One of my very favorite places to eat in Santa Monica.
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.
Everything we ordered was delicious. Lots of space and good patio dining and bar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great patio dining. Good pizzas. Very dog friendly.
Nice patio and setting, attentive service but Father's Day brunch buffet was tasteless, unappealing , offering poor quality and variety.
food meh, slow waiter. my credit card was scammed that evening.
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.
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!!
Went for Mother's Day, but they overbooked and did not honor reservations.
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.
Great place but I would skip Mother's Day brunch. Food is better when ordered off menu and not as crowded
Amazing cocktails, excellent food, great ambiance and superb service. We sat in the outside patio and they had an acoustic guitar player that was excellent. He set the tone for a great dinner and wine buzz.
Wasn't as good as the prior visit there.
While the inside was somewhat lacking in charm, the outdoor patio was very nice. As for the food, the Pizza and Bacon wrapped dates were delicious. The "New York" Steak & Frittes on the other hand left much to be desired. It is a great summer outdoor setting with descent food and a nice ambience.
Areal is a favorite I frequent both day and evening. We even did a super New Year's Eve dinner one year. I prefer the patio, which is sublime if you catch it on a pretty day. Also less noisy than inside, though indoors during the week seems to be less noisy for lunch. Dinner can be a bit noisy, I always prefer asking for a table in the corner. The bar, however, is super noisy since they put in the sports tvs. But then some people like that. They also do a great Happy Hour menu.
This place was very nice for a quiet dinner with my husband. We saw individuals with their dogs which was a nice touch and we will be doing so in the future.