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“Enchanting all-round experience !” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Signatures Restaurant

Signatures Restaurant
453 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6R4, Canada (Formerly Le Cordon Bleu Bistro @ Signatures)
+1 613-236-2499
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Ranked #148 of 2,218 Restaurants in Ottawa
Price range: $23 - $65
Cuisines: European, French, Vegetarian, International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Description: Signatures Restaurant offers you exceptional cuisine, a unique setting and luxurious hospitality for your next culinary experience. Signatures Restaurant brings a modern twist to a fine dining experience. Combining modern cuisine with relaxing decor and a stress-free ambience, Signatures can be your oasis. Our menus showcase an outstanding selection of local seasonal ingredients with bold creativity and artistic presentations during lunch or dinner. Every week we will feature a new original lunch menu showcasing the talents of our dedicated team. Our dinner menus also reflect the changes of the seasons. Located in the historic Munross mansion, just steps from the Rideau River, Signatures Restaurant offers elegantly appointed banquet and private dining rooms, winding staircases and crystal chandeliers, something unique to the city of Ottawa.
Toronto, Canada
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“Enchanting all-round experience !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This visit was a long awaited wish-list item. It did not disappoint ! Everything was representative of an almost forgotten time of exceptional standards.

The Sandy Hill location is amidst embassies and venerable old mansions - as is the one in which this restaurant is located. You are welcomed at the door as if entering a private home and ushered into a beautiful understated dining room. Starched white linens , silverware and vintage French music complete this authentic "Parisian" feel. The menu is a "fixed" , table d'hote, with two choices each of appetizer, main and dessert. $29 for all 3 items or $19 for just the main. We were here for lunch and only wanted to try the main. I chose a steak salad and my husband had the cod. Both dishes arrived in short order as works of art . The Cod was perfectly poached and laid atop a bed of delicate vegetables also done 'just right'. Beautiful broth-like fish "jus" completed the dish. My steak was served classic bistro style with a smallish serving of meat crusted with peppercorns and pre-carved for ease. A wonderful pea-puree was smeared artfully on the plate and anchored a heaping portion of micro greens /watercress salad.

Wonderful baguette and chilled butter to boot.

Probably the best wine list I have ever seen. A daily house cocktail was offered but we went with one of the excellent wine by-the-glass choices . Wines by the bottle were organized by country and included two organic selections. The extensive menu ended with a list of "Prestige" wines that ranged from a $375 Margaux to a Rothchild at $1500. We decided to save that for another time !

Two mains and two glasses of vintage wines came to $65 with tax.........well worth it for an exceptional experience at an iconic establishment. Will definitely be back.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Consistent Service to Previous Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

A return at the Cordon Bleu, this time for the Mother’s Day Event had service consistent to our previous service.

The hosted could not find our reservations when we arrived, then took us to that backroom again. I refused that room and requested the dining room. I had made the reservations a month prior and was disappointed with the Cordon Bleu for lack in continuity in service. The manager came and corrected the situation.

Again, there is no dress code but most patrons did dress respectfully for the special day.

The four courses meal served was fabulous the wine pairing excellent. The servers were more personal and amicable this time and it made for a pleasant visit.

We will return to the Cordon Bleu Bistro for the innovative dishes; the service is still not up there, and sadly with the information technology available today, it’s not really that difficult to log patrons’ preferences when reservations are made.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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MIAMI
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“Lovely dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Cordon BLEU for dinner, is located in an 1875 home. It was very elegant with white table cloths and excellent service. Niagara red wine priced at $40 a bottle was light and pleasant, Escargots appetizer with celery root purée was delicious. Entrees of Arctic char (tasted fishy) with port wine sauce ,was accompanied with snap peas, green beans and butternut squash. Also scallops with gnocchi, Brussels sprouts and artichokes was yummy. However, for a fine restaurant, they did not offer any of the free pleasantries that other comparable places do, such as amuse Bouche, intermezzo, or small cookies or petit fours when bill arrives. Service was professional and attentive. There is ample parking on the premises.
Restaurant is located near many embassies so it is worth driving around the neighborhood.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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“Amazing dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

From start to finish, this was an amazing dinner. Each course was truly excellent. Not only was the taste exceptional, but the presentation was outstanding. The wine recommendations were a perfect match to the food. The service was very professional and not overdone. Appetizers were soups and tuna. The tuna was so tender and flavourful. Mains were fish and steak. Each was cooked perfectly and had lots of flavour. Sauces and accompaniments added to the enjoyment. Even the bread was fabulous. We will definitely be returning.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Food at a Great Price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

On Wednesday night, a couple can enjoy a set menu with a bottle of wine for $100. The service was excellent and the food was very appetizing.

Visited April 2014
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