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Sanctuary

4.7
2678 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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.
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
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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

I have gone to the Sanctuary several times prior to a Gutherie preformance. Each time I have been highly satisfied.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Sanctuary is one of those wonderful cozy places that make eating out feel like sharing a great meal at a friend's house.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

The tasting menu at Sanctuary never disappoints. Add on the cocktail pairing and you're really in for a great evening of imaginative dishes and flavors!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

This is such a great restaurant! Portions are a bit small but at least the food is amazing. Restaurant layout is a bit strange so the close seating to the bar is sometimes a bit noisy. Still though this is one of the best places in Minneapolis to eat!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a great meal at Sanctuary! The food was delicious and original. The atmosphere was perfect for our 25th Anniversary celebration. The servers were wonderful and they helped to make sure we got to our play at the Guthrie with plenty of time. I can't say enough good things about our experience.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

1st time dining here, Michael(the owner) was very sweet and spoke with us. He gave recommendations on the food and wine, which did not disappoint. The staff were all so friendly, the chef was helping to clear up a table and he saw our daughter and asked how her pasta came out? We chatted and I happen to mention there hummus was amazing he gave a tub to take home and did not charge me for it. Amazing, the food, staff and the owner himself were all a delight. We will definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We have always had very good experiences here. Appreciate the owner greeting us at the entry and his nice demeanor. Ran into one problem when I specifically asked server if I could get the filet without the mushroom topping because of my aversion to garlic. She checked with the chef and said that would be no problem but it was served with the mushrooms topping. When I got her attention she took back the filet and returned it after my husband had been eating his dinner. While it was better there still was a hint of where the mushrooms had been. We were on our way to the theater and did not want to ask for anything else. Expect that won't happen again.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great food. So creative and different. Great location in Minneapolis. Close to the stadium and university.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Fantastic experience! Owner was on site and working away as well. Will totally return!!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great in every way

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent location for pre-theater dinner. Staff very accommodating and aware that we had to leave by a certain time. Will return!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

I was staying at the Aloft across the street and went for dinner. Staff was very friendly and service was great

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

There may have been changes at Sanctuary in recent months, but fans should be assured that they will still have the wonderful experience they’ve come to expect. And that includes those wonderful almonds as you sit down... The concepts remain, including the tasting menu. For us, it’s usually an early dinner before a show at the Guthrie, and they clearly accommodate our time needs. The bar crafts some really tasty cocktails, and the wine list covers a wide range of taste and budgets. In all, one of our go-to places.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

This was our second time there. The food was AMAZING again!!! Everything just melts in your mouth here. From beginning to end you just say "mmmmmm." If you are on a date ask for the bar area, it is less noisy and a bit more romantic.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Delicious meal with creative presentation. We enjoyed the meal very much. Would return

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always a great experience at Sanctuary. Delicious food, friendly staff, excellent wine. Perfect date night before the theater.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Everyone at our dinner was highly pleased with the food, ambiance and service. I predict that many for whom this was a first visit will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Food and ambiance was great. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing and found it to be very enjoyable. Service was excellent. We will be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great time and great food. Menu had great entrée offerings making it hard to choose. Pamela provided excellent service and owner Michael spent time with us to discuss the operations and how he keeps the selection top notch. Looking forward to going back soon.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Had a reservation and showed up on time , but wasn’t able to even get the host’s attention for about 15 Miinutes. Our table still wasn’t ready.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Everything was absolutely perfect! We can’t wait to come back again. What a gem!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I really enjoy the comfortable atmosphere of Sanctuary and it's location is great for a nice dinner prior to seeing a play at the Guthrie. Will definitely go back. Desserts are heaven!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

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 on April 17, 2018

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 on April 17, 2018

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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