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Harbor House
Harbor House

Harbor House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harborhousemke.com
  • Phone: (414) 395-4900
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Sunday only 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Zach Espinosa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Harbor House can create the perfect social or business event for any occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Molly McCarthy (414) 395-4900 x4904
  • Entertainment: We have music on our patio every Sunday from 4-7 pm from June through August.
  • Special Events & Promotions: go to http://harborhousemke.com/events/ to see our most recent events at Harbor House!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harbor Dr & N Lincoln Memorial Dr
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet- $ 4 dinner, complimentary at lunch and brunch.
A word from Harbor House
Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in Downtown Milwaukee, Harbor House replicates a New England style seafood restaurant commonly found on Cape Cod and Nantucket. The menu features a wide array of fresh seafood, salads, sandwiches, pastas, steaks, and chops. Additionally, Harbor House features two outdoor patios.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We made a last minute reservation on a Friday night and were lucky to get in. An overall fantastic experience. It felt like we were on the Atlantic coast."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Dinner with clients and could not have picked a better spot to entertain. Great atmosphere and waiter John was terrific. Very good oysters!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This was our 5th dining experience at Harbor House. As expected, it didn't disappoint. We were celebrating our son and DIL's 3rd anniversary. The fried clams, crab bisque, and Caesar salads were very tasty. We ordered Mahi Mahi, salmon, and scallops for our main courses. All were delicious. The desserts are worth experiencing too. I want to make a point of complimenting the entire waitstaff. They couldn't have been more accommodating. Thanks for making our celebration memorable."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great food, beautiful scenary and excellent service!!!! Best seafood in Milwaukee!!! #HANDSDOWN"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "It was our 30th Anniversary and we chose Harbor House. First time there. We had a nice table for two next to a window. Our waiter, John, was extremely kind and helpful. Food was excellent. We spent two hours enjoying our lunch. I would highly recommend the lobster roll as it was tops. Our anniversary was acknowledged with a piece of complimentary pie which put the finishing touch to a great meal. Thank you so much."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "When booking, I mentioned we were celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary. We were greeted at the door with "Happy Anniversary". Our servers, Garrett and Krystal had been informed and welcomed us with "Happy anniversary". We asked for the best scenic view table - and received it! Food was delicious. We were treated to complimentary dessert and glasses of champagne. What a delight! We felt so special! Not the first time here - and certainly not the last."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "No wonder it was voted #1 for view. Outstanding view and service. Food was very good. Can't judge too much on a brunch, but seeing how everything else was, we will have to go for dinner one evening. Not knocking the food by only giving a "very good", just how good can you cook an omelet? Hard to judge on a simple brunch."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great food, views and the service was excellent! We drove an hour and it was well worth it!!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My husband and I had our anniversary dinner here. If you like seafood I highly recommend trying this restaurant. The raw oysters were wonderful as well as the crustacean bisque. I had the filet mignon and lobster tail combination and my husband selected the salmon Oscar. Both were delicious. The wait staff was attentive without being overly annoying. The only complaint we had was with the noise level and the size of our table which was a little too narrow. Despite that we had an awesome dinner and will be returning and hopefully soon. Next time I will try to reserve a table by the windows to better see the great views."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "staff great food great met the owner great guy we go there often best view on the lake"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Found our new favorite place for a night out and special occasion celebrations. Harbor House is easy to get to, an absolutely beautiful view, delicious food and has wonderful service from valet to dessert. I had special requests listed on my open table reservation that required no additional follow up on my part to ensure they were completed and the staff even went above and beyond delivering dessert with a candle for my special occasion with my husband. Matt and Kat genuinely cared about our experience and truly delivered on my special occasion requests and our off the menu request as well. Thank you for an outstanding dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Our main waitress Sharon worked incredibly hard to try to save a miserable experience. Seated at 7:45; at 8:25 a "sub-waitress?" named Lauren very sullenly brought bread and a "promise" that someone would be with us soon. We finally got to order wine (2 bottles from a VERY over-priced wine list), and 20 minutes LATER, we got the white that we ordered, and the other bottle was wrong . . . which too another 10 minutes to sort out. We finally got to order at 8:55 . . . yes, we were there over an hour before we got to order. The food was good, and Sharon tried HARD to make up for the disaster . . . she brought a free appetizer, and 3 free desserts at the end. Lauren on the other hand was totally useless. I will NOT go there again - EVER."