Permanently Closed - Sanctuary

4.5
3044 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They closed Jan 1,2020. Please remove them from your list.

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vipCarol
Minneapolis
51 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service. A special evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Solid little spot. It didn’t blow me away and was more expensive for a dinner for 2 than some of the big names like Young Joni but would try again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Sanctuary clearly isn’t interested in catering to families. They have no kids menu options and over sell adult portions. Even items on the menu (eg fries) are difficult to order and expensive once they accommodate. This was a special holiday dinner and theater occasion for us and we made the best of it. But the duck was cold and the service made us feel guilty for having children (ages 9, 11, and 15). Not worth the prices charged, sadly.

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Charles
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first experience at Sanctuary. Our server, Natalie, did a super job.

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judys
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef’s tasting menu was amazing! Good wine selection. Excellent service.

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mitchh
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place for a date, great food and very unique restaurant!

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ScottE
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance, service, wine, and food were exemplary.
The duck is amazing!!

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PamW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Sanctuary is a cute place. Our server was nice. The drinks were good. Unfortunately, the steak was very poor quality. Hard to give more stars when the centerpiece of the dish was tough and grisly.

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TomW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often travel from Boston to Minnesota in early December. One of our regular stops has been dining at Sanctuary prior to attending the Guthrie. We tried a few other restaurants in the area but always return to Sanctuary. The atmosphere allows for engaging conversation, the food is always excellent with just enough innovation to set it apart. The service is attentive without hovering and very helpful to members of our party with allergies. We have always walked over to the Guthrie feeling very good about our dining experience.

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LeahB
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sanctuary has become my restaurant of choice for "dinner and a show" evenings. The owner has always been our host and is quite pleasant and makes sure every one gets out for their event in a timely manner. the dining area is atmospherically warm, exceptionally clean, and conducive to conversation even with a full house. Staff has been friendly and attentive but not invasive. The rotating menu has never disappointed and, as I like to eat around a menu, I've always had something new to try. I have noticed, there is always a vegetarian option in the entrees as well.

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SSparkless
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This was our second time visiting this restaurant. The first time, my husband walked in to make a reservation for a special occasion and the owner and staff went above and beyond to make it a special and memorable evening, in a good way. This time we brought friends and were super disappointed. The server was very slow in taking our order and attending to our table, not actually taking our order until nearly 40 min after being seated. At the end of our dinner, he had the audacity to come tell us that another party had arrived early and they would appreciate our table, not to rush us, offering us free drinks to move to the bar, despite our table only ordering 2 drinks amongst 4 people from 5:45-8:30. Yes, his slow service made our dinner take that long! We honestly all looked at each other like, is this dude serious? He’s the reason we are late in getting out of there, the other party was early, and he was absolutely rushing us. The food is not good enough to overshadow the service, and I don’t think you should have to tell them it’s a special night to get decent service. We live in the neighborhood and will pick somewhere else from now on.

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vipJeffreyR
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding evening at Sanctuary with Michael and his crew. Excellent meal with attention to detail. Highly recommend for a holiday outing.

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CarolO
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with the chef's tasting menu. One of us had the cocktails and the other the wine to match. The entire experience was delicious and fun! The staff went out of their way to be friendly and also made sure that we had plenty of time to get to our concert nearby It has been a while since we've eaten here, but we love it. We had a great time and will be back soon!

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vipJohnS
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in the Twin Cities!

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Alicia
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Thanks so much for a wonderful dinner. I really enjoyed the shrimp appetizer. My friend enjoyed her steak.

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LakeWissotaGinger
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

4th time eating at Sanctuary. Had business in Stillwater and evening performance at Guthrie Theatre. Waiter was very attentive. Delicious celery root soup arrived not quite hot enough. The waiter replaced with fresh correct temp soup and comped the soup on our bill. Sanctuary reminds me of intimate side street restaurants we’ve enjoyed in Paris.

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vipBirder
Minneapolis
133 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent celery bisque and dick breast!

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vipJROL
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy and friendly. The menu is very creative and impressive.

