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Haven Gastropub OC Review

Beer selection: pretty awesome, very food friendly.

Cocktails: about half of the bartending staff knows how to make a cocktail, the other half wants to mix a liquor with soda.

Food: We ordered three dishes: herbed fries, margherita flatbread, and tarte tatin. Three dishes isn't really enough to make conclusive comments about the ability of the kitchen, but will have to do until I revisit.

Herbed fries: overcooked and bland. Overcooked is not a taste! chopped rosemary didn't help it. house-made ketchup with cinnamon was odd was not very good. I would have cooked it down more, made a smoother puree, and left out the cinnamon.

Margherita flatbread: fine. if i had to be picky, the dough could have been thinner and put in a hotter oven. otherwise fine, nothing special.

Tarte tatin: served with Maytag blue cheese ice cream. AMAZING! This was a hit, and probably one of the best restaurant desserts I've had in my life. Better than butterscotch budino at PM, possibly better than the caviar panna cotta at LudoBites. I'd rank it up there with Spago's desserts.

Staff was pretty friendly and atmosphere was dark with a gas fireplace going.

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Haven Gastropub
190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

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  1. The best thing there is the mac n cheese!

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    Haven Gastropub
    190 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866

    1. So mstinawu inspired me to revisit this.

      It's super busy these days, packed on the weekends.

      The burger is totally amazing. An 80/20 ground meat blend, with blue cheese, chopped roasted red peppers, pickled onions, arugula, and I think there is aioli spread on the bun. One of the best burgers I've had in my life, and a nice variation on the FO burger.

      They've fixed the pancake-y battering of the fried chicken, thank goodness.

      Fries are hit/miss. Sometimes overdone, sometimes limp, but sometimes crunchy with a nice fluffy interior.

      Overall, very nice, and I believe it to be one of the most happening places in OC right now.

      1. The sliders there are awesome.

        1. I loved it!!!
          Wonderful Mac and cheese. Get the beer flight...awesome!!!!
          The salads are fresh and interesting. Atmosphere is fun, casual, relaxed and attentive.
          Great prices, beautiful food.

          1. Is this a new place? Where was the chef before...or, where did he learn to cook? Sounds like a spot worth trying!