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A.O.C.

Wine Bar, Tapas Restaurant, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • Eater
    EaterOctober 8, 2013
    The wine bar is now as buzzy as ever. A new full bar and revamped California-style menu, the tastefully designed eatery is perfectly poised for drinks with friends or a quiet date. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 30, 2013
    With a new full bar and revamped California-style menu, the tastefully designed eatery is perfectly poised for drinks with friends at the bar up front or a quiet date in one of the back booths.
  • LAist
    LAistOctober 31, 2014
    The stunning Spanish-style patio at the new location of AOC looks out onto a lemon tree-lined street, making you feel like you're a world away from the L.A. crazy. Brunch goes from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyNovember 12, 2015
    Big, flavorful seasonal salads, crispy focaccia topped with goodies such as chevre & house-made lamb bacon, balanced & inventive vegetable sides and big, generous platters of Euro-Cali cuisine. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    You could be happy here ordering nothing but vegetables: black rice and chewy farro with pine nuts; lightly curried cauliflower, or soft, almost soupy polenta with spears of charred asparagus. Read more
  • Caitlin T.
    Tons of small plates, as well as larger platters. Large selection of wine, beers and cocktails. Great ambience, great service. Loved the polenta with mushrooms!
  • May ♍.
    May ♍June 19, 2015
    One of my all time favorite restaurants in LA. The vibe is cool and definitely pleases your palate with an explosion of unique flavors. The ambience is casual but at the same time classy and romantic
  • Richard M.
    Richard MorrisMarch 3, 2014
    Utterly delicious and the staff was completely cool and fun. I'd recommend this place highly and although I didn't get it for myself, I almost at all of my friend's chix & waffles... Amazing!!!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    One of the best wine lists on the coast, inclusive of our state’s viniferous bounty but with a focus on France and fun asides, like selections from Slovenia and Hungary. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyNovember 12, 2015
    Since moving up the street to a larger, more festive location, Suzanne Goin and Carolyn Styne’s A.O.C. has become a kind of archetype for the modern Californian restaurant. Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Where the new AOC parts with the old is in its big platters, like the ones served at Lucques' family dinners, meant to be plunked in the middle of the table and shared by three or four people. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousMarch 5, 2015
    Order the rustic pãtés and the lamb skewers with sunchokes and niçoise olives. There are about 50 wines by the glass and many more by the bottle, most well chosen. Read more
  • Jared N.
    Jared NorthropFebruary 19, 2013
    Visual cues puts you in southern France. Very cool space. Upstairs lounge sets a great romantic mood. changed wine format, still good but no more short pours and carafes.
  • Yvette L.
    Yvette LiuSeptember 3, 2015
    Must order fried spicy chicken & the fusion flavor Suckling pig conflict fish with coconut rice ❤️ try and reserve the patio seats
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LazereJuly 28, 2013
    Great seating on the patio in this old Spanish style building. My lunch was the Vintner's Platter. Delicious. Great to see my son, sister and brother-in-law
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    Gorgeous indoor-outdoor dining room that positively thrums with good energy, and plenty of bar seating for the casual diners and serious drinkers among us. Read more
  • Cynthia S.
    Cynthia SMay 13, 2014
    Everything was delicious! Pictured are the Polenta with Mushrooms, Scallops, Chocolate Tart and Butterscotch Pot de Creme.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 6, 2013
    Try the Spanish fried chicken with cumin, pappardelle with nettles and asparagus with lemongrass, and don’t forget the glass of Sancerre. Read more
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    Small plates of delicious food like rustic pâtés are the norm here. Make sure you book your table well in advance, as it is still hard to find a seat at this popular spot, five years after opening!
  • Dave H.
    Dave HuthAugust 6, 2011
    AOC has lost a little lustre in my eyes. A little pricey and food is good, but not off the charts. Much prefer Cube on La Brea. Amazing cheese and the food is phenomenal!
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamMarch 25, 2014
    Fantastic menu and the fried chicken is a must have! The bacon wrapped dates shouldn't be missed either.
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas ColtonJuly 28, 2015
    Concede the fact that you will have to valet. Concede the fact that a cocktail is $14 minimum. Concede the fact that it's packed. Now what? You have just an outstanding wine bar. Get the silver fox.
