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903 Washington Av. S., Minneapolis, MN (Downtown)
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Ranked #45 of 1,582 restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Eclectic, Fusion
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: 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.
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had dinner on the patio at Sanctuary last night before the aquatennial fireworks. Given its location on Washington Avenue, it's surprising how well they've managed to create a sanctuary-like environment. It's not what you'd find in a spa, but also not what you'd except given its curbside location on a main thoroughfare. The staff should be... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We've eaten at Sanctuary twice, and have enjoyed it both times. The restaurant is intimate and usually quiet. I had the barramundi and enjoyed it a lot. I was skeptical because I'm not much of a fish eater. My husband had the chicken and thought it was a bit ordinary. We also had the lamb sausage appetizer, and neither liked... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Hubby had the roast pork loin. I had the lobster bolognese. Both were good but not memorable. The lobster bolognese was tasty indeed but I did not taste any lobster or the foie gras butter that was supposedly on it and the chile taste was strong indeed. It's got a bite! But it's tasty nonetheless. The pork loin was moist... More

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Duluth MN
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I have eaten at the Sanctuary twice and had a great time with both meals. The menu is creative and ambitious and changes frequently. The barramundi last weekend was unbelievably tasty. It is pricey, but the service was truly spectacular both times. A place like this can be snooty and formal, but, instead, the Sanctuary is friendly,... More

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Shelby Township, Michigan
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

3 of us had the barramundi (whitefish) that was served with a flat very crisp bread and chocolate pesto sauce. We were all really surprised at how much we liked the chocolate pesto sauce. 2 others selected a bolognese style pasta and loved it. My grandson tried the pork tenderloin and loved it. We tried one appetizer that was an... More

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Bakersfield, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We are regulars to Minnesota from California but rarely spend time DT Minneapolis. We wanted to eat somewhere with a more local feel that had excellent food. We were able to make a reservation on a Saturday night 1.5 hour in advance which was a bit difficult to do on a summer Saturday night at other locations. The menu was... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A lovely restaurant in Minneapolis with a cozy spaces for a romantic dinner. A great visit from the moment we walked in. With a reservation, we were seated immediately and the fine service started immediately. We opted for the evening special which showed off the talents of the chef. Wait staff was attentive. During weekdays, try the tasting menu. A... More

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St. John's, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a fairly intimate restaurant on South Washington in Minneapolis. The interior is inviting and the staff are helpful and friendly. Their menu is not extensive but has enough variety and the food that we had was really excellent. Several nights of the week they have a five course tasting menu for $35. Apparently the dishes vary from day... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Sanctuary is a very lovely, intimate place to go for dinner. The food is high quality, and it's always possible to be seated, even on the weekend. I enjoy sitting at the bar, and trying their many drinks, and appetizers. The bartender we had was very friendly, and let us try a couple of concoctions he was making. The steak... More

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York, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We had to change our reservation time, the staff was very accommodating! The menu changes every 60 days, we got there on the new night. The menu was "fun picnic" type of food. Everything was fresh, beautifully served, and excellent. The restaurant is very small, cozy and quaint. The staff is very friendly and knowlegable. The chef is a creative... More

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