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Harbor House

4.7
4.7
6905 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Milwaukee’s premier lakefront dining destination, Harbor House is a bright, spacious New England-style seafood restaurant on the shore of Lake Michigan. With picturesque lake views, guests will be taken on a journey through New England with its reimagined menu, including a variety of dishes from Cape Cod, Nantucket, New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard, Newport, and Boston.

Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 395-4900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Korycki

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Katelyn Arnold: (414) 395-4900

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    Harbor Dr & N Lincoln Memorial Dr

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is offered Wednesday - Sunday. Please self-park in the Harbor House Lot, which can be accessed by entering from the southwest corner of the parking lot.

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music on our patio every Sunday and Monday from 4-7 pm from June through August.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Guam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great night
  2. JL

    JerLikesFood

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess went above and beyond to accomodate our request for a table at the windows. It was our 48th anniversary and the table we initially were seated at was in a busy traffic pattern and close to the fairly loud, open kitchen. When asked if we could wait for a table by the windows, the hostess was very gracious and made it happen within 15 minutes. The bartender, waiter and waitress were all very friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful dinner and evening!
  3. b

    bo0bo0

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    We were disappointed during our latest dinner at Harbor House. Our shrimp cocktail appetizer was mediocre; the shrimp were a bit mushy. I had the swordfish, which itself was nicely cooked and seasoned, but the accompanying Swiss chard was chewy and not very flavorful. My wife ordered crab legs. The crab meat was watery and chewy, even though the legs were split for her. Parsley had been sprinkled over the legs, which in our view imparted a strange flavor to the meat. My wife did not want to eat it. Our servers did not drop by to ask how things were going until we were getting ready to leave. All in all, we were surprised and unhappy. We've been to Harbor House before, and usually we thought it was pretty good, albeit clearly not first tier. With this kind of letdown, though, and at these prices, we're not sure if we'll be back. One of the most frustrating things about this is that we think Milwaukee could use a really good seafood restaurant, and we think Harbor House could be just that - but it is not, and we think the quality control - or perhaps the ambition - is lacking.
  4. c

    christinas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good service was excellent nice atmosphere great location of table.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    No explanation of specials, just “specials are on this menu” No explanation of seafood tower and the various sauces we received. No bread. Our menus were never taken, we ended up setting them in the chair of the table next to us. No urgency in drink orders. Water was refilled only once after glasses were empty for 20 minutes. Inattentive server in general. The server at the table next to us was providing a much different and better experience.
  6. LH

    LeahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every was. I expected no less and that's what I received.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was perfect: the table looking out on Lake Michigan, amazing food, the servers had extensive knowledge of the wine and oysters and were so kind. Couldn’t have asked for a better evening!
  8. L

    Lauren

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was a little cold, but experience was great!!
  9. BG

    BarbaraG

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is outstanding and food is consistently good. We love going here for our special occasion dinners.
  10. C

    Chuck

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views and outstanding seafood. Perfect for a special occasion.
  11. T

    Thucydides

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great restaurant in a beautiful location. Perfect for a romantic dinner.
  12. D

    Ditto

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience at Harbor House. We had a table next to a window. Both the service and food was excellent. We told the waitress it was our anniversary and she brought us two deserts and were not charged for them. It was a wonderful evening!!!!
  13. SK

    ShannonKate

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Hostess seemed to be rushing us to our table (we specifically arrived 30mins earlier than reservation time in order to relax at the bar for a bit). She suggested cashing out our bar tab prior to our drinks being delivered, which gave the impression they were attempting to flip the table in order to accept additional reservations/walk ins. The octopus appetizer was bland, and Oysters Rockefeller had an odd, almost bitter aftertaste, as well as being slightly underdone. The scallops were cooked perfectly, as were our filets. Servers were polite and bartenders were well trained.
  14. SS

    ScottSt

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This place is a class act. We have ate there many times over the years and we are treated like family every time we go there.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Wonderful location. Food itself not worth the price, but overall experience is what you are paying for.
  16. JG

    JoeG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had visitors from out of country with me and Chef Martin knocked it out of the park! Halibut, Scallops, Salmon, shelfish soup, and the Calamari were all perfectly. Service did not leave anyone wanting for anything the entire meal. Great job!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful.
  18. MF

    MilwaukeeFishFryGuy

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wanted to say thank you to Crystal, Greg, and the rest of the staff at the Harbor House for making our 20th Wedding Anniversary very special. Almost all the staff we came in contact with said Happy Anniversary! and we received a card saying the same. Crystal even brought champagne for us and a ginger ale for our son to celebrate. We typically try to celebrate all of our special occasions at the Harbor House - Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays and anniversaries. And yesterday's dinner was amazing - Hudson Canyon Sea Scallops, Ribeye steak, and our son's shrimp and fries. Desert was just as good with the strawberry ice cream for our son and my wife and I shared the cheesecake. Special thanks to Crystal and Greg ;)!
  19. E

    Eric

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The patio was perfect! Andrew our waiter made us feel incredibly welcome and comfortable. Cannot wait to go back!
  20. n

    none

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent dinner and great experience, Highly recommended.
  21. D

    Deno

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Table at the window. The server, Billy was very knowledgeable and helpful. Food was great. Clam Chowder and Old Fashion, very tasty. Lobster Roll was yummy. Oyster always yummy. Me and my wife had a nice time. VERY ENJOYABLE.
  22. BN

