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Clio

4.3
1158 reviews
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$50 and over
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French
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

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About

Clio Restaurant, now known as Uni, is a modern Asian cuisine restaurant in Boston. The chic and simplistic look inside lends to the overall creative and fresh ambience present in this location. Uni gives you an innovative selection of traditional Asian meals by offering sashimi, nigiri and maki rolls alongside hot or cold sushi dishes. The two executive chefs and business partners, Ken Oringer and Tony Messina, work to make sure the menu doesn't become stale and always features something new and different. Try the Tai Snapper with myoga and mango or the Hamachi Duet Yellowtail with banana, black truffle and pork belly croutons.

With your meal you can enjoy sipping on any of the classic wines, beers and spirits offered at Uni. One unusual addition to the bar list is Japanese Sake. Authentic Sake can be difficult to find, but it is served at the restaurant.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, American
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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
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Phone number
(617) 536-7200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kenneth Oringer
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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 $85.00 per person will be made. Reservations must be confirmed 24hours prior to date or the reservation risks being cancelled.
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Private party contact
Michael Anthony: (617) 536-7200
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Massachusetts Avenue & Commonwealth Avenue
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Parking details
$18 per vehicle.
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Public transit
Green Line: Hynes Convention Center T Stop
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.4
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4.1
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3.8
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5.0Dined on July 23, 2015

Modernistic and elegant French restaurant in different tones of browns and cream, it is outstanding. The menu is either Prix Fixe or ``a la Carte``, with creative plates of exceptional flavors and presentation. I highly recommend the (different) Lobster Dumplings, in a ginger-butter infusion. Also, the Foie Gras, which the server told me people just come for that! It has sliced fruits with a kind of plum purée, perfectly seared. Do pair the meal with their wine recommendations: the Sauterne with the Foie Gras was incredible! The service is excellent and they have a bar at the entrance, perfect for those wanting to socialize.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2015

are served, are definitely worth going out of your way for. This is my second time here. Although Ken Orringer is not really a presence here anymore physically, the food is outstanding from the sous chef. We ordered the 5 and 9 course prix fix dinner. Very very beautifully presented, and the flavors will excite you.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2015

We have been going to this restaurant since it opened nearly 20 years ago. The food never disappoints in terms to freshness, flavor, and creativity. The wait staff are friendly and respectful. The chef is meticulously gluten friendly, which is a must for us. The room is lovely. We will keep going back for as long as we can.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2015

5 course vegetarian tasting, all good except the bland soup course. Risotto and beets courses being highlights.
Wine pairings whilst bold should have been introduced better with more time.
Service was up and down and I think it depends on which member of staff it is.

The food is good but I just sense the restaurant is trying to be something it isn't or can't pull off consistently.

I would go back though

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2015

The service was superb. The food was interesting but maybe because it was too complicated, it took a lot of time between dishes. Well, maybe typical french but there should be a pace, tempo in the food. Having your next table food starting to catch up where they were at least 45 minutes behind...Start to wonder. All dishes were interesting, can tell that the chef is trying different things, but still time between dishes must be reasonable. It took us almost 3.5 hours to complete......almost felt asleep.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2015

Delicious food and incredible presentation. Great breakfast!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2015

The most amazingly, heavenly Lobster Roll created by the kind boys in the Kitchen will always be remembered!! Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2015

Excellent food, ambience and service!!! And it is in a convenient location. Do I need to say more?

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2015

I have had great meals at Clio in the past.Perhaps it was because it was 4th of July weekend but food on the whole was disappointing.Hostess was charming,bread fantastic,parts of lamb duo over salted,crab and lobster dumplings lacked any taste of seafood.For the price you expect an exceptional meal and this was not.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2015

As the title suggests, this is an extraordinary restaurant, perhaps the best in Boston. The food, wine, and service are impeccable. If I were to make any change, I would lower the volume of the music. But no matter how loud it is, I will be returning over and over, as long as it maintains the quality of its essential mission.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2015

There is a reason a few stalwart restaurants survive the opening of dozens of new restaurants in the Boston area every year. We used to go to Clio's a few times a year and then stopped only because we kept trying new places. We went back for our anniversary and reminded ourselves why it is still one of the best in town. The food is artistic and current and fun. The portions are not large but to me that is an advantage that allows you to experience the 5 course tasting menu. The service was warm and attentive without being obtrusive and unlike many restaurants these days the noise level is low enough that you can actually talk without yelling..

