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Sanford Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Lower East Side
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1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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Mequon, Wisconsin
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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!

Thank Don S
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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127 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank MCBW5875
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank jm4d
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Always the greatest experience. Award winning Owner/Chef and not only is the meal an experience, but the staff add to that with their presentation.

Thank Michael K
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Sanford's is our "go to" restaurant when we are in Milwaukee. There are always many great, seasonal options on the menu, but we regularly select the Chef's Surprise menu and the wine pairing offered with it. The surprise menu consists of 7 courses of reasonably sized portions, so that we are well satisfied, but not stuffed at the end of... More 

Thank Twila K
Cary, Illinois
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

My wife and I went to Sanford for our anniversary. We had read the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor and were excited about our choice. We also were prepared for a possible let-down, as our expectations had been raised to a high level. From the moment we walked in the door, everything exceeded our expectations. The ambiance, the service and food... More 

1 Thank Sam H
Palatine, Illinois
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

My wife and I went there last night to celebrate a special birthday. It was our first time there, but we were treated like old friends. The food and wine were great, the service outstanding, and the atmosphere elevated but not stuffy. Highly recommended!

Thank Tom H

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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?