Little Cleo's

4.5
767 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
When you step inside Little Cleo’s, you’ve discovered a hidden coastal gem in the heart of a Central Phoenix neighborhood. Our intimate restaurant serves an assortment of fresh seafood daily. Don’t miss out on one of the best happy hours in town. Between 4 and 5 Monday through Saturday, Little Cleo’s serves up juicy shrimp and fresh oysters for only a dollar apiece. Guests can also enjoy $2 champagne pours, $4 beer and $5 wines. Step inside Little Cleo’s and discover a hidden coastal gem in the heart of Phoenix.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner

Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(602) 680-4044
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Timothy Thompson
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Private party facilities
This small, intimate restaurant radiates ease with a dash of vintage 40’s style, while offering an assortment of fresh ocean fare. Host your group event at Little Cleos! We are available for exclusive events Monday through Sunday; lunch events are also welcomed. Work with Executive Chef Timothy Thompson to create the perfect menu; Little Cleos and Culinary Dropout menus available. For more information, contact our Special Events Manager, Alexia Haley, at ahaley@foxrc.net.
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Private party contact
Lauren Lombard: (602) 429-8034
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Cross street
E Bethany Home Rd
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 767 People Are Saying
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mom her for Mother’s Day! Everything was great very sad to hear they closed day after.

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TM
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great experience at Little Cleo’s and the staff is the best!

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DD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I loved this place. I was sad to discover that it was the last day that it would be open. It was a special menu due to Mother's day brunch, but still have many options. For a seafood place, our only option of fish was the fried fish and chips, the rest of all shell fish, but again this was not the "normal" menu. With that said, we still enjoyed all of our food from the small bites to the desert. I hope they find a new location and re-open soon because the food was amazing.

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CC
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Phoenix. Warm jar of crab is divine.

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PJ
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience at little Cleo’s seafood legend. Sorry to see it go but I hope to see it live on in the future!

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H
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this was our 6th visit to the restaurant and they've never let us down. Amazing dinners each and every time!! What's sad... and we hope it's just temporary... is they are closing on the 19th of May. There is the talk of finding another location to reopen. My wife and I truly hope they do open up again. ..such a great place to enjoy seafood in the middle of the desert.

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KR
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Love Cleo's so sad it's closing. Wished hosts would have actually read our reservation instead of ignoring the notes - we had an infant with us and they didn't have a table where we could have room to seat her (even though it was clearly stated in the reservation). We had to wait 15 mins after our reservation for a table.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Heard that it is closing in a few days and had to have one last meal before they lock the doors.

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QS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great...service was terrible. Entree order wasn’t put in and instead of owning up to that fact the server continued to say “your order will be right up”. 30 minutes later and after the table next to us that arrived 20 minutes after us and had their entree, I canceled the entree and left.

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AS
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food (what else - it's a Sam Fox restaurant). Service attentive but a little slap-dash - maybe because restaurant is closing Sunday. Runners dropping glasses of room-temperature water at tables - no ice. I regularly enjoy drinking pastis in French cafés so ordered an absinthe expecting self-preparation at the table. Server slipped in behind me and dropped a room temp glass already made up and kept on going. When I later commented that it wasn't what I expected he said we do it all up at the bar. Probably will not be going to the new place when it opens.

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c
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous seafood. Hope the Fox Restaurant Concept opens it elsewhere!! It is our go to for family celebrations.

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s
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place!

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PM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place - sad they are closing, hope they reopen elsewhere.
Teddy our server was the best!

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k
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will miss our favorite seafood restaurant but are looking forward to finding Little Cleo’s again when you re-open!

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CJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Cleo's has always been a favorite of ours because of the unique menu, happy hour and atmosphere. We went because we heard it was closing and wanted to visit one last time. We hope they reopen again soon near Kierland or Scottsdale Quarter.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Cleo's was fantastic as always. It's a shame it's closing to make room for the expansion of the highly mediocre Culinary Dropout.

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DT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sorry that a Fox Concepts is closing Little Cleo’s. We will miss one of the “Best Seafood” restaurants in the valley.

