Harbor House

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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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AP
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here once before for the Sunday brunch and loved it. So I went back. It was different since COVID-19 is out, they served everything family style. It didn’t change a thing except the amount of times I had to get up lol I will be dining with you again soon.

TM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, especially during a very uncertain time, but we weren’t going to let COVID19 stop us from a great evening!!! Thank you Paul and Chad for a great night!

JA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was attentive, friendly and professional. Food and drinks were tasty.

BW
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Husband’s birthday

p
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

The views are great, the food was fine. We were a party of 4 and the lobster, steak & scallops were "fine" . Great view, valet parking.

MB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, beautiful view, nice selection of offerings. Definitely dine here again.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, seafood and atmosphere!

KR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The overall experience was nice but our waitress was not attentive. When we were seated the waitress did not come to greet us for about 10 minutes. We immediately gave her our drink order as well as requested an order of crab legs. We were brought coffee instead of the drinks order. After a long wait, the waitress came back and we informed her these were not the drink we ordered. Approximately, 30 minutes later we asked about the crab legs ordered and she informed us she forgot. For my party, the best part of the brunch is the crab legs. Throughout our experiences, she infrequently made appearance, removing our own dirty plates and the coffee we never order. But near the end of brunch she brought the check stating "I can take it" making us feel rushed, resulting in us leaving without finishing the remainder of our crab legs.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was nervous bringing my 3-year-old, but they were wonderful. Our waiter got on his level to talk to him, they brought his food out early, and when he started getting fidgety they brought out the crayons. The food and the view were excellent, but I was blown away by the service.

M
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent, the views are amazing and the food was fantastic

VG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a outstanding experience in your restaurant everything was great except for the bathrooms being so far away for a disabled person I need one up front

JE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made our birthday celebration memorable. Of course the 3 pound lobster didn’t hurt either.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great service. Food was good but not great. We have been to this restaurant a lot over the years and I feel as the group has expanded over the years the quality as gone down across the establishments. Still good but no longer great.

LW
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came for the Taste & Toast event hosted by several Milwaukee restaurants. Harbor House offered some really wonderful appetizer and drink specials and the atmosphere and view are always a treat!

UK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great dinner. Excellent service from Billy. Recommend for good, traditional seafood dishes.

B
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

LW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

It is a nice, quiet, and good spot to have a meal with the people you love.

WW
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant situated in the lake...views are incredible as is the food and friendly professional staff. Highly recommended.

LL
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sunday evening is a great time to experience The Harbor House. It was about half full which was pleasing. Our table had a great view. We loved the mussels with chorizo as a starter. Husbands had seafood with beef filet combinations which were a good value. Wives had the daily special: Dungeness Crab which is a favorite of our family. A lovely way to celebrate a family birthday with our daughter and son-in-law.

TJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been to Harbor House many times and I have to say I would not go back on a Sunday. I do not know if they had a different chef than they do on Friday/Saturday but both of our steaks and my scallops were overdone and very under seasoned. Very disappointing considering you are not going out for a cheap meal.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful celebration dinner for our 40th anniversary. Excellent service, excellent food one of our favorite spots for celebrations.

CV
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall it was a great experience. The brunch is a very good deal with the food that they offer at their buffets. The noise level got loud later in the day as it got busy. It continued to get busy during our time there and our server started not come to our table as often. We had to wait a while for water or our check.

CG
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The hosts were just awful, especially the head host with a short blonde bob. Terrible service from her and her team. There was no room to sit, the restaurant puts two rows of tables in an already small section. Causing everyone to be bumping you as you walk by. Also, you have to use their valet, they have a huge parking lot attached and is about 10 feet from the door, but require you to pay money to park and then tip the valet.

p
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A little pricey but worth it. Food was very good and a lot of options and the view was beautiful. Definitely would come back.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have asked for anything better

CM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We have always loved the Harbor House so we were quite disappointed in our experience this weekend. The food was above average as usual. But the service was terrible & the noise level and the overcrowding in the restaurant made the experience average. They seem to have added many more tables making it almost a fire hazard since in many areas, when guest are seated, you cannot walk behind them. Other guests and servers kept bumping into our chairs. We were in the bar waiting for our reservation seated 5 feet from the hostess stand yet no one came over to tell us our reservation was ready-They only text you. I was expecting personal service & didn't think I had to stay tied to my phone in order to be seated. Once seated, we were acknowledged & served water. We didn't get our cocktails & bread service for another 35 minutes. It was very noisy & service was slow. For $40-60 entrees, I expect better & it used to be such great service & experience. I think their greed has gotten the better of them.

OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with a nice view of downtown Milwaukee.
Excellent service.
Fantastic food.
Reasonable price for the high quality food.
A bit noisy and crowded.
Very happy.
Will be back.

g
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal,romantic settings and had very good sevice,I highly recommended the scallops!Delicious!

LL
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’re known for the fish entrees and we were delighted! Our group of (3) enjoyed the trout, cioppino, oysters, shrimp cocktail, and the tuna. Everything was superb! I’ll be back!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our children gave us a gift certificate which allowed us to enjoy a very special higher scale lunch than normal. It’s a wonderful place with excellent food in a special location

MB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The View, service , and food, never disappoint!

G
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The go-to place for Sunday Brunch, scenery and seafood. Always good. Always accommodating. Excellent service.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal Service. I wrote that it was my girlfriend’s birthday and they greeted her by name happy birthday and did the little things that made brunch special.

PF
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brother in Law Birthday

SK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We made a reservation for my wife's birthday well in advance and requested a booth. We arrived 30 minutes ahead of time and were told out we would need to wait as it was busy and out table was not ready. 45 minutes later after waiting and no one telling us anything, we approached one of the men that were assisting the hostess and he was very rude to my wife and said "we are busy and we cannot guarantee you a booth". This should have mentioned to us when we arrived 45 minutes ago. Also, the tone of voice was very unprofessional and again this was my wife’s birthday. After we were seated after waiting for almost an hour, the booth we requested was available and given to someone else shortly after.
Instead of me going there and being ignorant with him, we took a different table in the middle where people were walking over us. The look of my wife's face really angered me.. So I saw a couple leaving form one of the smaller tables by the window and asked if we can switch to that table. This lady was just as ride, blond hair. Her response was very inappropriate. Again, taking the high road, I asked my waiter if we could move and he agreed to have us move to the table by the window.
On top of that one of the two men that were rude continues to watch us the entire visit. Not sure if this was an attempt to make us feel uncomfortable. It did not, but it did make us upset.
I understand it was busy on Saturday February 22nd, but the staff needs to be better prepared to deal with paying customers in a more appropriate manner. We at Harbor House a few times a year and this is the first time we have ever experience this type of treatment. We probably are not likely to come back and will share our unpleasant experience with our friends.

EW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Service was not impressive. We are a younger couple (both 25), and we felt as if they figured we were not going to be a big spending table. We left a note on the receipt as to why the serve was not great, and tipped 30% to make it clear that not all young people will tip poorly. Hopefully the next couple gets better service as a result. At least one water and cocktail refill would be been appreciated, but was not offered until we had finished our meal. The food was good!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here on our anniversary and everything was amazing. The service was TOP notch! The steak was cooked perfect to order and lobster and scallops came out amazing! The view of the Lake was nothing short of perfect and the Milwaukee skyline on the other side an amazing add-on. I would recommend this to anyone looking to celebrate something special and will to shill out for a perfect experience in Milwaukee!

D
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was wonderful. The service was okay. I delayed my drink order and was promised the wait staff would come back. They never did until much later when our appetizer was out. We then reminded them of my drink order. Still we were left waiting, and waiting without even an opportunity to maybe ask the staff in passing. Finally when our entrees arrived. We had to ask them again, and it was clear they had forgotten having to clarify the order again. This was very unfortunate as I was partway through dinner and hoped to sip on it before the meal as we didn't plan to stay too much longer beyond our entree due to and event we planned to attend. We have had incredible service at other bartalotta establishments and restaurants that were half this price tag. We paid for good food and nice ambience but not good service. That was definitely a disappointment.

KR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always look forward to coming here. The food is good, and the setting is beautiful. LOVE IT when the waitress didn’t rush us through our dinner!

KC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the combo crab legs and filet mignon... and started with oysters. All was outstanding and delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice place to celebrate a special occasion or just take in the beautiful Milwaukee city skyline at sunset. Using Open table to set the reservation, was a seamless process that I also recommend. It was a very comfortable and calming environment to enjoy dinner at without being rushed. I will return here for sure!

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