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The Chocolate Sanctuary, Gurnee, IL

The Chocolate Sanctuary

4.6
4.6
2182 Reviews
$30 and under
American
One-of-a-kind chocolate inspired restaurant opening early 2015. A fun and casual restaurant, lounge and boutique for foodies and chocolate lovers alike.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (224) 944-0808

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary offers a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for visiting with friends and family. Opened in 2015, The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary celebrates the cocoa beanin its many forms. We are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Our variety of beautifully plated main courses, appetizers, drinks, and desserts incorporate the restaurant's namesake ingredient alongside delicious options where chocolate is optional or non-existent. We serve only the best cuts of meat, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables all cooked to order in our scratch kitchen. Our carefully curated selection of artisan cocktails, wine, and craft beer will compliment your meal perfectly. Our friendly servers will welcome you and your guests with warmth and respect. Private event spaces at The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary can accommodate from 10-150 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Gurnee

  • Cross street

    Milwaukee Ave (21) and Washington Street

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North Suburbs

    Great for brunch

  • North Suburbs

    Innovative

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  1. Nickels

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Very good food. Service was slow, while restaurant was not busy.
  2. Vicki

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I’ve been several times to your restaurant to eat… Bridal showers, brunches, and dinner and not disappointed until yesterday’s visit for brunch. The waitress was not very friendly and seemed a bit put out when we asked for more coffee or creamer! But the topper was seeing a man who fills your brunch food put a shrimp back after it fell on the floor! But on a positive note the food you put out for brunch was delicious!
  3. Bruce

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The buffet was not worth the money. Didn't have much of a selection. Didn't like the sugary bacon.
  4. Dave

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. The menu has many unique items, all involving chocolate in some form, including the Chocolate Old Fashioned. Like the cocktails, the food was delicious. The server was very knowledgeable about menu items and made good suggestions. We noticed many children there with their families.
  5. garyfoley

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always! Our way staff was very attentive. Very clean and stylish. Lots of easy parking. Nice fireplace and ambience.
  6. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always delicious, we come here when we want to experience something just a little different - always pleased with food and service
  7. Margierings

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Price was $2 more per than I originally saw on website. Lines were a bit long in the space, but they calmed down. Food was disappointing. Eggs benedict wasn't even warm, nor were the meats. Loved the sweets and the bacon. Were given a box of three chocolates as we left in honor of our 35th anniversary, which was nice. Met with event lady, Donna about our 10/1 brunch She didn't seem particularly excited for it.
  8. Suzanne

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This was the best brunch I have ever been to! There were a lot of protein options!!
  9. foodieman

    Chicago

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The Shrimp Florentine needed seasoning. The butternut soup is always a must . The Merlot wine was very good . Crème Brûlée was delicious as are all the desserts
  10. KristiV

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was great, knowledgeable and friendly. Food was good, tasted great. My salmon was a little overcooked, otherwise I’d give it a five star rating. We may go back and try the Sunday brunch.
  11. JamesL

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was great, had the minnie chocolate fountain for dessert. came with chips, bacon, strawberries, gram crackers, pound cake. choice of dark or milk chocolate. Wasn't sure I was ready for it, however we ate majority of it and took the rest home.
  12. GregM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time with friends here. Great food, drinks, and people.
  13. DineOutAlot

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We‘ve dined here many times, but this last time was very disappointing.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and very welcoming staff. Can’t wait to go back!
  15. CandaceS

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attended the tea. It was wonderful and truly enjoyed the dark chocolate tea - best tea I’ve ever had. It made for a lovely afternoon with a friend.
  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went here for the first time, and were very impressed! The restaurant is adorable, well decorated, very clean, and the fireplace in the center of the dining room is lovely! Everything was fantastic- from the hostess, to the waitstaff to the food! Thank you!
  17. JamesL

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the calamari for our appetizer. Always great. We had the whitefish special and the duck 2 ways. We were able to substitute some items on the special because the cook there meals at the time of ordering. With the fish we really liked all 3 ways. Shelby gave us carrots our substitute fish. Really good choice. We had the black forest trifle. It was served in a drink glass instead of the Sunday cup this time. We liked this way better
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We ordered the pasta for 2 special. Pasta was very tasty but came out luke warm even though the container was very hot. Salad was a bit bland. Service was excellent!
  19. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great date night restaurant! We had excellent service and the food was fantastic!
  20. LorraineC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was fine, but not outstanding. Seating is very cramped.
  21. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great good. Excellent staff.
  22. MichelleG

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We went for the Sunday brunch. Our reservation was at 1:30 which was nearing the end of the brunch. By the time we got there, some things were already gone, which was a little disappointing, but all in all good variety, and very good food.
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Sunday brunch. Really like the omelette station run by Jojo and the waffle pop station run by Jordan. Griffin was our waiter and he did a great job.
  24. carl

