Harbor House

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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.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great views, great service. Our favorite spot for special occasions!

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

Great food and great service

AM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

One of the rare "get up and walk around" multiple-station brunches
In MKE. Only real issue is the cramped set up. Narrow aisles make it easy to get bumped into while sitting by others headed to the buffets. Stony value for the quality and variety

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

Sunday Brunch at Harbor House is a wonderful way to celebrate! Whether it's a birthday, anniversary or just-because, the service, the food, the ambiance all add up to a great experience!

The Sunday Brunch will satisfy every seafood fan...and meat fans too!! Fresh oysters, cocktail shrimp, tuna tartare, baked salmon, lobster pot pie... it's all there! Add made to order omelettes, a meat carving station and amazing little waffles and a great selection of salads and you'll get your money's worth. You may think it's expensive but it's worth every penny!

Add the view of downtown Milwaukee that is nonpareil!!

TH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service, Heidi is awesome!!!

NJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Great servers and waitress. Delicious food. I really enjoyed my first visit here. We will definitely be back.

MD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

A friend recommended going here... Took my fiancé and another couple..Overall a disappointing experience. Dark, loud and crowded (seats VERY close together) had to dodge customers and servers going in, out and to the restroom. Scallop appetizer was over cooked (and overpriced.. 3 small scallops for $21.00, and I don’t think they were even U10’s. Steak was medium, wanted medium rare, but didn’t want to fuss... not THAT big of a deal. Sides were warm at best...

Service was the one bright spot. Our servers were on point... very polite and attentive.

Sadly the food was just ok, ambiance was not for me. Wouldn’t recommend.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around. And no surprise. Always wonderful.

AR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Minus my boyfriend learning he was allergic to oysters, the meal was fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've never had a bad meal, here. The service is always exceptional; a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.

AS
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was flavorful without complication. Service was top notch. Views were great!

SS
Pittsburgh
19 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Harbor House is a great asset for the city. Upscale atmosphere, outstanding views of the city and superior food. we were disappointed with the dessert menu..fruits and veggies (yes, carrot cake).

A
Milwaukee
117 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and delicious food and drink

MK
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a bit too loud. Loved our table right by the lake. Dinner was very good as always. Servers were attentive without being intrusive.

LJ
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Harbor House for special occasions but had never had brunch there. It was wonderful with many choices of fresh, delicious food. Worth the money for great food, excellent service and amazing view.

P
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is fresh,. View and ambiance is perfect. Best buffet food experience in many years. I would recommend to anyone.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just excellent!!!

JF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Great place, great view - but for what the brunch is it was very expensive. Also the layout isn't the best with scattered stations. Also forgot about Bartollatas rewards - wish the server would ask each time so I remember to get the points.

RZ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was outstanding and very friendly!

H
Milwaukee
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue to entertain out of state guests! Service is excellent

JR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service did not meet expectations for this upscale restaurant. It was slow. The noise level loud and the seating was cramped.

Halibut was good but steak was dry.

Not our first time at this restaurant but unlikely to return.

MZ
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We got seated in the back by the kitchen. I had asked if we could be moved closer to the windows as it was our Anniversary. Was first told no by the person who sat us. Then I asked our server and she asked the hostess which then moved us. Everything wonderful....service mediocre. Joel was good, other server not very attentive.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The majority of food was good. Service from the first server was not good. Several of us had the crab legs. They where dry and either over cooked or freezer burnt. We did eat them but very disappointed. Had the server asked how our meal was I would have told him. It was not until we gave him the check I asked if he would let kitchen know about the crab. He did credit us the crab dinners.

The second server did provide free desserts for our birthday folks.

B
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As soon as you walk in, you have a warm and inviting feel. Gorgeous lighting and seating arrangements for viewing the city. Taste of food was remarkable and thoughtfully presented. Perfect place to have a lovely dinner and good conversation.

PD
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartolotta restaurants never disappoint and our evening at Harbor House keeps the streak alive. It was our first time to this facility. We were early and had a couple drinks at the fabulous bar. Just a beautiful, light envioronment and the staff is tops - one of the key reasons we love Bartolotta restaurants! The other thing we love is the food. I had Scallops - absolutely devine. I don't know how they do it. We've lived in both the East Coast and West Coast and the greatest seafood shows up at Bartolottas. It was our anniversary and they treated us to a piece of cheesecake. The whole night was exceptional. Thanks

L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A group of friends went out for dinner after a conference in Milwaukee. We enjoyed a nice dinner together the last evening. The food was delicious, location was great, and the service was good. Food is a little pricey, however.

BD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife & I dined at Harbor House from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 3. We were seated, as per our request, by a window overlooking the bay, with views of the Milwaukee Art Museum, of the reddening sky, and of the many, many Canada Geese coming and going.

We enjoyed our dinner very much. The food was delicious; the service excellent. For many years, Harbor House has been our favorite place to dine during our semi-annual visits to Milwaukee. We'll definitely be back next year.

RO
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience...from the valet greeting to the hostess to the excellent service.
Leisurely dining; perfectly paced; delicious food.

M
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special evening, thank you HH! This was our 4th annual dinner (son at Marquette/family weekend). Freshest oysters, shrimp cocktail, perfect lobster and steak. Perfectly crafted cucumber Moscow mule, classic old-fashioned and side car. Sweet treat for my birthday surprise, and even the burger our youngest ordered was amazing. Nicely done HH. We'll be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The servers were absent through the whole dinner. They were more concerned with a larger table and paid no attention to us. Constantly had to wait for them to come back and find out we’re still there so that we can order our dinner. The food was mediocre at best not worth the price tag. Will not return. Presentation of the food was terrible and the quality was low. The gluten-free options were a joke. The french fries seem to be frozen instead of fresh cut. Felt like cafeteria Quality.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Back room next to the window was quiet and beautiful w a night view of the skyline. Oysters were excellent and so were the scallops. Def coming back!

MR
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Food was beyond good! Can't wait to go back!

DR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice evening!

JR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, wonderful food, great experience overall.

MF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully evening! Our server was perfect, one of the best we’ve ever had! The halibut was delicious, however the portion size of the cous cous that came with it was very small.

L
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious, modern, beautiful, healthy, and light. The fish was fresh and cooked perfectly. We had a beautiful use of both the lake and the city. Classic, timeless restaurant with updated fare.

b
Milwaukee
45 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch at the Harbor House was absolutely outstanding! Both the food and the service couldn't have been better. What a beautiful view of the Milwaukee skyline and the lake while we dined. Excellent!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

A solid lunch experience. I’ve been to several Bartalotta’s restaurants over the years, I moved two hours away from Milwaukee nine years ago, and it’s always our favorite to come back to when visiting family or friends. Took my mom there for her birthday along with a few family members recently and while the service and ambiance were great, the food was just “good”, not great as usual. This was my first time at Harbor House. Maybe it was a fluke? I hope so.

DM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Birthday celebration with great food, service and ambiance!

AP
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

You cannot beat the view of the Lake if you are lucky enough to get a window view (which we were)

Our wait staff was excellent and very patient; I was not happy with the taste of the margarita and it was promptly corrected.

We ate at Harbor House in August and my husband chose it again for his birthday dinner. He informed me we will be back soon.

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