United States > Iowa > Iowa City
Dr_MedievAle (9) Alabama | July 22, 2014
60 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
I return to this place again and again because they get some amazing beers on tap. However, the service is horrendous. You can wait 35minutes between visits from your server--and this when there are only half a dozen customers in the place. One particularly surly and porcine server, been there for years, is consistently bad--and after not being attentive will have the brass to scoff at you if you ask for split checks. Seriously, sanctuary, step up the service and this place would be world class.
Gmku (27) Iowa City, Iowa | November 25, 2013
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
My favorite place in all of the whole of my beloved home town of Iowa City. The place is the best. I love the low-key, warm ambience, and theyíve usually got some cool jazz or smart rock or blues going on in the background. Nice and cozy, you know. And the service is way beyond the norm. Food is pretty good, too.
DiarmaidBHK (732) Pennsylvania | July 27, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
Located just down the road from Johns Grocery. I found parking spots on the side Road as well as the lane behind the pub. Very dark wood panels, Low key lighting, an absence of tvís gives this place a laidback pub feel perfect for conversations. Didnít see the bottle list because the tap list was plenty. They had about 20 taps with a nice mix of local and national craft including a number if Deschutes who seemed to have recently invaded the state. Didnít expect to see the Evil twin Justin Blaeber. Had a nice conversation about craft beer with the bartender as well. 2 for 2 this trips off to a great start.
jcnielsen (224) Charlotte, North Carolina | June 17, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Cool, dimly lit pub with a real nice beer list and some tasty pizza. We stopped by to sample some Toppling Goliath beers. They had ~20 beers on tap and many more in the bottle. I will definitely come back if Iím in Iowa City in the future.
KAF (100) Coralville, Iowa | January 27, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
With 20+ craft and import taps this bar has the largest tap selection of quality beer in Iowa City. The only issue is their prices tend to be a dollar or two higher for tap beer when compared with other local bars. Atmosphere is great and the bar tenders are friendly and know there beer. I always see a few beer on tap here that I donít see anywhere else in the area.
TwoSipDip (413) Fort Collins, Colorado | April 8, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Way cool, old pub and restaurant with an excellent bottle and tap list for beers. The pizza was also pretty good. I hope to make it back to this place some time in the future.
MarcatGSB (17) Eagle Harbor, Michigan | February 3, 2011
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
The Sanctuary is a fun, sophisticated bar in a great district of Iowa City. Vast selection of bottled beers, and always something fun on tap. Woody does a great job bringing in fantastic tap beers, and takes pride in keeping the lines clean, barrels fresh, and a nice selection. I would disagree with the above reviewer on the mark up of bottled beer...I feel they are very reasonable.
ekoerper (39) Iowa | January 4, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Ambiance is great; dimly lit pub with dark wood all around, very relaxed atmosphere. Service is usually prompt and friendly. Beer selection is pretty good (great for Iowa), and there is usually something interesting on tap, particularly new Rogue brews. My only mild gripe with the place is that their markup on the bottles is pretty steep, enough so to limit my visits.
civforprez (10) Galesburg, Illinois | December 8, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Sanctuary has a great selection and most of the staff are pretty knowledgable about that selection. Music is a hit or miss at this place. Food is generally good. Value is decent but not great for the good stuff.
FirmButtstone (2) Cedar Rapids, Iowa | April 8, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Just a great bar, great selection, food and service. Go there for the specialty Rogue beers, and now Bellís stuff also. The food is very good and quite above typical bar fare (lamb sliders). The owner (Woody) is just a great guy to have a conversation with.
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