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The Old Jailhouse, Sanford, FL

The Old Jailhouse

4.4
4.4
492 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (407) 548-6964
  • Dress code
    Business Casual

What 492 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

492 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lot of fun very cool. Place very lively good food

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  2. RandalR

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Trail is a great server! He made the experience excellent.

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  3. Senior

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside and it was warm and quiet. The food was excellent and we added 2 sides which were exceptional. The prices are very reasonable. Our waiter was very attentive. The old jailhouse was charming.

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  4. AndreaL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My party of 7 went. 5 of us ordered the same thing, steak (I ordered mine well done), garlic potatoes & brussel sprouts. When I got my steak, it was rare. Even my husband who loves rare steak wouldn’t eat it. So we ordered the burger. I finally got it after my table mates had finished eating. One of them said, ‘you may want to look because there’s a lot of red juice coming out.’ We cut it open, very rare. Within 30 seconds, our waitress comes back to say ‘the kitchen gave me the wrong burger.’ 😑 I waited an HOUR & still was not served the food the correct way. Needless to say, I left hungry. Our waitress was great about everything, we don’t blame her at all.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steaks were good but the shrimp skewers were amazing. We all enjoyed the pork belly & croquette appetizers. Delish!! The Making Christmas signature cocktail was sooo good. Our server Veronica was excellent. Attended to all our needs but didn’t over do it. We will come back to try different meals.

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  6. LeighD

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants. Always try to get reservations when we're in town. The food is outstanding and we love the charm of the historic building.

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  7. JenM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice atmosphere! Great food and service! Will definitely dine there again!

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  8. BernieW

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My 2nd time dining and both times have been amazing experiences. I like the fact that they have cozy, rooms that only have 4 or 5 tables and then the larger space by the bar. Food is wonderful, a nice standard menu and then interesting specials. Staff I have encountered are customer centric people and it shows in their attitude and how they present themselves. Keep hiring good staff.

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  9. CynthiaL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is wonderful. Very neat to be in the old jail house and see the displays. Excellent wine.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s the best in Sanford by a landslide. Great staff great food great drinks.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A little expensive for there menu, I ordered the chicken gnocchi and there was no wow factor in there for the price that I was expecting I thought to myself that I could have made this at home and save me a lot of money.

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  12. MarkS

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed in the food . We have been here before and the food was great . Not sure what happen

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  13. CarolA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was mediocre. The salmon fish dip with pitas was very good. I had the flank steak with cavatelli pasta which I thought would be a cut of steak with pasta but everything was cut up and mixed together like beefaroni. Taste was subpar.

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  14. Gsteg

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant in downtown Sanford. Service was outstanding and food was great. Will definitely go back and recommend!!

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  15. RichardG

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hosted in a true old jailhouse in Sanford, complete with bars and original brickwork, this place was amazing. The food and drinks were outstanding, and our server was attentive and made sure we were taken care of. I will definitely be back for future dates.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful meal. We’ve been several times for years now. Would recommend.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting and had a great dining experience. From the service from Veronica to the food and drinks, everything was awesome! Definitely going back!!!

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  18. OliviaG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the vibe of the place was great. We sat near the kitchen so we could see our food being made which was great. The chef came to the table to see how everything was. We came for a birthday and we had a great time.

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  19. TanyaS

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrating a Birthday with friends. Great service! Food and drinks were very good!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cool restaurant with a great historical vibe. Food was outstanding. I and my guest really enjoyed the experience. 

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  21. JohnB

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    In general, food was very disappointing. Black N Blue was advertised as pasta with marinated flank steak, pearl onions, peppers and scallions. Actual dish was about a pound of pasta with small pieces of steak, virtually no pearl onions and smothered in a blue cheese sauce - couldn’t make it through half of it, overwhelmed by pasta and the creamy sauce.

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  22. Helen

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our sever initially was very responsive. But during dinner she pretty much disappeared. We finished dinner and sat with half filled plates for about fifteen minutes when we finally signaled another server to help us find our server. When she showed up she said she was busy with a “fifteen top” and then said she left us alone because we wanted to linger essentially blaming us. BTW we never told her that. She left our dinner plates, never asked if we wanted boxes and came with our check. Food, ambiance et al were good but our server was a real disappointment.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great. The salad bowls are way too small. The burger was cooked perfectly. A touch more seasoning maybe.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent all the way around. Great food. Comfortable atmosphere and great service

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  25. BrendaS

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved it. Would have preferred to have been in the main dining area to see some of the historical stuff.

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  26. lyndaf

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our hostess Tia greeted us at the entrance and was very warm and friendly. We were guided to our table where our server Jade introduced herself and immediately took care of us. The empanadas and pretzel bites were warm and delicious as well as the croquettes. Our favorite appetizer was hands down the pork belly! I had the beet salad and the brussel sprouts as my entree while my sons had the belly up burger and my daughter had the chicken gnocchi which was hearty and tasty. I highly recommend! The service was efficient as well.

