Clio

Clio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cliorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (617) 536-7200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday – Friday: 6:30am - 10:45am, Saturday: 7:00am – 10:45am, Sunday: 7:00am –12:00pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Kenneth Oringer
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A maximum of 12 guests at one table is allowed the dining room. For larger parties up to 55, please call us directly.

    A credit card deposit is required for parties of 5 or more. Cancellation must be done 48 hours prior or charge of $55.00 per person will be made. A charge $75.00 per person is applied for "no shows". Reservations must be confirmed 24hours prior to date or the reservation will be cancelled.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Anthony 6175367200x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Massachusetts Avenue & Commonwealth Avenue
  • Public Transit: Green Line: Hynes Convention Center T Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $15 per vehicle.
A word from Clio
With an emphasis on artful presentations and exotic ingredients, Clio’s Asian-inflected French/New American cuisine excites the palate with dramatic flavors, textures and techniques. Chef Ken Oringer’s unique style has earned him a James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast, as well as praise from Gourmet magazine, Esquire and more. In early 2012, the dining room and bar received an extensive renovation from original designer Peter Niemitz, setting the stage for the next 15 years of Clio.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Clio reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (59)special occasion (56)romantic (34)notable wine list (30)neighborhood gem (13)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (5)good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Ambitious menu, softly lit, blessedly quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/26/2014
    Creative cuisine. Partner had five course menu which included buttered lobster tail and chicken liver mousse and roasted beetroot. All very tasty. I started with mesclun salad and it was very fresh. Vinaigrette very tart with an asian influence. Our main courses were held up and we were offered a scallop and mushroom dish to make up for the wait. Gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trying a bit too hard
    JoneVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    All was good, but Clio is the kind of restaurant where the cleverness of the chef outweighs the excellance of the food. Many clever additions to each dish make it overly fussy rather than simply a memorable experience. Despite all this the food was interesting, unusually prepared, and the service was warm and knowlegeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE IT!! Nine courses of heaven!
    Ameliad
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    If you are a foodie or anything close, go to CLIO right away. You will not be sorry. I will dreaming about their food. Splurge on the 9 course. The cocktails are amazing, of course. Have been here twice and I will come again as soon as I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    hhwdsfarnsworthVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was a fabulous meal, every bite, and the service was excellent. The food was creative and delicious, wine suggestions excellent. We ordered a la carte - truly exceptional dishes included the abalone with kale, lobster, and lamb porterhouse.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good restaurant
    Jack
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Great restaurant. Was there for a birthday celebration. Great food with excellent service. Got lucky and had a nice corner table. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Clio continues to be a beautiful, romantic dining option. Food is always of the highest quality and wonderfully prepared but tasting menu a little mercurial last time we visited. Sashimi bar downstairs (Uni) seems to have become the priority over the dining room in recent years. Still recommended very much.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food so so and portions small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I am used to prix fixe menus and the smaller portions.. However these were excessively small and not outstanding. The wine pairings were inexpensive and not well paired. A red with lobster, a beer with another course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Pen1234
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    The food was over complicated and pretentious,so did not achieve the standards of fine dining which is what we were looking for . The service was irritating and they did not accept feedback comfortably. .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not impressed
    mss21
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We partook of the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. The food was okay, but not completely impressive. One of the courses we were served had a beer paired with it. Since the WINE pairing is $60 - this was a HUGE disappointment - $10+ for a 3oz pouring of beer, come on. My husband and I do not enjoy beer, poor choice on the sommelier's part in my opinion. Also, the restaurant was freezing! It was a rainy, windy, and cold night out - yet the AC was on. I am usually cold, so I didn't say anything - but when I noticed others getting their coats during dinner - I knew it wasn't just me. It's so hard to enjoy a nice dinner while you are shivering! All in all - not worth the $350 cost.
