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Sanctuaria, St. Louis, MO

Sanctuaria

3.9
3.9
834 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Stop in today and prepare to be impressed at Sanctuaria in the Grove, featuring unique Spanish and Mediterranean-inspired Tapas. Whether it be the Wicked Good Shrimp, Frita Sliders or the Devil Bites, it is sure to be unforgettable.
Our unique cocktail recipes are created by our team of talented bartenders, and are made with fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, spices and house-made juices, shrubs, syrups and tinctures, along with high end spirits. Nine times recognized by Buffalo Trace as one of America's Best Bourbon Bars, you will find a modest selection of rare bourbon allocations.
Our Dia de los Muertos-inspired décor is sure to leave you awestruck: cozy tables, and a giant Tree of Bones sculpture behind the bar.
The huge patio is simply unbeatable, with lush florals and greenery, and its very own fountain, a French Conservatory and heaters when it's chilly. The photo ops are incredible.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar, Vegetarian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (314) 535-9700
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
  • Private party facilities
    Book our gorgeous glass conservatory, or our outdoor event space for your special occasion. We host parties from business dinners, all the way to weddings. Reasonably priced, and beautifully decorated, Sanctuaria is perfect for your event.
  • Neighborhood
    St. Louis
  • Cross street
    Boyle
  • Parking details
    Fenced in parking lot behind the restaurant on Boyle.
  • Public transit
    Metro Bus Stop outside front door of restaurant.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 834 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • St. Louis

    Good for groups

  • Downtown

    Innovative

  • Downtown

    Good for groups

  • Downtown

    Hot spot

  • Downtown

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Downtown

    Lively

834 Reviews
  1. larryg

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was mediocre and took almost an hour to get from time of order

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was below average for the everyday foodie. This was my first visit and I had high hopes based on the menu. My entire experience fell short of expectations

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sat us 45 minutes late which happens. They were having a dinner theater in the middle of the restaurant which was extremely loud. Food was just okay. Chicken sliders were great. Artichokes were above average. Everything else was very subpar. Waiter forgot several items ordered. Had to go find dinnerware on our own. Really not the best. I think the theater table really overwhelmed them to be fair, but not ideal to do so on a Saturday night.

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  4. LynnU

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This was my first time back to the restaurant in a number of years. The food quality was honestly very poor. For a tapas restaurant, it didn't take almost an hour just for two items when the restaurant isn't even full. The flavors were completely off and it was obvious that they've incorporated cheap alternatives for food items. I was really disappointed, considering this used to be one my favorite places for dinner.

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  5. Chattafoodie

    E. Tennessee

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The tables were sticky and dirty. I was not at all impressed with the cleanliness.

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  6. NikW

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for a nice place on Valentine's Day for a different vibe. Loved it

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  7. Mandy

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were actually terrible. Cosmo was so bad that switched to vodka soda with cranberry, which did not contain soda water. How is that even possible? Food met expectations, the best dish we had was the fried artichoke. Won’t return due to overall experience and price.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the new cocktail menu. And loved the atmosphere

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. The filet was especially good. Such a great find. Would absolutely recommend!

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  10. RebeG

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly (with the exception of the sangria flight) all the food was completely unremarkable or bordered on bad. The guacamole was good, but the plantain chips were soggy and chewy. The steak tips were undercooked and fatty. The patates bravas didn’t have near enough sauce, so they lacked any flavor. None of the tapas came with serving utensils so we had to use our own forks to scoop up the food - fine bc we’ve been married forever, but if I was there with friends or coworkers that would give me the ick. Our server was friendly and attentive, but trash talked other tables to us which didn’t feel great. Overall the meal was completely unremarkable and we won’t be returning.

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  11. AliciaH

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant was practically empty and service was poor — slow, didn’t give us menus, utensils, etc. Food was awful. Rubbery chicken, bland mushrooms, chewy unflavored plantains and the list goes on. To top things off, there was a hair in our food and nats climbing all over the walls. I’m shocked they didn’t even compensate us whatsoever for all the many issues. Will not go back and hope this review saves someone else!!

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  12. CoralC

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve heard good things about this place. Overall our visit was ok. Not bad. We were looking for a fun night with tapas. Drinks all seemed really good. Food was good not great. Nothing amazing about it. It was pretty empty which is not a heard a good sign. On the expensive side. May try it again in the summer to check out the patio.

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  13. AllisonG

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was a bit slow but that seem due to lack of servers. Food was good and everyone was very kind.

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  14. John

    Montana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The wicked shrimp were inedible and the bread was stale. Potatoes were disappointing Below average service. Won't be going back.

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  15. RachelW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food for good prices. Super cool atmosphere!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and drinks were very good. Unfortunately food was very slow coming out with few check ins from the server.

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  17. Logan27

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great music. Food came out quick and waitress was on it!

