In mybookFun Collection (edit)
Added to your fun collection.
Removed From mybook!

We took this business out of your fun collection.

Safe House



Today:11:30 am - 10:00 pm

779 N Front St,

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 271-2007

Add to mybook

This listing has been
added to mybook.

This listing has been
removed from mybook.

Book a Table



Party Size

Book a Table

Business Details



in Business


Regular Hours

General Info:
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.”
Extra Phones:

Phone: (414) 271-2676

Sponsored Links
Payment method:
Juneau Town, Downtown Milwaukee

The Safe House


Night Clubs, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Bars, Cocktail Lounges, Taverns, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Garage

Cuisines: American, Family Style

Alcohol: Full Bar

Price Range : Average

More »

Less »


Share Review

Like this review? Share it on your social network to get the word out!

Updated: 8/20/2014

Posted: 8/20/2014

drinks a lil bit more is priced but being downtown I guess

got a lot going on prices are coming up there

Was this helpful?Yes
Flag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 7/24/2010Provided by Citysearch - 

Cover charge, what!?!

So after we spent half an hour looking for somewhere to park, we made our way to the side enterance. There was a line and a big sign saying there was a $5 cover for the bar/restaurant.\r <br>\r <br>I've been there a couple time before and I have never paid the cover...and I never plan on paying one.

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 8/31/2009Provided by Citysearch - 

Atmosphere - fun, Food - not good

Our food was cold, I think they spend too much time entertaining people forgetting that they need to get the food out to the table while it is hot.

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 4/11/2009Provided by Citysearch - 

Lots of Fun

Great drinks, great burgers but that's all you wanna eat of the menu well also the fries are pretty good too.\r <br>\r

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 11/18/2008Provided by Citysearch - 

Cool place!

Great fun, great atmosphere, great food. It was fun just trying to get in. My family and I were in Milwaukee for the weekend, saw The Safe House on this web-site, and decided to find it ourselves. That was half the fun! Once we figured out how to get in--we ordered our lunch--the burgers were phenomenal--and I pride myself on burger expertise. The french fries were the best crinkle cuts I have ever had in my life--so good in fact that I am willing to drive 7 hours to have them again!! We went at lunch time on a Sunday, so there was no pressure to have the password--so I would say this is the best time for tourists looking for a good lunch in a great setting. Exploring the site was a fun way to pass the time while waiting for the food, and leaving. . . well I just hope you get to go there and find out for yourself!! One of the neatest places I have ever eaten in my life!

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 10/26/2007Provided by Citysearch - 

Secluded booths and fun staff and DJ!

As a bachelorette party, we were expecting to just &quot;&quot;start the night&quot;&quot; at Safe House but stayed until close. We loved the front door actiivities and the bar staff took really good care of us! The DJ was playing great music once he saw that everybody there wanted to dance to more hip hop than he had originally played... There were some creepy guys trying to go home with our group at the end, and the staff escorted us out a &quot;&quot;secret&quot;&quot; door to avoid them.... \r <br>\r <br>Very neat decor, very awesome booth and cool photo ops for later!

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 9/30/2006Provided by Citysearch - 

Big disappointment!

I had heard so much about this place, that it was really fun. The decor was ok but the service was VERY slow and the food was cold and steak was raw. The drinks were weak and overall I will not recommend this place to anyone. It was a BIG let down for us.

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 8/31/2006Provided by Citysearch - 

Basically, it's TGIFriday's meets James Bond

Another let down in Milwaukee. With everyone raving about this place, I went out of my way to see it. Predictably, it failed to impress, although I admire the creativity of the concept. I just wish that it could have been truer to a &quot;&quot;safehouse&quot;&quot; and not just some watered-down Walt Disney take on the spy theme. Perhaps my expectations were too high from the reviews on citysearch. Safehouse is basically a museum of spy movie posters with a few bits of actual spy artifacts sprinkled throughout. And in the midst of the endless frames of James Bond posters, there's burgers and chicken wing-type food. It's like someone opened up a spy restaurant at a mall. I'm sure back in the 80s the place was really cool, but the spy experience is really limited to your imagination, and the time you spend looking at movie posters. I was bored in about 3 minutes and wanted to leave. The entrance is cool, but the woman posing as the spy agent was reading a book when we got there, and blandly and disinterestedly went through the routine of making sure we were real &quot;&quot;spies&quot;&quot;. Kind of a cute concept, since the bookcase spins out to reveal the entrance. But she went right back to her book before we were even out of the room. Oh, and it's a dollar to get in. I will say the staff was very friendly, and there was even a bartender at one of the bars doing card tricks that looked fun for the people there.

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 11/7/2005Provided by Citysearch - 

Not a place for food

The Safe house was recomened by hotel staff when we were visiting from out of state. We wanted to do something fun for dinner. Unfortunately we arrived very hungry, we wish we had been told to just order a burger or eat first. We ordered Lasangna and Ribs at a table of 5. The food was cold and the server was too busy to help us. It was a great place, great atmosphere!!! I would highly recomend it, but not if you are looking for good food.

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Updated: a month ago

Posted: 10/12/2005Provided by Citysearch - 

Don't miss it!

This place is great! From the decoration to the people and whole general atmosphere. I went there while visiting Milwaukee and the locals will highly recommend this place, but they make sure to not tell you exactly where it is and how you manage to get it. Once you find your way in then you start having a lot of fun looking at other &quot;&quot;lost people&quot;&quot; at their little lobby on their numerous TVs.

Was this helpful?YesFlag Abuse
Sponsored Links
Map & Directions
More Like This
  • Taylor's

    795 N Jefferson St, Milwaukee, WI

  • Victor's

    1230 N Van Buren St, Milwaukee, WI

  • Eve

    718 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI

  • The Rouge

    424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI

  • Novo

    1131 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI

Send to Phone
Safe House

779 N Front StMilwaukeeWI 53202

(414) 271-2007

Send this business listing as a text message to a mobile phone.


Your text message was sent.

To opt out at anytime, send the word STOP to YP411.

To get a help message, send the word HELP to YP411.

There was an error sending your text.

Please try again.

Terms: The recipient of this text message may incur charges depending on their wireless carrier. Not all carriers are currently supported.

Message Business

What would you like to know?



We were unable to send your message. Please try again later.

Add a Photo
Safe House

779 N Front StMilwaukeeWI 53202

(414) 271-2007

  • Photos should be in .gif, .jpg, or .png format
  • Photos should represent this business (ex. storefront, interior, services/amenities offered, etc.)
  • Photos must not be of an objectionable nature (offensive, profane, pornographic, obscene, etc.)
  • All photos submitted are subjected to YP Terms of Service
Add a New Collection
Oops! There was a problem saving the new custom collection.
Please try again.
Collection Name cannot be empty
Upload a Photo

Remaining Characters: 100

Remaining Characters: 500

We just redesigned! Do you like it?
× Not a Fan

× Thank You!