550 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5320243.037259 -87.896627
Neighborhoods: Lake Park
for coolcanadian – OK, I remember when your group stop by( yea right the restaurant you wanted was not open haaa!!)What was the name of that restaurant,YEP you for got to right it in the comments; all of you were drunk all ready; that why you can't taste nothing.the waitstaff is very professional always,and what about the menu we don't have tuna in our menu.The steak you didn't order med well you wanted it well done.
And the crab cake are made in the morning we don't frees them at all.yes the cake are from a box;just like half of the Milwaukee restaurant. unless you go to a bakery you will not have a fresh cake anyway. the restaurant prepares everything from fresh ingredients all dressings,calamari,chicken rap,London broil,etc...;maybe your taste buds like the salads from McDonald or burger king better not a real thing.
looks like to me you were trying to get free meals; come on bring some money next time you want to eat Down Town any were. and the sea food fresh from the water never is going to taste the same from something the it was deliver miles out(even hours later)the word fresh is your clue(maybe go back to Canada or Maryland).OK for all the people the ever visit us please send comments good or bad we thank you , always a pleasure serving you, sincerly one of your cooks.
A few problems – This is a beuatiful restaurant and the food is excellent but on a recent weekday evening our diner was delayed, the server told us that there was a party of eight that was slowing down service. Since the restaurant was not even half full I can only imagine how slow they get when they are busy. The ladies room had no toilet paper in two of the four stalls , the wastebasket was ov erflowing onto the floor and the flowers were dead and dropping petals onto the vanity. When I told the hostesss she was indifferent and just said " I'll let someone know." I am reluctant to return because of this casual attitude about cleanliness. It makes me wonder about the kitchen and how clean it may me.
They are the best in private dinning and in buffet – We dine at Harbor55o several times in a year,miss the Pieces of Eight, but the building and the crew are mostly the same, if you are looking for that open water,ships sailing by in the warm weather or that chance to watch Mother Nature in her finest weater chances, Harbor 550 is the place. Have had warm and grand experience there for almost 40 years..Please bring you childern and see how dinner can be a family affair. You can't compare the view of the Lake right at your window to anyother lunch, dinner or just let's have drinks with any other spot in SouthEastern Wisconsin or the Gulf of Mexico..
No Lunch Buffet – My friend and I use to enjoy their lunch buffet. We stopped for lunch Jan. 29, 2008 and were told that they stopped serving the lunch buffet a few months ago because it was not profitable. While having lunch off a very and I mean very limited menu there were only two other guests for lunch. I guess thats profitable!!!
Great Weekday Lunch Buffet - at a good price too. – While I haven't tried the dinner menu, I had a great experience with their lunch buffet during the week. We went after 1pm, so it wasn't very crowded, and we had excellent service. The server was prompt and checked on us at good intervals. The buffet had a great selection and I tried almost every item on it! I'm usually not a big fan of buffets, since they seem to sit in the pan and dry out very quickly (especially since the buffet started at 11am). Fortunately, that was not the case, and the food was excellent. The potato soup was very creamy, the mashed potatoes tasted homemade (rather than out of the box), the fish flaked nicely, and even the roast beef was tender and I was able to slice through it with my fork. The cheesecake, while it won't compare to the Cheesecake Factory, was still delicious with its raspberry topping. Oh, and did I mention the $13 price tag... The view is excellent also! Whether you're looking at the lake, or the incredible design of the Art Museum, it was definitely a great dining experience. Based on the other reviews, maybe it isn't the best place for a seafood dinner (did everyone forget that we are in the midwest :)), but I'd definitely recommend this place for an American style lunch. And did I mention free parking...
AWFUL!! – At first glance, this restaurant looks nice - great location right on the water, outside seating...you get the picture. DO NOT BE FOOLED. We were in town on business, and the restaurant we planned on was not open that evening, so we ended up at Pieces of Eight (which we later renamed Pieces of "something else"). I'm not sure what our first clue was that our evening was going to take a downward spiral. Maybe that our server had no clue how to explain anything on the menu, or that they didn't actually have any of the items featured on the menu (no lobster, no tuna...hmmm). Well we went ahead and ordered a crab cake appetizer - bad choice. I think they were still frozen in the middle, and resembled a roll of bread more than a crab cake. Ok, lets move to salads. My "caesar" had some kind of milky looking dressing on it that had no apparent taste at all. At least the lettuce was crisp! Now on to entrees. Only one person at our table of six had any luck, and he ordered a steak (and even that came out well done when he ordered it medium). The Soft Shell Crab was awful - chewy, smelled super bad, and not fried all the way through. I used to live in Maryland - I know what crab should taste like. The scallops were also a bust - just the smell wafting off of them made us all want to run for the hills. The manager finally came over to apologize and offered free dessert. Great - can't go wrong with dessert right? WRONG AGAIN! Three of the items on the dessert tray - carrot cake, chocolate cake, and cheesecake - all looked like they came from a box in the freezer section. The fourth - a strawberry "parfait"- was nothing more than strawberries and Reddi-Whip. Desperate for sustenance, we tried the carrot, cheesecake, and "parfait". Lets just say we would have been better off hitting a convenience store for a box of Little Debbies.
