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“Our favorite!”
Review of Sanford Restaurant

Sanford Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 1,526 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Oshkosh, WI
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Our favorite!”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We've enjoyed Sanford since they first opened many years ago, and they're still at the top of their game! A September visit for a birthday dinner was as great as we've come to expect from our favorite restaurant. The fantastic food is only surpassed by the excellent staff. We left already looking forward to our next chance to return!

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Steve D
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Park Ridge, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Superb food and presentation with very blah interior/ ambiance and average service.”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Cannot say enough about the menu and wonderful seasonality to the chefs choices. Creative, delicious, and full of complimentary flavors. Presentation in line with the price and overall great value considering this dining experience goes for 50% more in Chicago (where we are visiting from).

On the downside the interior decor and ambiance did not match the quality of the food. While the exterior gave us high hopes (cute building nestled away on a side street), the open room layout with drop ceilings made you feel as if this could easily be transformed into a dentists office.

Would be all 5's if the owner just spent a few thousand bucks renovating the interior to make more cozy and match the classiness of the menu.

Lastly, while the service wasn't bad....it was just entirely forgetful. The waiter was young and not very knowledgeable. Any foodie would know more than him and could present the menu better. He didn't contribute anything to the experience and wasn't very social or friendly.

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Briarcliff Manor, NY
Level 6 Contributor
190 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Top notch”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

A top notch restaurant in Milwaukee. The food was great as was the service. A great place to have a meal for a special occasion.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank PeteZebra
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Milwaukee
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The Best”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

If this restaurant were in Europe it would have at least one and probably two Michelin stars. This is a small, intimate, world class restaurant that is the best kept secret in Milwaukee. Chef Sandy Damato produces creative yet delicious food without gimmicks often found in wannabes.

Visited October 2012
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2 Thank Taquad
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best in Milwaukee”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We reserve this place for special occasions. The staff is excellent, attentive and make you feel very special. The menu is always new and exciting. Whether you go with that special person or several couples you will not be disappointed. If the owner was good enough to cook for Julia Child on her 80th birthday, it has to be good. Wine pairings are very nice. Enjoy

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank debb6235
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