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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
  • "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
  • "Can't go wrong with this restaurant. Best seafood restaurant in town. South African lobster tails and Bronzino are not to miss. Seasonal soft shell crabs are devine. Lobster roll-which is an all time lunch fav. Their Sunday brunch is simply fabulous. Attentive, smiling servers are eager to accommodate any of your unnecessarily complicated demands. The view of the Lake Michigan and the spectacular architectural wonder of the Milwaukee Art Museum are right in front of you."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We started with the seafood tower...fabulous. Clams, lobster, shrimp, oysters to die for. One tast and I was sitting on the beach. I had the bass special. Excellent. We asked to split a dessert and they divided it back in the kitchen for us but it was basically two completely individual Sundaes. The view is super, the service was great and the food was wonderful. What's not to like? OK, you're right, it's expensive but for a special night out once in awhile, if you like seafood and a beautiful view this is your place."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I had a friend come from New York. We had the fish tacos and they were very dry with just soft torillas you would buy at the grocery store and thick-sliced cole slaw with very little sauce. We asked for salsa but they had none. It was served with quac but that was also thick, not creamy."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We were slightly early for our reservation and were asked to sit to wait. No problem. 10 minutes after our reservation time we had to approach the hostess for a table. It was like we had been forgotten. I wasn't excited to see french fries, plain old regular french fries, on the menu at a place like this. The seafood was fresh and delicious but could have done with out the fries. Dessert took a strangely long time to be served and my mom's order was wrong. Views were nice and seafood was great. I would probably return but I can't say that I will be running back."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Nice restaurant, good food ,great service, our servers wire nice and friendly .i will be back soon."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Beautiful location on Lake Michigan. Wonderful view from most tables ( ours was mediocre since not next to window). Servers were attentive-- it just took more than 30 minutes for raw appetizers to come out. They forgot to bring forks for oysters and steak knifes for meat dishes. They did comp the oysters which was very helpful in our appreciating the restaurant. The food quality was great (overpriced for this type of service). They did comp dessert for our birthday celebration--nice touch."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Our dining experience was fantastic! From the hostess to our wait staff all were personable and friendly and attentive. Our food was delicious and the views of the lake and downtown were beautiful."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "The branzinna was delicious and they prepared it special for my liking. I was a bit disappointed with the mesculin salad. The greens were great, but the vinagrette lacked flavor. The ambiance here is fantastic with beautiful views of the lake and the Milwaukee shoreline."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great view! We arrived on time and even though the Resturant was crowed we were seated right away. The whole fish entire was great with just the right spacing between cocktails and desert. The server went out of his way to resolve a loyalty card issue."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Harbor House never fails to please. We were seated promptly with a lovely view of the lake. Our wait staff was very attentive and was there right on time for drink refills. The food was delicious, especially the fish and seafood items, although we did have a steak eater among us and he was also pleased with his entree."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I love this place and the food is awesome! I love this place and the food is awesome! I love this place and the food is awesome! I love this place and the food is awesome!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Harbor House is a dining gem. Most recently we dined at Brunch. The variety of the food is impressive and the dishes were delicious. The view of the lake and the Art Museum is breathtaking. John, the Wait Staff, is exceptional at customer service, and made the dining experience more outstanding. The Bartolotta restaurants consistently provide a truly fine dining experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "MY HUSBAND AND I WENT FOR BRUNCH. THIS WAS OUR FIRST TIME GOING TO HARBOUR HOUSE. THE ATMOSPHERE WAS BEAUTIFUL. WE ARRIVED AT NOON AND THE RESTAURANT WAS ALMOST EMPTY. WE SAT AT OUR TABLE AND NO ONE CAME FOR A VERY LONG TIME, SO WE BOTH GOT UP AND STARTED TO HAVE BRUNCH. FINALLY A WAITRESS CAME AND EXPLAINED THE MENU. I DID NOT LIKE THE STATIONS SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE RESTAURANT. AS IT BECAME BUSY IT BECAME HARDER TO WALK WITH YOUR FOOD. PEOPLE STANDING EVERYWHERE. THE FOOD WAS OK BUT EXPECTED MUCH MORE. THE SEAFOOD POT PIE HAD NO SEAFOOD IN IT. BEEF WAS CHEWY. I FELT THAT THE COST WAS ALSO WAY TOO PRICEY FOR WHAT WAS THERE. I DONT MIND PAYING FOR GOOD FOOD. SO DISAPPOINTED"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had a great time celebrating my sister's birthday last Saturday. The biggest thing that stood out was the service; from each of about 9 people we had contact with, from getting out of the car, to the hosts, through the dinner, and on the way out. Well done!