Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in historic Old Towne Orange, Haven Craft Kitchen+Bar has become known for its warm, comfortable setting; extensive and unique selection of beer, wine, and cocktails; and high quality, freshly prepared food, maintaining purveyors of local or organic produce, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised meat and poultry. Haven boasts a selection of 14 rotating independent craft beers on draught and more than 100 in the bottle. Choose from more than 300 specialty bourbons, scotches, and whiskeys; and an award-winning wine list, with nearly 50 wines by the glass. In addition, you can enjoy a seasonal craft cocktail, or one of our hand-selected craft spirits.

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.1
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CK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very nice meal, excellent cauliflower and brussel sprout dishes. Hamburger done as requested with very soft bun.

OT
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing meal at Haven. I highly recommend dining here. Food was so tasty and the portions were large enough to share. We had a party of four. The wait staff is excellent, attentive, and patient. We ordered the skillet cornbread, wagyu carpaccio, and squash soup for appetizers. For entrees we had the kale Cesar salad, crispy pork belly, uni pasta dish, and the prime rib cap. We ended the evening with the chocolate budino and the panda cota. Everything was so delicious! Haven is a great restaurant!

YB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was great. I would highly recommend Haven. We will definitely be returning.

t
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Prefix menu for Valentine’s Day! Good portions and everything was very tasty. It’s more of a bar atmosphere and the noise was heavy. Would go back for a more casual dinner again.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely going back

S
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Tons of flavor in every dish!

CP
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Big surprise!
We found Haven on Open Table while on the road, and without any great expectations.
The greeting was sincere, the service was fun and informative, the beer selection is stellar, cocktails inventive and there is a chef who really knows what he's doing!
Totally recommended.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were amazing it really was a perfect meal we will definitely be back

RM
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food4Service3Ambience3

Outstanding food and service

IE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was awesome and great drink selection

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience2

Waitress changed ever 30 minutes. When you wanted to order something you wouldn’t k ow who your waitress was. Instead waitress would walk by and eventually a bidder had to be flagged down. Sad, I enjoyed and gave good reviews for haven and their other local restaurant. Will be changing those now.

Z
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great drink menu and the best selection of bourbons in OC

GR
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The gougeres appetizer was great as was cocktail. 1/2 off wine bottle on Wednesday was nice.. had a good pinot

k
Las Vegas
130 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Pork belly had both crispy and gelatinous bits. Burger was generous, crispy fries, homemade butter pickle YUM. Homemade coffee ice cream a treat.

TS
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

This place is better for groups of 4 or more or get there by 5:00pm if you’re looking for a more ambient table for 2 by the window, patio (if not too cold out), or fireplace. We sat behind the hostess stand otherwise we were going to be seated right in the middle of other tables with guests which would’ve been too close for comfort and like we were joining their table. Seating behind hostess is not recommended as it’s a busy place where a lot of people gather (servers, customers, management) not to mention there’s seating for customers waiting for a table directly behind that table.
Seating issues aside, it’s a busy place and for good reason.
The food is diverse, fresh, different than you imagine based on descriptions but in the best way possible. The servers are friendly, efficient, & knowledgeable.
We’ve been there twice now. The first time with another couple and we tried multiple tasting plates and every single one of them we would order again. We are all still talking about our food experience. This visit was just the two of us and we decided to go for the special salmon tartare appetizer in coconut milk curry, the farm fresh multi colored beet salad, and the special entree fresh truffle pasta with duck egg yolk. Everything was superb! I don’t know if I’d agree that the pasta dish was worth $45 even though shaved black truffles are super expensive to begin with, it’s still just pasta which is inexpensive. We also ordered the chocolate budino for dessert which they seem to run out of frequently. We tried to order it when we were there the 1st visit and they were sold out of it before 6:00 pm (granted there was a very large party there and it was in December) our server informed us they ran out of it the night before which was a Thursday. So if this dessert is something you want best to put your order in right away. It’s a dense fudge like flourless cake topped with salted caramel gelato and a drizzle on the plate of vanilla olive oil. We’ll be back!

f
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place - food was outstanding. Service too. We'd definitely go back without hesitation.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Dani was a great server. Our salmon was underdone but she took care of it right away and was very attentive.

l
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I’ve been wanting to try Haven Craft for the longest time and persuaded my husband to go. The butternut squash soup was delicious as well as the corn bread appetizer, however the menu prices are slightly high. Also, the menu is not that extensive and not many items for dairy free and gluten free patrons. I would recommend for the atmosphere and location at the Orange Circle.

CM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food5Service5Ambience4

NYE this year was a bit different... we have been coming to Haven on NYE with our group for the past 5+ years. This year they opted to seat us at a communal table with other diners with no prior warning (which was not received well by some of our guests - not conducive to conversation OR space), and they also had a pre-fixe menu that, when we first sat down, were told they everyone in our party had to order it, or no-one could have it... um, ok? I'm not sure that fared very well for them, since halfway through our visit, the server told us that policy had been lifted.
Per usual, the food and service were outstanding, so it won't deter me from going as we usually do, but our party will go elsewhere for NYE next year...

