About Areal Restaurant
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Areal is set in a comfortable atmosphere near the beach with a large outdoor patio, a dining room, and a lounge/bar. A light and flavorful seasonally driven menu is offered along with a wood-burning oven that is used for artisan pizzas. We are a farm-to-plate restaurant who practices sustainability in everything we can.
Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm;
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Join us for 'Whiskey Wednesdays" every week we feature some of the best Blue Grass, New Orleans Jazz, Folk and Blues while sipping on one of our Master Mixologist Adam Fournier's Whisky Creations. We feature a different Spirit every week.
Sunday & Tuesday evenings enjoy the patio with guitar virtuoso Josh Balbien.
Let Areal Restaurant bring the party to your house. We strive to bring the same dining experience we provide here at the restaurant to all our outside events.
We have a lot next door that we validate and there is plenty of public parking.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Areal Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I can't honestly say the restaurant was bad. But the service was terrible. I made a reservation about three hours before hand. Once I arrived I was informed that there weren't any meals being prepared because of some special even. The staff never tired to contact me about that. All I was told was that there would be a limited menu, which I was ok with. Otherwise a bad experience when the staff neglect to inform you about exclusive events that will not allow entry.
We all four loved the delicious food. The patio is attractive and enclosed, with heaters and blankets available. It was quiet when we arrive at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, but when we left at 7:30 the noise level was high because there was live music and dancing.
The only thing that brought the experience down was that our waiter gave us the bill before we were done ordering as though he wanted us to leave. We were going to order more food and dessert, but we decided to just leave instead. Other than that, the experience was nice. It was likely not the waiter's fault, but it took awhile for our drinks to come too.
Hos test was incredibly rude. Service was incredibly slow for only maybe six tables. When I asked for the wifi I was told different reasons by two different people; it doesn't work and I can't give it out.
The hostess was rude from the beginning. Folded napkins and took a phone knowing I was standing there waiting to be helped. Told her I had a reservation. In a very snarky tone, "um we do not take reservations before 4." "Perhaps your owner Shiism speak with OpenTable as it allows for reservations well before then."
I will never go back to this Areal despite throwing friends baby showers there and having Areal be apart of our bar crawls. Way better service just about anywhere else.
An interesting restaurant that has abundant outdoor dining space and open to the indoor dining area so the indoor tables do not feel closed in. From the website I mistakenly thought it would be a quiet dining spot but it is located right at a busy corner (lots of parking in the back) with much foot and vehicle traffic around. If I had been looking for a more energetic feel with live music (we were there for Sunday dinner), it would have been great. The food was fine and good portions.
I havent been to Areal in eons. The food has greatly improved and we enjoyed our server immensely. The restaurant was gracious enough to take back a pizza one of the kids ended up not eating/liking. This has now made it onto the list for regular rotation for us. I plan to come back soon, and often.
If you remember World Café, you will notice how not much has changed, in terms of ambience, décor and food quality, which is good (except for the food part). The food is not horrible, it's just not great, however it is fairly priced, so the restaurant is a good choice when you want to have a nice night out in a good atmosphere and not spend too much money.
We ate a very good dinner here, but my memories of this night are of an incident that the restaurant handled amazingly well. A man and a woman were dining at a table and the woman went to the bathroom. A diner at the next table saw the man put something in the woman's drink. She notified a waitress, who told her manager and the woman in the bathroom. She came back to her table and acted like she knew nothing, while the restaurant called the police. We left as the police arrived to question the man, and safely escort her home. It was the most amazing thing and it really takes a village to keep everyone safe!
Met a friend here who I hadn't seen in years so we obviously spent a bunch of time catching up. We were never rushed or pressured which I really appreciate. Our server was attentive without being pushy and was ready with suggestions when we couldn't make up our minds. Food was tasty and I enjoyed sitting in the courtyard.
We are from Chicago and spend the winters in Santa Monica. Last year we love Areal
This year we were very disappointed
Last year we found it romantic looking. This year we ate inside and they had chairs stacked in
The corner in the main dining room. The corner of the dining room looked awful
Food wasn't very good
Bar/ding outside was full. Maybe they just don't care about the inside dining room
This is the first review I have ever written for a restaurant.
To bad it had to be negative
We were sorry we suggested and took are friends there
Went here for New Year's Eve pre-drinking dinner with some friends, saw their beautiful white party decorations and had a very nice time. Prices were very fair for the location and because we were about an hour or so before their prix fix menu setting, we were in and out very quickly, service was tremendously fast! We'll be going again for sure
Areal is a great spot, with consistently great food. Everything on their menu is great and really can feel comfortable ordering what you want. The bar scene is usually pretty good and vibrant. Great place to stop by have a few drinks, enjoy what Santa Monica has to offer and enjoy the awesome weather. They have a great patio for groups and the menu really caters to just that as you can share most of the items.
