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Harbor House- Indoor Main Dining Room Only

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR RESERVATION: Per CDC recommendations, all reservations are limited to 90 minutes. We have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late. Face coverings are required for all guests during the following instances: When walking in at any of the restaurants, when ordering or addressing a Bartolotta employee, or when walking in common areas. We appreciate your support in keeping our employees, guests, and community safe and healthy by following our guideline on Bartolottas.com.

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.

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 6256 people are saying
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Livinglifegood
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was perfect

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viphate2cook
Milwaukee
325 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great job of setting up the restaurant for the times. Food was excellent. Service very attentive in the beginning and then disappeared.

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vipGreeneyes
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our female server was wonderful! A male server that worked with her, was interrupting every note asking if he could clear our dishes. I was trying to eat & the dishes were not disturbing us, & per the mask policy, we had to keep putting food down, applying masks, for him to clear dishes then remove mask & resume our mouthful of food. We understand safety, as we both are medical professionals, but as we both have hectic schedules & can only get a special meal together every few months it’s very disruptive & less enjoyable to be continually interrupted & then argued with that he needs to clear our plate because our next course (cold beet salad) was ready.
I tried to explain to server it won’t get cold, & spent a solid minute with him standing there waiting for us to put our masks on so he could remove our oyster set up. Overall, Harbor House is always a great experience, this was our first time returning since COVID. Again, I wish to express our satisfaction with our female server who was attentive, non disruptive, had pleasant demeanor & was extremely safe yet professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Way too many I interruptions and every time we were interrupted we had to put out masks on
Probably not going to eat at another Milwaukee restaurants until this health issue is over

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not disappoint. From the drinks to the entrees-everything was well executed. We very much appreciated the extra steps taken to make it a safe dining experience for both guests and staff.

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catherinet
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my experience at harbor house was amazing. food, ambiance, everything was phenomenal. My waitress, Diana, was so sweet and helpful. Truly an amazing time, I will definitely be going back for another date night.

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ChrisK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was incredible. This is not a cheap meal, but some of the best seafood in Milwaukee. I'll be back.

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RickR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food5service5ambience1

I was expecting the old style buffet experience that I was used to. I was very disappointed in how it was set up and the limited selection, no oyster bar!!! There is no reason it could not be set up the same and have all the same items. I will not be back until that happens.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was real safe and nice and the food Was so delicious So hard to find a good meal with Covid going on

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JohnK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service was great. Mask policy was absurd and over the top. We did not enjoy always wearing our masks except when taking a bite or a drink of our food. We will take our business else where to normal operating restaurants.

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DouglasW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The only thing I didn't like was having to put my mask back on every time the server came to our table. I understand it and they were great about space and giving us time. But, when you are out for a nice dinner having to take it on/off multiple times while enjoying a great meal just stinks. Not any fault of Harbor House. Food was great, servers were great.... Covid just needs to take a hike so we can get back to life as we once knew it.

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vipChristineH
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

What I love most are the precautions that Harbor House and all of the Bartolotta Restaurants have put in place to make sure I can enjoy a safe dining experience. Wearing a mask while their staff is serving us is the least we can do to keep everyone safe. The tables are adequately spaced and the temperature checks are a great idea. I wish more Wisconsin restaurants would amp up their safety measures. Thank you Bartolottas!

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WendyB
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Our food was good but not outstanding The restrictions during Covid was very disruptive. Not their fault I guess but severely restricted my enjoyment. For $611 I would have expected better food and less disruptive Will wait to visit again until after restrictions have been lifted. Hopefully food will have improved by then

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Joseph
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! Felt incredibly safe dining at Harbor House.

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SandraM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Harbor House. Food and Service is always wonderful. View is beautiful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The price point doesn’t meet the quality of food. It’s all just “meh.” The scallops were underwhelming and overcooked. That one time you get a well put together Cesar salad and they put a little extra dressing on it, it taste like nothing. Where’s the anchovy? The shellfish bisque was alright. The key lime pie was insanely sweet. Even the iced tea was weak! BUT 2 Of the stars are for a great, COVID compliant operation and the views. I guess that’s what I paid for! Fair!

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Alli
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Tables still felt kinda close together in terms of Covid precautions. Servers often passed the table to get to others as well. The service and food was incredible. We will for sure be back.

