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Restaurants in Sanford You Should’ve Tried By Now

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Sanford might be a small town, but it’s packed with an abundance of delicious, must-try restaurants. From southern comfort foods to fresh, lakefront seafood—Sanford has it all. But where should you start? 

To help navigate this cities vibrant food scene, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Sanford you should’ve tried by now. Hidden gems you’ll be quickly adding to your food bucket list. In need of an excuse to visit Sanford, Florida? Here are ten delicious ones. 

Enjoy a tasty brunch behind bars at this historic Sanford brunch location, The Old Jailhouse. Serving up delicious brunch items and hand-crafted cocktails. Thye also provide a free mimosa with every meal during Sunday brunch. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Saturday | 12:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–3:00pm

📍 113 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

Have you always wanted to travel to Germany? Now you can, without actually having to leave the Sanford area. From the food to the attire, everything about brunch at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe is an authentic German experience. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 201-205 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

Seafood, Pizza, coffee there’s sure to be something for everyone at Henry’s Depot Food Hall. This food hall is packed with a diverse round up of food and drink options. They also have an abundance of themed nights like Wednesday game nights, Sunday markets, and a bunch more. 

Monday | 8:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–1:00am
Saturday | 8:00am–1:00am
Sunday | 8:00am–10:00pm

📍 212 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

Located inside Celery City Craft you’ll find Sushi & Seoul—where innovative sushi meets Korean-inspired street food. Their menu is a mix between classic sushi dishes and creative new inventions, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. If you’re feeling adventurous, try their famous Korean Seoul wings. 

Monday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday |  11:00am–12:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

📍 114 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

Being in Florida, we take full advantage of waterfront dining—whether it’s lakefront or oceanfront. St. Johns River Steak & Seafood is a stunning restaurant on Lake Monroe, serving up fresh seasonal seafood and stunning views. Want to get the full experience? Start with a lakefront mule. 

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday |  11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

📍 550 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

Pizza, calzones, burgers—oh my! The Original Christo’s truly has something for everyone on their menu. This family owned and operated restaurant prides themselves on serving good food at a good price. Our best tip: don’t skip the fresh baked pepperoni bread appetizer. Trust us! 

Monday | 11:00am–3:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–11:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am–3:00pm

📍 107 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar might just win the prize for best outdoor dining area in and the best seafood in Sanford. Their surf ‘n’ turf styled menu has everything from jumbo shrimp to tuna tataki. Grab a drink, seafood, and relax on their charming, open air patio. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 4:00pm–9:00pm
Friday |  11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–8:00pm

📍 112 E 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771

El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant is not just your average Mexican food eatery. It’s a family owned restaurant serving up authentic dishes like ceviche, empanadas, and everything in between. Looking to skip right to the drink? Try their well-known Meixan mule, you won’t regret it.

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–1:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–1:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 406 Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

Sink your teeth into Fuel BBQ‘s old-fashioned BBQ before enjoying live music at their sister concert venue, The Alley. The one place in Sanford where you can grab delicious comfort BBQ and listen to local bands—the best of both worlds. 

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–9:00pm

📍 120 S Park Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

If you’re on search of the best southern comfort food in Sanford, Shantell’s Just Until Restaurant is the place to be. Their menu is packed with dishes that’ll warm your soul. Our biggest tip: try the chicken and waffles. Trust us!

Monday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Friday |  11:00pm–3:00am
Saturday | 11:00pm–3:00am
Sunday | 10:00pm–8:00pm

📍 503 Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL 32771

Did We Miss Your Favorite Sanford Restaurant?

As you continue to cross these hidden-gems off your list of must-try Sanford restaurants, don’t forget to take us along with you. Follow us on Instagram at @StuffToDoInOrlando and tag us in all your tasty Sanford adventures!  

Kailey Boyer

Kailey Boyer

Kailey Boyer is an Arizona native, currently living her best life in Orlando, Florida. She’s passionate about hunting down and sharing all things her beautiful city has to offer. Making the hidden Florida gems accessible to everyone! You can find her exploring Orlando with a camera in hand, typing away in a local coffee shop, or in a packed car heading to the beach.

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