Areal Restaurant
Areal Restaurant

Areal Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://arealrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3103921661x
  • 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, Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Areal Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (27)good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (16)great for brunch (14)great for lunch (13)fit for foodies (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (6)special occasion (4)romantic (2)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The happy hour prices made it great ( before 7 o'clock) Food & service were great.Jeff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had a quiet dinner with a friend for my birthday. Looks a lot more inviting than the previous restaurant that as in this location. Food & drinks were great. Attentive staff. Overall great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • casual and nice
    DespinaVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great happy hour menu and great service.Would only go back after work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful music
    SuprinaVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Great drinks. Food was a bit salty for me but it was very fresh. The Happy Hour specials were a great value. The BAND was a feast for the ears!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable afternoon
    JCCW
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I was at Areal Restaurant for a quiet afternoon lunch with a friend. The service was impeccable, the food was delish! The atmosphere was perfect for getting caught up with a friend. We sat outside with a slight breeze and warm sunshine. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and I look forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent happy hour
    JJJJVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    ..with a wide variety of items to choose from, gourmet items to pizza and wings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food and dim lights
    takem3out
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food was awesome. I ordered the salmon which was pan seared and i also had a mixed drink called a Lilly, that was refreshing. Great place to meet a new friend
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Areal--Great Saturday Night Spot
    Pbandj
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our time at Areal was relaxing but still came with a good energy. The Brussels sprouts were amazing--it was my main dish (I had a heap of the shrimp ceviche and lobster appetizer beforehand). My husband and our friend each got a pizza and weren't disappointed. They also made me a non-alcoholic version of a Moscow mule--what a treat! A number of celebratory groups were dining there on Saturday night and some folks brought their dogs (so the patio is dog-friendly for those with a Fido). Service was great, too. Overall, we had a really chill dinner at Areal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • way too loud
    mob30diner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The noise level was very high. Patrons were talking so loudly you could barely hear the person next to you. The music was also very loud which makes people talk even louder. Sitting inside was not a nice experience; recommended to sit outside IF you can get a table. The food was great but not being able to talk or listen was a major bummer.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vibrant
    Shimoda
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A restaurant full of life, with great food, attentive and fast service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Small Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food and service were great but I left hungry. I don't think I've ever been served only one piece of toast (with eggs) at a restaurant ever, let alone when the dish was this pricy. Also was surprised at how many children were there considering this is a bit of an upscale place for a brunch. Not sure if I would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    becominghousetrained
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This place is fantastic. The food is great and the service is wonderful. Grayson and Josh are on top of it as is all the staff. Areal is one of my favorite spots!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely eatery
    RookieDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Loved everything about this place. Yummy appetizers, tasty cocktails, great service. The lighting at night seems more fit for couples, but its a lovely looking spot. Would definitely recommend it to my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and too saucy
    eater
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service below standard, the hostess sat us down and waited 20 minutes, before anyone came by, depsite the fact that 3 waiters went right by us. The salad and entres had too much dressing/sauce. Also despite it was dine LA week, they claim that after 10 pm the program is not available, lousy policy
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just OK
    mattVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I have been here twice first time i went the service was horrible took them over 45 minutes just to take our order, due to the fact that they were so understaffed at the time it was just two waiters for the outdoor area when it was packed. Food was not the best the first time either.. 2nd time I went i had the same server and he was just as slow with only a few tables....food was better the 2nd time at least.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 123 reviews are from the Areal Restaurant reviews archive.
  • mediocre
    terilynnVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We were really looking forward to a lovely outdoor dining experience and the menu looked good. However the menu read, the food was not good. We ordered a kale salad that was bland and the quinoa salad was dry and boring. The pizza was pretty good as was the salmon but not enough to bring us back. Finally, the chocolate ganache was ordinary and not worth the calories.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff
    rensocal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We went for Father's Day brunch. The food was good and the staff fantastic. Great place for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, long wait
    Soup
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went here for brunch with some girlfriends. They seemed very busy with lots of big parties for graduations. Thank god we got the bottomless mimosa since it took AN HOUR for us to get our food. Nonetheless, the food was delicious. I will probably go back but will make sure that I'm not starving the next time I go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good find
    san13
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    good food, great place for casual dining, nice outdoor dining area, try it - you'll like it. i will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    They made a mistake with my order and it took over 30 minutes to bring it out while everyone was finished with lunch. It was uncomfortable and I was surprised they didn't take it off the menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Looove this place!
    Aubs
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Took a friend here for brunch that was visiting in town. I hadn't been there but heard about it. We went for brunch and it was DELISH. We did the $15 all you can drink mimosas - also amazing. We sat on the lovely porch outside and played a mustache card game. The servers were nice and played along with us, which made it more fun. We were there for several hours and had a lovely time. I'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ScottrauchVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Everyone loved their food except me, don't order the lobster club, it was seriously terrible
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Mothers Day Brunch!
    mrskimbel19
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My husband and I brought my mom here for their Mothers Day brunch buffet and had a lovely afternoon. The restaurant is cute with a pretty patio. Food was really good with lots of options - Quinoa salad, eggs, potatoes, French Toast, fruit, muffins... This was our first time there but we'll definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's day brunch was a hit! I will definitely be coming back again. The weather was perfect as we were sitting underneath an umbrella. Good food and bottomless mimosas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I don't write reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    So helpful! Efficient! Kind! I would love to comeback with my mother or friends. My mother made my reservation and said I'd like it without ever going herself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Mothers Day brunch
    PoeticFood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This location was amazing and had the greatest staff. The food was delicious and the service was prompt on Mother's day morning. The waiter Josh (I believe) made us feel like we were eating breakfast at a family's home. Since breakfast was the only thing we consumed I cannot rate the restaurant in any other food category. The mimosas were also mixed to perfection. Beautiful quaint location, the building isn't too big and not too small. Ample parking $2.00 for 2hr max and its metered parking that accepts credit/debit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun spot
    amkag
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was okay, not spectacular. But the location and ambiance was fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude and inattentive BAD Service
    luluVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Made a reservation using Open Table, and arrived right on time, but still had to wait 30+ minutes for a table. Instead of apologizing or hurrying to find a table, the staff acted as if this was a normal occurrence. We ordered our food and drinks, and 5 minutes later the waiter came back without our drinks and just slammed down menus onto our table again. We didn't know if he forgot we had already ordered or if we needed to make a new selection from the menu, because the waiter said nothing at the time, and just briskly walked away. Then another 15 minutes later into our meal ( a bus boy brought us our food), the waiter finally came back and explained that they didn't have the beers we wanted and did we make another selection... Ugh!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    It took 1 hour to get our food and had to complain with the manager twice!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious brunch
    4crazykidsVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    great vibe, good food ... a perfect brunch spot in santa monica/venice area
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good experience!
    RockitliveVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Host Desk Meltdown
    Painterly44VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great girls night out
    Eastsidegirl
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many Happy Returns
    Billyjoe52
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So busy food took an hour to come
    blue
    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...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, LONG wait
    SUdinerVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Belated Valentine's Dinner
    OYLFREE
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE!!!
    lollytoodumb
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bring your coat even if you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    bring your coat even if you are inside. It was cold and uncomfortable..
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mimosas!
    misscupcakez
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic