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Xiomara on Melrose
Xiomara on Melrose

Xiomara on Melrose Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.xiomararestaurant.com
  • Phone: (323) 461-0601
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm: closed on Sundays (Except Mother's Day and Father's Day)

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Tapas / Small Plates, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Xiomara Ardolina
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Xiomara on Melrose offers full service catering from simple delivery to full service event planning.
  • Private Party Facilities: Xiomara offers two lovely private spaces suitable for either business events or intimate social gatherings. Our Petite Salon seats twenty, while the Mezzanine can accommodate fifty guests. The rooms may be combined for larger parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Xiomara Ardolina (323) 461-0601
  • Special Events & Promotions: We are offering a special three course dinner for Valentine's Day for $65.00 per person.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seward
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available in front of the entrance. There is also limited street parking available.
A word from Xiomara on Melrose
California Cuban Cuisine in a comfortable setting. Our cuisine is fresh, innovative, flavorful and carefully prepared. Xiomara personally visits the local farmer's markets to obtain the freshest ingredients.

Due to popular demand we have added several of the favorite dishes from our old Nuevo Latino Menu to our incredible California Cuisine Menu. The current menu offers the best of California Cuisine with a Cuban twist. Seating is appropriate for intimate dinners or large parties.

Not to be missed is our famous Mojito some refer to as the best mojito in Los Angeles. This signature drink features cane juice squeezed fresh at the bar!

