Harbor House

4.7
5017 reviews
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Seafood
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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Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the King crab legs/steak combination... The crab was sweet and tasty. The steak was cooked to perfection and was like buttah! The pièce de résistance was the amazing potatoes... Yes, potatoes. Creamy, rich, buttery... The best!
Started the meal with an amazing Wedge salad. One of the best in the city!
Finished the meal with flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and a berry sauce that was so good that I almost licked the plate!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, delicious food as always. Shout out to Shey on her great service!

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MV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and service was awesome! The food is amazing!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very happy with their service. Food is fantastic and consistent. They even gave us complementary desserts for our Anniversary celebration. The wait staff was great.. over all great experience. One of our avourite place. We even had our wedding reception here. So that says it all. !! Keep up the good work.

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SM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to treat ourselves for our anniversaries - this was our 42nd so we booked a table for 2 - after we were seated I noticed a nice looking young lady sitting there (he beau was in the rest room) - upon his return and just a few feet away he dropped to one knee ans pulled that infamous box from his pocket and pooped THE question. I am not one given to emotions but it stirred even an old hard heart like mine , of course my wife was all smiles and may have shed a tear. She asked them if they wanted someone to take a picture so they gave her his phone and she took several. I , in the meantime went to find their server and put a C note toward their dinner check. It was just a coincidence but a great opportunity to pay it forward.

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JM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I each had the scallops and we both loved them. Excellent. Tasty. Cooked right.

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LH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

Table for 2 was so small. I asked for a window table and was given a table in the middle of the walk way. Felt cramped. It was noisy. Food was not hot. My wedge salad was outstanding. We will not come here again.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

service was great however food was expensive and mediocre. Small grilled shrimp, small serving of vegetable/potato and small cut of meat for $43.
Probably will not be back.
Requested a window seat and was not given one.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We love dinner at Harbor House. This time we came for lunch. The simple mesclun salad was lacking flavor and very oily. The sautéed shrimp were over cooked and dry. The French fries on my husband plate were the best thing, and even they needed to be warmer. We are sad to say we will not be back for lunch.

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B
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at Harbor House many times and each time it seems to get better. Have spent some very memorable times celebrating different occasions the last of witch spending time with my grandson home from college for the holidays. It doesn't get any better enjoying family while dinning on fantastic food. Can't wait for our next visit.

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MS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harbor House is a treasure....great service...exquisite sea food.

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LL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Slow & Inconsistent service, food just Ok prices too high for average quality- the view of lakefront & quiet ambiance best part of this lunch

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P
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and food are always excellent! I frequently dine at the Harbor House for both business and pleasure. The views of the lake and the city are amazing. Harbor House is the perfect restaurant to take visiting friends, business associates and relatives.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three of us split the scallops and the rainbow trout. Both dishes were awesome. Cosmo and Old Fashioned cocktails were excellent. Paul and Nick were extremely attentive servers and very friendly. The flourless chocolate cake was a nice birthday treat on behalf of Harbor House. Couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more! Thank you!

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RW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank goodness for Harbor House, it sits at our two jewels in the crown -- Lake Michigan and the Calatrava.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The parking situation was not so good. It was mandatory valet parking, unless you wanted to walk a considerable distance (potentially very far away) to have “free” parking. I could see the point of having valet parking if it didn’t have a dedicated parking lot, but they do which is right next to the restaurant. I have no problem walking 50 feet to park my car, but I do have a problem paying someone else to do the same thing for me.

The service was good, the food was great, and the views of the lake are really nice. I look forward to going back.

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OT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just lovely!

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P
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a nice booth where you are part of all the action but not in it. The other tables are very close together. When tables are being servced, waiters butt's will be almost touching your table, but if you don't mind that you will enjoy your evening. Food is very good, and atmosphere and habor views are outstanding.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our first visit to Harbor House. The food was exceptional and the ambiance was very nice. Would highly recommend

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W
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrate moving to Milwaukee

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SS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good seafood with prompt service. It can be a little loud but still worth the visit. I will say they had a GREAT choice of oysters from the west coast which I believe are far superior to east coast oysters

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s
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Really, really loud with little dine on the part of the restaurant to mitigate the noise.

