Best of Boston

1997 BEST New Restaurant

Clio

The cool taupe walls with pure white trim make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a late-model Bentley. This is the type of place to come when a relationship sours (you’ll make up) or a distant relative comes to town (conversation will flow). Still, the high-brow ambiance encourages a friendly camaraderie—a glance at a neighbor’s appetizer is met with a conspiratorial smile. And Ken Oringer’s dashing fare is certainly worth smiling about.

Eliot Suite Hotel, 370 Commonwealth Ave. Boston 617-267-1607