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Harbor House

4.6
4404 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 4404 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Went to dinner with 7pm reservations for 8pm. Restaurant was packed. Great atmosphere. Took grandparents and made it a little difficult to hear one another (we sat in the center of the restaurant). There are good views of the lake wherever you would sit. Nice wine selection and knowledgeable staff (Shey was our waitress).

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Sea food is really really good. Had a tenderloin that was nothing to write home about just ok

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

My husband had steak and scallops. Both e Excellent I had poached red snapper. Very bland. They did take off the price of my meal but super disappointing given the reviews we saw prior.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I treated a wonderful friend and her husband for her birthday. Every part of the meal for all three of us was fantastic. We were all surprised that the birthday girl received not only one dessert with a birthday candle lit but two! Kudos to the staff for making it a perfect experience overall thank you!

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2.0Dined 3 days ago

I was a little disappointed, as it was my first full dinner experience at Harbor House (I had previously been there for Happy Hours or networking events). Born and raised in Milwaukee, I know the Bartolotta Group can do much better. Having set up my reservation nearly 1 month in advance, our table was potentially the worst and highest traffic spot in the restaurant. The occasion was to celebrate my Mom's birthday, so this location was particularly disappointing. We had to get to a show, so we didn't bother asking to switch - as the restaurant was packed. Another new development is that parking is SUPER limited, while valet spots sit empty - I had to hike into the next zip code to park (after dropping off my Mom). It made me feel 1) super cheap for preferring not to valet and 2) pretty annoyed that it couldn't be a simple dinner out, but also a hiking adventure in high heels. The food was ok, but nothing that I would rave about - fried clams were the best part of the meal (I feel like Popeye's could meet that mark). The server was friendly, but not as crisp as a $150 meal would warrant... I guess I can't recommend the restaurant for these reasons. I expect a more gracious experience not only for a special occasion, but also for the price paid.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great Friday evening dinner at Harbor House with Ms Carissa and her assistant Mr Cory provided excellent service, very courteous making our first visit here an enjoyable memorable visit. Thanks, Gunny

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

We live in Milwaukee and were celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary. I thought a nice place to celebrate would be Harbor House. We are generally more of a shareables place, but thought we would give this well established Milwaukee restaurant a try for date night. We’ve only been to Harbor House for Christmas parties. We walked into business meeting central. The bar and restaurant were filled with 90% business folks. Unfortunately, the hostess was extremely unfriendly. I asked for a table with a view and she looked at me like I was from another planet. She seemed very put out by this request. From that moment on, I did not feel comfortable. The food was average and my cocktails were not good. This is not a date night place. If you are entertaining business clients and can spend lots of money, make a reservation.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Early dinner with beautiful visual setting at the lake. Excellent service, delicious cioppino, salmon steak combo, whole grilled fish. Lovely quiet setting. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Very pleased to have chosen Harbor House on this blustery spring evening(it snowed). We were greeted warmly, our reservation was honored and out server was outstanding. He gave us all the time we needed to make good decisions and enjoy a leisurely meal. The food was great and the wine was very tasty.

We would have returned the next day for brunch but it is an all you can eat affair and I would have rather eaten off the menu as I cannot usually eat my money's worth. That said, I will return when I am in town next time.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

You can't beat the atmosphere. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Prices are higher than many restaurants for similar quality however you are paying for the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great meal and excellent service. Wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Extra special care to the detail for us. We loved it!!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Paul and Ali were very gracious, and professional!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Anniversary

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My asparagus crab salad had no asparagus and my dinner was supposed to have spinach, I only got crab legs and potatoes. Hubbys lobster wasn't fully cooked. For the price I paid, the food should have been right.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very professional and great food
Had romantic evening with special lady
Thanks Frankie

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were there on a rainy Friday evening. The place was hopping! Everything was great - food, wine. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderful birthday dinner for myself with family and friends! Our waitress was very attentive and made suggestions. We had the calamari and muscles for an appetizer. Many of us had salads, and our dinner choices were varied! I had the halibut and it was wonderful! Others enjoyed steaks, shrimp, salmon, and the cioppino. Everything was delicious and the atmosphere and scenic views are great! Top your meal off with their yummy carrot cake!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

This was our first time dining at Harbor House. The food, atmosphere, and staff were wonderful! We look forward to coming back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Service was perfect and the food was delicious. We celebrated my husbands birthday with drinks at the bar with friends and then a romantic dinner for the two of us. Everything from the bread plate to the dessert with a birthday candle was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

A wonderful all around experience with great food, a nice atmosphere and very attentive service

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I enjoyed everything about the Harbor House EXCEPT the fact that you have to pay for parking. Valet should be included at this price point, no exception. The parking is minor but a huge turnoff.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

One great place for a special occasion my wife and I celebrated our anniversary there andI can not say enough about it food was wonderful and the service on a scale from 1 to 10 was a 12.
Looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I read all of the reviews before going so there was a built up excitement. But what I experienced was truly amazing. First shout out to HEIDI, she was amazing. If you can get her you are in for an excellent professional server.