  • TripExpert
    TripExpertMay 16, 2015
    One of our professional reviers, LA weekly, says, "Suzanne Goin's pan-Mediterranean A.O.C. is a fantasy of a modern small-plates restaurant." Read more
  • Gloria C.
    Gloria ChinApril 22, 2013
    come for small plates. bacon wrapped dates, arroz negro w/ squid, brioche w/ prosciutto, hanger steak, duck confit, pork belly!!
  • Carlos P.
    Carlos PachecoJuly 16, 2014
    If you're dining here with a group you have to go for the Lamb Tagine. It's a must!
  • Ernesto G.
    Fantastic wine list and amazing food. Ask for Sean, he is great and has the best suggestions on what to order.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    The Farmer's Plate comes with spring vegetables, carrot puree, fava puree, bur rata and grilled toast. Read more
  • Basak A.
    Basak ANovember 15, 2011
    Arroz negro & butterscotch pot de creme - both to die for. Waitress (Susanne) was great too. Awesome dinner experience.
  • Mister A.
    Went for brunch and Spanish Fried Chicken and Waffles were amazing. Excellent staff and customer service
  • Jane B.
    Jane BerlinerJanuary 31, 2014
    Chicken salad was full of flavor amazing! Our waiter was so attentive. Coming back for more taste sensations.
  • Julie R.
    Julie RoseFebruary 5, 2010
    On any night A.O.C is packed and lively. The crowd is casually well dressed and the staff are friendly and helpful. I love the small plates that allow me to sample almost everything! Read more
  • Morgan G.
    Morgan GreenwaldNovember 14, 2014
    The most incredible meal! Must get the chicken panzanella and the green goddess cocktail!
  • Lina A.
    Lina A.April 27, 2015
    go fro cheese plate with wine pairing, also the ricotta focaccia and brioche with prosciutto.
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 20, 2014
    Always a good meal. Good wine. Best enjoyed with good company!
  • Gail H.
    Gail HJanuary 9, 2011
    Wow, probably the best chicken I've ever had - good recommendation from a great server. Would never have normally ordered chicken!
  • Shaw
    ShawSeptember 18, 2014
    Fig panna cotta with melon sorbet is really, really, ridiculously good
  • Tyler G.
    Tyler GalpinJanuary 27, 2015
    Ambiance is great. Try the brioche with prosciutto and eggs. Hot damn.
  • Debbie C.
    Debbie CheeApril 25
    Every single thing we ordered were delicious, it's sharing plate and very nice atmosphere.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethAugust 10
    Fried chicken is amazing!! The cocktails are delicious, crafty and refreshing.
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 12, 2010
    Many tantalizing tapas and a great list of wines to try. Try the bacon wrapped dates, they're delicious!
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Johnnie SkywalkingJanuary 1, 2015
    They have...suatainable wine, organic wine and biodynamic wine. dont know what is what. Let's just enjoy the glass.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BJuly 19, 2013
    sit on the patio for dinner, great atmosphere. inside was extremely loud. stick to wine or a simple drink. Wasn't that impressed with their $14 cocktails...
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurJuly 26
    Wine director Caroline Styne has selected 10 rosés by the glass, complete with a few sparkling options. Read more
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™March 12, 2013
    Clicking on all cylinders with great food, cocktails and staff. Enjoy.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 31, 2014
    Named Best Outdoor Dining Los Angeles 2014 in our Best of LA 2014 issue! Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsDecember 13, 2013
    The second restaurant from Lucques chef Suzanne Goin and sommelier/owner Caroline Styne.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CadreauJuly 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Monday nights are GREAT for their Flights and Bites! Amazing menu at great prices! Phenomenal wine and food!
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernMarch 24, 2015
    Great vibe, food and wine! Top spot for a dinner with friends in LA.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Fabulous wine bar with great wines by the glass. Try the interesting tapas. -Merle Ginsberg, Launch My Line
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    AOC is excellent. Sit by the charcuterie bar and ask the cheese person plenty of questions. -Alex Eusebio, Top Chef
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