Harbor House- Indoor Main Dining Room Only

4.6
6651 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR RESERVATION: Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late. Following CDC guidelines, guests are requested to wear a mask in common areas if they are not vaccinated.

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. Live instrumental jazz will play nightly from 6 to 9 pm.

Support Harbor House- Indoor Main Dining Room Only during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 6651 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MollyF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, wonderful food, wonderful views and atmosphere. We could not have enjoyed ourselves more!

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vipThomasW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Look, we get it. Covid was impossible for restaurants and we GREATLY appreciate the Bartolotta Group. But last night, there were lots of servers milling around and yet we couldn’t place a cocktail order. Your food is great, but VERY expensive. Given that, the service wasn’t quite at that level.

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vipRonA
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

First of all they have their had their brunch menu on their website which I reviewed and hour before our seating time. And when we got there the prices were much much more expensive than website.
I ordered there a prime rib and everybody else in our group had their fish. Those with fish were very very happy but their prime rib was tough, medium warm and not the best tasting for the extensive price paid. We have never been unhappy with a Bartolotta restaurant until this past Father’s Day.

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vipGymshoe
Charlotte
216 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first experience at the Harbor House. We asked several people prior to going about their thoughts on the restaurant and all said that we would love it. Our expectations were completely met. Chris did a wonderful job serving us at our pace and our likings. He was personable as well as knowledgeable. I thought I knew wines fairly well but the list was extensive and most bottles unknown to me. I was glad to have the sommelier to assist in our selections. The food was fantastic! All five of us were pleased with our choices. We started with some delicious oysters then moved on to halibut, scallops, salmon, and filet. It was truly a wonderful experience and I wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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vipHarrycocob
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it.. service was fantastic.. cocktails the same. The view was of course outstanding. It was a special night but we were a little nervous about being seated right across from the music however..it was not an issue at all because the music was fantastic. We were able to have conversations without any problems .. A+ experience
Can’t wait to book again

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MariaC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious food! Beautiful place right on the water. Lunch portions were a bit small for some of our party. Drinks were amazing too!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Desert wasn’t all that

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vipMadEater7
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not sure what’s going on at Harbor House. It used to have a more lively menu and more attentive service. The menu last night was just meh. Service was very slow, though very polite. The food was fine, but as a foodie, I hate when I know I can cook a meal as food or maybe even better. Not going to write this place off…maybe COVID effect is still at play. C’mon Harbor House! Milwaukee deserves a lake front eatery with the class you used to have. I’m still in your corner!

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Mykell
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Outdoors waitress was great, had cocktails and oysters. Inside waitress zero personality. Food was very good but over priced.

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vipGrayslakefan
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience as all other previous times at the Harbor House!

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ThomasM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had to ask for napkins and silverware, we had to ask for bread plates as we had used our appetizer plates and they were dirty so we needed bread plates when they brought out the bread. I was disappointed with my seafood bisque soup, not very interesting and 2 small pieces of lobster For $240 I would expect the excellence I have always admired from the Harbor House, now I am not certain when I will return... sadly disappointed

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Acw1
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A very nice experience. The prices seem to have increased quite a bit. Nice for a special occasion

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ShanteD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience, the 3 course meal offered was fantastic

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside at harbor house on a beautiful night is a fantastic a+ experience!

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RhyanD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect from start to finish. What a perfect place!! We had the lobster and King crab legs. It was delicious!!

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Beyond disappointed. For the price of the food, the quality was sub-par at best. One of the promoted dishes that was order came with 1 SMALL potato (size of a quarter) and 2 small halves of asparagus and the fish was overcooked; the other dish was bland. Needless to say we likely won't be going back for a while, if at all. There are many other wonderful restaurants where you can grab tasty food at a third of the price. Also the servers appearance was disheveled and they seemed unorganized.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time good service and food

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vipCaribbeanBreeze
Milwaukee
40 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, the view is awesome. Food is rich in flavor. Oyster are sooo good.

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Randolph
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great oysters! Terrific soft chilled crab! Delicious sea bass !

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Overall experience was fair. The wait staff was “efficient” but the food quality was not that good.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Harbor House is always a pleasure and the service is outstanding

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EricaJ
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very good!

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JacobL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place hands down i have eaten at in 30 years of being alive, 10/10 stars staff was absolutely fantastic, food was the best I've ever had!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful....made our 50th anniversary dinner very special!

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here all the time but this time I noted it was for a special event and they helped make the night special. Can’t thank them enough for the wonderful service they provided! Another reason why Harbor House is our go-to fine dining restaurant!

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EvanS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great views of the water. Service was amazing as well

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EvaS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It would be nice to have some 3 guest seating next to the window. If I turned my head I could see the lake view. Food was great! Steak was so tender, even the next day heated in my oven.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable.

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KellyK
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch for a birthday celebration and enjoyed our experience. We had a drink from the bar, appetizers, salads, seafood bisque, lobster roll, and strawberry rhubarb for dessert. Everything was very good 👍

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vipMakdaF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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vipLoveFood
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Anniversary/birthday

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vipAudjLV
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Harbor House to celebrate our anniversary. We hadn’t been there before and wanted to check it out since there were so many great reviews. We started out at the bar for drinks and oysters (delicious!) and had a lovely view of the lake for dinner. The food was wonderful and the service outstanding. Everyone is friendly and I was impressed that they knew it was our anniversary. I did put a request in for a window table when I made the reservation but didn’t expect the staff to acknowledge us in such a personal way. We had an unexpected delight of dessert and a glass of champagne on the house as a treat for our anniversary. Thank you to Diana, Marley, Susan and others. We’ll be back!

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andrea
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience, Billy took great care of us.

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EvanW
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor House has an marvelous view, wonderful food, and outstanding service.

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vipAnniversary2021
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has become a tradition for us when celebrating our anniversary. Front the moment you walk in, you feel welcomed. The hostess knew of my allergies and made mention of that upon arrival. My husband enjoys beef, where I am the seafood lover. We both manage to leave very satisfied. COVID precautions were still in place, but not to where they interrupted your dining experience.

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AnnS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular food excellent service and they had live jazz because the weather had changed the heating by the window was on and we just had a most wonderful evening well worth a visit

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Bobs
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The ambiance factor was non-existent. With rain blowing hard at the windows and strong waves outside, looking out the windows did nothing for enhancing the experience. We were seated in the booth next to the hallway leading to the restrooms. It was so chilly inside my wife kept her coat on for most of the time we were in the restaurant. The lighting is dim for the ambiance but the menu print is small so we used our cell phone lights to read the menus. She ordered filet and crab legs. The service was good and our food arrived promptly. The crab legs were cold. Not as in warm and cooling off but cold. Our server was very apologetic and offered to replace the crab with a new order but my wife had lost her desire to try it again. The cost of the crab ($40.00) was deducted from the bill but we left feeling like the next time we choose to go out and spend money, it will probably be some place else.

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vipReneS
Seattle
85 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed the exceptional dinner and wonderful service. The view is spectacular. This is also one of our favorite restaurants and a must visit every time we come to Milwaukee. Enjoy!!!

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jjfor2
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed at Harbor House. Always great food, excellent service, and very accommodating to special requests (e.g., window table, away from entrance for quieter experience for hearing-impaired). I treated my good friend for her 70th birthday and we completely enjoyed our meal, attentive staff, wonderful view and delicious birthday dessert on the house.

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Harbor House- Indoor Main Dining Room Only is rated 4.6 stars by 6651 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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