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Sanford Restaurant

1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001 (Lower East Side)
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Ranked #1 of 1,393 restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
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95% Recommend
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English first
New Berlin, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It was our first time at Sanford's. My husband and I were celebrating his retirement and wanted to try something special. We both thought it was a wonderful experience. We tried the 7 course surprise tasting; the portions were small as expeced but the total amount seem fine for me (my husband could have handled a bit more). What we'd... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

this was truly one of the best dinners I've ever had. My mom has a food allergy so food has to be prepared a certain way, no problem. they were happy to accomodate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Perfect experience - one of the best restaurants we have ever visited. Both menu and service are top notch. Worth a drive from Chicago. Will be coming back.

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Whitefish, Montana
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We ordered the surprise. Each of the dishes was wonderful on its own. That said let's start docking points. The appetizer was the size of a dime. Truly. It had us wondering what we just spent 85 Dollars on. The following dishes all had substance. Most popped with flavor but not all. For that price point I expect nothing short... More

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Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I would rate the food a 5 and the atmosphere a 1. It's in an old dilapidated building on the inside it's like your in someone's basement. There are windows in the front of the place but the curtains were drawn. I guess they don't want you looking at the other old dilapidated buildings that surround the place. There is... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Hands down, game over. And it has maintained that position for years and years. The restaurant is a small, elegant space in the old Sanford grocery store. Food is incredible, service is impeccable. For an elegant, romantic, intimate dinner, you absolutely can't beat Sanford.

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Eagle, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We visited on a Monday evening, we were greeted promptly by the valet. The restaurant is located in the east side quaint neighborhood. It was a birthday celebration we were given a table that could have been used for four. I mention this for the deuces are close together, New York style. The service is attentive but not over bearing,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Best restaurant I have ever been in the US and I come from a country where food is part and parcel of the culture. I arrived rather late, but that was not the slightest problem. Self-backed Grisini.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My wife and I returned to Sanford after a several year sabbatical. We had been once or twice yearly customers of the restaurant since it opened in the late ‘80’s but with all of the new fine dining options that have popped up in the Milwaukee area over the last several decades, it sort of fell by the wayside for... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We went for a business dinner at the Sanford restaurant in MKE. Excellent service, atmosphere and overall dining experience. Cosy little boutique restaurant. We enjoyed the 8 course surprise menu, overall very enjoyable with some positive surprises. I will wholeheartedly recommend this little pearl of a restaurant.

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