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j
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome! This is one of the best amongst many great options for dining, but the views and atmosphere is unparalleled.

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PG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful restaurant - food,service and overall experience was excellent. Worth the long drive. Will return and bring friends.

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MP
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Liked it! The crab legs did get salty after awhile, the ones that were on the bottom of my plate. Overall, had a great time! Will be back :)

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K
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely top five restaurant in the city of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin !!!

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JW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We were overall very happy with our visit, however I believe prices are a bit high and we were deeply disappointed when we found two vehicles parked in handicap spots and the ramp space as well.

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U
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

After asking that my one pound lobster be shelled, I was dismayed to see how very little the portion that was served to me upon a bed of vegetables. I am not able to finish a one pound lobster and usually take the other half home.

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SE
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant evening for a birthday party

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BE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An absolutely fantastic experience. Wonderful staff. Very accommodating to special dietary needs. Worth every penny spent. It’s the kind of place that you can make what you want it to be. A romantic date on the waterfront or a fun group outing for a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been here before and enjoyed it quite a bit but this visit was nothing special. The food was great but our service was less than stellar. With a team of waiters I wouldn’t expect to sit with empty glasses, have a server who took our dessert order come back and ask if the other server took that order and have another couple to get seated and complete their 3 course meal all in the time we were through our entree to when we paid our check. Very disappointed in this aspect. I paid a good deal of money to not have to sit there and wait for so long and be seemingly ignored.

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CB
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting the restaurant and it was a very good experience. Food and service was very good. Had desert on the house (celebrating birthday). Definitely will return. Make sure you make reservations ahead of time as it gets full very fast.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Service was great. Views were spectacular

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PL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We've always liked Harbor House for a celebratory place and for its food. On Saturday we had a good celebration. Two of us had the Bronzino and we were VERY disappointed. The fish was very bland (no herbs or flavorings at all) and overdone. Not at all like the times I'd had it previously, when it was flavorful, moist, and deb one by the server. And the vegetables that came with it (some soft roasted potato pieces and a few tiny bits of cauliflower) looked pathetic and had bad texture and little taste. Come on, Harbor House!! The other two of us had filet with crab cakes and filet with scallops and the vegetables were great. We were celebrating an anniversary, and the complementary desserts were nice. This place is LOUD - - - part of the ambience - - - so be forewarned. And do not get the Bronzino unless they tell you they have gone back to doing it the way they used to!!!

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DS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

While I have visited Harbor House prior, this was probably my most less than favorable experience. We had an individual with a Gluten Free allergy and was told the server would explain all options when she came to the table as the first individual knew they had options but didn't know what they were. That never occurred in fact, even though they tag team with two servers, one simply took the order and you never saw her again even though she was cleaning off the table next to us as we exited and never said a word. What was beyond frustrating was that after spending $400 as our party exited the restaurant, there were 3 hostess's at the hostess stand including, I believe a manager but not one said thank you, have a good nite, etc. For the cost of the food they offer, I will visit Capital Grille or Carnevor before coming back to Harbor House as their service is always top notch.

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OT
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared a special holiday lunch. The shrimp cocktail was excellent and our wedge salads were beautiful and delicious. The service was perfect. We enjoyed sitting at a window table.

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RF
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Harbor House is always a joy to visit. The servong staff is great for meals and the Sunday Buffet. The chefs make great specialties and I like the fellow patrons. Everyone always seems happy to be there!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Bradley and Devon were great. Food was incredible. Only downside was that it was a little cool in the restaurant.

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PK
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our anniversary celebration was fabulous as usual at Harbor House! The service was impeccable and the food was amazing!

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful "special occasion" place to dine. My daughter recommended the Harbor House while we were in town. Delicious food and beautiful setting!

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