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The Smiling Bison

$$ - $$$American, ,
107 S Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL 32771-1319
+1 407-915-6086
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
107 S Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL 32771-1319
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The burger is a must have and the craft cocktails will keep you coming back. Warm earthy atmosphere that fits the bill for easy drinking and eating.

Thank Steve S
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Visited The Smiling Bison during Magical Dining Month with friends. This was a first time visit for our party of six on 9/25/18. Live music enhanced our experience and our visit was enjoyed by all. Atmosphere was funky and rustic in the center of Sanford's...More

Thank S E
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Wifey and I had a spectacular experience on August 30. Started with the smoked fish hush puppies. Really outstanding. Wifey then had the snapper special, and I opted for the grouper counterpart. Both were top-shelf. The owner-chef came over to chat, and he was super...More

Thank WillieFromFlorida
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

The Smiling Bison is a jewel in the heart of downtown Sanford. The menu is constantly changing and the offerings show a depth of flavors and techniques that truly astound. The entire menu is created in house including the dried meats on the charcuterie boards,...More

Thank Dan S
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Stopped into the Smiling Bison on a whim and was pleasantly surprised by the unique menu offerings and the absolutely delicious food! Bring from the Upstate NY area, we were excited to try the Bison's version of a Beef on Weck and were not at...More

Thank Susan G
Reviewed May 28, 2018

Stopped in for a drink and we were blown away by their Happy Hour offerings. Friendly wait staff and beautiful location.

Thank fritz145
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

Had lunch here with my wife & 3 friends. Everything from the initial check in & seating to paying the bill was exceptional. We all had something different so we could share & sample more. Beef on weck was good but the least favorite of...More

1  Thank Carl S
Reviewed May 10, 2018 via mobile

Group of 5 came just looking for a quick bite and left thouroughly impressed!! Explosion of flavor in everything we ordered. We had the cheddar-bacon fat biscuits as a starter and knew we had picked a good place! All of us ordered something different and...More

1  Thank MicaelaC58
Reviewed March 9, 2018

My boyfriend and I visited The Smiling Bison for a date night and had a great experience! We went during happy hour so we were treated to a few good deals. We had never been before so the server was kind enough to give us...More

Thank Jerika L
Reviewed February 20, 2018

The menu changes based on what is available. The food and service are consistantly good and it's really close to the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.

Thank Kitra W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Bar, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 107 S Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL 32771-1319
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Sanford
  • Phone Number: +1 407-915-6086
  • E-mail
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