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903 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1285
+1 612-339-5058
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (16 reviews)
“pork tenderloin” (11 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
903 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1285
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Starter, main and desert were all very tasty. Interesting menu with great variety. Attentive service.

Thank Andreas A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in town on business and three of us visited The Sanctuary. While menu is not large there was ample choices and each item ordered was excellent. The owner was on site and takes great pride in his kitchen and wait staff. Would definitely...More

Thank 12bpfund
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful dining experience at Sanctuary! Being greeted by the owner, I commented that we'd like a quiet spot. It seemed unreasonable since the restaurant was packed. We learned that the crowd was set to leave because they were headed to the theater....More

Thank Louise S
Reviewed 19 August 2018

We have been dining at Sanctuary off and on since it opened about 10 years ago. It has always been cozy and had excellent service, but some of the menu items didn't click for us and we drifted away. Now, after a change of chefs,...More

Thank JandJ67
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

So glad we got referred to eat at the Sanctuary prior to the Theater! Katherine our server was a delight .... we ha the Ahi Tuna and Pork Medallions both great!!! Mike the owner was a super host . Highly recommend!!

Thank ken h
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Came here with my family after a big event and the meal was really delicious. We tried a number of appetizers and the only thing we couldn't finish was the bone marrow on account of how rich it was. All in all, it was a...More

Thank Alexander Y
Reviewed 9 June 2018

The Sanctuary is an excellent choice of names, because you instantly feel the serenity as you walk in the front door. AND, to add to the “specialness of this delightful atmosphere, is a quaint, cozy outdoor patio. From the gracious welcome from the owner/manager, Mike,...More

Thank kronina9
Reviewed 2 June 2018

Where do you go for a nice, romantic dinner when you want to celebrate a milestone birthday with your sweetie? Sure, you can filter on $$$$ places that will cost you a month's rent as you try to read the menu under dimmed lighting. We...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We were happy to find that Sanctuary was only a couple blocks from the Guthrie. Unfortunately, instead of enjoying a nice meal before a play, we spent a lot of time in a confrontation with the owner/manager. He tried to convince us that a tiny...More

Thank MaryJode
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful dining experience. Superb service. The best in flavors in the appetizer, entrees and dessert. A gem we finally found!!! Parking is super convenient. We'll be back.

Thank James U
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Response from strokeoluck | Reviewed this property |
Parking in their pay lot starts about 15' from their front door; couldn't be more convenient, especially in this downtown location. I don't recall if they have a pure gluten free substitute menu (e.g. gluten free pasta... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 903 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1285
    (Chicago Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Washington Avenue buses run in front of Sanctuary. Light rail and other buses stop near the Dome - less than a block South of (behind) Sanctuary.
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Minneapolis>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 612-339-5058
  • E-mail
Sanctuary, with its chandeliers and vaguely gothic ambiance - protected by gargoyles like the sanctuaries of Europe - is elegant, yet comfortable. A fireplace warms cold nights - a patio with flowers and herbs celebrates summer. Sanctuary serves New American Cuisine – delicious, beautiful, out-of-the-ordinary yet satisfying combinations of the familiar with various immigrant touches. Focusing on fresh, local and seasonal, the menu changes every other month, Tasting Menus are served M-Th, Seasonal Specials weekends.
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