Native Son


8443 Haven Ave Unit 189
Rancho Cucamonga, California, 91730-0619
United States

(714) 204-0337 | map

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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Native Son Alehouse has several locations in the L.A. area. This one is in Rancho Cucamonga, inside the Haven City Market. The market is a cool place with a couple of dozen eateries under one roof, like a giant food court. They represent an eclectic mix of food types from around the world and no chain restaurants. I came in to get dinner and a beer while passing through Ontario Airport on business.

Native Son is just a bar set against the wall in the main gallery of the market. The bar is simple and made of a light colored stone to fit into the white food court surroundings. There is some color and decoration around the taps on the back wall, but this is a no-frills place. It has a few stools and a few tall tables where you can sip their wares, but many customers just grab a beer or cocktail and then wander the market to get food.

The bar servers were polite, friendly and efficient, but did not seem overly in tune with the beer selection. It seemed that mixed drinks were as big or a bigger focus than the beers.

All that said, however, the beer selection was very impressive. They have 24 taps of well-curated beers; seeming to be almost all from Southern CA, with a few other selections from further North on the West Coast. They heavily favored IPAs, but there were a few other styles, such as various CA-produced Belgian styles and a few darker types like stouts.

To illustrate how good the selection is, the whole reason I ventured to the market to try this bar was because I saw online they had Russian River Pliny the Elder on tap. Despite living in Southern CA for a while and then traveling here often for business, I had never spotted this whale in person and I couldn't resist a visit to check it out after years of hearing the hype.

All in all, I enjoyed the food experience at the market and got to taste a hallowed beer, so it was a good experience. My only complaint about the beer experience at Native Son - Inland Empire was that the beer was served in plastic solo cups, the semitransparent kind (hence my low Quality score). I understand this was necessary because the bar is in an open area built for people to wander off and never return with glassware, but it certainly does not do any favors for the fine beers they are serving.
Aug 17, 2022
Native Son in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Place rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1 ratings