Out of the way gemWhile a bit removed from the center of Minneapolis, Sanctuary offers a wonderful perspective of traditional french technique and modern asian influences, with a touch of gourmet creativity. The service was first class, thoughtful, attentive without being intrusive, and informative. The wine list was just right in terms of available choices and food-matchs. A deft touch in synergizing ingredients and techniques appeared in each dish. The atmosphere was quite inviting and the relatively small setting adds to the ambiance. From being met at the door, to our servers, chef, setting and foods, The sanctuary provided a wonderful diniing experience and we will look forward to returning sometime soon.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMDoesn't disappoint!Excellent food, as always. Great service! I LOVE it when the meal is not just dinner - it is a dining experience. Each dish is crafted so that flavors and textures compliment each other perfectly. Everything I've tasted here has always been cooked to perfection.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways great!My wife and I go to Sanctuary often before Guthrie, and we love this place. The entire experience is great: service, food, and atmosphere are all wonderful. Highly recommended.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM43rd Anniversary dinnerMy wife and I had our 43rd anniversary dinner at the Sanctuary last week. It was one of the finest dining experiences we have had in years. It reminded us of a New York city neighborhood restaurant- quiet enough so that you could carry on a conversation, but it still had good energy. All of the dishes that we had were absolutely outstanding and we would highly recommend this restaurant.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFlavorful dishes with superbFlavorful dishes with superb service really made this a great night out. From appetizer escargot with a new twist, to the braised ribs with robust flavors, to finally the espresso which was the best I've had in Minneapolis,6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOdd combinations that somehow workThe decor: gargoyles meet Spanish Mission meet Sin City. Food, a sample: tarts of spinach, lavender, cheese with wasabi peas and pea syrup, served with cornichon and instructions re how to eat. Kind of like being a judge on an episode of Chopped. Fun if you are willing to suspend disbelief.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMChange that is Consistent-AmazingSanctuary is truly a gem. While it's menu always changes it's service is consistent and both are only the best.
The innovative menu allows for a new taste and experience to be had every quarter. The service is consistently familiar and welcoming.
The artichoke tartlets stick around on the menu and you should make room for them. The bar is also an incredible find as the mixologist who there, also named Patrick not to be confused with Chef Patrick, is an artist himself. I recommend just saying "I like-insert preference here-surprise me."
If you are visiting Minneapolis make it a stop-it's in the Theater district. And if you don't have time in this visit-come back!
-Karlene Wieland6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMMy Neighborhood GemExcellent food and the wait staff is knowledgeable, efficient, and friendly. We enjoy just stopping in for a drink as well. As good as any in the Cities.5/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGem by the GuthrieA beautiful little restaurant with delicious food! Park in Guthrie lot. Easy walking distance to the Guthrie. Charming decor. Our artichoke tartlets were amazing, and each entree was delicious.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMSanctuary 50th Birthday DinnerReserved a table for four for my 50th birthday. The waiter was wonderful, service all around was prompt and helpful. We loved the hor devours and the desert was out of this world, by the way I got a piece of cake with a candle when my friends mentioned my birthday. The only disappointing thing about the restaurant's ambiance was the noise level was much too high. It was very hard to have a conversation with people at my table and difficult to hear what the waiter was saying. I was not impressed at all with my main course which was the small hen, it was dry and flavourless I could have had a rotisserie chicken from Cub that would have tasted better.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful!Sanctuary never fails to impress us - we can always count on the wonderfull service and unique changing menu. Very special atmosphere. A real gem!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent place for nice foodPleasant restaurant, excellent food and great service - highly recommended!5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMThey know what they're doing.We had a group of 10 on a Wednesday night for a birthday dinner. The first thing that impressed me was our servers ability to explain the menu in an exciting and descriptive way. She was attentive but not too much so. The food was well presented and each dish was unique. I will definitely return!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWow what a findWe had a fabulous dinner here. The owner greeted us and seated us. He gave a history of the place and his story. The food and the service could not have been any better. We will go back for sure. We were entertaining out of the country guests and they were impressed.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, great atmosphereWe wanted a place that was quiet to take our parents who prefer a quieter atmosphere, and ended up being really impressed by the dishes we had. We dine out a lot, and one person in our party said it was their new favorite place. Expertly prepared and really imaginative ingredients. We'll be back.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGemThis is one of our favorite get aways, Mike and his crew never disappoint..5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial Dining ExperiencePerfect place for a pre-Guthrie dinner or for a romantic special occasion. A unique, warm, pleasant atmosphere with excellent food and a great wine list.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGuthrie DateI found this restaurant while searching for a place for dinner before a play at The Guthrie. Wonderful people, great food, and perfect location. The fact that they change their menu every 60 days was delightful.
