Cleo - Hollywood

3.8
1986 reviews
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Mediterranean
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
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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4.2
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4.1
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3.4
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P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice, great service and food was very good

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DD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I won’t be going back. Dirty bathrooms, poor hostesses, mediocre food and service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Very small servings for the price

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

If you like your food dripping with grease, lacking flavor and wildly overpriced, then this is the place for you. Corporate vibe, the kind of place for diners who don't much care about truly good food, decent value, or authenticity (they say it's Mediterranean--but we couldn't see how). Even tourists won't like it here.

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l
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The Saffron Paella and the brussel sprouts were excellent. Good cocktails, too. Only issue was after eating the fried eggplant chips (yummy albeit very very greasy), later that night my dinner companion and I both had very upset stomachs which lasted hours. We both attributed this discomfort to the excess oil in the eggplant. We did have seafood in the paella but it tasted fine and don't think our intense cramping & nausea was due to that, as with shellfish it would have been much worse. We politely suggest the kitchen reduce oil used in frying and/or certainly blot the eggplant more after removing from the pan. Thank you.

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DR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Attention needs to be paid to the glasses. We were served water in glasses that were not fully cleaned. For example; faded lipstick stain and smudges on the glass. Also when serving your delicious dish of paella please bring a small plate for the empty shells. Otherwise, everything else was fantastic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely loved this restaurant! We came here pre pantages show and had dinner at 6pm. Everything from the unique cocktail served in a puffer fish shaped glass, to the appetizers (the babaganoush was incredible) to the mains (amazing Branzino and Lamb Kafta) was sooo good! The waitstaff was friendly and sweet, and even the table bussers were helpful and kind. The ambiance was sophisticated and peaceful- not noisy.

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great place to eat before heading to the theater. Very noisy though.

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JL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Cleo used to be our go-to restaurant before a Pantages show, but we visited for the first time since it re-opened and it's at least not yet what it once was, unfortunately. The food and service was less impressive than it used to be, but still the same cost. It seemed like everyone was new and still getting their bearings. And the more modern decor may make it more trendy, but it's also less interesting and unique than it used to be. Hopefully it will improve in time.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was good. We missed the old menu and the old cocktails. I did have a cocktail that was great though. We’ll come back

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Miss the old menu BIG TIME

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DV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Excellent service. Can’t wait to return.

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RG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a fabulous evening. The food was fantastic and the ambiance was terrific. I would highly recommend, and give high marks to all aspects of the restaurant.

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JF
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

If you are stone deaf, you should consider this place. If you want to be deaf, consider this place. Otherwise, the pluses can’t outweigh the minuses. And don’t valet park. The sign says “$10.00.” They’ll demand $20.00. This used to be one of my favorites. The new Cleo doesn’t measure up and I won’t be back.

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JM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was perfect before seeing a show

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RM
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cleo is perfect for before theater dining. Close to the Pantages and they understand the need to have you out on time. We enjoyed our meal even tho it was a bit pricey. To start we had the Dips, Fried Zucchini Blossoms and Eggplant Chips. Eggplant was the best of the three. Two of us shared the grilled thai snapper which was perfectly cooked. The other member of our party had the Signature Turkish seafood dish which was rich but good. Miss the puffed bread from the original Cleo.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service and great location.

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D
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

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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s
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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AC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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W
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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w
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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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YT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Not coming back

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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CO
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

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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p
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

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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Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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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j
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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RU
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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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D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

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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S
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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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