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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Special Occasion (41)
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Cozy (37)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Romantic (36)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Quiet Conversation (32)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Tasting Menu (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Authentic (13)
Fun (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Seasonal (9)
Business Meals (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Casual (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 13, 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 13, 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 12, 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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·Dined on January 7, 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 7, 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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·Dined on January 6, 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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 31, 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 31, 2017

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 28, 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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·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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 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 17, 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 17, 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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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 17, 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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vip
 (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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·Dined on December 16, 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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·Dined on December 14, 2017

If you are wanting an intimate dinner and you have a pallet that celebrates great food you have found your place! The wonderful service seals it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

Nice quiet place for date night. We can actually hear each other. Small place but didn’t feel crowded. Food was excellent!

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My 55th birthday. Outstanding!!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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vip
 (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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