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“Fantastic food and ambiance ”
Review of Sanctuary

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Ranked #47 of 1,981 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 50
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: Chicago Avenue
Transit: 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.
Description: 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.
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit after reading great reviews about Sanctuary. We were impressed with the facility, the ambiance and that they honored the type of table I requested on Open Table. We both ordered the 5-course chef’s selection and were impressed with each course. Our lobster-corn soup was amazing, the salad delicious, pork tenderloin and potatoes were spectacular and our favorite was the single, perfect scallop with a slightly spicy assortment of root vegetables and broth. The desert was beautiful but we only tasted as we were quite full at that point. We enjoyed this meal with the recommended wine pairing. This was not only a very reasonable price but each of the wine selections perfectly complemented the course it was paired with. For example I generally don’t care for Chardonnay, but it was perfect with the scallop dish.

Next time we will probably request a cozy table in the bar area simply to get a different perspective of the space. Parking is convenient and inexpensive for downtown. We will definitely go back for the atmosphere and the fantastic food, and are told the chef changes up the tasting menu every day.

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Four of us had a pre-theater meal. We found our meals lacking. The bone marrow was not cooked pretty and greasy and the steak was very tough. The set meal was big on sweet potatoes and unremarkable.
Had to dash for the curtain even after alerting the maitre d’ to the fact.

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We were warmly greeted and asked about our time frame. Our server Melissa was friendly, knowledgeable & efficient. The wine list was comprehensive & bottles well priced. The bread, hummus & spiced candied almonds served first were very good. We had the risotto and pork medallions: both were delicious. Dessert was tre leche, beautifully presented and so good. We will be back!

Thank david n
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

This was a fantastic choice before Saturday night tickets to the Guthrie show (just a block & a half walk away). Our server was sweet, cordial, and amazingly attentive to food allergies of one person in our party of four. Fish entrees were great; artichoke tartlets as the starter was glorious. A big thumbs-up on this one.

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Thank cast88
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Our group of 3 did the 5 course Chef's Whim dunner with cocktail pairing. The food and service was excellent, and the cocktails that were paired with the food were more generous than expected. Highly recommend this restaurant for a nice evening out.

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Thank oai
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