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Sanford Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Lower East Side
American, Eclectic, International
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1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
414-276-9608
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 156
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
An excellent dinner

The location of this restaurant is very fun. It feels like you are eating a better version of your own home, clean, elegant and refreshing . The way they have redone this once residential location is truly inspiring. We loved all of our food from the amuse-bouche to our baked to order German... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
TbabydollW
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Oxford, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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182 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Oxford, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The location of this restaurant is very fun. It feels like you are eating a better version of your own home, clean, elegant and refreshing . The way they have redone this once residential location is truly inspiring. We loved all of our food from the amuse-bouche to our baked to order German chocolate cake. It was a busy night... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We have been a huge fan of Sanford Restaurant for many years. Years ago, only dining there for our anniversary; always saying that we wish we could justify going more often. Fast forward to retirement and being able to do just that. Over the past 5 or so years, we try to make it a point to dine there on... More 

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Miami, Florida
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

All I can say is this place is an experience. From salad to dessert everything was an omg experience. I had the Australian Lamp and it was the best I have ever had. The dessert was an art piece. As i said this place was very expensive, but well worth every penny

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Wisconsin
Top Contributor
148 reviews 148 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Last minute decision to eat here on a Saturday night about 6pm called to ask if a table for two was open, yes, it was! Restaurant is in a residential neighborhood with valet parking, which was appreciated on this very cold winter evening. The room is very lovely with flowers and candles and linen tablecloth. Felt a bit under dressed,... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Have read Carol Depolla's reviews in Journal Sentinel for couple of years and rating restaurant in Top 30 in Milwaukee. Sanford definitely deserves the rating. We had a very nice meal but menu was different from what was on the website and that was slightly disappointing as our party of four had to rethink our entres. Service staff was very... More 

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Pewaukee, WI
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Have heard of Sanford for years since it first opened. Not being in Milwaukee a lot, had not ever dined there. Had dinner there last night [a Saturday] with my wife for her birthday. Brennan who served us did an excellent job. Was warm, friendly, helpful and attentive. He ensured we had a very nice experience. He knew what he... More 

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Milwaukee
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Sanford is widely considered one of, if not the, best restaurants in Milwaukee. It definitely lives up to the hype. The food is both beautiful and delicious, the service is excellent, and honestly I didn't have one complaint. We went on a weekend to celebrate a birthday. Despite a full house, it was quiet enough for dinner conversation. The courses... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

For our 7 year anniversary/Valentines day, my partner and I had reservations for Sanford. Initially we were both excited to go there, because it has received many accolades. However, almost immediately upon arrival we were greeted with unacceptable treatment. We made reservations a month in advance and when we arrived they sat us in a corner that wasn't even big... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This has been an astounding restaurant for years and continues its wonderful ambiance and quality. I am usually a value oriented (almost cheap) restaurant goer but there is nothing that compares with Sanford even though it is pricey. The place is beautifully designed and you feel like you are in someone's living room. It is quiet and beautiful. Every part... More 

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
180 reviews 180 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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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, Eclectic, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?