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BB
Phoenix
57 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed Little Cleo's immensely. I was quite impressed with my raw oysters and prawns. Very well done. I only wish the would offer a mignonette with the oysters and not just cocktail sauce. I love the complement of the mignonette and oyster....the cocktail sauce overpowers. We also enjoyed the King Crab in a Jar and very, very tasty AND decadent. Sorry to hear it is closing down. I hope another home for this type of restaurant will be coming soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful experience once the issue we had
With the reservation was resolved

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sad to see this place close for good in mid-May.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food- great service- fresh-amazing seafood in the desert-what’s not to love about that!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the King Crab in a jar and the fresh oyster selection was great. Their house sauces for oysters were flavorful and unique. Loved this place!

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JK
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific seafood menu. So many great dishes that all 6 of us re-ordered something. Can't wait to go again.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour was fantastic! Love the venue.

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IW
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Teddy was fantastic. Food was delicious. Creative cocktails.

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JA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome service Paige was very knowledgeable about menu items and made excellent recommendations. Check it out!

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p
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Cleo's had some interesting options. The waitress suggested the Bacon & Eggs app that we would have not selected without her recommendation turned out to be fantastic. The Routestock Cab wine was very good. We would absolutely go back next time we're in Phoenix.

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DS
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Great food presentation. Delicious.

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LE
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome
Favorite place

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CT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not for people who are hard of hearing. Visiting would not be satisfactory We were surprised 9 our first time to go) and we enjoyed it very much although we are in our late 70's. We will definitely go back but probably just the two of us as it is so noisy that any conversation would be a bunch of "what did you say?" But i would recommend it for a couple. I am sure that it would be very popular for younger people.

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JA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Little Cleo's Seafood Special plate was extraordinary. The food was very fresh, cold, and tasty. Best raw oysters I've had in Arizona. The plate at $55. was enough for two if you have salad and an entree to follow; therewise, order one for each person and be satisfied without disappointment. The soup/salad portions were OK, and the Roasted Salmon was tasty, but skimpy; enough for a small piece of toast.

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F
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great seafood place with good priced happy hour fare and drinks. Oysters ($1.00 at happy hour) are great and other more expansive selections are available. Good small plate selection and wines are attractively priced. Next door Urban Kitchen gives a great vibe to the outdoor tables!

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JB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good. The service was intermittent. We had oysters and one was skunky. That is always such a big turn off. The atmosphere was nice. It’s an interesting place to dine

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I brought my friend there for her birthday and there was nothing special about the experience, knowing it was her birthday the waiter didn’t even offer us the dessert menu to look over, just handed us the bill. We were surprised at the limited grilled fish options- we love fox restaurants but will probably skip this one on our rotation! The Brussels sprouts were the highlight of the visit!

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B
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fresh seafood, excellent service and fun atmosphere!

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F
New York Area
191 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh seafood and Happy Hour cocktails.
Paige our server was professional and efficient. Great place.

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T
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very slow service, food average, first time there, usually Fox restaurants are great, this one not so much.

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j
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have been here several times and EVERY time they are out of Lobster Rolls.. If you have a restaurant with that on your menu, you should NOT run out, 1 hour after you open. Seriously, who does the odering? If it is an item you anticipate running out of order more. If not take off your menu. 4 out of the 5 of us had to decide on something else, which was ridiculous. And to that the waitress should have said it to us right away so we could have had time to get up and leave or take more time to decide on something else. Last time I will suggest this FOX Restaurant as there are many more places to choose from in that area with a menu that has items they advertise on it.

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MF
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for Easter brunch and it was our first time. I can’t say enough how fabulous the food was as well as the service. We ordered west coast oysters and the crispy Brussel sprouts to start. The bouillabaisse was excellent !
I highly recommend this place for seafood.

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B
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific Easter Sunday Brunch! We loved the appetizer of the jar filled with butter and king crab with a float of truffle oil and herbs. What calories?! The lobster rolls were divine.
Service was terrific. What a fun way to spend Easter Sunday brunch!

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