Sanctuary
Sanctuary

Sanctuary

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sanctuaryminneapolis.com/
  • Phone: (612) 339-5058
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar: 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (may close earlier if slow)
    Dinner: Monday through Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Atanalian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: This is a small restaurant without separate rooms. A private party must reserve the entire restaurant facility.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Kutscheid 6123395058x
  • Entertainment: Sexy underground European music plays softly in the background.
  • Special Events: Monday - Thursday - Chef serves an exquisite, adventurous 5-Course Tasting Menu for only $35. A paired flight of four 1/2 glasses of wine with the Tasting Menu is only $14. Cocktail pairings to go with the tasting menu are $16. Fri. & Sat. Chef serves a Feature dish of fresh, seasonal food. The Bar has special seasonal cocktails.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chicago Avenue
  • Public Transit: Washington Avenue buses run in front of Sanctuary. Light rail and other buses stop near the Dome - less than a block South of (behind) Sanctuary.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private lots flank the 903 building on both sides and are $4 for the evening. A public lot directly behind the building is $3 on non-Dome-event nights. The Guthrie Ramp is between the restaurant and the theater - directly across Washington Ave.
A word from Sanctuary
Sanctuary, with its chandeliers and vaguely gothic ambiance - protected by gargoyles like the sanctuaries of Europe - is elegant, yet comfortable. It is meant to be a haven where food, service and ambiance please the senses. A fireplace warms cold nights - a patio with flowers and herbs celebrates summer. With thick limestone, rough timbers and ceiling beams dating back to the 1860's, it reminds you of that small romantic place you'd love to visit again.


Sanctuary serves New American Cuisine, deftly combining immigrant influences from the Mediterranean to Japan into dishes that are delicious, amazing and satisfying. The menu stays enticing with weekday Tasting Menus, special creations Fri./Sat. and menu changes every other month. The StarTribune said, “[I] loved the well-paired wines, the genial service, the cozy surroundings and the kitchen's finesse."


Located one block from the Guthrie, it is the perfect place for dinner before or after a show.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Sanctuary reviews from OpenTable diners
189 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (159)special occasion (124)romantic (114)neighborhood gem (85)great for outdoor dining (52)notable wine list (48)good for groups (28)late-night find (19)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (7)scenic view (7)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • attentive staff/delicious food
    cliobrit
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The reservation needed to be altered and that was done smoothly. Once there, the staff was extremely attentive but also completely unobtrusive. The food was lovely and imaginative (our duck breast with risotto came with a candy apple -the taste combination was great).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    RustyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Pork T-bone, duck entrees were outstanding. For a spicy salad...belgian endive. Great food, great service. A truly pleasurable dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    Innerglutton
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This was a wonderful experience! The food was absolutely delicious. The mixture of flavors provided the palate with a new experience. I was vey pleased and satisfied with our dining atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best kept secret
    MMgood
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Sanctuary is a gem of a place. Whether you want a fantastic meal - try the duck. If you want an appertizers and glass of wine - try the great meat & cheese plate or the artichokes tarts are special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    someone
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    My boyfriend and I celebrated my birthday by having dinner at Sanctuary. We enjoyed it very much. The staff was awesome and very accommodating! We were very pleased with everything! Thank you Sanctuary for a great experience on my birthday!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner date
    bekrierVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Sanctuary. Really great service, nice ambiance to the restaurant, good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • more goodness
    dutchie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I thought the food was outstanding, but I rated it 'very good' only based on the amount of the main-course. I had the 'special', and thought it was a rather small amount. The taste of everything was excellent though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are excellent.
    TinyVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Our 4 friends, my husband and my dinners here have all been delicious. The service has been friendly, not stuffy, knowledgeable and professional. We look forward to dining here again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whimsical delicious food
    carchick
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We experienced the 5-course tasting meal that they offer M-Th only. The pumpkin soup and smoked salmon was to die for. My only suggestion is that in the winter you'll want a table away from the door or dress warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wonderful relaxing dinner with husband and two sons for my birthday. Service was informative for items that were new to me. Nice variety yet not too much to choose from. Made for a special evening out with family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved It!
