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Sanford Restaurant

1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001 (Lower East Side)
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Ranked #1 of 1,389 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
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75 reviews 75 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
15 helpful votes 15 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
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81 reviews 81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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159 reviews 159 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

After last year's outstanding meal, we decided to go back for our anniversary. We had another spectacular meal. We arrived on time and our table was waiting. Our waiter was the same fine gentleman we had last year. We started with some cava, and enjoyed a small smoked trout amuse-bouche. We ordered the basil flan with mushrooms and duck tongue,... More

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South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Amazing dining experience. From the hostess to the wait staff all spot on. Dinner of 5 was very good. The Elk,veal,halibut and tenderloin were all cooked to perfection. Desserts were great too. Expensive yes but well worth it. Great for a special occasion.

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Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

If you think Milwaukee is nothing but beer and brats, then you have to try this restaurant. Food is fresh and imaginative without being over the top. Service is impeccable. Wine list is extensive and well organized. Figure $100/person when all is said and done. But it is one of the best meals I have had in ages. Nothing I... More

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Racine, Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I had been recommended this place for a while now and have been keeping up on the change since Justin took over. My husband had inquired on the "day in the kitchen" experience but it was only M-F and my schedule didn't allow (plus it was $500/person, a bit more than we were ready to invest for our first experience).... More

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