We made reservations about an hour after restaurant opened. It was the best ambiance ever. Nice, quiet, and the music playing in the background was enjoyable. Food was delicious. Even though the portions are not huge like other places, the quality overcame the portion. I would totally recommend this place
The service was amazing. Food was really good too.
Elegant, quiet ambiance...
DELICIOUS soup, appetizer, salad & amazingly flavorful fish dish for dinner AND thoughtful service staff, exactly as I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing time after time coming here. And already I’m looking forward to my next meal and experience.
Service was amazing. Food was tasty and the ambiance was perfect. Can’t wait to go back! The menu is so appetizing!!!
AMAZING food and drinks ! Great service!
We went for my husband's birthday and it was great. The food was hot and very good; so was the mango jalapeno mojito.
Having never been here even though we live nearby, we decided to give it a try and can early on a Friday night.
Having heard about their Mojito’s, a couple of us gave them a try.
While not the best Mojito I’d ever had, it was quite tasty as was the food.
I feel they could expand their menu options a bit, but overall everything was delicious.
Food and service was amazing. Waiter was working alone for a little while. He did a great job making sure we were taken care of. The food was delicious! We ordered a lot because we are from out of town and wanted to try everything!
Croquettes were so good. Light and flavorful. Paella was delicious! Tostones were simple and yummy!
The Daquiri was delicious, as was the mojito. However, the food was just ok and didn't knock my socks off. The waitstaff was lovely. However, the seating left a lot to be desired. We were shoved up against the stairwell (I literally couldn't lift my left arm) and the traffic was both distracting and loud. I don't know that we will go back.
awsome food, great service, great neighborhood location....fun place
Delightful as always! Chic setting, the best service, and fare that is as beautiful as it is delicious!
Food, ambiance, service was amazing! And the mojitos are original and perfect! Will be coming back again, soon.
The food is good considering it's Cuban cuisine on the west coast. Service is quite slow and the expense out-weighs the experience.
Waaaaaayyyyy overpriced. There is no need to charge $4.75 for a glass of iced tea!!!! The food was good but sooo expensive I couldn’t concentrate on my meal. What I did have was flavorful enough, but not extraordinary :(
Wonderful experience. Food is amazing and the bartender made the most delicious spicy margs.
The service was very slow.
Wonderful staff, unique menu choices, incredible bread sticks!
I love this place! It has put a creative twist on Cuban food. More sophisticated that your typical options for this type of delicious food. And more healthy Too! Great ambience and attentive service.
Hidden gem on Melrose!!! Great Cuban food, friendly first class service, you can have an actual conversation and the ambiance is beyond compare.
We loved this place. The ambiance was better than the pictures reflect it's low lit and has a date night romantic vibe. There is a beautiful bar and nice brick walls leading to a separate upstairs dining area - not sure what upstairs looks like but it looked cool from below! We got a few appetizers which were all good but I would particularly recommend the fried rice.. We had sweet potato croquettes that were good but not phenomenal and the pork belly which was more like a pork roast with a crispy edge. I liked the slaw that came with it more than the pork. Lastly we had the seafood paella and it was so bomb and loaded with seafood. Overall a great meal, great service and a great experience.
Great food love the paella and my wife had the ropa vieja deliciosa, and the dessert 🍨 really good , love Xiomara’s
The new chef is off to a fantastic start -- clearly passionate about his cuisine, and protective of its authenticity. That being said, he also has a great, flexible attitude and so far has been very accommodating but, importantly, with no loss of flair. Today's "not-your-usual-carrot-soup" was a surprisingly hot (as in spicy), and a fun taste adventure. The salmon, prepared with a couple of adjustments for my dietary "peculiarities", was perfection!
The whole experience was exceptional. They went above and beyond to accommodate our party.
The food was great the mojitos where ones of the best I've ever had the entrance and the main dish where impeccable I enjoyed the ambiance.
food was delicious. Lovely setting. Good service. Too damn quiet and empty. Do some advertising, and put on some music for crying out loud. You could hear a pin drop in there! Also, a bit cold temp for the ladies. Asked them to turn the AC down twice.
New chef seems to be working out great. His new dishes include the branzino, and the grilled octopus -- both of which are BRILLIANT!
The Sea bass was recently introduced onto the menu by the new chef, and it's fantastic! It's the whole fish served with Romesco sauce on the bottom, and a garlic - chili - olive oil concoction drizzled on top... Absolute genius! So good!!
It seems the heart breaking rumors of Xiomara's closure had been greatly exaggerated, lol. This was my first dine there since being mercifully disabused of said rumors, and I was thrilled to be back. The new chef has brought some interesting changes to the menu, but most of the old faves remain also. This visit I tried one of the new items, which was sea scallops topped with a preserved lemon preparation, and served on a bed of pureed eggplant. Different, alright; and the lemon struck me as a bit aggressive, but somehow it still felt like it hit the spot and was quite satisfying -- healthy, to boot. Service was as flawless as ever.
Although the food was slow to get to my friend and me, the wait staff and cooks did a wonderful job at making up for it and celebrating my best friends birthday with a dairy free dessert after paying attention to the things she ordered. Very thoughtful! The food was delicious and everyone was so nice! Overall we had a very good visit!
I love this restaurant. The setting is lovely, the food is delicious, the service is solicitous, the mojitos are to die for. You can actually have a conversation with your tablemates! I cannot praise it enough. It may be my favorite LA restaurant.
We loved the food, service, ambiance, music and Chef Jesus's visit to our table. Our guest and I found the mojito delicious. The gazpacho, pan roasted chicken with saffron risotto and crispy salmon were memorable. The coconut creme brûlée sealed the meal impeccably. We hope more people come to the restaurant!
Food is good, but way too overpriced. Monitors are mediocre (definitely not the best in LA). Tres leches coffee cake was pretty good tho.
My husband is Cuban so I took him here for dinner for his birthday. The food isn't traditional Cuban food but a variation of great flavors with a Cuban flair. He really enjoyed it and so did I. The service was friendly and great. We enjoyed the ambiance. We will definitely be back!
We went for an early dinner after leaving the Pantages. Our server was attentive and friendly. The food was delicious and my husband said the mojito was spot on. We will definitely be back.
One of our favorite places in the neighborhood. Great food, service and ambiance.
Delicious food and attention to detail. The staff was perfect and friendly. They should update the look of the restaurant though. Maybe more of an urban setting? Ditch the fine dining, white table cloth look. I'd go again though for the pork hash and perfect mojitos.
I lo9ve this restaurant! Everything about it is terrific. Food, decor, service--it is all outstanding. It is the last of the grownup restaurants where you can have a conversation over sophisticated, delicious food.
Beautiful, tasteful decor, ambiance, great menu and drinks, soft jazz and lighting, just a wonderful experience. Tucked into a quiet corner of busy Melrose Avenue, this is the ultimate place for catching up with a friend, a birthday celebration or anniversary, a quiet night out. Food is delicious and creative, staff is so friendly and the place has an old world feel, like you're in a different country. Highly recommend
Excellent service and the food was spectacular!!!... I love the Cuban fusion and the authentic taste!
Cuban Fried Rice was just like my mom's!!!...
Definitely wasn't one of the memorable valentine's menus i have ever had. Overpriced for what was served, had to ask for bread/chips for a very watered ceviche (wouldn't have been an issue it it wasn't so watery), had to ask for water, candle was brought to the table halfway through the first course. Service was ehhh... The guy had a good attitude but wasn't very attentive, and it wasn't only him as I overheard other couples saying the same thing. At best this was a $40-$50 prefix, definitely not worth $70. Only think I would come back for is the mojito.