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Sceney Mediterranean Restaurant Cleo Returns to Hollywood After Closing Last Year

The pan-Mediterranean favorite comes back to its original post

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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.

Good news for fans of Mediterranean flavors and stiff drinks: Cleo is coming back to Hollywood. Following a protracted shutdown lasting over a year, the restaurant is reopening to the world on Monday with a new look and updated menu.

Cleo first announced its closure in Hollywood early last year, and then came news that the London-based private H Club was taking over the entire building where Cleo resides. The club hired chef Kris Morningstar, hinting that the entire food and beverage within the building would move private. Not so, it seems, as Cleo will reopen Monday will full access to the public, unlike the rest of the building.

So what can one expect with the new-look restaurant? There’s the same mezze-style menu, of course, including raw bar selections and loads of cooked seafood, including a squid ink paella. The SBE team performed a major overhaul of the space, with seating for 120 diners both inside and out.

The return of Cleo Hollywood adds to the company’s expansive offerings elsewhere, including Cleo locations in Kuwait, South Beach, Las Vegas, and beyond. There’s also a Cleo over on West Third Street, though the outlet at L.A. Live closed back in 2018.

Cleo Hollywood. 1717 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA.