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Sanford Restaurant

1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001 (Lower East Side)
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Ranked #1 of 1,383 restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
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134 reviews from our community

96% Recommend
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Racine, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I had been recommended this place for a while now and have been keeping up on the change since Justin took over. My husband had inquired on the "day in the kitchen" experience but it was only M-F and my schedule didn't allow (plus it was $500/person, a bit more than we were ready to invest for our first experience).... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Nothing to dislike. Make your reservation, so they can prepare to make your culinary experience phenomenal. All of the staff is so professional and personable. The food and wine pairing is a two hour adventure and fantastic deal. Chef Justin Aprahamian, who was just nominated for the James Beard, visits your table at the close of your meal and takes... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We had the chef's menu with wine pairings. Every aspect of the experience was a pleasure. Atmosphere is subdued, almost like being served in a private home. The dishes exhibited great care and complexity. When was the last time you had Brussels sprout broth over Grouper? It was delicious. The wine pairings were innovative, somewhat unusual varietals and regions that... More

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

In Milwaukee, Sanford is synonymous with quality and attention is paid to every detail. The wait staff are professionals. They know their food and wine so are able guide you along your meal. The atmosphere is reserved, but not stuffy. There is a real sense of joy of people enjoying food in the room. For high end restaurants, Sanford is... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Sanford has the best food and best (best-informed, most desirous of making one comfortable) service anywhere. The food is fresh and perfectly prepared. Always a surprise awaits, but there are standards that are difficult to pass up. Reservations are probably required. This is the place to go for any special occasion - romantic or family. Beers and wines are also... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

A friend and I talked about going here for awhile and we finally did. It was perfect! Yes, a little more expensive then I am use to, but worth every penny. My friend had the duck and she is still talking about it. I went with the king salmon and it was soooo delicious. I will be going back soon.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

One of the "Menu" items that Sanford Restaurant offers is a "Day in the Kitchen." It is something that has been offered for many years. It consists of spending a few hours in the kitchen, leaving to change for dinner, then returning for the 7 course chef's surprise tasting menu. I was given this opportunity by my family for a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Went with me wife for a fancy dinner. people there varied from fancy to very basic attire - all were welcomed and treated a guests. A credit to the wonderful staff who were courteous, informative, helpful and skilled. Deborah, our waitperson, has been there 16 years and was terrific. Restaurant has been there for 24 years and deservedly so. Atmosphere... More

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

There is a reason this restaurant is number one in Milwaukee out of over 3,000 restaurants. If you complain about this restaurant, it means you likely are just pessimistic in general and/or just looking for something to complain about. Have been to Sandford twice and both experiences were amazing. I prefer to splurge when I go to Sandford, which I... More

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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130 reviews 130 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Came in for a birthday dinner with a big group. This place is pretty small so with 12 we had to take a late start and ran until well after midnight to finish the 7 course menu. Each item was delicious and the wine pairing is actually a value at $40 and selected well both for quality and match to... More

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