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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
Neighbourhood: Downtown
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, walked in at 9:15 when closing at 10. Had a great meal and dessert. Would go back and wrote this review so I could look up this place in the future easily.

Thank Joseph R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is that top tier of Twin Cities restaurants. You know, But her and the Boar, Bar la Grassa, Bachelor Farmer. This is a quieter place. But in many ways more charming. The space is quirky yet comforting. The owner is almost always there, charming...More

Thank Jays911
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The space is cozy, but both food and service was lacking. It felt like both were trying too hard to be unique, but haven't mastered the basics yet. The parsnip soup was overly spiced and had the consistency of apple sauce. The salad had too...More

Thank consultant35
Reviewed 29 March 2017

A group of six of us had a celebration dinner on a recent Saturday night. There was a pleasant vibe in this smallish and very nicely appointed eatery. We enjoyed the very knowledgable server, Maggie who was personable and fun to highlight the unique designed...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We went to Santuary last night and were very impressed. Chef Patrick rotates the menu six times per year and we hit on a night with a new menu. The food was absolutely amazing. We had the Gorgonzola tarting to start which had a great...More

1  Thank Eric S
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This makes me sad because I really wanted to like this restaurant. The service was excellent and the decor is old-world elegant with stone walls and intimate tables. However, the food was hit or miss, and I think it's because every dish has too many...More

1  Thank violabelle613
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had an excellent dining here. It was the first time - since we moved to the US from Europe - that we ordered three courses and be able to finished them all! Usually I found the meal at the US was...More

1  Thank indie_dive
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

My family and I ordered the 5-course chef's whim meal, and it was fabulous start to finish. Everyone was so kind and helpful and made us feel very special.

1  Thank Cassie R
Reviewed 14 November 2016 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...More

1  Thank Williamrush
Reviewed 30 October 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...More

2  Thank Calif0rniadreamers
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gf menu? parking?
2 September 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
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
16:00 - 01:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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.