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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
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Diner Reviews
  • "First experience with Harbor House and it was AWESOME!!!!! Food was excellent and so was the service. Clarissa and Joelle were wonderful. Chef Zachary has definitely made Harbor House a great dining experience. Will definitely go again!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Fantastic experience in all aspects. We arrived early for our reservation and were offered to wait at the bar. Had a couple of very well made cocktails and then the hostess seated us in a timely manner. Wait staff was knowledgeable and very friendly. Very attentive even though it was busy. Food was outstanding and worth every penny. This was for my wife's birthday as I had noted in my online reservation and they brought out a meringue dessert on the house, which was also really tasty and perfect to share. Pricy for us, but great for special occasions. Overall, outstanding experience and will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal as always and the waitress brought a dessert surprise to the birthday person and the waiter was very helpful making accommodations for vegetarian daughter."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "More pros than cons. Excellent choices of lunch entrees with a nice emphasis on seafood. Express menu entree items not as desirable as the rest of the menu. Beautiful view of the Milwaukee skyline and Lake Michigan. Convenient valet parking for a small fee. Cons: I did not expect to be required to call the restaurant the day before our reservation to confirm. That was somewhat of a nuisance, but I feared losing our Open Table reservation if I neglected to make the phone call."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Have been there twice recently and service was just okay both times. This visit the server seemed very uninterested and not real friendly. Food was good, as is the ambiance. Best locations are by the windows or in the room closest to the lake. Not sure it is worth the price, as there are better restaurants in Milwaukee. However, strictly for the location and/or the many seafood choices this is a good choice."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "Service was slow although we had two servers. The food was average - nothing extraordinary for the price. The spinach was very salty. I will say that since we were celebrating two birthdays with out of town friends, our shared dessert was complimentary. I don't know if the valet parking is in place all the time or if it was needed because of Festa Mexicana. It was the only way we could park that evening. We are not really motivated to return any time soon."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "The variety of foods offered at the Sunday brunch is definitely worth the price of this dining experience. The only thing that I sort of struggled with is the hostess seating our party at a booth. Now this is not a "bad" option for dining that doesn't require getting up/down, sliding in/out for each trip to the buffet line(s), but when the party of 5 includes 2 elderly diners (one with an assistance stick), the booth is not the better choice. Overall, the ambiance is stellar and the food options are worth going back to enjoy."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Brunch is the best! The seafood is fresh and plentiful! The salads and omlettes are delicious! There are items I have not even tried yet. The view is spectacular!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Bar staff - not particularly attentive or efficient upon arrival. Freddy was great at accommodating our table request but the wait staff lacked any personality at all. Nice view and ambience and food was great. If service could match the quality of the food this would be a very good restaurant."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Wonderful food and great table. Could have used a coffee refill and better clearing of dishes but overall a very enjoyable night"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This place still has one of the best views in town, and the interior décor / vibe is sophisticated, but casual. Well prepared fish and seafood, especially the whole branzino (European sea bass). Great selection of raw oysters. Very good wine selection, good draft beer selection, and some interesting mixed drinks. Usually very good service and timing of courses here, but this particular busy Saturday night seemed to put extra stress on the normally competent system. This resulted in very irregular pacing between courses and some unusual service misses. My wife received an excellent (complementary) schaum torte for her birthday. Still highly recommend trying this restaurant, but on a night other than Saturday for the best experience."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This is the 3rd time I've eaten at the Harbor House while visiting Milwaukee. It's just a really great place with really great food. I'd recommend it to anyone."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Nice patio and great view of the Art Museum and the wings closing at happy hour. Happy hour food was very disappointing. Service was great."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 8:30pm but we were not seated until after 9pm. The hosted apologized several times and kept us updated. The guy at the desk could have acknowledged me when I walked up, I always think thats rude even if you are on the phone. The sevice was great once we were seated, serving staff was pleasant and cheerful even though it was late. We had a group of 8 and they gave us free apetizers because of our delay. I would go back again when in Milwaukee in the future."