Harbor House
Harbor House

Harbor House

  • 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: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm
    Brunch: Sunday only 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • 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 4143954900x4904
  • Entertainment: We have music on our patio every Sunday from 4-7 pm from June through August.
  • Special Events: 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Harbor House reviews from OpenTable diners
385 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (326)special occasion (289)romantic (202)fit for foodies (158)great for outdoor dining (109)notable wine list (99)good for groups (85)great for brunch (61)great for lunch (60)neighborhood gem (50)hot spot (41)vibrant bar scene (30)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • AWESOME!
    roaddog
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Amazing food this time around. Really friendly staff, but also appropriate. The service was at a good pace even though it was Saturday night at prime time and at full capacity.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, but....
    Cavima
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was good, but being a Bartolotta's restaurant we expected exceptional. The service was fine and prompt. I would have liked a more varied menu. We went for a special occasion, my husband's birthday, but we won't rush back. It was just OK. Not worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Harbor House good, but. . .
    rick1119
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Both the food and the service were very good at Harbor House, a Bartolotta Restaurant. However, don't go to Harbor House if you have received a card in the mail offering you $20 off your dinner at a Bartolotta restaurant because it's your birthday, and expect to get it. At the bottom of the menu, in black print against a dark gray background (and the restaurant is quite dimly lit) you will read that this particular Bartolotta restaurant, by special agreement, will not honor any promotional deals from the Bartolotta group. My gift card was therefore invalid. It seems to me there's something not quite honest about that.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch!
    CatfanVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This is the first time at the Harbor House for lunch. We have been lucky enough to enjoy dinner several times - always great food and ambiance. For our lunch, the view was amazing and the food was very good. We ended up just having burgers (online menu showed a chicken sandwich, but it wasn't on the menu when we got there), but they were very good burgers with fries good enough to be habit forming! Wish they would put the cranberry orange manhattan back on the drink menu... That was the only thing missing!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • INCREDIBLE
    MarisaP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I am never disappointed here. Incredible food, outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Easily the best restaurant I have been to in the entire city. Took my girlfriend as a sort of mini celebration and we were blown away by the professionalism shown by the staff as well as the deliciousness of the food. Immediately recommended to all of my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appeared to be 2 different restaurants
    Ekecko
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had 2 quite different experiences on the same night. We started out at the bar for happy hour and were extremely pleased with the service and the food. The oysters were fresh and the chef gave us 2 different varieties for 89 cents ea. I also had the 'peel and eat' shrimp which were large and cajun spiced - very good. The special drinks were good but a little on the sweet side. The waiter offered to have them remixed but we refused - next time I'll ask the bartender to go a little easy on the sugar syrup. Overall, a great experience. We then moved to the dining room for dinner. They did not have the wine I was expecting from the website (we were told they never update the website). The waitress described the special, which my wife had, but it was nothing like the description. When asked, the waitress shrugged of the question as if it didn't matter. The servings were very small for the price and the other plate items were not very good or well prepared - a simple steamed vegetable would have been much better. The dining room service (we had 2 people) was slow and not very attentive. In summary, I would strongly recommend the restaurant for the lake-side ambiance and decor but I recommend only going for happy hour (4-6) and eat only at the bar - you will have a very enjoyable time if you skip the dining room.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GreetaVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Had a geat business lunch here. It is very convienent as there is valet parking for free during lunch. The food was very good. I especially enjoyed the fish dish I had which was recommended by my server (walleye)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shevy
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We all enjoyed our meal. However, the roasted potatoes were rock like and the beans were undercooked. The soup was delicious and so was the trout.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food, great scenery, nice ambiance - perfect Saturday night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Timer
    voxx
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Greatest steak and Salmon I had the pleasure of eating!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We always enjoy going here. Seafood is great- the ambvience is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lucki
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It was a great experience except, my crab cake was delicious but the bun was too cold and tasteless.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great view & wonderful meal
    rick
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The restaurant has a beautiful view and the service cant be beat. The trout was excellent and superb vegetables, perfectly cooked. The wait staff was courteous, helpful and there for all your needs. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable
    Annie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Scrumptious food, gorgeous lake views, impeccable service. I'm still dreaming about that Crustacean Bisque!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good view
    dodo
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Nice place with a wonderful view from lake Michigan am Museum. Food was ok. Maybe I ordered the wrong plate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the Best
    BadgerRic
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Milwaukee's only restaurant on the lake is still the finest eating establishment the city has to offer for those who prefer seafood. Set right on the lake Harbor House offers a gorgeous interior, the city's finest views, and fabulous seafood. It's romantic yet vibrant and affords patrons anything from a quiet business-dinner atmosphere to a warm family gathering spot. Just the best!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Am66ja
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The waitress seemed to have forgot we were there. She never came to check on us or ask if we needed anything. She never refilled our coffees. Very disappointed in the service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was not as good as the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Although the food was excellent, our banquette table was romantic, and our reservation time was respected, the service was just fair. They seemed so rushed and never checked on us while we were eating our entrees. This is really a must, which they missed. When paying $50 for an entree I expect an equal level of service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    happycamper
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Loved our Harbor House experience, the food, the view, the service, all were outstanding. Thanks for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful -- all of it!
    NeighborhooddinersVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We totally enjoyed the whole experience. The Branzino whitefish was fantastic. The peppers and anchovy accompaniment was perfect for the fish. The maine lobster and filet was also delicious, as were the West Coast oysters and carrot cake for dessert. Service was impeccable and the decor and atmosphere was very much like a restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. The night view of the Milwaukee Art Center was lovely. It was a special anniversary dinner for us so the whole experience was simply perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Experience!
    Majorfoodie
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We hosted guests for dinner at Harbor House, and they enjoyed all aspects of the experience--food, wine, service, ambiance, view--as much as we did. Great to have this gem on Milwaukee's lakefront!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem on the lakefront
    Mimi5
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Wonderful restaurant. Fabulous views of the lake and downtown. Only restaurant right on the water. Great decor. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wonderful experience! Service was amazing. Food was very tasteful. Steak was so tender.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lovely Family Dinner
    miltownbrewfans
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    A dear friend gave me a generous gift card which allowed me to treat my family to a lovely dinner and celebrate my husband's birthday. All of us were pleased with our seafood selections and the service was excellent. The server brought my husband a special birthday dessert along with 4 spoons so we all had a taste of a delicious merengue with chocolate gelato and fresh berries. It was a treat for all of us and we appreciated the gesture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced for what it is
    1964KJ
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The restaurant itself boasts a impression that you have food like you've never tasted before. In my opinion it was ok but nothing to write home about and for sure overpriced. There are alot of restaurants around town, where the food and service are mucj greater and a lesser cost. Its obvious that you are paying for the name.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is a great location. The Sunday brunch was outstanding. Lots of seafood options as well as all of the standard brunch options. The view is one of the best in Milwaukee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place for Special Occasions!
    FoodieWannabe
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I have dined at the Harbor House twice in the past two months to celebrate wedding anniversaries. The service is outstanding and the view is spectacular. I'll be going back many times in the years to come. Love, love, LOVE this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, decent experience
    Seafoodsteak
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had 8:15 reservations and were sat immediately. We were greeted by 2 waitresses who would be taking care of us for the night. One waitress was friendly, outgoing while the other could care less if she was there. We placed an order for drinks, appetizers and oysters. It took about 20-25 minutes for the oysters to arrive. We finished the oysters and apps and still had not heard from the waitress to take our order. Finally ordered and the food came in good time. I ordered the steak medium rare and it came medium well. The scallops were perfect and the clam chowder was great. Overall it was a good night out but I don't think I would return. There are better options in Milwaukee for the overall service, quality and price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood and View
    Lejie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Like it says, Great Seafood and View. You are on the lake, just beautiful. We had Stone Crab Claws ( in season) , Mussels, Lobster Fricassee, and a 2lb Lobster. Everything was fresh and cooked perfectly. Only drawbacks were stone crab a little pricey ( but they told us and we agreed) and a longer than normal lull between appetizers and our entrees, but the company was great and so were the views so we didn't mind too much. If you want seafood in the land of sausages and cheese ( not that there is anything wrong with sausages and cheese), this is your place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissappointed
    HighHopes
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After hearing good reviews overall, plus being a Bartollota restaurant, we assumed it would be great. The two servers we had were excellent, but the food was fair at best. Lobster tails overcooked, and hard to extract from the shells. Should have been done for the guest. Oyster medley, one out of the three were good, the other two, poor flavor and did not seem very fresh. Sad when the carrot cake was the highlight of a $150 meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out
    HappyDiner2252
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you are looking for a great "Date Night" place, Harbor House is definitely a must! The atmosphere is perfect for a romantic night out, you have the art museum and lake as your views. The food was amazing and service was spot on! I must recommend the Apple/Pear martini, to good for words.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sea Bass
    Domscj
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I think it would have been better if the fish had been filleted.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great service good food nice view
    Dinerdave
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service was great, the food was good, drinks were excellent, love the interior of the place and the view is great. We would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu
    Alex
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The menu is fantastic. I ordered the steamed salmon with polenta and it was phenomonal. I normally do not like salmon. It just melted in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch and Dining
    torbie65
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I loved this place. I can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raw Bar Yummy
    michelle
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I go here once a month for Oysters and end up getting appetizers or a main course - I have never had a meal here I didn't like! The service is always friendly. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great place for a special occasion. wait staff was extremely friendly very informative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view.
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Loved the view at the restaurant. The food and service was very good. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversary dinner
    bill
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    everything was excellent..the view of milw lakefront, the service, the food, all were very,very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.