Sanctuaria

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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.

Specials

Taco Tuesday

$2 Tacos: your choice of chicken or beef, soft or crunchy. $5 House Margarita.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 14, 2020

Ends: January 15, 2119

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 705 People Are Saying
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

OT
Savannah
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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!

I
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

SG
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

OT
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.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, food was delicious and a great value.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
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.

S
St. Louis
2 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.

OT
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!

k
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

DS
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.

MM
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.

B
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was really good!

OT
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.

TK
Orlando
45 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for great small plate food options and drinks.

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

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

b
New York Area
34 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.

RV
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

S
New York Area
48 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!

w
St. Louis
45 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

DF
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.

M
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.

TD
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!

RP
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.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RM
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

ST
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.

LW
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.

k
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Very average food quality. Poor service. Out of two quality berr choices, possibly more.

N
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group and I had a great time. We were able to share a lot of dishes and everything came out delicious. The service was excellent, and we would highly recommend Sanctuaria to anyone.

EV
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

I just hope this was a case of the wrong night. I think the owner was in the house with a group and he got all the attention. Probably all the sangria too because after waiting 35 minutes for our drink they came to tell us they were all out of sangria. Other than one extremely nice server the whole experience was near depressing.

m
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The restaurant has a funky, interesting feel and decor, and the food is really good. The price is high compared to the food (guacamole and chips need not be expensive). The server was very unfamiliar with the menu items and the drinks, particularly the drinks the restaurant claims are unique. The prices for the unique drinks is incredibly high.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was mediocre and slow service. Nice patio for a drink. Would not return.

SE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Band was too loud. Pricey for such little plates. They were out of the one thing we ordered off menu!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town for a conference and stopped in with a colleague for happy hour after hearing that this place was on the list of America’s Beat Bourbon Bars and the St. Louis Magazine’s Best Restaurant list. It completely lived up to both designations! The food was excellent and a great value. We were waited on by the mixologist, who was incredibly helpful in guiding our choice of drinks and brought out 2 bourbons local to Missouri when we asked for something unique. I highly recommend!

MC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I decided to go to Sanctuaria to celebrate my graduation. The food was amazing. We sat out on the patio and I couldn't have asked for better weather. Our waiter was just amazing. I'm grateful that Sanctuaria gave me such a great experience to add to an already amazing day.

AG
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Sanctuaria. I’ve been a couple times now and just absolutely love the vibe and the service/food/cocktails couldn’t be better.

SD
Dallas
30 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great for a casual dinner. We always order tapas and it is delivered quickly and tastes great. Service is timely and helpful with navigating the menu and making suggestions.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Service was great, but the food and cleanliness in the bathrooms were not.:(

OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a total of 7 people in our party that had never been here before, the wait staff for our table was phenomenal. They were very attentive, and were ready to answer any questions we had. All the food I tried during the meal was delicious, but a few that stood out are the Beggars Purse and the Frita Sliders. Only a few of us ordered cocktails, but they were all phenomenal. I had the The Bends and The Blonde Ambition. The atmosphere here is just astounding. This may not be a place I go to weekly or month, but definitely is on a list of places for special occasions.

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