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The Chocolate Sanctuary, Gurnee, IL

The Chocolate Sanctuary

4.5
4.5
2131 Reviews
$30 and under
American
One-of-a-kind chocolate inspired restaurant opening early 2015. A fun and casual restaurant, lounge and boutique for foodies and chocolate lovers alike.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (224) 944-0808

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary offers a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for visiting with friends and family. Opened in 2015, The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary celebrates the cocoa beanin its many forms. We are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Our variety of beautifully plated main courses, appetizers, drinks, and desserts incorporate the restaurant's namesake ingredient alongside delicious options where chocolate is optional or non-existent. We serve only the best cuts of meat, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables all cooked to order in our scratch kitchen. Our carefully curated selection of artisan cocktails, wine, and craft beer will compliment your meal perfectly. Our friendly servers will welcome you and your guests with warmth and respect. Private event spaces at The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary can accommodate from 10-150 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Gurnee

  • Cross street

    Milwaukee Ave (21) and Washington Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,131 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Suburbs

    Great for brunch

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  1. DP

    DonnaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Sunday Brunch at the Chocolate Sanctuary is a real treat! The variety was outstanding, including gluten free options for those with special dietary needs. Food quality and preparation was excellent. Staff was very conscientious and it was clear their priority was to provide excellent service- mission accomplished! Ambience was great. I highly recommend this venue and will definitely return!
  2. KB

    KarenB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, great service. Drinks are a little pricey Very nice place.
  3. JL

    JamesL

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to try the new prefix lunch menu. We has the portobello but with 1/2 Cesar salad and the shrimp bisque and pastrami, bree on chocolate toast. Really good combos we will be back to try more.
  4. JL

    JamesL

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chief made an excellent omelet for Kim. Nice new assortment of desserts. We could eat the French toast casserole and the waffle pops every day
  5. C

    Ceci

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and service always. The brunch buffet on Sundays is with a great variety of different dishes.
  6. J

    Janie

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We had lunch at Chocolate Sanctuary. The squash soup has a lovely flavor. The chicken tarragon salad sandwich was blander than I'd hoped but still good. Several years ago their chef made me a gluten-free birthday cake that was out of this world, so I was expecting a better quality gluten-free bread on my sandwich. A little disappointed by lack of fiber and flavor, but grateful they offer gluten-free bread. Their "chocolate butter" is really fun to try. What was truly outstanding was the service. Our waitress was just the right amount of attentiveness and explanation. She asked the chef about all aspects of my order with regard to gluten cross-contamination. I felt well taken care of.
  7. j

    johnd

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chocolate Sanctuary is amazing. The menu changes seasonally; the food is always good, service is outstanding; and desserts are incredible.
  8. m

    margie

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good dining experience! Great ambiance and staff.
  9. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere and food presentation is always excellent. The service is always good.
  10. BC

    BennetteC

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places! It never disappoints!
  11. JL

    JamesL

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They always have an inventive specials going on and make the meals when ordered so they are flexible with how things are prepared. It's easy for them to make changes for you
  12. BI

    BillfromIL

    Chicago

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Used to go 4-5 times a year when going to James Lumber Center for concerts, and when the orchestra stopped performing, we had no reason to venture that far from home for dinner, but went to a play at JLC and enjoyed returning and thought our meal was great.
  13. KH

    KimberlyH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The brunch is awesome, perfect amount of selection without being overwhelming. The staff working the food area was outstanding. I think the waitress we had may have been working in a different area outside of where we were, but the rest of the team was exceptional.
  14. SL

    SueL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I was shocked to be told a chocolate fountain would cost us$70 for 3 people. Absolutely ridiculous and very disappointing as that’s what we were there for as it was my birthday. If you lose this attraction or make it so unaffordable I think it will be the death of your restaurant as that is what made the experience there so special . Please consider bringing it back at an affordable price for smaller parties of guests.
  15. M

    Michele

    Detroit

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was really disgusting/mediocre. The service was also bad, we had to beg for them to refill our water glasses. It was amazing though how fast they were able to give us the check and take payment though. We ordered an appetizer and the food runner dumped it on the table and part of the food flew off onto the disgusting table. Will never go back.
  16. B

    Betty

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good and waitress very friendly. Only issue I had was my food was cold when it got to our table. We have eaten here several time before without issues.
  17. SM

    SMan

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waitress was very nice and attentive.
  18. k

    ket4

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Good service, generous portions, military personnel discount
  19. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place for you and your girl to go. Good choices on the menu. Wish my steak was a little more tender. Easy location with amply parking.
  20. g

    giantkok

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Did want that great. Staff was friendly. Drink were good.
  21. JL

    JamesL

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first murder mystery party. It was all explained well and there was plenty to keep us entertained.
  22. CK

