Harbor House
Harbor House

Harbor House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harborhousemke.com/
  • Phone: 4143954900
  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Harbor House reviews from OpenTable diners
428 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (365)special occasion (313)romantic (230)fit for foodies (164)great for outdoor dining (131)notable wine list (108)good for groups (91)great for brunch (83)great for lunch (73)neighborhood gem (51)hot spot (40)vibrant bar scene (37)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (12)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Brunch
    Melissa
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is our favorite spot for brunch. Seafood selections are fresh and delicious. The view is lovely and the service is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great seafood dinner
    Dbabb
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Seated promptly at our reservation time (8:00), and service was great from start to finish. Fresh seafood was clearly their specialty. I had a whole branzino cooked perfectly and my husband loved his cioppinno. We would love to go back when the weather is warm to sit outside. It is a bit pricey, but we felt it was worth it. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    JustKookin
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Visited Harbor House for my mother-in-laws birthday. The night was amazing. Can't wait to head back and do it all over again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We arrived early and waited at the
    Davidh
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    bar for five minutes until the bar crew noticed we were there and another couple of minutes to take our order. The appetizers were good and we were seated on time. We ordered off the menu and it took two hours from when we ordered until when we left the restaurant which was 45 minutes longer than necessary. The wait staff team we had huddled by the bar half the time instead of attending to our needs. Food was fair not great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like visiting an old friend
    McFoxy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Having moved away from the area It is so nice to return to one of our favorite Bartollotta Restaurants, the Harbor House. It's like visiting an old friend who happens to have a stellar wine list and amazing chops in the kitchen. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    excellent food and service. noise level pretty high
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Treat
    Janny
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food couldn't have been better. We were looking for a place for seafood and Harbor House was an excellent choice. Our server had great recommendations, and definitely knew the menu. Service was top-notch, quick and courteous. Will recommend to our friends and family. The view and overall atmosphere just added to the great experience. Thanks to all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood selection & view.
    BeckyMae
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The selection for seafood is wonderful at Harbor House. My husband had the Great Lakes Walleye and said it was prepared and tasted very good. Portions were small in our opinion for the price, but the chicken I had was also very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luncheon
    worldwide
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Scenic view, waitress was kind but service was poor, food was average.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing sea food
    Mkediner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Every bite made me smile. We had the mussels as an appetizer, my girlfriend had the cioppino and I had the herb crusted cod. It was hands down the best I've ever tasted. The view was beautiful as always and the service perfect from the valet parking to the wait staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining
    Hungrydog
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This was our first time a Harbor House and came for our anniversary. We were seated immediately and had excellent service throughout the evening. The food was great. The crabcake appetizer was the best I'd had outside of Maryland. Seared yellowfine tuna was grilled to perfection, medium rare just as I ordered. Creole shrimp was great too. And of course the view of the lake and city skyline are best in the city. Harbor House was an excellent choice and the made our anniversery evening very special.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    the service was fantastic so was the food I will come there again for birthdays anniversary
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • starving6
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food varied from plate to plate. The walleye with vegetables was very tasty. The cod was described as herb crusted. It was a pesto green paste instead and was not anything special. The salmon and filet was okay. The clam chowder and crustecean bisque were terrific. If I hadn't had the soup, I would be much less impressed. The atmosphere was very pretty with a great lake view and Art Museum in sight. The waitstaff was very polite and approachable, but a major mistake was made on serving us another table's food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seared Yellowfin Tuna - AMAZING
    joseph
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great date restaurant. Food was amazing, great wine list, and had the perfect level of noise from surrounding tables where you could tell everyone was enjoying themselves but it did not disturb conversation at your table. Wish we didn't go after sunset as the view looked to be spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Razzyawesome
    RazzyAwesome
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been to Harbor House numerous times and it always is an excellent experience. The seafood is outstanding. The view of the city is breathtaking. This is an A+ restaurant not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday done well
    ChristopherandDeanna
