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Harbor House

4.7
4.7
6918 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

7:00 PM


Booked 101 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

    John Korycki

  • 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 6,918 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. U

    Uppercrust

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seafood Tower was incredible!
  2. MC

    MarkC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall great dining experience. Celebrated our anniversary and the staff did a nice job of recognizing it. Salmon and chicken were delicious.
  3. C

    Carp

    Milwaukee

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's pricey, but special, and pretty much worth it every time. Perfect for a special occasion with the right people. Our server was really good. Very attentive. Drinks were perfect. Food was outstanding.....I think my wife liked her plate clean. If it were in the budget we'd find a way to make every night out a "special occasion" at HH.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Great space for business meeting and family dinner but new staff need to be train accordingly to customers need.
  5. AO

    AmyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our wedding dinner here. The food was fantastic and the service amazing. Truly a wonderful experience!
  6. BW

    BrendaW

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third marriage anniversary
  7. SP

    SandraP

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! The food as usual, was terrific. The service is always impeccable, as well. Just an overall wonderful experience.
  8. GJ

    GayleJ

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Service was friendly. Fried calamari appetizer was pale and undercooked. Squid was tough and rubbery. Swordfish, halibut, and branzino was overcooked. Swordfish was totally overpowered by too much peppercorn. Scallops were not garnished as stated on the menu. It was served over corn only. When other scallops were served to other tables, it was garnished with tomatoes etc. A very disappointing meal for everyone.
  9. JH

    JanH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy dining at Harbor House, however, this is probably one of the first times so close to the kitchen and the noise level was high because even the teenagers at our table were having trouble hearing conversations at our table.
  10. L

    Luvwine

    Kansas City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view. Nice restaurant. Service was great. Everything we had was delicious!
  11. PD

    PaulD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food was wonderful, flavorful and hot. Server was very pleasant.
  12. MA

    MARYM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this special day for my 96 year old friends birthdy was very special.
  13. CB

    CBoss

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food especially Halibut and the scallops were delicious. My husband and son had lobster and steak cooked to perfection though the accompaniments on the plates were slightly over salted Our servers Mykayla and ? Were top shelf professionals The Harbor House is high energy but also rather noisy. The views are the best which makes up for the noise. This is one of our favorite restaurants
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Guam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great night
  15. JL

    JerLikesFood

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess went above and beyond to accomodate our request for a table at the windows. It was our 48th anniversary and the table we initially were seated at was in a busy traffic pattern and close to the fairly loud, open kitchen. When asked if we could wait for a table by the windows, the hostess was very gracious and made it happen within 15 minutes. The bartender, waiter and waitress were all very friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful dinner and evening!
  16. b

    bo0bo0

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    We were disappointed during our latest dinner at Harbor House. Our shrimp cocktail appetizer was mediocre; the shrimp were a bit mushy. I had the swordfish, which itself was nicely cooked and seasoned, but the accompanying Swiss chard was chewy and not very flavorful. My wife ordered crab legs. The crab meat was watery and chewy, even though the legs were split for her. Parsley had been sprinkled over the legs, which in our view imparted a strange flavor to the meat. My wife did not want to eat it. Our servers did not drop by to ask how things were going until we were getting ready to leave. All in all, we were surprised and unhappy. We've been to Harbor House before, and usually we thought it was pretty good, albeit clearly not first tier. With this kind of letdown, though, and at these prices, we're not sure if we'll be back. One of the most frustrating things about this is that we think Milwaukee could use a really good seafood restaurant, and we think Harbor House could be just that - but it is not, and we think the quality control - or perhaps the ambition - is lacking.
  17. c

    christinas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good service was excellent nice atmosphere great location of table.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    No explanation of specials, just “specials are on this menu” No explanation of seafood tower and the various sauces we received. No bread. Our menus were never taken, we ended up setting them in the chair of the table next to us. No urgency in drink orders. Water was refilled only once after glasses were empty for 20 minutes. Inattentive server in general. The server at the table next to us was providing a much different and better experience.
  19. LH

    LeahH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every was. I expected no less and that's what I received.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was perfect: the table looking out on Lake Michigan, amazing food, the servers had extensive knowledge of the wine and oysters and were so kind. Couldn’t have asked for a better evening!
  21. L

    Lauren

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was a little cold, but experience was great!!
  22. BG

    BarbaraG

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is outstanding and food is consistently good. We love going here for our special occasion dinners.
  23. C

    Chuck

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views and outstanding seafood. Perfect for a special occasion.
  24. T

    Thucydides

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great restaurant in a beautiful location. Perfect for a romantic dinner.
  25. D

