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Sanford Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Lower East Side
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1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Oak Park
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a highly refined dining experience, in a small room that reminded me of some small formal places in New Orleans. Service is attentive (I think there was probably one staff person for every two tables) and on the formal side. Menu had several seafood options. I went for the Sanford "classic" of grouper over crab hash browns, with... More 

Thank Oakparker300
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sanford's makes you feel special from the moment you arrive-from the valet parking to to your greeting from the host. We have dined here many times and never once been disappointed. When Justin took over the restaurant it was a smooth transition and there was never a change in the quality of food or the service. One of the things... More 

Thank endresme
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sanford is a small spot located right in the middle of a neighborhood and may be the best place to eat in the city/state/region. The kitchen does an outstanding job with an ever changing menu. Service level is high yet not overbearing. Prices are a bit higher than most but the quality is significantly higher than most so on a... More 

Thank d z
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is consistently very good but not the most innovative; we've enjoyed but not raved about the meals. The dining room is lovely and service attentive, but so subdued as to make it uncomfortable to have anything but the most quiet dinner conversations. Seems dated and due to price, someplace to visit on only rare special occasions - even... More 

Thank WI_Foodies
St. Paul, MN
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118 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cozy setting, stellar service without being stuffy, every morsel well executed and delicious. There are restaurants where preparations look beautiful, are complex, but the flavors don't come together. At Sanford that was absolutely NOT the case - their dishes from appetizers to dessert were gorgeous and mouth watering preparations. And the service was phenomenal... I had a party of 5... More 

Thank CariocaGirl
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I celebrated by 25th birthday here and we did the 7 course tasting menu with the wine pairing. We were there for about three hours. The service was phenomenal, prompt yet not pushy, to keep the dinner flowing smoothly from course to course without being rushed or left waiting. The food was excellent as well and we both enjoyed each... More 

Thank Nina O
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93 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Simply exceptional. Small but well designed and appointed dining room area. Very professional wait staff. Outstanding food. A perfect choice for a special evening, whether before a show, or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Expensive but well worth it.

Thank richardj100
Green Bay, WI
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Sanford for my husband's birthday dinner. We had the "surprise tasting menu" with wine pairings. The atmosphere is very European and the service was extremely professional. Our server explained all the courses as he brought them and the same for the wine. The food was all excellent. If you want a special evening this is the place... More 

Thank KRGreenBay
Green Bay, WI
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305 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Came here for our Anniversay, which alot of people were doing that night. The professionalism of the wait staff was 10 fold. The place is charming and offers alot of atmosphere. We had a table in the corner, and I love that other couples are placed at the next table, just like in France. Great menu with scrumptious entrees...it was... More 

Thank TennisgalGreenBay_WI
Cary, il
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106 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

This is a dilemma for me. While this upscale restaurant has many great qualities, it is not a place I personally would go back to. Let me explain. I love the quiet, low key atmosphere. This is an old house that offers it's diners a place to talk quietly and enjoy the evening. The wait staff were true professionals, willing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, International
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?