The Chocolate Sanctuary

4.5
1849 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
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
What 1849 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food- excellent service.... server Shelby always provides consistent exceptional service and is very attentive to guests' needs!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It took 1 hour for everyone at our table to get our first drink. I was embarrassed because I had recommended the restaurant. Will not dine here again

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JudithD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience!!! The food was exceptional and the service was excellent. We sat in the bar area in a booth and it was quite cozy and romantic! Our server was the bartender and he was very attentive to all the details of our dining. The hostess was gracious and stopped by our table to ask if everything was satisfactory. We will definitely be returning!

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CindyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food. Wonderful atmosphere! Don't be deterred by the name "The Chocolate Sanctuary", yes cocoa is used as a spice in some of the dishes, but the majority of the menu items do not have cocoa in the ingredients. The desserts were also out of this world! Something for everyone!

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MinervaV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Waitress was thoughtful and quick! We enjoyed our visit there. Food and drinks were amazing! We will be back!

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CindyZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good Sunday brunch place for the family and friends.

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CharlesS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is without a doubt our favorite restaurant in the area. We are fortunate to have a restaurant of this standard in Gurnee when we are surrounded by chain restaurants. I can say we have never had a bad meal at the Chocolate Sanctuary. This is where we take those visiting from out of town and have never been disappointed-not for lunch, dinner or brunch.

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KathleenMichael82
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server, Kendra, was very helpful.

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JudithB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. The menu selection was wonderful and delicious. We will definitely be vack

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StephanieA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and the food was great, better than expected.

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JohnL
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Second visit for us. Brought another couple. Had a great evening. We sampled a wide variety on the menu. All were creatively prepared, season, and presented. Like most restaurants, they are suffering from a lack of staffing. But our server did her best under the circumstances. We will return.

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TinaS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend the Chef's Dinner at Chocolate Sanctuary. It was a great experience.

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Anita
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chef's "Oh Canada" dinner was amazing. The food and service were fantastic. The history of the food served was an great aspect of the experience as well! We are already making plans to attend the next Chef's Dinner.

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Abilene
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining here. We found it when I searched online for “interesting restaurants.” We ordered a variety of things: the cheese board appetizer, butternut squash soup, the Sanctuary side salad, the Brussels sprouts side dish, and two desserts, the chocolate cake and the pumpkin trifle. Everything was absolutely delicious, the decor of the restaurant is beautiful, the service was fabulous, and all of the staff were very friendly. I highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

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mariec
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my goodness
This place was so great.
It was our 38th Anniversary Brunch.
Never been here before, Never heard of it before either.
Found it on the web.
We will definitely e back
Thank you for such a wonderful day

KM
KennethM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was slow. Never got our drink orders until the food came. Manager never came over to apologize for the delay. It turned out the bartender was serving tables. Grilled calamari was tough. Baked Alaska was made with marshmallow meringue . The only good side was our exceptional waitress.

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vipMichaelH
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great every time

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TonyK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Never heard of this restaurant until I booked it the day we went. We will go back. It’s a very nice restaurant with higher end dishes at very affordable prices. The staff was very friendly. Our server did forget a couple of items that really shouldn’t have been forgotten, even though she seemingly only had 2 tables (total of 6 guests). That’s literally the only “issue” we had. Everything else was terrific. They offer a military/veteran discount with ID proof so saving money is always a plus.

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SHARONG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice place. Close to the Gurnee mill mall and Great America.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

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vipAngie
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice menu options and my steak was cooked beautifully. Staff was very friendly and the restaurant decor is very well done.

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vipSunny
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Slow food service, only about 5 tables total.
Calamari ok, poke tuna bland
Squash soup, daily soup very good
Chopped salad was NOT CHOPPED , just deconstructed ( Maggianos or anywhere better)
Filet delicious, cooked perfectly
Pork chop quite good
It was a birthday, we mentioned it twice. We specifically told server we’d order two desserts to share but then she brought third dessert ( we would not have ordered two)
The chocolate cake was so average ( Portillo’s so much better)
Our area was really cold, a/c blowing on us. This was adjusted upon request

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in a really long time. Everything was delicious, fresh and well prepared. Definitely will be back soon!! Highly recommend!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met with my son-in-law’s parents to get to know each other better. Even though there was some noisy traffic in distance, it was worth it to get an outdoor patio table. We felt very COVID-safe there. We knew the food would be unique and delicious from past visits. Even though we weren’t in the most convenient location for our server, he was extremely patient and attentive during our 2-hour leisurely meal. This restaurant ranks at the top of my local favorites.

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Gemb
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty rooms. Friendly staff. Excellent food. Had a great time.

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GlennP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The server was very good and attentive. The food however was unbelievably good. Not inexpensive but was worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was an ok experience. Our dinner service was slower the expected. I ordered a sanctuary salad and was only brought a half not a full meal salad. My waitress said they made it wrong and would bring me the other half, but when she did it was just lettuce and none of the ingredients of the salad. It felt too busy to even complain about it.

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BonnieS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation were perfect, and food was excellent

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LavBluSuzyQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The addition of breads and chocolate butter was a wonderful surprise! Our waitress was attentive and friendly. We were there right as they opened and it got much busier as time went by. We were never rushed and got to visit at our leisure. We had a very nice afternoon at The Chocolate Sanctuary and definitely plan to come back.

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KimM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Can’t wait to go back! Wonderful servic and wonderful food.

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PRMA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Ordered salmon with Brussels sprouts; salmon was on the dry side and Brussels sprouts were burnt to a crisp. Pasta had a vodka sauce, would prefer more of the tomato sauce.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints- food choices is excellent and service is always exceptional ( Saulo and Ashley are very attentive and welcoming) - as are the rest of the team that makes this place truly worth visiting !

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MDAa
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was great. The dark chocolate truffles are to die for.

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Venetta
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chocolate Sanctuary was refreshing. They have new items on the menu that are quite tasty. The new Chicken & Waffle and Bacon & Waffle are both lite and tender. The eggs benedict has returned and it is delicious. I would highly recommend this place.

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glendam
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose chocolate sanctuary Sunday brunch to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. We were seated promptly, served efficiently and welcomed as special guests. The food choices were delicious and so many varieties to choose from. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and served us throughout our meal. I would highly recommend the chocolate sanctuary for service, food, and atmosphere. Delicious and welcoming!

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VanessaR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Sunday brunch. Great food, friendly staff, highly recommend!

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vipLindaD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 5 stars here. Love the new menu

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PamL
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic. She knew all of the menu items and made recommendations. Was right on the spot when my father spilled his water!
Restaurant is very pretty and comfortable and food is great!

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vipTrinka
Chicago
154 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate my friend’s birthday - it was her first time there. They hit us with chocolate rolls and chocolate whipped butter right away. Our salad with goat cheese was delicious and the scallops special was excellent. Wait staff all wore masks and were attentive and pleasant. My friend for a complimentary slice of chocolate cake. Had a wonderful dining experience!

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vipStellaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely atmosphere that makes you feel like you are in a fine dining restaurant

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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 1849 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.