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Sanford Restaurant

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Lower East Side
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1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
+1 414-276-9608
5:00 pm - 10:00 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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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Have had the privilege to enjoy many top end restaurants and this ranks right up there. For the price, it is a great value. Had the five course chef special with wine pairings for our 25th anniversary. The layers of flavor was exquisite. For a special occasion, you can't go wrong. Definitely going again.

Thank Steven H
Level Contributor
50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Sanford just is, is, is the best anywhere. Meticulous on every dimension: service, menu, refined atmosphere, impeccable execution. I don't care how far you might live from Milwaukee: if you value fine, fine food, you should make Sanford your Mecca. Tonight we took in the Goat Sec appetizer, fennel broth, halibut and scallops, then a pear tart and seasonal cranberry... More 

Thank Kasebrot
Shorewood, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For the price you would think the food was plated on gold and worthy. Many other restaurants in the area are much better. I think it is completely over rated

Thank ciciwisconsin
Watertown, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pampered from the minute you walk in the door! Impeccable service,outstanding food. So happy with the addition of the extensive beer list that includes some of their own craft selections! (I never was a wine person) Chef Justin is amazing! What to order?...close your eyes and point...,EVERYTHING is wonderful!!!

Thank thebakingqueen
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I've been wanting to come to Sanford's each time I visit Milwaukee, but something has always prevented it - until now. This was one of the very best meals I have ever had - including Le Bernardin and Del Posto in NYC. Starting with a roquefort tart with caramelized onion, Black Cod entree with soba noodles and ending with a... More 

Thank Linda J
Oak Park
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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 October 18, 2016

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 October 17, 2016

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 October 17, 2016

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 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

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 

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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
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: +1 414-276-9608

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