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Haven Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.havenoakland.com
  • Phone: (510) 663-4440
  • Hours of Operation:

    Happy Hour:
    Monday-Friday, 5:00-7:00 PM
    Sunday - Thursday 5:30-10:00 PM
    Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm-11:00 PM
    Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 AM- 2:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, American
  • Executive Chef: Kim Alter
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Haven is now open for Brunch! The menu is served family-style for $25 per person.

    Sample Brunch Menu
    Lox, pickled beets
    Granola, yogurt, fresh strawberries
    Veggie Fritata fresh from the market
    Waffles, fresh peaches, pecans
    Potato Cakes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Embarcadero W.
  • Public Transit: Free bus at both Webster and Broadway at Embarcadero. Civic Center and Lake Merritt BART stations are just a few blocks walk. Coming from San Francisco? Consider taking the Ferry over since it drops you right at in Jack London.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is available on Webster as it terminates at Embarcadero in the Jack London Square courtyard. Street parking is often available, and there is a $6 dollar lot just South of the restaurant building on Embarcadero at Harrison. We also validate for the Broadway parking garage.
A word from Haven
Located in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Haven is the third restaurant in the DPG (Daniel Patterson Group) family of restaurants. Serving creative new Californian cuisine from Executive Chef Charlie Parker, the menu features craveable, technique-driven food including whole animal and vegetable preparations, shareable plates, and delicious desserts. Our nightly odds & ends specials offer tasty surprises and the craft cocktails, local beer and stellar wine list from our bar give plenty of options to wash it all down with. As always, our dining room and patio provide beautiful bay views as a backdrop for your meal.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The wine list features locals like Dashe, the beer is local Linden. Clearly supporting the local suppliers. Staff was attentive. And the bucatini with ragu, and the oysters, were great."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. The service was spot on, and the food was to die for! We were celebrating our 8-year anniversary and dessert came with a candle and well wishes. It was a great night and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We had a fabulous time at Haven the only thing sub par was the long wait for our food. Seems the waiter either forgot to fire or kitchen was backed up on all courses"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I am still dreaming about it! Large portion sizes,great value for high quality food."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Overall Haven is a very good dining experience. The service was attentive, but there was a bit of a long break between apps and main course. Other than the timing the experience was very good. The cocktails were well balance, wine list was adequate and food was above par."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Always order the soup, no matter what it is, it is ALWAYS mind blowing!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The dinner salad was satisfyingly interesting, but for me the presence of a sweet pickle strip did not compliment the savory bacon or cheese in my burger and I removed it. It clashed rather than enhanced. Roasted potatoes were good but salty. I had a Hop Candi ale and it was disappointingly one-note hop with no floral, citrus, or indeed any more flavor notes. My dinner companion had the roasted lamb and enjoyed it. The executive Chef is well known so I believe my experience is the exception."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food was thankfully great, but our appetizer took 40mins to arrive and then our dinner took another 40 mins. Our server apologized, but clearly many guests around us were just as annoyed & hungry."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "My son and I arrived at the time it opened and was seated immediately. Our waiter, Ryan, was very pleasant and described the specials with great detail. My son ordered a lamb salad (a special that night) and roast chicken entrée, I had a roasted pepper special appetizer and the stone valley pork. We were also given a chicken wing appetizer that was one of the specials complimentary (always a welcome treat). All the food was excellent. The meats were prepared flawlessly. The pork had a wonderfully rendered skin, the chicken was cooked to perfection. We enjoyed our meals and finished with the bluberry donut dessert that we shared. I loved the attention to detail in the presentation and the service was spot on. I will be back for sure!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Haven used to be my favorite restaurant, but with the change of chef I'm not going back. It saddens me because I will have to scout for another really good restaurant."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Interesting twist on appetizers, with unique combinations of spices and flavors. Nice tables by the waterfront."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Waiting service excellent.... Dishes ranged from squid appetizer to salmon to plum sorbet and vanilla ice cream (all made there)..overall..delightfully spiced/well-prepared...but not consistently 'off the chart'..such as the tomato salad with goat cheese..tomatoes simply not tasty ...and not adequate in amount..versus huge lettuce salad in a wooden bowl that was actually too small for the salad. What I found 'interesting' was the lack of real energy about the place..it's lack of warmth..did not feel truly welcoming, perhaps lack of senior maitre d..and last, but not least....a non-diverse crowd (I was amazed that here we were in Oakland...and it was a largely white crowd..felt odd..)"