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About Sanctuary

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.

903 Washington Ave South
Suite 150
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, French American, Global, International

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

Cross Street:
Chicago Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(612) 339-5058

Website:
http://www.sanctuaryminneapolis.com/

Entertainment:
Sexy underground European music plays softly in the background.

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.

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.

Additional:
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

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.

Sanctuary Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Special Occasion (41)
Romantic (39)
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Creative Cuisine (39)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Cozy (30)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Tasting Menu (20)
Notable Wine List (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Fun (11)
Business Meals (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Seasonal (9)
Authentic (8)
Healthy (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful ambience, food choice was relatively broad and tasty, the service was impeccable.
Slightly on the expensive side, but worth it!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

We had wonderful service from Indica, who was attentive, knowledgeable and articulate, attending us and providing clear, descriptive answers to all our questions. I had the 5 course "Chef's Whim" sampler plus wine pairings, and was very impressed. My table mates were all satisfied with their choices as well. If you enjoy a cocktail before a meal, let me recommend the Elderberry Vesper Lynn. Everyone sampled it, and all were reluctant to pass it on. One caveat: Sanctuary has a very small parking lot, with an awkward, slow pay machine. On this icy, snowy night, we could not read our parking space numbers and had to climb a slippery slope to pay for our slots. The process was awkward, inconvenient and dangerous.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

Not only was the food excellent and not too much as restaurants seem to do, but the wait staff was friendly and made the evening so enjoyable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

My 55th birthday. Outstanding!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

Never disappointed. You feel like family when you are welcomed at the front door. The calm coziness makes it hard to leave. Plus the food is creatively flavorful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I dined with a friend who also was eating more plant based food. Our meal was outstanding and the bartender paired a delicious non-alcoholic beverage for my friend and a spot on cocktail for me. I have been dining at Sanctuary for some time now and have always had a wonderful meal.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 30, 2017

A friend of mine and I visit Sanctuary several times a year pre-Guthrie shows. Warm environment and attentive service. Food is always great, but portions can run a bit small.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Anniversary
Everything was great!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Love, love, love the food, service and cozy atmosphere! This place never disappoints and is one of our all time favorites for dining or small plates at the bar.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Birthday celebration-Sanctuary is always fantastic!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Some of the food was great, but the highly touted Pho was both hot and bland at the same time. The heat didn't make up fo the blandness. On the other hand the shrimp appetizer was fabulous as were some of the desserts.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We were welcomed by the host who escorted us back to the bar area rather than the main dining room, which seemed odd at the time. Although the environment was OK - just not what I was expecting based on reviews, we rolled with it and placed our order. Our server was awkward in sort of an annoying way - not terrible, simply lacked confidence it seemed. I believe the venue was terribly slow that evening and sent regular servers home, thus we ended up with the bar tender as our server. We were OK with our tasting menu items - good food, not great but plenty good value along with a value oriented wine flight. Was very "ho hum" overall and the worst part was listening the the "host" yack it up with two other guests at the end of the bar for over thirty minutes straight - which happened to be directly adjacent to our table. There were only two other tables "busy" the entire evening. Simply disappointing in so many ways.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was great. Prices were surprisingly reasonable! The duck was incredible and only $26! The forbidden rice appetizer was AWESOME!

Didn’t love the cocktails I tried... I’d stick with wine next time.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Nashville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Different from our usual business dinner but very enjoyable. Somewhat limited wine list but it got the job done. Will go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The duck breast was great.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We waited an hour for our entrees and then mine came out undercooked. We were coed on the entrees but the kitchen had best get it’s act together if it is to remain a viable business

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Tasty & creative meal before Guthrie Theater on a snowy Friday eve. Warm & cozy restaurant with super-fresh seasonal ingredients and a welcoming host/owner and staff. Tuna tartare app was a fabulous blend of marinated tuna chunks & spicy chocolate sauce with edible flower garnish. Risotto with radish sprouts, oyster mushrooms & lemon ricotta was flavorful, filling comfort food. The duck was meaty, well-seasoned and tender. The tres leches cake was sweet and moist and plenty to share. Well done Sanctuary. We’ll be back!

