Clio's Amazing Eats — Photo courtesy of ClioChef Ken Oringer opened Clio in 1997 and thus a Boston star chef was born. Rave reviews have followed both Oringer and the Eliot Hotel's Clio for the fifteen years that have followed, and awards, such as the illustrious James Beard Award, have been bestowed on this fabulous chef. However, following the trends of the well to do is necessary when operating such an upscale establishment and, Clio has made some changes that have not only impressed their usual clientele, but have made this spot a destination that screams grab a cocktail if you can't afford the high priced meals.
Eliminating the aura of a (stuffy) fine dining establishment and creating an environment where patrons not only arrive to dine, but also come to drink (in the lounge-like atmosphere) is what the newly refurbished Clio is all about. The dining room is decorated in neutral tones and has clean lines that create the modern elegance that says fine dining, but not formal. The bar area has been extended and lounge seating has been installed. The cocktail menu has been spruced up to encourage lingering.
Even Clio's always amazing French menu has been updated. Prices remain sky high, but the quality of the food Oringer prepares remains top notch, and worth the splurge for a special occasion (entrees hover around $40). It is no wonder that Oringer still reigns as Boston restaurant royalty.