Harbor House

4.7
4956 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

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
John Korycki
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Private party facilities
Set on Milwaukee’s stunning lakefront, Harbor House offers a premier downtown location and the freshest seafood flown in daily from both coasts. The only lakefront venue to offer daily fresh fish and a raw bar, Harbor House has received numerous rave reviews as a fine dining destination. The Harbor House interior features a private dining room available for special events, and beautiful outdoor patios feature a full bar, Adirondack chairs and unparalleled views of the lake, the Milwaukee Art Museum and Milwaukee’s skyline. A bright, spacious New England-style seafood restaurant, Harbor House offers a striking lakefront setting for wedding photography and an elegant, comfortable dining experience for guests.
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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 4956 People Are Saying
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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at harbor house. Love the Santa brunch the cookie station was a great touch.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My stepdad and I took my mom out for a special dinner because we love her so much. Our server Bradley was the best server I’ve ever had. It was my first time at this restaurant and I’ll definitely be back.

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AC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harbor House is my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. I love the atmosphere, delicious seafood and being on the water. I celebrated my birthday here on Saturday with seven friends. Service and selections were excellent. I was surprised the bar was done serving at 10pm, as people wanted to stay for an after dinner drink. Some ended up going elsewhere.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience like usual. We were running very late due to a car accident and they held our table.

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TG
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dining with an amazing view of Milwaukee! Every bite was fantastic, and the team service was excellent.

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MG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy eating here! It's beautiful and the food is fresh and delicious!

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

great to meet friends from out of town good seafood variety

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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R
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harbor House is easily and by far my very favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. It features unsurpassed lake views, wonderful fresh seafood, and great service. The atmosphere is very bright and upbeat. I wish every city in the world could have something like it. I love it! ❤️

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s
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had an excellent meal at the Harbor House. Seafood bisque was very good and the sea scallops entree was outstanding. The fried calamari were complimented by a native of Italy as very authentic. Spectacular views of the city as well.

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SJ
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went with friends who have been before, but remarked “I forgot how wonderful this was. We need to come here more often”.

Ditto !

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 9 seated lakeside in the back of the restaurant and it was perfect. Our server, Chris, was very knowledgeable and didn't miss a beat even when 2 people in our party mentioned they had gluten allergies. He took care of everything! We had filet that melted in your mouth, perfectly cooked South African Lobster tails, and out of this world Branzino. The oysters were fresh and plentiful and drinks were well mixed and well presented. We have always had consistantly fine service and outstanding meals here at Harbor House.

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JH
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Where do I start? As usual, my girl friend and I always look forward to dining at the House. We go back to the days when it was Pieces of Eight. We are never disappointed. The food was excellent again yesterday. The service was outstanding, as always. Heidi was our server this time. The atmosphere was so good. We will be back.

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AC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of six gave our dinner all high marks. The food was photo worthy, not a single complaint. This restaurant knows how to cook steaks and seafood spectacularly. The view of the harbor just added to the festive atmosphere.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Family gathering

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Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jack and Tracey did a great job as our service team. Recommendations were helpful and right on.Food was excellent.

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S
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to this restaurant before, but this visit was for my wife's birthday. Thru my Open Table reservation I asked for a window table if possible and mentioned it was a birthday dinner. When we arrived the restaurant seated us at a very nice window table with a view of the water and city lights. They added a lighted candle for my wife's desert. Very nice. Thank you!

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J
Milwaukee
38 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food; service is suburb!

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

Great food. Excellent cocktails. Service was wonderful.

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LG
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A bit pricey...

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

Wonderful lobster dish. Thoughtful and attentive Waite staff

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FP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great the lighting not so much. We saw people using flashlights to read their menu. Unfortunately we didn't have a flashlight, we could have used one. It was a good thing that we know ahead of time what we were going to order. I have excellent vision, it was just to dark in the dining room.

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J
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome. Guest from out of town love it.
I love to go to the Harbor House as often as I can.

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s
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal brunch!

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DP
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Brunch Ever!!!! The food is always delicious. The view of Lake Michigan is worth it. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The seafood is fresh. The lobster pot pie to die for.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a busy Saturday night and our reservation was for 7:15 and we weren’t sited till 7:30. We were directed to the back room which made for a long walk for my friends in their late 80’s. Waiters were nice but because they were both attending to a large party we felt like we were attended to less than usual at the Bartolotta restaurants. We enjoyed our time and the food was good but overall below average.

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CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Service, Food, Atmosphere, Gluten Free Options. I was comfortable ordering GF as the waitress knew exactly what I was talking about. GF orders have to be run by the chef. I had the Tuna Steak. The other orders were Steak and Pasta, both were enjoyed. We will definitely go back and would also like to try the Sunday Brunch.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with oysters which were delicious and our lobster, king crab leg and meat were just outstanding. So fresh.

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely amazing. First time dining there and will for sure be back. Received card and sell desert for anniversary and my girlfriend loved every second.

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BD
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience and excellent food.

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KB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations with open table. We were seated promptly at our reservation time. We received a table with a view of the lake at a nice quit table in the back room of the restaurant. The food was very good. The service was excellent!

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Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my Birthday!!

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M
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service during a busy Friday night and the food was fantastic!

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

Amazing food, very friendly waiter and great atmosphere! I will highly be recommending this restaruant to friends and family

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C
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday lunch at Harbor House...pre five lunches are a great deal and the food is delicious...even brought a free delectable dessert...key lime pie, just fabulous!

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l
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Harbor house has gotten so much better over the years. The service and food was excellent, it was a weeknight so not too crowdy and noisy. We thoroughly enjoyed it!

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JY
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

It has always been an elegant place to eat. I just think that the food quality and for brunch is going down, Not real maple syrup, pancakes not made to order. They were dry and the maple syrup was terrible. I would expect better from the Harbor House. The raw bar is cramped and not very expansive. I have been to a lot better places that served many more options and better food. I come to the Harbor house a lot and love the ambiance but the brunch has gone down in quality,

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CS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed the Sunday Seafood Buffet Brunch at Harbor House. The service was great, the view great, the seats comfortable, lovely table settings, and the food ....... raw bar bar variety from shrimp to lox to east/west coast oysters to salads to tuna tartare. My son ate 2 doz oysters. Main foods- crab legs were brought to the table - very succulent. The salmon was eh, could have used bearnais, shrimp pasta-good, beef tenderloin- yum. Mashed potatoes and other vegetables good. Breakfast foods- we didn’t try most, but my son had a made to order crab cake eggs Benedict which was great. Normally I don’t eat breakfast items on a buffet, but I tried the Belgian waffles- just one with some tasty bacon. I had to have 2 more- soo good! Desserts really tasty too.- especially the mousse, flourless chocolate cup cakes, lemon pastries, etc. It’s not cheap, but if you enjoy seafood- it’s reasonable.

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