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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 - 9:00 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

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  • 193
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  • 21
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  • 4
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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
Top fine dining in Milwaukee

Sanford continues to be the place for exciting, high end dining. Chef Jason is one of the most creative, natural cooks around. The ambience is cool, quiet and rather understated, service is polished and friendly. Dine here, you will be happy.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Martinibass
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Sanford continues to be the place for exciting, high end dining. Chef Jason is one of the most creative, natural cooks around. The ambience is cool, quiet and rather understated, service is polished and friendly. Dine here, you will be happy.

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St. Paul, MN
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Truly one of the most interesting and best meals we've ever had! 5+++++ Based on TA reviews, we booked an 8:45pm reservation on a Saturday night; and were the last to leave the restaurant at 11:15pm. They do not rush you here...and are attentive throughout the entire meal. What made this dinner so wonderful was not just the food, which... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Went here because it has the reputation of best restaurant in Milwaukee. I would agree and say likely the best in WIsconsin and one of the best in the Midwest. Servers were friendly, knowledgeable about the food, witty and the kind of staff you wished could sit down and eat with you.. The three of us dining all have dietary... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

It is very expensive, but... well worth the price! Was here twice, both times we had the Chef's Choice. Chef Sanford would have full course planned and each item that came out was exquisitely presented on the plate. Each item poetically described. Surprise after surprise and the taste of each - exquisite. A surprise feast for the palate. Only one... More 

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Milwaukee, Wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I have eaten here only a couple times. The service is wonderful. Attentive but not intrusive. Friendly but not familial. High quality food, interesting menu. The ambiance is fancy homey and dress is very nice but not too elegant. Reservations are important as this is a smallish restaurant in a bit out of the way location on near north side.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I have been spoiled to eat here many times - this one of the restaurants that I was taken to for my recruiting dinners and then my boss made this a frequent place to dine - for some reason we just had many special occasions to end up here. The tasting menu is amazing and too often became the route... More 

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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I have been a fan of this terrific restaurant for years. It was sold a year ago but I took a chance and decided it would be the destination for a small birthday gathering. it did not disappoint - with anyone in the party! I am a vegetarian and the chef morphed a duck recipe on the menu for me.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The transition from Sandy D'Amato to his chef de cuisine has been seamless! The quality of food and service remains the ultimate pampering in Milwaukee! I always recommend the chef's tasting with wine pairing and if you have the chance to attend a special event dinner (maybe it's an artisan beer pairing) by all means DO IT! Fabulous!

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Maybe the best meal I have ever had--definitely in the top 5! Every review I had rad of this place agreed that it was one of the best around, and I heartily agree. Interesting menu and great wait staff. The chef made a substitution due to my diabetes, and I really appreciated that. I had a four-course dinner, plus the... More 

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We go once or twice a year due to the expense. It is my favorite restaurant in the world perhaps with the exception of a Sydney, Australia restaurant. Sanford has remained our local favorite despite the sale by Sandy D'Amato to one of his chefs. The emphasis in the seasonally changing menu is on locally sourced food, creativity and exquisitely... 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: Doing business, 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?