The Haven
The Haven

The Haven

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thehavenjp.com/
  • Phone: 6175242836x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Sunday: 10:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm -9:30pm Late Night Menu 10-Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Scottish, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: Alexander BuBois
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Catering packages for all your needs. From Pub fare to fine dining. Chef can tailor a menu to suit your budget. In house and off site catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer the restaurant, bar or both for your event.
    The perfect place for a wedding dinner, graduation, birthday etc. From food and drink to music and decorations we can serve your needs in a complete one stop package.
  • Private Party Contact: Jason Waddleton 6177929092x
  • Entertainment: Tuesday is movie night.
    Music on Wednesday's at 9.30pm with monthly residencies.
    Music on Thursday evening at 10pm.
    Friday is "KIlt Night": wear plaid and get a free Deep Fried mars Bar.
    Book for an immersive Scottish experience.
  • Special Events: Look out for Burn's Suppers in January, St Andrews night celebration, Tartan Week in April and the annual Haven high jinks in July as well as a host of other one off events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Centre Street
  • Public Transit: The 39# Bus stops at Perkins St/Huntington Ave.
    Orange line T stop is Jackson Square with a 4 minute walk up Centre Street.
    Green E-line T stop is Heath Street and a four minute walk along South Huntington Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plentiful on street parking exists on Perkins Street, Centre Street and South Huntington Ave.
A word from The Haven
Welcome to New England's first and only Scottish Restaurant. Food made from scratch and with love. With over 25 Scottish beers this is a beer lovers heaven. For others we have signature cocktails like the Braveheart and Bobbie Burns. Expect a warm welcome from Kilt clad staff.
Named Best of Boston magazine bar 2014, Burger Slam winners 2013 and 2014, Jamaica Plain's Best Restaurant 2012 and Best Bar 2013, Boston Magazine's Top 50 restaurants for 2010, Best Sausage in The Improper Bostonian, and named as Best Late night menu in Boston Magazine 2011. Look out for live music, movie nights, and a host of special events throughout the year.
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The Haven reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (12)good for groups (12)late-night find (10)special occasion (9)romantic (9)great for lunch (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Lovely little neighborhood spot
    annesjk
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The hamburgers are huge and delicious as are the fries. The vindaloo was quite spicy, but tasty. There is a great beer list with lots of British and Scottish beers. We had an attentive waitress and all in all a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the casual, friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We enjoyed the casual, friendly atmosphere. Our server was upbeat, attentive and helpful with menu choices. We went on a Saturday evening, and as such, the restaurant was busy. I had the grilled salmon, my partner ordered the steak pie. We ate it all, not a morsel left on the plates. Definately want to return and try the weekend brunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passport to Scotland
    14lochlassVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A really fun spot with great ambience and authentic Scottish food. Crowds rolled in and service gets a bit compromised but have another beer and you won't mind. You'll love the waiter wearing his traditional Scottish kilt.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had dinner with three friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Had dinner with three friends with an 8pm reservation. We arrived at 8:05pm to a table waiting for us. There place was full, which gave the room a nice feel. Our meal and drinks were timed such that everything went very smooth. All four of us were happy with our meals and with the excellent service. Our waitress Morgan helped to make our outing a good evening, all the way around.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, great people
    bud27
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have visited The Haven several times, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Even customers who have restricted diets like my wife and me -- we're mostly vegetarian but eat fish on occasion -- should be able to find something outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good times at the Haven
    ekmk
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Nearly everything about the Haven is excellent--friendly staff, delicious beverages, happy vibe. Though I was grateful for the choice of many vegan sides, our vegetable plate (kale, peas, zucchini), completely lacked flavor. I guess that's part of the Scottish thing? I'll probably be back for the drinks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for groups.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The Haven is nicely set up for groups. As a couple, however, we were placed at a high shelf with stools overlooking the street. The restaurant was busy and the service was friendly, but inattentive. Food was very good, but not close to the "mind blowing" that some other reviews have implied. I give 4 stars for food based on the entrees. The pear-ginger cobbler was such a train wreck we almost sent it back. It was incredibly dry. I detected no ginger and the dish was in dire need of added sugar. (This coming from someone who thinks most desserts are over-sweetened.) Overall the Haven was well worth a visit, and I will probably return at some point to try some of their other dishes. I'm just not as enthusiastic as I was hoping to be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing bday
    ilv2dyn
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    i had been to the haven for dinner about 1 yr ago with 2 friends. i had scotch egg (fab), 1 friend had the best homemade sausage i have ever had and potatoes w/green onions (?). fab. etc. we went to sat. brunch on 2/8. we both had the haven sandwich. sausage was horrible, potato cake was not so great. egg was good. waitress didnt really know menu that well, music was not scottish (in the background). i told the waitress i didnt like the food and she didnt even offer to get me something else..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What I expected
    SochiRainbow
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    The food was essentially Scottish comfort food which was welcome on the cold night we visited. My meal was simple but delicious as was what I tried of my girlfriends. The beer selection was pricey but high quality and unique. Be sure to try the Scottish Deviled Egg!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jamacia Plain Delight
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    A wonderful Scottish pub. Had smoke fish cakes with pepper sauce for brunch. Service was excellent and prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was hoping for more...
    AiredaleVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Scotch deviled egg was delicious, cocktails were good, entrees were not incredible and dessert was fantastic although visually not the most appealing. I was hoping for more flavorful, more robust, and it struck me as unnecessarily bland. Place was packed, quite noisy, but not sure I would return or recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stopped in after being by
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Stopped in after being by Angell, just wanted a neato lunch place. We liked the fact that it is unique Scottish food, but we spent $86 on lunch and that shocked us. The drinks are WAY overpriced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Scottish Fare...
    allthingsbrit
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Cozy, appealing atmosphere with good food and wonderful service=attentive but not hovering. A bit noisy and tables close together but acceptable for the size of the room.. Would definitely go there again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Brunch, service slow
    BostongalVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    I really like the ambiance and the originality of this restaurant. I would like to make this my new brunch spot, but the service needs to be improved. The servers were friendly and courteous, but I had to ask multiple times for water and coffee refills. We waited more than 20 minutes to order and then waited about 45 minutes for food. The food was definitely freshly made!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scottish Food CAN be good!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Great fun and wonderful food. The salmon was the best around and all the casseroles were flavorful. The tables are close together in a small space which adds to the friendly atmosphere but it can be difficult to hear. A very welcoming pub, of course, it does help if you are wearing a kilt! We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scottish Flare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    What a wonderful place. My mother was Scottish and it brought back warm memories. The number of items on the menu were perfect and the salmon was devine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended by a Scotsman
    monkeyhouse
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    This is what a Scottish restaurant in Scotland serves! So good to find modern Scottish cuisine outside Scotland. Atmosphere is a bit twee but perfect for being in the US. Food was great. and what a selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally super meal
    Guinling
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Four adults, two generations, totally happy with a super meal. Cocktails reasonably priced and deeeee-lish. Carrot something sale was super.. had another appetizer (birdies??) that were also de-lush. Vegetairan entree good. Someone had salmon and loved it. I can't remember the other entrees but they were also enthusiastically received. Owner is really welcoming, service was good. Also had desert (the ice cream with flake 99 (yum!) and toffee something that was sweet and yum. I'm not fully capturing how pleasant and satisfying the whole experience was but it was great. Really lovely evening and good dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful spot in JP
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Last minute, looking for a place with good ambience and equally good food. Found it at the Haven! Jason has done a wonderful job there. And so friendly too! Enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy brunch
    JPdiner
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    This is my second time having brunch at The Haven and it was even better than the first! Get the breakfast sandwich. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious--Great Service
    Outlander
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Creative menu--out of the ordinary Scottish cuisine, great beer selection. Excellent service. Defnitely make a reservation--it is a small place and they had to turn away a crowd of would be diners. Live enertainment/piper Going back again this weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, not so great food
    HayleyVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This was our first time in and I had heard good things so maybe we need to give it another shot. We were seated right away and a cozy table in a very cute dining room. We got our drinks right away and the variety was very good with a lot of Scottish beer to choose from. The Maggie May gin based drink was awesome. Our app arrived about 5 minutes after we started eating our entrees so that was unfortunate. I got the stuffed peppers with rice and veggies. It was overpowering with curry which was not a spice mentioned on the menu. My husband got the cockles and blood sausage stew. The cockles were cooked well but the sausage was very dry. Our server never checked to see how our meals were. If I got back it will be for drinks at the bar only.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So different!
    Tory
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Loved that a guy wore a kilt.....how can you go wrong??!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!
    MoodyFoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The place was bustling and I was glad we had made an OpenTable reservation. We were seated in a great spot. Our server, Diana, was superb. We asked for her input on some choices and we were not steered wrong. The food was amazing. My daughter had the scottish deviled eggs for an app. I had the vegetarian special. My daughter's meal was delicious. We were delighted by gluten free options. We eat out alot but were struck by how well taken care of we felt, remarkably so. Our meal was capped by a fried Mars bar, scrump-tious! I can see why the line was so long to get in and why people linger over their meals at this haven. An added treat was the bagpipe/guitarist. We will be back, probably for Sunday brunch, as we hear it is quite good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique! Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Cozy. Great beer & scotch selection. Delicious food. Recommend the scotch egg and all the veg dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Burgers fantastic
    finearts
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    The online reviews about this place were not lying, the burger has a delish flavor and condiments. Scottish food, who knew?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • can't ask for more
    Billy
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Our table was ready as soon as we got there and they were flexible about letting us choose which of the open ones we wanted. Food was all excellent, including the scotch egg, haggis, amd fish & chips (might've been the best I've had). Cozy vibe, rare Scottish beer selection, and good orices all make this place a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time practically guaranteed!
