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Sanctuary Restaurant & Pub

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, American
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405 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4918
+1 319-351-5692
16:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Thu 16:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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Iowa City, IA
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465 reviews
312 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
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
Midwest USA
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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. Very good selection of craft beers. Seemed to have a lot of cocktail and wine... More 

Thank GoatWhacker
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
Iowa City, Iowa
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
1 review
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
Iowa City, Iowa
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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, the staff (especially Sam) really took great care of us. I can't wait to go... More 

Thank Holly S
Iowa City, Iowa
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 has been 4 months since I have eaten there. So, they might have a passionate... More 

Thank 392jc
East Troy
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39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We went here for dinner one night while visiting the area and it was so good we went back for lunch the next day only to discover they didn't open until 4pm! We were really bummed but went to an equally good restaurant called Basta Pizzeria Ristorante. Back to Sanctuary...we had the Blue Cheese Dip appetizer which we had never... More 

Thank Jori W
Moline, Illinois
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2014

Excellent beer selection. Very good food. Some of the beers can are pricey but they are very limited special releases worth the extra cost. Very nice atmosphere as well.

1 Thank Allyson A
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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97 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2013

I have been wanting to visit Sanctuary for quite a while now because their tap list is quite unique. Looked at the menu online, for this was going to be a low key B-Day dinner. We were smitten. Atmosphere is wonderful. Dark, earthy, NO TV"S!! Staff very accommodating; got a complimentary drink after he checked my ID. Ordered Shepard's Pie,... More 

Thank L S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, American
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
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
Popular restaurant and bar next to the University of Iowa campus.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?