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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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  • 189
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 4
    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
One of the Best in Milwaukee

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
TomM_8
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Milwaukee, Wi
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Milwaukee, Wi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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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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Aurora, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We were treated to a spectacular, seven course, Surprise Tasting Menu, while visiting friends in the Milwaukee area. As one person in our party had dietary restrictions, only three of us participated in the 7 course meal. I really appreciated the fact that this was possible as many restaurants require that the entire table participate. For first timers; you are... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

Took forever for a server to take our drink order. Had exprcted so much more in terms of food and service. Nothing special.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I went to Sanford twice and both time were phenomenal. The first time we have the 7 course, just because we are not sure what it about yet and BAM!...best meal I ever had!! I have to went back for my birthday...this time I order from the menu and again...THE BEST!!...I will go back soon..

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The food here was unique for sure. We went for our anniversary. Women were getting rings and flowers all around us. The space is small. I felt like our servers were tripping over each other. Dress up for sure. Men wear coat and tie. I don't know if this is number 1 in the Milwaukee area, but it is good.... 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
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
Average Prices: USD $31 to $40
Cuisine: American, International

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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 to $40
  • Cuisine: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
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?