    Chicago

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    First time there and we went for Sunday brunch. Everything was done tastefully fro the china to all the tables.
  25. CandaceS

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. But the desserts were to die for. Can’t wait to visit again.
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We did the tea time, which they hold on the first Saturday of the month, and it was completely worth the price per person. I had so much fun, and I never felt rushed.
  27. JamesL

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Soups are house made and they always have a different kind. We were lucky to test a new strawberry briee Flatbread last night. We had the chef's special and deconstructed ravioli.
  28. Yorgie

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and very good service! Always enjoy our dinner!
  29. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    One of the first ones there when it opened and we had reservations. Drinks took quite a while then one of the drinks was totally flat. Waiter didn’t check on the drinks for 20 mins so had nothing to drink. Food took an hour with about 3 other tables in the whole restaurant. One of the entrees was missing the sides. Waiter rarely ever checked in on us. For the restaurant not being busy, it shouldn’t have taken us over 2 hours to get food - we even had to get the waiters attention to get the check. Pricey for the food and based on the service, not worth it - very disappointing for a special occasion.
  30. elizabethC

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    CS used to be my favorite go to place to eat in Gurnee. I’ve been away for 2 years and came back today really disappointed. The service is slow ( there were only 3 tables filled) but not a show stopper. The food A’s OK. Feels like chefs have changed and the food is average. Dessert, was just bad and this used to be the highlight. The seem out of a box. Just not up to par. Sadly this is my last time at the sanctuary. I have big hopes it can come back.
  31. KathleenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    There is a lunch menu with choices for 2 items & a side. There are a lot of choices for soup, salads, sandwiches, etc. The food is always good & service is great. Price is reasonable too. We had 7 people for lunch and everyone enjoyed the meals.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We went to this year's first Chef's Dinner with a Harry Potter theme. It was just so much fun and so delicious. That dessert was unlike anything I've ever had. The flavors were so perfectly balanced, not overly sweet, as well as being beautiful and delicious! Everything was good, though I discovered I don't like parsnips🤣 but it was a great, fun time.
  33. JamesL

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for the Harry Potter chef's dinner. Every month they do a special dinner at the end of the month.
  34. KathyF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    I don't know what happened, but the sevice and food quality went down. I went to brunch at 12:30, it was not crowded, and it was not like I remembered. The waffle pops were ice cold, and had been sitting there for goodness knows how long. I had to get someone other then my server to bring me creamer and sugar for my coffee after waiting for 10 minutes for my waiter to bring it to me. Not once did my server come back to see if I needed a refill on my coffee. The omelet station was the only good part, the server there is top notch!
  35. Robin

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best brunch in Lake county Illinois. Our family has been going here since 2014. The variety of food including made to order omelets, waffle pops, shrimp, pasta, and endless variety of sweet including chocolate will satisfy all ages.
  36. YadiraC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, very attentive, a little disappointed that the dessert menu doesn’t have much variety, with that being said every thing I ordered was delicious
  37. JAMESP

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    1st time and we had a nice experience. Would like to try it again not on New Year’s Eve to get the full menu. Prices were a little high for what we got for New Year’s Eve in my opinion. Over all good meals, will try again soon.
  38. JamesL

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There was a special new year's eve menu. We had the beef skewer appetizers, crepes. Osoboco and red velvet lava cake for dessert. It was all fresh made and delicious. The short ribs we've had before. We would definitely have the crepes again anytime they are on the menu the peanut sauce on the skewer was a nice addition. The lava cake was worth the wait
  39. MandiF

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    overall good - great drinks - server was amazing!
  40. LisaV

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Disappointed with the overall experience. Food was not up to usual standards and we didn't know there would be a limited menu due to NYE.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Chocolate Sanctuary using the Order Online button. The Chocolate Sanctuary also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (224) 944-0808.

The Chocolate Sanctuary is rated 4.6 stars by 2182 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Chocolate Sanctuary

5101 Washington St, Gurnee, IL 60031

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Milwaukee Ave (21) and Washington Street

  • Neighborhood

    Gurnee

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Sat 11:00 am–2:45 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (224) 944-0808

  • Private party facilities

    The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary offers a warm and inviting atmosphere perfect for visiting with friends and family. Opened in 2015, The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary celebrates the cocoa beanin its many forms. We are open for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Our variety of beautifully plated main courses, appetizers, drinks, and desserts incorporate the restaurant's namesake ingredient alongside delicious options where chocolate is optional or non-existent. We serve only the best cuts of meat, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables all cooked to order in our scratch kitchen. Our carefully curated selection of artisan cocktails, wine, and craft beer will compliment your meal perfectly. Our friendly servers will welcome you and your guests with warmth and respect. Private event spaces at The Chocolate 􀀔anctuary can accommodate from 10-150 guests.

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