Sanctuary

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was low key and perfect in just about every way. Our waiter and his team were attentive. Simple menu. Food was incredibly crafted to order and each bite made you sink deeper into your seat with delight.

TR
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice cozy restaurant with very good food and access. Parking is available right outside the door at a very modest rate. A short 2 block walk to the Guthrie makes this a perfect place for a before the show dinner.

GW
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good but bordered on being overly complicated. But I would go back, for sure. Close to Guthrie.

OT
Minneapolis
167 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think one of the toughest things to do in a restaurant is to be consistent. My wife and I have been big fans of Sanctuary for several years now, and they have been consistently amazing.

Food: Braised pork shank with white cheddar grits in an amazing broth, perfectly done lamb chops in a bright but accessible chimichurri sauce.

Service: Warm, attentive, but not hovering.

Atmosphere: exposed timbers/stone, intimate cozy

You should go... now

p
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fabulous food, and service. A great place to dine pre Guthrie. Warm and inviting. Pay close attention to the length of the play when parking for the entire evening as my guest received a hefty ticket!

KG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice welcome from the Maitre D at the door. I really recommend the Laphroaig cocktail I think it was Trevors choice. Shared a shrimp appetizer and a lovely salad with avocado. Enjoyed the duck breast and the fish. Plenty of time to then stroll over to the Guthrie to see a play.

T
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excited to find a high quality restaurant with the owner present. Can’t wait to go back

KD
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love having dinner at Sanctuary before Guthrie shows. The food is always exceptional and Michael always makes us feel welcome!

l
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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KL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The restaurant was empty. We were a party of 7 people. We were probably 60% of the entire restaurant that evening. The waitress made multiple mistakes on the drink orders. 6 people ordered steak. 4 of the steaks were cold when delivered to the table. One person ordered halibut. The halibut was so salty it was not eaten.

T
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had tickets for the Guthrie.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special and delicious first time experience - we loved Sanctuary and will definitely be back! The presentation of the food was thoughtful and beautiful. Our server Jessica was knowledgeable and helpful, taking the time to provide details about each entree. Foodies will love this place!

GO
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Excellent service, delicious food, nice wine list without destroying the pocketbook. Only my second time being here and can't wait to come back.

l
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a "gem" in downtown Mpls. It is reminiscent of small quaint restaurants you would find in New York. Food and cocktails were outstanding....as was the service!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and efficient service. Server very knowledgable about food and wine. Made recommendations. Delicious, pleasingly presented food. Ambience was bistro like without all the noise. Conversations were heard but didn’t bounce off the walls. Only 2nd visit to this restaurant but treated like a regular.

K
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We’ve typically go to Santuary a couple times per month, yet no longer. They ran out of soup, service was slow and a starter appetizer had to be sent back because it was over cooked. Other tables had similar issues and the table of four behind us had their entrees comped. An unfortunate situation that could have been avoided by letting us know the situation when we sat down - they did tell a customer that came in and sat next to us.

r
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was very, very slow. Blamed cooking staff. Ordered house special. Took over 2 hours to be erred.

j
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice setting, good vibe, food was very good however one of the entrees needed to be sent back to be heated up a bit. Flavor was spot on after it came back to the table. Overall good experience and value.

RM
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service was on point. Nice date place as it was fairly quiet venue.

JQ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sanctuary Resturant week menu was good - but I would not say it was great. I have had many great meals there and find the tasting menu to be an excellent value and enjoyable. The wine pairings with this meal were absolutely spot on and a GREAT value. This is a lovely restaurant run by lovely people and a fabulous date night destination or enjoyable with friends.

L
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Amazingly excellent food at a decent price. The chef made tailored accomodations to the 5-course tasting menu for my complex allergies so that every dish looked just like my husband’s, was yummy and unforgettable, and a total treat. We plan to come back again and again. One caution: for a date, avoid bar area; it’s a bit noisy and not as warm feeling.

DB
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the service and food at Sanctuary were superb. Our waitress carefully explained the tasting menu which my friend tried and liked very much. Steaks were done perfectly. We'll come again!

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service was slower than I’d expect given the amount of folks in the restaurant. Otherwise the food was great.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent!

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T
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great again as usual, Mike and crew do exceptional job. Good food one of our favorite restaurants

PR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Near Guthrie and Target field. Parking on either side of the building is cheap and available (best kept secret?). We got 2 vegetarian side dishes and the artichoke tartlet—all filling and tasty. The whole place was going to the Guthrie dhow and they had us out the door in an hour.

JM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Intimate restaurant with delicious food. Felt like we stepped back in time. Very romantic and cozy atmosphere. We recommend Sanctuary.

DE
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Appetizers were fabulous...main courses were fine. Loved the tart for dessert.

DW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the grilled Alaskan halibut over olive risotto! Amazing! We will be back to try their tasting menu.

R
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful discovery by chance and very glad that it happened. Sanctuary is a relaxed and intimate place to have dinner. Upon the moment of entry you are greeted with a cordial welcome. The staff is the very best in Minneapolis. The food and drinks were exceptional. The steak was tender and the halibut moist. Sanctuary leaves you with nothing to complain about.

d
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu is narrow, but all of the various entree’s were solid with good flavor. The portions were reasonably sized and fairly priced. The service didn’t always come of as impressive, but the service was still good and we never seemed to be waiting for anything. We would certainly go there again.

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are visiting Minneapolis and tried Sanctuary on the recommendation of a friend. We loved it. It was easy to get a reservation. We were greeted warmly when we arrived. Our table for 4 was private. Loved the giant chairs. Our server was friendly and helpful with the menu. The fully stocked bar had lots to offer. The food was interesting and different from typical restaurant fare and was delicious.

GM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were greeted by the owner right when we walked in, and sat down a a quaint, “romantic” table. We ordered our drinks first, then food 10 min later. 20 min later, we were told there was a mixup in the kitchen and the server apologized it would be delayed. Half an hour later, I was told they were out of the entree I ordered (halibut). There was no apology nor explanation for why it took 50 min to even inform me, but whatever. It took over an entire hour for us to get our appetizer, then at least half an hour after to get our entrees. While the waitress (Jennifer I think?) apologized, she only mentioned comping our appetizer and drink AFTER I had pulled her aside explaining our frustration. If I were her, I would’ve apologized properly and mentioned right away (without being prompted by the customer) that I’ll comp part of the dinner.

The food was good, the ambiance was nice, but unfortunately, my boyfriend and I will not return.

TB
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food, service and atmosphere all nice. My group was from out of town and had trouble getting there with all the construction but felt it was worth the trip.

KB
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance, host was very attentive, service was great, food was delicious!

DY
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I generally bring my out-of-town clients here, in part because after eating here once, they request return visits. Highly recommended!

PB
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food is good but not Great for the pricing. Chef entrees need more variation and depth of flavor and a few more options of salads and entrees. They have the air of great possibility but it's not being developed well enough for me to say that there are top-notch and worth coming very often. I am glad that they cycle there menus as they told me that probably is what is helpful for me to want to return

M
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sanctuary is my go-to when family/friends are visiting!

M
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat regularly at Sanctuary. Always creative and interesting meals. The best service in town!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly seasoned and cooked. Unusual ingredients but skillfully assembled. We did tasting menu with wine paring. High point was the pastry chef’s perfectly executed brownie and vanilla ice cream. Sounds simple but executed at a 10 level

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