    Ditto

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent experience at Harbor House. We had a table next to a window. Both the service and food was excellent. We told the waitress it was our anniversary and she brought us two deserts and were not charged for them. It was a wonderful evening!!!!
  26. SK

    ShannonKate

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Hostess seemed to be rushing us to our table (we specifically arrived 30mins earlier than reservation time in order to relax at the bar for a bit). She suggested cashing out our bar tab prior to our drinks being delivered, which gave the impression they were attempting to flip the table in order to accept additional reservations/walk ins. The octopus appetizer was bland, and Oysters Rockefeller had an odd, almost bitter aftertaste, as well as being slightly underdone. The scallops were cooked perfectly, as were our filets. Servers were polite and bartenders were well trained.
  27. SS

    ScottSt

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This place is a class act. We have ate there many times over the years and we are treated like family every time we go there.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Wonderful location. Food itself not worth the price, but overall experience is what you are paying for.
  29. JG

    JoeG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had visitors from out of country with me and Chef Martin knocked it out of the park! Halibut, Scallops, Salmon, shelfish soup, and the Calamari were all perfectly. Service did not leave anyone wanting for anything the entire meal. Great job!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful.
  31. MF

    MilwaukeeFishFryGuy

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wanted to say thank you to Crystal, Greg, and the rest of the staff at the Harbor House for making our 20th Wedding Anniversary very special. Almost all the staff we came in contact with said Happy Anniversary! and we received a card saying the same. Crystal even brought champagne for us and a ginger ale for our son to celebrate. We typically try to celebrate all of our special occasions at the Harbor House - Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays and anniversaries. And yesterday's dinner was amazing - Hudson Canyon Sea Scallops, Ribeye steak, and our son's shrimp and fries. Desert was just as good with the strawberry ice cream for our son and my wife and I shared the cheesecake. Special thanks to Crystal and Greg ;)!
  32. E

    Eric

    Chicago

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The patio was perfect! Andrew our waiter made us feel incredibly welcome and comfortable. Cannot wait to go back!
  33. n

    none

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent dinner and great experience, Highly recommended.
  34. D

    Deno

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Table at the window. The server, Billy was very knowledgeable and helpful. Food was great. Clam Chowder and Old Fashion, very tasty. Lobster Roll was yummy. Oyster always yummy. Me and my wife had a nice time. VERY ENJOYABLE.
  35. BN

    BarbaraN

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Don’t like the three course brunch requirement. It’s too much food and too expensive. Probably won’t return or recommend.
  36. MN

    MaureenN

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Food and service were top notch.
  37. JB

    JerrBear

    Chicago

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gregg and Diane did a fantastic job with our table. The food was spaced perfectly and came out as requested. I would highly recommend brunch to anyone interested in great food with a wonderful view.
  38. B

    Bucky

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We ate brunch on the Patio. The service was excellent. The food was very good. The crab cakes were exceptional. I will order them again The scallops were excellent. I would have eaten more. The key lime pie was a great ending. My spouse had eggs Benedict. The eggs themselves were overcooked and more hard boiled than thick flowing lava. I would have sent them back. She did not and enjoyed them. We will be back. On a 75-80 degree sunny Sunday, it is worth the expense. Plus the Bloody Mary’s are great.
  39. HH

    HollyH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Everything and every time. Great service.
  40. KL

    KarenL

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was our first visit to Harbor House, we were celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary. We arrived early and were invited to sit at the bar until our table was ready. Our evening did not get off to a good start here. We waited 10-15 minutes before one of three bartenders acknowledged us. Even when we tried to flag one of them down, they walked right past us. The bar area was busy, but not that busy. We started talking about a Plan B for the night because the poor bar service was feeling like a bad omen. At that point a bartender appeared and took our drink order. Everybody has a bad night but this guy seemed as if he really didn’t want to be there. No smile, no pleasantries. Not what you would expect from the employee of an upscale restaurant. So that was our first impression of Harbor House. Thankfully, it got better. We were seated at our reservation time by a very pleasant hostess. We had requested a table with a scenic view, and were told in advance they would try to accommodate but couldn’t guarantee. Understood. So we were very happy to be shown to a table against the window with a beautiful view of Calatrava. We had a 5-star waiter named Enrique. His teammate was equally attentive, friendly and professional. Everything we ordered for our meal was so delicious, including the carrot cake we took to-go. After dinner we took a walk around the grounds, which are incredibly beautiful. We sat outside, watched the dinner cruise ships go by, and enjoyed this very lovely setting. What a gem for MKE.

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 4.7 stars by 6918 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 101 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

    John Korycki

  • 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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