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 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
The Haven reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (21)great for brunch (15)good for groups (13)late-night find (11)special occasion (9)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Aye Lads, tis great.
    jimel98
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    How can you rate a restaurant that serves Scottish food. Frugally you might say? Well, The Haven is not frugal, it's a total delight. The food is Scottish for sure, but whereas they do dabble in other areas, they keep true to their Scottish roots. The beer selection is wonderful. I've visited only twice (so far) and had the same waitress both times. She was a gem and my brother and I were shocked that despite a gap of months between our two visits, she remembered us, and (we believe) in a good way. Every staff member we met was so pleasant we felt at home. Worth the drive from the South Shore on special occasions, and maybe otherwise. The restaurant is not big, it's small, but damn cozy. Not a feeling of cramped; intimate isn't a bad word.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food is great and the atmosphere is friendly. perfect place for Outlander book club gatherings. Don't miss the homemade ketchup.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review for The Haven
    Petersbs
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant is a bit pricey and the food is a bit eccentric but it is an enjoyable dining experience. Interesting cocktel list served in mason jars. Great beer list. This is a must for hipsters looking to discover all that JP has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haven
    Leoshoes
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great, authentic Scottish faire. Excellent! Great, helpful service and best Scottish beer selection
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, but maybe a bit pricey
    MarkD
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had a good time a The Haven. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the company of the friendly bartender and other customers. Being a beer guy, I was happy to sample the Scottish-heavy selection of bottled beer from overseas and I found a couple that I really like. The bar area is very small, maybe 8 seats. My friend loved the haggis (it's an acquired taste that I haven't acquired yet). I order the Lamb Vindaloo. It was a nice dish, with a good amount of curry heat. However, for $17 it was a small portion and I was still hungry when we left. I'll be back, though. It's a cool place to hang out in JP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot chicken, good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We took my boyfriend's cousin there and he enjoyed how big his beef kebob was because he is used to the small ones he usually gets. The chicken was hot and the rumble thump (or whatever the mass of potato, cabbage, and onion was) was delicious with it. We also liked the smoked fish appetizer and the special salad. This was a memorable experience and glad we chose this location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but was better in the past
    JPJoe
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We ate at the Haven on a Saturday night and had a good meal. The hostess was pleasant and our server was great. The drinks were tasty and the atmosphere was cool. The deviled eggs were great. The main problem I had was with the lack of spice in the food, not exotic spice, though the lamb vindaloo could have used a little more punch, but salt and pepper. I've had the mushy peas before and they were excellent, surprisingly, they are, after all, peas. The burger was excellent and seems unchanged, but the rest of our dishes each lacked something, from the flatness of the ketchup, to the lack of flavor of the fries. We'll be back, for sure, but I think we'll stick to the items we know are some of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this neighborhood gem
    astroknot
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place and the owner!
    DrewW
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place, terrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very Simple place with basic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Very Simple place with basic food..but delicious... You should offer some varieties of tea & coffee
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    MelA
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Very satisfying yummy food! My second time there and I enjoy the selection of cocktails as well as ales. Dessert was delicious too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scottish Dining in Jamaica Plain
    BigRed
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great neighborhood find serving authentic Scottish fare, with Scottish beers on tap. Had a couple of good options for vegetarians.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service is always slow but friendly
    BostongalVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not bad
    Terence
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    DebS
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Brunch
    AuntieCeeCee
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The Bloody Scotch is superb! Unique menu & friendly staff are awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Into to Scottish food
    Jpdiner
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Didn't really know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised! Excellent wait staff and great food. Vegetarian friendly!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • return visit
    davescatVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very different menu with Scottish flair. Great beer menu and nice neighborhood bar friendly feel.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Evening
    Ivan
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Experience!
    JALNYC
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 292 reviews are from the The Haven reviews archive.
  • Great place for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Food was delicious. The Bloody Mary was great. Scottish fiddle music afterwards very entertaining.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    dheller1
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Fantastic service and great food. Excellent French Toast! Great time and food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little pub
    paranoyd
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem!
    Pells
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wicked Good Brunch
    Eagle
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excentric Scotch
    bosbobVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kilted folk rejoice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Wonderful Scottish fare. The owner was a charming young man well knowledgable in his native food and drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good beer list, clapshot pie
    vegetariandiner
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    good beer list, clapshot pie (veggies) was delicious, thick with yummy sauce and mushrooms
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • real nice
    doodad
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Warm, comfortable, welcoming atmosphere. Service was excellent. Great menu options.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch, especially the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, Wonderful Lunch!
    EnterprisingTraveler
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to meet and talk
    westmas46
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recent Dinner at The Haven
    JimmyCnBoston
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly people
    Bryan
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic