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$$ - $$$, , American
779 North Front St, 779 North Front Street, West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3595
+1 414-271-2007
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“burger” (35 reviews)
“cheese curds” (16 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
779 North Front St, 779 North Front Street, West Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3595
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Just getting in the door is where the fun starts. If you are lucky enough to know the password you walk in and can sit at the bar, enjoy and drink and watch the TV's to see the next people to enter. If they do...More

Thank jeanner60
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is unique and for that reason I give it 5 stars. I've never quite visited a place like this. This isn't one of those puzzle rooms to get out of. This is simply a version of the old "speakeasy" where you had to...More

Thank crazyAustin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had not been to the Safe House in many years and was pleasantly surprised at the improvements in atmosphere and cuisine. Diinner was very good for everyone in our party. It was fun to wander around and explore the different areas of the restaurant...More

Thank MMcLemore
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I heard about this place from our married daughter and her husband. Drove up to Milwaukee and checked it out and was pleasantly surprised at how fun it was. All kinds of unique spy and espionage type decorations, password entry, good service...More

Thank Darla K
Reviewed 1 week ago

A full experience starting from the entrance and making it past the door monitors, the missions while you are waiting, through to dining as spies. The staff keep up the spy talk and theme is interesting for adults and kids alike. The service from the...More

Thank sarahkk782
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like speakeasies, good pub food, spy movies, war history, and puzzle rooms, don't miss this restaurant. It's tucked away in an alley, and you'd never know from the outside that it so cool inside. The fun begins at the entrance, where you have...More

Thank SOLurie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You walk into an "office" and look for another door but there is none. you finally press down on the time clock and wa-la a door opens and you get to enter the dining room/bar---you look above the bar and patrons have been watching you...More

Thank 946geraldk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is truly an experience! We were travel with our autistic son for the first time. As such, we need to plan for anything at every venue and screen for potential issues. I called in and spoke with Agent Diamond about our needs. She...More

Thank dswreine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I didn’t realize that this place was under new management. I did notice some changes to the menu and the interior. It’s still nice, we still had fun. I was a bit annoyed that we paid a $5 to come in, and there was barely...More

Thank foursixquebec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought old college classmates to Milwaukee and showed them the place that was owned by the Baldwins and now the Marcus. A great place and appreciate the Marcus to agree to some improvements and keep the place intact as I remembered a long time ago

Thank tb71gally94
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Questions & Answers
Rebecca B
28 August 2017|
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Response from Bryophyte | Reviewed this property |
Probably not, but I don't know for sure. There might be a back way in, but I have never seen it and it is not marked.
Manny F
2 April 2017|
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Response from Brittanie R | Reviewed this property |
Must try the cheese curds and the Prime Rib Timed Drop... both were amazing. I literally had to roll myself out of there.
21 March 2017|
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Response from Amy N | Property representative |
Hello The Intercontinental is across from the Safehouse and next to the Pabst theater. (414) 276-8686.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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
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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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