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Lovely and uncharacteristically quiet,auditorily and visually in the Bay Area. Food was lovely using surprisingly simple ingredients paired with surprise sub-ingredients. Lovely texture and tiers of flavors. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Excellent neighborhood restaurant.. great addition and now mainstay for the Jack London Square."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Loved having dinner here. The staff made us feel welcome and special. The restaurant itself it beautiful. The food was wonderful. There was a little something for our entire group. Pig Trotter dish for the more adventurous, steak for our meat eaters, and a salmon for others. Dessert was also great. Something familiar as well as something completely different - like corn husk ice cream. Our entire group had a stellar time and would recommend it in a heart beat."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The cocktail: My classic cocktail was complex, fragrant and had a story tell. My companion's barrel aged cocktail was superb, despite being somewhat of a short pour. The starter: loved the fact that our server told us what certain ingredients were and gave her opinion about she she liked the best of my select few (believe me, there were a handful of starters wanted to try!) The food: wonderful combinations that included seasonal produce and creative flare. Highly recommend the burrata! The wine: with a bit of help from our server, we had excellent selections of wine by the glass to pair with our entrees. The Dessert: for this dinner, we respectfully declined. :) HOWEVER: if they ever have it on their menu, go for the Baked Alaska."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The food is very good but I found the service off-putting. With a reservation, being seated at the bar without any question as to whether we would prefer to wait for a table; waiting --- and waiting --- to be acknowledged once we were seated. Only when we got the bill did the server say 'thank you for your patience'. I assumed she hadn't been aware how long we were waiting. If she was - why not say something earlier? The food did not make up for the service at this fairly pricey restaurant."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had chef's counter seats and it was great watching the chefs prepare the food. The presentation was really nice for all of the appetizers and entrees. I had the pork and my friend had the lamb - although it looked like small portions, we both ended up taking food home. I would definitely come back here again."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My partner and I loved our dinner at Haven. The Squid appetizer was sublime and the entrees were yummy. I had the lamb. My partner's king salmon was also pretty damn good. A bit disappointed at the portion sizes, but in hind site, probably good for my beer belly. The Woodsman cocktail was one of the most dynamic drinks i can recall since Honor bar's "Black Sabbath". I highly recommend this cocktail as it's flavor changes over time...in a good way. honest. Didn't love the desserts, then again, i'm not a foodie."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This was my second visit and although my first visit was still the best, I enjoyed our meal and the setting very much. The staff are very informed and pleasant. My steak was delicious, as were the cocktails. Perhaps my favorite thing about the evening was the smoked ice in my cocktail, The Woodsman. So different and enjoyable! The only downside: my husband wasn't a fan of the sweet lemon curd served with his lamb. We didn't have the squid and chorizo this time and we regretted it."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I cannot praise this restaurant enough. As a vegetarian/kosher fish eater, I can always find multiple items to satisfy my requirements. The ingredients are so fresh and delicious. The combinations of flavors are always perfect. I love eating here at Haven and wish I could eat here every night. It's a DO NOT MISS stop in Oakland."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The service was great, the staff was knowledgeable of the menu and the food was excellent. I like that the menu is changing and to reflect what is in season. The barrel aged cocktails are delicious and so are their desserts. A win all the way around."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Ate on patio; lovely view and scene. Food good, but not exceptional, portion size of entree amazingly small while priced at $26. entree of flatiron steak, cosseted of two slices of meat. Quite disappointing."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Currently Haven is being helmed by Charles Parker. His small plates (which is what we enjoy the most) were exquisite. Four of us ordered a combination of small plates, of which only one was okay; the remainder were spectacular. The waitress, Andrea, was marvelous, she understood wines and did an excellent job decanting the Cabernet Sauvignon that we'd brought with me and made sure we were well supplied with sparking water, wine and later coffee. The dishes were brought out in timely manner and all the "tastes" were unique to the dish and all flavors worked together well. It was a delightful experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I've been to Haven several times and each time they get better and better. This last time I sat at the Chef's counter which was a special treat since I could see how all the plates were being prepared. The burrata and octopus was fantastic. The Flat Iron steak was delicious too. I am adding this to my top Oakland dining spots."