Little Cleo's
Little Cleo's

Little Cleo's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.foxrc.com/restaurants/little-cleos-seaf
  • Phone: 6026804044x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Eric Ramirez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E Bethany Home Rd
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Little Cleo's
Little Cleo’s, named after the iconic fishing lure is located at The Yard — a unique, neighborhood-inspired development project. When you step inside Little Cleo’s, you’ve discovered a hidden coastal gem in the heart of a Central Phoenix neighborhood.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Little Cleo's reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)neighborhood gem (52)special occasion (37)hot spot (30)great for outdoor dining (26)vibrant bar scene (21)romantic (14)good for groups (11)late-night find (7)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Overpriced For The Fare
    BestmexicanfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good food, but not even close to the best sea food in town. Choice was limited (no lobster, no clams, no halibut). Too expensive for what you get. I left hungary some $50 later. Mainly shrimp and oysters and salmon on the menu. I can get most of these seafood items at any steak houses in the valley. If you want good seafood go someplace else. Ambiance was ok, this place would be better served as a diner. It has a great look and feel as a 1940's or early 1950s set up, but looks more like a diner than a seafood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Except for the smell of dead fish when walking in, the food was exceptional once we got used to the smell. We would've eaten outside but no misters and it was hot. I had the ahi tuna which was great and my husband had the fish and chips which he enjoyed. The corn small plate was the best we've had. It was my birthday and the waiter, who was awesome, gave me a free dessert. Would definitely go back, but sit outside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could have been so much better.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The concept is great- San Francisco oyster bar. But they play 50's music on a loop?!? Not sure what that's about and after 30 minutes of it I was so annoyed I wanted to leave. The food is okay, but the portions are pretty small for the price. The service was horrible. There were 10 people in the place and it took 90 minutes to get out of there. And the chairs were so uncomfortable it only added to the disappointing experience.
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  • Food and Service was FANTASTIC!
    CJmic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    There were so many wonderful choices on the menu, my husband and I had a hard time deciding so we ordered a few "small plates". Everything was so delicious! Every bite you wanted to close your eyes and just take it all in! Our waiter was super friendly and very knowledgeable of all the menu items. He knew the specific taste for each oyster being offered on the half shell and easily made recommendations. We highly recommend Little Cleo's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    AZRetireeVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Not worth the trip. Most of the entres were either spicey or had spicey accompaniments. Ahi tuna much better at other restaurants.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute place, good food
    Erin150VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Little Cleo's is a neat little spot right in the middle of the busting Yard, but it manages to remain a nice restaurant with good food and good service. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every thing was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The manager was very nice and so was our waiter. The foodbwasngreat and I look forward to trying other dishes. I will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey for mediocre
    kmccaz
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Had guest from Canada in town wanted to take them to a small locals place to get the feel of Phoenix. The overall ambiance was fine with the Yard and Culinary School Dropouts all right there. Unfortunately at Little Cleos prices were VERY high for mediocre uncreative food. Oysters for 1/2 doz $21, wine by the glass limited selection and not remarkable, fish and chips greasy, squid ink linguini was awful, not a lot of good to say about food for a $250 dinner for 4. They will have to step it up if they expect to survive.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Staff
    Food4thought
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Went there before a theater show and informed the staff midway through dinner. From there they "took off" like jets to get us out on time. The food was perfect from beginning to end!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bowie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food overall a bit disappointing although oysters and loup de mer were excellent. Prices high for what you get
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is delish!
    JRadVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Fresh oysters and seafood! Our server Shad was amazing. He knew the menu and every ingredient in every dish. He paired wine with each course to perfection. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Oysters in Town!
