The Chocolate Sanctuary

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$30 and under
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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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SZ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice brunch. Warm atmosphere. Service mostly friendly and laid back. Innovative food choices. Small serving portions allows you to sampl it all and go back for what you love!

JM
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It was my husbands 40th birthday and since we really enjoyed the brunch with Santa last month, we decided to go again. Unfortunately, the food was dry (everything bread based) and didn’t taste fresh. Dried crostini, bread pudding etc. They served him a still frozen and extremely dry piece of “cake,” which I immediately sent back. I mean really?? Previous birthday dinners have been great in the past. This was horrendous!! We constantly had dirty plates on the table and no room to get more food. We’re just disappointed.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday brinch

LD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a couple of family Birthdays here January with a party of 10. It was spectacular !

R
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good but ask questions about the food. Pasta was spicy and the chicken had A LOT of oregano...that information would have been good to know. They switched out the pasta and we did not mention the chicken - since it said it included oregano, just not how much!

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Salmon was excellent as were the brussel sprouts.
The white fish was fishy tasting but the sauces were good
The lemon chicken was dry, but tasty.
The white chocolate creme brulee was outstanding

V
Chicago
83 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The lunch menu and pricing are much fairer than the dinner menu and the lunch menu is more interesting and varied. Previously, I felt the dinner menu and food was great. Now, I would say that the same food was good. Also, eating in booths is rewarding. The tables are much too close together. Once upon a time, they had a fabulous weekend brunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Daughter’s birthday, best staff, attentive and friendly

L
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my daughter to the Chocolate Sanctuary for brunch on her 14th Birthday. We were seated right by the fireplace. It was the perfect chill vibe for her and her friends to eat and socialize. The waffle sticks were incredible and instagram perfect. The eggs, bacon, ribs, and all deserts were fantastic. We absolutely loved it. We will be back and recommending to others!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food. Love the way cocoa is added to many dishes and the fun and creativity in their dishes. Mini grill cheese squares in tomato bisque was tasty and fun. Deserts are incredible.

CE
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for lunch with my husband and toddler. The exterior is very unassuming but the interior is updated and beautiful.
The food was good. The service was outstanding. Would like to come back for a date night.

PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Shelby was GREAT!!! She knew everything. She recommended a dish and it was GREAT!

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time dinner food was great and the atmosphere was very nice.

Will definitely go back.

D
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was wonderful. The staff did a great job. We thought the food was delicious and we would definitely go back. We were there for Sunday brunch.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! They change up the menu but still have classic favorites. Their portion sizes are reasonable & it's possible to satisfy several dietary styles if needed. Their hand made candy & desserts are beyond wonderful & cocktails are creative & tasty. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Crab cake appetizer was cold. Main course was not super hot either. Abbreviated menu for New Year’s Eve was uninspired. The whole “featuring chocolate” theme of the restraint was missing from the menu outside dessert.

Complementary split of champagne was a nice surprise.

CH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely NYE celebration at Chocolate Sanctuary.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year’s Dinner

DL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We again experienced poor service. This was New Year's Eve, but the same problems had occurred 2 weeks earlier. The waiters just do not know the answers to many questions about items on the menu, and it takes a long time to place an order and be served. During our last visit, my friend ordered a beer, which never came. He eventually went to the bar and got it himself. This time it took 25 minutes for the waiter to take our order. The problem did not seem to be short staffing; there were plenty of waiters. This problem can be fixed by better training. However, management just needs to do it.

C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff, especially our waiter were very pleasant and helpful. In spite of being late, our reservation was still honored and it was very nice to receive complimentary dates , champagne, and caramel corn.

CD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always enjoy dining at The Chocolate Sanctuary because the food is so good. Our waitress wasn’t quite as vivacious this year and we were a little disappointed that baked Alaska wasn’t on this years dessert menu for New Years Eve but the overall experience did not disappoint!

SV
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Just the right amount of luxury with feeling like home

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Y
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Service! I really appreciate the little things they do! They gave us little bottles of champagne and bags of chocolate caramel popcorn after we finished dinner! Just a nice simple touch and goes with the great service!! Thanks!!!

JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Highly recommend!

SL
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way. Staff was friendly and professional. Food was delicious and plentiful. Ambiance was charming. Such a wonderful memorable dining experience. Would most certainly return and recommend.
Susan Levine
(Thursday 12/26 12:30pm)

VW
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We booked a reservation for a first visit to celebrate our family Christmas. The menu looked fantastic, almost everything has some chocolate in it! There were 7 of us so it was a larger table but we arrived for our 6:30 reservation and ended up being the last table to leave the restaurant. That’s how slow the service was. Our waiter was very congenial and kept apologizing for the wait but that was no consolation. There were numerous other large tables and the restaurant filled up as it got later. Our table had a number of dietary concerns so maybe that contributed to the slowness. We will not be back :(

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was slow
Glasses were empty most of the time.
Not tended to

KG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic brunch, especially for the Holidays. Omelette station line too long.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We went for our anniversary. Food was ok, service wasn’t great. Won’t be going back.

S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was pretty good, Prix Fixe was a heck of a deal. Tea was great. Wine was good. Service was good. Desserts we had were good, others looked even better.

GC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Besides running out of bun and type of meat I wanted everything is fine

OT
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

2 adults 4 kids. All kids wanted steak fries, they were out. Husband ordered a burger, they were out of buns. Food took forever as well (it was not busy). Staff was pleasant.

JP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I found out very quickly that this is a popular place based off the people that were there when I got there at 730; however, I made reservations and was seated next to two groups of people on the left and right of us at a very small table. I felt squished since the people next to us had there stuff on the booth next to me. I was there celebrating a birthday and could barely hear him due to the seating arrangements. Once seated, the waiter was nice but not a good at being in the front end of customers. She seemed super frazzled and aloof. While the steak was great and dessert was delicious, I was still put off by the service and the seating when trying to celebrate a birthday. Also, I had an item added that was not part of my order and accuracy is important. People make mistakes and I know the waiter could’ve had a bad day, so I will be back to try again. But wish the circumstances were different when making reservations in advance for a special occasion

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The meal was good . Steak cooked perfectly but not much different than other restaurants. The deserts were the main show. I would go there just to get the desert and a chocolate whiskey old fashion

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server, Alisha, was amazing! Prompt, courteous, very personable and knowledgeable. I made the reservation for a congratulatory dinner for my best friend or competing her Masters degree.

Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I will definite ask for her by name the next time! Thanks!!

LL
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There were four of us together and all of us enjoyed our night. The ambiance was great, and the food was excellent. We all said we would go again. The only disappointment, the waiter didn’t tell us about the drink specials.

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal as always!

DL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

They were understaffed for a Saturday night. My fish was dry and my friend's salmon was burnt on the bottom. Disappointing!