Dinner at Haven in JLS Oakland

  • February 15, 2013 · 6:30 PM

A bunch of friends and I tried Haven the week they opened and we were blown away by the subtle mix of flavors, unique drinks and attentive customer service. Standouts from the chef's tasting menu were the amazing brussel sprouts, little gem salad, smoked pasta and shepherd's pie. It's time for the group to experience this new eatery that's breathing new life into the Jack London Square restaurant scene.

"Located in Oakland’s Jack London Square, Haven is the third restaurant from the Daniel Patterson Group (Plum in Oakland & Coi in SF). Serving new Californian cuisine from Executive Chef Kim Alter, the menu features craveable, technique-driven food including whole animal and vegetable preparations, shareable plates, and desserts-for-two from Pastry Chef Matt Tinder. The community-minded space evokes a sense of comfort and warmth while simultaneously providing a unique and personal dining experience including hand-crafted cocktails from the best local mixologists."

Event Details: In order to try as many dishes as possible, we'll order the chef's tasting menu which includes 3-4 appetizers and 4-5 entrees. The cost is $65 per person. Please carefully review the entire menu before RSVPing. If you have food allergies or are a discriminating diner, this event is probably not for you.

Guest list opens 7 days before the event.

Haven Menu ~ SF Chronicle Review ~ Yelp Reviews

  • Price: $30 & under
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MC, Visa. 18% gratuity will be added to the check, so plan on adding 28% to your portion of the bill. You're responsible for your drinks, which are extra.
  • Public Transit: Exit 12th Street BART and take either the 72 AC Transit or free JLS shuttle to Webster & Broadway at Embarcadero. Consult 511.org for more options.
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available, and there is a $5 dollar lot just South of the restaurant building. Valet is also available 2 blocks north at Broadway and Embarcadero.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Tee, is the chef's tasting menu reserved for special groups only? Or could I arrange that with a reservation on my own? I couldn't make this meetup due to other plans, plus it filled up quick. Sounds scrumptious!

    February 16, 2013

    • Tee

      Hey Laura, the Chef's tasting menu is open to everyone. $60 for 4 courses, and they bring out a variety of dishes for each course. The larger your party the better b/c you'll get more food & larger portions.

      1 · February 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the FYI Tee! Hope to see you soon :-)

      February 16, 2013

  • Tee

    What Mike said: swoon-worthy food, hysterical dinner guests and excellent service. Somewhat pricey but worth every penny for special occasions.

    February 16, 2013

  • Mike

    Oh damn, that was great. And I even had <sob> bacon ice cream.

    1 · February 15, 2013

    • Tee


      February 16, 2013

  • David de la F.

    I remember the shepherd's pie was inventive but too salty. Everything else was great, however. We had a great time there the first time around and I would sign up again if I wasn't committed to something else. Have fun!

    1 · February 9, 2013

    • Mike

      Funny, we had one dish that also had a too-salty element: lamb belly. But yes, overall it was excellent and we were all swooning over the food.

      1 · February 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    love to meet some foodies!

    February 14, 2013

  • margot k.

    I need to be out of town, I would have enjoyed so much!

    February 12, 2013

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