Harbor House

4.6
4632 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thurs: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm (Brunch served until 2:00pm)
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 395-4900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Fisher
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Private party facilities
Harbor House can create the perfect social or business event for any occasion.
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Private party contact
Katelyn Arnold: (414) 395-4900
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harbor Dr & N Lincoln Memorial Dr
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Parking details
Valet - $6 dinner, complimentary at lunch and brunch.
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Entertainment
Enjoy live music on our patio every Sunday and Monday from 4-7 pm from June through August.
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Special events & promotions
Visit https://www.bartolottas.com/events/restaurant/harbor-house/to see upcoming events at Harbor House!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 4632 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.7
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Milwaukee
5.0Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent... great Caesar salad

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Oklahoma City
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd definitely recommend the back room if you want a quieter, more cozy experience! Nice views, too!

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Milwaukee
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening started at the bar with friendly bar tenders eager to satisfy you curiosity for something different. The Harbor House is a straight forward seafood house that serves great seafood. But don't look for imaginative or creative dishes. you can get all kinds of lobster, but not lobster thermidor or newberg. The same goes for dessert. What they have is great , but creme brulee has been done to death. Don't let that stop you though. You will have a great time and food.

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Chicago
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from the valet to the valet! Food was very well-prepared and served. Perfect setting.

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CJ
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant as always - first time using OpenTable and I was on the edge about if it was a scam but it wasn't. When I had called the restaurant a few days earlier they said they were completely booked, but evidently they reserve a few spots for people booking with OpenTable. They had my name and there were no issues.

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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff did such an amazing job! The waitresses in Milwaukee!!

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SN
Milwaukee
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good but over priced. The view is very nice.

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JG
2.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent but noise level was so high conversation was difficult

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DM
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My husband and I drove up from Chicago specifically to have our anniversary dinner at your restaurant.. Food was great, we were seated promptly but service was a little slow.

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j
Milwaukee
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often go to the Harbor House for Happy Hour which is a great value and special occasions for dinner. We are never disappointed! We recently celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary there. It's location right on the lake makes it special to start with. The great service, outstanding food and friendly staff made it an occasion to remember.

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Milwaukee
3.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ordered lobster spaghetti and paid close to $36. The noodles were not fresh and they were from a box probably and also undercooked. If you are going to charge for a small plate of food and a 4ounce lobster then make fresh pasta. This place is overpriced for the food and drinks are not any cheaper. i guess having the name Bartolotta attached gives you the privelege to charge more. Never going back there unless someone else is picking up the tab.

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JM
Milwaukee
5.0Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hit on all cylinders for us -service, food, ambiance- couldn’t have been better

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g
Milwaukee
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We ate outside on the best patio in Milwaukee. The lobster rolls were great.

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Raleigh
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

12:30 reservation but seated at 12:45. Our waitress, Heidi, was awesome and provided great service. Food was generally good; however the shrimp on the buffet were of the low quality variety. The beef tenderloin lacked flavor.

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b
Milwaukee
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wonderful to have the option to sit outside, as it was SO cold in... prices are justifiable for the location... but the menu "originality" seemed pedestrian... its a treasure tho!!!!

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Atlanta
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience! We will definitely come back soon!

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CK
Chicago
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Harbor House for my son's 21st Birthday and we couldn't have been more pleased! The location on Milwaukee's Lake Michigan waterfront - directly across the art museum - was breathtaking, with ocean views along the entirety of the dining room. There were two waitstaff that attended to us and they never skipped a beat - water refilled without having to ask, fish de-boned to perfection, extensive wine selection...couldn't have been better. I highly recommend Harbor House and will definitely be back again!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far our best dining experience anywhere from the moment we walked in. Attentive and friendly staff, very knowledgeable servers who know the menu and are able to answer questions, great atmosphere, delicious food. We will definitely be back and will recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

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H
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The ambiance is wonderful, but the food is mediocre for the price.

