Boston >Food & Dining > Sanctuary
189 State St, Boston, MA | Directions 0210942.359297 -71.052729
Neighborhoods: Central, Downtown
Awesome place with little space.. – My friends and I ventured out last Saturday to check out the Sanctuary. I'm not one for "euro-trash" bars or getting all gucci'ed up and spending $100's for a few martini's, but I heard this place was legit. The $5 dollar charge is a breeze (especially for boston) but the real reason you go here is for the BEAUTIFUL people! No joke but there were actually more girls than guys at the place, which is rare, and everyone just seemed to get along nicely. Despite it being pretty packed and with little room to bust a move, the service was decent with little time to wait for drinks. I didn't eat there so no idea how that is but the tequilla was to die for. Seriously, great once-a-month joint for that night you want to get dressed up, see hot people, and spend $8 bucks a drink - strong drink!
Poor Management – On a recent visit to Sanctuary with a group of 15 co workers, I was shocked at our treatment by the manager on duty. He appeared to be very irritated with the size of our group. He had us move three times, claiming he was expecting many large parties that evening. He huffed and puffed while literally storming up and down the staircase stomping his feet and yelling at our waitress. The area we were moved from remained empty the entire evening. I was horrified by our treatment, and would not recommend Sanctuary based on this, unless of course they lose the attitude. I did not find the food, drinks or atmosphere worth being treated second rate. On a positive note, I felt the waitresses and bartenders were very accommodating, and actually apologized for the managers behavior.
So-So Sanctuary – Sanctuary has a sleek exterior. The service was attentive, though few dined that evening. The white grape martini was good, though look to another for a stiff drink. We asked our waitress for recommendations and she provided popular choices. Based on her suggestions, we ordered the PuPu Platter and the Jamaican Me Crazy Chicken. The platter contained items from the tapas menu. We couldn't fault the ribs and the tempura shrimp. However, the others left us wanting more. The calimari was deep-fried then presented in a sauce, making it soggy. The sweet potato dumplings were bland. The tamarind chicken had potential but was over-fried. The Jamaican Chicken was dry. Overall, if you're looking for a hip joint, you can't go wrong here. However, if you are seeking a satisfying meal, go elsewhere and stop by later for drinks.
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