Sanford Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Sanford

April 14, 2018 Giuseppe Pratt

Sanford is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida and is the county seat of Seminole County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 53,570.
Things to do in Sanford

1. Hollerbach's

205 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771-1372 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar German, European, Central European, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 14 - SGD 39 +1 407-321-2204
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hollerbach's

Reviewed By Alan L - Boca Raton, Florida

My wife and I had the two lunch choices listed as "Schnitzel and Sauerbraten for Lunch". Both of those were delicious and just the right amount for lunch. The "vibe" in this restaurant was very pleasant, and enhanced greatly by the attitude of the lady who waited on us. We had a great meal, a great German beer, and a very nice overall experience. I would come back often if I lived nearby because everything about this restaurant is just very enjoyable.

2. The Corner Cafe

101 W 1st St Ste A, Ste A, Sanford, FL 32771-1219 Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Cuban, American, Cafe, Healthy, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch SGD 12 - SGD 21 +1 407-322-3779
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 502 reviews

The Corner Cafe

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 By awesom35 - Deltona, Florida

We were pleasantly surprised, the place is there, yet you don’t know it.

We had the Vietnamese Salad, half Corn-beef sandwich & Tomato soup, plus Tuna sandwich & mushroom soup. The soups were awesome, the corn beef sandwich was the best.

The difference here was the service, Miguelito? The owner, the lady & other young server provided very personal & attentive service. No doubt, we will be back.

3. Chianti's Pizza & Pasta

685 Towne Center Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771-7494 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 46 +1 407-878-5900
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

Chianti's Pizza & Pasta

Welcome to Chianti's Pizza & Pasta. Our focus is to bring old world recipes and flavors to Sanford! We now offer online ordering. Order your family dinner now! Chianti is a well known table wine originating from Tuscany. It was historically associated with a squat bottle enclosed in a straw basket, called a fiasco ("flask"; pl. Fiaschi); however, the fiasco is only used by a few makers of the wine now; most Chianti is now bottled in more standard shaped wine bottles. Chianti has graced the tables of many family dinners and first dates, and brings back memories of a simpler time, when the family met every evening to discuss family events, world news and celebrate milestones. We have built Chianti's Pizza and Pasta in Sanford, in a warm casual inviting environment to celebrate great food, Family and good friends and memories. We hope you feel the same way! Mangiare fino a scoppiare.......Eat until you pop!

Reviewed By alwaysfun2travel - Florida

This was the 1st time we tried Chiantis based on the reviews but I wouldn’t rush back. The service was good, prices were reasonable and the restaurant was clean but we were disappointed. The complimentary garlic knots were not warm or fresh. While debating about pizza, we ordered the 4 Cheese Baked Ziti and Lasagna, both were not very flavorful and could have used more sauce.

4. The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar

112 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771-1302 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 407-878-1284
Excellent
41%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 271 reviews

The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar

Reviewed By johnbH5543DC - Finger Lakes, New York

Stopped while visiting Sanford, menu looked good and not busy at 1:30 on a weekday. Older bar, table slanted, floor uneven small inside. Outside seating appears to be much more spacious. Bar tender/waitress got drink order quick and that’s when time stopped! Crab soup which was billed as Bisque but was actually a much thinner soup. Very little crab shreds to be found. After 25-30 minutes of empty soup bowls sitting on our table another waitress asked if we wanted our check, I said no we’d like our sandwiches. She went into the kitchen delivered them immediately while our original waitress chatted with a table in the front of the restaurant. Obviously they had been sitting waiting. Burger overdone and dry, probably from sitting under the heat lamp waiting. Now the crowning moment; a customer came in, in a wheelchair with a monkey on his head, yes a monkey. Health code? I’m sure it’s an emotional support animal, aren’t they all? It was cute, especially sitting on and running around his person picking who knows what out of his (owners) hair. Scratching all his parts and crevices and chittering. To add insult to injury he and his dinning companion were served and finished before we got our sandwiches, they entered the restaurant 20 minutes after us. We had a poor waitress and mediocre food.

5. The Original Christo's

107 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771-1201 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, American, Pizza, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +1 407-320-0799
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

The Original Christo's

Reviewed By JMCSTL - Saint Louis, Missouri

Based on TA member reviews, my family members & I had a weekday lunch at The Original Christo's. Sidewalk seating was most popular on that sunny February day, and the inside seating filled up quickly as well. It appeared they were under-staffed both for table service & for food preparation, perhaps caught off-guard by the midweek crowd. This led to some slow service & anxious customers, including our party-of-three.

