Sanctuaria

4.5
660 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Stop in today and experience Sanctuaria, bringing flavor and atmosphere to you. Offering exclusive, delicious menu selections served with a modern twist, created by our award winning chef, Christopher Lee. Our unique cocktail selections are made with fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and spices. We were recently nominated for the Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail for WORLD'S BEST COCKTAIL MENU!
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BM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeanie is the greatest! Amazing atmosphere, killer house cocktails, BEST food, and the service is next level. Everyone should go

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. Everyone enjoy their meals and we all ate something different. The only complaint was that they sat us in the back of the restaurant near a door where all of the employees were leaving to smoke. It was freezing that night and so we would have enjoyed the meal more had there not been so much cold air blowing through the restaurant. I am sure that there's a much better Ambiance when the weather is warmer.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'd heard their reputation for excellent, unique craft cocktails, and I wasn't disappointed. The bartender was clearly enthusiastic about his craft, and brought our drinks out to our table himself. The drink "God Save the Queen" was a particularly delightful surprise. I didn't try the food, but I will certainly go back for the drinks!

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service was excellent!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall vibe of Sanctuaria was very intimate and relaxing. The bartenders were super helpful and accommodating. The food and drink quality was wonderful. I will definitely be back!

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FS
St. Louis
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Made reservations two days in advance. Arrived on time and table wasn't ready. Ten minutes later the hostess seated us right next to the restroom. There were several other tables, so when I asked to be re-seated, she told me they had a 10-top coming in...basically "tough luck".

Shocked at her response since there were many 4-top tables uncleaned and clearly open, I asked my wife if she'd like to leave. She was engaged in a conversation with the folks seated at the adjacent 4-top table (also right next to the restroom) who had complained about the same thing except they had a reservation for six, only four made it, so they gave up their 6-top nowhere near the restroom only to regret it. The manager was rude to them...they were livid.

We should have just left.

It took 2 requests to get a second menu., 2 more to get water. Then the waitress arrived and asked if we had made up our minds...like this was a cheap diner with a wall-menu or something. We asked for the renowned drink menu -- one of the main reasons we made a reservation -- only to learn from her that "nobody ever looks in there" and that she couldn't recommend a single drink. My wife got the drink the waitress said "is the most popular"...which turned out to be $22 and not good.

We ordered three small plates as appetizers. The first was hot on top, cold on the bottom...didn't take Albert Einstein to figure it out. The others were just OK. Ordered the Meatloaf (which was great) and the Jambalaya off the main plates menu. The latter consisted of four meatball-sized fried balls – for $18!. Asked if that was the small plates version and got the stare. What a ripoff!

Desserts arrived. Churros weighed 4 ounces each. Fried too cold – grease sponges. Was offered a dessert off the Valentine's Day menu from two days prior – was dry, tasted like it had been sitting out the whole time.

Oh, the 10-top never showed up. All but one of the other tables were still empty when we left 90 minutes later.

Bad experience!

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F
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

It was our first time at Sanctuaria, the food was very good, honestly I think I had the best chicken fajitas ever! The margarita was perfect! But the service was very slow and the waitress was weird!? But there was a lot of people saturday night and it is not surprising if it took some time to get the drinks and the food! But I do recommand to try this restaurant and we will go again I am sure!

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SF
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time I have been to Sanctuaria and it is now one of my favorites in St Louis. It is a fun atmosphere with great food. I think it is better to go with friends or other couples as it allows you to try more of the menu. Go, you won't be disappointed.

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O
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

My reservation was at 7:15. We did show up early to our reservation and was promptly accomodated. Food was delicious, drinks were too but service lacked. Not because our waitress was bad, but because she had too many tables.

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BS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best tapas in town , had a great time and drinks were amazing

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J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The reason I took my wife here for Valentine’s Day was bc we have been here before, and loved the menu.

When we went for Valentine’s Day, we only had 3 entree options, and no options from their normal Tapad menu (this is supposed to be a tapas restaurant?). We got the “dinner for 2” for $135, and I have to say - the food was not impressive or cheap. We were definitely disappointed. Lesson learned - moving forward, I will always verify what menu will be offered prior making dinner reservations on special days/holidays at any restaurant.

All of that said, the staff there is always great and friendly. Good atmosphere. As long as the old menu comes back, we will too.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and prompt service

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KF
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & atmosphere would return. Service on excellent

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S
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Evan was great and moved quickly with our order. He also made great suggestions. Seating was crowded and we were placed next to a large group. Hostess would not move us to another table further away that was available.

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F
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was DELICIOUS and the atmosphere was super cool. However, we had two drinks and 3 small plates and our bill was $100, before tip. We were still hungry so we went to Urban Chestnut and finished filling up on two bratwursts for $17.

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MB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sampled six different tapas dishes
and numerous specialty cocktails! Every bite was an exquisite journey as my tastebuds awakened to layers of flavor! Five stars...we will return very soon!!!

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PB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is very cool. The Mexican day of the dead theme rocks. The menu is quite extensive combining a couple of different genre's of cooking and that could be simplified a bit but it is a minor issue. The service and food were excellent. It is very noisy there so be prepared but that is part of going out at a cool place like this. Highly recommend this place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very loud but good food, drinks, service.

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M
St. Louis
20 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

We were seated at the front of the room next to the windows. A table next to us seated with people right against one of our group so she couldn’t hear anything at our table. Overall their was a roar to the place that made conversation nearly impossible. Food was only slightly warm, salsa tasteless, fajitas just ok, guacamole fine with shrimp fajitas being the only good meal. It took forever to get churros for dessert for ONE person! I used to love this place but won’t be back. It was a disasterous birthday dinner!

