Cleo - Hollywood

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$50 and over
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Mediterranean

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At Cleo, guests become friends and a night out becomes a lifetime memory. Cleo brings friends together to share in a celebration of eclectic Mediterranean dishes that reflect a kaleidoscope of tapestries, influences, styles and cuisines only witnessed in this vibrant region of the world. Cleo invites friends to share, dare, and dine on thoughtfully composed fish-driven concepts, cocktails, as well as the core dishes that Cleo is notoriously known for. Inspired by centuries-old recipes and reimagined in an inventive and modern interpretation, Cleo guests come back for the enchanting atmosphere, clever cuisine and impeccable service. The newly evolved Mediterranean concept of Cleo leads the way of a new dining experience where classic mezze meets sustainable and local seafood featuring dishes from across the region.
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OT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was delicious- great shareable meal with choices for everyone!

f
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The drinks were delicious, the food was fried and crunchy, and the experience was fantastic. We told the waitress we had to leave for a show and she made sure we had plenty of time to enjoy our dinner

JK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful place for a date or special occasion. This location good for pre-Theater dining. The food was very good with a very good variety of selections. The taste and presentation was very good. Service was excellent.

TW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The waitress and servers were attentive and courteous but the kitchen was extremely slow getting out food. We ordered several appetizers and one crispy chicken entree, letting the staff know we had Pantages show tickets and a one-hour deadline to meet. The drinks arrived promptly as did the oysters (no cooking required) but the cooked appetizers took about 30 minutes and it took over 50 minutes for the single chicken entree to arrive. The entree was a small drumstick and thigh, with scattered decorative herbs, making the portion more of an appetizer than a meal. Luckily we weren't very hungry. There were few people in the restaurant on a Thursday night so perhaps the kitchen was understaffed. I would go back for light appetizers and drinks but look elsewhere for a hearty meal and conversation. It was surprising loud in our corner for the few people filling less than half the tables. Might be unbearably loud with a full house.

EG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nothing monumental about the restaurant. Pretty noisy and poor service. Not a great value for money option. I don't think it's worth going for a full meal experience. It's only okay for a couple of drinks with some pita and dips. The service was not even mediocre.

H
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the nice evening

DM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paella was absolutely delicious and service was amazing

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

After many visits to the old Cleo we were happy to see this location re-open. The menu, while modified, is still consistently excellent. Service was pleasant and accommodating but off — some small plates came first, followed by our overpriced drinks, followed by all the other courses, and finally our olives and pickles arrived last.

The valet, at $20, is one of the biggest ripoffs on earth. I cannot recall paying such an exorbitant rate even at places that are far swankier and in busier locations. To pay that at Hollywood and Vine is a joke and the main reason we will not return.

LC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was great, but took a little long once we ordered. Brussel sprouts and Mediterranean dips with fresh baked pita were amazing, and the steak kabob was perfectly cooked. We’d skip the rice, potatoes and chicken kabobs next time and try something new. Would have loved to try a salad, but the Greek we ordered never came. Old fashioned’s were also delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a little to dark in the dinning area. It was hard to see our food

OT
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Before the remodel, we were great fans. This is our first time back and we usually go when we go to the Pantages, so 5-6 times a year. Food was good although the choices are now much smaller than they were. Service was anything but good. Some of the wait staff had an attitude. Impatience when asking menu questions is not pretty. My wife finished her glass of wine and rather than ask her if she wanted another, the waitress just picked up the glass. We had to ask someone bussing tables to find her to order another it tok quite a while to find her. We were there early so it wasn't like they were crowded. I don't know what changed but the change is sad.

E
Los Angeles
102 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was disappointing. Our fried eggplant was way too oily and inedible when the dish was less the hot. Other dishes were good, but none too exciting. Maybe the oily eggplants appetizer spoiled the meal.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was good. Except they ran out of salmon on a Wednesday night at 5:30 pm. Hmmm. Also, it just seems like their silverware, plates and drinking glasses were not the cleanest.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall the food is definitely good. The place is really pretty and the staff was helpful and nice. It was just really pricey for what it is. We had a party of 8 and our bill was 455$ (included gratuity) and I just don’t think it was a good price for what it was. Portions are small (tapas style) so you end up ordering way more dishes which adds up. It was nice to get the free glass of wine when you check in on yelp :)

J
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was fabulous. It’s a bit loud for conversation.

N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Great food, but watch out for parking. Downgraded the review because Cleo's doesn't have parking so you have to hunt for it unless you want to pay the hotel price of $20 for the time you dine there! Otherwise, it's great food and a great menu since it re-opened.

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

It was okay

RH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The waitress gave some recommendations and she was not wrong at all. The pita freshly baked with Rosemary was to die for, so good, could not get enough. Great vibe and excellent food. I will be going again.

N
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and loved it. Very convenient to get to the Pantages and they give a discount to theatre goers. Food was delicious. The Turkish flatbread and grilled octopus was some of our favorites. Great creative cocktails and fab service. Will definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food1service1ambience1

They asked for our allergies and recommended dishes for it and gave us a dish two peolle were allergic to. They are it and got sick and they give me a gift card for one entree

EF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner! Delicious food. Perfect place for dinner!