I would recommend this restaurant for anyone going to the Guthrie, or even for a nice romantic evening.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat for the GuthrieThis is a very pleasant restaurant with a gourmet menu. Wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive, the wine is good, and the food is excellent and creative. Go early and score one of the parking spaces in their tiny lot before walking a block to the Guthrie.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was fantastic! EverythingThe food was fantastic! Everything we ate tasted wonderful and it felt like we were having a special experience. My only complaint was that the portions of my dinner were quite small (almost comically small) so if you want to fill up plan on getting an appetizer and a dessert. The dessert we had was spectacular. I would recommend this place for a special occasion or night out.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI'm a regular at SanctuaryI'm a regular at Sanctuary and it never fails to please. The food is innovative and top quality, but the staff are at least as interesting and pleasant. The total experience is a delight.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service. WeGreat food and service. We love this place as a special dining treat.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our favorite restaurants!One of our favorite restaurants! It's not often you find a restaurant with amazing food and impeccable service!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb!Sanctuary is at the top of my favorite restaurant list! I have visited twice now and have had superb food and service both times.
Thank you!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent! This was our firstExcellent! This was our first time dining here, but definitely will not be the last.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinner. InterestingGreat dinner. Interesting menu and attentive service.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have dined at SanctuaryWe have dined at Sanctuary since it first opened and have never been disappointed! The chef is so creative and the food is extraordinary! The staff is very knowledgeable and everyone goes above and beyond to make you feel special from the moment you walk through the door. It is very cozy and romantic. We also love that the menu changes often enough that every time we dine there, we have a new experience! We can't say enough about this wonderful restaurant and its staff!4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth an hour drive...We live an hour from Minneapolis, my wife and I were celebrating my birthday. The Sanctuary was a Very Nice Restaurant for a quite night out. The food was fantastic, the deserts were just right, and the staff was very courteous and helpful...4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food - especially theGreat food - especially the duck! Always a great dining experience. Often go there for pre-theatre dining as it's only a block away from Guthrie.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMPersonal attentionThe service here is excellent. We were greeted by name at the door, and the greeter offered to hang up our coats! The waitress was attentive but not overly obtrusive - just about right. Then one of the owners came up at the end of the meal and asked how it was and seemed genuinely interested in our experience. It is rare today to find this degree of personal attention at at restaurant. While the food was excellent, the service along would cause me to return, and to recommend it to others.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMFun place before the theater.Fun place before the theater. Food is innovative and really good.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMSanctuary offers a pleasantSanctuary offers a pleasant atmosphere and excellent food, and they very effectively accommodate pre-theater dining at the Guthrie without any hassles. The menu is french classically based, but with interesting Asian overtones. We were impressed with the originality of the menu choices, freshness of the ingredients and our waiter knowledgeable and helpful. We hate overly large potions, but these were just right! We were pleased with the overall experience. The wine list by the glass was a little diappointing, but that was our only criticism. We will visit again.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMI liked the atmosphere, itI liked the atmosphere, it had interesting decor. We chose the tasting menu and would definitely recommend. We'll be back for a return visit soon!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our third time toThis was our third time to the Sanctuary and we have enjoyed an amazing time - each time we are there. We have always taken advantage of the tasting menu and have been surprised and pleased with the food selections. The presentation of the food is always amazing - worthy of pictures.
If you go, ask for Kim to be your waiter. She is pleasant, attentive and enjoyable to be around. She has been the crowning touch on our last two visits.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMChocolate and Fish, who knew?The restaurant is beautiful, warm and cozy. We were greeted by one of the owners, Roger Kubicki, and seated right away. Our server, Kim was knowledgeable and funny and was attentive without hovering. The food was excellent and the portions were perfect, not too big but not too small either. The cobia was excellent as was the steak.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMParking is a problem especiallyParking is a problem especially before 6 p.m. But the restaurant has a wonderful menu which changes often, the presentation is lovely and we have always been happy with our experience there.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was a first visit for everyoneIt was a first visit for everyone in our party. We came as a result of Rick Nelson's recommendation in the Star Tribune. We all enjoyed everything we ordered. This is rarely the case. We are making plans to go back before another Guthrie play.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMService was wonderful. AtmosphereService was wonderful. Atmosphere really nice. Appetizers very good. Main courses good. We spent $225 for 3 people.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved the food and the serviceI loved the food and the service was great. If you go beware of the track lighting. I spent the meal under the glare of a halogen light bulb that was pointed at my table.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMReally good, as always!Superb food as always. The chef has a great menu and everything tastes fresh. Our group of 8 had an array of small plates and desserts and were more than full when we left. Everyone really enjoyed the artichoke tartlets and the chipotle pepper macaroni and goat cheese!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an amazing dining experienceWe had an amazing dining experience. Two of us ordered from the entrees on the menu. The third had the Chefs tasting. We will be back. This restaurant is not to be missed. Cannot wait for the next time!3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a nice pre-theater dinnerHad a nice pre-theater dinner here. The prices are a bit steep, especially for dessert. Server was attentive and made good recommendations.1/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food adventure thanksGreat food adventure thanks to our lovely waitress. She was very helpful in making the most of our eating experience at Sanctuary.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM