Do you like to dine out but prefer to go to non-chain restaurants? Do you prefer to dine in smaller, more intimate groups? Then, CLEO is for you. Our group was formed to support local independently owned restaurants. While events will often be held at ethnic restaurants, we will from time to time dine at more traditional, American-type restaurants. Chain restaurants with limited locations in the area may also figure into the rotation.

Our dinners will typically entail smaller, more intimate groups, around 8 to 10 diners. This allows for easy conversation and sometimes sharing of dishes for those open to that. We hope you'll discover some great new restaurants, revisit old favorites and make new friends along the way!

Please read our "About Us" page to learn more about how our group works and our no show policy. Also if you have any special dietary needs, please be sure to review the menu. The majority of the time we are able to provide a link to the menu in the invitation if the restaurant has one online.

We do ask that members be responsible for showing up to the dinner they RSVP'd for, but we also realize life happens and things happen at the last minute. If a member has 2 no shows, they will be removed from the group. A no show is defined as someone who has RSVP'd "yes" for the dinner, but does not change their RSVP, does not show up to the dinner, and does not provide any explanation or respond as to why they did not show. ****Because we do smaller dinners of 8 to 10 diners, please don't be discouraged if a dinner is full by the time you see it. If you think you can make it that night and want to go to that restaurant, please add yourself to the waiting list. One thing that is for certain, people's plans change. If you are on the waiting list, please note we have a manual waiting list. What this means is that when someone who is a yes RSVP and changes to a no, those on the waiting list will be emailed through Meetup that a spot is open. If you can make it, you'll need to change your RSVP to a yes. NOTE: Just like the dinners, the manual wait list is first come first served, so whoever responds the quickest will get the spot. Also keep in mind that someone could be browsing through or recently joined and see an opening and they could take the open spot, too.****

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