Atlanta >Restaurants > Haven Restaurant and Bar
1411 Dresden Dr Ste 160, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031933.860769 -84.331434
I really wanted to like Haven but the owner was so rude that at first I thought he was joking. Perhaps when they get really busy he just can't handle the pressure and forgets that we, the customer, pay his mortgage!
I had an amazing dinner here last night. We had a beautiful night so we sat on the outdoor patio which is quite lovely. The service was incredibly attentive. I think my water glass was filled up 4-5 times during dinner. Our waiter was knowledgable, professional and friendly.
The food was outstanding. The Yellow Gazpacho is not to be missed. It is tangy, velvety, sweet and garnished with basil oil and a scoop of guacamole. Another favorite dish of the night was their fried blueberry pie, served hot with a scoop of ice cream. Divine!
You probably don't NEED a reservation , but I suggest making one so you don't have to wait.
Terrible Experience!! – The only thing nice about this "yuppie" restaurant is the atmosphere. First of all, the service was terrible. The waiter barely spoke to us and never came around to check on us. He was too busy waiting hand and foot on the obviously rich people eating there. His attention to them was endless, meanwhile we waited 15min after we finished our meal for him to ask if we were done. Then he just tossed a dessert menu in front of us without even asking if we wanted dessert or not.
The food was presented very well, but the flavors were not there at all. The "Jonah Crab Cake" was heavily seasoned and completely covered up any hint of crab actually being there.
Our main course was a very expensive and sad disappointment. My wife ordered the scallops and the dish as a whole was so sweet that she couldn't even finish it. I ordered the Lamb Shank with a "twice baked potato". The presentation was beautiful, but it was VERY obvious that both the lamb shank and potato were prepared earlier in the day. There was once a nice sear on the shank, but it was limp and cold on my plate. Both my items were barely room temperature and I only ate it because I was starving.
I highly recommend that you stay away from this restaurant unless you enjoy crap service, cold food and expensive tabs. Oh, and my wife got a white russian cocktail with dinner; they charged $10 for a shot of vodka with some milk and kaluha. I also noticed $30 bottles of wine that sell for $10 in publix.
Great food and service – Had dinner with another couple and really enjoyed ourselves. We had a drink at the bar and then were promptly seated. The hostess and server were very nice and knowledgeable. We ordered the appetizer special, zucchini blossoms, they were outstanding. Salads are pretty standard, dinners were flavorful and hot when they arrived. We also shared desserts that were great. No complaints. I would go more often but it is a little pricey for a casual evening.
Great restaurant – I took my girlfriend here for her birhday and I could not say anything bad about this place. The service was great, the food was great and I might add the haystack was fantastic. Will definitely be going back here.
Good food but Service is SLOW and prices are too HIGH – Went for a casual dinner with the family. Got seated promptly. The service was very slow although courteous. Here's the beef: Wine list is mediocre + Mark West Pinot for $10 a glass. The stuff retails for $8-$9 a bottle! I don't mind $10 for a good glass but Mark West!
Dinner was good although not great for the price. The 3 of us had the potato hay which was good, split a salad and 3 entrees + 1 dessert. I had the Pork Tnederloin which was good but only 3 small pieces!? The wife had Shrimp and grits where the Shrimp was a little bit bigger than popcorn shrimp. The price? $140.
Go to Buckhead Diner of something else for that price!!!!
Consistently unattentive bartender – I have been to Haven about five times. The one dinner experience I had there was very good. Selection is broad and service was attentive. The bar scene is a whole different story. I have had the same bartender every time and to sum it up he is a snob and acts like he is doing you a favor getting you a drink. He is more interested in checking out the young waitresses than asking if you would like another drink or get you a menu. On another note there is a tv at the bar which I don't think is necessary/appropriate for a bar that small but then again it gives the bartender another thing to do besides providing service to customers.
My friend and I are no longer going there for drinks even though it is in a very convenient location for us.
Great food, casual atmosphere – We've been to Haven once and really enjoyed our dinner. The poached shrimp appetizer with horseradish-tomato puree and avocado was delicious and light for summer. My husband raved about his surf&turf with scallops and brisket - a unique twist on the standard. I had the seared tuna and risotto with fava beans, which was lovely, but I think he ordered better. Very nice wine list. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful; we were seated right away (but had a reservation). I would take a date here to impress or the parents - feel free to show up in jeans, but be ready to pay a price for a much more elegant restaurant. Not unwarranted by any means - the quality of the food was well worth the spend. But it's nice to enjoy it without getting all dressed up.
2nd Visit and Will Definitely Keep Going Back – Again, another delicious meal (had visited in the spring). Note the clam strips, though categorized as a small plate, will serve at least 4 people as an appy. I was a bit disappointed that the tomato and zucchini tartlet was not on the menu. Will definitely be back in the spring when it is. I'm not a fan of lamb, but the lamb chops were delicious. The soup of the moment was vegetable minstrone and was perfect for the chilly evening.
Very Impressed – My boyfriends parents were in town and we wanted to take them somewhere nice but not formal. This was the place! The wine list is superb. I got the ribeye with the chili rub and which was also very good. I noticed once I got home that while having a before dinner drink at the bar I was charged for a bottle of wine instead of a glass. I called Haven and spoke with Michel (the owner) he apologized and returned the money to my card. That is service I would not expect but appreciate. All in all excellent restaurant!
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