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Brunch at Clio?

terrilynn Nov 14, 2010 01:12 PM

Does anyone have any info on this? Went today and was underwhelmed: service bad, food mediocre, prices high. Is brunch here really Clio, or is it another group doing business as Clio? Didn't seem to fit.

  1. barleywino Nov 15, 2010 06:45 AM

    I can't imagine Ken Oringer coming in on Sunday mornings to make scrambled eggs and toast for the hotel guests. I have also had their brunch and it's pretty ordinary and boring, nothing like the dinner menu.

    1. MC Slim JB Nov 15, 2010 07:41 AM

      How many chef/owners work the brunch shift anywhere? KO has an empire to run: I wonder how much time he actually spends on the line in any of his restaurants. I'd speculate that Clio would get the most of his active attention, but I don't know.

      I've never been to Clio's brunch, but there aren't many brunches that will get me out of bed and out of my neighborhood on a Sunday morning. I think Clio is the Eliot's room-service restaurant, so maybe it's an obligation there. I'm of the opinion that ordinary-to-mediocre brunch food at too-high prices is pretty much a commonplace in Boston, so I'm not remotely surprised to hear that the one at Clio is perfunctory and a bad value.


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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        lipoff Nov 16, 2010 01:07 AM

        Not that I can afford to be a regular at Clio, but every time I've dined there KO been there and has come around to present a course of the tasting menu.

        I've never had the brunch at Clio, so I can't comment on that. But the brunch at Toro is excellent.

        Other than the Harvard Faculty Club I can't think of a buffet brunch in Boston that I like.

        1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

        1. re: lipoff
          MC Slim JB Nov 16, 2010 03:47 AM

          I agree that the Toro brunch is really worthwhile: gave it a Dining Award in Stuff last year.


          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          1. re: lipoff
            trueblu Nov 16, 2010 01:42 PM

            If by Boston you also mean Cambridge (given the faculty club's location), have you tried the brunch at Craigie? It's not the mega-buffet extravaganza at Quincy Street, but some items, the corned beef hash, for example, are simply wonderful.


            Edit: I see, you mean _buffet_ brunches. On that we agree!

          2. re: MC Slim JB
            hotoynoodle Nov 16, 2010 04:20 PM

            I think Clio is the Eliot's room-service restaurant, so maybe it's an obligation there.



            had brunch there recently because friends were staying at the hotel. it was perfectly fine, but nothing that made me jump out of my seat. that being said, i'd much rather have eggs at home in my jammies with the ny times. :) and scrambled eggs at my house don't cost $18.

            the service was fine, while not being intrusive. they also gave the 8-year-old at the table an i-pad to kill some time instead of him having to listen to us grown-ups. i thought that was pretty cool, lol, and the boy was blown away. so, points there.

            buffets of any type gross me out completely.

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