5 Great Hollywood Restaurants to Hit Before the Clubs

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Tue, May 14, 2013 at 8:44 AM

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click to enlarge Grilled Octopus - ERIN LYALL
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1. Cleo:

This Mediterranean restaurant, helmed by chef Danny Elmaleh, is a sultry addition to the increasingly hip Hollywood & Vine intersection. Cleo anchors the lobby of The Redbury Hotel (both are run by sbe), and is as sexy as it gets -- all curtains and candles and mirrors -- the kind of moody light that makes everyone look good. But it's not just pretty: The menu is long and the food is stellar. You can start with any number of Middle Eastern dips (baba ganoush, feta and yogurt, hummus), served with a charred flatbread that's as light as it is addictive. Salads are inventive and fresh, including a spring-y Green Goddess with radish, new peas and fennel. It's all mezze-sized, so dig into the grilled octopus with tahini. Grab lamb, chicken and beef kebabs, vegetables straight out of the wood-burning oven, or one of the five kinds of flatbread. The food is reasonably-priced for this part of town -- you can feed two people for about $50 -- but beware of the cocktails. They're yummy, but at $15 a piece, they can add up. 1717 Vine St., Hollywood; (323) 962-1711.

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