My husband and I enjoyed our weekly “date night” this past Friday evening….but this week was particularly special; We had the pleasure of dining at the beautiful Areal Restaurant, located right in the heart of Santa Monica, CA! From the moment we walked into the outdoor patio entrance, we knew it was going to be a good night. The decor has a Southern Cali vibe mixed with a cozy ambiance. They have indoor and outdoor dining options, but we reserved an outside table so we could enjoy the sunset!
We tried a few of Areal’s most popular Happy Hour appetizers, and they were all absolutely delicious! The Bacon Wrapped Dates were filled with goat cheese and drizzled with honey (surprisingly, it works!), The Portobello Fries were tempura battered, and came with a tasty truffle goat cheese dip, and the Tuna Tartar was our personal favorite! It came with fresh chopped ahi tuna, avocado, and crisp wontons. After sharing our incredible appetizers, we were looking forward to our dinner entrees. My husband ordered the Beef Burger, which came with tomato, red onion, butter lettuce, pickles, cheddar cheese, house–made secret sauce, and a brioche bun. It also came with tasty fries that I couldn’t stop stealing off his plate! I ordered the Pan Seared Salmon with rice, and absolutely loved every bite of it. I highly suggest this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a fun evening with a nice atmosphere! Areal offers the perfect way to enjoy Santa Monica.