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Safe House

$$ - $$$
Downtown
Bar, Pub, American
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779 North Front St, 779 North Front Street, West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3595
+1 414-271-2007
Today
17:00 - 00:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 00:00
Mon - Tue 17:00 - 00:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

We checked this out before a show at the Pabst Theatre. It's just fantastic! It's hard to find (on purpose), and the theme is great. The scavenger hunt/self-guided tour is a great way to kill time waiting for your order. I got the french dip and fries -- better than Arby's. Good for a date, if your date is the... More 

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Thank Adam P
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a Milwaukee resident, The Safe House is a place I recommend to people all the time but rarely go to unless it's a special occasion. This time, however, I was running errands downtown and figured I would stop in for a quick lunch. The place was very busy for a Wednesday but despite how hectic it appeared I was... More 

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Thank Kincaid L
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In order to reserve a room for a group of about 20 people on a Wednesday night we were asked to put down $400, $20 per person. Does not really feel accommodating or inviting.

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St. John's, Canada
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31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's so much to do and see in this place. Neat little spy activities around every corner. When you first go there you have to do something funny to get in....unless you know the secret password. I did not. Once you're in they give you a list of clues to solve that brings you all around the bar and restaurant.

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Thank Sarah O
Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Agent Sarah- Control is quite pleased to see you enjoyed your mission with us. Looking forward to seeing you next time your on the run. More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to the Safe House a couple of times. I really enjoy the spy theme and the interior. It is fun and interesting. You can even exit through a phone booth and an underground tunnel. I wish there were more secret passage ways, but the ambiance is great. The problem I had was the food. It was mediocre, overpriced,... More 

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Thank Jessica C
Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Agent Jessica- Control is pleased to hear that you enjoyed your mission with us. We pride ourselves on our food quality and are always disappointed when we fail to meet expectations. Thank you for sharing your intel, so we may share with our team of operatives. - Agent Diamond More 

Rockford, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was fully prepared for an interactive experience culminating with an amazing dinner. For the price we could have gone ANYWHERE else. The food was less than bar food on a scale of acceptable to really good. Literally frozen meat patties and onion rings from a large food vendor. Horrifically overpriced and the ambiance, while intended to be fun, was... More 

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Thank gottafroginmythroat
Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Dear Agent, Control is sincerely sorry for your recent mission with us and would like to discuss further. Our burgers are handcrafted, USDA Angus beef prepared in house by our culinary agents and we are sorry to hear that it was not up to your expectations. Please call 414-242-5781 and ask for Agent Diamond. Thank you for sharing your intel. More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had heard about this place and wanted to try it out. This is a fun little get away with typical bar food. Have to of course know the password to get in our they will make you do something silly to enter. It took a while for our food to arrive and when it did the buns on our sliders... More 

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Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Agent Raceman333, Control is very pleased to see that you enjoyed your mission with us. See you on your next mission! More 

Cloquet, Minnesota
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A friend told me about this place, and it is a "must go to." It's a secret password, but if you look on the internet, it's easy to find. That was the clue she gave me. Had a blast funding the place, food was great, drinks were good, and the atmosphere was totally cool!!! If you're in Milwaukee, you have... More 

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Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Agent Jalag58- Control is very pleased with your review! Thank you! More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was alright but if you go to the safe house that isn't the main point. The theatrical experience is definitely the best part and makes it a good place to go for couples looking to try something new. After you go once however there isn't much reason to revisit as you've seen all the safe houses surprises.

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Milwaukee
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We hadn't been to the SafeHouse in years so we decided to visit since we heard it got a general "refresh" and new menu. We went before going to a show at the Marcus Center. Pro's: The are definitely "all-in" on the spy theme and are emphasizing this much more than they used to. There was an activity/checklist you could... More 

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Thank GoWisc08
Amy N, General Manager at Safe House, responded to this review

Agent GoWisc08- Control sincerely apologizes for your recent mission with us and would like to discuss further. Please call 414-242-5781 and ask for Agent Diamond. Thank you. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$30
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 00:00
Monday
17:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 01:00
Thursday
11:30 - 01:00
Friday
11:30 - 02:00
Saturday
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 779 North Front St, 779 North Front Street, West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3595
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 414-271-2007
Description
In an alleyway near the river, two gas lights and an inconspicuous nameplate—with the name International Exports Ltd.—is all that mark the brick front of this establishment. However, this spy-themed restaurant and bar has been a favorite Milwaukee attraction since its creation in 1966 by founder David Baldwin.

Yes, you need the password. No, we cannot divulge it. But rest assured, as soon as you pass your fun clearance test to prove you’re a friendly operative, you will enter a spy’s nest of global espionage and entertainment!

Expect intrigue and surprises as you explore the twists and turns of the Safe House, operated by an entity known only as Control. A former jazz club, liquor store and hardware store were bought to expand the Safe House and build out a theme of international sectors. In the German Sector examine the CIA Cold War artifacts display, or make a call from our C.I.A (Crafty Instant Alibi) phone booth. Solve the riddle of the world’s largest mechanical puzzle in the Mediterranean sector. Gather your spy-ring for a brief meeting and order a Great Spytini and watch it whiz through the pneumatic tube system, arriving shaken, not stirred. After a few cocktails you may feel like you’re sinking in your chair—but don’t worry—you’re probably sitting in the lucky ejection seat at the Interpol bar. We can’t tell you much more—but keep in mind—good spies never leave the way he or she came in!

Wired Magazine calls the Safe House “one of the hippest places on the planet.” Featured on the History Channel and Food Channel, the Safe House has been visited by Rachael Ray herself! Our menu includes gourmet sandwiches and entree spycials for lunch and dinner, as well as a furtive Friday fish fry. For vegetarian operatives, Control recommends the Hail to the Caesar Salad, among many more. A full selection of cocktails, wine and beer are served in an atmosphere of family fun. Food Network’s Best Of calls it “Too much to pass up.”

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