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Haven, in Jack London Square, has two distinct spaces. One is an intimate contemporary dining room with a cement floor and laurel-and-vine canopy. Here, you’ll find an elegant menu—prix fixe yet served family style—with elevated vegetable side dishes, such as smashed-and-seared fingerling potatoes with crisp celery. The other is a more relaxed, earth-toned lounge and bar serving an á la carte menu of charcuterie and rustic house-extruded pastas sauced with braised meats—or squid, artichoke, or whatever else might be shining in the marketplace that day. It’s all wonderful and as well conceived as the Chez Panisse café/restaurant split. A subtly daring entrée of charred broccoli with a farm-fresh egg was the meatless option on our visit. Another dish was Berkshire pork loin with confit pork belly. Both were diminutive, delightful, and good examples of Haven’s modern California cuisine. Dinner daily.
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