Harbor House

4.1
156 reviews
$31 to $50
American
At Harbor House - Detroit located In the center of Detroit's historic entertainment district, we serve only the choicest cuts of beef and freshest seafood. We currently offer outdoor dining.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 156 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.0
Ambience
4.2
Value
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SarahR
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Food was nothing exciting and the food came out very quickly. We were done in less than an hour. The problem I had was the swarm of fruit flies hovering around our table. We were seated near the kitchen and they were all over the cucumber I didn’t eat from my salad. We were constantly waving them away from the food we were eating. Employees used the bar as a place to leave their kids while the worked or waited for child care to arrive.

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RonS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Seated quickly. Took 45 minutes before the waitress arrived. Another long wait before dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Killer Shrimp was awesome, steak was good but not awesome, main disappointment was the wine list - it actually had some good choices and good values, but they didn’t have any of their by-the-bottle wines available when we ordered them. Server and owner/manager were friendly.

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DebbieP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time at the Harbor House. We made the reservation because the restaurant was close to our event at Ford Field. We were pleasantly surprised at the service and taste and quality of the food. Many homemade items on the menu, such as soup, bread, butter. We both had frog legs and steak bites. The batter on the frog legs was light and tasty. The steak bites were tender and flavorful. The service was outstanding. Our server, Chelsea, was very attentive to our every need. Checked on us frequently. The surroundings were clean and just the right lighting.
Would go there again in a moment.
I already recommended this restaurant to our close friends as they like to dine before events.

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KathleenD
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were in town for the Stones concert and made a reservation on open table. Everything was perfect. The food was delicious, beautiful presentation,right temperature and fresh.
The manager John was fun and friendly. Our server Tony was great. Friendly, attentive, knowledgeable and fast!

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Rebecca327
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Harbor House was a great date night dinner. We had Open Table reservations, but the place wasn’t crowded when we arrived. A lot of pick-up orders being placed while we were there. It was listed as business casual attire, however, this was not the case. It was definitely more casual, but that’s ok. The food was amazing! My husband loved his gumbo soup and jambalaya dish…he can be picky sometimes so that’s saying something! I thoroughly enjoyed the Lobster Mac and Cheese. I got the appetizer portion and it was huge! Would definitely come back. Staff were very friendly and welcoming.

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RachelT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

The food was ok, small portions. I asked for baked potato with butter only, it came with butter and sour cream. My husband was a fan of the all you can eat, which is no longer, HH was his favorite restaurant, not any longer. And the gratuity is pre added, which is a total turn off.

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LaricaS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Job, Great Service, Great Experience

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AllenL
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good date night spot. The food is pretty good but it’s the ambience for me.

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vipNaomi
Detroit
43 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The seafood dishes were absolutely delicious! Generous servings, too! We appreciate the staff at Harbor House for going out of their way to serve us. I have an autoimmune disease and cannot be seated inside near others, without a mask. So, they set up an igloo for me and my husband, and we dined outside alone, without risk to me. Our server was attentive and pleasant. We had a lovely time and will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was seated fast, I waited about 5 minutes so that was awesome to me. The waiters was polite and attentive. The food was delicious, flavorful and hot. I definitely will be going back I had a beautiful experience and I love the music.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Came for the opa and wasn't disappointed. Everything was great.

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FrequentTraveler
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

First for a seafood restaurant, the seafood was overcooked. Crab was watery and almost an edible. Our service was horrible, for what the restaurant costs, I would expect both better service and food.

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ClarenceF
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

They were severely understaffed when we arrived for our reservation. We arrived 5 minutes before our reservation and were told they were having problems that night with seating everyone. After waiting for 45 minutes at the bar without any drink service, we decided to leave and eat somewhere else.

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DrDanyettaFSmith
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Horrible from time of entry to seating absolutely deplorable staff and food disgusting. Burnt steak uncooked soup watered down drinks undone bread and the nerve to force a gratuity and the waitress was not worth a wooden nickel. Everything on that table I know how to cook and have before. I am AN ESSENTIAL WORKER AND I 16 HOURS THAT DAY just wanted to enjoy a nice dinner with my dinner guest BUT NOPE NOT

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Made a reservation on opentable went in and they told us that they don’t accept reservations from the app.

