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Sanctuary

4.7
2655 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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Cuisines
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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Entertainment
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.
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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 2655 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I rarely leave reviews primarily because I’m so picky but our meal was top notch from start to finish. Amazing drinks too! I will be back without question and highly recommend! One of the best meals I’ve had in the TC in a while.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This place is amazing every time I go. Staff is engaging, food is delicious. I recommend this highly whether a special celebrations or just a dinner out.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Very impressed with friendliness and service. Our server was so gracious, helpful and aware of our theater time. The food was very good. Would highly recommend Sanctuary, especially before the theater.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Two old friends were visiting from other cities, and we thought Sanctuary was a great representation of Twin Cities dining. On this occasion, that was only partly true. One visitor and I ordered the chef's nightly special (chicken thighs with tortilla-chip "breading," and it was disappointing. The other two ate spareribs, which they enjoyed greatly. Our experience was enhanced, though, by the smooth and friendly service staff. I'm inclined to regard our disappointment with the dish as evidence of a creative misfire. It certainly will not keep us away from Sanctuary in the future.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

A wonderful meal! We we going to a play at The Guthrie theatre and our server was very attentive to our time restraints.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Dinner before the Guthrie,reservations 5:30 for a 7:30 show. We had a wonderful dinner

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food as usual was fantastic. The tasting menu was so good. Great wine at reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This was our first time at Sanctuary, and we'll be back! The delicious food, excellent service, and relaxing atmosphere were perfect for our pre-Guthrie dinner. My husband ordered the Norwegian trout and I the beef tenderloin and sea scallop combo; both entrees were delicious! We highly recommend the Sanctuary!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had fabulous service. Friendly and knowledgeable. Atmosphere was truly a SANCTUARY! We thought it a great bonus to meet the Chef. We had wine, an appetizer, dinner and dessert...we enjoyed all immensely. My friend likes beef and said it was the most delicious steak she had ever eaten! I had a Norwegian fish that was prepared superbly. First time for both of us and we both will be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This was our first time and we will be back. Great food. Good atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Absolutely fantastic - my favorite Minneapolis restaurant!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It was our first time at Sanctuary. Very friendly service and delicious food. Duck breast and Norwegian Trout were excellent . Deserts are great.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Terrific as usual. We all had the Chef’s taste and it was wonderful! Chef even surprised us with an extra dessert he was perfecting (I think he nailed it!). The Norwegian Trout was superb!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We were greeted at the door graciously even though we arrived both early for our reservations and just as the doors opened. The evening was perfectly paced and completed in adequate time to make our theater date without either rushing to finish or leaving too much down time before the opening.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful experience and great food! First time there and will return often!!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We had a great meal and terrific service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

fANTASTIC MEAL AND WONDERFUL SERVICE. The owner is soooo friendly and kind and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our meal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This is a great place to go before the Guthrie Theater. Great service and food.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We have been coming here for years. Food is always delicious! Drinks are great and service is always good.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I now remember why Sanctuary is one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. It's small and welcoming, the staff engaging and professional, and the food out of this world. The selection of options exceed what you'd expect in a restaurant this size, yet all excecuted with prescision and love. The Chefs choice tasting menu is a treat for your taste buds and doesn't leave you wanting. Overall I believe Sanctuary is the best restaurant to find high quality exciting food reasonably priced with an ambiance that cannot be beat.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Sanctuary has excellent food with an upscale, but not pretentious atmosphere. Service is top notch and the proximity to the Guthrie is hard to beat.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Been coming to this resturant for over a decade and have always loved it. Great food and best maitre d in the Twin Cities!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We had a wonderful experience as always. The banana split with a deep fried banana was the perfect way to end our meal!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Love Sanctuary!! The food is delicious and the service is superb! We also received an excellent recommendation for the wine bottle we purchased for dinner. The host was delightful and started our experience on a high note!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The chef’s choice did not disappoint in any way! We did the wine parings which enhanced each dish. Excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We had not been here before, but really enjoyed the experience and would definitely return. We were there on a Thursday and ordered the 5-course tasting menu with the 4 paired wines. The food, wine, and service were all excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I love sanctuary and come here regularly if there is something to celebrate or for pre theatre dinner. The place is simply amazing and the food beyond delicious. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I brought my daughter to Sanctuary as she had never been to this wonderful restaurant before!
We were welcomed warmly and were seated right at our reservation time. Our waitress was outstanding and the opening hummus and almonds were delightful! We had the bone marrow as our appetizer and my goodness (enough said)! We made friends with our seatmate next to us as it is wonderfully cozy and we talked about how outstanding our main courses tasted! Make sure and have yourself a Purple Rain drink! YUM! We will be back again:)

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Sanctuary is one of our favorite spots for a special night out. The food is always unique, beautiful and delicious!

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Some of the food was cold including the scallops and the potatoes that were labeled as portions to share at the table. Was surprised with the portion size of the potatoes. Really only enough for one person.

The bone marrow was excellent. I highly recommend that starter.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Fantastic as always! Micheal and his staff never disappoint. The Baileys chocolate creme brûlée was the perfect ending to a great dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

It was great! The food was phenomenal! We were literally the last group to leave!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The food was pretty good. The appetizer was a much larger portion than expected. It would be a good place to get wine and dinner on a romantic night.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

This was our second time selecting the tasting menu, and though it was very different from last time, it was equally delicious !

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful French food with both rich and light options. Nice variety in the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It was our first time there and all four of us loved it. I loved the way the space felt, intimate and very interesting. It was quiet enough to hear each other which we wanted for good conversation. Food was excellent! Scallops were so yummy!
Our server was so nice. We had a great evening. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This was a nice dinner in downtown Minneapolis . Walking distance from my son's apartment and a cozy atmosphere with an enjoyable menu . The waiter was outstanding - knew his menu and wine /cocktail pairings . Would like to go back for a tasting menu on a Mon - Thursday . And to dine in the outdoor seating area in the warmer months .

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Wonderful, cozy atmosphere. Bacon wrapped shrimp was delicious. Gave us a special drink for our birthday celebration. Staff was very friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The 5 course chef’s tasting menu was wonderful! It’s available Monday through Thursday. Good service too. The wine pairing was delicious. At our request they made a delicious substitution for the Chardonnay. Really nice.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The wait staff is beyond perfect! And the food, always incredibly fresh and original.

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