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  18. lovesfood

    Denver

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    What a disappointment! I haven’t been there in several years and thought I would revisit.  the drinks were bad, the food was bad, and the restaurant was extremely dirty and understaffed. 

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  19. isabelA

    Fayetteville

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious. Cocktails tasted light on liquor.

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  20. Michael

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall very enjoyable experience, but it would be unfair to rate Sanctuaria on a weekend when an annual street fair was taking place right outside of their doors. We will definitely be back.

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  21. jenx

    Cleveland

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous patio space. Delicious small plates. Extensive wine selection. Fantastic server.

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  22. LadyW

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is mediocre and the menu is limited. We were not offered any drinks other than water, so not sure about the drinks. The waitress was very nice though. We enjoy trying restaurants we haven’t been to but we will not be returning to this one.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of tapas and drinks. Server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and moderately priced. Our service was fabulous and the atmosphere was even better. The patio is eclectic and fun!

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  25. LindaS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First two plates were good. Kabobs we’re tough. Shrimp was good. Servers were attentive and friendly.

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  26. review

    St. Louis

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The shrimp was over cooked. The artichokes were mundane. The guacamole was heavy on vinegar. In short, the quality at Sanctuaria is much lower than it used to be.

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  27. sancturiareview

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is great. Service is awesome. Jennifer is the best!

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  28. Randolph

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sanctuaria is the best. Amazing food and drinks. Wonderful staff that provide outstanding service. And the space is so cool. Seriously what is not to like?

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  29. Debbie

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding! Especially loved the bacon wrapped dates. A beautiful night on the patio and wonderful food. We will be back!

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  30. Baby7668

    St. Louis

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside and it was nice. Waitress was good. It did change mid point but they were able to keep things in order.

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  31. BrianA

    St. Louis

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a totally unique dining experience. Very eclectic place with lots of cool stuff to look at. The outdoor patio is really nice but there’s a lot of uneven walking. No high heels here. The food is interesting, but not as flavorful as I expected from the menu. Our server Foster was awesome. He was doing it all tonight. Waiting on Al the tables, bringing water, tending bar. Thankfully it wasn’t very busy. Overall good vibe and ok food.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here is amazing! The drinks are not the best and they are pretty expensive for them not to taste good. The drinks are also pretty small too. The place is decorated amazingly!! The courtyard out back is awesome too. Service was good as well.

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  33. JanL

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place for tapas in St. Louis Forest Park area. Went after 8 on a Saturday evening and had reservations, but that wouldn't have been necessary, as plenty of tables were available. Ate outside in the courtyard & our server was very accommodating. All the dishes we ordered were very good with the exception of the beef tips which contained quite a bit of fat. Tasty items included wine, guacamole with warm chips, beef medallions, glazed carrots and mussels. The mussels were prepared in a thick "Spanish-style" tomato sauce, so be aware if you prefer a lighter wine sauce. Overall, a pleasant experience.

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  34. Brod

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was okay. The service was okay. I will not be going back.

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  35. JamesJ

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are fortunate to have had many great dining experiences all over the world. We recently finally got a reservation at The Girl and the Goat in Chicago after 5 years of trying. Even though TGG is Michelin rated, we enjoyed Sanctuaria MUCH more. The service was friendly and attentive, the ambiance of the outside dining area was very cool, and the food was tremendous. We loved Sanctuaria in every sense.

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  36. VSTL

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The staff at Sanctuaria was super nice and accommodating, the patio was nice, but to be honest, the food was terrible. We ordered large and small plates and they were tasteless. It’s too bad because it’s a nice concept. I hope they rework the menu.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress worked really hard for being the only server so props to her and had to make her own drinks for 8 tables at once. They are understaffed and the food was mediocre to say the best. Drinks were disappointing.

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  38. Todd

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice little place people were friendly the bishops ( 2 man band was really good ) Thanks for the understanding of the circumstance why I was there. Will be back

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  39. Pia65

    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food varied - some dishes were very good while others were just OK. Generally, too expensive based on size of dishes. Service was fine. Outdoor patio looks fun, but band was loud so we sat inside. Biggest disappointment was Rose Sangria - like very diluted flavored water. Liked the general vibe and atmosphere.

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  40. Babydoll7

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was awesome, gave us recommendations, great service, great hospitality!!!! We would recommend and come back!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sanctuaria using the Order Online button. Sanctuaria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (314) 535-9700.

Sanctuaria is rated 3.9 stars by 834 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Sanctuaria

4198 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Boyle
  • Neighborhood
    St. Louis
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar, Vegetarian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Fenced in parking lot behind the restaurant on Boyle.
  • Public transit
    Metro Bus Stop outside front door of restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (314) 535-9700
  • Catering
  • Private party facilities
    Book our gorgeous glass conservatory, or our outdoor event space for your special occasion. We host parties from business dinners, all the way to weddings. Reasonably priced, and beautifully decorated, Sanctuaria is perfect for your event.
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