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Cleo - Hollywood

4.5
1965 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Daily from 6pm
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Phone number
(323) 962-1711
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Danny Elmaleh
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
sbe Events & Catering: (323) 736-5900
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hollywood & Vine
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Parking details
Valet parking is available and validated for Cleo guests.
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Public transit
One block west from Metro Red Line Hollywood & Vine station.
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Special events & promotions
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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1965 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Despite being Valentines Day, the level of service and the quality of food was absolutely fantastic. Normally on a day like Valentines Day you typically get a pre-fixe menu where the food is sub par and the wait staff is rushing you in order to give your table to the next party. This is especially true in a city such as Hollywood. However that was not the case with Cleo. My waitress explained the menu, made suggestions and made us feel welcome. Not once did she make us feel rushed, in fact she suggested other small plates to try. My date loved the place, as did I. The noise level was high, but nothing too crazy. Food was very good. Just thinking about it makes me want to go back. My only complaint was that the tables were pretty close to one another. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was tasty. Portions very small. Don’t go here if you are hungry. I’ve been to many middle eastern restaurants and the portions are big, better and half the price. For the $100+ spent I would have been better off flushing the money down the toilet.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

i always enjoy coming here. great food and the staff is very considerate. they seat you on time and run a tight ship. its loud which is expected. we go all the time before the theater.
hope the re model does not take too long and does not affect the layout, food, or service too much.
i would take the opportunity to get rid of the most annoying trim wood on the walls near the windows since when you sit there you are leaning up against a piece of trim sticking out of the wall!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Everything from the food, drinks and service was exceptional. Originally I was concerned when the waiter mentioned that food would come out as it was ready since I've had bad experiences in which food would take too long to come out or it all came at once, however, the pacing was great and allowed for my girlfriend and I to flow from conversation to meal easily.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Cleo is great on so many levels. The perfect pre-Pantages meal. I will miss it during it's upcoming renovation but excited for it to return.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Highly recommended that reservations are made for an early dinner. The dining room fills up fast at 6:00pm when the restaurant opens. Our waiter was very helpful with suggesting dishes. We were delighted with dinner and will return, especially when attending The Pantages Theater.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

The food is delicious, the service is prompt and friendly throughout your experience. Be advised that portions are small (i.e. tapas style) but our waitress was informative and walked us through the menu.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was amazing, best hummus around. Flavor profiles were excellent with everything we ordered.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

This place was absolutely fantastic!!! Literally everything my friend and I had was delicious. I am a sweet cocktail type of person and asked my waitress for a good suggestion. She brought me the Janapolitan. Absolutely delicious! The hanger steak, grape leaves, spanikopita, brussel sprouts, and shrimp kabob were all awesome, but the absolute favorite???? THE DUCK BASTILLA!!! O.M.G!! I could have eaten that all night long! This place is definitely a must try! I will for sure be back.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Eclectic tapas-like menu first-rate ingredients skillfully prepared and presented. Our first visit. We’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Solid recommendation from my friends at Infatuation / T-Rex, enjoyed the food, small plates came out quick. Drink list is solid too. Loud and cramped though would be the small downfall.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

It was great. Everything we ordered was delicious and they have smaller than normal plates so you can get multiple items and share. The service was fast as well so it's a great place to eat before a show.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Not coming back

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent. Always exceptional. Food and flavors are second to none. Cocktails are also fantastic.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Very tasty food. Enjoyed the flavors of the beef kabob, steak, bone marrow, borek, cigars, and dessert. Thought the falafel was too salty.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Brussel spouts and mushrooms with wild rice are tasty. Did not like the seasoning on the grilled octopus.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

The food is the best n the planet! My business dinner was spectacular.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

I wish the service was a tad better. We ordered the Moroccan fried chicken which was overpowering spicy. I wish we were forewarned before we ordered this dish. Loved the humus, babbaganoush, and flat breads. Would come back for the tapas.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

My favorite restaurant! We were visiting from Utah and this was the only place I wanted to eat at ever since I ate there two years ago.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Great evening. Food, service and experience were all enjoyable. It does get loud when full. We will return.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

My only negative review was that I'd made a reservation for 6pm since we had Aladdin at the Pantages at 8. I arrived 20 minutes early for a large party of 11 to make sure everything was in order. I was still seated 15 minutes late and people who'd checked in after me and with a similar sized group were seated before me. That to me was extremely frustrating. However, the food was served promptly and we made it well on time to our show.
Some in my party were not ok with the benched seating. Had we been seated earlier we could have requested the other table with booth style seating which would have easily fit our party, sadly, it was taken by the group seated before me who arrived AFTER I'd already checked in 20 min prior.


