LOOKING FOR A RECENT CLIO MENU. MIGHT GO IN 2 WEEKS BUT THEY HAVE NO WEBSITE RIGHT NOW? BUT STILL UNDECIDED BETWEEN NO 9, CLIO, AND LESPALIER
It's a hard choice between Clio and No.9. The food is very good at both of them. Why not eat lunch at one and dinner at the other?
I wouldn't bother with L'Espalier. Last time I was there the food was just fine. At those prices it should be fantastic. My DC's all agreed that there are other much better options (the other two you mentioned as well as Troquet). I haven't been to Clio but am hankering to go there.
Just my quick two cents.
Have to go with Clio. Ken Oringer the chef is the "state of the art" in Boston, service is top notch and the room is mature without being too stiff. It is my feeling that Clio has an atmosphere that is not quite as intense as L'Espallier though the food at L'Espallier is as well crafted and served. I have never been a big fan of No 9, love the food, but never felt that staff enjoyed me being there as much as they should.
I completely agree with Dave B's assessment of L'Espaliere. Food wasn't even fine the last time I was there. Wouldn't go back.