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Sanford Restaurant

1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001 (Lower East Side)
414-276-9608
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Ranked #1 of 1,402 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Okemos, Michigan, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

So...this is hands down the best restaurant I have ever been to. It is worth every cent. If you want to have a food experience that you will literally be talking about for weeks or years, you go to Sanford.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This is by far the Best Restaurant in the Midwest! My husband took me there for my 50th Birthday and it was an experience not be missed. From the time we arrived the Valet whisked our car away and our evening of being totally spoiled had begun. We had a quiet table in the back of the restaurant where soft... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We went to Sanford to give the “Fall Exploration” menu a try. The “Exploration Menus” are a weekday only menu that changes all the time with various themes, this one was Fall. They are always 4 courses, in this case, an appetizer, a soup, main and dessert. It was outstanding!! I have to start with the amuse, which was a... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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156 reviews 156 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I'm just a retired working stiff (29 years in the AF, etc.), but my life now centers around great wine and great restaurants. I love critiquing "fine" restaurants, especially those that are just "pretenders". And I love fine wines (cabernet, shiraz, merlot, Bordeaux, etc.). But, after spending 7 years in Italy and 5 years in France, I've still never eaten... More

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Pago Pago, American Samoa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Sanford is one of the many amazing Milwaukee experiences tucked away in a neighborhood without a bunch of signs and promotions leading you to it. I've had three different meals here and the chefs tasting menu is always a phenomenal experience. More of an event than just a meal. Absolutely delicious, creative, can't say enough great things about this place.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

I agree with the observation of another reviewer, refined without being stuffy. The staff was very accommodating and always patient (we changed our reservation time). The cadence is what really stands out here. There is no rush. I've never quite experience the level of ease this wait staff is able to exhibit. We've eaten at many excellent restaurants, and this... More

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We never would have gone to Sanford's but being a Trip Advisor geek I decided that my husband and I were going to start at #1 restaurant and work our way down the list in the Milwaukee area to try some new places. What a great idea since that got us to Sanford's! We are not "fancy eaters" and weren't... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There's a reason why this establishment has two James Beard Awards, it's all-around great. We've probably had just about everything on the menu, including the tasting menu with wine parings on many occasions, which I would recommend. You'll be treated to an evening of delicious and beautiful dishes where the food and wine is the evenings entertainment and they will... More

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Walla Walla, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Sanford is refined without being stuffy and sophisticated minus any snobbery. Most importantly, the food is creative, well-prepared with good ingredients, and delicious. My friend and I ended up eating here almost by accident; we hadn't planned a meal at Sanford when sketching out our trip to Milwaukee. But this was easily the single best meal we had in the... More

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Whitewater, Wisconsin
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Last time I had food as good was when I was in South Africa for 2 weeks. I let the chef decide my meal and wine pairing and it was unforgettable. Won't give details on the meal because I don't know how often they update this tasting surprise, but there were things I normally wouldn't have ate, but it was... More

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Additional Information about Sanford Restaurant

Address: 1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
Phone Number: 414-276-9608
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Lower East Side
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: American, Eclectic, International

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