Cleo - Hollywood
Very nice, great service and food was very good
I won’t be going back. Dirty bathrooms, poor hostesses, mediocre food and service.
Very small servings for the price
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great place to eat before heading to the theater. Very noisy though.
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.
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
Miss the old menu BIG TIME
Delicious! Excellent service. Can’t wait to return.
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.
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.
It was perfect before seeing a show
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.
Great food, great service and great location.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything was amazing, best hummus around. Flavor profiles were excellent with everything we ordered.
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.
Eclectic tapas-like menu first-rate ingredients skillfully prepared and presented. Our first visit. We’ll be back.
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.
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.
Not coming back
Excellent. Always exceptional. Food and flavors are second to none. Cocktails are also fantastic.
Very tasty food. Enjoyed the flavors of the beef kabob, steak, bone marrow, borek, cigars, and dessert. Thought the falafel was too salty.
Brussel spouts and mushrooms with wild rice are tasty. Did not like the seasoning on the grilled octopus.
The food is the best n the planet! My business dinner was spectacular.
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.
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.
Great evening. Food, service and experience were all enjoyable. It does get loud when full. We will return.
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.
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
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.