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "After we told the waiter about a lemon allergy, the made a special effort to find acceptable entrees."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I am a weekend bruncher. This is my new FAVORITE place for brunch. The service is always spot on. The food is amazing. Be sure to try the crab cake eggs benedict and they deliver it to the table "small plate" style. Nice touch. The buffet is throughout the didning room avoiding crowding. I was impressed and can't wait to return. Suggestion: Start with mimosas and coffe outside, they have a beautiful bar & dining area overlooking the Art Museum and Lake Michigan. What more could you ask for on a Sunday morning?"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It was a great experience including the food, service, ambiance and attention to detail."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We absolutely love the Harbor House. Not only for dinner but for brunch too. The food is always delicious. And we have never been dissatisfied with the service. I must say, yours is my favorite downtown restaurant . Keep up the good work and we shall return again and again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Delicious food although beet salad was a little disappointing. Extremely noisy but the hostesses were more than happy to move us to smaller, somewhat quieter room - all we had to do was ask.Beautiful view of the lake everywhere. Very busy in main room.Crab legs and Mediterranean Sea Bass were delicious."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "we enjoyed our visit very much!the dinner capped a great week-end visiting Milwaukee before returning to Minneapolis. Be sure & thank the staff. John"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great place for dinner and views of Downtown and the Lake. Requested a window seat 5 days prior to my reservation - didn't get one. My dinner was awesome (filet maion), wife didn't like hers - soft shell crabs. Table Service was great...front desk people seemed they didn't care that I requested a window seat and it was our wedding anniversary - special day right!? The only other thing I can think of is they charged for parking - don't get that when you're spending a lot for dinner and drinks. A little tacky if you ask me. Maybe if u spend more than $50 inside they give u a validation ticket for free parking. Overall...I enjoyed dinning there and the atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Bridget and Matt were perfect servers. Harbor House saw my note in my online reservation about our 22nd wedding anniversary and provided a very special dessert; it was everything we could have asked for since our first date was at Pieces of Eight (same location) 23 years ago."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I was disappointed in the tuna. When you charge over $30.00 for an entree it should be a better grade of tuna. Also, when you have 2 waiters per table you shouldn't have to wait 20 min. For a water refill. Harbor house has been one of my favorite restaurants but I might be changing my mind."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Quality of food, service, and vibe make this a great place."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Even though I had made a reservation for 11:45, arrived on time, tables were visibly open, other people were being seated, we were asked to wait by the bar and after 20-25 I had to ask to be seated at our table. It seemed quite unnecessary that we had to wait to be seated at our table. Our server at the table was very good! I had brought people who were visiting Harbor House for the first and waiting like that was a little awkward and not real impressive as I had hoped their first visit should be."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A beautiful view greats you when you step in to dine? The food is great with a friendly and helpful wait staff that will make you pleased you came. Great seafood with a water view!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Overall, the view was spectacular, but other than that there was nothing good about this restaurant. The food was awful, my steak was not hot, and too overcooked, not to mention that it tasted like hamburger meat, and my Alaskan king crab legs were cold."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food was great! The view and restaurant itself was great! Service was very kind just forgot a few things when asked (drinks, bread). The only "complaint" I would have is that most appetizers we wanted to order were already out (sushi and oysters). I understand there's not much you can do about that but they would have been so good to try!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We always enjoy the Harbor House. Great views of Milwaukee. We have not had a bad meal there yet and the service is always very good."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My family enjoyed a beautiful, perfectly slow paced brunch at Harbor House for Father's Day. The breakfast bar was a little lacking in its offerings, but the lunch table and cold bar/raw bar made up the difference. The generous selection of food which ranged from Lobster pot pie to a candy dessert bar kept plates full! There is definitely something for everyone. Ray makes one of the best spicy Bloody Mary's that I've ever tasted! Our waitress was knowledgeable and approachable-very patient and helpful. We will certainly return for this special treat."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The overall experience was wonderful except there is only valet parking which means if you choose not to use this service there is no other parking. You can't go to the restaurant. You should not have to pay to park at a restaurant where you are a customer. If there is nearby no one informed us . We were you have to drive out and find parking."