Permanently Closed - Xiomara on Melrose

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Modern 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.

Seating is appropriate for intimate dinners or large parties. Not to be missed is our famous mojito - often ranked the best mojito in Los Angeles. This signature drink features cane juice squeezed fresh at the bar!

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4.4
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SM
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food at Xiomara is delicious, a flavor party for the month. Especially enjoyed the sweet potato croquettes, Chilean Sea Bass and Pork Hash. And to top it off, the Chocolate bread pudding soufflé was prepared to perfection and great to share among 2-4 people. Xiomara is a best kept secret, a neighborhood gem. This place should be packed every night!

AJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Unfortunately I have a garlic allergy and everything at Xiomara is cooked with garlic. We had a great Mojito and had to leave without having dinner. We recently moved into the Hollywood area and were very excited to dine at Xiomara. I wish chefs could be more creative and cook without garlic. Garlic kills the flavor of everything else on the plate! The drinks were great and the restaurant looks incredible.

S
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent dinner. Excellent service. Lovely evening.

K
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely spot! We had dinner outside. Delicious food and a wonderful experience.

VM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I tried this place for the the first time because it offered 1000 OT points. I was not disappointed! I have been back a few times since. The food here is some of the best upscale cuban food I have had in LA! It's much lighter then most other places. I don't know why it has been pretty empty the last two times I have gone. I think people just don't know about it. It is a bit on the pricer side for cuban but well worth it! Service was great too! I will definitely go back. I hope others give it a try.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was alright... not that great, was looking for a good steak and on yelp showed this great presentation of ribeye or mignon and the only one in the menu was skirt steak and was good but not amazing. Ceviche was good but the salmon I ordered was over cooked and taste was just ok. Not impressed... my date ordered a mojito as is the specialty of the house and my he said was not good. Disappointing... should had asked the bartender to try to make the mojito again but didn’t want to be that annoying person. I was referred by a friend to try the place as I’m always trying new restaurants.

DM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

When this restaurant first opened many years ago I lived down the street & frequented it often. I moved away 10 years ago & I just came back. FANTASTIC has been, & still is, this dining experience. We had a great time food & drink, plus the server really tried. Where else in L. A. Can you get a fresh squeezed cane juice Mojita? (Order it with dark rum for good taste & buzz). We definitely will come back.

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing. Food was really good too.

OT
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Food was tasty and the ambiance was perfect. Can’t wait to go back! The menu is so appetizing!!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food and drinks ! Great service!

KL
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went for my husband's birthday and it was great. The food was hot and very good; so was the mango jalapeno mojito.

TV
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

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.

P
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awsome food, great service, great neighborhood location....fun place

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful as always! Chic setting, the best service, and fare that is as beautiful as it is delicious!

G
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance, service was amazing! And the mojitos are original and perfect! Will be coming back again, soon.

L
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food is good considering it's Cuban cuisine on the west coast. Service is quite slow and the expense out-weighs the experience.

RB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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 :(

BV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food is amazing and the bartender made the most delicious spicy margs.

LD
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The service was very slow.

LM
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, unique menu choices, incredible bread sticks!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

ML
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem on Melrose!!! Great Cuban food, friendly first class service, you can have an actual conversation and the ambiance is beyond compare.

DM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

m
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food love the paella and my wife had the ropa vieja deliciosa, and the dessert 🍨 really good , love Xiomara’s

OT
Los Angeles
271 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

p
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The whole experience was exceptional. They went above and beyond to accommodate our party.

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

OT
Los Angeles
271 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New chef seems to be working out great. His new dishes include the branzino, and the grilled octopus -- both of which are BRILLIANT!

OT
Los Angeles
271 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!!

OT
Los Angeles
271 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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!

c
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

l
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food is good, but way too overpriced. Monitors are mediocre (definitely not the best in LA). Tres leches coffee cake was pretty good tho.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!