Best of Boston

1999 Best Special Occasion Restaurant


Now starting its third year, plush and stately Clio has clearly made its mark on Boston’s culinary landscape, mixing a refined and elegant atmosphere with chef Ken Oringer’s Asian-influenced cuisine married to the finest in French culinary techniques. Clio’s velveteen banquettes, its luxurious spacing between tables, and its fine service make for as sophisticated a dining experience as you’ll find in Boston. As for the food, Oringer has been known to take seafood beloved by the Japanese—the sea urchin for example—and give it the French treatment. Among his standout dishes have been a memorable swordfish au poivre with lentils and shallots, and a garlic-rubbed chicken with a fabulous crispy skin. Perfect for an intimate evening or a night on the town with a group of friends.

370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-536-7200,