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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L
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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T
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

DW
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
28 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

DY
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

M
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

RP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic cocktails, amazing appetizers and a great main course. Service was spot on. We will be back!

JG
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the ambiance at the Sanctuary. I had a wonderful Halibut dish and super service with Jong

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual best weekday value in town, leave full after eating beautiful tasty food from a tasting menu and buzzed to boot with cocktail pairing! Last night’s entree, a beautiful mackerel with a ginger broth and roasted cherry tomatoes and mushrooms was very well done I wanted to lick my bowl!

LI
Seattle
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always outstanding. Knowledgable and friendly service. Beautiful outdoor patio space on a gorgeous summer evening. Frequent menu changes keep things fresh and new
Delicious!

P
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Sanctuary! It's a hidden jewel with amazing food and cozy/ fun interior. Service is superb and food creative and always a hit.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I odered the eggplant involtini and we had fingerling potatoes for the table. Both were extremely difficult to eat and serve. The waitress did not bring extra plates for the table and with only an appetizer fork for the potatoes, it was impossible to serve up the bacon bits and scallions with the potatoes. The eggplant dish was so frustrating to cut and eat that even though the taste was lovely, it was hard to enjoy.

Is this a recent opening? Lots of rookie mistakes that maybe will get sorted out in time.

m
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience all around — from greeting to departure. Great service, excellent food with excellent wine suggestions, and fabulous service.

T
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful spot to meet up with friends! The waitress was a delight. The menu was diverse without being overwhelming. I wish we lived closer as I would love to come back and graze on the appetizers!

AM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Totally enjoyable night out.

M
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We adore Sanctuary. Lovely space, delicious food, warm staff

LB
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Sanctuary could be perfect so close to the Guthrie with outdoor seating. My mojito came without real mint, my husband’s question about the rotating beer turned into a beer order he didn’t know what type of beer it was. The drinks were slow to arrive but the salads and food were rushed. The bread was delicious! Our dinners were fine but it wasn’t worth it given the overall experience. Second time of paying too much for a so-so experience. We aren’t going back. 😕

JS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We sat on the patio, which was very nice. Our waitress was outstanding and our food very good. Our only disappointment was that there weren’t more diners

B
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy our meals at Sanctuary -
Over the years the ownership and chef has mutated.
But the food and ambiance has remained true to the original concept - a Sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life. With good food and drink.

My wife and I enjoy the testing menu, which is 5 courses of smaller portions which is perfect to introduce you to different menu and off menu items.

We went on a Monday night which is a quieter day of the week - so not a ton of patrons - and there for it was quiet.

Michael the owner, host greets almost everyone and circles the room assisting where needed - and talking to customers.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I loved my food but my husband did not. His steak was quite chewy and just not good. The restaurant did comp it after he mentioned it so that is nice!

KB
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great. Every time we are in town we have to stop at Sanctuary. The friendliness of the staff, the great drinks and the food is phenomenal.

S
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I feel like this place is a hidden gem. It is easy to miss in the cacophony of buildings, signage and new construction. The food, service and ambiance is top flight. It is pricey, but well worth the price! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great dining experience.

E
Minneapolis
27 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I were planning a theater night and wanted to find a location nearby. Sanctuary had good reviews so we thought we'd try it out. It turned out to be a great choice! The food was terrific and so was the service. We would highly recommend Sanctuary to you and we plan to return there soon.

E
Charlotte
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed in our experience with this restaurant. We had theatre tickets at the Guthrie and informed the waitress and manager when we arrived at 6 PM.

They informed us they were out of shrimp, so those entries were not available. We wanted to order the Cod but were concerned after they informed us their fish delivery was only weekly, not daily.

Our food did not arrive until 7 PM after finally tracking down the manager. We found the duck dish to be not satisfactory and the lobster/steak dish to be tough to chew. The artichoke and scallops, though were quite good.

The Manager made an adjustment to our bill, but by then our dinner experience left a bad taste in our mouth.

TP
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were blown away by the warm, inviting nature of the place from the moment we stepped into the restaurant. And then, the FOOD! Wow! What a treasure.

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