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ER
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it every time I go! And that is often!!! Great food. Great service. Great environment! Great location if you are heading downtown for an event after dinner. LOVE IT

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SL
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food, great cocktails (try the O.F.A.F) and excellent service. Our server April was awesome. This is a solid choice for dinner out as a couple or with the family (especially if your kids are "foodies" too)

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LS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere, amazing menu. Warm and genuine staff

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AH
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is great - especially the Frita Sliders and Navarin Tartlets - and the have a strong bar program

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CS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grace and the bartender were so awesome! This was our second visit and surpassed the first which was excellent as well. The food was fabulous!

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S
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent cocktails including some superb liquor flights with uncommon varieties. Prompt service, no rush to turnover tables. Good for groups of people.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was great... amazing!

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RG
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

On Saturday from 11:00 - 1:00 pm, the blast - I mean BLAST - 80's pop tunes so loud it is impossible to have an enjoyable conversation. And, while they say it is from 11:00 - 1:00, when we arrived at 10:30 it was already in full swing.

No more than half of the tables were taken. No more than half of the barstools were occupied. No one was dancing to the music. All it really served to do was to make me realize we can never go back there again after the theater or symphony.

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JB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I made a reservation for dinner to celebrate my birthday. it was my first time there and I had heard great things! I'm glad I got to experience it the food was amazing & the cocktails were outstanding. I will definitely be returning.

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AS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely surprise to find Sanctuaria. The tapas were absolutely exquisite in particular the bacon wrapped dates and braised beef on top a bed of mashed potatoes.
Very cool decor, especially for Halloween. The waiters were all dressed in costume. Our waitress was exceedingly attentive.
An absolutely wonderful experience.

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YY
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was the most disappointing dining experience I have had in a long time. You know that show with Gordon Ramsay, Kitchen Nightmares? This place belongs on it.

Where do I begin? I suppose I will lay my experience out chronologically. My party of 6 arrived at the time of our reservation. They did not have our table ready. We waited a few minutes and were seated. We looked at the menu and were very confused. The waitress came over 30 seconds later and asked us for our orders. Obviously we needed more time.

The menu was divided into three columns. The left side was labelled Sanctuaria and featured tapas. The middle was labelled in tiny print at the top with "farm to table from Foundation Farms" and featured what I can only guess was an attempt at New American. The right was labelled with something like Diablo Cantina and featured something like Mexican food. Prices ranged from 10-20 dollars or thereabouts. I assumed the tapas were meant to be shared but we had no idea what the deal was with the other items. The waitress came back and we asked her to explain. Apparently everything was meant to be shared, but she struggled to explain how many items we should order per person. At this point, if it had been up to me, I would have just gotten up and left, but my party was hungry. My poor wallet. We ended up spending probably around 180 dollars. None of us were full and the food was deplorable. It all looked and tasted microwaved. The highlight was the seared barramundi, which was served on a warm, mealy slice of watermelon. Yum.

On a positive note, the food came out relatively quickly so we didn't have to spend much time there.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely anniversary dinner

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O
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great. We love the outside patio area. We have been many times, but the service this time was not as good - a little slow and not as attentive to our table.

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St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 4

I just received a call from the manager Andy, who insisted that my party only paid $20-30 on a $600 bill. This was disturbing on many levels, as our bills were split up and I paid about $28 tip for my part (on a $140 bill). While I am very disappointed to hear that the server was shorted on her tips, I'm equally disappointed that I was held responsible for the actions of a large party because I coordinated the dinner, and my individual contribution dismissed.
Furthermore, the manager admitted that he didn't go through the tickets to see who paid what, which lends to the possibility of error. The call ended with a threat to add an auto-gratuity to my future bookings.
I've booked many large party meals before, and have never encountered an issue like this. I consider myself a good tipper, and have never considered the notion of policing my guests' tipping habits. I hope that the manager can appreciate my position, as I appreciate him looking out for his server.
Moral of the story: take caution when booking large parties here. Have a conversation with your guests beforehand if you decide to do it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I'm just frustrated by the price, and what you get. $13 for two little sliders??!

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WI
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some may find Sanctuaria to be noisy, but we enjoyed the vibe. Unique decorations and of course excellent tapas. Talented bartender.

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OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We oldsters went early so it was quiet. Great flavors and service!

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MT
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great, service not so much. My OpenTable reservation somehow got lost, but the manager took care of us, and I really appreciated that. It took so long for one person in our party to get his food, he had to just get it to go. We weren’t offered go-boxes for leftovers. Paying our bill took as long as eating our meal and mistakes were made on the charges on 3 of our 5 tickets. Overall, even though the food was delicious, I don’t think I’ll go back.

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KG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was good, recommendations on food and beverages was spot on. Bacon Wrapped dates were the best, also had fajita's and a couple of the crafted cocktails. Everything was perfect. Even better than the food was the outdoor patio. Highly recommend. I will be back.

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MS
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met another couple there to sample the Tapas and cocktails. Loved the eclectic decor and casual atmosphere. The service was fantastic. The food was very tasty and served piping hot as it was brought out as each dish was completed. A few of the Tapas options seemed a little high priced for the serving you received, but others were quite reasonable. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be back.

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St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside in a beautiful night. Food was very different. Very tasty! Service was very good. A fun place to go. A bit on the pricey side. We only ordered from he small tapas side because anything more was above $22 bucks!

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