130 Warwick St SE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541444.963423 -93.211694
Neighborhoods: Prospect Park, University
Everything is amazing! – This place is fantastic, it's location is right off of 280 and I-94, and while there's no parking lot, street parking is rarely a problem and always free. The staff is minimal, but the restaurant's small, and they do a phenomenol job, you're never sitting looking for help. I went with my parents and grandparents, and we all had something different, and not one person was disappointed. The salmon is to die for, the oriental pork - which I was very unsure about - melts in your mouth and is absolutely amazing, the crepes were crispy and the filling was so different, yet perfect. Tony will reccommend a wine for you and Nathalie always makes an appearance to see how you're doing. My fiance and I discussed it, and we're quite picky, and the food here wins in the top 10 of the best meals we've EVER HAD. It's incredible, a must try! The price is up there, but worth every penny! Oh, and do not miss the flourless torte, with a cup of coffee, it's the perfect ending to an incredible meal!
Mixed feelings--NOT friendly – We live quite close to Signature Cafe, and over the years, have patronized it regularly in its several incarnations (it used to be Tulips, and then became Egyptian-eclectic, before Nathalie acquired it). The food is generally good, and often excellent, though slightly on the pricey side. However, the owner can be chatty to the point of intrusive (she's a HUGE fan of Bill Clinton), so I'd recommend going when it's busy. The experience that turned us off occurred when we were walking through the neighborhood, and stopped by to have some dessert. Although there were empty tables, the owner refused to serve us just dessert! I have never heard of a business that turned away sober, respectable customers--her logic escapes me. We won't be back.
intimate, great food – a reservation guarentees the staff will be ready to service you when you walk in the door. Food was very prompt and delicious. I was unsure of which wine to choose and they suggested a perfect match. The menu isnt huge, but selected dishes are top notch. When its nice, the patio is great, though there isnt much lighting out there once it's dark.
Hidden away in Prospect Park, this friendly cafe boasts inspired bistro fare from chef/owner Nathalie Johnson. – In Short
This little storefront set within a residential neighborhood features freshly painted turquoise walls with salmon trim. Linen-draped tables, vintage wood booths and a glass case displaying homemade sweets gives the place a homey feel. Everything oozes personal touches, from the conscientious service to Nathalie poking her head out of the kitchen, checking to make sure everything's good. Besides flaky spinach pie, fresh tabbouleh and spicy hummus, entrees include tender pot roast and winning lemon-thyme chicken.
lovely place, food not always polished – I've enjoyed seeing Signature transform itself over the years. I'll go back to this incarnation because of the ambiance and the careful preparation of food, but I thought the place could use some subtlety. great crab cakes, served drenched in maple syrup, drowning in dried blueberries, atop heavy rice. salad oversauced and also used sweet /heavy flavors (berries, huge clumps of cheese) to add body where it wasn't needed. Nathalie was charming, but didn't get that we were having an intimate dinner and so didn't want to chat with her. All in all, I want this place to work, and hope it does so by evening out its palate and service.
This Place is Not an Option!!! – Treat yourself and bring some friends. This is on the of the best finds that we have found in the Twin Cities. We are here for only 2 months of the year, and eat here a much as possible. Great food. Great people. Great price. Great service. I don't many places that do all four. Our travels take us world wide and this place is one for the books. Highly Recommended!
a wonderful surprise – Attended based on seeing Signature Cafe reviewed on City Search. What a great experience! Delicious food, great service, and personal appearances from the chef. Bread pudding, often dry and tasteless at other restaurants, was moist and delicious. Wonderful chicken salad and an incredibly tempting not-your-ordinary lunch buffet.
Promptly booked a reservation for Valentine's Day and plan to return often.
Magical! – Living in the neighborhood, we eat here frequently and had our Rehearsal Dinner at Signature Cafe. It was magical! Nathalie and Tony took our very general and unorganized ideas and created a personalized meal that everyone loved. It was great to have our everyday favorite host a once-in-a-lifetime event!
Adventure Lover – So very enjoyable! Don't even look at the menu until hearing the nightly specials. Everything on the menu is wonderful, but if you decide on one & then hear the specials, you'll have a tough decision to make. Try the potroast, lemon thyme chicken, flash fried four cheese ravioli with shrimp, lobster risotto, or anything else. You won't be disappointed. The wine list is equally amazing. Deserts(creme caramel!!) are to die for. Nathlie, the owner, Tony, and the rest of the staff are there to please you. Any problems are quickly resolved.
Contrary to a recent reviewer, our experience with GROUP DINING has also been WONDERFUL! We often bring 6 or 8 friends here. We are offered a limited choice, fixed price menu when dinning as a group. These choices have the same quality and are actually less costly (better value) then the full menu.
Understanding that The Sig has about 40 seats, we realize our parties of 8 or 10 take up 20 to 25% of the available space. We are always thrilled with the food, service, & value provided.
Our dinning experience, as a couple or as a group, is always exceptional. We bring many friends & visit 2 to 3 times a week. We've been doing this since August , 2003 & will continue sharing the experience with friends. All of our friends have also been thrilled. Try it, you'll like it.
What a Great Place! – A friend of mine took me there for lunch. What a surprise. The food was incredible! The owner stopped by to say hello, which is a lost art in some restaurants. The ambiance was very soothing. The fun part was the visit by Esmeralda (I thought that was her name) the cat. I will definitely be back!
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