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801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (Eighth St. NW) Send to Phone
Overblown elegance and zany menu equal pretensions.

Breakfast Mon.-Fri., Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Signatures Restaurant Review

: Despite the inventive influence of executive chef Morou Ouattara, formerly of Red Sage, we were disappointed by a somewhat lackluster performance, and staggered by the price tags. Yes, this restaurant has had its fair share of hype and media attention, but not every creation works. Over the top, you say? How about a grilled cheese sandwich with foie gras and medjool date jam? In the end, we ordered rigidly, sharing an excellent spinach salad to start and selecting several entrées---a barley risotto with goat cheese and a thick, juicy pork chop---that didn't destroy the budget. Desserts, even with a pastry chef presiding over the ovens, sounded too light and delicate to matter. If you've got the time and the money, consider one of the chef's various tasting menu options. And try lunch or breakfast, when the prices are apt to be lower. Outdoor seating gives you an up-front view of the Navy Memorial on the plaza, better than the very staid indoor dining room with its myriad celebrity pictures, all signed, one presumes. Word has it that Signatures serves both sushi and the very pricey Kobe beef, so when you eat here, don't expect to find the ordinary. Also count on finding a very detailed wine list, just for the connoisseur.


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