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CecilyB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

My husband and I were celebrating my birthday and the baptism of our son. I was apprehensive of booking a igloo online because I’ve read a lot of reviews from guest at other establishments explaining the issues they had. So I called the day before our reservation to confirm that I actually booked the igloo. After confirmation the next day we show up maybe 10 minutes early to give our name. We were met with a dismissive attitude and basically treated like our reservation didn’t matter. I explained how I called and even had the text confirmation. Of course again the young lady was still trying to argue me down that I did not do that. Instead of meeting her where she was at I asked that The manager came by to clear things up but even he had a hard time locating the reservation. Instead of getting frustrated I waited until he cleared it up. After 45 mins we were seated. What was most upsetting is this was our first outing in a year and folks were making it so hard for me to spend my money. I understand Covid delays and everything but to dismiss me as if I was trying to get over was rude. I’m glad the food and drinks made up for the unnecessary rudeness.I’m sure they were short staffed and what nots but my recommendation is in order to turn your igloos add a timer once folks get their food therefore you get folks in and out and be on time.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a great time, even ran into some old friends.

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Missy
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

Nothing stood out, Boring vibe. Service was good, I enjoyed my food (fish and loaded pot) just a few patrons so seating wasn't a issue at all. Overall just ehhhh.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Horrible customer service. We made reservations online just for the host to tell us when we arrived that they were not doing online reservations. Then the host never wrote our party name down so we waited additional hour to be seated while other people were getting seated before us that showed up after us. Very horrible customer service !!!!!

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vipJason
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It does NOT honor reservations on OpenTable. EVER. They were completely confused as to why people keep showing up claiming to have reservations.

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LiamF
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We came for the seafood which would have been quite good if served promptly. We chose platters for variety, including catfish, shrimp, cod, and bouillabaisse. The gumbo was also quite good.

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Caradina
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience1

The food is amazing. The service not at all acceptable. We had to ask several times for drinks, half of our meal, and water refills. We requested salt and pepper but didn’t receive it until halfway through our meals. Server came to the table with no pen or paper twice before our order could be taken. We won’t be back, and that’s too bad, because that crab is delicious.

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vipLisaS
Detroit
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience2

Food was really good but service was non existent.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's was a great experience, I will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great.

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Tezz
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing staff great food, never had to make a complaint

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JasperM
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Food could had been better server was rude and i made a reservation but when i got to the place they same that they dont do same day reservations

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BrandonW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Very kind and accommodating waitress, food was accurate and tasty

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was me an my Husband Date night
An we had dinner at Harbor house Downtown Detroit
In a heated igloo it was really nice an romantic
Food was really good
An the waiter was very nice an the service was excellent
We enjoyed our date night in a heated igloo with candles

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ShaniceW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was good. Our igloo was toasty and comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

They aren’t doing endless crab or the all you can eat menu due to covid which wasn’t made clear. Two different beers were flat for me and my husband. Staff were arguing about their seating sections. Food was decent but maybe a little overpriced when you take into account the aforementioned.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

The food is not great here. The crab cakes are horrible.

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RachelT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was good, this is my husband’s favorite restaurant, he ordered the chicken Alfredo. He did mention that the chicken was tough. I had New York strip and crab legs . Snow crabs are incredibly small. But overall. We made the best of the dinner.

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JenniferR
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Slightly disappointed for a restaurant that specializes in seafood. Ordered the shrimp cocktail and crab claw cocktail. Was later informed. No shrimp for the cocktail. Hmmmm
One party ordered crab legs and enjoyed them.
Drink were good.
Overall. Ok. Probably would not return

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vipSimone
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing wait staff. Timely and attentive service. All staff is working together to ensure that the customers needs are met. Great experience. Clean and Covid safe. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience great food

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JennferB
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were inside of one of the igloos and honestly it was perfect. Not cold at all even though it was cold temps. But besides the food being amazing, the service from all of the staff was out of this world. We were celebrating birthdays and didn't bring desert. The manager then went to a bakery and bought a cake for us! Fantastic service- they went above and beyond!

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress was nice and on her game with the service

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KirstinW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience. First time here and loved it. Made a reservation for this coming Friday again to come back with friends.
Only 1 item the light ontop of the igloo we were in did not work. It was lighter out as we had an early reservation however I can see being an issue when dark. Hoping we get a different igloo and the same server she was awesome.

FAQs

Harbor House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (313) 967-9900.

Harbor House is rated 4.1 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.