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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
  • "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
  • "Our first time here. Made a reservation request for a window table. Upon arriving, hostess said no such tables were available but could seat us "near" the windows. Upon arriving at our table, what a surprise to find 3 unoccupied window tables for 2 right next to our table. One of the empty tables hadn't been bussed yet. I asked why we couldn't sit at one of the empty tables where I requested and after some standing around among the diners, it was finally agreed that yes, it was OK if we sat there. Really??? For dinner, we ordered scallops and halibut. Her scallops were perfectly cooked and delicious. My halibut was overcooked, bone dry and warm at best...not hot. It was our first date so didn't complain. Service was Excellent."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "absolutely delicious food. Great service. No complaints, we were looking for a fine dining experience and were not disapointed. Definetly on par with every four and five star restaurant we have ever been to all over America."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We had never been to Harbor House before, and our dinner was wonderful. The food was exceptional, and we will continue to bring guests there."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We ate here for brunch. Overall, everything was "chain style good". Nothing out of the ordinary, but good for a buffet brunch at a good value. The items I found outstanding were the beet salad, fresh oysters and deconstructed seafood pot pie. The carving station was good/average. The rest of the items were plentiful but very standard. The ambiance is also chain style good but the views are great. Especially the vantage point for seeing the Art Museum. For good standard fare with a view, this is your place!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Service was abhorrent. We were seated in the back of the restaurant (great view) but it appeared as if no server had been assigned to our table. Waited over 40 minutes for a single person to return to take our drink order. Only with one of our party speaking to the front hostess stand did we eventually see a waiter. When we said we had been waiting for thirty minutes, I received a snide response back ("Well, how did you get your water then?") rather than an apology. It took a second diner at our table speaking with the manager before we even got a waitress. While she did an acceptable job, drinks were only refilled with excessive prodding and flagging down of any waitress we could find (as ours disappeared for long periods of time)"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here inside in May and had an excellent meal. We went back in early August to enjoy the patio and the views of the lake and downtown Milwaukee. This time we had appetizers and salads. I had the fried clams and my wife had shrimp cocktail. Both excellent. She also had a wedge salad. I ordered a lobster roll as well, and since both the lobster roll and fried clams came with french fries our server offered to bring my a small green salad in lieu of one of the orders of fries. Very nice of her! My lobster roll was filled with big chunks of claw meat. If I had any complaint it would have been that they could have put more sauce on the sandwich."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Superb! My halibut was just a ver very small bit dry and the veggies just a very small bit underdone - but tht is probably just my taste in bioth cases. Wonderful as always!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Restaurant is beautiful, food was okay and service was poor - very disappointed"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We were in Milwaukee for a convention. Someone on the plane who lives in Milwaukee recommended Harbor House for the food and view. Am so glad we were able to get there for dinner. The view was spectacular, the food delicious, great service. A memorable evening for three from out of town."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food was excellent! The restaurant did not seem to be too busy as it was a Sunday evening, however we were seated 30 min. later than our scheduled reservation which us made late getting to a concert immediately after dinner. Wish I had been able to enjoy the great food little more relaxed rather than in a hurry."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "You're paying to be on the lake and enjoy the view. This was my 3rd time at Harbor House and unless I'm invited there I won't be back. They couldn't honor the 7pm reservation right away. Told me it would be 5 minutes and it took another 30. Waiting at the bar wet couldn't get service for another 10 min or so and that was just to get a drink menu. We did finally get a drink and were escorted to our table. In my reservation request I asked for window seating but this was completely ignored. I understand they can't always accommodate however I believe the hostess never looks at those request entered otherwise surely they would have at least apologized that it couldn't be satisfied this evening. The food was just so so."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We have been to Harbor House many times in the past. However, this was by far our worst experience It started out with the bar tender mixing up our drink order. Followed by them accidently giving away our reserved table. We then sat at the table along with the guests at the table next to us for 15 minutes before we had to find the hostess so that she could locate the server that was assigned to both of our tables. The servers were pleasant, however extremely slow. We ordered an appitizer and our first two choices they were out of. Keep in mind that our reservation was for 5:30. When the meal came in was very good. They just need to work out some of these kinks. If it had been my first visit I am not sure there would be a second."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Something for everyone. Fresh seafood. Breakfast items, salads, meat. Excellent. A little pricey but the view is worth it. I mentioned on the Open Table reservation request that it was my wife's birthday and they treated us to complimentary Mimosas. Nice touch."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had a beautiful time at brunch. The view was spectacular and the buffet was delicious."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "If you are looking for just another great meal, you may find it here. If you are looking for a great experience, this is the place. The staff is wonderful, and the location provides a romantic and beautiful ambience. My wife and I have frequented this locale several times over the past 20 yrs. While it has gone thru a few owners, Bartelottas (sp) has done a fine job at the current renovation to bring back dishes that represent city favorites as well as seafood that is fresh from several points at the right time. The oyster selection is on point, as well as there fish choices. Always a great location and the views of the lake and city cannot be matched !!! I will always recommend this restaurant to friends and neighbors."
    Dined on 7/26/2014