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2015

This restaurant is very pretty and service was excellent but the food was a bit on the salty side and the bites left me wanting to go get a burger afterwards.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

Fabulous food and service. A splurge for sure.
Cocktail menu is fun and varied. Food is incredibly interesting to the eye, with great texture combinations and is absolutely delicious. Where we needed it, substitutions from the tasting menu were offered. Portion size on the 5-course tasting menu was perfect according to each of us who have moderate appetites.

Only slight disappointment was dessert - if you don't like what's offered on the tasting menu, ask for a substitution - those of us who did fared better.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2015

This is one of those places. The standard against which others strive to compare to. Started with an ambitious bar drink explained . Then a decadent but no more overall costly experience than other high end places - not the very high end, not Espalier, anyway...- oysters, foie gras perfecto!, a fish dish which was so perfectly executed , oh my ( we know fish!) and garnished with not your everyday sides, to put it mildly. I don't want to be so specific as to ruin your experience.
They try so hard not to be pretentious that it is rather funny . Jeans and such. But gracious, personable staff. I wanted to thank them .

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3.0Dined on May 22, 2015

We went to Clio after a long hiatus and found it a little too precious. The food was good but the menu was too restrictive and hard to order from. I also thought it was overpriced. The drinks were great though and the service was good.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2015

Very disappointing evening with multiple missteps. Some dishes verging on the inedible.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2015

Clio is an excellent choice for a special outing, but be prepared for the price. For us, this is a place to go every few years rather than every few months, primarily because there really are other wonderful Boston restaurants with food, ambiance and service that compare well and come in better priced for the quality. That said, it was a great evening!

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2015

The menu is interesting, the food was creative and delicious , the combinations of flavors was wonderful and the service was excellent, but the portions were very small. The portion size alone would make me think twice about going back despite how tasty everything was.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2015

If you go to Clio, you will get good artwork to eat. Note that you will be paying for the self-expression skills of the chef more than for the taste of the food itself. That said, the food was really good, but I had better, for less $, at places with better ambiance, elsewhere.

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2.0Dined on April 24, 2015

We dined here for the first time last year for our anniversary. We we're blown away at how amazing everything was from start to finish. This anniversary we couldn't wait to go back. It was a totally different experiment. Both times we did the al a carte menu.
This year it was a Friday so maybe the staff has a tougher time handling how busy it was, I don't know. They were very pleasant upon arrival with knowing it was our anniversary from opentable.
I have to say our busser-food runner was far superior to our server. It was like he couldn't be bothered to the point he didn't have our wine poured after we ordered it by the time our mid course arrived so in order for it not to get cold we had to start eating without tasting our wine. Anywhere else I guess that's fine but at Clio-no.
The food was less than pleasurable, perhaps a new chef. Our entrees were delivered cold. In the end the manager was nice and did some making up for all of the problems but it just didn't make for a great experience overall. And to end it our dessert was burned and not tasty.
We made the best of it and enjoyed ourselves regardless. But I just think I had to write this.
The space is beautiful and I know they can do better. So maybe I am hoping it was just an off night.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2015

We greatly enjoyed our visit to Clio, the 5 course taster was consistently good and the servers believed in what they were part of. They had a good knowledge of a decent wine list too with plenty of American options. However we found the restaurant very cool and it became colder as the evening wire on to the point where we asked if the air con could be turned up. The servers were very obliging but suggested moving tables would be better to escape a vent. We moved into a corner where it was much warmer and more pleasant. On a Tuesday night there were only about 5 tables so this might have contributed. However we would go again as the overall experience was good

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2015

My husband and I had dinner at Clio's to celebrate his 60th Birthday. We were extremely pleased from beginning to end. The restaurant was quiet, we were seated in a lovely corner table and were attended to in every way. We chose the 9 course dinner from the menu. Each serving that came out was absolutely delicious! They would present each dish, explain the ingredients and process of cooking and every bite was an experience. Such fantastic food! I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant. Very pricey, but it's definitely worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2015

My wife and I have traveled all over eating our way through the country. This food was by far some of the best. Loved the attention to seasonal dishes and especially the freebies along the way. Waitstaff was fantastic as well.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2015

Food was outstanding, service very slow, prices excessive, quantity of food was minimal, as were the al a carte menu choices. Waiting 50 minutes for your appetizer, then another 60 minutes for your entrée, is a bit much, wouldn't you think?? Waiter was very nice and knowledgeable about the food, but a bit esoteric regarding the ingredients. Quantity for the price was also disappointing. I do not expect to take a doggie bag home, but when spending $40 for lamb and you get 3 thin slices of lamb, one starts to believe that pomposity is the watch word here. As I started out, food was outstanding, but the experience was diminished by the quantity, the wait. the absurdly high prices, and the limited choices on the al a carte menu.