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We took our out-of-town friends for lunch. The views are incredible BUT the food was mediocre at best. Eight meals all disappointing. Crab cakes, perch and the mahi fish tacos were all overdone and tasteless. Our guest said the fries were great. Unfortunately it's a fish restaurant! It appeared to us the Harbor House is living off its scenic views, not quality food. We won't be back."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Wonderful food and experience for our first time visit."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Our new favorite place! Best view, food, service, atmosphere and worth the hour drive!!! We always feel like we are back east in New England!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Very nice. Food was excellent. Oysters were a great start to our meal. Get a seat by the windows to watch the sailboats in the harbor."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Harbor House, and had a great experience. From the affordable valet parking to the outstanding service from John & Corey, the ambiance was spot on. The food was fresh, delicious, and the pricing was fair. The calamari was among the best we've ever had, the salmon was flakey, and the scallops were done perfectly. The night was capped with outstanding desert and courtesy champaign for our anniversary. Great job Harbor House, we'll see you again next year (if not sooner)!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I went to Harbor House with three friends for a special dinner. We had a reservation and were promptly seated outside when we arrived, even though we were early. The view outside is incredible, especially at night. We were all a little chilly, even in August, as there is no source of heat besides a fireplace along one wall. Our waiter seemed distracted. Since were a group of young (24) ladies, he probably figured he wasn't going to get a very good tip and didn't pay us much attention the whole night. We ordered the crab cakes and shrimp for appetizers which could feed maybe 2 people. Overall, drinks and food were good, service average. Order dessert!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food quality was very good for the most part. Critic ran bisque was a little fishy tasting and lacking seasoning. Lobster Fricasee and steamed Salmon were great. A good place if you like raw oysters. For the entree price you should at least get a salad. List of wines by glass was Limited. Service was friendly and knowledgeable, but definetly slow. Go here for a special occasion and the view. Overall there are other seafood places with excellent food at a better value.(try the sail loft)."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed our first dining experience at the Harbor house this weekend. Everything about it was fabulous! The food was excellent, our waiter was very attentive and knowledgable and the champagne toast provided was a special touch! Thank you for helping to make this evening special for all of us. We will defininetly return."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The restaurant has a nice upscale environment. The appetizer, salad, entrees, and desserts were very flavorful. Service could have been better. We had 2 servers for our party of 2; we speculated that each must have thought the other was taking care of us. 10 minutes lapsed between seating and taking our order. We were never asked if we wanted a second glass of wine or offered more bread. In a way, it was disappointing. Harbor House is a great venue and the food was good; but the servers didn't make it "an experience". The valet guys were actually more friendly and hustled more than the two who served our table."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The view from every Harbor House table is beautiful. This was our 3rd visit and we stayed with the seafood. Great presentation and delightful."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Harbor House proved to be the perfect place to celebrate the occasion. The ambiance was delightful, the service was timely, efficient and the wait staff were not constantly hovering over the table. The view from our table was great and I noticed that the restaurant was set up in such a way that all tables were able to enjoy the view. The food selection offered a lot of choices and price variants. You could say there was something for everyone. We went with seafood choices of Alaskan King Crab combo with filet and Salmon. Both entrees were excellent."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The restaurant is beautiful, view spectacular. Our meal was good but very inconsistent. We both ordered our steaks the same way and it was completely different when you cut into them. They serve in teams here and after our main waitress dropped off our food she never came back to our table. We were done eating for over 20 minutes and had to ask to see a dessert menu. That took another 10 minutes to get and then another 15 to come back and see if we wanted something. We told the "helping" server no just give us the check. This was by far the worst device we have ever received at an upscale restaurant."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This was our first time at Harbour House. We chose to celebrate my birthday here. We were greeted at our table with a friendly server wishing me a happy birthday. Great drinks before dinner. Food was awesome (we had the scallops and the chicken - both were amazing). Beautiful view. We will definitely return!!