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The Haven
The Haven

The Haven Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thehavenjp.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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "The Haven is a cozy, lovely and lovely local pub. It always has grey food, seasonal specials and a fun atmosphere. Wish they had another vegetarian entree or two (or a veggie burger!) but we always manage to eat well here. We come on our own for a quick bite as often as we bring friends for a night out. So glad it's here in JP!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "One of my favorite places in Jamaica Plain. Great food, the fish was cooked perfectly. Their homemade ketchup is amazing, I wish I could buy some."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We had great service and I really liked the ambiance of the place. It was one of the worst meals I have ever had. The menu looked interesting at first but the carrot soup was weirdly spiced and not worth eating (thank you to the waitress who took it off our bill), the chips were bland and undercooked, and the kale was gritty. We both left over half our meals uneaten. Go for a drink and definitely skip the food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Very satisfying yummy food! My second time there and I enjoy the selection of cocktails as well as ales. Dessert was delicious too."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Very Simple place with basic food..but delicious... You should offer some varieties of tea & coffee"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Great neighborhood find serving authentic Scottish fare, with Scottish beers on tap. Had a couple of good options for vegetarians."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I love the ambiance of the Haven and in general the food is very good. The service is always slow, but the servers are very friendly. The dinner was excellent, but I think they forgot about the dessert because it took 30 minutes to serve it and the cobbler was very burnt. The server did take the cobbler off the bill. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Awesome mother's day brunch with my mum and dad, and most importantly, mum loved it!! We had a great time, no rush, AMAZING fresh food, home smoked bacon, individual quiche, really great fresh fruit, nothing but great things to say!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "As the one Scottish restaurant around, it doesn't disappoint. The food was good but not really my preferred flavors of food. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The Bloody Scotch is superb! Unique menu & friendly staff are awesome! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Didn't really know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised! Excellent wait staff and great food. Vegetarian friendly!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Very different menu with Scottish flair. Great beer menu and nice neighborhood bar friendly feel. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Met by a smiling greeter and the owner, who were just emptying the restaurant from a book signing event, my guest (for her 82nd birthday!) and I were promptly seated in a customary, comfortable spot, where we received exceedingly, courteous , friendly service. After great dinners (the salmon was spectacular), followed by a superb dessert, we were again courteously given friendly good-byes by the wait staff and the owner....but this is a usual at The Haven, indeed a "neighborhood gem," with a menu to satisfy multi-tastes! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Seven of us went here for a birthday dinner and we had an amazing time! Great service, cozy atmosphere and the food is out of this world! I wish I could bring this restaurant back to New York City with me. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Food was delicious. The Bloody Mary was great. Scottish fiddle music afterwards very entertaining."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Fantastic service and great food. Excellent French Toast! Great time and food."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This place is a great place to hang out with your friends, beautiful place inside and the atmosphere is very lively but not overly loud. When we went, there was live music as well. Food is good as well. Love their deep fried Mars bar. Will definitely return again when I come back to Boston."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "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