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Sanford Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Lower East Side
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1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
+1 414-276-9608
17:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 17:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Milwaukee, WI
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67 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first experience at Sanford. Ralph, our server, explained every detail on the menu, made excellent recommendations and also gave us the privacy we desired. The food was incredible, easily one of our top five meals ever.

Thank Matt M
Somers, Wisconsin
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193 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Have wanted to have dinner at Sanford for a while and it finally happened! From the moment we walked in we felt comfortable and well served. The attention to detail is second to none, wine list extensive, and service top notch. I had the winter special which consisted of four courses. It did not disappoint. The salmon entree was especially... More 

Thank GlobalMogul
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661 reviews
389 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 473 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quick summary: delicious food with inventive flair. A la carte and set menus for adventure. Not cheap, but fairly priced for the quality, Very attentive, professional staff. It's been a while since we visited, and it was time. The a la carte menu has enough choice to please anyone, and the kitchen will probably make any adjustments for some preferences.... More 

Thank Mme_X
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We have dined here many times and are never disappointed. We always trust Justin's culinary skills and opt for the chef surprise tasting. We have to say this meal was outstanding. Courses included the following main ingredients rush creek cheese, duck, elk, sturgeon, pork shoulder, red snapper w shrimp dumpling, all prepared to perfection. Loved the red pepper jam, saffron... More 

Thank J W
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 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
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50 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

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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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 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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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

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 28 October 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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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 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

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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
US$31 - US$40
American, International
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: 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?