haven a few times. The beer is always nice, the food is better. But be ready to spend quite a bit of money.

A- It is laid back with some hipsters slingin' the brews. I like it quite a bit, but when it gets busy it can be excruciating. The crowd that seems to gather here is a bit yuppie, a bit hipster. I don't know what that says about me, but whatever.

Q- Food is wonderful, if expensive. Beers are better.

S- As much as I ribbed them a little earlier, the waitstaff is friendly and fairly knowledgeable.

Selection- Great rotating beers, bottles leave me less than impressed though. Either way, you get a good choice from cheap to ball-bustingly expensive.

F- Like I said, great food. Not cheap though, and smallish portions.

Value- I've been on it all review. If you go in for two of the cheaper beers and a small dish, be prepared to shell out 25 before tip.

01-21-2012 22:19:38 | More by Murrhey
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Drinkerofales

California

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

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

12-16-2011 07:48:08 | More by Drinkerofales
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Koufax21

New Mexico

2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$

Stopped by this place for dinner after waiting in line at Bruery Provisions for almost 2 hrs. I had read great things about this place. I checked out their website and saw many offerings I was interested in. I was able to convince my crew to check this place out eventhough the food menu seemed a little pricey. When we got in and seated we were told that they were training a waitress and she'd be shadowing the waiter. Cool, no problem, except they gave us one beer menu for four seated. We were missing silverware and it took a while to get our initial drink order. Once we were tended to, we were informed that several of the beers we were asking for were unavailable. 15$ for Alpine Nelson - little high but fresh nonetheless. Food was good but pricey. Jumbo prawns with cheese grits. The company I was with didn't enjoy their food as much as I did, but to each their own. I'll more than likely patronize another establishment next time I'm in the area.

12-04-2011 15:54:11 | More by Koufax21
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$$

Cool little English gastropub type motif in old school downtown Orange, close to Bruery Provisions. Lots of wood, really enjoyed hearing The Get Up Kids on whatever was playing the music (I suspect someone's ipod on shuffle).

A great alleged selection of beers available. I dunno what the deal is with this unfortunate trend lately, but it gets old repeatedly requesting beers that are on the menu, on the website, but not actually available. Claimed Damnation 23, no. Claimed Alpine Nelson, no. Claimed -bal Ten Fidy, no. Service was decent, some hotties, some heavier, uglier, tatted types that give the fellow tall skinny hottie trainee employees dirty looks behind her back, that was classic. Ended up finally settling on a $15 bottle of Alpine Duet. At least it was fresh.

Shepard's Pie was disappointing, bland, just some supermarket hamburger & mashed potatoes. Just wasn't all that impressed with this place, I hate places that hype up their beer selection on paper, but then fail to deliver in reality.

11-24-2011 20:16:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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bierkoning

California

2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3 | $$$$

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
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Kevin1082

California

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 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
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jdense

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$

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
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BigChug

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$

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
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Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.