The Chocolate Sanctuary

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1271 reviews
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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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C
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful lunch.The food was amazing and our server Christen could not have been nicer.We are looking forward to returning!Everything has some chocolate in it.The chocolate butter,the cocoa dusted potato chips,
The truffles,the homemade bread etc. are all so good.A
Lovely restaurant!Please go,you will not be disappointed.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

goog good good

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O
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was delicious as always. Celebrated my husband's birthday and the evening was very nice. Need a few options for the gluten free people. But everything was great.

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday Brunch is delicious with a wide variety of fare for all. The waffles on a stick are scrumptious and you can order them a number of ways. There's shrimp, ceviche, bacon, potatoes, a large assortment of tasty sweets, omelet station, beef station, ribs, salad and $5 Bloody Marys or Mimosas. And the fine chocolates are delectable! Enjoy!

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V
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Chocolate Sanctuary when it opened was the "cat's meow" of all restaurants in the area; this past Friday, it was not. The menu hasn't been changed in years; the menus were dirty and had been water spotted; the bathroom dryer needed instructions as to how to access it properly (there are incorrect instructions posted). I felt everything was a bit off. I was disappointed. They still have a great Sunday buffet, however.

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CG
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Expect to pay a higher price tag for dinner, but for a special occasion it makes for a great place to bring someone you love.
We had the hanger steak. Highly recommend that dish! I also had the lavender Italian soda which was unique and I really enjoyed. The atmosphere was very clean, elegant, and modern.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Not exceptional, just comfortable.

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate an anniversary. We will be back for a special occasion.

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DE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time here and I love it. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Food was good and I love the desserts.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food (chocolate bread, filet, burger, plus a chocolate peanut butter dessert) and service were excellent. The decor is nice as well. I didn't love my cocktail, because it had mini chocolate chips in it that made the texture a little odd. We'll be back and will try a different drink next time!

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KS
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thank you for a great birthday to all of the staff and allowing us to stay after close!!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was lovely. Food just OK, service was great.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very pleasant and beautiful evening for my friend birthday Great hospitality atmosphere was wonderful and yes I will go back again the service was on point and thank you so much .

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f
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

But basing this on my food. Butternut soup was yummy but sanctuary salad wilted didn’t eat. Chocolate butter good...

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Very very nice place. We he popcorn shrimp it was so salty we couldn't eat them that's the only reason why I rated the food 3 stars but dessert was 5 stars. In all actuality we were there for only dessert. The drinks 5 stars. Very nice and professional staff. We will be back.

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GB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good and unique (with cocoa infused items). Service was slow; we waited to be seated even though the restaurant was 1/2 empty and we had a reservation. Then, we waited a long time for our food.

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to Chocolate Sanctuary, absolutely loved it the food was amazing and the waiter, he was oustanding!

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BB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant for dinner a few times and loved it. I decided to try the lunch menu and it was very good, especially the Prix Fixe Lunch Menu. Good choices, just the right amount of food and best of all they give you a token to get a free truffle from the counter near the entrance. Very good.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff always friendly and they never rush you out!! We are pleased every time with our dinning experience.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is fantastic. I had one of the specials and it was a good value. The scallops and shrimp were perfectly prepared. Three of us split the beet salad which was delicious. I highly recommend the Chocolate Sanctuary.

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six lovely ladies had an enjoyable birthday celebration! The food with chocolate accents was outstanding complimented by professional service. We like chatting and were not rushed. The birthday celebration with plated chocolates that are quite tasty and beautifully arranged.

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AK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner menu packed with infusion of chocolate. The menu is somewhat limited and unclear as to dietary restriction options available. The waitress did not know but did ask as to a particular ingredient in a menu item. Substitutions were no problem, ie. Vegetables vs fries. Bacon wrapped scallops were somewhat overlooked and chewy. Burger medium well was cooked perfectly. Cream of cauliflower soup was flavorful and packed with vegetables. Dinner per person with one drink ~35.00 without tip. I would recommend and return.

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p
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had no idea that The Chocolate Sanctuary had a Sunday brunch until I stumbled onto the information online! It was AMAZING! Our family will be back for Round Two for sure!

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LG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Due to a late plane arrival, I had to adjust the reservation time. They were wonderful and did not rush us out even though it was late. Great place!!!!

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S
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

A few two many tables filled with noisy children. But the food is great, the drinks are great. And someday I want to bring friends to order the chocolate fountain.

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TS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, we had the walleye special. Desserts were great too!

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F
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Waited almost 10 minutes for someone to greet us, then we waited longer to be seated as we had reservation then seated us between tables that we're already on top of each other. We asked for another seat and was told to go back to front so it could be figured out.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner (food and service) was very good. I really liked the salmon, my husband said the chicken marsala was ok (he probably wouldn't get it again though). We stopped on our way out to by some truffles for the people watching our kids for the night and I was shocked to see that the girl who got our truffles did not change her gloves after handling the cash register and my credit card before putting our truffles in a box. When I called the next day to let the manager know about this, he simply said he would "spread the word" to his staff not to do this and did not seem that concerned at all which made me wonder what level of cleanliness is occurring behind the scenes in the kitchen.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!! It’s my go to every time we are headed out.

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OT
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

From the moment you step into the Chocolate Sanctuary, you know you're in for a unique experience. The atmosphere lends itself for a special time with family and friends, the bar area is separated with some booths in the same vicinity and high boys as well which is nice to have. If you don't partake in one of their wonderful chocolate martinis, you're really missing out on the beginning of a cocoa-infused experience.

The dining area, while not huge is good-sized with a double-sided fireplace to enjoy while we're still stuck in winspring.

The menu is always a treat, counting on old favorites and reviewing new specials. The chef is imaginative and you can always count on a wonderful meal.

The desserts, yes the desserts is what sets The Chocolate Sanctuary apart. There's a wonderful list of desserts to choose from...and you can see them making some of them for yourself. There's also a hard-to-resist retail cabinet filled with their hand-made truffles and other delicious concoctions. Be sure to bring some home or just take one for the road.

You will never be sorry spending your time and hard-earned money at The Chocolate Sanctuary. You'll also never leave a restaurant feeling as fulfilled.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! The white chocolate dessert was delicious!

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AY
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went fir my niece 6th bday. She loved the calamari and chocolate fountain.

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BB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a quirky mid-sized restaurant in Gurnee, Illinois, but well worth the drive from the city. The service was super friendly, and the food was really good. I took my friend there for her birthday and she loved it. She is a chocolate lover and was in heaven. While I am not a huge chocolate fan, I enjoyed everything I ate. A very special dining experience for happy occasions.

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WI
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here. I might possibly have had the best burger ever! Juicy, huge, topped with loads of yummy goodness. Had the beignets for dessert, and they were wonderful. I LOVE chocolate, and the nicest touch was receiving chocolates on the way out. Our server Jillian was a blast, and very attentive. We’ll be back!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was fantastic and food was delicious

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d
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good lunch options. Service was great.

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BB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive, food was fabulous! Favorite restaurant!

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MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Blake provided us with excellent service, and good advice on the menu items. Tasty, flavorful, savory dishes. Good wine selections. Had a nice birthday celebration, treated to a delicious dessert, complete with birthday candle. Very happy!

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