Clio

Clio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cliorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6175367200x
  • 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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Clio reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (56)fit for foodies (55)romantic (34)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (6)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • let all xmas eve dinners be as yum.
    dne99
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    After ascare that we were too late for the tasting menu (our reservation was 9pm), we enjoyed everything about this Christmas eve dinner, from the olive Madeleine amuse-bouche to the pre-dessert dessert, and the delightful seafoods, fois gras and pork in between. Our server Grace earned her name, and selected creative wine pairings for each of the ten courses. Thanks to all at Clio for such a memorable meal, and to No. 9 Park for the recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent
    LeniaVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Creative menu but execution not consistent. Limited vegetarian options and the kitchen was not too flexible with changing menu items to accommodate my dietary restrictions. The beet salad had interesting flavors but the smoke from the almonds was overpowering. Since the tortellini (only vegetarian entree available) also had smoked mushrooms in it, by the end of the night I felt like I had eaten an ashtray. Nevertheless, the pasta was tasty and so was the squash soup and chocolate cremaux dessert. But for the price ($20/app, $40/entree) my expectations are very high and I left feeling underwhelmed. I'm sorry to say I won't be going back.
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  • Clio is one of the best restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Clio is one of the best restaurants in the city of Boston! You will definitely want to try the chef's tasting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Amazing Experience
    EGKateVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We had the ten-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and the evening was nearly perfect. The menu was primarily seafood, with the only meat being the foie gras and a venison course. The service was excellent without being overbearing. Someone was there when we needed them, but we weren't interrupted while we had our courses. The wine pairings were very well selected. We're looking forward to returning for the 14-course tasting!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We had an outstanding dinner at Clio's. We loved the seafood.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and intimacy not up to qual
    Bill
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Excellent food. Very noisy. We have been here several times and seems that the noise level has increased and quality of the waitstaff has decreased. This was a rather romantic spot. We found the wait staff to be amateur. Most appeared to be college kids, none seemed like seasoned professionals. They were not too helpful with suggestions. It is very noisy. Not a place for a quiet conversation over dinner. Food is outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    One of the most memorable meals we have had. Everything was way beyond what we expected.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We dined at the Clio on a week night and were very impressed with the food and service. Our waiter was polite and very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions and gave us pointers on the menu without going over the top. The food was excellent, presented and prepared to a very nice standard. The restaurant dealt very well with my food intolerance (noted at the time of the booking). We were serviced well without being harassed, a balance of which is very important to me. A very pleasurable experience, I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Priceless
    Foodies
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    My husband and I recently dined here on a Tuesday evening and it was one of the most memorable dining experiences I have ever had. He opted for the 10 course tasting menu and normally both parties particapate. Due to severe food allergies that was not of any interest to me. The staff at Clio was understanding and willing to work with me, which was wonderfull. I ordered the Heirloom Squash soup to start and than the Buttermilk Braised Chicken. Both where phenominal and delicious beyond words! Again if you are a foodie looking for a gastronomic treat this is surely it, or if you are just looking for a very luxurious night on the town with someone special this place is a must see while in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seven course tasting menu
    Sildan
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    As always we really enjoyed the food. Extremly creative and delicious. We really would not call it romantic. The noise level is very high and the atmosphere/ lighting is almost cold. We wish it had a bit more ellegance than hip. Service was outstanding! Also you MUST order something from the bar, genious drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW
    visaVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    my wife and I went to Clio on Sat Nov 16th for the first time , we had the 7 coarse meal with wine pairing, it was fantastic.The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable . The waitress we had was great. We will be back
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Too little light
    RBCon
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The only negative was the light. Too little light to read the menu and or see the beautifully plated food. People were using their phones as flashlights to read the menu which was annoying. The wait staff is absolutely outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinning But....
    SolidVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Went to eat at Clio for the first time this weekend. Was very excited and did a 10 course pairing. The food and wine pairing was very good. While not quite L'Espalier, very good creative food. Each bite made you want more which any good tasting should. Our waitress was one of the best ever. She was very knowledgeable, accommodating & generous. The only issue I had was when the bill came. Wow! Now I am all for spending car payment on a dinner but I do not like to be misquoted a price like I was at Clio. Overall, if you are foodie, it should not be missed if you are in Boston. The food is that good and creative. There bar is great too. Exceptional bartenders. Just make sure you ask the waitress what the price is not the host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating Plan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Could have had better options for parties of two which tend to be more "romantic, intimate" dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    It's been so many years since my husband and I went to Clio to celebrate my birthday. We are pleasantly surprised by the creative and delicious dishes, using some exotic ingredients and spices that goes so well together. I just did not like the dessert we ordered(Le something French - choco bits and pieces with some kind of salt and ice cream) - creative but not yummy! Nevertheless, it's easy to forgive and forget as the appetizer, entrée and service were excellent! We would go back again, anytime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food
    KarGD
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    At Clio you can expect to find the best flavors... they use a unique variety of ingredients (you might need to have many items on the menu explained...). You will love the test, as well as all the different textures used in one dish. I totally recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    mwatson419VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Menu is fantastic and the food is even better. Service is also excellent. The prices for the food and service is a bargain. If I lived in Boston, this place would be a regular go to spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal, the skate
    Cathy
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Outstanding meal, the skate and scallops; superb flavors and artistically presented.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lot of fuss about nothing
    Tommy
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Clio lacks ambience and atmosphere but it does take great care of the diner and the food. Intense flavors and odd combinations of ingredients spell foodie heaven but for the casual diner it's all a bit of a fuss about nothing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Boston's Best
    Greg
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Clio is simply the best restaurant in Boston. I've been here countless times and have actually never read the menu. We have the chef's tasting every time and so should everyone. The care that is put into every detail of each dish is mind boggling. Always a treat to start with the tomato water martini. The imagination and pairings are so much fun and the most unexpected combinations are typically the best. I strongly suggest you let them take you on a spectacular food journey.. You will not be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love your creativity and
    hithereVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I love your creativity and how well you manage your restaurant,on par with Le Bernadine the lobster cassoulet was outstanding.Would have had it as an entree -delicous and beautiful
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef's Tasting menu ok..
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Had dinner here with a friend. Food was pretty good. Service was ok.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Really liked this restaurant. My only feeling was that the appetizers were very overpriced in relation to the entrees. But will return again!!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals EVER
    Ameliad
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    We did the 10 course tasting menu. 2 cocktails a piece. Our waitress was a gem - funny, informative, delightful. The food was absolutely fantastic. We would go here again in a second.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricy but meets expectations
    HappyFunBall
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    There is coice of 7, 10, or 14 tasting menu coarses. For just the 7 course tasting and pairing, it is a little more pricy than expected (based on other tastings we have don, so be ready for $$$ where the first number is a 4 or 5 without tip). Also, if like to know what will be served/better manage costs, the tasting options are not for you since each coarse is a "surprise". With that noted, the wine pairings were surprising and refreshing (really solid work to enhance the coarse). Most coarses include a unique technique and ingrediant that any foodie would love to discuss. The staff is entergetic and accommodating (the coarses can be modified based on your feedback (ex. a dish was motified to remove sea urchin for us)).
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As expected
    LivetoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Waited with anticipation for this meal. Delivered as expected. Ten course tasting was just right for my wife and me (no wine pairing). Each dish and each bite of each dish was unique and memorable. Highly recommend dining at Clio if you are in the Boston area.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • In a word: AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    One of the most memorable culinary adventures of our lives! The chef's tasting menu (we did the 10 course) is definitely the way to go....prepare to be wowed! From the superlative service to the warm, comfortable ambiance to the exquisite food....we were seduced by every morsel set before us. Thank you to everyone at Clio for a sublime experience! (With special 'props' to Grace and Ken!)
