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903 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1285 (Chicago Avenue)
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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130 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Because we don't live near by we don't get here too often. Every time we come I wonder why we don't make the drive more often. Go here and this is what you will find: warm engaging servers, owner on site, delicious food and great wine list. All at a reasonable price.

Thank Williamrush
San Francisco, CA
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173 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We read about this restaurant in a tourist magazine, and looked up some of the reviews which were generally very positive. We went for the five-course tasting menu which is offered Mondays through Thursday. We enjoyed the entire meal which included soup, salad, duck, wild boar, and a light cake for dessert, and the service was extremely good. We thought... More 

1 Thank Calif0rniadreamers
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

This charming indoor and patio restaurant is nestled underneath the Wasabi restaurant upstairs. I wouldn't have known about it except for reading a rave review and tracking down the address. We ate outside before attending a Guthrie performance, as did others. Though it is on a busy street, the trellaces provide a barrier from the world outside. Excellent service and... More 

Thank bonafieldcohort26
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

The starters and desserts are decent with a variety of choices and nice decoration. However, the main entrees should be described as either 'mediocre' or 'lacking' considering their price. When you order a NY strip steak, you'll be surprised to see a plate full of french fries and cabbage next to the steak which you'll normally expect to see in... More 

Thank Junseok S
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58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

The place is nice even if a bit traditional. The menu looks good and dishes are well presented. The waiting time is somewhat longer than I expected and the taste of the food was good but not outstanding. The prices are ok and the service is making you feel really comfortable. Is worth trying it.

Thank Cristian F
Colleyville, Texas
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52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

Not sure what to expect, but restaurant décor was interesting as was the wine list. Food was excellent and service was very good. The tables in the area in which we were seated were close together and a noisy table of women distracted from the atmosphere.

Thank Ginger L
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Sanctuary is a very pleasant smallish restaurant and bar, located just behind the Guthrie and a great place to go either before, or after the theater. The menu is mainly French inspired with some additional smaller dishes coming from around Europe, these are wonderful for late night dining and they also have a well chosen wine list. The restaurant itself... More 

Thank J S
Mendota Heights
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

We have eaten here several times. It had been a year since the last time. The last time the service was lacking (they had a large party come and they were overwhelmed) and they had given us a free appetizer coupon, which we used tonight. Pictures below. The service this time was excellent. A very good waitress, and the owner... More 

Thank Gerald S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

The menu changes regular except for some staples. It is a fusion restaurant of everything good. For my taste, I looked at the menu and thought that nothing seem to go well together. And then I put it in my mouth and that was quite wrong. Sit on the patio and have the lemonade with the infusion (they make all... More 

1 Thank nomad927
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

This is a great option by the Guthrie. If Old Spaghetti Factory is more your thing, you may not enjoy the prices but the cuisine is refined, and the service is excellent and I always felt like a I received good value. Both times we've been there, the owner was serving as the Maitre D. He was very warm and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, International, Mediterranean, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?