Craft Beer at The Haven Pizzeria- San Diego (Kensington)
Name: The Haven
Where: 4051 Adams Avenue San Diego, California 92116
Cost: Craft beers: Pints $5.00-$8.00 | Bottled beers: $5.00-$6.00 | Pizza $7.00-$18.00 | Appetizers $5.00-$9.00 | Salads $4.50-$12.75 | Pastas $8.00-$15.00 | Desserts $6.00-$8.00 | Kid food $5.25-$7.00
About: Located in the village of Kensington, The Haven is known as “Your Neighborhood Pizzeria.” It’s conveniently positioned on the corner of Adams Avenue and Terrace Drive, two doors west of Ken Cinema. It’s casual, but trendy, with a simple menu: pizza, craft beer, salads, pasta, wine, desserts.
The Haven supports San Diego craft breweries by mainly serving their beers on its tap list, though they also offer premier beers from out of the area. For example, when I was there for lunch they had a seasonal beer from Orange County’s The Bruery on tap. They also have a few bottled beers available and a nice selection of California and imported wines.
In addition to craft beers and artisanal pizzas, The Haven also serves savory appetizers and salads, as well as pasta dishes and desserts. You can view their entire menu here.
What I ate: I ordered the Lunch Special which consisted of a 9″ cheese pizza with one topping and a small house salad for $10.00. The topping I chose: mushrooms.
My salad was wonderful. It was made with a mix of mizuna, arugula, diced tomato, red onion, and seasoned croutons, tossed with a gorgonzola dressing.
The pizza had a textured crust, deliciously charred, with a homemade sauce, mozzarella, and mushrooms.
What I drank: I paired salad and pizza with a Barrier Reef Nut Brown (5% ABV) ale made by Rip Current Brewing, San Marcos, California. It’s a Northern English Brown Ale style beer with a symphony of toffee, toast, coffee, chocolate, and nut flavors.
I love fall, and Brown Ales are great for drinking in the fall with a lot of different foods. This beer’s flavors paired well with those in the salad’s spicy greens and tangy gorgonzola dressing. I also like how the ale complemented the pizza’s charred crust, mozzarella cheese, and earthy mushrooms.
Likes: The lunch special at The Haven is a good deal. Its salad and pizza combo is enough for lunch, and due to the size of the pizza, half of it may be saved for a snack or dinner later on.
Quality of food is high, and I really like their focus on San Diego beers.
Customer service is exemplary. The Haven understands the value of good customer service to their business, and it shows. My server was friendly, timely with drinks and food, and efficient. A real pro.
I like the ambiance. It has lots of windows letting in natural light during the day and designer lighting for nighttime. There is plenty of comfortable seating inside, and they also have tables out front on a sidewalk patio. Modern works of art adorn the walls with color.
There is a parking lot next to The Haven!
The Verdict: Recommended. The Haven serves quality craft beers from San Diego County breweries and artisanal pizzas with great flavor to go with them.