Our food was all fresh and tasted good, but nothing stood out among us as a remarkable dish. Maybe a little more focus on signature dishes would help with the quality and promptness of the dining experience. With an increasing number of dining options around Downtown Sanford, Christo's may need some work to re-establish itself as a go-to restaurant in the area. Some staffing planning & balance may help as well.

6. Mellow Mushroom

1831 Rinehart Rd, Sanford, FL 32771-7300 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations American, Bar, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 407-321-4827
Excellent
50%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Mellow Mushroom

Reviewed By floridabeach87 - Winter Park

Went with my friend to catch up the other night and had a good time as it was quiet, and we weren't looking for a gourmet dinner. He was happy with his calzone - it was big and fresh baked. We had the pretzels for...MoreWe appreciate letting us know about your visit. Sorry that your experience wasn't what you were hoping for.

7. Cracker Barrel

200 Hickman Dr, Sanford, FL 32771-6915 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 407-324-1020
Excellent
39%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Cracker Barrel

Half Restaurant. Half Store. All Country

Reviewed By jim g - Lake Mary, Florida

Cracker Barrel is like MacDonald's for a casual dinner - they are consistently decent in all respects and moderately priced. You won't get any gourmet meals here, and nothing is too out of the ordinary. But for chicken, steaks, and a few other common items in the American cuisine, you can get a fair portion of food that is highly edible. Perfect for travelers who don't know the area and want a reliably good meal. And good for locals who just want a night out without breaking the bank.

Some are painfully crowded, with long wait times for a table. At this one, figure 5-10 minutes at most. It's in between urban centers and common tourist stops, and doesn't get quite the crowds as some others I've been to.

The attached gift shop features items of "Americana" that typically appeal to an older crowd. That and an inexpensive "home style" menu draw lots or older folks. Nevertheless, there are games on the table for kids to play while waiting for dinner.

8. Sanford Brewing Company

400 Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL 32771-1971 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available American, Brew Pub, Bar, Gastropub, Pub Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 26 +1 407-732-6419
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Sanford Brewing Company

A production brewery and tap room that breaks away from the traditional industrial decor, with warm Arts and Crafts paneling, exposed brick and wood beam ceilings. Custom handcrafted community tables and bar made from 150 year old reclaimed barn wood lit with lovely tiffany style lighting. Large garage doors open to the street to allow people watching. Experience the working brewery in rear and full taproom gastropub in the front. Featuring house made craft beer and sodas plus Florida craft beer guest taps as well as. The menu is highlighted by comfort food, featuring Make your own Mac & Cheese, Giant Pretzels with beer cheese fondue, When Pigs Fly(Bacon flight) and Fried green tomatoes with bacon and pimento cheese. Also on the menu, are excellent prime burgers, sandwiches, appetizers along with gluten free and vegetarian options, there is something for everyone. Serving ciders, meads, hand crafted sodas and wine for non-beer drinkers. Children are welcome, non-smoking, dog friendly(outside seating-soon) with music on weekends. Come for the beer, stay for the food and the company. This is a great place to relax, chat, people watch and converse with others. The brewhouse will be hosting tours starting in late November.

Reviewed By Teacher20052013 - Daytona Beach, Florida

Loved coming to this establishment! It was cozy, warm, down to earth and the food and service were great. Loved the beer - Uptown Brown was delicious! Our server was very attentive and accommodating. The staff seemed to work well together dodging and weaving to make their customers happy! Great ambiance:)

9. Laspada's Original Cheesesteaks & Hoagies

4301 W State Road 46, Sanford, FL 32771-9006 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery American Lunch, Dinner +1 407-322-1011
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Laspada's Original Cheesesteaks & Hoagies

Reviewed By Doogie124 - Sanford, Florida

If you are looking for a delicious cheesesteak, them you must try LaSpada's! It's a very small restaurant, but don't let the size fool you. It's delicious! They'll customize your cheesesteak for however you'd like. Then add some yummy French fries, and I guarantee you will not leave hungry! They offer a great catering menu as well, which is always great for parties! Their hours vary so make sure to check and get your order in early. On the weekends they close at 5pm, 7pm on Mon-Thurs and 8pm on Fridays. I've only been to the location in Sanford, but they do have two other locations, one on Orange City and one in Orlando.

10. St. Johns River Steak & Seafood

550 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771-1354 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 10 - SGD 39 +1 407-878-0980
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 134 reviews

St. Johns River Steak & Seafood

Reviewed By Trac4pres

Kimmy did an amazing job taking care of us tonight. She went above and beyond to ensure we had delicious food and yummy drinks! And, with an amazing view like this...what’s not to love?

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