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The Haven
The Haven

The Haven Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thehavenjp.com
  • Email: thehavenpr@gmail.com
  • Phone: (617) 524-2836
  • 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, Gastro Pub, Comfort Food
  • 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 (617) 792-9092
  • 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 & Promotions: 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 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This is a favorite place to grab dinner and a drink with friends. Always a wonderful, friendly staff and excellent food. There is not a bad selection on the menu and the beer list is great. The place is usually busy, so make sure to get a reservation or go at an off dinner time. It would be nice if the place was a little bigger, though the cozy ambiance is nice. Can't wait to go back soon!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Every item is an absolute treat for the pallet! The ambiance is so positive and uplifting! I wish I lived closer because I would surely be a regular!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I totally enjoyed the smoked fish cakes. I also like the scones and oat cakes but my wife thought she could do better. Indeed she could given that she is a great baker much to my delight."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Great local place to go for a taste of Scotland. Definitely not the place to go for ordinary fare. Even the soda is exotic!! You can wear your kilt and fit right in."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Wonderful Scottish fare. The owner was a charming young man well knowledgable in his native food and drink."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "good beer list, clapshot pie (veggies) was delicious, thick with yummy sauce and mushrooms"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Warm, comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Service was excellent. Great menu options."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The House Smoked Seafood Platter with the beet smoked salmon, marinated mussels and smoked haddock spread was one of the best lunches I had in a long time! A colleague had a burger and another had a sausage sandwich which looked awesome. Service was terrific and attentive. My only criticism is that it was very cold in the restaurant. Looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Great brunch, especially the fact one can get a side of French Toast (rarely do I want an entire order but I love to get one slice) which is delicious!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Came in to visit with my son who was in town. It was just the right place: good food, lively but not overwhelming ambiance, and interesting beers, friendly service."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have been before and like this place. However on this visit, it seems that the place needs to up their game. Our waitress seemed distracted - even though it wasn't very crowded. We usually go with either the burger or the fish dinner. One friend opted for the burger and requested it medium. It arrived very rare. Another friend went with the fish dinner which at one time came with a nice pile of fries. It arrived with fish on a small palette of fries. I decided to try the lamb vindaloo. It wasn't bad - but nothing to recommend it. We would really like to see this place succeed but in a town with so many restaurant options, it is tough to recommend this based on our last visit."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I love the burger here, and routinely send friends to The Haven to try it. It's all kinds of wonderful. The chips/fries are thick cut and the ketchup is made in house. Sometimes I'll have one of their ridiculously awesome mashed potato sides rather than fries. There is no wrong move here. I constantly try to find reasons to show up late, as the late night menu also has a fish sandwich on it, with the same amazing fried fish from the dinner menu's fish and chips, as well as the absolutely amazing Finnan Haddie croquettes. Any dish made with their house sausages is great, too. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable, the bartenders are fast and witty, the beer selection is impressive. Go to The Haven."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    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.."
    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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "A wonderful Scottish pub. Had smoke fish cakes with pepper sauce for brunch. Service was excellent and prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Cozy. Great beer & scotch selection. Delicious food. Recommend the scotch egg and all the veg dishes."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Loved that a guy wore a kilt.....how can you go wrong??!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The online reviews about this place were not lying, the burger has a delish flavor and condiments. Scottish food, who knew?"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/9/2013