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Always a great meal and service. The ambiance is wonderful and they get the sound and music right."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Fantastic service, great food, good time. On our way to the Greek Theater and had an early dinner. The experience at Xiomara combined with the great show gave us one of the more pleasant evenings we'd had in a while. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Several in my party opted for the DineLA week menu. I had a Caesar Salad, Pepper Crusted Salmon on spinach w/mashed potatoes, and a tres leches cake. Everything was delicious! The ambiance is lovely with the high ceilings and great music. This is a great place if you want to have a leisurely dinner to catch up with friends or have a date that you don't want to end. Service is friendly but the food is somewhat slow coming out. I definitely recommend the restaurant and look forward to returning."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We hadn't been for awhile and enjoyed our dinner. Focused on the Cuban items - pork hash and the chile risotto. Both very good"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The ceilings are high, the decor is beautiful and the servers are extremely welcoming and accommodating. Sweet potato croquettes were delicious and so was the mushroom and burrata crostini. The corn crusted fish was amazing but not terribly fresh."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I dine here quite often and tend to gravitate towards my usual fave dishes. This time I went for the (always changing) lunch special -- and I'm really going to have to do that more often because this was sooo not your typical "salad with grilled chicken"; it was exquisite, artistic, delicious perfection!!!!!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Birthday celebration for my dear Stephens College classmate & friend... Play: SHUFFLE ALONG @ nearby Hudson Theatre. Dinner: Xiomara. Play good. Dinner great! Xiomara was welcoming - decor, linens, glassware, flatware. Servers: polished, polite, professional. Food: sensational, sumptuous, sensual, satisfying! I've dined at "fine" restaurants all over the country, world, Xiomara is my favorite in Los Angeles!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Having recently been away for over two months, I was so happy to be back in LA and to return to my fave dining spots including Xiomara. In fact this was my second day in a row for lunch there. This time I tried the Fish Tacos for a change from my usual oh so yummy Wild Mushroom Rock Shrimp and Truffle Oil Risotto. The Tacos were quite delicious. I was very glad to see that the big TV was gone at last, thank you! Now it's just lovely art/photos on the walls. Perfect!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Xiomara is a lovely example of what's so great about living in LA. Not your typical "scene", just exquisite food and service in a delightful setting that somehow leaves me feeling restored and gently uplifted. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Great food and wonderful flavors. Excellent service!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Went on a Wednesday night and there were just two other tables of diners. Ordered a selection of appetizers figuring we could sample a range of items. The interior is nice -- romantic. But the lack of patrons dropped the energy level to sleepy. It took at least 30 minutes before any food arrived at the table. Once half of the appetizers arrived, the wait began again. By this time there was just one other table. 20 minutes maybe? I notified our server and he indicated that he was waiting for us to finish the first set of appetizers. I indicated that I would like all of the food now. He brought it out right away, but that it wasn't served when it was ready struck me as unusual. The food was okay."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We loved this place. The food was delicious and reasonably priced, with good portions. The waitstaff was very attentive. But it was nearly empty on a Friday evening. I don't get it. We'll be back when we need to be in the Hollywood area."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We ate there about 3 times when it was in Pasadena. We now have a daughter in LA again and so we made the hour trek. Tuesday night; only 3 groups so it was empty and quiet. Pretty restaurant. The chef took his time; we arrived at 7 pm and the entrees were served at 8 pm. My delicious Cuban chicken and rice dish was called roasted chicken with saffron rice. The special of swordfish was delicious but at $34 is was high compared with other entrees. My daughter had a poblano risotto entree and my hubby his tamal appetizer and liked it. I liked my heirloom tomato/avocado salad more than my daughter liked her butter lettuce. High $ wine list. Mango sherbet was not very mango-y but guava sherbert was delicious. Valet parking is $7 plus tip. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "A neighborhood gem is a very good way to describe Xiomara on Melrose. The food is excellent and the service is always great."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food was good, the waitstaff attentive, and the ambience charming. Very cozy setting and easy to holds conversation."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The waiters were really bad; on their phones all night. So, I called the owner and she was extremely nice and offered to have me come in for another night but when I called to tell her when I would like to come in there has been no response. That was two months ago. A shame because it is a great location and nice place...."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Excellent food, drinks and service. A great pre-Pantages meal."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A beautiful restaurant with an exotic feel, unobtrusive and gracious service, and we all loved the special--grilled romaine and half chicken and heirloom tomatoes."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Xiomara is a really lovely restaurant with very good food. It's a place where you can enjoy good conversation with your companion & at the same time have a delicious meal. The room is beautiful, the service attentive without being overbearing. It's a favorite."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We arrived to a restaurant with only a few guests dining. The waitstaff was very polite, but service extremely slow. I don't know if the kitchen was still in prep mode, or what. We had a show to get to, so I'm glad we had an early reservation giving us plenty of time. My wild mushroom risotto w/ shrimp was OUTSTANDING...it's one of those dishes I know I'll be craving in the future. My husband had pasta w/ meat sauce which he felt was outstanding as well. Our salad w/ a lemon vinaigrette, a bit too sour for my taste. Homemade ice cream tasted more like ice milk, again, not something I'd recommend. Although the salad & dessert were not to my liking, the main course was so unforgettable, so I can't knock off a star in the rating."