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Sanford Restaurant

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1547 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-2001
+1 414-276-9608
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 17:30 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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196 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2015

Restaurants like this are events. We had an unfortunately long wait (which we were told is very unusual). It makes no difference. This is a superb restaurant. Very cleans lines, great staff and fantastic food. It's a foodie place so if that's not your thing, you might want to pass, but for us this is pretty close to perfection. Great... More 

Thank Mike16Chicago
Oxford, Wisconsin
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65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2015

The location of this restaurant is very fun. It feels like you are eating a better version of your own home, clean, elegant and refreshing . The way they have redone this once residential location is truly inspiring. We loved all of our food from the amuse-bouche to our baked to order German chocolate cake. It was a busy night... More 

1 Thank TbabydollW
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2015

We have been a huge fan of Sanford Restaurant for many years. Years ago, only dining there for our anniversary; always saying that we wish we could justify going more often. Fast forward to retirement and being able to do just that. Over the past 5 or so years, we try to make it a point to dine there on... More 

Thank RLH-EG
Miami, Florida
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160 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2015

All I can say is this place is an experience. From salad to dessert everything was an omg experience. I had the Australian Lamp and it was the best I have ever had. The dessert was an art piece. As i said this place was very expensive, but well worth every penny

Thank Kendall J
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294 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2015

Last minute decision to eat here on a Saturday night about 6pm called to ask if a table for two was open, yes, it was! Restaurant is in a residential neighborhood with valet parking, which was appreciated on this very cold winter evening. The room is very lovely with flowers and candles and linen tablecloth. Felt a bit under dressed,... More 

Thank FastGirl39
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2015

Have read Carol Depolla's reviews in Journal Sentinel for couple of years and rating restaurant in Top 30 in Milwaukee. Sanford definitely deserves the rating. We had a very nice meal but menu was different from what was on the website and that was slightly disappointing as our party of four had to rethink our entres. Service staff was very... More 

1 Thank Steve J
Pewaukee, WI
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2015

Have heard of Sanford for years since it first opened. Not being in Milwaukee a lot, had not ever dined there. Had dinner there last night [a Saturday] with my wife for her birthday. Brennan who served us did an excellent job. Was warm, friendly, helpful and attentive. He ensured we had a very nice experience. He knew what he... More 

1 Thank Cheeseheader
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114 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2015 via mobile

Sanford is widely considered one of, if not the, best restaurants in Milwaukee. It definitely lives up to the hype. The food is both beautiful and delicious, the service is excellent, and honestly I didn't have one complaint. We went on a weekend to celebrate a birthday. Despite a full house, it was quiet enough for dinner conversation. The courses... More 

Thank brewcity77
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2015

For our 7 year anniversary/Valentines day, my partner and I had reservations for Sanford. Initially we were both excited to go there, because it has received many accolades. However, almost immediately upon arrival we were greeted with unacceptable treatment. We made reservations a month in advance and when we arrived they sat us in a corner that wasn't even big... More 

3 Thank zbaalbaki
Madison, Wisconsin
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

This has been an astounding restaurant for years and continues its wonderful ambiance and quality. I am usually a value oriented (almost cheap) restaurant goer but there is nothing that compares with Sanford even though it is pricey. The place is beautifully designed and you feel like you are in someone's living room. It is quiet and beautiful. Every part... 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
US$31 - US$40
American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?