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
Mediterranean Spice, Hollywood Glam... Don’t just peek behind our curtain, step inside and discover a side of Hollywood that’s typically under wraps. Explore a destination where eclectic Mediterranean cuisine takes center stage while our supporting players deliver the glitz and glam of the big screen straight to your table. Everyone has a seat (and at least two plates to share). From our open kitchen, the intoxicating scents of exotic culinary creations mix freely with the sound of boisterous laughter amongst friends both old and new. Just like the great Queen of Egypt, Cleo always delivers experiences you’ll never forget. But with cocktails this tempting, we won’t blame you if you do. Cleo has been named to Los Angeles Magazine's "Top 10 Best New Restaurants" and OpenTable's "50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S."

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Cleo - SBE reviews from OpenTable diners
209 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (130)hot spot (107)special occasion (88)good for groups (71)vibrant bar scene (68)romantic (61)late-night find (48)neighborhood gem (45)notable wine list (13)great for brunch (4)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saved by the manager!!
    TinaO
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our visit had a shaky start! The first half of our visit was about 1 star overall.We had a reservation for at least 4 weeks in advance. When we arrived we were seated at a table with long benches. Not very practical for the older folks. Then they had trouble moving us (the restaurant had just opened). They finally moved us, but tried to squeeze 4 people into a booth for 3. The server seemed annoyed that she had to work with us. I asked for some serving spoons from another server, he bit my head off. The second half was greatly improved, I think the manager knew something was not right, he came over and assessed the situation, he was great and tried to make up for the trouble we had. After that the server was much more accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CLEO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place was a wonderful experience, the food was amazing. The ambience was super nice. The waiteress was amazing, ALLIE!! Thank you for a wonderful night, this place was walking distance to the show at the pantages.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cleo is our favorite!
    BabslovesKurt
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We go to Hollywood to see plays at the Pantages and always go to Cleo. Wonderful atmosphere, great food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, Flavorful Food
    Getty20132809VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The lamb tagine and mousakka are flavorful and very tender. The spicy potatoes with cilantro aioli is good but smokey. The baba ghanoush is also very smokey, carrot dip is sweet and spiced well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it
    sdsrb
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    When ever i'm in Hollywood I must go to Cleo. The tapas are so good, I only wish they were open earlier (6pm open). I'll be back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great choice before theater (Pantages). Food was great and service was good. Small plates wonderful for sharing amongst 4 people. Just enough to taste many dishes. We will return next time we go to the theater
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good but portions too small
    UpscalehealthynaturalVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The spanakopita was two tiny squares. The restaurant needs to be more generous w/ portions. Also the shrimp was nothing special.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    MalibuJ
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had dinner here before going to the Pantages for a show. It was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    Miclev
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food was very, very good. the place is a bit too dark and the decor is odd and grey
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy, but Good Food
    fluxmaster
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The service was a little spotty, but the server was friendly. The location was very noisy. We were in a group and it was difficult to hear each other. We ordered everything to share, and almost everything we ordered was delicious. The server said some of the items were spicy, but they weren't spicy at all. We all enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice discovery
    foodie007VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I decided to try Cleo during Dine LA and so glad I did. The food was great and our server Helen was very helpful. The Lotus Flower cocktail was very refreshing and the items on the menu was fantastic. Some of my favorites: 1. Cigars 2. Spanakopita 3. Hummus 4. Baba ganoush 5. Kabobs
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic food, sub par service
    Rose
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was wonderful, the desserts were all disappointing and our waitress was MIA.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too noisy
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    ask for a seat in the bar if you want to talk. Food is very good, innovative mediterranean, small bites (some too small and not easily shareable).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Tapas
    Nate
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My best friend and I scheduled an evening of tapas indulgence at Cleo and were surprised, impressed, and in love with the service, ambiance and food. There was a large menu to choose from and the servers were patient as we continued to order from the menu and the drink list throughout the evening. Wonderful experience and highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    andrew
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very helpful waiting team - Jay and Stacey - together with John, helped us through the ordering and we were very satisfied. The recommendation of Brussel Sprouts was excellent as was all the food. One of out best meals of the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PCHgal
    PCHgal
