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The Corner Cafe

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101 W 1st St Ste A, Ste A, Sanford, FL 32771-1219 (S. Park Ave)
+1 407-322-3779
11:00 - 16:00
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Any time we take the Auto Train from Sanford to Lorton, Virginia, we stop for lunch at The Corner Cafe. The food is freshly prepared, and the ice tea is "true homemade." Service is friendly and efficient. I had the tomato florentine soup, cuban sandwich and unsweetened iced tea. Whatever you choose, I don't think you will be disappointed.

Thank Carol P
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were in Sanford for one day, en route to our next destination after arriving on the Amtrak Auto Train. We strolled through the surprisingly cute town looking for a place to eat, and were warmly invited in to The Corner Cafe. The host's enthusiasm for their menu was contagious, and our lunch did not disappoint. Our waitress was friendly... More 

Thank debbierk
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Cuban and French onion soup Is SO good all I could say to describe it Is oh my gawd! The only thing I did wrong was get the half sandwich instead of the whole.

Thank Victor R
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Yo! Victor...you are the MAN!! It was our pleasure to meet and serve you sir AND we look forward to having you back A.S.A.P.!!! #Igotthatotherhalf, Chef Michael More 

Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a home-town casual restaurant that doesn't look like much from the outside, but we will definitely be back! The owner and host both greeted us when we walked in, then proceeded to explain how the ordering worked and showed us some of their specials. Very impressive. I am gluten and grain free and there were plenty of options.... More 

Thank Laura L
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Thank You Laura and I am so glad we were able to accommodate your dietary restrictions without any loss of flavor or enjoyment! So often when those issues are present it makes for a challenge in dinning out, but it looks like in your case we seemed to have cracked the code with Fresh, Wholesome and Lovingly Prepared Cuisine!! Please... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This little cafe has delicious food, especially the Cuban sandwich and the coffee smoothie! The service is wonderful, with a very small town, authentic and hospitable vibe. The staff is genuine and kind and makes your visit very pleasant. Would definitely recommend this cafe to anyone!

Thank Eric S
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Thank You Eric, You have hit the nail on the head Brother! We strive to be exactly as you described. The Orlando Metro is quickly becoming a fast paced metropolitan community, but sometimes you feel like a BB in a Box. We go out of our way to "Connect" with our guests so that not only do they enjoy their... More 

DeLand, Florida
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Want a slightly different well prepared breakfast or lunch? This is the place to go. The owners/staff are really friendly and enjoy talking with patrons. And, the chef does a fantastic job with the food. This is my new favorite place to go in Sanford.

Thank Janice R
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Thank You Janice, We are delighted to be your new "Favorite"! My catering company, Michael's Gourmet To Go owns The Corner Cafe so I make certain that my staff knows we must be on our game each and every day. I will pass this wonderful review on to them and I know they will be very grateful to hear your... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love their combination choices. You can have half a sandwich and a salad or soup and a salad. The serving size is large. We were really surprised with the little dessert that they give you at the end of every meal. We will definitely go back.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Thank You First Timer, I like to joke that the way our menu is set up allows you to dine with us a billion days in a row and never have exactly the same thing twice! That said we do have folks that are completely addicted to one or two choices and we make certain they remain delicious! We hope... More 

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57 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After asking to see the menu as we had 2 young children with us the extremely polite lady talked us through the food on offer. The food coming out of the kitchen looked delicious. Unfortunately when our daughter asked if they had pancakes the answer was a polite no we decided to look at another couple of the places down... More 

1 Thank Brunion
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Dearest Brunion, Please forgive me as that comment was not meant to be rude, rather true disappointment that you would have to pass on the best food in town for pancakes at lunch! Several other guests were also crestfallen when your party left and one wanted to go after you to try and have you come back, but I held... More 

Central FL
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small, intimate restaurant where the whole staff takes care of you and offers suggestions. Definitely an interactive dining experience. My aunt & I arrived separately so she'd already had the menu & ordering instructions when I joined her. I had half a pressed Cuban, cream of mushroom soup & Cobb salad. My aunt had a whole pressed... More 

Thank bab0406
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Thank You Bab, It was pleasure to serve you ladies and I am delighted that you got the chance to "Catch Up" in a warm and gracious environment. Its rare these days to find a place that allows you to relax and feel comfortable. That said, you picked the perfect time to come since the afternoon's are leisurely and the... More 

Douglassville, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So it's lunchtime on a Monday and we're taking the auto train back north in a couple of hours, so where to go for lunch? The town of Sanford was a pleasant surprise. Got some old postcards in an antique shop, visited the visitor center, strolled the main street to window shop, walked the waterfront to admire the view, and... More 

Thank JeanieBeanieD
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Thank You Jeanie Beanie, When I respond to a review I try to echo the sentiments of the reviewer, but in this case all I can say is AMEN SISTER!! You are an astute visitor and a wonderful writer. Let me know if you would ever like to help us our at the Chamber of Commerce....you would be the STAR!!!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$16
American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, 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
The Corner Cafe` is located in Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida. At the intersection of 1st Street & Park Ave, this charming bistro specializes in unique and delicious fare at an affordable price. Grilled Sandwiches, Fresh-Beautiful Salads & Scratch Made Soups are served through lunch (M-Sat), while a handcrafted menu of Chicken, Beef, Pork & Shrimp are offered at dinner(Th-Sat). Delicious Smothies, a full seletion of Coffee Drnks, Freshly Brewed Tea, Ice Cold Beer and Califonia Wines are available every day & night!

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