Carol Deptolla’s Top 30 Restaurants 2015

Why go here: The view of the shoreline and Lake Michigan is magnificent at seafood restaurant Harbor House, a Michael Cudahy-Bartolotta Restaurants production. The dining room, a little swanky, suggests a big night out. Count on chef Zach Espinosa to deliver the best-quality fish, expertly prepared.

What to order: Simple preparations let the fish shine. Try tilefish with pinenut gremolata and buttery mashed cauliflower; seek out specials for more seasonal offerings. Fish entrées hover near and dart above $30, but a diner could enjoy the same million-dollar view with plump fried clams and french fries at $12.50.

What you’re drinking: The wine list is where Harbor House shines, with ample whites to go with seafood but also a good selection of reds to go with heartier fish and the steaks on the menu.