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“Best service we've had” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sanctuary

Sanctuary
903 Washington Av. S., Minneapolis, MN (Downtown)
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Ranked #42 of 1,622 Restaurants in Minneapolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean, Fusion, Eclectic
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Dining options: Late Night, 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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
“Best service we've had”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The server, Jessica, was top notch; she actually watched our reactions to the food and drink and offered solutions and feedback. Host/manager/owner was incredibly welcoming and engaging. The cocktails were amazing. Entrees were good, but, honestly, they were outshone by the incredible service. We would definitely go back and try different entrees!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
“Overpriced but great service.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I went to Sanctuary for restaurant week on a Friday night. The staff from the host, waitress, and manager were excellent. Pretty space too. The positives end there. Portions were small (I am not a huge eater but I was hungry after the three course meal.) the food was bland. I ordered the vegetarian option and it reinforced the idea that you need meat to make a dish tasty. I go our to eat and spend money on food that is excellent; not food that I could easily exceed at home.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Excelsior, Minnesota
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We loved the feel of the place as soon as we arrived. The host and waitress were very warm, inviting and knowledgeable. Totally enjoyed our wine and appetizers (The duck brushetta and bone marrow were amazing). We ordered the duck and the pork shank, I must admit, sadly that both entrees were a disappointment. The portions were extremely small and came with minimal accompaniment. The desserts were enjoyable but nothing outstanding.

We were back home by 10 pm and one of our friends shared he was hungry and eating pretzels by 11 pm

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Aberdeen, South Dakota, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“First Time to Sanctuary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

My husband and I went with our kids. They had been there before so they knew more about the menu. Our server was excellent on explaining items on the menu and any questions that we had. I had the Monkfish and my husband had the Duck. Both were excellent. We will definitely come back again!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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154 reviews 154 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Great dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Had a great dinner with brother and sister in law. Atmosphere seemed to appear very stuffy and pretentious. Food was great and service was even better. Started with octopus and meat/cheese platter - so so taste. Braised beef entree and duck and waffles were very tasty. The 3 shots dessert was a little much for one person but overall very good to share.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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