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The Corner Cafe

101 W 1st St # A, Ste A, Sanford, FL 32771
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Ranked #2 of 160 Restaurants in Sanford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: S. Park Ave
Description: 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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87% Recommend
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English first
Jamison, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Ok. Beef salad had rolled up roast beef which was disappointing. No menu for kids and we were charged $7 for or kids to share a $9 sandwich. Owner completely engulfed in a loud conversation with a customer and seemed like a know it all. Sad to say we will not be back.

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Corner Cafe has always been a high point of going to Sanford to do business, I have been there at least 8 times. Today was our last. After a 45 minute drive we walk in, myself to the counter to order and my son goes to use the bathroom. The owner was on the phone and stops his call to... More

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Howdy Hans, I have to admit that you have me at a loss. You say that you've enjoyed our cafe multiple times, but now we're overpriced and rude? My question is...who was having the bad day?? With that said I would like to add that our bathrooms are for "Dine In Customers Only". I have tried to be mellow about... More

Sanford, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Last weekend, a friend and I rode the new Sun Rail train from Debary to Sandlake then back again, just for the fun of it. Then, we drove to Historical Downtown Sanford for a late lunch at The Corner Café. At first, I was afraid the café wasn’t open because the building was fronted by a facade of scaffolding. No... More

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Miss Kay, It was our pleasure to meet and serve you and your party. Your presence was a joy and we look forward to having you back again & again! If we are lucky we might be able to have you join us via the Sun Rail for an evening meal on the weekends. There is an effort to bring... More

Sarasota, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What a great find in historic downtown Sanford. Heading to Auotrain with a bit of extra time and was excites to be able to bring something different on board the journey. Ordered a take out black and blue salad that was the perfect mix of sliced roast beef and blue cheese crumbles accompanied by fresh lettuce, cucumbere and tomatoes along... More

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

We are so fortunate to be part of the "Auto Train" experience. Every single day we get to meet people from all over the U.S. and share a laugh and a bite! AND we just got an upgrade for the free shuttle...a brand new van with a wrap featuring a beautiful scene depicting the marina. So, we look forward to... More

Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Michael opened the doors for us so that we could get some breakfast before opening hours. Thanks, we loved the food at, thy even made som "nutella" for my son. After a great meal we went on a boat trip to see some aligators and we did meet 2 though it was at least 100 degrees.

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

I can remember your group being from Norway so I imagine our Florida heat was a whole different experience! I am delighted that you got to see some alligators...I'll bet the boys were amazed!! Thank you for stopping in and I was happy to be able to put together a house made Nutella for your son. Historic Downtown Sanford has... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We love the food at corner cafe. We also love chef Michael! He is very enthusiastic about his food and his service. It shows greatly in how wonderful his food taste and his well trained staff. Expensive , high quality food at a affordable price!

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

I can see that you took the time to register with TripAdvisor so you could post this review and I can't thank you enough for doing so! We are enthusiastic about being here in Historic Downtown Sanford and its primarily because of our wonderful clientele!! We hope to see you soon, Chef Michael More

Central Florida, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We met friends for lunch at The Corner Cafe on 1st Street in Sanford, Florida today and had the corn beef panni, which was delicious, chosen from a very complete menu. We found the restaurant clean, the atmosphere comfortable and the owner and server were very helpful and extremely friendly. They made you feel right at home. We recommend The... More

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

So often we are praised for the delicious and varied menu we serve, but I want to thank you for taking the time to mention our cleanliness! It is the unsung hero of The Corner Café because my staff and I spend a ton of time in its attention! Oh...and we can't wait to meet your friends, so hurry back!!... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

First time dining at Corner Cafe. It did not disappoint! We had the French onion soup with 1/2 steak salad and chili w 1/2 tuna salad. Food was amazing. There are so many different options of ways to order food it would take months to run out of combinations. Everything was made in house and could taste the fresh quality.... More

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Hey Jenni, One of the reasons Miss Jody and I opened The Corner Café was that we couldn't seem top find any other place like it! Thank You for the thumbs up (BTW: you & I are in complete agreement on that Basil-Cilantro Dressing). The next time you stop in let's see what other amazing combinations we can come up... More

Venice, Florida
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We arrived early for the Amtrak Auto Train planning to have lunch in Sanford. I had checked Trip Advisor reviews and chose The Corner Café. Although smaller than expected,we had no problem getting a table. We were greeted by the owner upon entering and the various menu offerings were explained. The owner obviously enjoys what he does and takes pride... More

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks to you GardenGirl! I have often said that if we are going to be at the Corner Café all day we should have fun while we are here. My sense is that if we enjoy being here then you will as well. Thank you for taking the time to underscore what so many TripAdvisor users have said...and that is... More

Andover, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Pulled off into Sanford for a break from the road, found the perfect place for lunch! Chef Michael greeted us and we immediately felt at ease and at home as Michael explained the menu. As Brits on a road trip south, we ate in many places but this was great food (Cuban and Asian Style Pulled) combined with really friendly... More

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Thank You Paul & Jackie, I do remember our wonderful conversation. It was a pleasure to meet you both! So often we forget that its connection that really matters...even if its just for the time it takes to eat a meal. Please stop in the next time your in the neighborhood and we'll get caught up on what's new over... More

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