K
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food is amazing! The ambience is superb. I love coming to Cleo, both location. But one thing that is consistent every time, is the slow service. Not the food, that comes to you quick but the waiting for your server to come to you. When the manager bring you the drinks and apologizes for the delay at both locations on three separate occasions, then it may be an issue. But nevertheless, I WILL be going there again. The food is delicious!

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I threw my girlfriend's birthday here and we had an absolutely lovely time! I can't remember our waiter's name (he had glasses) but was incredible throughout our whole dinner experience. The food was amazing and Cleo's has one of the best paella's in the city. We had the Saffron Paella--the shrimp was juicy, the seafood was fresh, there were so many layers of flavor. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to have a nice night out or celebrate special occasions.

KP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We have been to this place several times before. Food was excellent and service was great. Since the reopening it’s not the same. Will not go back there. Too bad it was convenient location to have dinner before or after the theatre.

AG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, nice ambiance good cocktails.. great for pre theatre

CV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was so excited to revisit this restaurant after their reopening but I was sadly disappointed. First of all, the service was not very attentive. We had to ask repeatedly for simple things like water, another drink, etc. Our waiter took our order and we never saw him again until he brought the bill. My meal was served a good 10 mins before my sister's and when she was served - the kabobs were over done and tough. We ordered the hummus appetizer which featured three different dips but only 3 pieces of pita. We asked for more pita and were charged $5. For the price, I am hesitant to visit again.

OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The service was ok. Had to keep asking for water and little things. But the food was way too salty. I’m one to cook with salt but the cauliflower, calamari, and Greek fries had soo much salt we couldn’t finish eating them. The prices are very high for the quality. The cocktails are good but not 17 dollars worth. Great place for groups but watch out for the salt. I wouldn’t come back.

RG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love Cleo. The food is great and the atmosphere fun. It’s too noisy to have an intimate discussion. Last night, some waiter or manager screamed at the top of his lungs to command everyone’s attention, disrupted their conversations and donning experience, and then had someone celebrating something break plates in the corner. It was ridiculous and super annoying. If this is a new thing, I’m going elsewhere.

TC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & great server recommendation to get a variety tapas style... resulting in great variety, & the food couldn’t have been better. Killer specialty (& smoky) cocktails. Very very loud, but still fun.

DK
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent
Best Mediterranean food I've ever eaten. Happy hour at the bar was awesome. The Vineberry cocktail was delicious. We had the broccoli, spicy cigars, lebenah with their pita bread baked in their oven. Awesome. Can't wait to go back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food is good but not spectacular for the price . Some items were really excellent like the Brussels sprouts and octopus . Most items were tasty but expected more flavor .

SS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service , delicious tapas and dessert. Disappointed in the new menu vs the old one

l
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Pretty crowded before the show but right across the street so pretty convenient. Would definitely go again.

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Cleo used to be our favorite restaurant. We went on many occasions as we knew it would always be consistent and a great time. It had shut down for renovation of the building for a while and when we saw that it was open again we were thrilled to go and bring some close friends that hadn’t been there before. Needless to say it wasn’t what we were expecting. Some big fan favorites were taken off the menu, for drinks and food.
The menu was once well balanced, now seemed forced and shrunk.
The new drinks lacked the complexity of the previous drink menu.
The food was decent, but not as good as in the past.
Very sad that this once Hollywood staple has diminished in quality and what it once was.
I can’t foresee returning as it was way over priced. A chicken skewer (one) is $18?? It was delicious but they used to offer smaller ones as it was for sharing. I was embarrassed for having taken our friends there.
I hope they can convince past staff and team to return to help turn it around. I don’t see it surviving a competitive LA restaurant market.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

First time here since the remodel. It’s nice! Seats are still really close though 😳 We arrived early and had great service, then it got busy and the service disappeared. Food was very good! We had the crispy cauliflower, beet salad and beef kabobs- fabulous! Wine was ok, but the pours were very stingy 😢 Sticky toffee pudding, not so sticky - the biggest disappointment. Over all a good dinner option before a show.

T
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Why in the world would you change your menu? No lamb burgers and no Naan bread! Loved this restaurant and would frequent it often before going to Pantages for a show. Well those days are gone along with their spectacular food. Service was ok but again nothing of what it used to be. Sad to see such a wonderful restaurant plunge so quickly after the remodel.

MP
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

While the food was good, the service was abysmal. Never got one of our appetizers, waiter was told and still no app. He never came by to ask if we wanted a second drink. And no one refreshed our water throughout the meal. I won’t go back.

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time since remodel reopening. Very very loud. Menu much less diverse and less interesting. Food still very good.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

Bastardized version of Mediterranean. New menu is nothing like the old Cleo.

W
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Came for dinner before watching a show at the Pantages Theater. The ambiance was nice, the food was very good (but the portions are small), the service was excellent, the prices were a little high, but you get a 15% discount if you're going to see a show at the Pantages. Overall a good place to have a nice quiet dinner before the show. I recommend it!

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