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2015

We had the 2 tasting menus which took over four hours... largely because I think we were forgotten for a while as the was a 45 min lull with no service...this included a lack of even providing cocktails or wine.

Some of the dishes were extremely delicious and we'll presented...

Some were delicious but they were put on the table with no description/ commentary etc. We actually had to ask what the course was...

The last courses, (dessert - in my mind the most important) were terrible!!!

It was my spouses birthday so I was calm and patient, but mildly disappointed and underwhelmed compared to expectations and price point.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2015

Disappointing for a usually great restaurant to serve an completely uninspired Brunch for a Holiday weekend (Easter). Nothing inventive, no bar service....what has become of Clio ?

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2015

Not worth it at all. Location is good but the food and place itself have that typical hotel vibe. Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2015

Fantastic food and service. The 9-course tasting menu was an interesting and unique experience. Extremely expensive but if you have the money, absolutely worth trying. The wine pairing was fantastic with only one of the choices being lackluster (hard cider, needed to be a teeny bit sweeter), which when we mentioned to the server, they were extremely gracious and poured us a different glass we liked much more.

All of the courses are small and the first few come out rapid fire. Almost not enough time in between to think or mentally digest the different courses. The meatier courses had more time in between and were perfect.

Our service was incredible. Fully described all of the courses, explained the wine pairing choices and were extremely attentive.

Full disclosure, I had a gift card and would not normally be able to afford eating here. That being said, this is an incredible restaurant for those special occasions when you're really splurging. Worth the money.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2015

The tasting menu and wine pairings were fabulous, but the volume of noise and raucous music made it impossible to enjoy. We could only talk to each other by shouting. Our main server was very affable and helpful. However, other servers would come and recite the ingredients so quickly that we couldn't really understand what was being presented or why. I would really like to enjoy the food and wine again, but the volume of noise was impossible and we won't be returning.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2015

Clio does not disappoint. Very friendly and professional staff. Most importantly, the food was interesting and excellent for all diners in our party. We enjoyed every morsel. Thank you. It's not easy for a restaurant to be so good for so many years, but Clio manages to do just that. The menu is still interesting and the presentation and quality is still superb.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2015

It is pricey....but for a special occasion it is not to be beat!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2015

Every dish was a wonderful culinary experience, with a few surprises dishes added to our 5-course dinner. The service was friendly and attentive (without being annoying), and the servers' knowledge of the food and wine being served was impressive. Clio will remain high on my list of places where I will return again and again.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2015

we ordered the 9 course menu. I was impressed with about half the courses and wine pairings. The carrot course and wine was the big hit - I never order cooked carrots, so this was truly an unexpected surprise, very creative. The two fish courses and pairings were excellent. The rest were unimpressive and at some point I wished I had chosen a different place that evening. I will probably go back at some point however.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2015

Great bar tenders with excellent cocktails.
Even better food.
Expensive, but delightful.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2015

The food and service were excellent. Price is at the high end. No reasonably priced wine.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2015

We hadn't been here for years, for what reason I don't know. The restaurant was superb. The staff are very good, the food was just sublime...so many interesting flavors on one plate. You won't get stuffed here ordering a la carte, but what you eat will be really good. The dessert list is a bit of a disappointment and feels like trying to hard to be innovative. Sometimes you just want a piece of cake or some chocolate and not goats milk creme brulee with sorel (something like that was on the dessert menu). The drink list is superb and I just want to sit at the bar and work through that menu. The mix of music playing is definitely not stuffy for a high end fine dining place, and brought several smiles to our faces through the evening. If you haven't been in a while, you need to change that. This really bowled us over.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2015

Clio never fails us; we consistently eat good food and get excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2015

9-Course Tasting Menu was just a fabulous array of inventive dishes bursting with flavor. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2015

Let's start off with the signature 5 course menu selection; outstanding. The flavors which were assembled during the 5 courses are out of this world, in the best possible sense of the phrase! The wine list and knowledgeable wait staff simply add to an exceptional evening. You need to give this gem a try!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2015

The five course tasting menu was a marvel of inventive deliciousness! Particularly outstanding were the cassolette of lobster and sea urchin in a parsnip broth and the dessert of cassis mousse with candied currants, almond cake, and ice cream.

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