    Hannah
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had heard good things about this restaurant and thought we'd try it out during Restaurant Week. Though I wasn't overly excited about the menu at first, it was actually WONDERFUL! The wine pairing was perfect, and the food was an nice change of pace from the norm. The service was FABULOUS! Patrick was our waiter and was great, but the rest of the staff was wonderful as well. From the host to the bartender to the other servers who brought food over! Would totally recommend this restaurant and we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food artistry
    Diningduo
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was fabulous. We would definitely go there again. French waiter was also very friendly and helpful. He knew the menu in depth. It was a bit chilly, so I will look forward to sitting outside on a warmer day because it looked very inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food & amazing service
    Cassie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Fabulous dinner timing so we were able to enjoy ourselves. Fabulous food and fabulous wine pairings. Best service we have had in a long while. Ask for Patrick and you will have the best night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTableStupidNicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    From the reviews I read on Open Table you might think this is only an option if you're going to the Guthrie. While it's a wonderful option, it is a great restaurant - period. The kitchen is really innovative and willing to take risks. I think Sanctuary has some of the most interesting food in town, and the service experience (from the minute you walk in the door) is friendly and professional. Love this place...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Everything was great, took customers here and they were so impressed and loved everything. not only was service and food impecable but cost was moderate too, we didnt break the bank. Bob (mat'rd) was AMAZING, he ensured everything went well and was so kind and a great host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic food and service
    dw99VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Close to the Guthrie - we always walk over to the show and then stop back in after the show for dessert. Fantastic specials and the menu changes often so there is always something new. The chef's tasting menu is always interesting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • second time here even better
    Jimmy
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    My duck breast was cooked just right and it was an excellent cut. I love escargot and, although I prefer the traditional snails in a garlic butter bath, they put it on toasted bread which was excellent as well. I tasted my companions' foie gras tacos and garlic, spinach and artichoke tartlets and they were also excellent. For dessert I had the dark chocolate tart and coffee. Excellent as well. If I have to nitpick, I would say that I like risotto soupy. It was certainly tasty, but the cheese tended to turn the rice into a mass (I'm just really picky about my risotto). Great service too. The menu is unique, but not weird. All dishes looked appealing. I'll have to come back for what I missed this time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing restaurant
    Luv4fancyfood
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    My husband and I love this restaurant . We come here for my birthday every year and from time to time we bring friends here for special occasions . The food is amazing as well as the staff .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warning: limited menu
    Major101
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    When a restaurant has such a limited menu it is critical to design it with something for everyone. At Sanctuary, the chef is overly fond of certain ingredients. These tend to show up in many dishes, so if for example mushrooms aren't your thing, you will be in bad shape here. The menu is short and changes regularly - read it carefully before reserving. Some things like cheeses aren't on the menu. The cheese selection is limited, actually there is no selection. You are given what they have. If stinky cheeses aren't your thing, you should probably call ahead to ask about the cheese selection. It's a shame, because the food is really excellent and beautifully presented. Working a little more flexibility into the menu would do wonders.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • lindajew
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    we love the sanctuary and all its creativeness. The chef is amazing and you never know what treats are going to be on the menu as they constatnly change with the seasons. If you like adventure, Sanctuary is a Must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Phenomenal
    greeno
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I went for our anniversary and it was fabulous. I recommend sitting down after 7 when the Guthrie crowd leaves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BillR
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We really appreciated all the attention to the details, from the greeting at the door, our waiter, the food, through to desert, it was perfection. I mentioned in the reservation request, that it was a special evening for us, and they made it so. Much thanks to the good folks at the Sanctuary! Great find, go for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A mixed experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The dishes were characterized by somewhat strange combinations of ingredients. It was almost as if the chef was trying to prove he/she was the most innovative chef in the Twin Cities. Initially, service was good, but when we were in a rush to get to the Guthrie (we had previously mentioned our engagement) our server seemed to ignore us and we had no further contact with her. We finally asked the host to run our credit cards. He brought the bills back without a pen and it took us another few minutes to locate one (all personnel were busy with other diners). We finally sent our spouses (in high heels) off to the Guthrie while we stayed to sort out the bill payment.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    RustyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    French fries, escargot appetizers, t-bone pork chop dinner were fantastic! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great menu, enjoyed everything we ordered,attentive staff
