Party Earth Review A stylish restaurant without sky-high prices, AREAL attracts a diverse clientele with its sustainable plates, crafted cocktails, and a Happy Hour that promises a lively scene to kick off the night. The venue’s proximity... ... read full review
2820 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
M 5pm–midnight, Tu–Th 11am–midnight, F 11am–1am, Sa 10:30am–1am, Su 10:30am–midnight
Santa Monica / Westside, Los Angeles –
A stylish restaurant without sky-high prices, AREAL attracts a diverse clientele with its sustainable plates, crafted cocktails, and a Happy Hour that promises a lively scene to kick off the night.
The venue’s proximity to the beach is evident in the casual daytime vibe, when trendy bohos and their dogs settle in at the expansive street-side seating area to nosh salmon burgers or lamb Bolognese and people-watch onto busy Main Street.
Inside, a wood-fired oven cooks artisan pizzas, the smell of which permeates the sparse dining room, while a cozy lounge area by the bar lets guests kick back and relax on leather sofas tucked against a jagged stone wall bordered by a large honeycomb sculpture.
The energy heats up on Friday and Saturday nights when a bouncer sets up shop under the hanging palm fronds that provide a buffer from the carousing noise of Main (or maybe it’s the bouncer who does that), and gangs of still-got-it older ladies flirt with the young hipsters and preppier suits who are working on a good buzz over classic cocktails.
DJ brunches on Saturdays help kick off the weekend, while live jazz and local acoustic acts on Wednesdays and Sundays keep the place busy with mellow scenesters all week.
With its prime location, farm-to-table fare, and a fresh assortment of booze, AREAL is good for an entire evening or just as a stylish blip on the barhopping radar.
Artsy Westsiders, young creative professionals, cocktail aficionados, fans of the farm-to-table movement, trendy groups of stylish but unpretentious locals, hot moms, some of the rowdier college contingent flowing in from Main on weekends, 20s to 40s.
Live jazz on Wednesdays at 8pm. Acoustic guitar on Sundays at 8pm.
DJs spin a range of mellow mixes during Saturday brunch.
Ambient lounge mix other times.
Menu of upscale Californian cuisine focused on farm-to-table ethics, including wood-fired pizzas, several seafood dishes, rib-eye steaks, fresh sandwiches, and burgers. Brunch Sa–Su 10:30am–4pm. Happy Hour M 5–7pm, Tu–Su 4–7pm.
Dog-friendly on the patio.
Brunch menu $8–$18, appetizers $11–$16, salads $10–$16, sandwiches $15–$18, entrées $18–$38, pizzas $12–$16. Beer $6–$9, wine $8–$15, cocktails $10–$12.
Trendy casual: nice jeans, collared shirts, tight v-necks, flowy tops, sleek dresses, heels, fashionable sandals.
Friday and Saturday nights as a cool destination or as part of some Main Street hopping, Sundays for the acoustic acts, or Wednesdays to catch some jazz and sip some fine whiskey.
31Ten Lounge (3110 Main Street) has more of a club vibe, room for a bigger crowd, and louder music.