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My seating assignment was honored and birthday was handled well service was great food was good see you next time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigfoot619
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The hostess were articulate and well informed to our time arrival with guess; she was prompt in seating us upon arrival of the birthday guess. She also made sure that our waitress was informed of my special request. Very Good Job!!!!!!!b
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Floridah
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food and scenic view. One of the best restaurants in Milwaukee!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • COLD FOOD
    Poppy
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Husband orders a medium filet which was well done and my Lobster Fricasse was cold. Servers love the BAR area and couldn't figure out who had our table.....Devon and Carissa finally came. Didn't complain about the cold food or well done steak because we could not get their attention until halfway through the meal. We were not looking for a free-bee so didn't complain to management but for the prices you pay you should have " runners" in the kitchen get the food out before this place looses their reputation.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great late dinner
    CatfanVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We were at an event at the art museum and last minute decided to go out to dinner. We made a late reservation, were happy to see the restaurant still fairly full when we arrived, and we were glad we chose Harbour House over our other options. Wonderful pre-dinner cocktail, we both had the roast chicken (delicious) and some great wine from their fairly extensive list. Service was a little off on this visit, but the food more than made up for it. Great view, day or night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    megpal1979
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband picked Harbor House for his birthday dinner. We had never been there before, but wanted to try it out based on the reviews. I have to say we were very impressed! For a date night place this is perfect, we had our 3 kids with us who are quit young yet...I really wouldn't recommend this place if you have very young kids as the atmosphere is geared more to adults. They did have a nice kids menu though. The service was amazing! We had two servers who were very attentive we didn't have to wait for anything. The view from the windows was also very relaxing and pretty. Can't wait to go again without the kids!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice evening
    PortionControl1
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Really enjoyed this restaurant food was good, service was adequately attentive and timely without being overdone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Nice
    BeaJVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    A really great gathering place for a family brunch. Having visited a few times now, I would like to see the menu expand to include a couple different dishes, even on a rotating basis, however, there is plenty to choose from. If I may make a suggestion, a bottomless drink (Mimosa, or Bloody Mary or Champagne (maybe)) would be such an added bonus (just saying). But Harbor House is such a nice alternative to the other options in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Anniversary Brunch
    SupperSally
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We chose Harbor House Sunday brunch for our 29th anniversary celebration. We love the Lake Michigan view. They do seafood right! It's special occasion lunch/brunch affordable. My husband loved the raw oyster bar. I loved the different food stations with signs stating the ingredients (I am a pescaterian & do not eat pork or beef). Everything from the "seafood pot pie" (a bisque) to the green salads, fresh fruit, lox, small-sized desserts including key lime parfait, is terrific. Carnivores may enjoy a generous carving station. It's fun to see families and other diners dressed in their Sunday best. Our waiter did not keep our water glasses full or silverware replenished; he was busy with large groups. Overall, he did a good job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abysmal Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The overall experience was very disappointing. Service was abysmal
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a Bartolotta's?!
    Buttercup06
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Lake Park Bistro is our favorite so we thought we'd try this Bartolotta's restaurant (even though the rewards card isn't good here for some reason). First, they have $4 valet parking which we didn't like right off the bat so we drove around trying to find a free parking spot. Then we sat at the bar for about 20 minutes waiting for a table (even though there were plenty of open tables). None of the 3-4 bartenders even looked at us while we sat at the bar for the first 15 minutes. Very noisy and expensive (but not worth it) restaurant. Very disappointed. We will never go back.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • twenin
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great time... Except for the appetizer, shrimp cocktail had only four shrimp. Very dissapointing expecially when you pay about 14.00 for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday celebration
    kris2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were here celebrating my mom and I's joint birthday celebration. My family really likes to try new places and have a nice meal with a nice atmosphere for the birthday. Last year we went to a place with good food but awful service while we were the only ones in there and it ruined the evening. I surprised my family with this find and they can't stop talking about it! The food was impeccable, the atmosphere was lovely and they went out of their way to say Happy Birthday. The service was slightly lacking but nothing that was awful, just a little forgetful and slow, but the place was packed so it's to be expected anywhere. I will definitely be coming here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.