About Harbor House
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.
Seafood, American, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thurs: 11:30am - 9:00pm
Fri & Sat: 11:30am - 10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm (Brunch served until 2:00pm)
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Harbor Dr & N Lincoln Memorial Dr
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We have music on our patio every Sunday from 4-7 pm from June through August.
Valet - $ 4 dinner, complimentary at lunch and brunch.
Private Party Facilities:
Harbor House can create the perfect social or business event for any occasion.
Private Party Contact:
Katelyn Arnold: 4143954900x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Visit https://www.bartolottas.com/events/category/harbor-house to see upcoming events at Harbor House!
Harbor House Ratings and Reviews
The service was excellent, from the vale ...
The service was excellent, from the valet to the hostess, to our server. FABULOUS!
As always a solid brunch choice. Great r ...
As always a solid brunch choice. Great raw bar. Perfect protein options and a made to order omelet bar.
First time dining, beautiful view. Great ...
First time dining, beautiful view. Great experience
This is one of our favorite places to ea ...
This is one of our favorite places to eat! Great views, love the food and the atmosphere is a 10! They do need to get drinks to the table a bit quicker though...
The food was good, but it felt a little ...
The food was good, but it felt a little over-priced for what we received. Beautiful view of Lake Michigan.
Gorgeous location and great food. Make ...
Gorgeous location and great food. Make sure to request a table if you do not wish to sit right next to the open kitchen.
Outstanding food, service, ambiance and ...
Outstanding food, service, ambiance and view! We sat in an elevated booth with a beautiful view of the lake. There were 4 of us dining and we had shrimp cocktail and crab cake appetizers which were fantastic! Our entrees included filet mignon, scallops and trout. Each and every item was delicious. We will be back!
Phenomenal food and views and not too ba ...
Phenomenal food and views and not too bad on price considering the above- highly recommend going between 4-6 on weekday nights for happy hour specials.
Never disappointed when dining here for ...
Never disappointed when dining here for either lunch or dinner, and I don't eat fish or seafood! Food is delicious. Great, happening atmosphere. Friendly but not intrusive wait staff. Love the valet parking for quick in and out, especially during inclement weather.
We arrived 20 minutes ahead of our 7:30 ...
We arrived 20 minutes ahead of our 7:30 reservation time. The young hostess greeting us seemed uninterested and snobbish when I asked if a window table was available. She then lectured us that many people want a window table and most were already reserved. I pointed out we had a reservation. She directed the 4 of us to a small bar table where we waited until 7:50. She then came to us and told us they were very busy and that we could order food at the bar table. I told her the small table was much too small to feed 4 people, she shrugged OK and returned to the front. At a little after 8:00 I returned to her and asked about our table. We had seen several parties enter after us and be seated. She again suggested we eat at the small bar table. I repeated the small table would not hold 4 people's dinners. At this point the manager came and took over and got us seated at a good table with a view and comp. us two appetizers. The service from the wait staff and food was excellent and we enjoyed the meal. Except for the rude snobbish hostess everything was outstanding. I would return with friends again but not wait so long to get the manager involved if that same hostess is still working there.
'Everything' was excellent except the ta ...
'Everything' was excellent except the table provided us that evening. I had five business guest and we were all first timers at Harbor House. The views are special but instead of seating us at a round table directly in front view of the lake, we were seated at a long table next door to a large and loud dinner party. The noise until the party left was very distracting. Seating us at a better table would have made for a perfect evening. I do recommend Harbor House; the food, drinks and wine was fantastic but the service just missed the mark, a little bit.
I wrote ahead asking about food restrict ...
I wrote ahead asking about food restrictions, the restaurant assured me they take restrictions seriously and to let my waiter know. The waiter did great working with my gluten allergy and my food was amazing. I can't wait to return.
The ambiance was great. I expected more ...
The ambiance was great. I expected more from the most notable seafood restaurant in Milwaukee, as I have had much greater quality elsewhere. The view and vibe of the restaurant was excellent. Service was slow, food came out very slow as well, but they were busy.
Why do the servers ask if we were celebr ...
Why do the servers ask if we were celebrating a special occasion, (we were) , but no little cake or something? Also, I asked twice for a window table but ended up in the middle, again.
The fried clams were a delicious appetiz ...
The fried clams were a delicious appetizer, oysters were tasty and fresh, soft-shell crab BLT good, and lobster Louis salad delicious and full of lobster. Can't beat the view of the lake and the art museum.
The staff could not have been kinder and ...
The staff could not have been kinder and generous with making a great night for us. We were celebrating an anniversary and they did all of the little things that really made our evening special. We have both been there before and thoroughly enjoyed it. This time, however, they went far above and beyond what was expected.
Absolutely, fantastic from start to fini ...
Absolutely, fantastic from start to finish. Host and hostess were friendly and accommodating, food was fantastic and the surroundings, beautiful. Yes, waited 20 minutes despite a reservation but, It was well worth it! Our daughter just moved to town....we will be back!
