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Sanford Restaurant

1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001 (Lower East Side)
414-276-9608
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Ranked #1 of 1,413 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Brookfield, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Consistently one of the best anywhere. This is a tiny, classy place run by the chef/owner Justin, who worked under founder Sanford D'Amato and purchased it when Sandy retired. Obviously, Sandy did not just hand over his life's work to anyone and Justin is continuing in the same path of innovation, high quality and reasonable prices. The service is quietly... More 

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Chicago
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Food was awesome. Very cozy. Courses were spaced out a bit too long for our liking. We were celebrating a special occasion and the kitchen acknowledged that with a great dessert.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Excellent dinner and service was exceptional. Parsnip soup was like dessert! We had fish dishes....they melted in our mouthes. Don't miss this!

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Chenequa, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Justin is the Michael Jordan of Chefs. He has set the bar for the culinary scene in Milwaukee higher than his Dean Smith mentor, Sandy , and has continued the tradition of Sanfords being the best restaurant. Do not come to Milwaukee and miss the opportunity to eat here. Tell them Jeff and Molly sent you.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I heard about this place for a long time and finally took it upon myself to give it a try. It is everything and more. The best. There is Sanford's and there are restaurants. Sure, there are great restaurants here and elsewhere but this was a great experience all around. The service is spot on. The food was fantastic. Everything... More 

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milwaukee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We had the most professional waiter I've ever seen. I truly felt like a king eating here. Needless to say the food is top notch. But if you want to experience greatness and you've saved up some cash you couldn't possibly be disappointed.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

After several years of going to other fine dining restaurants, my husband and I chose Sanford for our anniversary dinner. It was fabulous! The food was exquisite and the service was impeccable. Sanford is now our favorite fine dining restaurant in Milwaukee.

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Chicago, IL
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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It had been a few years since we'd dined here, and the founding family had recently passed the operation to its staff -- so there was a slight hesitancy in returning, because we loved it so. The only mistake was the hesitancy. Nothing has been lost, including the quality of food and service (at least one waiter has been with... More 

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Lomira, Wisconsin
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75 reviews 75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We had a family celebration here. And it was that good. The beer selection is excellent. Food is heavy on seafood, no chicken, a bit of beef and pork. All beautifully prepared and presented. Wonderful desserts. Very accommodating staff. And small and quiet for nice dinner conversations.

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Okemos, Michigan, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

So...this is hands down the best restaurant I have ever been to. It is worth every cent. If you want to have a food experience that you will literally be talking about for weeks or years, you go to Sanford.

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Additional Information about Sanford Restaurant

Address: 1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
Phone Number: 414-276-9608
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Lower East Side
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, International

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