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Sanctuary Restaurant & Pub

$$ - $$$American, ,
405 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4918
+1 319-351-5692
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good48%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
26 May 2017
“Pizza and beer? This is the place”
21 Dec 2017
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
405 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4918
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

It was a simple order. Two green salads, one beer, one vegetarian pizza. The place was empty. Two people at the bar. The two of us. We have been coming to this place for years. The place is known for S L O W service....More

Thank long3view
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Best pizza in town. We went for happy hour on a Tuesday night and had a booth in the back room to ourselves. The pizza was 1/2 off, and we had ordered a 12 inch with all our favorite ingredients there are many to choose...More

Thank GailCheryl
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

We came here with two other couples for a dinner of (wait for it).... pizza and beer. The beer list is exceptional with 27 on tap. I recommend the Lagunitas Born Again Yesterday IPA. Delicious. We ordered the pimienta (sp?) pizza that was quite tasty....More

Thank Scott319
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Great comfort food, reliable service. I like the back room with a beer and friends. A relaxing local place with fresh ingredients. It's an IC classic.

Thank GailCheryl
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Standard pub "long room" setup with bar on one side and tables on the other, kitchen in the back. Furnished in dark wood. Street parking. Menu fairly simple with mostly burgers, pizza and sandwiches. Food quality a step above most pubs. Service attentive and efficient....More

Thank GoatWhacker
Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

The pizza was very good. They have a large selection of beer. Some of the beer is local to Iowa and others is not. It is a very quiet and cute atmosphere.

Thank herkiescamper
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Good food, eclectic crowd, nice atmosphere , huge selection of beers, love the pizza fontina! One of Iowa cities long standing great places to eat.

Thank susanm1962
Reviewed 27 March 2015 via mobile

If you want a place with a very nice selection of really good beers and good service from staff that always smiles you need to try it!!!

Thank Anthony K
Reviewed 14 December 2014 via mobile

We recently hosted a retirement party at the Sanctuary Pub and everyone was impressed with the selection of beer, good wine, and the spread of appetizers. We gathered in the Red Room with a fireplace burning and it was really a lovely atmosphere. Above all,...More

Thank Holly S
Reviewed 2 November 2014

I have eaten at the Sanctuary fewer times then I have drank there. The ambiance and beverage selection are far above average, the FOH staff knows there stuff and get good tips from me every time. But the food has never been worth it. It...More

Thank 392jc
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 405 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4918
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-351-5692
  • E-mail
Popular restaurant and bar next to the University of Iowa campus.
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