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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (40)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Special Occasion (36)
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Cozy (32)
Romantic (32)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Tasting Menu (15)
Authentic (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Seasonal (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Casual (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 11, 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.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Nice place & great employees!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 7, 2018

It was a cold night, but warm and cozy inside. We had the tasting menu and were not disappointed. The smell of mulled wine wafted from the kitchen and that was a hit also. This is a gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Quiet business dinner with out-of-town guest went very well due to attentive but not overbearing service, outstanding food, great selection of food and drink options.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Owner very rude. They asked us to leave before we were done because they needed our table for a large group. Won’t go back

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Super Bowl

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything was perfect. Food was exceptional. Service was attentive. One of our favorite dining spots.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This was our first time to Sanctuary. We were very pleased. We were warmly welcomed at the door by the host and a glowing fireplace which was nice since it was a cold night outside. We has a reservation and were shown to a table of our choice and the server was prompt in getting to the table. Our server was very likeable and well versed on the menu and bar selections. The meal was wonderful and nicely timed as we began with a starter. Thanks to the Sanctuary staff for making the whole evening relaxing and memorable. We will be back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is one of my favorite places in Minneapolis! The food, service and atmosphere are always lovely, and it's a great location. Always a treat!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Comfy, warm room with friendly server. Entrees were not served together, making it awkward for my customer. Appetizers were not easily shared. I would come back and order more carefully.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

A great way to end the work week is a meal at Sanctuary. Great food, service and conversation all in a relaxed atmosphere. These are the reasons Sanctuary remains in my top 5 favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. My wife and I always look forward to our next experience there.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We love the ambiance at Sanctuary, and the interesting and delicious food. I've eaten here with business colleagues and with my wife for our anniversary or other special occasion. This restaurant is a special place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent food and a relaxing atmosphere. The menu changes regularly and the cost is very reasonable. I would definitely recommend it and I will go back in the future.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Wonderful ambiance, cozy and warm! Great service, fun art and great menu! We will definitely be returning again and again!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Outstanding restaurant! Wonderful food and the menu changes every three months. My favorite place to dine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Always a good experience. The menu just changed over (January). Nice options.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Will go back again and again, great find!!! The homemade mulled wine in the winter is a MUST! All the food just melts in your mouth, I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

It is amazing. The food is fantastic and the staff make you feel like you are at home! The menu rotators every ninety days so you continue to get to enjoy new dishes throughout the year. I am a regular and will continue to be!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was friendly and prompt, the ambience was warm and welcoming. The meat and cheese platter was delicious, but could have benefited from crostini or bread, the tres leches was delicious. For the main course, I had duck dish and was a bit disappointed, but my husband had the steak dish and loved it. All in all, a good meal and nice restaurant.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I’ve been to Sanctuary several times and appreciate the great food, presentation, and atmosphere. I came with a date on New Year’s Eve and was dissappointed in the loud pop music that was blasting from the speakers. I return to Sanctuary because it is one of the few venues in town where you can actually talk to your companions at dinner. I was also disappointed by the card on the table suggesting that we were only welcome to stay for an hour and a half to make room for additional customers. Although we were not rushed out the door, it still felt awkward especially considering that this is not an inexpensive dining choice.
The food and service has always been first rate and I am hoping that this was a one time lapse.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

All of the staff are educated about what a great dining experience is meant to be. Had a most wonderful new year’s eve meal!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were a bit apprehensive as the chef has changed since our last visit. We were pleased to find the experience was as good if not better than we have previously had. Kudos to Michael and staff.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a delightful evening at sanctuary, food was good, service was great!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great attention to detail, cozy spot on a below zero night. Loved the redone bishop's chairs turned int highback booths. Value in shared plates and entres here.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place - interesting, tasty menu, intimate ambiance and Michael is the best!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Every time we come here, we are never disappointed and always find something creative and delicious on the menu. It also just has a good friendly vibe to it and it reminds of us some of our favorite smaller, unique restaurants in Europe.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Music was too loud and our waiter seemed to be covering several areas, so hard to get his attention. Loved the tasting menu! Our favorite pre Guthrie spot.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food was wonderful. Service was very good My only recommendation is if ordering a meal, eg rack of lamb, and I say prepare to the chef preference to do that vs ask. I am accustomed to this at other high end restaurants and usually find that chefs know the best prep for the meat.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Sanctuary! Inventive cocktails (smoke on the water - SO moody), creatively refined dishes (tempura halibut, anyone?) and the service NEVER disappoints! Owner and bon vivant, Michael, provides a warm welcome and discreetly assures your every need is met. Great for pre and post theater but also great for long, leisurely meals with friends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We hadn't been to Sanctuary in a couple of months and we have been missing out. Went for a Saturday night date with my wife and the food was phenomenal! The wife had steak which was cooked to a perfect medium rare and I had the duck which was unbelievably good. The service was great, the drinks were great and will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful dinner service outstanding please try this place you will not be disappointed

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Organic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

As always, the experience at the Sanctuary is exceptional from the owner's warm greeting at the door to the incredible food and wonderful ambiance. It is a "one of a kind" experience in the Twin Cities. I would highly recommend the Sanctuary!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We took our daughter and her boyfriend here attending A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie. It is my daughter's favorite choice for dining prior to attending the Guthrie. The host/owner? is a delight and we enjoyed the art work explanation b/f our absolutely spectacular dinner. The scallops did not disappoint and the lamb and beef were superb. My husband enjoys the wine list, although not extensive, there are wonderful choices. Our server was friendly, a delight and made us feel so welcome. She competently served our dinner so we were able to make the theater in plenty of time. Kudos to the wonderful chef. It was a superb evening.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We cane here with a larger group to celebrate a graduation and everything was absolutely wonderful from beginning to end! We were greeted by the owner of the restaurant who told us about it's history and discussed their original beverages while our table was being prepared. Service was on point, the food was exquisite, and the ambiance was warm and inviting. Thank you for a delightful evening!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Pick another restaurant. Poor service and food is only ok. Try Bachelor Farmer, Spoon & Stable, or Butcher & the Boar if you want a good meal at a nice restaurant downtown.

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