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The Chocolate Sanctuary

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner


Sanctuary Cocoa Spiced Ribs^
10 year tawny port and cocoa-infused BBQ sauce
Lollipop Chicken Wings^
10 year tawny port and cocoa-infused BBQ sauce, blue cheese dressing
Popcorn Shrimp
Sesame aioli, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, and fresh lemon
Fresh Fried Calamari
Tossed in Giardiniera, Parmesan, marinara sauce, lemon caper aioli
Enhancements: Chicken $3, Cocoa-Candied Bacon $2, Salmon $8, Shrimp $8, Steak $10
Bowl $7.0
Cup $5.0
Cocoa Spiced Butternut Squash Soup^
Bowl $6.0
Cup $4.0
Today's Sanctuary Soup
Soup and Salad
Choice of cup of soup and side salad
Side $6.0
The Sanctuary Chopped Salad^
Romaine, field greens, sweet corn, avocado, cocoa-candied bacon, tomatoes, hearts of palm, cheddar cheese, herb-parmesan crostini, chocolate vinaigrette
Roasted Beet Salad^
Red and gold beets, baby arugula, goat cheese fritters, pesto, candied walnuts, chocolate vinaigrette, balsamic glaze
Side $6.0
Spinach and Goat Cheese
Dried cranberries, toasted almonds, strawberries, lemon poppyseed vinaigrette
De-Constructed Grilled Caesar Salad
Grilled heart of romaine, house-made caesar dressing, anchovy, shaved parmesan cheese, poached egg
Side $6.0
Chopped Caesar Salad
Romaine, house-made caesar dressing, anchovy, shaved parmesan, herb-parmesan croutons
Additional Toppings: Cheese $1, Guacamole $2, Egg $1, Cocoa-Candied Bacon $2. Sandwiches Served with choice of sanctuary seasoned chips, house-made fries or Parmesan baked steak fries
Prime Rib Sandwich*
Lettuce, tomato, creamy horseradish sauce, smoked provolone cheese, caramelized onions, house-made french bread
Turkey Flatbread Sandwich
Carved turkey, mozzarella, cocoa-candied bacon, on house-made flatbread, cocoa-cranberry dipping sauce
Chicken Salad Melt
Grapes, dried cranberries, green onions, carrots, celery, almonds, candied walnuts, mayo, lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese, house-made brioche
Grilled Vegetable Flatbread Sandwich
Zucchini, eggplant, yellow squash, red onion, red and green bell pepper, mozzarella cheese, balsamic glaze, house-made flatbread
Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap
Romaine, tomato, avocado, cocoa-candied bacon, Caesar dressing, warm tortilla wrap
Slow-Roasted Carved Turkey Sandwich
Carved turkey, cocoa-candied bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, honey mustard mayo, house-made brioche
Additional Toppings: Cheese $1, Guacamole $2, Egg $1, Cocoa-Candied Bacon $2. Burgers Served with choice of sanctuary seasoned chips, house-made fries or Parmesan baked steak fries
The Sanctuary Burger*
Half pound of Angus ground beef, cocoa-candied bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, onion strings, tomato, mole mayonnaise, house-made brioche bun
Grilled Turkey Burger
Herb oven-roasted tomatoes, lettuce, guacamole, lemon honey mustard, house-made brioche bun
Portobello Burger
Herb-marinated portobello mushroom, field greens, lemon caper vinaigrette, pepper jack cheese, herb oven-roasted tomatoes, house-made brioche bun
Pork Sliders^
3 mini pulled pork sandwiches, 10 year tawny port cocoa-infused BBQ sauce topped with coleslaw, house-made brioche buns
Grilled Cheese and Cup of Soup
American, cheddar, provolone, swiss cheese, thick cut house-made brioche, your choice of soup
Mole Chicken^
Sliced chicken breast, mole sauce (traditional Mexican sauce made with chocolate and a variety of peppers) wild rice, chopped asparagus, carrots
Cocoa Nib Crusted Salmon^
Orange zest, Israeli cous cous with carrots, brussel sprouts and cocoa candied bacon, citrus beurre blanc sauce
Chicken Marsala^
Button mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, glazed carrots, cocoa marsala wine sauce, angel hair pasta
Lemon Chicken
Pan-fried chicken breast, herb roasted yukon gold potatoes, snow peas, garlic lemon butter sauce
Full service restaurant and lounge
$10 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice quiet bar area. Bartender very knowledgeable about making a Sidecar. Top notch ingredients in the Hennessy Manhattan too. The Sanctuary Burger one of the best in the area. Bar nicely separated from dining room Consistently good food. The chocolate dusted homemade potato chips are...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank stevesarich
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So disappointed! (NOTE: Read last 20 reviews--FREQUENT references to slow/poor service. Start to blame management for the downward trend!!) Note: Ask for a guy waiter. The young lady makes you just want to leave. We used to love turning on other couples and friends by...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Tj P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we went for brunch , the food was great , but the wait for special order items like waffle on a stick took 30 min instead of 5 like they tell you .

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed December 10, 2018 via mobile

Lunch, brunch or dinner it is my favorite restaurant in the northern suburbs. Don’t be confused by the name Chocalate Sanctuary, while they do incorporate cocoa in many of their dishes, they serve a complete menu. There is a Prix Fixe lunch menu that is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lsbakk
Reviewed December 7, 2018

This is the first time that I had the opportunity to visit this wonderful place. A couple of us Rotarians decided to go there to have come "fellowship". When you enter the facility, there is a prominent display of hand made chocolates. Knowing my wife...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jerrygroen
Reviewed November 26, 2018

They warn you right up front that not all the dishes are made from chocolate which I was ok with. There were three off us. I split the salmon with my wife which was really good. The vegetables were charred which I did not enjoy....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank juzwant2play
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

The place is great for a date. Food is delicious. Portions are more than enough. The service was exceptional. The desserts are the best part of the dinner and the cocktails equal to none. The rumchata with chocolate was my favorite. Will go back there...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pilar0806
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Went there on our way to Six Flags in Gurnee. I can’t believe how I iinever knew about this place with all our trips to Gurnee! I searched restaurants in the surrounding area and this popped up. It was fantastic!!! I had the pork chop...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank maureenr265
Reviewed October 13, 2018

The food was excellent - I had the pork chop (sauce on the side with a hint of chocolate) and it was the best I have had. The chocolate was not at all overbearing.The staff was great & our waiter was very helpful and good....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Sunshine586581
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Most people, including myself, may shy away from a restaurant with the name chocolate in it assuming they will taste chocolate in every entre. Not true...some of the sauces have cocoa powder in them, but it is very subtle and just adds to the flavor...More

Date of visit: August 2018
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