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Harbor House

4.8
4.8
6975 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

8:30 PM


Booked 44 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

    Michael Genre

  • 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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What 6,975 people are saying

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

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  1. F

    Foodie

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. You can’t beat the food and the view. The staff is very professional and friendly. I always look forward to my time at The Harbour House
  2. B

    Bweezy92

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my friend and I first time dining. It was simply beautiful and the staff was super nice. Thanks for such a wonderful experience!
  3. BR

    BillR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had attentive and professional waitstaff and a perfect view of the Milwaukee shoreline. The food was great!:)
  4. MB

    MeganB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing fresh food cooked absolutely perfectly, combined with outstanding service at every level
  5. GK

    GaryK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish our visit to the Harbor House for our anniversary was exceptional. The reception staff was cheerful, our server friendly and professional and our food amazing. Love the place!
  6. T

    Traveler

    Milwaukee

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food was outstanding. To top it off, the view is the best in Milwaukee.
  7. P

    Preswife

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    These folks go the extra mile to make your dining experience a very special occasion. Food was excellent! Our waitstaff - Billy and Wilbur were attentive but not too much! Thank you!
  8. EC

    EddieC

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and meal that we have come to expect at Harbor House. Highly recommended
  9. JH

    JenH

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire staff from the hostess to our server were very friendly! The food and drinks were amazing, the brunch is a must! And the atmosphere and the scenery are absolutely gorgeous!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was reluctant to go back because the last time I was there the service was awful but tonight I was surprised how great the service was. Food was good but pricey. I would still recommend this place though.
  11. TC

    TerenceC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service and ambience was outstanding. The food was very good, but it wasn't as good as we expected.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience- our servers Austin and Sophia were wonderful-attentive and friendly.
  13. d

    dennisb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Arrived early but could not get seated until my reservation time - despite the fact the table we ended up at was empty while we sat at the bar. All the seafood was good - but priced a little high in my opinion. The Roasted Oysters were great - chowder was good - west coast oysters briny as described - salmon was slightly dry but good and a mild flavor - most disappointing was the crabcake which was very bland and in my opinion under spiced. All in all a decent experience. Probably will opt for another local eatery next time I am in Milwaukee.
  14. m

    marman

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    For the first time, I'm disappointed! We've always enjoyed our many meals at Harbor House. 1) The menu online offered many more entrees then were on your in-house menu. No trout, no cioppino, etc. 2) The salmon I ordered was overdone and over sauced. It would have been overpriced at half the price. 3) Semi-related, in a downpour, it would have been nice to have your valet parkers have umbrellas to bring people out of and into their cars-drivers on the way in and passengers on the way out. Just a nice touch since your entrance isn't covered. On the bright side, our table placement was excellent and so was the service. I'm going to have trouble rushing back. The value just wasn't there!!!!!!
  15. AS

    AndyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Wow. Just a somewhat regular food menu for a brunch with 3 courses. Not the lavish buffet spread I was thinking it was from other recommendations. Brunch for 2 got real pricey. Delicious, yes. Great presentation yes. Good quality, very nice. But 240 for breakfast is out of my league.
  16. j

    johnr

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the Harbor House treated us graciously … the food and staff were outstanding. Our favorite restaurant.
  17. BD

    BryanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best experiences I have ever had with a restaurant. The food was the best food I’ve had from a restaurant. Will recommend and come back again.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing, very attentive, and helpful. The food was amazing, great way to end our first night in Milwaukee.
  19. J

    Jessy

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd time here and the place is consistently amazing. We come here from out of the state for date night and it is romantic with great food and drinks. It was not super quiet here but comfortable for us. Servers and staff were friendly and attentive with my allergies. I had the lobster tails and hubby had the scallops and we shared some oysters for an appetizer. We were too full for dessert! We will be back next year!
  20. MS

    MatthewS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful dining experience. Beautifully appointed restaurant situated on the water with a marvelous view of the city. Attentive and accomplished service. Well thought out menu options and most importantly, a fantastic meal. We all had outstanding dishes. And a fine wine list. Desserts weee homemade and delicious. What a great place.
  21. JS

    JessieS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They gave us the chefs table. It was an awesome night. Delicious food as always.
  22. KL

    KristenL

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 across the board. The hostess and our servers were incredibly friendly and personable. Our two servers worked well as a team and gave us great recommendations for food and wine. My fiancé and I had an wonderful experience. We will definitely be back next time we’re in Milwaukee!
  23. K

    Kelly

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat at the Chef's table, it was a great experience!
  24. M

    Molly3

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We remember the day when brunch was a buffet and you helped yourself to as much as you wanted. We miss those days. But the menu offered was wonderful and we enjoyed ourselves.
  25. JG

    JoeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite of the Bartolotta restaurants. Great view, great food, and generous portions. Chef's Table is the best-kept secret there.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was quite literally the best meal we’ve eaten in Milwaukee! Our servers, Sean & Evelyn, we’re attentive and paid attention to every detail to make our dinner absolutely perfect. We were out celebrating our birthdays and it was perfect! Food was so delicious! We absolutely recommend this amazing restaurant!
  27. MT

    MarkT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WONDERFUL! Dinner at Harbor House is the best! Bela & Madi were fantastic! Plus the drinks, food, and desserts were Exceptional! We'll be back. Thanks again, Mark & Janet
  28. RB

    RyanB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mikayla was fantastic and so was the food. I had the Connecticut Lobster Roll and my girlfriend had the steak and scallops. Both were amazing! Definitely recommend.
  29. DT

    DanT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time that we had lunch there, both for our anniversary. Everything was so very nice…… the hostesses welcomed us with warm smiles, the young bartenders were very patient and friendly, and our meals were more than perfect (honestly). BUT our servers Sean and Evelyn sealed the deal. They were kind, knowledgeable, and personable. We spent more time with Sean…..what a gem that you have!! I hope that you realize what a fine person that he is . Please compliment the chefs also.
  30. MK

    MarkK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Every employee was extremely friendly and helpful. The food was very good, but probably not worth the price. For example, the lobster tails were tiny. Overall, a positive dining experience, and completely appropriate for a special occasion.
  31. D

    Dinky

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Servers was attentive and helpful, and enjoyed their recommendation.
  32. R

    Robh

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We try to stop here every time we pass through Milwaukee. The food and service are always excellent. The views might be the best in the city.
  33. MF

    MohamedF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and everything was awesome 👌 It's a little bit pricy.
  34. TG

    TammyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, ambiance, and food! The South African lobster tails were amazing.
  35. TG

    TomG

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and views. cool bar and outdoor seating
  36. AK

    AndrewK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great -- staff, food, ambiance, and the view of Lake Michigan out the windows. It was also very nice that the restaurant gave us a desert to help celebrate our 31st anniversary.
  37. WM

    WilliamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place to go for a special occasion. Pricy but worth it.
  38. R

    Reasonable

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining that still exceeds expectations in this post pandemic world.
  39. MV

    MikeV

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite! Delicious food, beautiful view of the lake.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Good food. Great vibe. Just wish my server would have boxed up my leftover instead of taking them from the table and only boxing my wife’s.

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 4.8 stars by 6975 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 44 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

    Michael Genre

  • 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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