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Haven Gastropub

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Haven GastropubHaven Gastropub
BA SCORE
86
very good

48 Ratings
Ratings: 48
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.22%
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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: kbm on 09-11-2009)
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Photo of AnnieMetal
1.75/5  rDev -53.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2

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.

Photo of bierkoning
2.33/5  rDev -38%
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.

Photo of topdown
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of MattByMoonlight
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Koufax21
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Photo of justbeer
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jramos1
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of jeff1973
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dcgunman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

Photo of vince4953529
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Murrhey
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of kbm
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've been to Haven's three times now. I live close and really want to like this place.

My first two visits were near disaster but they have straightened out most of those kinks.

There are a few tables in the place that are unforgivably uncomfortable. Avoid any of the tables that abut the window. The place really strives to be comfortable but it just doesn't work for me. Maybe after a few years and all the shinny things get some age, it'll be more suited for my taste.

The beer selection is good but not anything to write home about. First, the tap menu doesn't really make sense to me. I think I counted four or five wheat beers on the 12-15 taps. You'll find a few beers from the bruery and firestone and more generic taps. i.e. Guinness. The bottle list is decent with a focus on Belgians but the pricing is a little bit confusing, some beers are priced cheap while others are inexplicably expensive.

Bartenders are attentive but not beer savvy.

None of the food has really impressed me but it's not bad.

Overall, Haven's is worth a stop but don't have too high of an expectation. It's a good non-beercentric restaurant with good beer.

Photo of skiofpinsk
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of jdense
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of elserracho
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.