    Takara
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    One of my friends in the group has food allergies. Our waitress, Alison, was phenomenal; she exceeded our expectations ensuring everyone in my group would have a safe, pleasant, delicious dining experience. We all had an awesome time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If it's not Scottish....
    MoviegoerVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    This was our 2nd or 3rd time at the Haven. The menu is unusual for Boston; can't think of another Scottish restaurant. Fresh ingredients, unusual flavor combinations. I especially loved the minty, mushy peas that came with my light crisp fish and chips. Great beer and Scotch list as you might imagine. Funky hunting lodge decor is fun. The vibe is lively!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food with Scottish flair!
    suze216
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    My cousins were up to visit and I felt the best place to go to dinner was The Haven! Our grandmother was from Scotland and the 3 of us love to visit. We feel like we are transported across the pond when intact it's only a couple miles away. I love the decor and the homey feel. The food is great and we love the selection of Scottish beer. A great experience!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late night arrival
    MontrealFoodDude
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Arrived from Montreal after a long drive. I was looking forward to trying this highly praised local eatery. I reserved a few weeks in advance for myself and 2 friends. The ambiance was energetic and the drinks outstanding. Just what was needed after the drive! All 3 of us ordered something different so we could sample each other's dishes. Everything was cooked to perfection. I can not offer a suggestion as it was all terrific. The staff was awesome and added to the great vibe. I will definitely return. If you are looking for a hopping bar with great eats... look no further! Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a bad meal here
    SimpsonSusie
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Everything's fresh and delicious here from the oatcakes, sweet butter, and pickled fennel beginng to the sticky toffee pudding ending. In between, try any rabbit dish on the menu if its there. Otherwise, finnan haddie, cullen skink, pear and ayr cheese salad, smoked fish, fish and chips, roasted chicken are all great bets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant in JP
    Dennis
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    A consistent ly good food experience in JP. Scottish Fare with a great taste and preparation. For the Beer lover this is a perfect place. The wine list is very limited.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find with Great Food
    AnnieMVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in JP. The food is amazing! We love to go for brunch--I especially recommend the quiche. It is always filled with different seasonal vegetables and always delicious. Dinner is great there too. You really can't go wrong with The Haven. It has a friendly, inviting environment great for groups with outstanding food. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The beer-pairing was A M A
    ZetaBTM
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    The beer-pairing was A M A Z I N G! Kelpie was my favorite, and the service was appropriately engaging! We really enjoyed ourselves. The vindaloo was tasty. We loved everything. Thank you so much for a great experience, we'll be back with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, Fun, Flavorful
    WeEatOutLots
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We had a great time; even my stuffy suburban parents who can be quite annoyed when they don't like a place. Enjoyed our food; Hubs is a veggie and appreciate options beyond the ubiquitous veggie burger. The staff was great about seating my group at a large-enough table with space for a hand-sy kid. It's quiet with few people in the restaurant, then gets quite loud, so a JP kiddo who's used to going out will do fine and not annoy others.(No changing table.) Lotsa great beer options; small wine list. Rustic feeling, but clean and fresh. Street parking not an issue even during Open Studios. A new standard choice for us. James Gate wins for similar rustic space/ kiddo-love, this place kills it with better food, adult and not townie scene.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first trip to the Haven
    maryjane
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    I have wanted to try this place for a while and I'm glad I did. I had the stuffed peppers and a stout. Everything was great. The food was excellent. Our server was very nice and friendly. It was a Monday night, so we lucked out getting high seats by the window. Very entertaining, many dogs walking about the neighborhood as it is right across from the MSPCA. There are many more items on the menu I want to try so I will be visiting again soon for sure. Thank you for an excellent dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Scots!
    HappyToBeServed
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Brought friends to this great spot we'd visited before. Everyone enjoyed the great imported beverages. Cullen Skink chowder was a hit with our friends - commented on the lovely smoked scent. Fish and Chips had batter with perfect crunch - fries were stolen from my plate for those having the stuffed peppers and vindaloo - although they ate their meals too fast for us to snag a taste back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Scottish food! Waiter
    Lulu
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    Great Scottish food! Waiter was great. Beer was delicious. Haven't had a Belhaven since I was in Scotland. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Great Scottish restaurant. Never a disappointment at the Haven. The owner s fantastic, the waitstaff is attentive and the food is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.