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Sanford Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Lower East Side
American, International, Eclectic
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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

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Visitor rating
  • 170
    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
Exceptional in every way

Definitely fit for foodies but anyone desiring an elegant location and great food will appreciate this restaurant. This place could easily be in New York or Philadelphia (the 2 cities where we eat most). If I ever had a reason to go back to Milwaukee, I would eat here!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
fancyn1
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Reading, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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196 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Reading, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Definitely fit for foodies but anyone desiring an elegant location and great food will appreciate this restaurant. This place could easily be in New York or Philadelphia (the 2 cities where we eat most). If I ever had a reason to go back to Milwaukee, I would eat here!

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Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

If you are a foodie that appreciates the best in service, along with above average food and a great wine selection, spend an evening here with a special person. We ordered every course, a different selection for each and traded plates after we ate half. The best way to have an entertaining evening.The decor is elegant, reminded me of a... More 

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Chicago
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Sanford Restaurant is a reason to visit Milwaukee. Excellent service, a fine wine list and well-prepared food. Every visit to the city should include a stop for dinner. Hidden away in a residential neighborhood, it is just minutes north of downtown. Be sure to leave room for incredible desserts.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This was my husband and my first time dining at Sanford and we could not be more satisfied with our experience. Chef Justin's seven course surprise tasting menu with wine pairing was truly a sophisticated, creative, and incredible meal! And, the level of service equally matches the atmosphere. We will definitely be coming back to experience this wonderful Milwaukee restaurant!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The menu is quite varied but each course is truly amazing. Salads are complex and flavorful. Entrees are a true internationally inspired event. Dessert is always amazing. Great for special events.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Another amazing meal at by far the best restaurant in Milwaukee. The food is amazing, creative and the service is impeccable. There is a reason Justin Aprahamian won the James Beard Best Chef in the Midwest award. My brother treated me to an afternoon in the kitchen cooking with the chefs followed by dinner for my husband and me. What... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sanford provides an elegant, creative, and thoroughly satisfying blend of incredible food, superb service, and wonderful eating environment. Everything is prepared impeccably, with unique, fresh components and imaginative presentations. No sense talking about what I had, since the menu changes frequently, especially with the seasons. Service is highly attentive but never intrusive. The dining area is small, elegant, unpretentious, and... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My husband and I have been going to Sanford's since it opened. We have only gone about 5 or 6 times, but we've compared the service, menu and quality of food with the original owner, Sanford Robbins and his chef who now owns the restaurant. The food is still fantastic and very seasonal and creative. We have never been disappointed.... More 

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milwaukee
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Unique restaurant on a quiet street, with top quality dishes, varying with season. Great wine list. Quiet place with good service. A fine dining experience.

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Milwaukee WI
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sure, it's not owned by Sandy any more but he put it in good hands! This will be one of the most amazing meals of your life. Years back it would have been one of the most expensive too but other places have caught up in price but not quality, presentation, and, above all, the staff! They are amazingly knowledgeable... 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, Eclectic

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?