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“Excellent Casual Lunch Spot”
Review of The Corner Cafe

The Corner Cafe
Ranked #2 of 236 Restaurants in Sanford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $16
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: S. Park Ave
Description: 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!
Reviewed February 19, 2014

My wife & I stopped by for lunch yesterday, I'll first say that the staff was the friendliest I have ever encountered, the young lady behind the counter was soooo friendly. We sat outside & the owner brought our drinks and welcomed us. The food, especially the fresh mushroom soup, so creamy, was all very good. As we walked away, after lunch, the owner thanked me, by name ... nice touch. We'll be back & recommend this restaurant to friends.

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Thank Retired4Life
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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2014

We are delighted to have met you guys. Thank you for you positive review and as I see you guys are "Senior Reviewers" it means even more to us! We make a point to tell folks that all of our soups are "Scratch Made" and your terrific review really confirms the claim!! If you are in the neighborhood Thursday, Friday or Saturday evenings after 4pm, try our wonderful dinner menu. We take the same care with our preparation and presentation without much of an increase in menu pricing (+ we serve delicious wine & ice cold beer)!! See Ya Soon, Chef Michael

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

We had a wonderful meal in this small café we found by happenstance waiting for the auto train. We had the turkey bacon and swiss press and mushroom soup. Very tasty and excellent service. The entire staff especially Michael was welcoming and helpful. Michael even called amtrack for us because he heard the train was late. It was so late we came back to the café for a coffee smoothie. It was superb.If ever you are in Sanford this is a very worthwhile stop.

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Thank thenonna
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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2014

Thank You for this wonderful review. Every day I tell folks that we are here because we "want" to be, not because we "have" to be and I think that makes all the difference in the world! It was a pleasure to serve you guys and we hope to see you the next time you're in Historic Downtown Sanford!! With Gratitude, Chef Michael

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Reviewed February 1, 2014

We never even made it inside! We were stopped at the door by the owner because we didn't "look the part." I'm not sure if it's because we had kids or wore Crocs, but we were told that the restaurant was not a Wal-Mart and we'd be better served at the restaurant next door. So, we went next door and had a lovely dinner. In total, we were three families and spent over $300.

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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

Thank You for taking the time to voice your concerns and I am delighted you were well cared for at the pizza parlor. Had you arrived an hour or two earlier you would have been welcomed into our bustling cafe`, but after 4pm Thursday-Saturday we go for a more intimate vibe...candle lite & black linen. I am truly sorry you felt snubbed and that I misspoke in using the word "WalMart". I wanted to say "Fast Food" but was flummoxed by the number of people in your group all trying to squeeze into our bistro. What I was trying to convey was that our diner environment is not well suited to large, boisterous groups and your mode of dress had nothing to do with that...heck, I was wearing crocks myself! With Sincere Regret, Chef Michael

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Reviewed January 30, 2014

This small restaurant is just what it is named...a corner cafe! The food was really good; I had a cuban sandwich & mushroom soup. Both were delicious, fast and hot. The staff made us feel so welcome from the time we walked in. If you are in this corner of Florida (close to the Auto Train Depot) the Corner Cafe is worth a visit!

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Thank pambrow62
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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

We just adore our Amtrak customers. It gives us the chance to meet folks from all over the country. To share our delicious fare and swap stories on a daily basis...awesome! When the City of Sanford saw fit to fund the shuttle that brings dozens of travelers daily to our beautiful & historic shopping and dining district they really got it right!! See Ya the next time you're in town, Chef Michael

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Reviewed January 29, 2014 via mobile

I've been here twice and can see myself going many more times. This restaurant is an excellent alternative to others like Panera or Crispers and way better in my opinion. The soups and sandwiches are always amazing and the staff have always been very polite and friendly. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a very enjoyable lunch.

Thank James W
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MICHAEL O, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2014

Thank You for sharing your experience! While I have been a fan of the 2 corporate names you mentioned, I always thought they could be a bit better...more personal...better quality...beautiful presentation. I am delighted that you found these details worth mentioning as we spend a ton of time and energy making them happen. We'll see you soon!! With Gratitude, Chef Michael

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