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jackb
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious. They rotate their menu every 90 days or so to keep things fresh, I had the lamb t-bone chops and my fiance had the halibut, both entrees were perfect, and the sides were original flavors that complemented our meat. I would go back again next week to try something new on the menu, the food is the highlight and well priced.

It did seem to take awhile for us to get our food, however we split a salad and had a bottle of wine before dinner so that was OK. It's not as "hip" as some other trendy restaurants in Minneapolis but there is a reason this place has been in business for so long and that is because of the wonderful meals to have here.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a scholarship event

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BeverlyD
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a very friendly server, but we needed to ask for our side dish of asparagus, which arrived half way through our meal so we left 3/4 of it untouched. We ordered a chocolate dessert with high expectations, but it just simply wasn't very tasty. We were hoping for a better experience than we had.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience was low key and perfect in just about every way. Our waiter and his team were attentive. Simple menu. Food was incredibly crafted to order and each bite made you sink deeper into your seat with delight.

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KimR
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Incredible service. Food was very good. Will return and have already recommended to our friends.

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TonyR
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice cozy restaurant with very good food and access. Parking is available right outside the door at a very modest rate. A short 2 block walk to the Guthrie makes this a perfect place for a before the show dinner.

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vipGingerW
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good but bordered on being overly complicated. But I would go back, for sure. Close to Guthrie.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
173 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think one of the toughest things to do in a restaurant is to be consistent. My wife and I have been big fans of Sanctuary for several years now, and they have been consistently amazing.

Food: Braised pork shank with white cheddar grits in an amazing broth, perfectly done lamb chops in a bright but accessible chimichurri sauce.

Service: Warm, attentive, but not hovering.

Atmosphere: exposed timbers/stone, intimate cozy

You should go... now

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preplaydining
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fabulous food, and service. A great place to dine pre Guthrie. Warm and inviting. Pay close attention to the length of the play when parking for the entire evening as my guest received a hefty ticket!

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KatrinaG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice welcome from the Maitre D at the door. I really recommend the Laphroaig cocktail I think it was Trevors choice. Shared a shrimp appetizer and a lovely salad with avocado. Enjoyed the duck breast and the fish. Plenty of time to then stroll over to the Guthrie to see a play.

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Tomas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excited to find a high quality restaurant with the owner present. Can’t wait to go back

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KarenD
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love having dinner at Sanctuary before Guthrie shows. The food is always exceptional and Michael always makes us feel welcome!

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likegoodservice
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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KristenL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

The restaurant was empty. We were a party of 7 people. We were probably 60% of the entire restaurant that evening. The waitress made multiple mistakes on the drink orders. 6 people ordered steak. 4 of the steaks were cold when delivered to the table. One person ordered halibut. The halibut was so salty it was not eaten.

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vipTsvec
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had tickets for the Guthrie.

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AndreaA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special and delicious first time experience - we loved Sanctuary and will definitely be back! The presentation of the food was thoughtful and beautiful. Our server Jessica was knowledgeable and helpful, taking the time to provide details about each entree. Foodies will love this place!

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vipGerardO
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience. Excellent service, delicious food, nice wine list without destroying the pocketbook. Only my second time being here and can't wait to come back.

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viplovetoeat
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a "gem" in downtown Mpls. It is reminiscent of small quaint restaurants you would find in New York. Food and cocktails were outstanding....as was the service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and efficient service. Server very knowledgable about food and wine. Made recommendations. Delicious, pleasingly presented food. Ambience was bistro like without all the noise. Conversations were heard but didn’t bounce off the walls. Only 2nd visit to this restaurant but treated like a regular.

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vipKenny2013
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We’ve typically go to Santuary a couple times per month, yet no longer. They ran out of soup, service was slow and a starter appetizer had to be sent back because it was over cooked. Other tables had similar issues and the table of four behind us had their entrees comped. An unfortunate situation that could have been avoided by letting us know the situation when we sat down - they did tell a customer that came in and sat next to us.

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viprodb
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Service was very, very slow. Blamed cooking staff. Ordered house special. Took over 2 hours to be erred.

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