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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful time at Sanfords with my daughter and son-in-law. Food was excellent along with the wine pairings with each course. Very relaxing evening for this special occasion. If you are looking for excellent food, elegantly prepared and delightful service... Come to Sanfords. Service was excellent ....

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Off the beaten path, it's hard to believe this place is what it is. That is, until you have tried their food! Now, keep in mind, this isn't necessarily "budget friendly" but everything is top quality & incredible! Each course is seemingly better than the last & the desserts are succulent! If you have the means, treat yourself & your... More 

Thank aongus
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389 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands down, THE place to go for a romantic celebration (our anniversary again). We liked that the staff and our waiter remembered us from prior visits and made us feel very welcome and at home. He said that, even if you come once a year, you're considered a regular! You can get as dressed up as you like. It's a... More 

Thank John M
New Bern, North Carolina
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72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This a "special occasions" restaurant. It is not inexpensive. The food is very special though and I could return for every one of our "special occasions" without hesitation. Nice setting with outstanding service. Our family had soft-shelled crab,scallops and grouper. All were perfectly prepared. My grouper with crab hash was simply outstanding. Could easily have gone back for seconds! The... More 

Thank xbcrat
Mequon, Wisconsin
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a long absence, we went for dinner. It was not outstanding.first course was good but it used to be better. The dessert nuts didn't taste fresh. The halibut had too many other things in the bowl and I could not taste that wonderful fish. My friend said his steak was dry. This is very sad.

Thank michelstetter
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A cold wet dreary January in Milwaukee made whole with my sweetie at the classiest joint in town. Decidedly sophisticated yet not stuffy or mannered. The food is excellent, always and without fail. Go, be delighted by the experience!

1 Thank Don S
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

The food here is top notch! My husband and I came here for our anniversary dinner and choose the Chef's Choice 5 course. Amazing!

Thank Danielle C
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

This place...wow! I am kind of a picky person and was afraid to come here. First and MOST important the customer service was top notch. We ordered a drink and then did the multiple course dinner with wine pairings. I was worried about having calamari and when I mentioned this to the waiter he told the chef AND HE CHANGED... More 

Thank Heidi R
Scottsdale, Arizona
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132 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

Two of the best American dining experiences in years - We actually would have eaten there 3 nights out of our 3 night Milwaukee stay had they not been closed on Sunday. Chef Justin Aprahamian is deserving of his many accolades and shows culinary sophistication far beyond his culinary years. He "gifts" diners with interesting, complex farm fresh combinations which... More 

1 Thank MCBW5875
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

The service, cuisine, and ambience rivals any dining experience we have had in our extensive travels. Staff is very well trained yet unobtrusive. This restaurant continues to provide the very best dining experience in the area.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $40
American, International
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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?