    BarbaraN

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Don’t like the three course brunch requirement. It’s too much food and too expensive. Probably won’t return or recommend.
  23. MN

    MaureenN

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Food and service were top notch.
  24. JB

    JerrBear

    Chicago

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gregg and Diane did a fantastic job with our table. The food was spaced perfectly and came out as requested. I would highly recommend brunch to anyone interested in great food with a wonderful view.
  25. B

    Bucky

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We ate brunch on the Patio. The service was excellent. The food was very good. The crab cakes were exceptional. I will order them again The scallops were excellent. I would have eaten more. The key lime pie was a great ending. My spouse had eggs Benedict. The eggs themselves were overcooked and more hard boiled than thick flowing lava. I would have sent them back. She did not and enjoyed them. We will be back. On a 75-80 degree sunny Sunday, it is worth the expense. Plus the Bloody Mary’s are great.
  26. HH

    HollyH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Everything and every time. Great service.
  27. KL

    KarenL

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was our first visit to Harbor House, we were celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary. We arrived early and were invited to sit at the bar until our table was ready. Our evening did not get off to a good start here. We waited 10-15 minutes before one of three bartenders acknowledged us. Even when we tried to flag one of them down, they walked right past us. The bar area was busy, but not that busy. We started talking about a Plan B for the night because the poor bar service was feeling like a bad omen. At that point a bartender appeared and took our drink order. Everybody has a bad night but this guy seemed as if he really didn’t want to be there. No smile, no pleasantries. Not what you would expect from the employee of an upscale restaurant. So that was our first impression of Harbor House. Thankfully, it got better. We were seated at our reservation time by a very pleasant hostess. We had requested a table with a scenic view, and were told in advance they would try to accommodate but couldn’t guarantee. Understood. So we were very happy to be shown to a table against the window with a beautiful view of Calatrava. We had a 5-star waiter named Enrique. His teammate was equally attentive, friendly and professional. Everything we ordered for our meal was so delicious, including the carrot cake we took to-go. After dinner we took a walk around the grounds, which are incredibly beautiful. We sat outside, watched the dinner cruise ships go by, and enjoyed this very lovely setting. What a gem for MKE.
  28. N

    None

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our golden wedding anniversary celebituary dinner. While I dod not recall names, our service team did a very commendable service. Many thanks to all.
  29. CG

    CharG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Let me start with the food was delicious We had an 8:45 reservation on Friday night. We arrived sat down and we were told within minutes that we had to order due to the fact that the kitchen closes at 9PM. Why do you take an 8:45 reservation if you are closing at 9? We ordered, and the main course came in about 10 minutes. I don't think we had even tried our food yet and the waiter already delivered the dessert menu. A few bites in he asked us for our dessert order. REALLY? This is what you call "fine dining"? Needless to say we didn't get dessert. I have dined at Bartolotta restaurants Many times and they seem notorious for trying to get people in and out in about an hour. I am not going to a nice restaurant to be rushed. Isn't fine dining all about the experience, enjoying the food and your dining partners? If I want a quick bite, I will go to Mc Donalds not spend $50 on a piece of fish. Please don't say it's because of Covid. That is an old excuse.
  30. GM

    GaryM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This had a great atmosphere. Food was out of the world fresh.
  31. JZ

    JeffZ

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Service was very slow and didn’t even bring the wine in time for dinner. A drink reorder was like 20 mins or longer!
  32. LT

    LindaT

    Key West

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening with great service. Gave us the table we wanted, answered all food questions. Menu was quite interesting with great seafood choices. Had the scallops - 4 big diver scallops - excellent. Aldo had the buret salad. Huge, better split this one. Halibut was "just ok". Prices high for Milwaukee, but we will come back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Our specific server was not great but that seemed to be an exception …. Food was delicious and the setting was perfect.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our anniversary dinner here and loved every minute of it. Food has always been on the pricier side but you get what you pay for. Absolutely delicious. Our server was prompt and very sweet. I love coming here and will continue to come back!
  35. AF

    AmyF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The food was well-prepared and nicely plated. The view of the lake is terrific. Highly recommend.
  36. JH

    JonH

    Milwaukee

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    In short they acted like they were extending a huge favor by having us there. We were seated and then it was a fairly long time before the waitress brought us water etc. she was very distracted by the party of 12 next to us that was going to get the automatic gratuity. Food was fine. I always forget how sub-par the service is there. Last time. It could be a great place.
  37. MB

    MichelleB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, service was excellent. Prices are a little high - but worth it for a special occasion.
  38. M

    Madisonian

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Gorgeous setting. Most dishes were excellent. However, the service was not up to my expectations for an establishment like Harbor House. Some plates were not cleared until stacked or asked. Sparkling water was not replenished unless asked.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the perfect way to end “Brewer Weekend”! The food was delicious! The service was wonderful!
  40. d

    desi

    Milwaukee

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal as always. Food was great, service was great so an enjoyable meal had by all!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Harbor House is rated 4.7 stars by 6905 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 73 times today
Google Map for Harbor House

550 N. Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Harbor Dr & N Lincoln Memorial Dr

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is offered Wednesday - Sunday. Please self-park in the Harbor House Lot, which can be accessed by entering from the southwest corner of the parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Korycki

  • Entertainment

    Enjoy live music on our patio every Sunday and Monday from 4-7 pm from June through August.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (414) 395-4900

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Katelyn Arnold: (414) 395-4900

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