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My wife and I love this restaurant and we've been here several times. The entire staff was very professional on this visit as they always are. We invited another couple (my wife's sister and her husband) to celebrate both of our anniversaries. We were all treated to a very good glass of champagne by our server for a toast. The food in our other visits has always been great, however this time it was just good not great. I had the Creole Shrimp and it was tasty but very salty, also the carrots were undercooked. I asked everyone else how thier dinner was and my brother-in-law said his was good but not great also. (He had the flat iron steak special) All of our salads were great! Our wives enjoyed thier dinners more than we did."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We ate outside and enjoyed the view of the skyline. Good meal and service....fun night."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Habor house was very beautiful inside and out. The atmosphere was very refreshing. The only things I was a little bit disappointed in was where they seated us and the fillet Mignon. I know on a Saturday that it is busier, but they should consider special requests of where people want to be seated especially if they made sure to add those comments into their reservation before hand. My second disapointment was the Fillet Mignon. It was not the best and for the price it wasn't worth it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our food at the Harbor House was outstanding, flavorful and had inventive and tasty accompaniments. Our primary server was pleasant, cheerful and attentive, but her partner took little interest in our table, and that was disappointing. Also disappointing was the greeting when we arrived. Both of the young ladies could best be described as "snooty" and unfriendly, but thankfully we only interacted with the for a brief time."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "my suggestions would be that you offer 2 soups but they are both fish soups, offer a non fish soup. There is no dark sauce for steaks, like a dark red demi-glaze or even peppercorn as an alternative. I believe you used to have this."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "First of all you will not find too many places in Wisconsin with such a beautiful "East Coast" feel. Exceptional food, great service and an all around five star dining experience!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Harbor House. I took my brother and my daughter there for a special dinner. We first sat outside for Happy Hour and had drinks and a couple of small appetizers. It was beautiful out there. Then we dined inside. We had calamari and a crab cake as appetizers and they were delicious. For dinner we had creole shrimp, tuna, and soft shell crabs and all were awesome. Great view, ambiance and wait staff. Highly recommend. It is a little pricey, but to be expected."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The atmosphere is wonderful, view was spectacular, the entire service superb and the food was fabulous! Thank you Harbor House for a wonderful dining experience! Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary with a delicious dinner at Harbor House. We have always heard great things, but had never dined there before. The food and service were spectacular. It's often hard to get good seafood in the middle of the country, but HH delivered. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food is overpriced and portions are small and not any better then much lower priced establishments. Normally service is excellent but on this occasion the staff were not very attentive and it was average. View and setting cannot be beat but for the price you pay I would expect much better food and service. I would look elsewhere in the future for better value."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I had the best lobster roll since I left boston! Best view and best lobster roll in Milwaukee!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We brought guests from Indianapolis to Harbor House on July 16, 2014. The place was buzzing with a busy business crowd. We had a wonderful booth overlooking downtown. We enjoyed Mahi mahi sausage and shrimp cocktail as appetizers. The entire table ordered the special fish which was a striped bass on a bed of vegetables in light broth. It was very good. It was a fun evening as always at this restaurant - a great place to bring people new to Milwaukee. My only regret was that the weather was not warm enough for a pre-dinner cocktail outside."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Its hard to imagine why no other restaurant in Milwaukee has taken advantage of our beautiful waterfront, but the Harbor House certainly has. Excellent food and great service are complimented beautifully by a superb view of the lake from a gorgeous interior. Can't go wrong here with the best seafood in town and the best view around."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Not the typical experience / poor service and food very slow. Many complaints around udon the patio. At one point I was was trying to get my check paid and wha looked like a manager and two hostesses where chatting right next to our table."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "After not thoroughly enjoying LP Bistro he previous week, we decided o try out HH. Ambience and food were improvements. The one vegan entree and wild halibut both well done, the house salads fresh and not soaked in dressing, the wine ( pinot noir and an Argentinian white wine) and sorbet all excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our anniversary/birthday dinner. The servers were very kind and attentive and the food was amazing. We were really pleased when the server honored our gift card and so glad t!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Just shared a fabulous anniversary here. Outdoor dining is laid out well."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "We met a long time friend at Harbor House for lunch. He and his wife had always enjoyed Pieces of Eight and we thought it would be fun for him to experience the "replacement". It was an excellent choice. The food was good, the place brought back memories and the view was terrific. Since we were there at noon he got to see the "wings" on the art museum open and close. Great food, good service and memories: What more could you ask?"
    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