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Sanford Restaurant

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$$$
Lower East Side
American, International
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1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
414-276-9608
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 213
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  • 26
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  • 5
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of Milwaukee's Finest White Tablecloth Restaurants

Wine parings, creative dishes, just a wonderful experience, knowledgeable wait-staff and Sommelier. Atmosphere is intimate dining, great for a special occasion, ask for the table in the corner (#8 I believe) Reservations definitely recommended. Valet Parking.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
jlofte21
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Wine parings, creative dishes, just a wonderful experience, knowledgeable wait-staff and Sommelier. Atmosphere is intimate dining, great for a special occasion, ask for the table in the corner (#8 I believe) Reservations definitely recommended. Valet Parking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have dined at Sanford a number of times and have always been impressed. Highly recommend it to anyone.

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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

My wife and I travel to Milwaukee regularly to visit our daughter. I had heard good things about Sanford and read the reviews. I had tried a couple of times to get reservations while we in town, but to no avail. So this time we planned way ahead (a month) and were able to get in. Definitely worth the wait!... More 

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125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

the atmosphere is sophisticated....everything twinkles, shines and screams crisp linen... the food is the best in milwaukee....bar none. the steaks were amazing, the specialty dishes were just superb and the drinks first-rate. treat yourself, better yet....treat someone special to a memorable night. you simply cannot go wrong with any dish.... bon appétit

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We went to Sanford for our anniversary. It was like going to a friends home who happened to be a culinary genius. the atmosphere is cozy, warm and friendly. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. If Sanford isn't the best restaurant in Milwaukee it is in the top 3. it can compete with Ristorante Bartolotta, Bacchus or... More 

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Saint Francis, Wisconsin USA
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

There is no doubt in my mind that Sanford is the finest restaurant in Milwaukee. Were I on the Board, I would grant it three Michelin stars as the quality of food, service and atmosphere are as good as any three star in Europe. Compared to Milwaukee's bigger named restaurants, which I also enjoy, Sanford is reasonable in price. Best... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

My app, soup, salad, dinner, dessert, and whiskey was awesome!! Fiddlehead ferns and stinging nettles broth!! Also had a great bottle of wine! My wife's meal was good, but not great. Seems I picked all the winners that evening. The Maitre de was great. Our server was a little inattentive as we had to pour our own wine. Not usually... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

It's one of our go to places for anniversary dinner and we now live out of town so must fly there to go- does that tell you how great it is??? Small, elegant place, great service and food. We always get the chef's meal with wine paring and have never been disappointed. Parking not an issue since they have valet.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I think, it's hands down, one of the best culinary experiences i've had. Service was excellent. Staff was very attentive and accommodating. We had the Surprise Menus (Chef's Choice), which was a delightful 7 course meal, plus the wine pairing. Every presentation was first class. Dishes were full of flavor and came in a perfect transition from one to the... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Every thing about Sanford is first class. The food is excellent and the dessert orgasmic. The have a prix fixe meal and offer a selection of wines or a person can go ala carte. My husband and I have done both. We don't eat meat and the chef very graciously adjusted our prix fixe meal to meet our needs. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighborhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: 414-276-9608

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?