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Absolutely outstanding!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    An outstanding menu and attention to detail in the preparation of the dishes. One word - DELICIOUS!!! Very conveniently located to the Guthrie and U of MN-Minneapolis campus. We will absolutely be back. I am still dreaming of the bone marrow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, Great staff, Attentive
    ERDallas
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The owner is present and acts as though he is the maître d. His staff gave him up as the owner. He is kind and very attentive. The staff are incredibly kind, attentive and most have been employed by the establishment since it's opening or soon after and it shows. Happy employees give great and happy service. We are from Dallas, and were treated like regulars! Great meal! We did the 5 or 6 course tasting-paired with wine or cocktails. They were both WONDERFUL! To me this is a must go to restaurant if you are in Minneapolis! Also awesome atmosphere in very old barn/warehouse. Clean,well decorated, beautiful, and quaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great wine and dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our waitress started off with a fabulous wine recommendation. Appetizers: foils fras tortillas, what's not to love? And excellent duck. Had a city engagement so missed dessert. Excellent management, attentive staff and French chef. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had excellent greeting by front desk and wait staff. The food selection was great and very tasty and the presentation was very appetizing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This was our first visit. We tried the tasting menu and were not disappointed. Service was exceptional with friendly and prompt waitstaff. It was one of the quietest restaurants I've ever been to even though it was over half capacity.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, High Brow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Wanted to try for a while. Set a reservation for 7:00pm. When I arrived, I was told it would be awhile as the "Theatre Crowd" never got done until around 7:15. Why would you allow a 7pm reservation if you know people won’t vacate until 7:15? We patiently waited, never being offered a drink menu or an Amuse-Bouche to appease us. Then a group of 4 came in at 7:10. They knew the Maître D and were immediately seated before my wife and I. Additionally, the table next to us was vacant for over an hour awaiting an 8pm reservation. Normally I go to nicer places for my anniversary, but thought I would give this quaint place a try. Food was fantastic, but the front of the house doesn’t do much to make you feel special.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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  • Amazing
    mladeahVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have been to the Sanctuary twice and both times the experience has been out of this world. The customer service and personal attention they provide is above any I have ever seen anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always a treat
    612WhereAreYouVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Coming here is always a special treat. They really know how to host anyone, which speaks volumes about the establishment. Coming here on short notice we were expecting just another great meal, but the great service, in addition to wonderful menu items, puts it over the top and we go home with bigger smiles. Meat and cheese plate and Dolmas to start were great... along with the 2 cocktails we had, which hit the spot. Entrees of fish and pork were satisfying and playful. Great preparation and well balanced - you can tell a lot of execution goes behind the entire dish and components. Finished with the dessert trio and shots, which was a fun way to end. Great place and staff.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • TCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We have eaten several times before and have always enjoyed ordering off the menu. This past dinner we ordered the tasting menu and threw ourselves at the mercy of the chef. This well rewarded as no other chef has so much "fun" pairing food flavors, textures and interesting sides. The entrée of braised duck over coconut milk mashed potatoes was truly inspired. The wait staff are extremely knowledgeable of not only the food, but the wines served. They are also so friendly. This is just a great place to go!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • A gem in the city
    JaneC
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Sanctuary is a restaurant for all seasons. The finest food value in the Twin Cities is the outstanding chef's tasting menu, featured Monday through Thursday, to which wine pairings or drink pairings can be added.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentinediner
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had the tasting menu. The duck appetizer was amazing!! Each dish was unique and was paired well with the wine. Very enjoyable. Will try this again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keeps getting better
    likegoodservice
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have eaten here many times, always great, but this time was even better. The pasta dish with Bolognese sauce was so good I didn't want to finish my wife's steak.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine!
    NRSQuire
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We stopped in on Thursday night to try the 5-course tasting menu with paired wines. The wine was all excellent! The food was also very good and the chef presented a nice variety--from edamame hummus (delicious!) to chicken taquitos to beef tartar. Unfortunately, the service was spotty; for example, we waited almost 35 minutes between courses 2 and 3 and the server barely explained the wines that were paired with the food. He saved himself somewhat by bringing a second serving of the hummus, which we enjoyed with the beef tartar. We may go back--but probably won't try the tasting menu again.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    MNbyHeart
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on 9/18/2014 at the Sanctuary. It was just the perfect venue for a special occasion. Great service from the staff and the food is superb. The tasting menu and the wine/cocktail pairing is spectacular and reasonably priced.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • We're happy we found Santuary!
    RachelVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We went to Sanctuary for the first time recently (fall 2014) and are sorry it took us that long to try it The food was wonderful and the service was excellent: gracious and not intrusive. We will absolutely go again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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