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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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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Whenever I'm in Sanford, I go here for lunch. It's a tiny place with a nicely updated quiet decor. The food is ALWAYS excellent. Great salads, light sandwiches and tasty soups. What brings me back -- besides the great food -- are all the little touches that go the extra mile to make this place special. If you order water... More 

Thank MarciaB53
Lakeland, Florida
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were traveling home from vacation in Daytona Beach and wanted something to eat for lunch. We had great meals on vacation and wanted to finish the trip the same way. Checked Trip Advisor and found this lovely cafe. Owner/chef was there to greet us and explain menu and choices. We went with his top recommendations and were not disappointed!... More 

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

Thank You FlaKatzMom, I am humbled by your review! The many subtle notes that I strive for in my "Marquee Menu Offerings" were not lost on your educated palette! I almost think you could write a Food Column or Blog as your perception & description are both well considered. I would also like to say that I very much enjoyed... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very disappointed in our experience. The place seemed so welcoming when we entered. We ordered a kids meal for our two one year old twins to split and my husband and I each ordered a French onion combo at the urging of the owner. He had offered to swap the French onion for mushroom soup because my husband... More 

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

Thank You Susannah for the opportunity to address these concerns. I would have gotten back sooner, but yesterday was New Year's Eve and I was on the clock for almost 20 hours serving Loyal Regulars and preparing for our "Sold Out" 4-Course NYE Dinner! I got up early this morning to address your concerns. I was able to check your... More 

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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was an excellent cafe with everything fresh. V Excellent soups, salads and Cuban sandwiches. Even the soups are low salt and very tasty. Very friendly and accommodating staff with allowed substitutions to the menu. It appears to be a local hangout but outsiders are treated very well. Very reasonable prices. A definite return.

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

Thank You Steven E! What more can I say...you hit the head of every nail!! We'll look for your return to The Corner Cafe as soon as you can make it!! Bring a friend for us to meet, Chef Michael More 

Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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407 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for b'fast and had a Cuban s'wich and Cuban coffee ... both very good ... Chef Michael gave me a key lime pie shot ... kewl idea ... next trip to Sanford I'll atop in and try some soup ... great little place with outdoor seating

Thank sinbad5520
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Hey SinBad, You are the MAN! Sitting outside...under the shade tree...sipping Cuban Coffee and enjoying our Classic Cuban Press! That's living Brother!! See ya soon, Chef Michael More 

Leesburg, Florida
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here twice so far, and loved it both times. The tomato basil soup is to die for. Chef Michael is very aware of the vegan diet, which means no unexpected cheese makes it onto the plate. Unfortunately that is the only true vegan dish, but I will eat it again and again.

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

Thanks SW, You are correct that we have only one true "Vegan" offering, but Oh My(!) is it a good one?!? Additionally we have dozens of other "Vegetarian Friendly" options as I once owned a Vegetarian Cafe and am fluent & sensitive to the needs. Let your friends know they can stop in and be respected and well served from... More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful lunch - very good and unusual onion soup served in bread bowl - not your usual salty broth. Greek salad with chicken was very tasty and no skimping on the feta.there were several speciality sandwiches and salads available and service was friendly. They comped me a small desert surprise - decadent chocolate cake in little cup. Yum yum.

Thank HannaSister1
CHEFMICHAELOBRIEN, Owner at The Corner Cafe, responded to this review

Hey Hanna, Thank You for taking the time to let fellow "TripAdvisor" followers know about The Corner Cafe! I've never been a huge fan of most "French Onion Soups" so I don't use a speck of salt in mine!! I am a big fan of Feta Cheese however...so no skimping there. Stop by whenever you're in the neighborhood and we'll... More 

1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

I absolutely adore and highly recommend this little slice of heaven. The Corner Cafe can be unfortunately so easily missed but if you give it a chance you won't be disappointed, the moment you walk in you are greeted and made to feel like a VIP, so personable and friendly. Food here is outstanding and more specifically the French Onion... More 

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

Jonathan, Thank You for your kind words of praise! I like to think the reason for the feeling you describe is that we are here because we "Want To Be" rather than "Have To Be"!! Historic Downtown Sanford has come a long way in the last 8 years and we can't wait to see what's in store for 2017. BTW:... More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We ate there for a late lunch. Salads were fresh, but served in plastic plates. Water (filtered, not bottled) came with a charge without our knowledge. Upon checkout, I paid with my credit card. But as I got no ticket to sign in return nor to add the tip on it, I left cash on the table for tip. (I... More 

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

Thank You for the opportunity to readdress these issues. When you called my personal cell phone I answered and was immediately in place to address your concerns. As I told you then, we have no control over the e-mail (or text) notifications that you have set up on your Credit Card and we have no way of affecting what happens.... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Our intent was to meet my sister in law so my mother in law could stay with her for a while. She said to meet her at the Corner Cafe. Upon entering, the owner showed us how to interpret the menu. We ordered various sandwichs, salads and soups. The salads were fresh and unique, as were the sandwichs. The soups... More 

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

Thank You Cecil, It was pleasure to serve you and your party! I agree with you on all counts, but none more so than your assessment of Historic Downtown Sanford. We are a little off the beaten path, but that is what has kept us so charming and personable. Please hurry back and we'll keep an eye out for you!!... 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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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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