    ChambersofFear
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Always looking for great raw bar, and Cleo's delivers! Their selection of daily fresh oysters is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Young, un-trained staff
    DogulaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food is very good here, but the staff is iffy. This is our 3rd time here because they have a great oysters, but the help is poorly trained. Walking in you are greeted by a hostess that has zero personality. This has been our experience on all 3 of our visits even though all the hostesses have been different. Our server didn't tell us about the 4-course dinner available, seemed confused when I asked her about the wine parings. When she brought us our 1st wine paring, she didn't even tell us what it was. On the rest of the parings, she brought the glasses to the table already poured and mumbled the name each time. They should have had a Sommelier bringing the wine and pouring them at the table while describing each wine as it should be.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Little Cleo
    Marly
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I first visited Little Cleo's for my birthday. I was happily surprised on how nice was the place and the ambiance. The staff made me feel right at home. Our service was excellent. Our waitress never made us feel like rushed or not welcome. The food was really good my favorites are the hush puppies and the beignets.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • server with an attitude
    nyerinurface
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    all was great except we had a server with a NYC attitude,that does not work in the west. We spoke to the manager (James,his first day as GM) hew was great, took all of our constructive criticism in stride and was really interested in fixing the problem. we eat in at least 2-3 fox restaurants a week, and usually have noting but great things to say
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    MomaMeggie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Finding good seafood in Phoenix can be a challenge, but Little Cleo's is up to the task. The menu had several options that I would like to try (and will go back to do just that). The king crab in a jar is a must, the octopus is very tasty, and the fish and chips are fantastic. The loupe de mer was slightly boring, but good nonetheless. Portions are reasonable so you can try several things without having too much. The ambiance in the restaurant is very cool with 50's music, open kitchen, clustered in beside The Yard in a converted garage. I cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Food
    ZZtops
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had high expectations for Little Cleo's as we love the other Fox Restaurants and we love seafood, but the food was terrible. We tried 4 appetizers, 3 entrees and 2 desserts. None of them were great, most were bad. The king crab entree was the worst - horribly over cooked. The cheesy garlic bread was disgusting. Frog legs were interesting and ahi tuna appetizer was good. We loved the atmosphere, the service was excellent, but the restaurant needs a new chef and some new food choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find!
    finefoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We ordered off of the summer menu. It was absolutely excellent. The summer menu provided an opportunity to try several different items. The frog legs were delicious as were the oysters. I would definitely come back. Everyone in the restaurant was friendly and provided excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful night
    Goodeats
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Chef was spectacular ,seafood was fresh, great night
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood done right!
    phxfoodloverVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We sampled multiple small plates with an Arizona wine. Staff was great! Food was great! you must try the frog legs and the hush puppies.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bivalves a plenty
    Fran
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We went for the oysters got a lot more. The summer value menu is great for a first timer to Cleo's. My husband went with the half doz of oysters and scallops , he loved them. the server was great don't remember his name but, he was very attentive and didn't rush us , we were with friends and wanted to visit. We were there for three hours and it flew by. the double timing Mgr was also great and talked to us and also showed us to our table as I thought he was the host.He was out side fixing up the hostess area as we walked up, nice chap!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but still hungry
    AK47
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was good, but if you're paying $24-26 per entree, I feel that throwing a couple sides on the plate would be nice. Bouillabaisse was wonderful; salmon was not great, and only had a few sprinklings of corn kernals and 3 slivers of mushrooms. Pretty pathetic - I don't want to look at a pretty decoration and still be hungry!
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  • service and food were fabulous
    hellokitly
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The staff was really nice and attentive. The food was fabulous. Fresh and delicious. We will definitely will go back.
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    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, Delicious and Cute!
    Stefunknee
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Oyster Selection is fantastic, if you like oysters Little Cleo's is a must. If you don't like oysters, Little Cleo's is still a must. We sat at the counter, which was highly recommended by other reviewers, and it did not disappoint. . Food was amazing. We had 1/2 lb of the $14 oysters from CA, and 1/2lb of the $21 oysters from Newzland, squeeze of lemon was all you needed. We also got the "Bacon" and eggs appetizer, which was probably the best thing I have ever eaten and I'm that big of a fan of eggs. We also had the Grilled Octopus appetizer, another something I dont really like, but this I loved. The place is secluded enough, you do not even notice you are at the Yard!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, not great
    Scot
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The restaurant was so noisy as to be very hard to hear, even when not completely full. The food was somewhat over-salted, but otherwise tasty. The service was not professional grade, but very nice "college age" service. I was hoping for better, but if meeting in that area would not complain about going back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    wwwwVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Best oysters in Arizona. Try the Ahi. The sauce is sooo great
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE AT LITTLE CLEO'S
    FanPCG
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Loved our first experience dining at Little Cleo's. Menu was interesting and food was very good. Service was excellent!!! We were celebrating a birthday and the staff made it a most special occasion for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - a few tweaks needed
    TouristofLifeVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We were looking for a place to get King Crab and decided to try Little Cleo's. The crab was grilled perfectly, hot and delicious with a generous jar of melted butter for dipping. I was disappointed to find out that the Crab (Large Plate) didn't come with any sides. It would be nice to have at least bread, cole slaw or something offered. My husband ordered from the Summer Bites menu. He enjoyed all of his 4 courses, especially the grilled octopus (Small Plate course). He liked the Bouillabaisse although the portion was smaller than expected. Assuming it's due to the lighter Summer Bites menu. We'd like to go back when the weather is cooler and the walls can be opened up. Great food! We'll be back to try again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    ready2eat
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A small restaurant that thankfully now takes reservations. The entire staff was friendly and the food was fresh and delicious. The frog legs, which were given to us gratis were fantastic. The parking is valet only, but because the parking is so limited, it really is the best option, we did not wait long to get parked or to have our car retrieved. We are looking forward to returning to try additional dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Variety & Very Fresh
    DateNight
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I ate at Little Cleo's for the first time recently. We loved the selection of oysters, haven't seen 10 different options anywhere in Phoenix, and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the flavor profiles of the different options. Kusshi Oysters were phenomenal!! The shrimp cocktail was very good, and the star of the night was the King Crab in a jar of butter. They don't point out that it has a drizzle of white truffle oil, which puts this dish over the top. Amazing grilled bread to soak it all up. Bouillabaisse was very light, a little lacking in flavor from what I've had, but enjoyable if you prefer a lighter broth version. Ambience is less formal and a tad cold feeling, but relaxed. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little slow but quality seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a reservation at 730 and when we arrived we were told they were running behind and were seated at the bar. It took 10 minutes to order a drink and finally after 20 minutes were seated. The tasting menu sounded great but the portions turned out to be tasty but small. Seafood was very good- highlight was oysters and sturgeon bacon. Dinner took over 2 hours and we waited 15 minutes between courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Seafood lovers dream!
    littleoneVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Five of us dined for the first time at Cleo's and we were ALL very impressed with the taste and quality of the food! The Crab in a Jar was AMAZING - as was the Seafood Bouillabaisse and Seafood Pasta with Squid Ink! (it was filled with large and delicious Mussels)! The Fish and Chips were tasty and generous in portion size! Do not miss out on the Hush Puppies as a starter to kick off your seafood feast! The staff and GM were all very pleasant, efficient and accommodating! We'll be back....often and soon.....and next time.....I am NOT sharing my Crab in a Jar....with anyone! Period!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second visit just as special
    RuthinAZVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I started with the grilled octopus which was tender and perfectly cooked. The fish in the fish and chips was moist and plump and filling. My husband had the Cajun shrimp which he enjoyed. The sauce, which was a little spicy, was all over the corn on the plate and he couldn't eat it. The service was very good and the room was hopping so we thought he did a great job. Although the noise level was high, we could still hear each other with no problem. I had the crab in a jar on a previous visit and plan to order that as my entree on the next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seafood in the desert!
    Emmy
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This has been a great find for us because we love seafood and it was hard to find a good seafood restaurant here in Phoenix. We have come here several times and it has always been delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    tdftooth
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    From the minute we arrived we were impressed. Arrived 10 minutes late and received nothing but kindness and attention. Staff served us champagne while our table was prepared. Servers and waitress were informative and enthusiastic. Food was delicious. Menu included a wealth of choices. Would definitely recommend the place and will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hello Cleo
    YayaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This was my first but not my last visit to Little Cleo's. The decor is cute 40's vibe with wait staff dressed accordingly. Service was attentive and the staff knowledgeable. I am so happy they now take reservations as the inside dinning area is pretty small. The food was fresh and creative. The Cajun shrimp was to die for. The server had warned me about the heat and she did not exaggerate. But OMG sooo much flavor. I sopped every drop of the spicy broth with the accompanying grilled bread. There is an extensive list of starters/small plates and I don't think you could go wrong with anything. Plan on spending $125+ on dinner for two.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best in Seafood in AZ
    Foodie25
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great service! Delicious food - loved the Loup de Mer and fresh oysters. Sat outside and watched all of the fun activity going on at the Yard...Going back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Seafood Gem
    CustExperienceEnthusiast
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Took my Dad and family for a belated Father's Day dinner this week. So enjoyable. Don't think I've ever had a better mix of elevated seafood, great service, cool place and fun for everyone from 5 to 90. My elderly parents are a hard sell and almost licked their salmon plates clean. Everything was spot on from the jar of crab app, to the chowder and kale salad, on to the salmon and sea bass entrees, topped off w beignet/buttermilk pie desserts. Tylor was the perfect addition as our server. He even made sure my 5 yr old granddaughter received a new beignet when she dropped hers by accident and became thoroughly crushed, since there were only enough for one each per person.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    TripletDad
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Sam Fox certainly has the touch. The oysters were awesome and the loup de mer was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    wanderer
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our first visit to this Sam Fox concept restaurant located in The Yard. While the rest of the complex was busy and noisy, Little Cleo's was an oasis of calm. I had the crab in butter with bread, an appetizer, and my husband had the mussels. He said they were the largest he had ever had. Both of our meals were very tasty. Our waitress, Tatihana, was knowledgeable, attentive and pleasant. The cream cheese ice cream was quite a find. Will definitely be going back to try some other dishes.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.