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JC
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was lovely we were treated so incredibly well. It was our anniversary and they went above and beyond anything we expected to make it special. Food was incredible. Lobster was out of this world.

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Chicago
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always terrific. Seafood is some of the best anywhere to the Midwest. I am happy to report that steaks are done equally perfectly. Our serving staff Were friendly and welcoming. Despite a very busy Friday night, we were treated as if we were the only customer

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Milwaukee
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter was caught in traffic tie-up so we enjoyed an extra half hour at our table. Service was excellent and very accommodating. Split a salad. My sandwich was so filling I couldn't finish it. Loved the seafood taco my wife ordered. this has become an annual summer lunch for us, going back 5 years.

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C
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was incredible, key lime pie was to die for, but the greatest part of our experience was the server Alex. He was an absolute delight!

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Cincinnati
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walking into Harbor House is like walking onto a yacht. With it's scenic views of the waterfront, beautiful decor, and professional staff, it's easy to forget you aren't on a luxury cruise ship. That said, the waitstaff were very friendly and down to earth. This was the perfect peaceful dinner to have before enjoying the craziness of Summer Fest.

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MC
Minneapolis
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We took a short trip to Milwaukee for Summerfest and wanted a fancy night out before the concert! This was perfect and we had a seat right by the window. The ambiance was amazing, and stylish! We will def be back someday! It was beautiful!

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Milwaukee
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I've dined here three times in the last year, every time it was Great! Can't say enough great things about this place.

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SP
Milwaukee
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great meal at Harbor House. The food is consistently well prepared, the service is attentive but not intrusive. A great spot to take friends from out of town when they visit.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cynde (sp) was one of our waitress. She couldn’t have been better. Great menu, food was amazing and the views were breathtaking! Our first time but definitely not our last. Highly recommend!

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AE
3.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We had an appetizer, soup /salad and entree all within 1 hour. It felt really, really rushed. We had ordered a cocktail to start and then a bottle of wine hoping to enjoy it. There was really no spacing between courses at all. The staff was friendly and service was good, but it just felt really rushed which was pretty disappointing for amount of money spent and a rare night out from the kids.

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SK
Milwaukee
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and atmosphere. We are regulars have never been disappointed.

One recommendation, bring back the ribeye steak.

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YC
1.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was cold, over cooked and dry. Waitress was unfriendly. Bathrooms were not clean.

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BC
Western NC
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location with views of the lake. Our waitress Diana was friendly, very attentive and delightful. The soft shell crab sandwich was very tasty as was the perch sandwich. An all together delightful lunch.

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FM
3.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

They lost there Chef and the food has suffered. I raved to the friends I brought and was very disappointed in the quality of the food. Fortunately my friends were understanding and we made up for it with great conversation. Too pricey for the quality of the food now.

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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner

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M
2.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The we both had was not hot. The flavor was good, but it was lukewarm. The halibut was very good. The soft shell blue crab was very disappointing. We only dine at these kinds of restaurants (high end) a handful of times each year, so this was very disappointing. The setting is beautiful on Lake Michigan.

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Milwaukee
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Although the server immediate offered wAter and my friends’ coke that she requested, she placed the coke down so quickly and did not return to the table for at least 10 mins (perhaps longer) to inquire about my drink. She was obviously busy with other tables. We enjoyed our entrees(lobster roll and trout, but they were priced more like a dinner entree. We did appreciate the complementary birthday dessert

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KA
Milwaukee
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Our food took a long time to arrive and we waited a long time between courses. Our servers did a nice job but it was VERY slow and loud. Not sure this was the right place to go with our group of 8. We were a bit disappointed.

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YR
Milwaukee
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful view, atmosphere and very delicious seafood! Great wine selection as well.

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OT
Milwaukee
3.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service and great food but a little overpriced for what you get.

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GP
2.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed that there wan't any catch of the day & the menu was very limited. This was our wedding anniversary and we were let down.

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