Cleo - SBE
Cleo - SBE

Cleo - SBE

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cleorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3239621711x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily from 6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Danny Elmaleh
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: sbe Catering offers Cleo's award-winning Mediterranean cuisine by Chef Danny Elmaleh at any location, for intimate dinners at home, meetings at the office or elaborate parties just about anywhere. Customize your event with tray-passed service, seated dinners or chef’s stations. sbe Catering can do it all! Visit sbe.com/events or call 323.525.2400 to plan your event today.
  • Special Events: From intimate to grand, let sbe Events + Catering plan your perfect event at Cleo. Cleo accommodates up to 200 guests with on-site and off-site catering, design by famed-photographer Matthew Rolston, custom menus by Chef Danny Elmaleh, and premium mixology and specialty cocktails. Visit sbe.com/events or call 323.525.2400 to plan your event today.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hollywood & Vine
  • Public Transit: One block west from Metro Red Line Hollywood & Vine station.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available at The Redbury and validated for Cleo guests.
A word from Cleo - SBE
Named Los Angeles Magazine's "Top 10 Best New Restaurants" and OpenTable's "50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S.”, Cleo sits at the epicenter of Hollywood glam and Mediterranean charm. The open kitchen upholds the prestige of Cleopatra herself, with the intoxicating scents of exotic spices creating mouth-watering culinary creations. Cuisine paired with striking mixology, Cleo always delivers experiences you’ll never forget.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Cleo - SBE reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (133)hot spot (110)special occasion (89)good for groups (85)romantic (60)vibrant bar scene (55)neighborhood gem (45)late-night find (40)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Quality at a great price!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We dined at Cleo before the Jersey Boys performance at Pantages. Food was absolutely outstanding. Every dish was distinctive and the portions of each item were more than enough for two to share. We had appetizers, entrees, desert and the tab was less than $50.00 ---- unheard of Hollywood. What a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Great restaurant. Interesting, but very good food. Our server [Helen] was friendly and attentive. We had dinner there before a show at the Pantages. Was perfect.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for Pre Theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Cleo is a short walk from the Pantages, so we ate there before our show. I liked the small plates format, and the food was tasty. While I could read the menu with just a little strain, my partner needed the help from an app to have enough light to read the menu. While we could converse OK, the noise was right on the edge of being uncomfortable. I would add another star if the lighting and noise issue were addressed. There was a bit of a lull in service before we got our waiter's attention in order to obtain dessert menus. Our desserts, the flourless chocolate cake, which was more like a molten lava cake, and the sticky toffee pudding were pretty good. I would consider returning for a pre-theater dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hollywood gen
    FoodmavenVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Right near Pantages. Small plate mediterranean. Fabulous drinks. Very tasty food -- great variety -- watermelon salad, flatbreads, octopus. Every dish was a homre run. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and a show
    Eatout
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I made the reservation here after reading some of the reviews on YELP! and I was NOT disappointed. This place (a little hard to find) is right around the corner from the PANTAGES theater. Being in Hollywood, I made the reservation for later...naturally I got there earlier than my reservation and they were accommodating and moved up my reservation. The restaurant is cozy and they drop the lights for romance although I did notice that the elderly patrons had their cell phone flashlights on to read the menu. The food is served in small plates so that you can make your meal as many courses as you want. A lot of their selections are pork and lamb. This is a fine Mediterranean restaurant and would definitely come back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and Festive
    BadnightVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wonderful place. Love the food! Fantastic value. All the food is served as it becomes ready through the course of your meal. This makes ordering various items throughout the dinning event easy and fun! Was a little disappointed this time as one of my items didn't arrive in a timely manner, so had to cancel it as we were heading to a show! It was really busy! The server was very nice, and I enjoyed her!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointment before the theater
    ontheQ
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went to Cleo Pre-Pantages. It was Saturday night so I was ready for a crowd. We were seated and had to wait for our waiter to show up. When he did we placed our drink and food order right away. Got my drink and our first 3 small plates promptly. We then did not see our waiter again for a 30mins. When he did show up I told him we were waiting for the rest of our meal and I wanted another drink. He curtly told me our order was coming. 15 more minutes and we were brought one dish of pork belly that was half cold. The rest of our plates came together about 10 minutes later. The food was good but $$$. I have season tickets at the Pantages and I would be happy to pay for good food at this location but not for that kind of service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    bmack
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Cleo is a fantastic spot! Great food! Great drinks! Great service! Great atmosphere! Very clean! Peer Larson is an outstanding manager! I noticed him go by every table to make sure everyone was doing ok! He was also running drinks and food to tables which you don't see a lot of managers do! Very exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    everyone must try the artichokes. I do Not even like artichokes, but I couldn't stop eating them!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kiki
    Kiki
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We enjoy going to Cleo before seeing shows at the Pantages Theatre. We had a delicious meal of heirloom tomatoes and burrata salad, Brussel sprouts, hanger steak and braised leg of lamb over lentils. We enjoyed it all, along with the Lotus Flower cocktail. The service was great - they didn't rush us and we made it to our show with plenty of time to spare. It is noisy, but that is not unusual these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cleo is great
    roseylovesfood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    By far my favorite restaurant. The type of place you can order something you've never had, and love it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas restaurant!
