Boston >Food & Dining > Clio
370a Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0221542.348586 -71.088731
Neighborhoods: Back Bay West, Back Bay
Hype<results – I try to eat at the best in every city I visit, but many times the over all results are not what I expect. Many times it seems that resturants go "past prime" and live by their history. So it is with this place. My biggest complaint was with the total lack of privacy at our table, very high cost and small and not to good of food(for the price). I'm not cheap, but expect value. Try the Asian place next door. Better.
One of my best meals – Ken Oringer is absolutely a genius. I agree with Zagat calling him a God. The food combinations, presentations, and flavors were so unique, they reminded me of a mixture of restaurants in Spain, Paris and New York. It is nice to see that someone is willing to break away from the pack and serve such exciting food. The service was friendly and efficient. I highly recommend Clio. Don't forget to check out Uni the sashimi bar. A great place to go on a Sunday evening for a plate of raw fish and drink their famous cocktail Enter the Dragon.
Didn't even make it in the door... – My boss was on a business trip to Boston and I made a reservation at Clio. Credit card was taken and reservation confirmed, only to be called the next day and told that I needed to reduce the number in my party. They had booked two big parties and apparently my the size of my bosses party was not something that would work for them any more. I arrange many entertainment / business dinners and when people from our company are in Boston Clio's will be the last place I try.
Beyond Over rated – Clio offers over priced food that doesn't quite live up any standards. Service was posititely awful and cemented our pledge never to return. Despite having a reservation, we were seated 45 minutes late. We had to stand to finally flag down a server to even get beverages. Our meals were lukewarm when finally delivered and not quite what we had ordered. The filet was mediocre in quality and the fish seemed as if it had smelled better days. Save your money, save your time, save your effort and head elsewhere if you want a decent meal or beter.
Pompous – Never have I felt insulted by a waiter before. The restaurant goes above and beyond obnoxious.
Rip-Off – Clio is a complete rip-off. I have no issue paying top-dollar for fine cusinie and service, but when both elements of dining are lacking I have a problem. The food was improperly seasoned and poor quality. The menu descriptions were very vague and not accurate as to the flavors in each dish. The server had limited knowledge of the menu as well. Overall, the service was non-existent. After the first glass of wine and water, we poured the entire bottles. I had to find my way to the kitchen to inquire why our entrees took over 40 minutes to appear after we had finished our appetizers. To top it, there was no one in the dining room to be found when we wanted our check. I had to approach the bartender in order to pay. I strongly recommend eating elsewhere; this was a terrible restaurant experience.
Dissapointing – This restaurant is unfortunatley all hype. The food was very expensive and served in very small portions. The food was also not very impressive for a chef who attempts to be innovative. Even the quality of the food was noticeably poor. There was also an extreme lack of service, and no management presence on the floor whatsoever. I strongly urge fellow diners to spend their money else where.
Very nice – I took my wife here for her birthday, she was very impressed with the service, food and decor. They served a yellow fin tuna appetizer that was very impressive. I don't rave about many things but that was something to rave about. The waite staff was very attentive but allowed for our private time while eating, talking and her opening her presents.
The dining room is fairly large and sits a lot of people so be prepare for a some noise later in the evening, after 7:30pm.
Down Hill – There was a time when this was certainley one of the better restaurants in Boston, however that time is past. To begin our evening, we waited over 45 minutes for our table. When we were finally seated our server ignored us for an additional 15 minutes. When she finally approached the table she explained that the kitchen was "a bit busy" and we should take our time deciding on what we would like to eat. The meal itself continued to disappoint us. The fish items we ordered for both our appetizers and entrees were covered in oil and had limited flavor. For the prices we paid and the reputation we expected better food and better service. I don't reccomend this restaurant if one is looking for an enjoyable evening.
good food but expensive – We went there and had the $125/person tasting menu. The 15 small courses that came with it was excellent. Although extremely expensive, we came away very satisfied.
The sashimi bar (Uni) was less satisfying. We went there another time and found that the sashimi preparation did not at all make up for the lack of quantity of fish that it included (see my review under "Uni").
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