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DavidG
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive waitstaff and diligent safety protocols.

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BarbaraV
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The food was good. The service good except we had to don masks anytime a server came to our table, while we greatly appreciate the caution, it was also very disruptive to conversation. In addition, we had said it was a birthday celebration yet there was no candle, etc., I asked the server about it and she said oh we comped you a dessert, nice to do but better to have had some fanfare. This restaurant is VERY, VERY expensive. We dine out two or three times a week, Harbor House, because of the expense would only be on our list once a year.

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DoneanS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

very disappointed that we asked to leave before our allotted 90 was up from our reservation. there was no one waiting for our table and i was still drinking the my first cup of coffee. would not go back until the 90 min time is lifted.

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vipMaryf
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt very safe -wait staff was masked at all times and kindly reminded us to put ours in when they approached the table -well done!

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vipEjk3
Naples
37 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this restaurant but think the $16 cleaning fee is excessive. Probably won’t go back until that fee goes away. A few dollars Is acceptable but $16 is over board.

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Laura
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even during mask mandates, the staff made this a pleasant experience. The oysters were fresh and presented well and our fish came out cooked perfectly. The bass and piano player added that extra ambiance so make this a special evening. Looking forward to visiting again.

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LanceK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Having to continually replace the mask when people approached our table was a huge distraction and decreased our ability to enjoy our experience at Harbor House. In my experience, no other restaurant imposes a per person “health and safety” fee. For these reasons I will wait until the pandemic is over before returning which is too bad because I have previously enjoyed dining there.

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TinaB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welter was amazing he was awesome to us. I work in management and he was very efficient

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harbor House did not disappoint!!! We were visiting our daughter who is a freshman in college. She wanted to go to HH and we had a lovely experience. You guys are doing it right!! Our waiters were amazing and offered up suggestions beyond the menu. We’ll be back, for sure! Thank you!!

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HannahH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Harbor House is a special place. Great views of the lake and downtown. The only reason I have 4 instead of 5 stars was because my husband didn’t care for sea bass but maybe it’s the fish not how it was prepared. I look forward to going again!

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BillB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelllent COVID seperation; plexiglas dividers, temp check, very attentive

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SaraN
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Despite COVID, I have dined out at least a dozen times and can't say I've had an experience like this--and not necessarily in a good way. The restaurant requires you to put your mask on anytime a server approaches the table--which was at least 40 times during the meal. Or more. We have multiple staff approach; water refills, appetizers, etc etc--mask on. Mask off. Mask on. Mask off. Mask on. Mask off.

We were there for a birthday, and had gifts, which took up some of the 90 minute time slot we were allotted...which meant that at the end of the meal, we weren't given the choice to have dessert--we were asked to leave. $330 for three people and we were given the bill with 10 minutes on the clock to spare, then ushered out the door.

The meal was fine--I had the double lobster tails, which was drenched in Garlic and parsley(?)... and only could finish one. Tossed the other when I got home.

It seems that haste is making waste at the Harbor House--too much rushing people though has made for a lackluster dining experience we'll remember--but for all the wrong reasons.

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AlexV
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing. We feel safe and very comfortable.
Everything from service to food, atmosphere was outstanding!
Can’t wait to go there again

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Milwaukee!

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MistiC
Toledo
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Measures for COVID made us feel comfortable yet not inconvenienced. Food was delicious as always. Can't wait to go back.

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Erik
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent. My wife and I made a reservation at 7pm and we’re seated promptly. We would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food paired with exceptional service. More than worth the prices they charge!

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ScottSt
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We both had wonderful meals and the service was Topnotch as always.

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vipPeopleMGK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Over priced, overly cautious, small portions. Wait staff not attentive. Paying extra for health & safety-no way!

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CyndiN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner for our anniversary. I had the Salmon and he the scallops and for appetizer we had oysters. All was excellent and it was worth the splurge. The brandy old fashions were also splendid.
If you buy a gift card make sure you buy for the Harbor House. The other restaurants take other gift card.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st Wedding Anniversary

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ShannonW
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful brunch with my husband. Lobster bisque - pot pie was amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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Harbor House- Indoor Main Dining Room Only is rated 4.6 stars by 6256 OpenTable diners.

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