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  27. Merf180

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I made reservations for last night at The Old Jailhouse Sanford through Open Table and mentioned it was my mother’s 82nd birthday. We attended the Orlando Philharmonic matinee, then headed up to Sanford. I didn’t realize it was their food truck fiesta yesterday, so we did have to park a little farther away, but no big deal as the trucks and booths were all packing it in by that time. This resulted in the restaurant still being quite full. We arrived about 30 minutes early, and were warmly greeted and led to a private table in the back with a beautiful chandelier above it (my mom has a thing for fancy light fixtures so that was a lovely treat). Our server was attentive and very sweet, wishing my mother happy birthday. ❤️ I had a side salad….mixed greens and a poppy seed dressing. It had pickled onions, which I tasted…not a fan. Just picked them out, no problem. This picky eater has been doing it all my life. We both ordered NY Strip. Mine was perfectly medium, and my mom’s was perfectly well done nastiness as she likes it. I keep trying to bring her to the pink side, but she won’t have it. We also split the side of roasted mushrooms to go with our steaks. It was all delicious. Our entrees were a bit slow to come out, but our server kept checking on us, and we could see it was the kitchen just slammed with orders. Everything is made from scratch, and when the food arrived, it looked beautiful and appeared prepared with care. Both streaks came with crispy roasted Brussels sprouts, which we ate all of despite them being a little too salty….but the crispness overcame that minor thing, and the garlic mashed potatoes were amazing. We cleaned our plates like the good little piggies we are. We were brought a delish chocolate cake with candles for dessert, on the house, with some whipped cream and fresh berries to make it a healthy cake. 😁 I was completely satisfied with the food and the service, and the special effort they made!

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  28. EJLRM

    Denver

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and ambiance. Neat place and history, renovation was well done. The drinks were very well done and we had the croquettes as an appetizer and shared the grilled shrimp…both were very well prepared and unique. Enjoyed the entire experience.

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  29. MikeP

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Table selection was poor as we had Two elderly people in our group. No flexibility.

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  30. MacrenaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food, Drink and Service were excellent. We were seated in the main room off to the left as you walk in and my only complaint was that the tables and chairs were too close to each other. As we were finishing up the table of 6 behind our table of 4 came in and there was issue with space for them to be seated.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, fun cocktails, cool ambience and warm service!

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  32. CourtneyP

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think it was a little expensive for the quality of food we received but we enjoyed it and we would go back again.

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  33. GerardC

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were interesting and fun! We loved the beet salad, chicken gnocchi and mushroom gnocchi. The Espresso crème brûlée for dessert was just the perfect treat. Our server,Dillon, was patient, polite, informative and charming. Will def return and recommend.

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  34. null

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the Old Jailhouse Restaurant experience was Awesome!💝 Dillon and the bartender were Spectacular! Dillon went over and above to share the Old Jailhouse Restaurant’s history. I’ve dined there four other times although I live on the Space Coast, never knew the history about the Restaurant. The woman outside that checks people in, was NOT outside. Four people came behind my cousin and I and we all went inside because it was cold outside for Florida. As she caught eye we now 6 people came inside, she asked us all to go back outside to the cold to check us in which misrepresented the exceptional service we received inside with the bartender and the Dillon.

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  35. MaxW

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was very cool, with a very unique and fun ambience. Food was mostly excellent, though the chicken and pasta was not good. Service was friendly but slow, though the restaurant was very busy during our visit. Despite the issues, we greatly enjoyed the visit.

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  36. TIUFB

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Interesting atmosphere with good food and service. Crowded and noisy, and I could do with less attitude from the staff. 

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  37. Simone

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so good and our waiter was very nice!

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  38. CarlaM

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    When you’re into your meal only 10 minutes and the waiter is asking you if you want a to go box. Too rushed. And insult to injury. The food was not very good. I don’t like this place. It’s overcharging you for bad service and bad food.

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  39. AnthonyZ

    Orlando

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall, food was good . The criticism would be around the overall service. The hostess was cold and forgot our menus. The waitress took 10-15 mins to get to our table, and we had to chase her down to get next rounds (you would think she would have wanted the drinks flowing!). Just felt like we were forgotten about. Last few times service was very good. Just tonight it seemed off.

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  40. StacyN

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Logan was a great server, he knew the history of the Old Jail House and was very knowledgeable about the menu. Food was amazing! Great time, definitely recommend.

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FAQs

The Old Jailhouse is rated 4.4 stars by 492 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Old Jailhouse

113 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771-1331

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Sanford
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Phone number
    (407) 548-6964
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