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“Quirky fun, good eats!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Safe House

Safe House
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Ranked #18 of 1,504 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: Bar, Pub, American
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Downtown
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.”
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Quirky fun, good eats!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

If you have not tried this, I suggest you take the kids...or not...and go! Happy hunting! Your mission begins NOW!

Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Good time...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Wasn't impressed with the food the first time I went. Returned with my family, kids had a ball!

Mira was great as usual, and recommended the ribs. I was skeptical, but chose them. They were very good! Pretty pricey at $28, but still good.

A few of the gadgets were broken, and there was a private party in the back which limited our exploration, but overall it was a good visit.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Great food and great fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

We absoulutely enjoyed the experience of the SafeHouse in Milwaukee. Finding it and entering was exciting. They gave us a scavenger hunt which made it even more fun. The food was really good and the staff was pleasant. Even leaving was mysterious... We will be back!

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Go for fun, not food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

I'd classify this as the type of place to go for something fun & different. I've brought my kids because there's a lot to see, explore and even learn. I've brought visitors to enjoy a totally unique restaurant. The food is average but the atmosphere is one-of-a-kind!

  • Visited November 2012
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Waupaca, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fun place for 007 Fans”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We took our eleven year old grandson here for dinner. He enjoyed the surprise at the entrance! We also enjoyed getting our "assignment" to go exploring after we ordered our food. It was a great way to fill up the time for him while we waited for our food. Our son and grandson had an order of chicken wings and thought they were great. My wife had a chicken sandwich(To Your Health) that was ok, and I had the Spyburger, which was was very tasty and filling. The coleslaw that came as a side dish with my burger was especially tasty. The waitress did a great job of selling the "spy" experience for us

  • Visited July 2013
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