Now for the good. The food is phenomenal, so good that it made us forget out seating woes.
Grilled octopus and heirloom burrata salad were my personal favorites. Kebabs were all excellent. Can't go wrong eating here.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Cleo is always great. Service was a lot slower than usual. In the past they’ve had knowledge of our food allergies- not this time

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I was looking for something different before going to the Pantages. This is so very close. The staff are aware that many patrons are on a time crunch to make the opening number. They worked unrushed but punctual to keep us on time.
The food is Mediterranean, well seasoned, fresh and in appropriate amounts. I will certainly go back.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Came here for an early birthday celebration before seeing Aladdin at Pantages. Food was delicious, service was extremely attentive. Our waiter was awesome and we also noticed how amazing the manager was. He helped with delivering drinks, refilling waters, bringing out dishes, it was really amazing to see that kind of teamwork while they were in dinner rush. A little pricey or the serving size, but still a great experience. I would say request a table along the walls for some privacy. Our table was inches in between two other tables and it was not intimate at all. Also because it’s a bit loud inside, it was hard to hear each other sometimes. Otherwise, we loved it!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Always a favorite. As a Pantages Season ticket holder, I eat here before every show!

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Delicious and fun small plates enjoyed thoroughly by all.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

For pre-theater dining, we needed a site near the Pantages, with parking, with a menu suitable for health-conscious dining. We got all that and more, with a fabulous Mediterranean menu and a bottle of Spanish wine that I'd fill a cellar with if I could. They were very accommodating to our time constraint, i.e. theater tickets. And as luck would have it, we went during Dine L.A. week and got a terrific special menu at a special price. I'll go back, discount or not.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2018

The eggplant was incredible, the fried chicken, scallops and falafel not so great. Nice atmosphere though. Very close to the Pantages so a great pre dinner restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

This is the second time that I have been at the restaurant before going to the Pantages. I love the food!!! There were 6 of us and we divided into 2 groups of 3- our group had 6 items between us. Our favorites were the amazing Brussell Sprouts, Tuna TarTar and the Artichokes. I will definitely be back and look forward to sharing our favorites and trying new items as well. The service was also very good, since we were going to the theater we needed to be finished by a certain time. We allowed 2 hours- which was perfect!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Cocktails are amazing the Cucumber martini is the best !Love the food... hummus and bread to die for... Service was great ! My only complaint is We had a party of 10, and they squeezed us into a table made for 8. I had made this reservation 2 weeks prior, we took it upon ourselves to add a smaller table to make more room. Hostess was not happy. It all worked out, but please next time do not smush a party of 10 in a table for 8.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Most things we had were shockingly delicious.
We LOVED the lamb tagine, beef kabob, and cucumber yogurt.
Their falafel was mediocre and on the dry side.
I was not a fan of their lamb shawarma. Despite it being indicated as one of their more popular dishes, it was so greasy that I couldn't even eat it.
Service was very good.
The atmosphere is rather loud and the tables are crammed tightly together - so it's not as intimate/romantic as one might otherwise expect (but still fun).

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Great service. Drinks were outstanding. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Great place to eat close to the Pantages. Menu is full of interesting small plates, very tasty. Great se vice.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

This was a prrfect pre-theater dinner that had meat options for my husband, and vegan options for my daughter and me. No complaints! The food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

We go here often before the Pantages and are never disappointed. Food is so tasty and fairly healthy, too. We will change things up but will always get the hummus and naan in a bag. Yum!

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3.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Restaurant overall was nice. The service was amazing- the food was below expectation and not very authentic for Mediterranean food. Really great wine list. Great place to go for a tourist in Hollywood- maybe not a place for a local with a sophisticated palette. Great for a business meeting or a group with varying food preferences- it does accommodate vegetarian and limited gluten free options.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

We went there just before a show. We ordered a number of dishes, all were quite good. My wife, a pescaterian, loved the salads and fish (branzini). They were also conscious of our time constraints. Overall a very good dining experience.

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2018

I loved the place however I had only one issue. While booking reservations I had mentioned that it was my anniversary and on comments I had mentioned it would be great if you would have got me a cake on my table.Would have been a surprise for my wife.However nothing of that sort happened and nobody asked me or got me anything on my table.I delayed ordering my deserts just in case if it was a surprise.Other than that it was a lovely place with great ambience to go out for dining.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We took a Indian friend couple to dinner here. She is a fantastic cook in her own right, and even she was impressed with the flavor and quality of the food, especially the Chicken Tagine. Glad we went, and will certainly return.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food - especially the whipped feta, brussel sprouts and lamb kebabs. Will definitely eat here again when visiting LA next time!

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