Sanctuary

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American

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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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JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

LB
Minneapolis
13 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. 😕

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

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

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.

LL
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

VG
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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

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.

NN
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

LR
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

MM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food. In spite of play deadline service was 40 minutes wait for dinner main course

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

s
Minneapolis
34 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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!

DJ
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

s
Minneapolis
134 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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