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Harbor House
Harbor House

Harbor House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.harborhousemke.com
  • Email: info@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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We love all the eateries of Bartolotta .....looking forward to Easter Brunch at Lake Park Bistro where we were wed Aug 28 2011 ."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I've been here with my family for various birthdays 5-6 times in that last two years and have never been disappointed. The service is always excellent and the food is always great."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I've been to Harbor House twice now, and both times I've been impressed. Their wine list is extensive and the staff is very knowledgeable - I asked for their recommendation and listed some whites I enjoy, and my server brought out a delicious regional wine that I would get again in a heartbeat. The lobster fricasee was delicious, and I would order it again as well. What makes Harbor House special is the location and the atmosphere. The restaurant has a distinctly East-coast vibe, and it's set up in a way that all of the tables have a great view of the Milwaukee lakefront. Truly gorgeous!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The restaurant smelled wonderful walking in. Like the sea. But unfortunately our dinner was disappointing. My husband had the combination 6oz filet ordered medium with 3 sea scallops. I had the whole Branzino with poblano peppers and roasted potatoes. My husbands steak was way over done, couldn't eat most of it. My fish was ok but very little flavor. I wish they would have offered to fillet it for me. So many bones. Some of my potatoes were done but most were hard, and unfortunately nothing was very hot. Warm at best. You can go for the view but I wouldn't go back for the food."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had brunch here before--definitely 4 stars! So when we celebrated 2 birthdays, I was very disappointed in the difference. The food was very good--not excellent--the service was definitely lacking. My steak was overcooked (med., not med. rare), and though I also had scallops, I had to ask for lemon! That should be automatic. After our first couple of bites, one waiter (we had 2--Chris & Ernest) asked how everything was, he never returned to check if everything was still fine. I wrote that we'd be celebrating birthdays, but our waiters didn't know that. He brought the "birthday dessert," and none of us liked it (we ordered other desserts). Will be a while before we return."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Had a wonderful business lunch. Katelyn answered all our questions and made us feel very welcome. It was very busy so definitively the spot to go for lunch in Milwaukee. I suggest making a reservation. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Went here for husbands birthday. Loved the bar area. Drinks were good. Had some sushi and raw oysters from the raw bar which was outstanding. Got a table by the window. View was beautiful. Service was great. Food was great. Would definitely go back. Loved the atmosphere. Bisque was amazing! Trio ice cream was delish! All around great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Each course was picture perfect with amazing flavor."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Harbor House was my first time to dine in Milwaukee. It was a great venue and the food certainly did not disappoint. A lovely brunch with a warm day compared to the last 3 months!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Perfect setting for the dinner meeting , very good service . Continually a good restaurant , but after dining multiple times , not the dining experience you might expect . Not one of Bartollata's best restaurants - Lake Park Bistro or Restaurant Bartollta's much better options ."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "The halibut was decent but the filet was amazing. We'd love to see the restaurant become a little more conscious of the types of meat they serve - local, grass fed, even wild caught fish. But overall we loved our experience at Harbor House!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My new husband (of 3 days) and I went to Harbor House on Wednesday! We had the most amazing service, delicious food and wonderful ambiance! We had a beautiful table over looking the lake and were taken care of like we were top notch fancy pants. This meal was a real treat for us and the servers treated us like we came there all the time. Just a completely wonderful experience! Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Very beautiful location, the view of the lake and City is wonderful! The food was good, our group very much enjoyed themselves and our waitress was very kind and the service very good."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Very pleasant and friendly staff. Our server was attentive and brought our food in a timely manner. Service was excellent - we felt neither rushed nor neglected. The food is not inexpensive, but you do get what you pay for: fine food and excellent service in a friendly and comfortable environment."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This is the second time I have had the Sunday Brunch! The ambiance is amazing! The food is good but not outstanding as it is at the other Bartalotta restaurants. The crab legs that were made to order were very small and dry. The line for the omlets was very slow. I feel that there is room for improvement."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "It was all good. The seating in the raised circle seating was hard & uncomfortable by the time we finished dinner. However, it was good size for the 5 of us"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "My partner and I celebrated our anniversary at this restaurant, and my gosh it was an amazing choice. Staff was friendly and wonderful, they treated us amazing and helped us with our dinner questions and choices. I will definitely be going there again as well as highly recommending. I cant wait to set another reservation with this amazing restaurant. the General Manager should be proud of running such a wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had a great time. Team service good timing. Food was excellent. Good variety of oysters. Car valet convenient."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed dinner at the Harbor House since it reopened in its new incarnation. Food is always good (although we are not fans of the Lobster Pot Pie). Servers were well trained and helpful with suggestions. We were dining before going to a play at the Rep, and the staff paid attention to our time constraints without seeming rushed our put off by our request. Another great dining experience at this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "A wonderful mid afternoon lunch. Great calamari and excellent soups. Beautiful lake view and outstanding service!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We were celebrating our 45th anniversary and had requested a window table. We actually were seated in the corner of two windows, so two views of the lake! We ordered four different entrees for lunch and we were all very satisfied with our food, the drink and wine list, our service, and was pleasantly surprised by the complimentary champagne. Will definately go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Was in Milwaukee for the day with a friend and wanted to have a view during lunch. Picked the Harbor House because of its location. Clean and modern interior a bit on the monochromatic end of color. Service was very good. We had a very attentive waitress who went out her way to be nice. We both ordered the same lunch which was a crab cake sandwich and a cup of Lobster and crab bisque soup. The soup was outstanding and the crab sandwich moist with chunks of crab mixed with the usual fillers. The fries were hot and tasty. All in all a very good experience. Just wish there had been a few touches of color."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Great oyster bar. Many oyster types to choose from. Seafood is the focus. Halibut was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Some steaks are also offered. Chateau Briaund was flavorful and cooked medium-well, as requested. Service was a little slow the weeknight we were there, even though the restaurant wasn't that busy. The servers themselves were excellent. Very knowledgable about the menu, including gluten-free options (most menu items are gluten-free). Good attention to the details of the meal. The view of the Milwaukee skyline across the harbor is outstanding, especially on a clear night."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "My husband surprised me with this brunch. It was a beautiful day to look over the water, and the food was fabulous. Your staff really knows how to treat people special. Thanks so much for a wonderful dining experience."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We make HH a special occasion place, but sometimes the wait staff and food aren't so special. Such was the case Sunday night. Only one of our tandem wait staff was attentive and timely despite a half empty dining room. She was good and the food was good but nothing was really memorable except for the bill. Thank goodness the views of Milwaukee always delight."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Dinner for special occasion. When we've checked in, it's always been a battle to get a decent table not near kitchen door or bus station. Even if you reserve months in advance. Even when half the restaurant is empty all night. That's bogus. "Hostesses" are young 'thangs' who are too busy peering into their terminals to even look you in the eye and offer to check your coat in the dead of winter. When we piled all that at the bar, the nice young man bartending took care of that. The hostess station needs a "makeover" in favor of experienced and caring individuals, not snotty 'thangs.' Servers have always been great, and the food shines. We had a nice table in the back room where it was quieter and a nice lake view. Returning this week."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "one of us had the fish tacos. they had no flavor. Then two of us had the lobster thermidor. We were exicited as we enjoyed this dish growing up. This was such a poor version of the dish. no sauce, no cheese. the lobster was cut up seasoned and thrown back in the shell. It was so dry. It was terrible. In hindsight I don't know why we didn't send it back, we just didn't want to ruin our luncheon get together by focusing on the bad food. VERY DISAPPOINTING"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I ordered the crab Louie (however you spell it). The lettuce, while not iceberg, tasted like it. The crab was like a garnish, very sparse. It was something you would expect to get in a low priced diner. We sat near the window. It was very cold."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had a great dinner on sat night. The food and service were delightful"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Everything was just FANTASTIC - I great make over from the pieces of 8 - GREAT view, great service - equal to lake park bistro"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was great and service was good. Took a longer time between courses than it should but not a big deal. Great place and we will be back"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "It was a definite poor experience the special halibut was short on flavor and probably undercooked rather chewy in consistency (ok for gummy bears). The service by the female part of the team bordered on pathetic. we basically sat on our hands. Between salad and arrival as well long after we had finished our entrees By updated 7:14 PM EDT 03.19.14 Ground witnesses claim they saw Flight 370 By Michael Martinez, CNN SHARE THIS Fisherman: I saw plane flying really low A A A (resize font) (CNN) - How could a commercial airliner disappear without a sign, you ask? SHARE THIS Fisherman: I saw plane flying really low A A A (resize font) (CNN) - How could a commercial airliner disappear without a sign, you ask?"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "My wife and I have enjoyed very much the opportunity to have brunch twice there and a group dinner before that. All those times were very much pleasant and joyful. I also liked the bar to have drinks with friends."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Love this place! Everything was wonderful. Great atmosphere, beautiful view, friendly staff, nice ambiance, delicious food. We will visit again and again."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I had a great first time at the restaurant! The food selection and recommendations were fantastic. We were seated with a beautiful view of Milwaukee! I felt like everyone was extremely attentive and just for me, it was by far one of the best dining experiences I have ever had."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My husband and I had a lovely time. We went late for lunch. It was his birthday so I wanted it to be special and I think he felt it was. He loves the water so day was better than night this time of year. The food was very good and we had a lovely toast. Service was very good and the waitress was personable. Love lunch there."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Great food...okay service...dirty dishes left on table multiple times."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everything was good, the food lacked flavor and for the price it should be a tad more tasty. Staff was great and so is the atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We took friends from CA, their first trip to Milwaukee. We had a corner table with panoramic views of the lake and all the migrating ducks. And a beautiful city view where we watched the sun go down and the skyline light up. And the food was fantastic! We also had the greatest bottle of Pinot Noir I had ever had. But the best part, and it is sort of a secret, is the allergy free dessert they have. I have issues with dairy, so usually no dessert for me. But they have this elegant, shaum torte. Heavenly!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I accompanied a great client from out of town to the Harbor House. The gentleman was from Boise, ID and truly enjoyed his first Spotted Cow (and several more). We ordered the seafood tower appetizer for four of us which was very fresh, but was not as abundant or robust as I have had at another local high-end area restaurant. Several of us ordered the combination small filet with Scallops. The scallops were the largest I have ever seen and were done to perfection and very sweet. The small filet was ordered medium-rare but was delivered medium and was rather tasteless & dry. We had a great bottle of wine-Sea Smoke, Pinot Noir. The waiters Matt & Bridgette were exceptional and showed exceptional cool with my very demanding customer. Steve."
    Dined on 3/11/2014