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For 2
7:00 PM
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Booked 8 times today


2611 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date (42)
  • Pre/post Theatre (40)
  • Special Occasion (35)
Sanctuary, with its chandeliers and vaguely gothic ambiance - protected by gargoyles like the sanctuaries of Europe - is elegant, yet comfortable. It is meant to be a haven where food, service and ambiance please the senses. A fireplace warms cold nights - a patio with flowers and herbs celebrates summer. With thick limestone, rough timbers and ceiling beams dating back to the 1860's, it reminds you of that small romantic place you'd love to visit again.

Sanctuary serves New American Cuisine, deftly combining immigrant influences from the Mediterranean to Japan into dishes that are delicious, amazing and satisfying. The menu stays enticing with weekday Tasting Menus, special creations Fri./Sat. and menu changes every other month. The StarTribune said, “[I] loved the well-paired wines, the genial service, the cozy surroundings and the kitchen's finesse."

Located one block from the Guthrie, it is the perfect place for dinner before or after a show.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, French American, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Bar: 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (may close earlier if slow)
Dinner: Monday through Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(612) 339-5058
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
Chicago Avenue
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Parking details
Private lots flank the 903 building on both sides and are $4 for the evening. A public lot directly behind the building is $3 on non-Dome-event nights. The Guthrie Ramp is between the restaurant and the theater - directly across Washington Ave.
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Public transit
Washington Avenue buses run in front of Sanctuary. Light rail and other buses stop near the Dome - less than a block South of (behind) Sanctuary.
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Sexy underground European music plays softly in the background.
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Special events & promotions
Monday - Thursday - Chef serves an exquisite, adventurous 5-Course Tasting Menu for only $35. A paired flight of four 1/2 glasses of wine with the Tasting Menu is only $14. Cocktail pairings to go with the tasting menu are $16. Fri. & Sat. Chef serves a Feature dish of fresh, seasonal food. The Bar has special seasonal cocktails.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2611 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Pleasantly surprisingly little restaurant tucked away on Washington Street, Sanctuary is a neighborhood gem waiting to be discovered. The service is one of the best experienced in quite a while, with a firm knowledge of the menu, a keen understanding of timing, and the right pace to move along the meal. The food is creative, decorative, and (most importantly) showcases a good grasp of flavors and textures. The bone marrow is a staple on the Starters menu for good reason, while just about any entree is worth your while to sample. Definitely save room for dessert, which is carefully plated and provides a fresh, sweet ending to an excellent dining experience.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Chloe was a wonderful waitress. Charming and helpful. Her meal suggestions were perfect and she helped to pick the perfect wine for the meal. Steaks were done to perfection and the brownies desert was excellent. The meat and cheese appetizer was excellent and my wife could not stop talking about how wonderful the micro greens were. Overall, one of out best anniversary dinner ever.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food! Unique offerings and pairings with side dishes. Can’t wait to go back!

vipwestofmpls (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The dishes all look and taste delicious. the menu is very creative and changes often. Always a great meal.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The owner, Mike, was friendly and welcoming. Excellent service, beautiful and intimate space, and the food was creative enough to be fun and interesting without going too far. We especially enjoyed the “sexy shots” dessert - really fun to share with a date!

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Had a very enjoyable meal here before heading to Theater in the Round. Excellent food and service!

Bdaydinner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The week night tasting menu is a great value and the cocktail pairing was fantastic!

vipOpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere!

Jessie (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Sanctuary has yet to dissappoint my boyfriend and I. The drinks, the food, the artwork, the staff is all awesome. They change up the menu every 3 months, but keep the favorites. I look forward to my next visit.

loneklab (Minneapolis)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was great and friendly, atmosphere was relaxing. I did not enjoy anything else. 4oz filet mignon was tough and under cooked, duck breast was over cooked, scallop was undercooked. Everything was fairly bland and under-seasoned, though, over-priced cosidering food quality. Tiny and cramped... skip it.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Nice restaurant. Cozy, good food. They offer a 5 course tasting menu Mon-Thurs at a very good price.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

My wife and I love this hidden little gem. We have been regulars for our annual anniversary dinner for several years now. We always get taken well care of and it keeps us coming back. This is a great restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great selection of food. The waitress was very knowledgeable. Great restaurant for a date, it was cozy. Cool art on the wall which tells an interesting story.

pick4me (Minneapolis)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Not what it used to be. It's been several years since I've been there. I didn't find the food particularly well balanced in terms of spice/flavor. Steak was rather bland. Scallops basically just tasted like pepper. Apetizer just tasted like hot sauce.

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Nice place & great employees!