AREAL

Bar / Lounge / Restaurant
AREAL AREAL in Santa Monica, Los Angeles is a stylish but unpretentious bar/restaurant with great sustainable fare & cocktails. Check it out on Party Earth LA. Los Angeles United States 33.9997965 -118.4813506
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AREAL - Bar | Lounge | Restaurant in Los Angeles.
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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

  • Hours:

    M 5pm–midnight, Tu–Th 11am–midnight, F 11am–1am, Sa 10:30am–1am, Su 10:30am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth AREAL Review

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AREAL in Santa Monica, Los Angeles is a stylish but unpretentious bar/restaurant with great sustainable fare & cocktails. Check it out on Party Earth LA.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

On Wednesdays, AREAL features a top-shelf or cool new whiskey along with the live jazz performance. Just ‘Like’ their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter to keep abreast of the next whiskey to be featured.

  • Crowd

    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.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy casual: nice jeans, collared shirts, tight v-necks, flowy tops, sleek dresses, heels, fashionable sandals.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    31Ten Lounge (3110 Main Street) has more of a club vibe, room for a bigger crowd, and louder music.

AREAL User Reviews

Average rating:
I Ain't Got the Blues Anymore
Gerard Nash G. Jun 3, 2013
This was one of my friend's first experiences with Jazz Music, and probably one of the best I've heard thus far. I love the band, the Blues Clues, who had performed there, and even some of the more obscure bands were pretty talented. The atmosphere was casual, and the pricing for food was actually pretty reasonable. Even the people are pretty friendly, like this girl I met named Natasha who actually had ended the same college that I had, and the staff was really friendly and timely with delivering their orders. A must-go if you're around the L.A. area.
fun fun
Brittney B. Dec 3, 2012
Areal is my favorite spot in Santa Monica! The food and desserts are delicious, the service is great, and the specialty cocktails are amazing. Also, there is a lovely patio you can dine on (with heat lamps). If you haven't tried it out yet...you need to For a young restaurant, they really deserve some credit, as most restauranteurs are having it hard. The food is excellent with the menu being changed significantly since it opened. Our suggestions for items on the menu to try are the pork chop, salmon for main courses, margherita pizza and fig salad for appetizers.
Poor Service
Rayne C. Nov 30, 2012
Stopped by on Saturday around 4:00 and things started promisingly. A nice crowd of beautiful people outside but still plenty of seating options. The host was friendly and engaging and sat us immediately. That's when the problems started. Though there were plenty of staff working, it took about 10 minutes before a server, Joshua, even came over to ask if we'd been helped yet. Then, despite a relatively simple order - Pizza, Chicken sandwich, corn chowder soup, beer and soda - the food took 40 minutes to come out. And the pizza wasn't even cooked properly. And the chicken sandwich was really not the best. (Soup was great though). Really annoying. A bit of confusion ensued when I asked two hostess-looking girls for a manager and they wouldn't get her. As I later learned, they were simply two girls working a promotional event that day and not employees of the restaurant, but at the time it was maddening. In all fairness, once the manager was alerted to the situation, she definitely took care of the majority of our bill. Bless her for that, it was the right thing to do. Still, I'd have to say that although the space is fab, all things considered, I cannot really recommend coming to Areal.
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