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had the 14-course tasting
    Rebecca
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    We had the 14-course tasting menu on our visit, and it was truly stunning. Several days later we are still turning to each other and saying 'did I say that the escargot was my favorite? I forgot the corn soup! Remember how it ... wow'. The food was innovative without being crazy for no reason, the molecular cooking techniques were used for a reason and not just to show that they could do them. It was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. We started the evening with a couple of cocktails at their bar, and those too were intelligent and different but delicious and carefully crafted. The service was impeccable, they knew everything and were able to answer questions, both before ordering and about each dish, knowledgeably.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the best restaurant in Boston
    Mike
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Sous-vide everything brings out flavors you never knew existed in meat. Pricey yes, but worth it every time.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Localfoodiex2
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    We had the seven course tasting menu. It was a wonderful array of chef specialties, and we enjoyed all of it. It looked and tasted like art. The restaurant has a curious way of having a relaxed atmosphere, but the food is not relaxed at all, it is the height of high cuisine, at least in our humble opinion. The waitress had a very good knowledge of what wine went well with what. We had an outstanding meal.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Enjoyed a nice evening with friends sharing small and large plates at this hip new spot. Loved the grilled octopus and prawn dishes to start. All entrees were incredible. Good staff, simple décor, open kitchen - all very nice. Dried flower décor on the table was unnecessary and seemed dated. Would definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    westenderVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We have lived in Boston for many years, but for some reason never dined at Clio. We went for a special birthday dinner, and we were VERY impressed. Great level of service, friendly and informative without being overbearing. The food was phenomenal - the amuse bouche to start, the appetizers, the entrees and the lovely birthday surprise - all were perfect. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waaaaaaay too long to sit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    nice joint. fancy. full of rich white people. lots of guys with girls 25 years younger than them. we had the tasting menu which you can get as 7, 10, or 14 items. we got the 10. everything was good but not great. between 3 of us we were only able to recall, without belaboring it, 5 of the 10 items served. that half the meal was more or less forgettable should tell you a few things. constant service, maybe a bit much. the extravaganza took over 2 hours which is unneccessary and felt at times like a too-long plane trip, i just wanted to walk around. the stupidly expensive cocktails were well-made and strong. i'm glad we went, i'd never go back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding experience
    KevinCVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    This was our first time my husband and I had been to Clio so we opted for the 14 course tasting menu, which may have been a little too much food, as you have to take into account you are also having (four to five) drinks along the way. Other options for the tasting menu include a 7 and 10 course, the later of which I think would've sufficed. Our server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the cuisine we were served and since we opted not to do the wine pairing, she worked with the kitchen and bar to craft cocktails that would flow with our courses. All in all, like the review title says, an outstanding experience and a recommend for any foodie when visiting Boston.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Not Worth the Hyoe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    We felt Clio was in general over-rated. Obviously a great bar scene. Very loud, table service was slow and not that attentive. Food quality was not a 5 star - in my book a 3.5 and not worth the $'s.
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  • Big Disappointment
    Reviewer
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I had been to Clio many times before but our most recent experience this past weekend was most disappointing. Service: poor - not attentive, empty glasses and plates were left unattended for a long time. Ambiance: table centerpieces attract fruit gnats - gnats were flying in our faces, around the room and into our food throughout our meal. Overall the food was mediocre, and ambiance and service have both severely declined over the past few years.
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  • Clio pleases as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    We went to Clio last Friday. The food was delicious: we got seared foie gras and oysters for appetizers, then I got assiette of lamb and he ordered pork shoulder for the main course. All, the appetizers and the main courses were fantastic, I even liked how the oysters were served, already topped in the made-in-the-house sauce. It was tasty, not over-killing, but rather a delicate addition to the shell fish. The seared foie gras was cooked to perfection - not too much and not too little, melted in our mouth and the additions made this fabulous dish even tastier for us. We didn't stay for dessert, maybe next time. The service was top notch, as always and the wine was a great addition to our meals. We'll be back soon.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Simply the best, and GF too
    Goodthings
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    This has long been a special place. Great food, no rush, plenty of room, amazing service and a very personal feel. But now I learned that they can do Gluten-free better than anyone. The best GF bread, and ability to tailor many meals with no noticeable loss of yum! Pastry chef has Celiacs and desserts are off the charts good. If I had one place to celebrate one occasion and know it would be great, Clio is the place and has been for yours. You can have your hip new trendy places and I'll keep my Clio.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do the tasting menu, but keep
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/8/2013
    Do the tasting menu, but keep in mind that 10 courses is a lot! If you're going to do a tasting menu with wine pairings, take a cab. The bread is delicious, but I regretted having it when I couldn't finish either dessert. Strawberry gazpacho, smoky salmon & mustard broth, skate wing, foie-gras, and the first dessert were all fantastic.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not fit to call itself fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    This restaurant came highly recommended by several sources but our experience was dismal. Restaurant accepted a late reservation without initial comment or parameters and then proceeded to forbid us from ordering the Chef's Tasting menu and hurried us through a la carte service. Staff was ridiculously inept at reading a table and if they employ a Sommelier, s/he must have had the night off. This restaurant may have had it's heyday 14 years ago but they are irrelevant to the Boston dining scene now - except, as it seems, for birthday celebrations as we heard more "Happy Birthday" singing here than you would at Chuck E. Cheese. If you are looking for upscale fine dining, give Clio a pass.
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