Phoenix’s new fish house and oyster bar, Little Cleo’s, recently opened at The Yard, 5632 N. 7th St., which also is home to Culinary Dropout. Both are part of the Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) group.

Little Cleo’s offers an assortment of affordable, fresh ocean fare (dinner only), and is committed to following the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Program, ensuring every catch served is fished or farmed in ways that promote healthy ocean eco-systems.

The menu includes small plates such as warm jars of truffle butter-poached king crab served with garlic bread. Classic items include sweet corn hush puppies, peel and eat shrimp and coastal New England clam chowder. Main dishes include a seasoned Loup de Mer with artichokes and lemon, and an undeniable “bouillabaisse” seafood stew complete with tomato, fennel and saffron.

Further distinguishing Little Cleo’s is the main attraction—the oysters—an ever-changing mix of West Coast delights. Seven to eight varieties of oysters will be available daily, displayed upon the stainless steel raw bar for all to see.

Little Cleo’s is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. No reservations are accepted. For more information visit


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