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Sanctuary - Permanently Closed

4.5
4.5
3044 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
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.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, French American, Global, International

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (612) 339-5058

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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: (612) 339-5058

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Mill District

  • Cross street

    Chicago Avenue

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

    Sexy underground European music plays softly in the background.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,044 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. n

    nancye

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They closed Jan 1,2020. Please remove them from your list.
  2. C

    Carol

    Minneapolis

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Great service. A special evening.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Solid little spot. It didn’t blow me away and was more expensive for a dinner for 2 than some of the big names like Young Joni but would try again.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Sanctuary clearly isn’t interested in catering to families. They have no kids menu options and over sell adult portions. Even items on the menu (eg fries) are difficult to order and expensive once they accommodate. This was a special holiday dinner and theater occasion for us and we made the best of it. But the duck was cold and the service made us feel guilty for having children (ages 9, 11, and 15). Not worth the prices charged, sadly.
  5. C

    Charles

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first experience at Sanctuary. Our server, Natalie, did a super job.
  6. j

    judys

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef’s tasting menu was amazing! Good wine selection. Excellent service.
  7. m

    mitchh

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great place for a date, great food and very unique restaurant!
  8. SE

    ScottE

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, service, wine, and food were exemplary. The duck is amazing!!
  9. PW

    PamW

    Montana

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Sanctuary is a cute place. Our server was nice. The drinks were good. Unfortunately, the steak was very poor quality. Hard to give more stars when the centerpiece of the dish was tough and grisly.
  10. TW

    TomW

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We often travel from Boston to Minnesota in early December. One of our regular stops has been dining at Sanctuary prior to attending the Guthrie. We tried a few other restaurants in the area but always return to Sanctuary. The atmosphere allows for engaging conversation, the food is always excellent with just enough innovation to set it apart. The service is attentive without hovering and very helpful to members of our party with allergies. We have always walked over to the Guthrie feeling very good about our dining experience.
  11. LB

    LeahB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Sanctuary has become my restaurant of choice for "dinner and a show" evenings. The owner has always been our host and is quite pleasant and makes sure every one gets out for their event in a timely manner. the dining area is atmospherically warm, exceptionally clean, and conducive to conversation even with a full house. Staff has been friendly and attentive but not invasive. The rotating menu has never disappointed and, as I like to eat around a menu, I've always had something new to try. I have noticed, there is always a vegetarian option in the entrees as well.
  12. SS

    SSparkless

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    This was our second time visiting this restaurant. The first time, my husband walked in to make a reservation for a special occasion and the owner and staff went above and beyond to make it a special and memorable evening, in a good way. This time we brought friends and were super disappointed. The server was very slow in taking our order and attending to our table, not actually taking our order until nearly 40 min after being seated. At the end of our dinner, he had the audacity to come tell us that another party had arrived early and they would appreciate our table, not to rush us, offering us free drinks to move to the bar, despite our table only ordering 2 drinks amongst 4 people from 5:45-8:30. Yes, his slow service made our dinner take that long! We honestly all looked at each other like, is this dude serious? He’s the reason we are late in getting out of there, the other party was early, and he was absolutely rushing us. The food is not good enough to overshadow the service, and I don’t think you should have to tell them it’s a special night to get decent service. We live in the neighborhood and will pick somewhere else from now on.
  13. JR

    JeffreyR

    Minneapolis

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding evening at Sanctuary with Michael and his crew. Excellent meal with attention to detail. Highly recommend for a holiday outing.
  14. CO

    CarolO

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went with the chef's tasting menu. One of us had the cocktails and the other the wine to match. The entire experience was delicious and fun! The staff went out of their way to be friendly and also made sure that we had plenty of time to get to our concert nearby It has been a while since we've eaten here, but we love it. We had a great time and will be back soon!
  15. JS

    JohnS

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best in the Twin Cities!
  16. A

    Alicia

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Thanks so much for a wonderful dinner. I really enjoyed the shrimp appetizer. My friend enjoyed her steak.
  17. LW

    LakeWissotaGinger

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    4th time eating at Sanctuary. Had business in Stillwater and evening performance at Guthrie Theatre. Waiter was very attentive. Delicious celery root soup arrived not quite hot enough. The waiter replaced with fresh correct temp soup and comped the soup on our bill. Sanctuary reminds me of intimate side street restaurants we’ve enjoyed in Paris.
  18. B

    Birder

    San Francisco

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent celery bisque and dick breast!
  19. JR

    JROL

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cozy and friendly. The menu is very creative and impressive.
  20. j

    jackb

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious. They rotate their menu every 90 days or so to keep things fresh, I had the lamb t-bone chops and my fiance had the halibut, both entrees were perfect, and the sides were original flavors that complemented our meat. I would go back again next week to try something new on the menu, the food is the highlight and well priced. It did seem to take awhile for us to get our food, however we split a salad and had a bottle of wine before dinner so that was OK. It's not as "hip" as some other trendy restaurants in Minneapolis but there is a reason this place has been in business for so long and that is because of the wonderful meals to have here.
  21. JD

    JohnD

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a scholarship event
  22. BD

    BeverlyD

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had a very friendly server, but we needed to ask for our side dish of asparagus, which arrived half way through our meal so we left 3/4 of it untouched. We ordered a chocolate dessert with high expectations, but it just simply wasn't very tasty. We were hoping for a better experience than we had.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was low key and perfect in just about every way. Our waiter and his team were attentive. Simple menu. Food was incredibly crafted to order and each bite made you sink deeper into your seat with delight.
  24. KR

    KimR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Incredible service. Food was very good. Will return and have already recommended to our friends.
  25. TR

    TonyR

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice cozy restaurant with very good food and access. Parking is available right outside the door at a very modest rate. A short 2 block walk to the Guthrie makes this a perfect place for a before the show dinner.
  26. GW

    GingerW

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was good but bordered on being overly complicated. But I would go back, for sure. Close to Guthrie.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    185 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think one of the toughest things to do in a restaurant is to be consistent. My wife and I have been big fans of Sanctuary for several years now, and they have been consistently amazing. Food: Braised pork shank with white cheddar grits in an amazing broth, perfectly done lamb chops in a bright but accessible chimichurri sauce. Service: Warm, attentive, but not hovering. Atmosphere: exposed timbers/stone, intimate cozy You should go... now
  28. p

    preplaydining

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, and service. A great place to dine pre Guthrie. Warm and inviting. Pay close attention to the length of the play when parking for the entire evening as my guest received a hefty ticket!
  29. KG

    KatrinaG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice welcome from the Maitre D at the door. I really recommend the Laphroaig cocktail I think it was Trevors choice. Shared a shrimp appetizer and a lovely salad with avocado. Enjoyed the duck breast and the fish. Plenty of time to then stroll over to the Guthrie to see a play.
  30. T

    Tomas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excited to find a high quality restaurant with the owner present. Can’t wait to go back
  31. KD

    KarenD

    Minneapolis

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love having dinner at Sanctuary before Guthrie shows. The food is always exceptional and Michael always makes us feel welcome!
  32. l

    likegoodservice

    Minneapolis

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints
  33. KL

    KristenL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The restaurant was empty. We were a party of 7 people. We were probably 60% of the entire restaurant that evening. The waitress made multiple mistakes on the drink orders. 6 people ordered steak. 4 of the steaks were cold when delivered to the table. One person ordered halibut. The halibut was so salty it was not eaten.
  34. T

    Tsvec

    Minneapolis

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had tickets for the Guthrie.
  35. A

    Annie

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special and delicious first time experience - we loved Sanctuary and will definitely be back! The presentation of the food was thoughtful and beautiful. Our server Jessica was knowledgeable and helpful, taking the time to provide details about each entree. Foodies will love this place!
  36. GO

    GerardO

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience. Excellent service, delicious food, nice wine list without destroying the pocketbook. Only my second time being here and can't wait to come back.
  37. l

    lovetoeat

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a "gem" in downtown Mpls. It is reminiscent of small quaint restaurants you would find in New York. Food and cocktails were outstanding....as was the service!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive and efficient service. Server very knowledgable about food and wine. Made recommendations. Delicious, pleasingly presented food. Ambience was bistro like without all the noise. Conversations were heard but didn’t bounce off the walls. Only 2nd visit to this restaurant but treated like a regular.
  39. K

    Kenny2013

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    We’ve typically go to Santuary a couple times per month, yet no longer. They ran out of soup, service was slow and a starter appetizer had to be sent back because it was over cooked. Other tables had similar issues and the table of four behind us had their entrees comped. An unfortunate situation that could have been avoided by letting us know the situation when we sat down - they did tell a customer that came in and sat next to us.
  40. r

    rodb

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Service was very, very slow. Blamed cooking staff. Ordered house special. Took over 2 hours to be erred.

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Sanctuary - Permanently Closed is rated 4.5 stars by 3044 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Chicago Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Mill District

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, French American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Sexy underground European music plays softly in the background.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (612) 339-5058

  • 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: (612) 339-5058

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