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "They were able to make just about anything on the menu Gluten Free upon request. Very knowledgeable servers and great food."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I'm from Milwaukee and been moved for 10 years. I return each year for my Daughter birthday...she found The Right Place. Two years running and more to come! Excellence!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "we had two problems-first was getting served to start the dinner-took about 10 min for water, 20 minutes for a drink order-I characterize it unusual but bad, the kitchen and the food, oysters, lobster steak, lobster and creole shrimp were excellent and timely, deserts great coffee etc when we exited for car for some reason valet shut our auto lights off and we had no lights on the vehicle for about 5 miles down the road-many of the new cars have setting on auto for all lights-no need to touch it-might be habit for valet but not a good thing"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "It was a lovely evening to look out at the Lake. Brought another couple that was visiting from Florida and they also enjoyed the scenic view. The service was just alright, could of been better for a nice restaurant. I enjoyed my rib eye, but my husband's mahi mahi was not up to par."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We were looking to spend our 25th anniversary somewhere special and chose Harbor House. We were extremely satisfied all the way around from excellent food to outstanding service and very romantic ambiance. We took a stroll outside of the restaurant after dinner and enjoyed the beautiful Milwaukee night skyline as well as the romantic moonlight over Lake Michigan. It was a perfect ending to to perfect evening. We will be back!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We expected the food to be great and it was. We expected the view to be perfect and it was. The waitstaff is attentive but not fawning, just perfect. We could not improve on our experience, Thanks!!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We went to Harbor House for our anniversary... it was perfect! The food was amazing, service was very professional, and the atmosphere was calm and beautiful. We had the clam chowder, crab cakes, steak and crab legs... all of them were wonderful. I recommend Harbor House to anyone looking for great seafood in a relaxing setting."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Scallops were delicious but the bisque was on the cold side. Server could have been more attentive. Took second drink order from two persons at the table and never asked the third person if they also wanted a drink. Another server cleared our dirty dishes as our server disappeared but showed up to present the bill. Was extremely disappointed with the service. Not the usual service that I have received at other Bartolotta restaurants."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant, the New England style is what attracted me to it, and I took my girlfriend of a year and a half here. Great food, and a wonderful ambience!! However the service was decent, mainly because we are both 19 years old and definitely felt that we weren't being treated as equal as the older adults there by one of the waitresses. Other than that, great place and a fun night out"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was great and so was the atmosphere and view, the waitress sort of ignored us, we had to ask the secondary waitress about items and then were told the specials. We do fine dining monthly and more. The bad waitress dropped this restaurant out of our top Milwaukee 15. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Four of us had reservations here. We were seating promptly upon arrival and I had requested a table by the window. That request was honored. Server was very nice and friendly but mid way thru the meal we had a different server. We asked if the other one went home and were told that they do this, one picks up the back end. An explanation of that and an introduction of her and her name would have been nice but both of them were good. Food was excellent.We ate leisurely and never felt that we were rushed. The carrot cake dessert was the best. Scallops were delicious and so was the halibut. I was pleased with the wine list too. This is a bit pricey but we knew that going there. Would definitely return for a special occasion. Ambience is great."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I took my husband and his parents out for his birthday last Saturday. The view and food were both great. The service was terrible. Our waitress rarely checked on the table. We bought a bottle of white wine and asked for ice to keep it cool. We waited and waited. I had a pile of dirty dishes stacked up in front of me forever! It was disappointing."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was about my 5th visit here for dinner and I was a little disappointed. All of the portion sizes seemed very skimpy compared to usual for them. The fish was good but nothing special, unfortunately. And we were seated next to the kitchen which they tried to disguise with a huge palm tree plant that kept getting in our way with the big leaves bumping on our heads. Not my favorite experience here, and it used to be one of my favorite restaurants in town. Hopefully we'll have better luck if we decide to try it again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014