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Permanently Closed - Areal Restaurant

4.1
220 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(310) 392-1661
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ashland
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Parking details
We have a lot next door that we validate and there is plenty of public parking.
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Entertainment
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.
Additional
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
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4.1  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2017

One of my very favorite places to eat in Santa Monica.

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Pavie105 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

Hostess told us she had to seat us inside, but we had a reservation. She told us it could be a 35 minute wait, but a table opened up after 2 minutes. Our waitress was rude. Food was medicore. No thanks.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 14, 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious. Lots of space and good patio dining and bar.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 10, 2017

Really like Areal, especially when they have the guitarist playing . Last night was fine: excellent service & good food. BUT the classic Disco coming from the bar was too loud. The patio was not crowded, but we struggled to talk over the music.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on July 9, 2017

Food was fair overall. Service was EXTREMELY slow....should say the waitress was slow. The food came out immediately. Our waitress was always MIA. Had to get up and get her couple times. Both times she was chatting away with another waitress in the back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

I mainly picked this place out for its location, and figured it would be the Santa Monica standard: decent cocktails, and food that is good, but slightly overpriced. It ended up being much more disappointing than that. I had a reservation and only two-thirds of the tables were filled, but it still took them several minutes to seat us. Once they did, a busboy brought us water, and then we weren't spoken to again by any member of staff for 30 minutes. Eventually I got sick of it and asked a busboy to go find our waiter. He did, and the waiter showed up and introduced himself 5 minutes later. We quickly ordered, and waited another 25 minutes for our food to come out, again, not hearing anything from any members of staff. The calamari was tasty, but no better than the average decent Italian restaurant. The pasta dish we ordered was also fairly good, but not really as good or inspired as you expect it to be when you're spending 30 dollars on an entree. Overall, our favorite part of the whole place was the guitarist playing weird mashups of top 40 pop and old classical tunes. I can't stand places that don't take service seriously, and the food was nowhere near good enough to overlook it.

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SBHB (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2017

Waiter too attentive. Brought out entree before we were through with appetizers.
Not good. Felt like we were being rushed, but I do to think that was the case.

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on June 24, 2017

Great patio dining. Good pizzas. Very dog friendly.

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vipTheSmartTraveler (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

Nice patio and setting, attentive service but Father's Day brunch buffet was tasteless, unappealing , offering poor quality and variety.

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vipDELargo 
2.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

food meh, slow waiter. my credit card was scammed that evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Enjoyed a very pleasant Mother's Day Brunch at a busy yet cozy atmosphere. Delicious breakfast line and bottomless mimosas. Best of all, they welcome dogs so no member of the family had to miss out. Would definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Areal was a great experience. I love to come here for Happy Hour. The deals are great and the service is awesome. I decided to help my brother out for Mothers day. His wife loves to go out for Brunch so I told him about Areal. We all had a very nice time, the service was amazing and the food was really good. we will definitely be coming back!!

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vipsteaklover (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for Mother's Day, but they overbooked and did not honor reservations.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We were seated almost an hour late... On Mother's Day. There was little to no communication as to why we were so delayed. Food was average, but not worth $32 a head. Never going back.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Great place but I would skip Mother's Day brunch. Food is better when ordered off menu and not as crowded

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