Sanctuaria

4.3
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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NOW UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP! Stop in today and be prepared to say "Wow!" at Sanctuaria Wild Tapas, featuring unique Spanish and Mediterranean Tapas, and the spirit of the long-loved, but sadly closed forever, Diablitos Cantina, created by our award winning chef. Whether it be the Wicked Good Shrimp, Frita Sliders or the Fajitas, it's sure to be unforgettable.
Our unique cocktails are made with fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, spices and house-made juices, shrubs and syrups. Six-time award winner of Buffalo Trace's America's Best Bourbon Bars, you'll find a selection of the rarest bourbons in the state. We proudly boast our wide variety of top shelf tequilas and mezcals.
Our Dia de los Muertos inspired décor is sure to leave you awestruck. Candlelit, cozy tables and a bar you have to see to believe.
The huge patio is simply unbeatable, with its very own fountain.
Book your special event in our Glass Conservatory, or our large event space on the upper patio. The photo ops are incredible.
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4.4
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4.3
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ZachM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These guys are amazing! Their food is second to none and I swear those bacon wrapped dates have to have some addictive thing in them because they are SOO GOOOD! The Shrimp Fajitas were amazing too! I know they have great drinks but their coffee was actually impressive. I'm kind of a coffee snob and it impressed me! Overall, I'd definitely say pick this place, you wont be disappointed!

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CarlaS
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you go, the food is amazing and the drinks are stellar but do try to sit in Sheena's area. She made the night for us with her suggestions and clear pride in her team at Sanctuaria. It was a pleasure to talk to her and learn more about the restaurant. Also, when she found out our largish group had a play to go to, she wanted to know the time so she could make sure we'd be on our way in time for our next destination. We will be back!

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JaredB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I went there for our Valentine's night out. I have been there several times before for Happy Hour. The food was delightful and a great environment. Because of the particular night, our server got pulled away from our table because of a large table that was being "special" with all of their orders. Usually my experience with service there is great, but this was the exception. I know that they are now under new ownership and one of the reasons why i continue to go back there is their large Bourbon selection and being a top bourbon bar, so I hope under the new ownership this does not change. I would highly recommend Sanctuaria.

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Jayson
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience4

It was Valentine’s Day so it was pretty crazy. That aside, service / people were great, but you could tell everything was very unorganized and food took forever for being tapas (I was told new mgmt took over 4 months ago). Also, I’m not sure how you can be named a “Best Bourbon Bar” by Buffalo Trace and not have their flagship product there to drink. Their drinks were cool, but overall, it was a pretty sub par experience.

Sanctuaria
Responded on February 18, 2020

I apologize for your experience being less than satisfactory. I do hope you try again in the future, as we most definitely carry Buffalo Trace as well almost all Sazerac products. Thank you for taking your time to leave your opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only complaint would be that the shrimp my husband ordered came out super late, but it was also Valentine’s Day and it was really really busy. Our server was really nice and we still had a good experience! Food is great!

Sanctuaria
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you so much for your review and for choosing Sanctuaria for Valentine's Day.

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Ilovethecity
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The food was okay but extremely overpriced. Small plates to share but when they are $16 each it’s kinda hard to get more than 2 and a bottle of wine without spending over $100 for 2.

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SGHistoryTeach
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience4

I have been to Sanctuaria many times but none since the new ownership. The portions are smaller and the prices are higher. I was extremely disappointed in the menu and the choices. I do understand that a tapas restaurant provides smaller portions and have been to numerous tapas restaurants over the years but Sanctuaria has taken that to an extreme. I just felt like the entire meal was a money grab and after a $150.00 bill at the end of the meal, that feeling was confirmed. Leaving negative feedback is very rare for me...I always try to find something positive in a place but I left leaving extremely disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

It took forever to get drinks. We would have had much more to drink if it would not have taken so long.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, food was delicious and a great value.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance, drinks and service were all on point. I’ve been there multiple times and will keep patronizing this establishment.

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vipSaintlouiegail
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fun place to go to eat and drink. We have come in from the County twice in the last month because the food is so good and the drinks are great too. The menu has way too many great choices- multiple visits are required.
The fajitas, beggar purses, guac/chips, devil bites- all fantastic. We have tried signature drinks- funky but good and well as the standard martinis - the bartenders know how to pour.
The atmosphere is very "up", people tend to chat with each other. It's got a great positive atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small plates are great for sharing with friends!! All drinks made with love, and they are delicious!! I went with 5 other women and sat at a round table, which is perfect for conversation!

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koop
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unique and very good, we also enjoyed the specialty cocktails. Would highly recommend Sanctuaria

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DebS
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Bartender, Justine, that waited on us was awesome! Food was really good but a little salty overall. We really enjoyed sitting at the high top table and almost had the place to ourselves as we were eating early prior to going to SLSO.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, just got back from Spain and was glad to find a Spanish restaurant with some creative Spanish food, unique and fun place.

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Bailey
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was really good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Was very interested in the tequila choices. The bartender was nice and helped me make a selection. Then, I noticed her pouring our drinks and not pouring what we ordered. When she came by she did not say anything. Then when she came back to take our order I asked her why she poured something we didn't order. She went on about how it is a better value than what we paid for. Regardless she sold us something she didn't have and was sneaky about it. Not cool and kinda rubbed me the wrong way. As far as the food and place, it was nice.

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vipTimK
Orlando
49 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for great small plate food options and drinks.

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MichelleR
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly!

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vipbrycef
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful setting both inside and outside. Almost didn't go because of comments about service but so glad we did. Service was very prompt, polite and helpful. Food was very good, especially the wicked shrimp (quite spicy), the rellenos and the fried steak with potatoes. Cocktails tended to be too sweet for my taste.

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vipRichardV
St. Louis
18 reviews