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We decided to try this restaurant before going to the theater at the recommendation of a friend. We were told to not miss some appetizer items and the brussel sprouts. It was during LA Restaurant Week so we ordered the multi-course meals and a side order of the brussel sprouts. The bread, hummus and yogurt dip were delicious. I ordered the Chicken Tagine. My dinner partner ordered the Chicken and Lamb skewers. The Chicken Tagine was dry and lacked any taste. The chicken skewer was a bit dry but okay. The lamb was in the form of 1 large sausage, not pieces like the chicken and the meat was not recognizable as lamb. We ate very little of the dinner and waited for the brussel sprouts but they never came. Dessert was a 30 min. wait.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    FabianoFeijo
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food at Cleo is seasoned and cooked with perfection. Don't miss "the" Brussels Sprouts...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Good food, although not as popping delicious as usual. Our wait person was less than adequate. He definitely got points off for telling us toward the end of our meal that the last dish we were expecting was unavailable. Also, he didn't offer us a dessert menu but just brought the check.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always consistent
    cleolover
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Cleo is always great!! Gotta hace the brussel sprouts
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SERVICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service is amazing. Each dish is explained in detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food good except for artichoke flat bread which they graciously took back and did not charge us. Very noisy! Good service. My daughter LOVES this place so we will likely return when we come to LA to visit with her.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Exceptional Culinary Find
    CalabasasDiner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My daughter and I enjoyed a scrumptious pre-theater dinner. We selected a sampling of small plates from the mezze menu. The Brussel sprouts, moussaka, and tagine were exceptional. I look forward to trying the octopus and sweetbreads when I return with my husband to celebrate his birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations
    LAFoodJunkie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Did not meet my expectations. The brussels where the best thing on the menu!! The tables were to close to each other and the ambiance was not up to LA standards.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food. Great service.
    Perez
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Every thing we eat was very good. The only item that we weren't so excited about was the ravioli. The Brussels sprouts were good. I've had better sprouts before but the food overall was worth coming back for. The service was good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Service unfriendly
    mimi10019VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had an amazing time eating at Cleo. Our server was not interested. We gave him 20% tip plus only because thats how we roll. But he wasnt attentive. He needed to be flagged down many times. He didn't smile. Just would prefer a better server otherwise, hosts and everyone else was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything I expected...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I read all the reviews on Trip Advisor and it was everything I wanted and expected before seeing the performance at the Pantages.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not Great
    YumYumYum
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The restaurant has two seating areas... the main dining room and another smaller dining room/bar that feels like your almost in the hotel lobby. We requested sitting in the main dining room which felt more comfortable to us than the smaller dining room. Our waiter was odd and always seemed like he was in a rush. He recommended that we order five items for the two of us. We started with 3 dips, the brussel sprouts, and two kabobs. Our waiter made us feel like we shouldn't order more than that. It was definitely not enough food. Everything was delicious and more refined than the more "hole in the wall" places we've been for middle eastern food. But, nothing was amazing and it wasn't so much better than we'd be rushing back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very disappointing
    eatoutalot
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Hostesses very unprofessional and have a do not care attitude. Server was good but food nothing to rave about.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT FOOD!!
    teachermom1954VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My friend I was with actually had been to the restaurant before and knew how great it was. Food was really good as was the service. Will go again when attending the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BIGGER TABLES
    MariDinner
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    There is nothing worse than when I am with only one other person and I get sat at a small table for two. I understand it's about space but don't make those small tables. THEY SUCK! We are constantly moving dishes to make room for more food and it makes me not want to order a lot of food. The table next to us asked to be moved and we should have done the same thing. The other table next to us was so close we were in each other's conversation. No good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    a little noisy for friday date night but the food is so great it makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tight spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    It was my birthday dinner with a few friends, and i didn't receive any kind of birthday love from the restaurant. I had told them it was my birthday when I made the reservations. They had seated us in the tightest spot in the restaurant. There was a lot of people which is good to see in a restaurant. I feel like the pictures from the site and what I saw didn't match. The place seemed so much smaller. The food was ok, it was really greasy for an upscale restaurant. The drinks were way better than the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic