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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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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good50%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
26 May 2017
“Pizza and beer? This is the place”
9 Aug 2017
“Best pizza in town”
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
405 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4918
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Reviewed 9 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 26 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 10 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 6 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 2 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 15 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 26 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 13 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 1 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
Reviewed 16 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...More

Thank Jori W
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Restaurant Details

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American, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
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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
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Popular restaurant and bar next to the University of Iowa campus.
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