We recently visited Sanctuary for the second time in as many months, this time to celebrate our 17th Wedding Anniversary. The Sanctuary is a cozy 20 table resaurant located 1 block from the Guthrie Theater in the Mill District of Minneapolis at 903 Washington Ave. South.
An A+ Atmosphere
Instant relaxation best describes how we feel settling into our booth - The fireplace, the stone wall running the entire length of the restaurant, lights turned down low, and music that sets the mood yet fades into the background. This place just gives off a good vibe.
Minnesota Nice with a Sprinkle of Sophistication
Or should I say sophistication with a sprinkle of Minnesota nice? Whatever, the Sanctuary seems to have perfected the art of making their guests feel special. Starting with 5-Time award winning maitre de, and Sanctuary Partner Michael Kutscheid, the staff treat service as both a profession and art form - warm, welcoming, knowledgeable with, yes, just the right amount of "sophistication" to make our experience special.
Our Meal Was as Delicious as it was Beautiful
Chef Patrick Atanalian, a native of Marseille, France, and once named Best Mad Genius Chef by City Pages, stopped by our table to say hi and extend his best wishes on our anniversary. After enjoying a cocktail, we were ready to savor the flavor. Chef Patrick and his team served us a work of art that surprised, and delighted our taste buds.
ginger beer potato soup finished with garlic chili creme fraiche
dayboat sea scallops, hangar 1 chipotle vodka eggnog sauce, shishito peppers, asian pear and red tobiko caviar
certified black angus beef, speck ham risotto, black truffle ketchup sauce, jalapeno confiture