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Haven apparently has a new chef. The food is very good and I realize that it is difficult to follow in someone else's footsteps but I really miss some of the previous dishes. It was a tremendous disappointment to not have the brussel sprouts available any longer and the mashed potatoes were most memorable. I love the atmosphere and the location. Jack London has a nice ambiance and it's fun to watch people walking their dogs with the yachts and the estuary in the background while dining. The service is excellent, they are very attentive just short of being intrusive. Oh, the Manhattan's are the best! There are many wonderful sounding cocktails but that Manhattan is solo good I just can't get past that!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food: interesting, exciting (really), and excellent. Wait staff: knowledgeable, friendly, helpful. Cocktail menu: outta this world. A+"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a great time at Haven, most of what we ordered was great, but some of the food items were just so-so. The drinks were expensive and SMALL. So it is definitely a foodie place with an interesting menu and creative cocktails, but at the end of the evening it didn't quite feel worth the price."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Haven is very good. Great food. Nice view. Good service. But it is very apparent that they are maximizing margins by minimizing the food on the plate. It was really good, priced high and noticeably small. Still a great option for Oakland."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "brilliant conception, beautiful presentation, gorgeous wait staff...perfectly delicious!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "first time and a great place on jack London square. very fresh, local and interesting combinations"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was absolutely stunning. Very inventive and fresh. A lot of the savory items on the menu included fruit, which was brilliant. I sat at the bar overlooking the chef leading the line and the kitchen is very well run. Great place for a Sunday night dinner, btw. My only negative was that my server was inattentive, but watching other tables/guests makes me think it was just that particular server."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We've enjoyed our previous meals at Haven since it opened in 2011. This time however, perhaps because of a recent chef change, was a major exception. The food, although good, lacked creativity especially given that it is a Daniel Patterson restaurant. The timing of the kitchen was horribly off and the service was awkward at best. Perhaps it was just a bad night (7pm on the Sunday of the July 4th weekend) but something was definitely amiss. It's a lovely spot and still the best at Jack London so we'll give it another chance but you should be be forewarned."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Let me start by saying that the food was great! However the service was horrendous. Our waitress was a sweetheart and the problems were not her fault. Understaffed bar and generally understaffed this restaurant was not ready for the number of diners they had. 35 minutes to get a drink once we sat down. Another 30 minutes after that to get appetizers. Dinner came out more timely but we were afraid to order dessert for fear we would end up having to stay the night!! I don't mind spending 25-30 dollars for an entree but the service needs to be there. Unless they can fix this problem a restaurant with truly excellent food won't last."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food is great at Haven. Charlie Parker has added delicious dishes to the menu. The pork was fabulous and loved the chicken liver appetizer. I look forward to eating my way though the menu."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great restaurant find @ Jack London Square. Portions are appropriate not to big, not too small. Spent our anniversary there and was treated really well! Good place for a MNO (Moms Night Out)"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Service was very slow. The server didn't make his first appearance for about 15 minutes. He was aloof and ineffective. It wasn't a busy Friday night. He just didn't seem to care. I asked for fried egg on my burger. He was to check whether it was possible, but never reported back and served the burger without one and without mentioning it again. I asked for condiment, and he forgot about that until he passed by a second time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great aged cocktails. Food was good but not as good as we had hoped."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went to Haven for a late afternoon lunch and found ourselves very satisfied with the overall experience. The pickled sardine on avocado toast is worth trying."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great service, high quality ingredients, imaginative combinations and a beautiful view of the water from the patio. The restaurant is also very dog-friendly. The one drawback is the portion size which is very skimpy for entrees. The "FLAT IRON STEAK" with crushed potato, broccoli, black garlic, and tendon is $26 and consists of two thin slices of beef. It is very deceptive to refer to this dish as a steak! Overall, foodies will love this place but be prepared to spend more money than you planned."
    Dined on 6/15/2014