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.
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.
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.
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.
Lovely ambiance, host was very attentive, service was great, food was delicious!
I generally bring my out-of-town clients here, in part because after eating here once, they request return visits. Highly recommended!
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
Sanctuary is my go-to when family/friends are visiting!
We eat regularly at Sanctuary. Always creative and interesting meals. The best service in town!
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
Fantastic cocktails, amazing appetizers and a great main course. Service was spot on. We will be back!
I love the ambiance at the Sanctuary. I had a wonderful Halibut dish and super service with Jong
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!
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
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.
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.
Lovely experience all around — from greeting to departure. Great service, excellent food with excellent wine suggestions, and fabulous service.
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!
Great food. Great service. Totally enjoyable night out.
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. 😕
We adore Sanctuary. Lovely space, delicious food, warm staff
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very attentive to our plans to attend a Guthrie event later in the evening (they asked, we didn’t need to bring it up). Food was excellent.
Mike & Ryan were phenomenal at their craft. The food was fresh, perfectly prepared, beautifully presented. Atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. A gem in the downtown minneapolis bustle of theaters and event centers. Our highlight of our trip. You will be taken care of and have delightful memories. Highly recommend.
The front door was open, and the sun played through dappled shadow on the windows. It was a perfect summer setting, for an urban night out, the food wasn’t bad...duck lived up to its reputation, and the soup of the day was very special. Quiet and private enough for intimate conversation.
I have been here twice with mixed results. The last time was before a show at the Guthrie and we arrived 1.5 hour prior to the show and told the server that we had to leave before 6:45pm. We got our drinks but didn't get our food until 6:30pm!!! The restaurant really should be used to the theatre crowd since they are so close. I would definitely recommend going somewhere else before a show.
We had a wonderful birthday celebration with friends. Our server was Anthony, who gave us the ultimate in attention and recommendations. This is the third year of our annual celebration and we will continue to return!
The host and server were outstanding. The food was very good, but not all that we had hoped for. My duck was a little tough, but the farro was delicious. The scallop portion was small, good but not great. We loved the garlic artichoke starter. The wine list was very reasonably priced.
Great food. In spite of play deadline service was 40 minutes wait for dinner main course
Absolutely the best best value meal I recall having. 5 coarse chef special with wine pair was excellent. Service was very good with a high knowledge base which added to the experience.
We love the ambience and the food. The menu this last time wasn’t as good as it’s been in the past, it I did enjoy my dinner very much and loved the drinks! We enjoy sanctuary a lot!
Ryan was the best server...we had a great time. Sauces were a little to strong tasting and spicy for our Minnesota taste buds, overwhelming the taste of the food.
Great location near the Guthrie. Went for restaurant week and the food was really good. Wish there had been choices as I found the dessert lacking. We were charged for something our friends ordered but did not want to make an issue of it so we paid. Servers should pay more attention when separate checks are requested.