Now the food, my wife and I April were celebrating my 50th birthday. I used open table which was great because they had our reservation ready, and printed out. (Hint) Ask for the Captains room by the table. The food was a foodies "wet" dream. My fave was the shrimp and pasta, crab legs, and the crab Benedict. The oyster bar had east coast and west coast varieties, and they Bloody Mary. (Oh the Bloody Mary) you get to build you own bloody Mary with 5 different infused vodka's and your own fixings. Now it's $9.00 per drink so that was a bummer I didn't know that going into it, so that little shot of Vodka should be more generous.

The Lake Michigan views were spectacular, the entire ambiance was just so peaceful. Get there early because no one leaves. And the staff doesn't rush you. We were there for two hours and Heidi was still just as pleasant in the end as she was in the beginning. Harbor House let's you enjoy the full experience. At the end the have a sweets table with candies and cakes, there is even a to go bag for your candy. We will be taking our children to enjoy this gem on the lake front. I would suggest anyone who enjoys food and atmosphere to go. All of this for $42.00 per person, we spend more than that in Red Lobster. Thank you Harbor House for the memories, you brought 50 in with a great big smile.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A perfect evening with family to celebrate a birthday! My request for a special table for six was met with the best of the best--a round window table tucked into a secluded corner facing the Calatrava and harbor. The views are always wonderful here, but this table took us to another level. Service was charming and impeccable. Unfortunately, the kitchen was out of its wonderful rainbow trout, but we were well pleased with the remaining fish and seafood selections. FYI: one of our guests ordered a bone-in rib-eye. We all sampled it and declared it to be amazing! So fear not Carnivores! Everyone will eat well at Harbor House. One shortcoming: the wine list, while excellent, had very few reasonably priced bottles. And I saw no wines listed by the glass, although I am sure they have them. So if you are hesitant to spend over $75 per bottle, your choices are somewhat limited. Ask your server for a selection by the glass if this is an issue.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was excellent as always. Thank you Kayley for providing an excellent service and making my kids feel comfortable. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This place it absolutely amazing, I actually made reservation for my mom and dad and requested a few accommodations be made for there special evening. Everything I requested was met, my mom was so surprised and loved everything. She could not stop talking about the view and the food and how great the service was. I will definitely recommend this place to everyone. Thank you Harbor House so muchm

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was very very good and service was ok, but too many people dropped by too many times to ask how everything was. We could barely get a conversation going with our friends without someone new coming by to ask us for feedback. It takes a lot of skill to handle seafood right, and this restaurant knows what it's doing in the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Harbor House was amazing. We were so happy we chose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. The atmosphere was stunning and the layout makes sure everyone has a view of the lake and the Milwaukee Art Museum. On top of that, our food was sooo good!! Couldn’t be happier with the experience. Definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Had my anniversary there, perfect place for it. Very welcoming and supportive staff. Made the day very special. The food was outstanding, the spinach was phenomenal with my steak and lobster tail. The restaurant sits on the lake and has a beautiful view even at night. Highly recommend and would go again.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was very good. Our service was above excellent - the food was a little late coming out and we were given drinks and desserts on the house. The staff was very friendly and enjoyable to talk to. Any one of those reasons would give us an excuse to go back; all those reasons have given us a new favorite restaurant.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It took 25 minutes to get drinks st our table. No thousNd island dressing as substitute for blue cheese. Lots of menu items contained fennel and if do not prefer that taste, it limited options.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

I believe the restaurant is over rated. Food is good but definitely not outstanding.

The wait staff was attentive and professional.

The valet parking is a problem. The attendant had something on his hands or gloves and I had to put up with a sticky steering wheel on the way home.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent food,service. Great spot right on Lake Michigan. We are never disappointed and look forward to going again

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Everything was good overall. The only thing that was on the downside was the fish-- which was cooked in an excessive amount of butter and somewhat spoiled the taste.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I enjoyed my service here , and also the food was great. Thank you for providing heat outside. My only concern was the amount of food given for the price . For a family of 7 cost over 300$ but the portions given still left myself ,and a few others still hungry. Overall this was a great experience and will probably only return for lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday. Great meal, great service. Table was ready right on time! Perfect choice.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Three of us had dinner on Easter Sunday. The restaurant was busy, but we never felt rushed. We were seated at a table with prime lake views. We ordered appetizers - shrimp cocktail and calamari; salads - wedge and caesar; and the combination filet with seafood - lobster, scallops, and shrimp. Key lime pie and creme brulee for dessert. Everything was prepared perfectly and was delicious. Two servers tended to our table and they were friendly and very well-trained. We have been to Harbor House a number of times and each experience has been first-class! We look forward to a return visit.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Harbor House was the best Easter Brunch our family has ever had. They were very accommodating with 2 children in high chairs and the cuisine satisfied the adults with all the seafood options. Definitely a must try on any given Sunday for the brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food and Service was fantastic!

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