Sanctuaria

4.3
694 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.

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
What 694 people are saying
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TLS045
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m asking myself why I waited SO LONG to dine at Sanctuaria!!! The food was everything and the service: exceptional!! Rhonda was our server and we couldn’t have asked for better service and the GM, Jennifer, checked in on is and gave some interesting information about the owners and decor of the restaurant. It was date night and we are so glad we choose Sanctuaria!

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Victoria
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The restaurant has a very nice vibe. A little chilly, but overall great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

Good has gone down hill. Server was not present.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent. Service was mediocre at best. Prices seemed appropriate.

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ReneeS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We fell in love with this place. The food is next level!

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RedBunny
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We went to celebrate a birthday. It was a fun night. The waitress was nice and although pretty expensive the food was good. We had to wait a while but we were having cocktails and talking so it really didn’t matter. Love all the eclectic decor too!

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vipKristinK
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Our server was fantastic, food was excellent and love the environment!

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vipRealBad
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We’ve been to Sanctuaria half a dozen times before and it’s always been good. Not tonight.

Took a half hour to get an order of guacamole. Took 10 minutes to get a glass of water and when the server finally brought it she slammed it on the table. Ordered a glass of wine. Nope. Ordered some food. They bring a dish; nope, not what we ordered. They bring another dish; nope, not what we ordered. They bring a third dish; nope, not what we ordered.

Tough night. They need to get their act together before we return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. Service was impeccable, she was super patient as there is a lot to review on the menu. The food was perfectly timed out and each dish was delicious.

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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
2 reviews
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
13 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
4 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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Saintlouiegail
St. Louis
6 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
9 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
9 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
63 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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brycef
New York Area
40 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
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is very good and a great variety. I felt very rushed to order....

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vipSarah
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food! We shared lots of small plates for the variety and had plenty to eat. Try the cigars with blue cheese fondue and the grilled shrimp. Guacamole and chips great. Only negative was the noise level. Until people left it was hard to carry on a conversation. I’m going back!

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vipwrl19625
St. Louis
46 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good inside, great outside! Small plates ensures everyone is happy regardless if it is a party of 2 or 12

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DerrickF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great time here. The staff were friendly and professional, the food was fantastic, the drinks were great and the decor is a lot of fun. Not sure what more you could ask for of a restaurant.

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Mike
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing people working there, very friendly and service was amazing. The food was delicious and the cocktails were refreshing. Will definitely go back, and I wish I had stopped in years ago.

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ThurmaD
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit and didn’t know what to expect. The food was amazing. The beggars purse and lime poached shrimp— sumptuous! Our service was friendly , informative and attentive. We will definitely be back and will bring friends. A great new find!

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RubenP
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was beyond what we expected. The atmosphere and service are top notch. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!!! All of my friends commented how they would be back.

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RonM
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The outdoor patio was amazing! Perfect place for a romantic date or special occassion

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ShawnT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experimental process that offers visual and cultural creativity as a defining value. Highly relaxed, fun, and extremely tasty. Great place to go eat and enjoy good friend(s).

Shawn T.

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LauraW
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, a little spicy. Great service. Ate in the bar area to take advantage of happy hour specials.

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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 4.3 stars by 694 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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