The staff was cheerful from the moment w ...
The staff was cheerful from the moment we arrived until we were done. The drinks from the outside bar were good, but not consistent. The food was tasty and reasonably well prepared, but not as good as it could have been.
Everything about the experience was exce ...
Everything about the experience was exceptional. Our waiters (yes there were 2) were pleasant and very knowledgeable. The view of downtown Milwaukee (and the art museum) was spectacular. The food was perfectly prepared and the pacing of the meal was perfect. everything was presented right when we needed or expected it. It is no surprise that every table was occupied when we arrived and when we departed two hours later. We will be back! :)
While I had made reservations for inside ...
While I had made reservations for inside, we found a couple seats outside at the bar and chose to sit there because of the beautiful weather. However, we didn't know the bar menu was VERY limited (4 entree choices), which is different than the rest of the outdoor seating. Service at the bar was poor. We were told we would have our apps first since we ordered at the same time as our entrees. Entrees came first. Bartender must've been fairly new. Didn't offer water; didn't notice or realize our entrees were served before our apps because he never asked how our meal was; didn't know how to make a regular Manhattan. Had another bartender and server spray themselves with sunscreen 10 feet from us. Ended with having to wait for computer to boot back up so we could be cashed out. Certainly don't expect this sort of poor service from any Bartolotta's restaurant.
Great meal before going to the Lake Fron ...
Great meal before going to the Lake Front Festival.
We loved everything that we ordered. The ...
We loved everything that we ordered. The steaks were amazing, the lobster was wonderful. Everything came out in good timing. You can't beat the views at Harbor House. The lake surrounds it and there are so many windows. There is no bad seat in the place.
An excellent evening with friends. Food ...
An excellent evening with friends. Food and service was excellent and attentive. Appreciated the food suggestions.
Great view and cocktails. but food pret ...
Great view and cocktails. but food pretty average. Fish dry and lacking flavor.
Good atmosphere, unfortunately overcooke ...
Good atmosphere, unfortunately overcooked my wife's dinner. But very responsive and brought back entree cooked appropriately and took off our menu.
Great service, food and setting. Best of ...
Great service, food and setting. Best of all they never rush you. Wonderful place to spend time with friends.
This was our first visit and we were so ...
This was our first visit and we were so impressed with the ambience and food. Great experience. And we were very, very impressed with your valet parking staff - the best we have ever experienced - friendly, kind, interested, etc.
We took our teenage son here few months ...
We took our teenage son here few months ago and he discovered the filet mignon, and he asked to come back for his high school graduation dinner. The food is phenomenal, the service is fantastic and the view is spectacular. A few of us had the halibut and it was delicious. Never disappointing!
First time for Sunday brunch, it was ver ...
First time for Sunday brunch, it was very nice, food was great and as always the view of Lake Michigan was fantastic.
Great food, good service... although we ...
Great food, good service... although we were there at an early dinner time, our service was somewhat slow - it took a long time for our appetizers and salads to come out, drink service was fairly slow. I feel that for the price, service should be exceptional.
We had an outstanding experience. Food ...
We had an outstanding experience. Food was great and service was outstanding. We had reservations for 5PM and arrived early and chose to sit in the bar area and enjoy a glass of wine and the view, Great decision! Service was perfect. At about 5 minutes after 5PM we were advised our table was ready. Can't think of anything they could have done better for us.
Paying for the view
If you're looking for a spot to have a nice dinner that gives you a fantastic view of Milwaukee's skyline or the art museum, then this is the place for you. If you're looking for amazing food that you would pay big bucks for...this is not for you. The food was pretty plain and small for how expensive it was. I'm sure the ingredients were of the highest quality but honestly, it did not taste that way.
Beach chairs for Dining... NO!
The restaurant has to remove the beach side chairs for dining. Super uncomfortable.
Everything about Harbor House is first rate. The service was outstanding as was the food. And, of course the views of the lake shore and the city are lovely. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion or just for a great night out.
Location is fabulous. Really great atmosphere, excellent food. Service was good but a little rushed. Had a great evening!
Good food, wrong charges on bill
The Harbor House is in a perfect location, right on the lake. The food was excellent and there were even a few affordable options other than fish. However, we didn't realize until after leaving the restaurant that our waitor charged us for $25+ worth of alcohol, which we never ordered. The place wasn't even that busy. We learned our lesson to ALWAYS check the bill line by line, even at high quality restaurants. I'm hopeful that they would have corrected the bill if we would have caught the mistake sooner, but it's our expectation as customers that these kinds of mistakes shouldn't be happening in the first place.
It was our 35th anniversary and they could not give us a special table. Very disappointing otherwise love the restaurant.
Our visit was on a Monday evening. We started our evening at the happy hour and finished with our scheduled dinner reservation. Restaurant was busy but pleasantly crowded, not over-crowded. Food was excellent and staff was attentive.
Wonderful place and food. Made graduatio ...
Wonderful place and food. Made graduation complete.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.