    CharleneK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The murder mystery dinner was so much fun! And the food and drinks were absolutely amazing
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Myself and a couple of my work friends went to the chocolate sanctuary for the murder mystery dinner. This is the first one I’ve ever attended, and it was wonderful, lots of fun. Not only did we enjoy the fun of the murder mystery but we had a wonderful meal. Great service and awesome beverages. I would definitely do this again.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    The buffet food was over cooked and took a long time to come out. There wasn’t enough staff. Sometimes there were no dishes. Our wait staff was hustling but too many customers for the amount of help. We were disappointed in the quality of the food, some of the items were over cooked and dry.
  25. AA

    AubreyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Overall great place. Chocolate cherry martini and Flatbread were fantastic. Rolls seemed a but old and brussel sprouts were a bit too dry/burned. Price was good for what I had.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a family gathering of 6 people to celebrate 4 birthdays! The wait staff was exceptional in making this a superb dining experience. Dinner was yummy, drinks were even better. Then they brought the desert menus, and then arrived with 4 slices of yummy chocolate cake for our birthday celebrants. We will DEFINITELY be returning here!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Buns prior to dinner were fantastic. My wife's food was fine. My fish came out half cooked. The lef my potatoes and brought a cup of soup while I waited for my food. My replacement food came fairly soon, about wh3n my wife was finishing her meal. I ordered coffee with dessert. The coffee came after dessert was served and was cold. I told the waiter I did not want a replacement since we were now done with dessert. The coffee was removed from yhe bill. No other adjustments were offered for the issues encountered. Dessert was fair. Nothing special. Good service, poor quality control, expensive for what we got. I expected much better.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ate at the restaurant on a Thursday night and the service was very quick and the restaurant had a lively energy. Our server Christian was very friendly and provided great table service and made excellent cocktails. I am under the age of 21, and he went above and beyond to recommend and provide non alcoholic cocktails to my date and I. We will definitely be coming back for more.
  29. HO

    HOWARDG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    None of the food was served hot. Burger ordered medium well came medium rare. Pork chop ordered medium well was not well enough
  30. D

    Debra

    Chicago

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was outstanding. We were seated at a quiet corner booth in the bar, table 74. We had the best service, amazing cocktails, food and dessert. Started with German chocolate martini and cheese board. Enjoyed a refreshing beet salad, breaded chicken with mozzarella, and took home the chocolate cake. We will definitely return and highly recommend it! Not to be missed.
  31. VV

    VanessaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! We went for the Chef's Dinner - Lord of the Rings edition. It was super fun and delicious! It was a great way to keep celebrating our engagement.
  32. P

    Poof

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch at 10:00 on a Sunday. Everything was great and the lines moved fast. Love this place! Our server Molly was fantastic!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Duck was creative with a chocolate inspired recipe it was excellent
  34. D

    Delta4food

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my birthday special
  35. T

    Tincho

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Disappointing...had higher expectations due to the theme and menu offerings when checking. We got the Mole Chicken, with little to none Mole sauce and a very dried chicken breast (3/10). I got the Mahi Mahi and it was good, although the portion was small with plenty of rice (7/10). We also got the Sanctuary Burger, it was good although the Chocolate Candied Bacon was disappointing as well (7/10) Service was bad, I hope I was unlucky, but I made a reservation saying that it was a birthday celebration, and I couldn't get a worst service. I had to go and ask for Bread to be brought to the table, as our server did not even asked/offered. Would not go back, with so many options available...an unfortunate miss
  36. MC

    MaryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress had so many tables but did a great job. All was great.
  37. CB

    CharlesB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Went for a birthday celebration. Had a fun family time at the brunch. Well worth the cost.
  38. DM

    DianeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely brunch served. All the employees were so friendly and helpful. Definately a place to enjoy a very nice brunch!!!
  39. R

    Rollie

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I could just say it all in one word. Great. The waffle rolls that George made where so good the way he put the whipped cream and toppings, so very good. Molly our server was wonderful. Everything was just about perfect. Worth the drive from Morton Grove.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    All was good, only suggestion would be to improve the flow of the buffet. It wax wry hard to move through the sections. The areas were not well labeled and the back up especially in the omelet station was confusing. The carving station needs to be separated from the omelet station. Or at least have the lines form in different directions. The main food station had people going in multiple directions as well. Space is just too small to have no direction spelled out.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Chocolate Sanctuary using the Order Online button. The Chocolate Sanctuary also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (224) 944-0808.

The Chocolate Sanctuary is rated 4.5 stars by 2131 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Chocolate Sanctuary

5101 Washington St, Gurnee, IL 60031

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Milwaukee Ave (21) and Washington Street

  • Neighborhood

    Gurnee

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (224) 944-0808

  • Private party facilities

    The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary offers a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for visiting with friends and family. Opened in 2015, The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary celebrates the cocoa beanin its many forms. We are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Our variety of beautifully plated main courses, appetizers, drinks, and desserts incorporate the restaurant's namesake ingredient alongside delicious options where chocolate is optional or non-existent. We serve only the best cuts of meat, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables all cooked to order in our scratch kitchen. Our carefully curated selection of artisan cocktails, wine, and craft beer will compliment your meal perfectly. Our friendly servers will welcome you and your guests with warmth and respect. Private event spaces at The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary can accommodate from 10-150 guests.

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