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The Corner Cafe

101 W 1st St Ste A, Ste A, Sanford, FL 32771-1219
+1 407-322-3779
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible5%
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“lunch” (175 reviews)
“cuban sandwich” (78 reviews)
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Cuban, American, Cafe, Healthy, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
101 W 1st St Ste A, Ste A, Sanford, FL 32771-1219
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Corner Cafe
1. Outstanding
"You can taste the freshness and love put into this food."
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2. Excellent Cuban
"All four of us cleaned our plates, a rarity. My cuban was excellent."
Todd S
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3. You Can't Go Wrong
"It's all good, that's all you need to know."
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Reviewed 3 days ago

No doubt one of the BEST jobs of service you'll find. Like other reviews, we were visiting from out of state while doing a training with Ethnos360 and the moment we walked in Chef Michael and his staff engaged us warmly, explained the menu, and...More

Thank borth2018
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank You Ben, I have always instilled the philosophy of having "A Servant's Heart's" with my staff...Its a big part of what makes our work so fulfilling (& fun)!! I am delighted that you found your way to River City Nature Park. It is a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We live right in the area and have walked by this place several times and finally decided to stop. Extremely courteous staff. The food was delicious. Cute small environment as well as outdoor seating. We really enjoyed it and will definitely be back!More

Thank Susan D
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank You Susan, We are still amazed that after almost 10 years now, there are locals who have yet to find us! We like to joke that we are "Hidden In Plain Sight". That said, we are delighted that you found us and hope you...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have a hard time finding places to eat that can make delicious food that does not contain dairy. From the minute we walked in the owner personally greeted us, introduced himself and explained the menu choices. He knew every ingredient and was willing to...More

Thank cskorkus
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth the drive to Cafe. Greeted by owners. Menu explained on each item and food that was chosen. Tasted great !!

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazing cafe!! Greeted as soon as walked in , make u feel like your at home. Great presentation of their menu and man is the food amazing! The chef brings u your food and boy is it awesome!!! A must place to go😁😁

Thank Vickie S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this restaurant for lunch and had the opportunity to bring my daughter here for the first time. She got to try the famous French onion soup and fell in love. As always, great service!More

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CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank You for being a loyal customer and a "Double Thanks" for bringing your daughter to meet us! We are family run and that means family matters to us. We are delighted she enjoyed herself and we hope to see you both again!! Gratefully, Chef...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a whim & had the best Cuban sandwich - made by a gringo! The mushroom soup was phenomenal, and the tiny dessert was delicious & just enough. Will definitely be back.More

Thank Karen W
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank You Karen, I told you not to let my "Pale Complexion" fool you....this guy knows how to make a mean Cuban! And Miss Jody would more than agree with your description of the Cream of Mushroom Soup!! We can't wait for your return, Chef...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Attention: All Amtrak passengers arriving or departing from the Sanford, Florida station. You'll most certainly want to eat at The Corner Cafe, located just a few minutes from the station. The cafe is situated in a lovely section of historic downtown Sanford. The staff is...More

Thank Loyd W
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank You Loyd, I received your e-mail and am delighted to have met you! We just adore having so many Amtrak riders spend time with us as Miss Jody's father was a Fireman/Engineer on the Erie-Lackawana and that makes us "Train Folk"!! We are also...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Today was my monthly luncheon with 6 friends and it was my turn to choose the restaurant. After reading the positive reviews on Tripadvisor, I chose the Corner Cafe in Sanford since it was rated #1 and I like supporting local restaurants. We had a...More

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CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank You so very much for the opportunity to address this issue. Far from defensive (and since you brought the subject up), I took the time to explain to you and your group that restaurants cover their fixed expenses on the sale of the food...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fresh salads, home-made soups & sandwiches - the perfect lunch before heading to the auto train station in Sanford. The friendly hosts just celebrated the Corner Cafe’s 10th anniversary in old town Sanford. We’ll be back!

Thank PassportPlease
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank You Passport Please (Love the moniker), We are delighted that you made us part of your travel adventure and we can't wait for the next go 'round! Be Safe & We'll See You Again, Chef Michael

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24 June 2018|
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Response from Karen W | Reviewed this property |
Almost exactly 10 minutes, right thru their beautiful downtown. Enjoy your stay.
Kathleen M
13 December 2017|
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Response from Kurt_on_the_go | Reviewed this property |
An easy 15 minute drive.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$16
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 W 1st St Ste A, Ste A, Sanford, FL 32771-1219
    (S. Park Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Sanford
  • Phone Number: +1 407-322-3779
  • E-mail
The Corner Cafe, rated one of the best restaurants in Sanford, FL, is located in Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida at the intersection of 1st & Park. This charming bistro specializes in unique and delicious, handmade fare at an affordable price. Known for their killer Cuban Sandwich, French Onion Soup in a toasted bread bowl and stunning Salads, The Corner Cafe serves a variety of Grilled Sandwiches, Fresh-Beautiful Salads & Scratch Made Soups (M-Sat) from 11:00 - 4:00. Delicious Smoothies, a full selection of Coffee Drinks, Freshly-Brewed Tea, Ice Cold Beer and California Wines are available as well. The Corner Cafe offers Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-free options as well. Sit at an outside table to enjoy the view of the Historic Downtown streets. You can even bring Fido!
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