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  • A Treat for Foodies
    KimM
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had the 5 course set menu with wine pairings. It was delicious, well paced and attentive service. Each course was a treat for the palate - really good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jeff
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A wonderful food experience but the noise was so overwhelming that we had a difficult time hearing what the waiter was telling us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    PenendenVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I don't mind paying up if the quality of food, wine list and ambiance merit it but for a limited wine list on a table squeezed in beside the bar, the prices seem high. The food was generally good but the skate was not well prepared.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb for a special occasion
    ribbyVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food incomparably exquisite, service perfect, prices very high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great good and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Clio is one of the best French restaurants in Boston, maybe at the very top of the list. Both the butter poached lobster and the lamb porterhouse were fabulous. There was a level of inventiveness not present in other Boston establishments. Service was fabulous too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightfully inventive
    etkt
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had the 5 course tasing menu. We we requested a substitution for the dessert course and the staff accomodated us after checking with the chef. The overall meal was extremely creative and flavorful. The unusual combinations of ingredients created surprising and entirely delicious sensations. As other reviewers have commented, the tables are quite closely packed and neighboring conversations can often intrude but the quality of the food more than compensated for any distractions. The servers were all very attentive. Overall, a delightful evening. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Dinner
    agtcool
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Had the 5 course with wine pairing. Food was top notch and elegantly presented and the service was warm and approachable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not in a hurry to return
    JML51VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    First of all, what happened to the tablecloths? The tables were bare without even a placement. Not very inviting. We sat and waited quite some time before a waiter appeared and when he did, he was extremely inpatient and was not happy that four of us were asking questions about the menu. We then sat another 15 minutes until he offerred drinks. My friend is a vegetarian and asked that the chef prepare a vegetable dish for her with anything he had on hand. The waiter didn't think he would but would ask. Another wait. When he returned, he said she had to choose a dish from the menu. Throughout the meal, the waiter was inattentive and not friendly. The restaurant was extrememly noisy. The food was good but the portions were tiny.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Leon
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was great and creative. The dishes infused Chinese and French.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ollie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Once we figured out how menu worked we were ok with it. Would have liked to be able to change out entree on 5 course menu. The 9 course seemed like a lot of food. Now that we know how things work would go back for special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is AWESOME but...
    TseWhat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had our 9th anniversary dinner at Clio. The food is outstanding, we both thoroughly enjoyed every plate of the tasting menu (5 course and 9 course). BUT the restaurant seating arrangement is very tight, it feels like we are on top of our neighbor, and can hear their conversations and vice versa. Also, the wait staff messed up presenting our plates a few times, wrong plates came out, I had my wife's plate and she had mine. Even once, I had to correct the staff, telling him this is not my plate. With the price that we paid, we feel that those things should not happen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The cuisine was creative tasty and wonderful. Service was outstanding, very choreographed and unobtrusive. The noise level was painful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • clio - good food and service but
    diner21VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The menu included both a la carte and multi-course offerings. The service team worked well together. The decor was luxurious simplicity - a long banquette on one wall, corner oval banquettes and central tables. The wine list was quite expensive as were some of the menu offerings. That being said, everything we ordered was delicious. The sour note was walking in with a confirmed reservation but being seated right in front of the kitchen entry and service area! Particularly annoying when the group immediately before us, with no reservation, was seated at an identical table in a much more desirable location. That was disappointing. If there is a next time, we will certainly mention this. There is also a lower level sashimi bar, not sampled.
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  • DottieVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food outstanding. Waiter charming and explained menu well---it is totally different kind of menu. overall enjoyable evening
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but dissappointing
    INGGROUP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I decided to enjoy an evening at one of Boston"s best. Upon exiting the car we were informed of the $18 valet charge (no problem). I wanted to pay by credit card and was informed it was cash only (the valet parking stub stated Credit Cards Accepted: VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX accepted on the stub). Finally, after the attendant making a call he indicated the $18 could be added to our dinner bill (ultimately, we weren't charged at all). The food was very good and the service wonderful. Though tastefully done, we were a little disspointed in the decor. The only other item that stood out in our experience was the table across from us; one of the two guys was dressed in a t-shirt and shorts. What can I say?
