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The New Cleo Rocks Flatbreads and Kebabs Near Staples Center

L.A. Live gets a much-needed culinary upgrade

Cleo Downtown
Cleo at L.A. Live, Downtown
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

LA Live earns a culinary boost with the recent arrival of Cleo to the tourist-heavy Downtown block. Taking over the defunct Farm of Beverly Hills, the Mediterranean-focused restaurant (with outlets in Hollywood, Vegas, and Miami) hopes to be a boon to a much-used section of town that can otherwise lack for quality sit-down choice.

Cleo is part of the Disruptive Restaurant Group roster, a subsidiary of sbe that also includes The Bazaar by José Andrés, Hyde Kitchen + Cocktails, and Umami. That tends to mean big things, as this 8,000 square foot Wendy Haworth-designed space with some 260 seats across a wide dining room and large patio can attest.

Chef Danny Elmaleh is working the wood-fired oven and stoves of Cleo, turning out share plate-style mezze and more, with a focus on lots of vegetables and an equally ample number of craft cocktails. You’ll also find flatbreads, kebabs, and a full breakfast menu can be found right this way.

Cleo is open now at LA Live near Staples Center, keeping hours from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with turns for breakfast, lunch, bar snacks, and dinner.

Cleo at LA Live
800 W. Olympic
Los Angeles, CA