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  • Xiomara restaurant on Melrose features local, seasonal and fresh modern Cuban cuisine
  • Modern Cuban Cuisine
  • Fusion of Modern Cuban and California fresh flavors
  • contemporary recipes and original ethnic cuban flavor

Join us for the best of MODERN CUBAN CUISINE

Greetings & Welcome!

Xiomara on Melrose is a beautiful, fine dining restaurant serving Modern Cuban Cuisine. A neighborhood favorite, we’re conveniently located near Hancock Park, Larchmont, West Hollywood and Hollywood (get directions).

When I opened Xiomara on Melrose in 2002, my menu offered Nuevo Latino cuisine and included many traditional Cuban dishes that were popular at my Pasadena restaurant. Now, my menu is Modern Cuban Cuisine and incorporates the food cultures of old Cuba that were primarily shaped by the Chinese and Spanish who settled there. Today, with creativity in our kitchen and the availability of a variety of herbs, spices and fresh local produce, our traditional Cuban dishes are prepared using contemporary recipes and original ethnic flavors. Our menu items include paella, churrasco, ceviche, fried rice, charcuterie, pork hash, tamal, sea bass and, of course, the Cuban sandwich and black bean soup. All are prepared and presented in the style of Modern Cuban Cuisine.

While my restaurants have been reviewed by the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Pasadena Star, Jonathan Gold and Ruth Reichl, it was the 2010 review by Los Angeles Times food critic Irene Vrbila who offered this honest appraisal of Xiomara on Melrose: 

“Underneath it all is something ineffably Cuban, which comes out in the warm service, that buttery bread and at lunch the Cubano sandwich upgraded with Black Forest ham, slow-roasted pork and Swiss cheese.”

Xiomara on Melrose offers intimate dining, a charming Old Havana setting and cool jazzy background music. And yes, my famous Mojito is still my signature drink. I invite you to stop by, have a Mojito and enjoy lunch or dinner. We also offer a special bar menu from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Xiomara Ardolina
Owner and Executive Chef

Xiomara Ardolina, Owner and Executive Chef at Xiomara on Melrose


Xiomara Ardolina is proud of contributing to and shaping the rich and diverse landscape of restaurants in the Los Angeles area


award-winning mojito


Our signature drink served in a leaning glass and made with fresh squeezed sugar cane juice, fresh lime juice, mint and rum




Modern Cuban cuisine means traditional dishes using contemporary recipes, original ethnic flavors and fresh local produce