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable moment
    syljef
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had a great time with my two daughters. It was their first time in Boston and first time dining at Clio. We enjoyed the 9 service degustation menu. All the meals were very well executed. The meals were complex without giving you the impression of containing too many ingredients. The service was great except for two small details: one of my glasses of wine that was to be paired with the duck was served after I had started the meal and two meals were very little described (I always enjoy to know what I am eating). We had a terrific experience and hope to come back next time we are in town. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great tasting menu
    PersnicketydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I enjoyed an amazing dinner here on Saturday night. I had the vegetable 5 course tasting with the wine pairing. Everything was very tasty and the service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • you must be kidding
    realworld
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    food is delivered with the statement "here you go ladies" (i am male). our waiter is told of the mistake. he tells the person who made this mistake. the same person delivers food again and says "here are your salads ladies". the waiter says that he told the person already. i ask to speak to the manager. i am told that the "person" making the mistake is the manager! the manager never comes over to apologize. when one of our party told him at the end of the meal that he could have at least come over and said something, his answer was that he preferred to "stay away". what a manager! great awareness and service! no thanks. will not be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The remodel was a big mistake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We knew Clio from previous dining experiences, but the place was remodeled and changed the concept. While the food is still outstanding, the ambience does not fit the quality of the food nor the price. For $300-dinner for two I would expect at least a table cloth and waiter who don't wear jeans. Probably not coming back any time soon.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    Davek
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fixed Price Tasting Menu. last time there we had a full a la carte menu. Like to choose what I want and have as little as I am in the mood for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected More
    vtredhead
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food at Clio was absolutely amazing. My issues with this place were the service and the noise level. For a place where the average bill is around $400, I expect a little more. My friend ordered the 10-course dinner, and my husband and I split the 5-course. Several times, they put my friend's plate in front of my husband. I ordered a martini and was asked if I'd like olives or a twist. I asked for olives. The drink arrived with a twist of lemon. The waiter apologized, took it away, and returned with one with olives. I took a sip. The drink was permeated with lemon flavor. The bartender had fished out the lemon twist and dropped in some olives instead of making a fresh drink. I sent it back for a new one. Not impressed by that.
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  • Beyond compare
    BrooklineFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best meals I've ever had. Each of the five-course--from the seasonal tasting menu--was better than the last. The A-5 Wagyu beef was smooth, buttery, cooked to perfection, and beyond compare--certainly the best beef I've ever had. I've had many great meals in my life, from New York, Paris, and Rome to London, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing; this dinner (on Saturday 23 August) rivaled the very best of them. The five courses included sashimi, corn velouté, lobster tail in butter sauce, chicken roulade, and rhubarb dessert. I added the Wagyu beef, an heirloom tomato salad, and tomato-water martini as supplements. Ten stars out of five! Perfection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Clio
    McdclanVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is exquisite and so inspired. The waitstaff is attentive and knowledgeable. Fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food experience
    Foodiekf
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We did the 10 course priz fuze menu. Every dish was a beautiful and delicious experience. Even had a chance to meet the chef.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    mikelVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The website for the restaurant never mentioned that the menu was fixed price whether you order 5 or 10 courses. Service was slow and the waiter did not seem to understand a food sensitivity vs an allergy. The prices were exorbitant with a glass of white wine costing $20 each. My husband and I rarely skimp on price but when we feel taken advantage of we get angry. Will not go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Weird and wonderful
    epiann
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Clio was a belated anniversary present to ourselves--not for the everyday for those of us with limited pocketbooks, but a really wonderful experience. The only available menus were 5 or 10 course tasting menus, which, since that was what we wanted, were great. The chef combines fascinating ingredients into flavors and textures we'd never had before. The food was spectacular, the pacing was perfect. The bartender also had some wonderful creations involving tequila and cinnamon smoke. The one hitch was that, while they were careful to ask about food allergies or aversions at the beginning, we nevertheless were served something on our "no" list just as we left. The restaurant called immediately to let us know, but c'mon. Still, would return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dineon
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Everything about Clio is terrific, from being met at the door to the food to table service, which might have been a little over the top. A lovely 'quiet' room with a nice buzz. I was surprised that you could not order a la carte but were required to order a minimum of a 5 course meal - delicious (sometimes a little salty) but a lot of food! Would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food in Boston
    Baz1
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was fantastic, service excellent from knowledgable staff and good advice on wine. Nothing was too much trouble.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My wife and I attended this restaurant for a birthday. Truly superior service and artistic food. The restaurant was also very accommodating when we didn't like 1 of the items on the price fixed menu they gladly offered alternatives to ensure our meals were to our liking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 956 reviews are from the Clio reviews archive.
  • Worth a visit...
    AlecVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Tasting menu was fantastic. Accommodated our requests. Service was flawless. The only downer was the table packed in next to a solo weird dinner who laughed to himself through his meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Numero 1 in Boston
    Tavo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We had a celebration dinner in March at a restaurant rated #1 in Boston half a block away from Clio and while the experience was good, we questioned why it was rated so; from our perspective Clio is #1. The food was excellent. Everything our party of five ordered, appetizers and entrees, was wildly praised. The service was outstanding, our waiter had a total knowledge of the dishes, their many ingredients and how each dish was prepared, and same applied to the wine list The atmosphere is sophisticated and elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.