    EatingBluntly
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was amazing! We had the pork belly skewer and lebenah (sp?) Dip to start followed by the garlic shrimp and meatballs. Perfect amount of food before going to a show at the nearby Pantages theater. Plus their drinks are all made fresh with with real fruit and ingredients (no premade mixers). Yum. My only compliant relates to the host that tried to sit us in the front room that is for restaurant overflow and walk-ins...we had to tell her that we wanted to seat in the main dining room and at first she said we would have to wait a while for a seat and then we asked her manager and she said there were several 2 tops available in the main the dining room and would seat us immediately. A little annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good before going to the theater
    tennisgal
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Close spot if you are going to the Pantages theater. Interesting menu. Interior lighting a bit too dark for my taste. Couldn't read the menu easily. Lively. fun. Would go back if down in the area.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner before Pantages show
    LAWorldFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Cleo is the ideal dinner pick right before a show at the Pantages since it's just around the corner and the food is good and you can be done in around 1:15min. If you are not in a rush, this is a hip venue good for gathering with friends or family (probably not small children) in the heart of Hollywood. This is also a nice date spot though it's a bit dark. They offer complimentary hot bread that's uniquely served in a brown paper bag. The brussel sprouts side dish is a house specialty. Overall, a good dinner out choice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, horrible noise level
    MalibugirlVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Food is great, service is irregular but noise is so loud you cannot talk. It was too dark to read menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All was great except for the music
    dinner
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The service was tops as was the food! The music was too loud and did not accent the wonderful feeling and the decor of the Restruant . Change your tune and I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than impressed
    foodforthought
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was the second time I have been to CLEO. the first was ok and we were attending an event close by so it was easy. Service was horrible and the food was so over salted we could hardly move our fingers the next day. Needless to say we won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time to Cleo but not last.
    sandler01
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had a very good time with family and the food was good and fun. A bit dark but all and all very good spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • still too loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I love the ambiance and the food- but, even early on a Monday nite the noise level is problematic. This week we had a great time - but, I know to never come after 6:30 or my party will be bombarded with a sonic boom that will wipe out any conversation or any other interaction. I had dinner with friends there on a Saturday nite at 8PM - and we all left in a horrible mood having been bombarded by insanely loud rock music. So awful- when the food was so good. But - I was there last Monday nite, 9/22 with two girlfriends and the music wasn't so loud, the service was great (shout out to Jay!) food was faboo and our experience was great. So keep it up Cleo!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a great spot
    Shadypunjabi7
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I had a great time at Cleo. I have been there before and it is quite the show stopper. The architecture is amazing and the dimly lit room sets a romantic mood and allows for intimate conversation. I enjoyed my dinner which included chicken kabob lamb and also their famous bread. We got the yogurt dpi which blended great with the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    indzineVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My friend and I looked forward to our meal at Cleo's after the Opera. The menu selections sounded great but that was not our experience. I eat out often, not fast food, and have a discriminating palette, that being said, I must say we were very disappointed in the food. Almost all dishes were either too salty, had too much vinegar or sweetness, everything was just heavy handed with regards to the seasoning. The flatbread with olives was good though a bit salty but that is the nature of the olives. I saw no indication of grilling on the grilled octopus, the octopus meat was too soft. Octopus meat tends to be firm and a bit chewy, that was not the case here, the accompanying sauce left much to be desired. We did not drink wine or have desert.
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  • Fun vibe, great service, yummy food
    vegchic74
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The most notable part of the evening was our terrific server - she went out of her way to accommodate our large group and multiple special dietary needs. The diverse shared plate menu offered something for everyone, and the food was fresh and tasty. The restaurant is in a beautiful space - perfect to kick start a night on the town, or for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance, Food = Divine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We ate there before Pantages and didn't expect much. Wow. The food, everything we ordered was delicious, flavorful, not too heavy but tasty. The drink menu was fun. Our waiter was a blast. The ambiance was super chic. Will definitely go again and recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brussel Sprouts EVER!
