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
207 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (135)hot spot (114)special occasion (99)good for groups (78)vibrant bar scene (68)romantic (64)late-night find (45)neighborhood gem (42)notable wine list (15)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
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    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • 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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    • 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.
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    hot spot
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food, but Too Noisy
    chemremy
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We love the food at Cleo, but it's always so noisy. You often have to yell at your dining companion & wait person. Also, there are some areas of the restaurant where they have forced in a small table to get more people in. Beware of these tables otherwise you may find your self enjoying your meal with the strangers at the next table. The Brussels sprouts are the best & the bread is fantastic, served hot right out of the oven. Cocktails are fun & include fresh, seasonal ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • 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
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    fit for foodies
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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
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    • 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).
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  • 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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate