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5.4 /6 Excellent 191 Reviews

Haven Bistro & Bar

Whetstone International £££ +100
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About Haven Bistro & Bar

Nothing short of an institution in North London: Established in 2001, Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone beckons with fine modern European cuisine and smart and beautifully decorated rooms. Come and try the lunch – the set menu is changed daily, making every stay at the Haven a pleasant culinary experience. Being the perfect host to your guests, the Haven Bistro & Bar offers a function room and options covering finger food or sit down as well as a buffet. And there’s good karma to spare: Haven Bistro & Bar has most recently made news for hosting a cancer fundraising event.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:30, 18:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:30
Haven Bistro & Bar, 1363/5 High Road, N20 9LN London

Further Information

Julius can look back on a long and more than successful career as chef and manager of restaurants, in England as well as abroad. His latest stroke of genius is the Haven Bistro & Bar. Situated in Whetstone North London, his restaurant excels in all major areas of hospitality and culinary areas. Offering you a variety of delicious modern European cuisine, the Haven Bistro & Bar is the perfect choice for a fine night out in North London. Their lunch and dinner set menu changes every day, thereby making every trip to the Whetstone restaurant more than worthwhile. And their tasteful interior decoration ought to finally win them some awards.

Take a seat in their newly refurbished cocktail lounge , stay for special events such as the Jazz Dinner. Or have your own very special event at the Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone: The restaurant takes pride in offering you function rooms you may use for your event or celebration. The friendly and helpful staff will gladly assist you with every question you may have. The Haven Bistro & Bar also offers disabled facilities. The bar makes for a great place to have a few drinks with colleagues after work or catch up with friends.

CHEF'S CHOICE

191 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 191 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
11.10.2017 16:51

Lovely restaurant beautiful decor ,the food was delicious and well presented ,the service was very good and attentive, a very enjoyable evening had by all four of us.

1 review so far 6
01.10.2017 09:09

Very appealing restaurant. Staff are extremely friendly & very attentive & friendly. Food was fantastic very tasty. There is a bar next to the restaurant where u can go & relax & enjoy a few more drinks/cocktails or shots or whatever takes your fancy.

1 review so far 6
28.09.2017 18:27

lovely meal, good ambience, helpful efficient staff, all in all a good experience. Returning soon to celebrate my birthday with my family. Only downside is parking it can be difficult.

1 review so far 6
26.09.2017 09:50

excellent and consistent food with second to none service !! well done !! Highly recommended !! The only problem is the parking in that area .

1 review so far 6
10.03.2017 07:43

Took my mum for lunch at The Haven yesterday along with several other family members. Staff were friendly, polite and helpful. Restaurant decor is lovely - very spacious with high ceilings and very pleasant to be in. The food was excellent and my elderly mum (who can be extremely hard to please food-wise) said her dish of calves liver was the best meal she had ever had in a restaurant; that is a huge compliment coming from someone who is so fussy about food. The rest of us also all enjoyed our meals and we felt the food to be of a much higher standard than other restaurants we have been to. The lunch set menu is extremely good value. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I will be bringing my mum back there soon.

1 review so far 5
30.06.2017 08:39

The service was impeccable, from a lovely meter and greeted to everyone else who treated us beautifully. The menu was varied but it would have been welcoming to see some salad starters (there were two as sides) The food was really delicious, although my salmon a tad overlooked and dry, but with a little help from some olive oil, it I,priced. The one thing I was not happy about was paying £2:50 for filtered water which is from their own kitchen. I have a water filter at home and trust me it's not expensive to use. I don't mind paying for proper bottled water, but this was an insult The toilets are rather horrid. Very old fashioned and in need of modernisation. It's ghastly. The whole area does not fit in with the rest of the restaurant Is an important area which has been neglected. All in all, a pleasant evening

2 reviews so far 3
22.12.2015 10:07

Very disappointed with Haven Bistro & Bar, our table was booked for 6pm, when we arrived at 6pm the restaurant was still setting up for the evening and it feel very much like we were an inconvenience. The restaurant become very noisy with a xmas party half way through our booking, it would have been appreciated if the waiting staff had advised us of the group booking or the restaurant contacted us before the day of the booking to let us know. Whilst service was good, both the starters and main course were luke warm, in all honesty I've had better food elsewhere and do not understand why the Haven receives such good reviews.

3 reviews so far 4
10.04.2017 09:03

THE RESTAURANT ITSELF IS LOVELY - VERY SPACIOUS AND AIRY. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WERE A FEW ASPECTS THAT WERE NOT UP TO THE USUAL STANDARD. WE WERE THERE FOR SUNDAY LUNCH - FIRSTLY THE BOARD WITH THE SPECIALS WAS AT THE FAR END AND ONE WAS UNABLE TO VIEW SAME DUE TO THE LARGE FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS COVERING SAME - WE WERE NOT TOLD OF SPECIALS - IE SUNDAY ROASTS. AS WE HAD THE TWO LUNCH SET MENU WE DECIDED TO SKIP STARTER AND HAVE A DESERT - THE WAIT WAS JUST UNDER 1 HOUR TO GET THE MAIN COURSE - WE WERE NOT TOLD POTATOES WERE NOT ACCOMPANYING THE CHICKEN WHEN THE ORDER WAS TAKEN SO HAD TO WAIT AGAIN FOR EXTRA VEG. PLEASE NOTE THE RESTAURANT WAS NOT BUSY SO ALL IN ALL IT WAS A BIT OF A LET DOWN.

1 review so far 6
21.08.2017 18:53

The 5 of us had a fine lunch. We chose from the set menu but one guest was able to have a large portion of one of the starters for her main course. Lambs were "medium" and "medium-well" as requested. Chicken livers particularly good. Everything appropriately hot and nicely garnished. We only had 2 courses each and no alcohol but were treated with entirely polite service throughout.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 10:26

Four of us. Starters 2 x mushroom risotto, 1 x crispy duck, 1 something else = all very tasty. Main 1 x calf's liver, 2 x duck, 1 x lamb chops= all again well presented and toothsome. Dessert: various, mainly ice-cream = all tasty. Drink = 1 x Champagne @ £45 was a very drinkable and good value for a restaurant champagne.

1 review so far 6
03.10.2016 13:01

Once again we had a fantastic afternoon, warmly greeted by Julius and his staff. Both of us had the Sunday roast, mixture of lamb and beef, and it was the best roast I've had since my mum died. House red was a beautiful merlot and tasted better than some expensive wines from other restaurants. Would definately recommend this bistro to everyone.

1 review so far 6
15.04.2015 08:39

Nice friendly efficient service, great maitre'd, great food and lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend the Haven Bistro & Bar. Overall I'd give it a 6. Take your friends and family along.

2 reviews so far 5
27.09.2017 16:38

Usual good service - could have quibbled about table we were given but that would be churlish. We both chose the 'specials' for the day with the attendant pricing. The churrasco fillet steak I had was huge and well marinated and was superb - as the owner suggested it was truly a 'man's meal'. My Wife's Dover sole seemed well filleted and she enjoyed it. Not necessarily the cheapest but usually sound.

4 reviews so far 6
04.02.2015 08:21

As usual a very enjoyable experience.Excellent service food and wine.What more can be said other than we will return in due course.One point to me made is that the owner might be more friendly and welcoming bearing in mind we have been patronising the establishment for many years.He might take a lesson from the Maitre "D"who is first class.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2017 17:38

Excellent food and service - never been disappointed yet and have been going many years. Grilled halloumi cheese was an excellent starter followed by the roasted cod. The set menu is excellent value and service charge is included in the total price which always pleases me - especially when the service is good! Can and would thoroughly recommend.

1 review so far 6
24.09.2017 08:24

We were a table of 4. We all were happy with the meal we were served. Staff were very helpful and attentive, I found them especially helpful as I have certain food restrictions which I have to adhere to, and they were careful to guide me through the menu and adjust dishes to be suitable for me.

1 review so far 3
02.12.2015 22:41

Felt like I was being herded along nothing personal when shown to table. Table was nicely laid but far too big for just 6 and we could not have a conversation with anyone other than the person next to us, as noise level was unbearable. Waiters indifferent. Long wait for main course, no apology. When it arrived my sea bass was lacking flavour, potatoes and courgettes were bearly warm. Friends asked for extra chilli but none had been added to pasta dish and prawns were chewy and they thought undercooked. Waiters begrudgingly brought water to the table. All together not a pleasant experience would not return and would not recommend to friends.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2015 06:42

Our large birthday group had a great meal at Haven and the staff were very helpful and friendly, particularly as we had 2 elderly wheelchair users with us. The restaurant have their own wheelchair for the use of clients and were very helpful in getting us to and from our cabs. Altogether a very good experience.

1 review so far 3
18.10.2014 21:29

Booked online but when we arrived said they had no reservation for us but gave us a table for two. Restaurant was very quiet as it was only 7pm, but had a big party in upstairs room. Had fish soup and goats cheese for starters. Far too much soup as very rich but Both very good. Felt service was very rushed and waitress hovering for us to finish. House red and white wine adequate but not great and quite expensive. Had liver and bacon and salmon fish cake for main. Liver really nice and cooked perfectly but fish cake quite bland. All in all a good meal but nothing exceptional.

1 review so far 6
23.08.2017 06:20

My boyfriend and I had a 2 course meal from the set menu (main and dessert) Thw food was absolutely delicious and we were very happy with the attentiveness and kindness of the waitors. They also brought out a dessert with a candle in for his birthday, which was a lovely surprise to us both.