Harbor House

4.6
5617 reviews
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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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EF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. Food was perfect.Service was great also. They also placed us at a table we had requested in advance. Thanks Harbour House.

c
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I never been to a restaurant where we spent $1000+ for 6 people and was asked to hand my plate to the server or to take my plate from the server. Lobster was over cooked and the bone in ribeye was 30% fat/gristle throughout and had no flavor. Wont recommend or go back.

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

Food and views great. Patio fun for happy hour! We were seated in front of kitchen area so it was a little loud!
So nice to receive Anniversary celebration desserts!!
Wonderful evening!

BH
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your filet mignon was tender and so delicious! Loved the calamari, as well as the New England clam chowder, as well! Harbor House was as busy as I've ever seen it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and attention to detail.
Seafood tower was fresh and served to perfection
If you can get a table looking at the water
Fun night

o
Milwaukee
128 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Another beautiful day to enjoy lunch outdoors at Harbor House. Our meals were good and included a lobster roll, lobster BLT, soup, shrimp salads, and a perch sandwich. Service was slower than usual and our waiter was not as engaging as on other visits we've made. All in all, we were satisfied with our dining experience and will definitely return to this lovely place.

AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended up showing up about 30 minutes early. They offered to let us sit outside which turned out to be fantastic. As always, the service and food were excellent but if anyone gets the chance on a nice evening, take advantage of the outside patio area. Awesome!

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

Food was good but too expensive! Drinks were very overpriced!!!

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

As beautiful as Harbor House is from the ambience to the overall look, there were a number of customer service flaws with the service we received. I made advanced reservations for a party of 3 and was deeply disappointed with the initial table we received. 1 member of our party was blind and yet we were presented with a high-chair table. We wouldn’t have minded except that when we brought this to the attention of the hostess that this would not be appropriate, the first thing the hostess says is “there aren’t anymore lakefront tables available”. We weren't specifically inclined to a “lakefront” table and made this clear to the staff. After a 15-min wait, our request was adequately fulfilled and the rest of the experience was great. Our waiter and waitress were great but the initial first impression...not so much.

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

The view right on the lake is amazing. The food is delicious but for the price, I thought it would have been a little better.

M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, environment. Good food selection.

JM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would recommend, but only on very special occasions. Its just a bit pricey for what we got. two meals and two drinks, after tip our bill was almost 200 dollars.

LB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Location location location! Love being able to see the lake! Loved Nicholas bot Cory didn’t speak to us finally after the third time Cory came around I tried talking to him. Didn’t think that was friendly at all. We were in a great mood celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary but his skills stunk. Then we course Nicholas anywhere and we were not sure if Nicholas was our waiter anymore? Very confusing!

JJ
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finest view in the city. Loved the fresh Kusshi oysters.

JT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our Anniversary and were treated like royalty. Our server was dynamic. The food was excellent and the ambiance was charming. Will definitely go back!

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All you can eat snow crab legs and macarons for $44.99, plus free valet parking during brunch time. Excellent service and ambience, too.

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and the waiter friendly. Beautiful setting with a great view of the Calatrava.

IM
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Stopped there before going to the nearby festival grounds (10 minutes walk away) for Irish Fest. Wine and bloody mary and staff and atmosphere were great. 8 hours later returned from the Fest for dinner. Had 8pm Saturday night reservations and were seated within 5 minutes of arrival. One of our two servers was friendly, and they were fairly efficient. Food was excellent. Decent basket of buns and butter to start, good wine choice although a bit pricey. Dinner choices were all excellent: crab cakes, lobster roll, linguine with clams. Desserts looked good but, alas, we were too full. The atmosphere and view are wonderful. Jutting out into Lake Michigan you get a great skyline view including the amazing shoreline art museum shaped like a ship. For a crowded place the sound level was very moderate, and I don't hear well and I had no problem with conversation. Overall, having dinner here each year we visit Milwaukee is always one of the highlights of our trip. PS. They have a beautiful function room right at the eastern lakefront end and when we were there earlier in the day there was a beautiful wedding reception taking place there.

SZ
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very enjoyable evening. The food and staff were excellent. The view is great.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the menu at Harbor House. The service is exceptional and the view is spectacular at sunset. Every time we visit Harbor House we leave extremely happy. Fantastic place!

MK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, view, worth the value, just....speechless!

KW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about Harbor House. Service was perfect.

JC
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Quite crowdedthat night and we had sit at small table in the middle of the resturant a lot to traffic to put with. Food was excellent.

SG
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday for two sisters

M
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I would go for happy hour. Food was just ok. Great location.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thought kids meal better serviced (or asked whether...) on plate versus basket. Age of child and maturity can be more formal then a basket.

ML
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall, our experience was good. It was lunch for our wedding anniversary, and we noted that on our reservation. We were seated at a table with a nice view as requested, and our waiter (who was excellent) gave us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. The one shortcoming was the filet mignon was medium, not medium rare as ordered. Therefore it was not very tender and did not have much flavor outside of the sauce that was served with it. The key lime pie was also very sweet; you could taste the sweetened condensed milk. We'd go again for a special occasion, but wouldn't order the filet.

MF
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ordered clams cons mussels to start, Only 3 clams in dish. Swordfish force entree, Well prepared but very small and thin

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend to the harbor house for a birthday dinner and she loved it! The food and views were incredible! We will be back for a weekend brunch.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, great quality food, beautiful setting. Only thing lacking is the quality of the coffee 👍

i
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent!

AG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and scenery, delicious food, excellent service, a delightful evening!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The lobster and steak were awesome but the halibut wasn’t the best. It was pretty busy so we did not get very good service.

l
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were so pleased to be seated right at 7 pm at a lovely banquet for the five of us. Assorted waitstaff stopped to visit our table but our cocktails were not delivered until 7:20 which I feel was too long a time. No one wants to nibble on your good bread if they don't have their beverage to sip. Our meals were delicious. Will definitely be back.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Noise level made conversation difficult at a table for four people. Could have more waitresses since ours was overworked & as a consequence wait time for service was almost unacceptable. I do not blame the waitress who was doing her best but one of my guest thought we were ignored. Overall, experience was not what was expected as I have previously had dinner at this restaurant one month ago. JAR

CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance, great food and tee time service.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration, delicious!!

KA
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Beautiful location. The food is ok but not good enough for the price you pay in my opinion. Service also not as professional as I would expect. Couldn´t even finish my bottle of wine and they insisted in getting the bill paid. Noise from the bar and kitchen.

KW
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Ambiance, view is beautiful. Our servers seemed stressed and unhappy. Never asked how our food was (steaks were overcooked) and there were big gaps in timing. We were celebrating our 1st wedding anniversary and they did serve glasses of champagne and a dessert to share which we appreciated. But overall we will most likely not return. Our special evening was dampened by food and service.

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