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I thought the waitstaff was very friendly. They took the time to explain the daily specials. I liked the fact that there are two servers assigned to the table. Service was prompt and friendly Did not feel rushed to place the order or eat our food . Food was very good. Not overly expensive for the quality of the seafood."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. It is a spacious restaurant but not noisy. It has a beautiful view overlooking Lake Michigan. The halibut and rainbow trout were very good. Service was excellent. The prices are in the $$$ range but worth it for the quality of the food. It is the type of restaurant that you would go to for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I hosted business guests for a luncheon we had scheduled prior to an important meeting. The service at Harbor House was fantastic. Our server was all over it, friendly, and helpful. The food was very good. I would have liked to see a little more variety on the menu, but we all enjoyed our meals. I recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I've eaten at Harbor House numerous times, and in the past have always had good food and service. Most recently we went for a combination birthday-father's day celebration lunch. In my reservation I requested seating in a specific area. The hostess seated us at a table that wasn't appropriate for a party of three. I asked to be moved, and we were then given a table in the area I had initially requested. HOWEVER, as punishment perhaps, we were then ignored by the wait staff. We were not offered bread with our soup/salad course. I made the mistake of ordering from the express menu, and received an overcooked perch sandwich that wasn't up to the standard of Harbor House. As one of the more expensive restaurants in town, I expected more."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "First time diner for special occasion prior to concert event. Restaurant was outstanding, service was even better, and the food would bring me back in an instant. However, we arrived with a 2 hour time limit for a subsequent event at the Riverside. We ordered appetizers, drinks, wine and wonderful meals. However, after the appetizers, it took almost 40 minutes before our salads came and then of course our meals...as a result, it took 1 hour and 45 minutes for our dinning experience and we just barely had enough time to park and arrive at our event. Management seemed to notice our delay and assisted in getting our vehicle, but it put a damper on a supposed relaxing dinner for a special occasion."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "It took almost 90 minutes to get out food......ouch!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The view is just as beautiful as you are going to get. We chose this restaurant for a family occasion. One son is really enjoyed the Happy Hour Oysters and will be back with his co workers for more. All of the dishes were prepared well and every one said it was delicious. The Crab Louie salad was fresh. The corn carb bisque had an awesome sweet corn flavor. The steaks were prepared as ordered. The lobster was tender and fresh. A return visit for more seafood is definitely being considered."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Arrived shortly after 5:00 for a 6:00 reservation. Was told they were booked (restaurant was almost empty at the time) and couldn't seat us early. We sat at the bar with a few other patrons, watching as they filled the dining room guest by guest. At exactly 6:00 the came and seated us at the table we'd watched remain empty the entire time. Never before had a nice restaurant be so discourteous as to make me wait and look at my empty table for an hour."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Very nice place. Great views of the lake. At sunset tables on the north side facing west make it difficult to sit that direction. Good was 4 out of 5 stars. Fish was very good, sauces were good. Portions were right for a restaurant of this caliber, could have been slightly larger from my experience. Let us split a salad and brought it on separate plates which was nice. Bisque was outstanding. Pretty good beer selection. Be careful if you have a Bartolotta gift card as I did not know that these are not accepted at Harbor House. All together really nice place and food was very good."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "from the Ambience and Design to the Service to the amazing meal, everything was awesome! We chose Harbor House as our restaurant of choice to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary. We got an amazing booth with a perfect view of Lake Michigan. Our waitstaff recognized it was our Anniversary and wished us well and even brought out a dessert for us! It was an amazing experience- top of our list in Milwaukee! PS. the Branzino was RIDICULOUS! So delicious! loved the peppers!!!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Service was a bit slow in the very beginning and the wrong glass of white wine delivered, however, we did arrive right at prime time 7pm when the restaurant looked completely booked (and for a Monday night). Also, I was told there wasn't the glass of champagne ordered (we were celebrating our same-sex marriage, one of the first couples to wed) then it did appear. This made me question whether what was served was actually the one I had ordered (both issues were a result of the bar staff and not the server). Once things got going everything was fantastic. First I had the bisque, which was exquisite, then steak and lobster and my partner had lobster fricassee. As usual, the food was fantastic. Servers were very friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 6/9/2014