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The first time I was there I had the salmon which was unbelievable. Cooked to perfection. The second time I had the short ribs which were so tender and so flavorful. Great atmosphere, beautiful decor, great background music and overall just a great place to dine."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went for V-day. Food was excellent I had the swordfish my girl had the Paeya (sp). Worst thing about the place was the seating as it just felt too cramped we sat by the window and in the attempt to pull the chair out we realized it touched the window before the arms of the chair left from under the table. The waiter was somewhat cool in the beginning he seemed highly attentive but as the night closed didnt see him as much. The bartender know his stuff forgot what as ordered but my girl said it was great. Pricing is pretty fair. Highly recommended for those that want a little romantic setting. Most definitely a $100+ outing"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "the food its outstanding and the service like no other wow!!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. The ambiance of old Havana is warm and inviting, the chef is remarkable and the drinks are terrific. A definite recommend."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Looking for a quiet place with a creative kitchen to spend a couple of hours catching up with out of town friends, Xiomara came to mind. It was perfect. It was quiet and conducive to conversation. We shared a number of appetizers and a main course and all were well prepared and presented."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food was good but not spectacular. The atmosphere is really nice. It's a place in which to linger a bit."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Went on a Friday night. It's a pleasant place although we sat upstairs where the celings are low so the noise level was a little higher than I like. Overall food was good - well prepared. Service, however, was not so good. Its not that the service staff was bad (there were not) it just seemed like there were not enough servers for the number of diners. We were in a bit of a time clock but still didn't get out of there under two hours. It took almost an hour before out apetizers got to the table. I might try them again to see if I have a different experience but overall just a moderate rating."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Never before have I received such horrible service. The owner of this place should be ashamed. I'll never go back and I'll never speak positively of this place to anyone."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Went there on a Friday night on a whim during restaurant week. Food was excellent, although the appetizers could be a little bigger proportioned. The specialty cocktails were good as well. Definitely try the Mango Mojito, my girl loved it. Great service would definitely eat there again."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Reserved a table not really knowing what to expect and left very satisfied with our last minute choice. Pork belly was crispy on the outside, soft and moist, full of flavor within. Highlight dish was the paella, plentiful adornment of tasty seafood. The salmon and steak were well received as both plates were left spotless. Everyone enjoyed the tres leches cake served with coffee ice cream. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "A warm and welcoming experience; a charming, helpful and thoughtful staff; excellent swordfish, delicious ricotta; tantalizing deserts; I even had a second espresso. All at a reasonable price, too! I look forward to returning to exploring more of the menu."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Xiomara is the most under appreciated restaurant in LA. I don't' get why it's not packed! The food is always outstanding, it's got the best mojito in town, made from fresh pressed sugar cane! The cubano nuevo salad is my favorite salad, anywhere, Avocado mixed with cilantro and lemon toped with marinated chunks of tomato, a deconstructed guacamole. Served with heirloom tomato slices drizzled with an amazing herb dressing. The veggies taste fresh picked from the garden in January. I tried the chicken the other night. Simply roasted served atop a saffron risotto. My new favorite chicken in town! I've had the mussels, the hanger steak, the burger, the ceviche. It is all amazing. Top quality ingredients cooked with finesse and love!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Upscale Cuban influenced menu. Started with the ceviche which was fresh and served with long spoons in a martini glass. The soup du jour was a light and tasty sweet potato puree. Very pleasing. The hot and fresh from the terrine lamb shank was so succulant the meat jumped off the bone and melted in my mouth. The Ceasar salad was fresh and crisp and served with "Boquerones" also called "White Anchovies" which are far less salty, fishy or overpowering as the oily standard ones most places use. Love their mojitos made from fresh ground sugar cane stalks served in uniquely tilted tall boy glasses. Nice jazz standards playing and flattering lighting/ambience. Not crowded week nights. Looking fwd. to returning. Recommend highly!"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Good quality food, well presented and a server that was well-versed on the various dishes. Sangria did not meet expectations, we had a good value for the quality of food and service"
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Their Mushroom Crostini is killer; as is the Rock Shrimp/Wild Mushroom/Truffle Oil Risotto; as is everything else that I've ever had on their menu! Soooo good!!!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "We've followed Xiomara from her restaurant in Pasadena to the current location on Melrose. On all our special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries) we always go there. We've had several large parties at both locations, and it's always a wonderful experience. Thank you, Xiomara. Sheila & Fritz Glaser"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "The food is always good, but this is a Cuban restaurant. Need some Cuban ambiance. Always a relaxing place for dinner. Would have liked to try some more authentic type Cuban food, especially desserts"
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "Every time we dine here we're amazed that we don't come back more frequently. There are many restaurants to dine at in Los Angeles but this is a restaurant that deserves multiple visits. From food and service to ambience it has it all. What are you waiting for. Go!"
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "The food was amazing! I am not a dessert person but with the DIneLA menu it comes with a dessert so I got the cheesecake, OMG it was the best darn cheesecake I've had in a long time!!! They have cantaloupe mojito that my friend loved & it came in a leaning glass lol We will defintely come back"
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "We choose this restaurant because it was a highly recommended Caribbean Place. We didn't see any of that so it was disapointed. The restaurant was fine with great food, but we expected something else."
    Dined on 7/10/2013