Taps: 14 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Saturday evening, nothing doing for dinner, what to do? Hmmm, I hear of this new gastropub in Old Town Orange, why not try it out?
Dark wood and stones all over the interior with wide windows looking onto Glassel, and a bar with seating for maybe ten people. Two TV's are located high over the back of the bar. Not a spacious place, but rather cozy. Lots of people inside, and as the night progressed, more people started showing up.
14 taps at the bar, represented by beers like Weihenstephan Original, Hemp Ale, Chambly Noire, Autumn Maple, Hottenroth Berliner Weiss, Oaktoberfest, Saison Dupont, Arrogant Bastard, Guinness, Blanche de Bruxelles, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Union Jack IPA, Green Flash IPA. The bottle list was quite impressive too (but small in quantity), carrying Old Dubh, Chimay, Spaten, Ayinger, Cantillon, Duvel, Westmalle, Rochefort, Orval, Lindemans, Wells Bombardier. Supposedly, they cut a deal to offer TAPS beers, but I didn't see any offered during my visit. Two pieces of glass are offered for the beers: a 16 ounce piece (not a standard shaker), and a 12 ounce goblet. Beers were poured nicely with big heads....they were even pouring their Guinness correctly. Drafts are $6, bottles will vary.
The food menu is very limited....less than a dozen things, including starters. I went for the macaroni and cheese. Delicious! It's made with white cheeses, topped with panko, but that cheesy goodness won me over. Oh, and some of the entrees offer suggestions for beers to pair with.
Staff was plentiful for my visit. Friendly bartenders. The food came out quick.
In the past, finding high quality beer in Old Town Orange could only be found at Rod's Liquor. Cafe Lucca added some craft beer to their lineup, but it isn't a bar. Now I have to a good watering hole in Old Town, and it makes a nice alternative to Hollingshead's in the city of Orange.
10-27-2009 00:25:13 | More by DoubleJ
3/5 rDev -20.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$$
Cool little English gastropub type motif in old school downtown Orange, close to Bruery Provisions. Lots of wood, really enjoyed hearing The Get Up Kids on whatever was playing the music (I suspect someone's ipod on shuffle).
A great alleged selection of beers available. I dunno what the deal is with this unfortunate trend lately, but it gets old repeatedly requesting beers that are on the menu, on the website, but not actually available. Claimed Damnation 23, no. Claimed Alpine Nelson, no. Claimed -bal Ten Fidy, no. Service was decent, some hotties, some heavier, uglier, tatted types that give the fellow tall skinny hottie trainee employees dirty looks behind her back, that was classic. Ended up finally settling on a $15 bottle of Alpine Duet. At least it was fresh.
Shepard's Pie was disappointing, bland, just some supermarket hamburger & mashed potatoes. Just wasn't all that impressed with this place, I hate places that hype up their beer selection on paper, but then fail to deliver in reality.
11-24-2011 20:16:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
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
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-05-2011 09:06:30 | More by womencantsail
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here quite a few times and am not sure how I didnt review this yet. Anyway, this review is from 8/14/12 with StarRaptor and Markintihar
Atm- Its built in the veign of an open restaurant style with open black ceilings, big windows along the side a fireplace and a big bar along the side. At night with the wood its a bit dark and nice with the low lighting.
Quality- Overall the quality of this place is great. The food is well crafted and super tasty. The beer is on point most of the time, Wish they had a bit more on tap at times. Most of the time its things that are pretty available in So.Cal. No real WOW beers. Bottles are pretty good as well.
Service- Always prompt and helpul, lots of yes sir and can I get you anything else. The chef and staff really make people feel at home.
Selection- Its a one page menu and thats okay. I just need more sometimes. Not a flaw per se just needs a bit of variety.
Food- Amazing everytime. Last night I got the lamb burger. WOW. Super flavorful and perfectly cooked to the chefs selection.
Value- I'm torn here. Its kinda in between reasonable and pricey. For 1 beer, chips and the burger was over $30.
08-15-2012 14:35:15 | More by FosterJM
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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.
12-27-2010 21:47:30 | More by Halcyondays
4.4/5 rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Went here last week after hitting up Bruery Provisions which is right down the street and walking distance. It was their Souther California Brewers Guild night so the selection might have been a bit better for me. They had about 15 beers on tap or so but every single one was super local. They had some Cismontane brewing stuff and Bruery Stuff. Even stuff from Newport Brewing and pizza port.
Atmosphere is cool. Kind of Orange County Hipster but not bad. Good place to take a date if they don't like beer because they do cool wine flights.
People might say it's pricy but for the quality and type of gourmet food you get it's not bad. The Burger was amazing and so was the Mac and Cheese. Get some of the homemade chips too. Their awesome.
Overall a pleasant experience and I will be going back for sure during happy hour because the burger is only $8 and beers are cheaper.
02-02-2011 19:15:48 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 +16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Have come here 2 times in one week on a Saturday aftrernoon and on a Thursday afternoon and had a good time. Crowd is a trendy OC crowd and they play some chill music.
Both of my bartenders have been very nice and friendly. My first Babe was more knowledgeable about the product.
Selection is great. So far I've had a Vintage Rodenbach, Craftsman Honesty on tap, and a bottle of Double Jack and Alpine Nelson. They have had Stone, Bruery, Bigfoot from SN, Allagash and others on tap. Bottle list is good as well.
Oxtail Poutine is the best and the homemade beer chips are pretty good too.
03-24-2011 20:23:35 | More by snpub540
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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.
11-28-2009 04:15:14 | More by kbm
Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA
86 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.