Overall, a very disappointing experience. I think this was the first time I actually wished I'd have opted for fast food.
Worse Everything! – To start, the server mentioned she'd been on vacation for a week in Idaho so she wouldn't be able to comment on the "new" menu. Hmmm, odd comment, but interesting. I figured she must still be in a potato-haze, forgetting that working in a restaurant requires her to at least know SOMETHING about the menu. Here we go....
So, I ordered the Lobster- safe, I thought. Unfortunately the Lobster was not available (is it ever?), so I ordered the Tuna- rare. It came to me with an unappetizing gray color and was universally over-cooked. In addition, there was a strong odor and what appeared to be a tough, over-nuked spot on one side. After several minutes, the server checked-up on the table. After receiving the free feedback, the manager stopped by. He did offer to bring me another order, cooked to the specifications as stated on the menu, but oops, no more tuna in the house. Nevermind, at this point I was filling-up on the undercooked bean side-dish (are beans supposed to be crunchy with crutons on top?) and soupy corn-something in a dish. The manager did offer a free dessert. Tough choice between Sarah Lee's carrot cake, cheescake, or chocolate cake. I selected the carrot cake, but was confused how how to eat it? Do I use a knife to cut the frozen cake and a spoon to pick-up the warm frosting? Lastly, a couple of us glanced towards the cooking station, where the Cook (couldn't be a Chef), dipped his hand into a vat of liquid, pulled out a white piece of something (chicken or fish?), smelled it, smelled it again, and tossed it on the grill. Seriously!!!!!!
Oh, I do have a positive comment. The bread was fabulous! Too bad the butter was frozen. It came back to us a second time with a melted coating. Microwaving must be a special talent at this restaurant.
Not a four star – 8/25/07 My mother made a reservation for 7:00PM on 8/25/07 to celebrate her 60th birthday. There were seven in our party which included my two older brothers who flew in from California for the weekend to celebrate. We arrived 10 minutes early and were seated immediatly. The first 30 seconds were the best 30 seconds of the evening, as I gazed at the open lake and beautiful art museum. Our table was not big enough for a party of seven. We packed ourselves into the seats as the children behind us banged our seats with a filthy floor beneath them. We ordered calamari which took 50 minutes and wasn't any better than Applebees. An hour later our dinner was served. My mother and I received cold prime rib, broccoli, and potato. I ate my dinner because I was very hungry. My mother wanted hers served warm so she sent it back. The manager served a new steak cut very thin to reheat and serve fast. By that time, eveyone at the table was done eating. The party was very upset and didn't until then realize that no one had received their salads. The manager only offered a complimentary dessert. It was a terrible experience. Needless to say, I do not recommend and will not be returning.
Good and Bad. – On August 10, 2007 we seemed to have the same experience as fun4jz. Although the service was excellent and my steak was great, a special of the day was very disappointing. We did not ask for a manager, but I think he was sent by the wait person since she had to apologize for the meal. We also found him to be totally indifferent to the situation. The salmon special seemed to be covered in raw dough. There was also supposed to be a special side (cabbage and apple) salad that was missing, and never did receive, when they brought the salmon. The reason given was that the chef was late getting out of a 2 1/2 hour meeting. They seem to have eliminated a lettuce salad with any meal -- I had a $31 steak which only contained a large stump of overly developed brocholi and baked potato. The bread was wonderful. The last time we were there we were blown away with a lettuce salad that contained a terriffic dressing, walnuts, and several other toppings.
We have been going there since the early 1970's and were never disappointed before. It is a beautiful setting on the water. I hope corporate can make some changes and give people as memorable an experience as we used to have.
Terrible service. Waited 15 minutes for wait staff to arrive at table. Finally spoke to "manager" who had an indifferent attitude & made no effort to rectify the problem. This occurred on 8/7/07 at 2:30 p.m. Not welcoming to my guest from out of town. Will not return. Only positive is the view. Food has been of inconsistent quality. Obviously the service is unacceptable.
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