Tags: Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Many of us heard through Facebook about the recent departure of Chef Patrick. I'm here to say that any concerns we might have had were quickly dismissed after last night's dinner. The chef who was the chef at Sanctuary prior to Pat is back... and the food is still excellent. I'm not going to relay our dinner, as a new menu starts tonight. Let's just say the kitchen is in excellent hands and Sanctuary is alive and well.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This was our first visit after reading great reviews about Sanctuary. We were impressed with the facility, the ambiance and that they honored the type of table I requested on Open Table. We both ordered the 5-course chef’s selection and were impressed with each course. Our lobster-corn soup was amazing, the salad delicious, pork tenderloin and potatoes were spectacular and our favorite was the single, perfect scallop with a slightly spicy assortment of root vegetables and broth. The desert was beautiful but we only tasted as we were quite full at that point. We enjoyed this meal with the recommended wine pairing. This was not only a very reasonable price but each of the wine selections perfectly complemented the course it was paired with. For example I generally don’t care for Chardonnay, but it was perfect with the scallop dish.

Next time we will probably request a cozy table in the bar area simply to get a different perspective of the space. Parking is convenient and inexpensive for downtown. We will definitely go back for the atmosphere and the fantastic food, and are told the chef changes up the tasting menu every day.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We came in on Halloween and had the tasting menu. Was a lot of fun and really good food. Excellent value at 5 courses for $35!! We will definitely be back. Extremely kind and friendly staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Would have been exceptional even without the added benefit of one-stop parking for a theatre evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Awesome. Great food and service!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very average food and not something out of the ordinary. I had the lamb and it was extremely tough. Very good service though.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Fantastic pre theatre dinner. Chef's whim paired with wine was perfect. The 1st course of Lobster Corn chowder was a great start to a wonderful meal.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 26, 2017

First time at our favorite restaurant since Patrick left- still great food and service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, service, and atmosphere. The pork tenderloin was great!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

As always, our meal was outstanding the service was attentive and friendly. Have yet to have a dish her I didn't like!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

I was not overly impressed with the food. It was during restaurant week and we ordered the lamb. The brother made the comment, no worries for Dinty Moore, and needless the say the food was just ok.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We indulged during restaurant week and we’re blown away with the flavors and comfort of the food. Cozy setting, very attentive service. We were dazzled.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Another beautifully prepared and served delicious meal at Sanctuary. Love the almonds and bread with edamame to start, and both the pork and scallop entrees were just superb. We recommend this restaurant for casual, special, groups, couples, and occasion. We have always had a 5 star experience at Sanctuary.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great experience overall. 3 of us ordered off of restaurant week menu + wine pairing. 3-course dinner was delicious. Service was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great start to Restaurant Week!

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 (South Dakota)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I had the house salad and radish risottos. Salad wad a little salty, but good. Risotto was hot and beautifully plated, but not very flavorful. Table mates had entrees with meag and said they were very good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The host was very personable and the food very creative and memorable!!!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 13, 2017

One of my favorites! A local gem. Never disappointed in Sanctuary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 11, 2017

One of the few great restaurants left in Minneapolis

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Solid food! Had the prix fixed with wine pairings and was very satisfied, well developed flavors, pairings were perfect, typically a red wine drinker but enjoyed the variety of drinks given and they really worked well with the food! Solid food I would come back for!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great place for business, romantic dates, and private conversation. Food is great, it is an upscale restaurant so keep the cost in mind. Great experience, would definitely come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Host was so helpful with parking, our waitress kept us on track to get to the theatre. Very lovely decorated, intimate and not loud. Would recommend it and would return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was a perfect spot for dining before going on to the Guthrie. We had a reservation & were seated immediately. Our server Melissa was friendly & efficient, the wines were fairly priced, the food excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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