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903 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1285
+1 612-339-5058
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, International, Mediterranean, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
903 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415-1285
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

Sanctuary really hit the spot before our show at the nearby Guthrie Theater. We were treated to unexpected flavors and excellent service. The duck breast was spectacular. The only knock on this restaurant is the strange decor that doesn't sync with my taste. We will...More

Thank SHHooter
Reviewed March 30, 2015 via mobile

I decided to try the Sanctuary out as I was staying across the street. What a nice surprise, a little diamond in the rough. I opted for the 5 course tasting menu and was so delicious and priced right at $35!!! Both the duck and...More

1  Thank Stas' K
Reviewed March 17, 2015

Sanctuary has been our favorite special-occasion restaurant for years, and it continues to live up to expectations. Service is routinely outstanding: attentive without being pushy or obtrusive, knowledgeable, polished. Food is creative and attractively plated without being fussy; there are always little surprises on the...More

1  Thank Adair N
Reviewed February 25, 2015

We were staying across the street and read a review of the place online so decided to give it a try.We are so glad we did! It is a very romantic and intimate setting and we were greeted and quickly seated. We ordered the wrong...More

Thank Mary57108
Reviewed February 18, 2015

This small restaurant has a wonderful menu that changes all the time. You will find items on the menu that you will not see elsewhere. Like Bone Marrow, served on a half of a bone! OK, not for everyone, but if you are adventurous, try...More

Thank David S
Reviewed February 2, 2015

Took my husband to Sanctuary for his 50th birthday... we are foodies and I wanted to experience some place new for the occasion. I was not disappointed. Our server was fabulous, the food was unique and delicious, the atmosphere was quiet and romantic.

Thank Michellereneelove
Reviewed January 25, 2015

We started with a mulled wine (warm) and mojito with absinthe (tastes like black licorice). My husband and I shared two appetizers - the cheddarwurst from Butcher and the Boar with a spicy sauce and tartine and a spinach, artichoke tartlet - both were excellent...More

Thank Carla S
Reviewed January 15, 2015

Find it: 1 block E of Old Spaghetti Factory and across from Aloft hotel on Washington Avenue, near Guthrie theatre attached parking lot now $4 ask for help. Four of us - all enjoyed generous portions, surprising value for upscale dining, menu creative and a...More

Reviewed January 7, 2015

Incredible food with generous portions. Although the tables were closer together, the restaurant was quiet enough for us to have a pleasant conversation and we didn't feel like the nearby tables overheard every word. My husband's first choice entree, a special, ran out. The waiter...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

This is unusual, if not strange, place. The chev is from France, and staff is very proud of him. The service is extremely attentive, borderline sweet. Decor is weird, somewhat gothic. Ate in the bar, happy hour style. Wine list is adequate, but too heavy...More

1  Thank Alex G
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gf menu? parking?
September 1, 2016|
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Response from strokeoluck | Reviewed this property |
Parking in their pay lot starts about 15' from their front door; couldn't be more convenient, especially in this downtown location. I don't recall if they have a pure gluten free substitute menu (e.g. gluten free pasta... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$31 - $50
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
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
  • Phone Number: +1 612-339-5058
  • E-mail
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.