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“Great service, good food and good ambience ”
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Ranked #51 of 1,235 Restaurants in Miami Beach
Price range: US$15 - US$30
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Named OpenTable's "50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S.", Cleo, is pleased to announce its newest location in the heart of South Beach at The Redbury Hotel. Cleo captures the vibrancy of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, where new yet familiar flavors are enhanced by worldly charm. The award- winning Chef Danny Elmaleh takes you on a culinary adventure, adapting his original Cleo menu with local South Beach ingredients. Enjoy delicious shareable plates, mezzes, flatbreads and hand crafted cocktails in a warm and intimate yet energetic atmosphere.
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

We were really excited to find this place. After days of eating burgers and pizzas. It was a great change to give us some middle eastern flavours.

Positives first. Service is top class. Even though the place was quite packed, the staff was attentive. They explained the dishes well if you are new to the cuisine. Our lamb kebab order was late by 30mins or so, do they offered to take it off our bill on their own. Which was really nice gesture.
The music, ambience is all great too.

Food: here we had a mix feel. Some hits and some misses. Over all we’re left wanting for more. It could be that we have tried middle eastern food at several places and are quite fond of same and therefore really high standards. We ordered the following:

1. Hummus which was paired with rustic bread (the bread was quite nice though consistency of hummus was too thick and chunky,flavours were good)

2. Babagannoush with bread was quite nice again.

3. Cerviche: cold fish in coconut lemon sauce which my husband and daughter really enjoyed and loved. It was Fresh and delicious.

4. Chicken tagine. This was the let down for us.. and actually something we had been looking forward to. Usual pairing of tagine is mostly with couscous but in this case it was fragrant basmati rice which was quite good. But the chicken was bland and flavourless. The dish on its own has no gravy/ sauce/ curry which usually is. It the case in tagine dishes as they come with some sauce to be had with rice/ couscous. We were quite disappointed with this one.

5. We also ordered a lam kofta (as mentioned earlier) it took about 30 mins to come by when we were done) it was cooked well it the salt was too much and didn’t taste that great.

It cost us about 106 USD so not cheap by any standards. That included a service charge of 18% which I think was fine given service was really the high light here.

Will I try again, may be..but will stick to small plates and hope they improve the tagine. It’s a lovely place Really with some great dishes. Hope they can get all of it right.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

This was the best food we had in South Beach and Brickel. we read the reviews for many restaurants before selecting this one. We made the right choice. the best lamb i have ever had. the Moroccan lamb tinge dish and lamb shawarma, excellent. the cigar sticks were good as well (3 was not enough for tapas. but they were still awesome!) . Also, the babaganoush was great; the chef was creative with this dish and it was a home run. The waiter Luis was pleasant, attentive, and the best waiter in Miami!

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

On first view this restaurant does not look that inviting - a little tired, if had walked past would prob not have stopped but as was recommended we had booked.
I was so wrong -it is excellent. Attentive knowledgeable service, all freshly cooked ingredients (no freezer) and fabulous food. And the cocktails - sensational.
A must.

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Gillyjump
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Reviewed March 28, 2018

While in Miami on a business trip and at the recommendation of a friend, I had the pleasure of dining at Cleo. My server Leonardo was fantastic - prompt service, knows the menu very well, and his friendly personality definitely added to the experience. He recommended the Brussels sprouts, which I loved. Cocktails were a little pricey, but worthwhile. I'll definitely return to Cleo next time I'm in town.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

For my mom’s birthday we went to Cleo and tried the best dip lebane ever! The rack of lamb was also so delicious. Our server Leo was very friendly and made great recommendations. Overall a great experience. We will definitely be back!

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank César V
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