I can't say I've ever visited Areal for the food.... but I did love the atmosphere, the string lights & dining outside.
Areal was one of my "go-to's" for last minute reservations & outdoor dining on a nice night. Having lived in Santa Monica for years, I've been to Areal more times than I can count on four hands.
The first disappointment was when they limited their happy hour to indoor bar dining....even when the outside was empty.
The second disappointment has been lack luster food. Lame Caesar, weak/spongy pizza & possibly one of the worst "hand crafted" spicy margaritas I've had.
The final & ultimate offenses was the service. I asked if they had any specials. He said no but they had two soups, one being a clam chowder. My boy friend ordered said clam chowder. 10-15 minutes later when our salads are served he comes back to say they are out of the clam chowder.....how did you take an order for something you're out of? No apology or gesture....fine.
But our waiter didn't check on our table for more than 20 minutes. More than 10 minutes into the twenty I asked the busser to please send our waiter over....another 10 minutes later I got up & walked towards him & asked him to send us our check. Believe it or not, against our better judgement we were going to try & order a different cocktail, but after 20+ we couldn't wait to get out of there & give someone else our money.
The waiter did not apologize or make any gesture to right the wrong. He meekly brought the check, as if his tail were between his legs, & left. The manager was also next to spineless. I calmly explained that though I'd never been overly impressed with their food, I'd been back countless times because of the atmosphere. I explained the lack of service & lackluster cocktails & disappointing food was a trifecta I didn't find excusable. he replied with "& we're not even busy..." Ya no kidding. He made no effort to explain, make the wrong right, etc.
As such I won't be back. Bad business.
The food was not good. So sorry. We started with the tuna tartar, it looked good but the tuna was not very fresh still edible. The bacon wrapped dates with goat cheese was sitting in a pool of honey, not enough contrast sweet on sweet. We had the pork chop, and a burger (usually a safe choice.) The burger on a brioche bun was good not great but good. The pork chop was not. I have never sent back a dish (even if it is not cooked the way I order it) but it was not edible. We ordered it medium, it was well done and so tough the steak knife they gave us could barely cut through it. It was sitting on a pile of vegetables that were supposed be potatoes, and brussel sprouts, but there was something incredibly bitter in the mix. The server was great he took it back and asked if we would like something else. Desserts were OK. The creme brulee was a bit broken the texture was grainy. The coffee was very good.
Great restaurant ! We were looking for city dinning with lots of atmosphere ,somewhere we could dine with young friends that we had not seen in awhile. Areal was over and above our expectations. WE had a fantastic dinner out on the patio.Troy waited on us ,we could not pick a better person . this man made our night. We finished our night inside at the whiskey bar ,it"s real quaint with a fantastic band . This restaurant put everyone in a Great mood .
I looked like a real star picking this place , This is now my new go to place in Santa Monica.
We took a 3 year old to eat here and we're very pleased with the menu choices and attentive service.
The outdoor courtyard dining was perfect ,lovely when it was light out and well lit and warm in the dark.
The burgers were cooked just right and the lobster mac and cheese deliciously rich!
I come here a lot bc I live nearby and I like the vibe. The food concepts are GREAT... But the execution is somewhat half-assed, unfortunately. Overcooked octopus and soggy squash blossoms. Attempts at a flavor profile that I can tell would be incredible if only the kitchen staff were trained well/cared. The music where the high-tops are is impossibly loud. However, I do choose to go to Areal and sit in that area for the vibe. I love the patio when the sun is out. Again, food is pretty disappointing and service is unimpressive, but I love being somewhere on Main st that's so airy and bustling.
We were excited with the menu online and then found that they only had a buffet which frankly had some great dishes as well, however was not what we expected.
Our Father like many is up in years and having to get up for his meal and the configuration of the outside dining made it tough on our entire party.
Certainly give the staff an A+ and as mentioned my Salmon Benedict tasted great (but their was no traditional benedict available).
Came to Areal for the first time for Mother's day with my mom, boyfriend, and toddler. The food was fantastic! Great variety of food, healthy, a little more indulgent, kid friendly, vegetarian friendly. They constantly rotated the food to ensure freshness, which I appreciated. The waitress we had was very attentive while it was a busy brunch and in between I saw her constantly rolling silverware! I would come back in a heart beat.
Delightful outdoor venue with a sufficient selection of small plates and attentive service. Quiet enough to have a conversation. Unfortunately the quality of the cooking doesn't measure up to the setting. For example, ceviche had large chunks of fish that were tough, perhaps due to insufficient time in the marinade, as well as flavorings that were off balance, and the creme brulee was grainy rather than creamy. Very generous on portion size. I would definitely return, but I wouldn't expect great food.
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