Le Clos is a French restaurant which never disappoints. The food preparation is beyond reproach. Over the last decade, whether as a couple or part of a larger party, we have never had a meal we regretted ordering. We can't say that about any other restaurant on Amelia Island. And since tomorrow, is Bastille Day, Le Clos receives our l'Ordre de Merite.
If you've never had the pleasure of real French fries, the Steak-au Poivre is always cooked perfectly and the frites are worthy of a Parisien bistro. The seared and roasted Salmon with shallots and capers is my personal favorite and so good it's hard to make another menu choice. My spouse had a new item for us on the menu, the seared Pork Tenderloin, and declared it the best she had ever tasted.
In every case, the food speaks for itself and is not overwhelmed by gimmickry or the latest fad. Also, on the menu: chicken, duck, escargots, pâté, shrimp, scallops, calamari, tuna and vegetable linguini. The overall menu is limited compared to other restaurants but every choice is a winner. The house salad is thing of beauty because the greens are not chilled and it appears that every leaf was hand-rubbed, so the taste is perfect with no excess dressing.
There is a nice wine list by the bottle or the glass with both value and surprise. We had a thoroughly pleasant Corbières from Languedoc-Roussillon, a region which was totally unremarkable in wine production 25 years ago and but now has its own appelation and some of France's best wine values.
Le Clos interior is nicely decorated but the restaurant itself is small. A reservation is a must. Also, when full or with large parties, it can be noisy. Le Clos is not cheap. In fact, it is somewhat expensive, but overall it is an excellent value for the price when the quality of the food and its consistently excellent preparation are taken in to account. Bon appetit!
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