MV
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

Our reservation was for 7pm, we were sat promptly. We walked out by 7:50 having been served a four course dinner. Yeah not a great dinning experience! I have not felt this rushed to dine and get the hell out in my life. My breakfast this morning at Denny’s was better paced and for that matter better food!

The noise level prevented conversation with my wife and even the server. Noise from other diners but from the bass from random house music playing. Truly irritating.

The food was adequately marginal. Far from fine food, but more on the level of a claim jumper. One notable exception was the savory beignets and the compound butter served with the cornbread.

To say that it was a disappointing dining experience is an understatement. It was a lousy evening. But I really should have researched the joint better. But just as I was thinking I’m overly harsh with higher than average expectations I find solace in an overheard comment from a couple leaving after us “the only good part of that dinner was the wine.” I’ll leave it at that.

MA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my new favorite spots! I hear it can get crowded, but it wasn’t the night we went. The food was crazy good!!!!

PF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food and not too busy but loud neighbors.

MH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We went to Haven after church on Christmas Eve. Our table was ready right when we arrived. Everything was good: service, food, & atmosphere. It can get a little noisy in there sometimes but it was fine that night. Standout foods were the half chicken (very moist & flavorful!) and the cornbread appetizer!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Limited menu with no vegetarian options

W
Orange County
92 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wow -- found a new favorite dish!! I ordered the Beet Salad (with quinoa, avocado, feta cheese, hazelnuts, mint. . .) and it was sooooooo good. Hubby ordered the salmon, even though he does not like mushrooms, and he thought the sauce was fabulous. Said he would order it again, and maybe substitute something for the mushrooms. Our server was polite and professional, and I was a bit concerned when she went on break right after we ordered, but her cohort watched over us very well. All good. The place is delightful, menu is foodie-centric, service is attentive, and prices are reasonable. What else could you want? Two thumbs up!!

BC
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

As always the food was excellent, The dressing on the house salad was one of the best I have ever tasted.`

CM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit! It was packed and noisy, all in a good way! We enjoyed everything and are planning on returning! Highly recommend!

C
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Went there for lunch on Monday, 16 December 2 other tables in their menu very limited, different service was not good at all. Couldn’t get drinks no one to come back see if everything was OK or not while eating lunch. My steaks out was good wasn’t outstanding are over the top. I might come back and try it again unsure at this time

NY
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We were there early on a Monday lunchtime so it was fairly empty, which was fine so we could hear each other talk. The ambiance and wood interior is always nice. Food was good - had the shrimp rolls and truffle fries - yumm! Nice organic ginger beer topped it off. And the dessert - warm beignets and ice cream - was excellent! I've recommended it everyone!

RS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, amazing wait staff!! I give this restaurant my highest review!!

OT
Cleveland
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance in the restaurant. Service was excellent. Fried chicken sammich was one of the best I have had.

SQ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

The atmosphere is lively and the staff was friendly. We had a reservation and arrived on time. A table was not ,however ready for us. And , despite informing our wait staff that we had tickets to a concert in an hour, ordering our dinner right away with our drinks, and checking with the waitstaff several times, and even paying our bill before the food came to save time, we still had not received our food 50 minutes later. We had to have them put our dinners in to go boxes and leave and ate the meals at home later that night. It was very disappointing as we had planned on a nice dinner out before the show. One should not have to wait that long to get ones food, or if they knew they would not be able to serve us in time for whatever reason, they should have let us know at the beginning and we would have gone somewhere else.

L
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience1

We enjoyed our meals very much and our server was great. However the noise level was so loud, I couldn't hear what my husband was saying and he was sitting right next to me. We will not be back.

DI
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was very friendly and made some great recommendations. Three of us ordered the burger which was delicious. The burgers can be ordered to taste (i.e. medium, medium-rare, or well-done.).

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for a birthday brunch! Great service and great food

BS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Party of 8 for a Moms’ night out, great atmosphere, gorgeous food and satisfying drinks. We were not rushed at all, and the hostesses were lovely and very accommodating.

W
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Haven has been one of my favorite gastropubs in Orange County. I must say the food on this last visit was absolutely delectable and really stood out compared to prior visits. Three of us shared many plates and were pleasantly surprised by how each one had its own 'personality' and balanced flavors. Small plate standout was the Chickpea Fritter and main dish was the Duck Bolognese. Can't wait to return.

YC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service!

J
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for my birthday, which they didn't do anything special for which was disappointing, but overall a great experience and excellent food and drinks

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We love the food at Haven. We just weren’t very comfortable sitting in the small bench tabes against the window.

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