    brusselsproutsluv
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Specialty cocktails are a must! Cucumber martini rocked with just a hint of spice and loved the sugared rim. Started with hummus and warm bread...I would have asked for more, but wanted to try the rest of the menu. Had the Artichokes with olives next...good, but would try something different next time. The BRUSSEL SPROUTS...BEST EVER and would go back just for these and would order 2 for myself next time! Had the pork belly (yum!), shrimp skewer (would try lamb next time) and the moussaka (bit rich and we were way to full). Ordered the baklava for dessert even though the server suggested the sticky pudding. Should have gone with the sticky pudding. Next time I go back to the Pantages...I'm at Cleo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice for Pre/Post theater
    Francisco
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We really enjoyed eating at Cleo before heading to the Pantages which is a very short walk. The small plates menu was very diverse and everything we ordered was great. Like everyone else says, the brussels sprouts were awesome. The drinks were small and expensive but unique and good. The service was tight. Multiple staff checking on us, serving us, and clearing the table made for a nice efficient dining experience since we were in a time crunch to get to the show. If I wanted to linger and enjoy a slow meal it might have been irritating but maybe they stepped up the pace for us intentionally to accommodate our time constraints. If so, excellent job. Valet parking for dinner and the show, $12 with validation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-Pantages place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was great- very creative and tasty. A little too dark hard to read the menu. Great location right next to the Pantages. I'd go there again next time I'm in the area for a show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall okay, not amazing
    Lucy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Cleo is good, but it's not great. The food is okay, but not amazing. The menu is geared for sharing, so it is funner to go with a group to try different menu items. The ambiance is nice and vibrant, but there are much nicer places in LA. The service is mediocre, at best. Even with reservations, we still waited 25 minutes; when we decided to grab a drink until our table was ready, it took at least five minutes for the bartender to approach us. Our server was aloof and all over the place, he approached us three times to take our order--after we had already ordered.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a good experience
    Everyoneismoon
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    So many great food items. And since it's small plates, it's easy to try everything! Some of my favorites are the spicy cigars, octopus, Brussels sprouts, lamb shank, and lamb tartar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good to the last bite
    Kkkkrrr
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had an opening reservation and there was a delay in our seating. The service after being seated was stellar. We had amazing food from the Brussels sports to the scallops. Everything was so flavorful, loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Brussels!
    NightsOut
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great food, great ambience. Lamb sliders fantastic, always order the Brussel sprouts. We were happy with everything ordered. Service was attentitive & helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed it again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It was our return visit. Everything is still holding up. Outstanding service starting from the valet to the waitress. I really enjoyed they way the hostess asking "any special occasion for the evening". The food was so delicious especially the seafood and so fresh. We really enjoyed this place. We will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavorful!
    LarryMVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    One word describes the food at Cleo - flavorful. Intense, but not offensive, complex flavors blossomed from every small plate we tried. Order dishes you think you know and discover how they can be taken to the next level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Outstanding service starting from the valet to the waitress. I really enjoyed they way the hostess and our waitress (Victoria) asking "any special occasion for the evening". You rarely found this in any restaurants including the high caliber restaurants. The food was so delicious especially the seafood, and was so innovative. Everything was so fresh. We really enjoyed this place. We will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less would be more
    PJLAVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    You'd think a nominal Mediterranean themed menu would slam dunk the regional cuisine. Alas, no. Hummus drenched in lemon and garlic (a gloppy wet mass). Virtually inedible and unrecognizable. Roasted lamb and Israeli couscous? 1/8" thin slices the width of beef jerky atop a soggy heap. Getting the theme? Everything wet, damp, blah. Meh. Bastilla? Surely they couldn't muck up this Moroccan delight. Alas, yes. Chicken/duck filling nicely done; even the filo wrap passable. Then why oh why plop it onto an orange reduction so the crispy filo can absorb it all and transform into a viscous wad of starch? One highlight: crispy Brussel sprouts. If you can get past the residue of oil soaking the coffee filter paper in which it is served. Yikes.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum! If you like shared plates!
    mofood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My only complaint is that it isn't open for lunch too! Our dinner was fabulous!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent neighborhood choice
    sheldonVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Pre-Hollywood Bowl, this was a great find. Interesting cocktails, interesting food, reasonable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One word: Brussels! !!!
    Roxy57
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was incredible. A bit pricey, but Def worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Hollwood
    LadyYaya
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great spot for dinner before heading to the Greek theater for concert. Smack in the middle of all the action in Hollywood, yet not touristy. We noshed on hors d'oeuvres at the bar. Great service, great atmosphere, eats were delish. We're definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    LJordan
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Went on a first date to this place and it was perfect! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice dining in LA
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were in LA for a conference and wanted to find a place for dinner not far from our hotel at Universal Studios. I checked TripAdvisor and decided on Cleo at Hollywood and Vine. We were able to take the metro which was really convenient. When we arrived we sat in the outer area which was kind of the lobby/bar area. It was a little quieter but didn't feel like were were part of the restaurant. The service was good. We had one waitress who helped with choices. The portions are small and meant to order a few things and share. This is what we did. We enjoyed our dinner but wouldn't say it was the best or can't wait to go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.