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Areal Restaurant
Areal Restaurant

Areal Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://arealrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@arealrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (310) 392-1661
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Ben Diaz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: 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.
  • Entertainment: Every Wednesday night come down for some of the best Blue Grass west of the mississippi with "The Get Down Boys".

    Sunday evenings enjoy the patio with guitar virtuoso Josh Balbien.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ashland
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a lot next door that we validate and there is plenty of public parking.
A word from Areal Restaurant
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "we were in town on business and had a really good experience here --- we were a group of 10 and 6 were kids (12-18) and everyone had a really great night."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "One would assume having a reservation for brunch would get you a nice little table for two on the patio for brunch. Unfortunately the host desk was manned by two very scared looking teens who were getting bullied by impatient guests (who I assume did not have reservations)."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We celebrated a friend's birthday here on Friday night and had a lovely time. We started with happy hour drinks and apps, which are an amazing deal. They came promptly and were all delicious -- my favorite were the squash blossoms and truffle mac and cheese. Then we ordered some salads and more cocktails. The bill was so reasonable, and the service was great. They even brought a cake slice and sang to our friend. I would definitely recommend this lovely patio restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We have been here several times, in fact, we held our son's rehearsal dinner here some months ago. We've not been disappointed. The food is a mix of traditional and novel, healthy and some comfort foods. Beers and wines are great. It's usually fairly busy so don't hesitate to make a reservation."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Nothings better than a warm spring day in Santa Monica with some buddies have a drink at Areal. Lively & fun with an open air atmosphere. Locals galore and very attractive ones at that! Great food and wine ;)"
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "We had a 12:30pm reservation, were seated at 1pm. Ordered by 1:15. Our food arrived around 2:30! The poor waiter was beside himself as none of his tables' food was being completed in a timely manner. By the time our food arrived, at least 4 tables had left having grown tired of waiting. Each time a new group was seated, other disgruntled diners were telling them how long they had waiters and at least 3 tables of newly seated guests left within five minutes of arriving. Our waiter was offering us drinks,but how much can you drink without food? There were a few very large groups seated outside and clearly they had overwhelmed the kitchen, indicating either under-staffing or very poor planning."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a great brunch minus the fact that the food took forever to come out. By the time we got the food we devoured it in about 4 minutes. The food was delicious and came out hot. We just wish 45 minutes earlier..."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My husband and I wanted a romantic dinner with great ambiance, healthful menu choices and not outrageously expensive- we got all of this and so much more at Areal. And let me add: Bacon-wrapped dates!!!! Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I would never ever go back to this restaurant. It was my first and last time I will go. Poor service ... our wine arrived after our dinner was finished. The food was very very mediocre and took WAY TOO LONG to get your food. The waitress told us it was her first day at the job and it showed. She was confused the whole time and the whole order was screwed up. The food tasted terrible and the heaters were cranked so high I thought I was going to melt!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "bring your coat even if you are inside. It was cold and uncomfortable.."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Made reservations for 5 for Sunday brunch. My friend has a 6 month old baby and they had high-chairs and were kid friendly. Mimosas were delicious and the waiter was on point with refilling our glasses! Plus he was super energetic which was really great and inviting especially since it was our first time here. Food took awhile to get to the table but since it was Sunday we didn't mind...had time to talk/relax. Loved it and can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Food is outstanding, and great selection of draught beers. Unfortunately, noise level is very high (loud music, echoing) so probably not the best place to choose for a quiet conversation."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Nothing really exceptional to write about...food was just OK. The server was just OK. He didn't really know the menu when asked about an entree. He actually had to look at the menu. No specials and we were there on a Saturday night! Wouldn't recommend this restaurant and probably wouldn't go back. Lot's of other really good restaurants on Main St. Don't bother..."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We go there maybe once a year since it was still called World Cafe because it's in a very convenient location. Unfortunateley nothing has changed since the World Cafe days. The patio is nice but the service is always super slow, you have to ask for everything twice and on top of it the waiters have a attitude. The food is mediocre at best."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "What a great open restaurant, If you do not want outdoors then sit inside. the food is awesome. Off center with a interesting twist! the service is delightful and friendly friendly friendly. the fact if you have a dog bring along. It is just friendly all around.. the coffee is great and they have water in jelly jars. really great "beach" feel,"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "On vacation in Santa Monica and decided to try Areal because of its appealing patio area. We were very pleased with our food and friendly service. Looking forward to visiting Areal again."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Not my first time at and food-wise, I typically go in with low expectations knowing that the atmosphere is slightly better than what you'll find on Main Street. In this case, the food and service were awful. Started with cheese and charcuterie plates. They came out with 4 pieces of bread and we immediately asked for more. After 4 more requests (no joke) and 30 mins, another 4 pieces of bread arrived. I ordered salad and steak frites. The salad arrived and a min later, entrees arrived. All the food was too salty, and I like salt. One friend in the group had fries that were hard/cold, almost inedible. The manager came to our table and was receptive to feedback, but that doesn't change the fact that the food/service were horrendous."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Tis is our go to beach place in Santa Monica!! no it is not on the beach but fresh air and a wonderful walk on Main Street is beach enough.. If you think sand no no no but great food friendly staff and fun lively spot.. Brunch is always wonderful on week ends and for the drinkers.. Way to go add $10. And all the mimosas you want.. The fried chicken and waffles OMG.. Everything is just yummy and different.. The water even is in different glasses then norm... Fun try"
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "The menu is much improved and appealing. There should be more choices on the happy hour menu that aren't fried. Excellent service throughout and and nice, light interior space."
    Dined on 7/19/2013