I have gone to the Sanctuary several times prior to a Gutherie preformance. Each time I have been highly satisfied.
Sanctuary is one of those wonderful cozy places that make eating out feel like sharing a great meal at a friend's house.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Great food. So creative and different. Great location in Minneapolis. Close to the stadium and university.
Fantastic experience! Owner was on site and working away as well. Will totally return!!
Great in every way
Excellent location for pre-theater dinner. Staff very accommodating and aware that we had to leave by a certain time. Will return!
I was staying at the Aloft across the street and went for dinner. Staff was very friendly and service was great
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.
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.
Delicious meal with creative presentation. We enjoyed the meal very much. Would return
Always a great experience at Sanctuary. Delicious food, friendly staff, excellent wine. Perfect date night before the theater.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great food and service.
Everything was absolutely perfect! We can’t wait to come back again. What a gem!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A wonderful meal! We we going to a play at The Guthrie theatre and our server was very attentive to our time restraints.
Dinner before the Guthrie,reservations 5:30 for a 7:30 show. We had a wonderful dinner
Food as usual was fantastic. The tasting menu was so good. Great wine at reasonable prices.
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!
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!
This was our first time and we will be back. Great food. Good atmosphere.
Absolutely fantastic - my favorite Minneapolis restaurant!
It was our first time at Sanctuary. Very friendly service and delicious food. Duck breast and Norwegian Trout were excellent . Deserts are great.
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!
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.
Wonderful experience and great food! First time there and will return often!!
We had a great meal and terrific service. Highly recommend.
fANTASTIC MEAL AND WONDERFUL SERVICE. The owner is soooo friendly and kind and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our meal. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!