Xiomara, a restaurant where pork belly and duck confit are served against a backdrop of a giant mirrored bar sign reading “La Casa del Mojito,” has struck the perfect balance between upscale dining and unpretentious digs. The sexy main space and cool upstairs loft has a new executive chef, too— Michael Reed—who has turned the Nuevo Latino cuisine of Cuban-born owner Xiomara Ardolina into his own classic Californian menu of local ingredients—all to great critical acclaim. Hence, beer-battered tiger prawns pick up some flair from jalapeño and aioli, while a black-bean croqueta spices up a dish of pepper-crusted salmon. And if mojitos aren’t your thing, the wine list has some well-priced bottles from vineyards throughout the world.

sweet seats

Scared of missing the game? Sit at the bar and dine while watching on the flat screen. Looking for something more intimate? The second floor loft is cozy and elegant.

chew on this

The secret to great mojitos? Fresh cane juice, which is here made in a big beautiful cane press that sits regally on the bar.


lunch: Mon.–Fri. 11:30 AM–3 PM
dinner: Mon.–Thurs. 5 PM–10 PM; Fri.–Sat. 5 PM–12 midnight
closed Sunday

price range

$19 (seared salmon) to $21 (braised veal cheeks)