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A.O.C.

Wine Bar, Tapas Restaurant, and Italian Restaurant$$$$
Mid-City West, Los Angeles
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  • TripExpert
    "... LA weekly, says, "Suzanne Goin's pan-Mediterranean A.O.C. is a fantasy of..."(5 Tips)
    Sukhjeet
    "great for small plates, must try bacon wrapped dates!"(6 Tips)
    Mister A.
    "Went for brunch and Spanish Fried Chicken and Waffles were amazing."(3 Tips)
    Basak A.
    "Arroz negro & butterscotch pot de creme - both to die for."(3 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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!!!
  • 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
  • Emma
    EmmaApril 6
    Everything is delicious there! We had a cheese plate and then the sweet potatoes/bacon and the curried cauliflower, everything was very tasty and the service is great too.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Caitlin T.
    Caitlin TaylorMay 1, 2016
    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!
  • 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
  • Billy S.
    Billy SeolJuly 29
    i loved the three sisters salad (seasonal). The wine recommendations are great and the venue is spacious anf accomodates a lot of people. you can make reservations via opentable!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Danny N.
    Had a delicious dinner here the other night. Standouts were the clams and cherry cobbler for dessert. Quiet/cozy. Good for a date night.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GonzalezJuly 8, 2016
    Fantastic wine list and amazing food. Ask for Sean, he is great and has the best suggestions on what to order.
  • Bobby S.
    Great for brunch or dinner. The chicken and waffles is my personal fave!
  • 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
  • Mister A.
    Mister AndersonJuly 23, 2016
    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.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KFebruary 16
    Really cute restaurant. Great for dates or business dinners. Lobster pappardelle was awesome'!
  • Basak A.
    Basak ANovember 15, 2011
    Arroz negro & butterscotch pot de creme - both to die for. Waitress (Susanne) was great too. Awesome dinner experience.
  • Morgan G.
    Morgan GreenwaldNovember 14, 2014
    The most incredible meal! Must get the chicken panzanella and the green goddess cocktail!
  • 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
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    Suzanne Goin's flagship, a small plate Cali-French abode. Simply designed, simply not cheap. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Katrina Z.
    Katrina ZaiNovember 20, 2014
    Always a good meal. Good wine. Best enjoyed with good company!
  • Lina A.
    Lina A.April 27, 2015
    go fro cheese plate with wine pairing, also the ricotta focaccia and brioche with prosciutto.
  • Gayle F.
    Sean is the best waiter in LA, finished Variety Magazine massive Mobile and dinner at AOC, courtesy of recco from close colleague
  • Melody H.
    Patio is lovely, and it's not impossible to get a last minute reservation for brunch
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethAugust 10, 2016
    Fried chicken is amazing!! The cocktails are delicious, crafty and refreshing.
  • 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.
  • Debbie C.
    Debbie CheeApril 25, 2016
    Every single thing we ordered were delicious, it's sharing plate and very nice atmosphere.
  • Chloe
    ChloeApril 27
    Gruyère Brioche sandwich on their brunch menu is delicious.
  • 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!
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 12, 2010
    Many tantalizing tapas and a great list of wines to try. Try the bacon wrapped dates, they're delicious!
  • 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...
  • Magnus J.
    Magnus JernMarch 24, 2015
    Great vibe, food and wine! Top spot for a dinner with friends in LA.
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™March 12, 2013
    Clicking on all cylinders with great food, cocktails and staff. Enjoy.
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurJuly 26, 2016
    Wine director Caroline Styne has selected 10 rosés by the glass, complete with a few sparkling options. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsDecember 13, 2013
    The second restaurant from Lucques chef Suzanne Goin and sommelier/owner Caroline Styne.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 31, 2014
    Named Best Outdoor Dining Los Angeles 2014 in our Best of LA 2014 issue! Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Kris Morningstar, chef of Ray’s & Stark Bar, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Brioche w/ prosciutto, gruyere, & egg. Read more
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    AOC is excellent. Sit by the charcuterie bar and ask the cheese person plenty of questions. -Alex Eusebio, Top Chef
  • Sandie S.
    Sandie SsiSeptember 16, 2011
    best appetizer: fried dates, parmesan and bacon. delicious!! and pork belly
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    Fabulous wine bar with great wines by the glass. Try the interesting tapas. -Merle Ginsberg, Launch My Line
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    Behind the bar is Christiaan Rollich, one of the country’s most promising up-and-coming crafters of cocktails. Read more
  • 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!
  • ndulyn
    ndulynMarch 9, 2013
    If its good enough for Sela Ward, then it's good enough for me. Actually food is amazing!
  • Sukhjeet
    SukhjeetJune 9, 2012
    great for small plates, must try bacon wrapped dates!
  • Lilah K.
    Lilah KhojaOctober 26, 2014
    Spanish fried chicken is so good. Just get this. You won't be disappointed.
  • Steve H.
    Steve HallockJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great brunch on the weekends. Order the burger or the duck confit
  • Nada f.
    Nada fouzanOctober 19, 2015
    Try the bruch and make sure you order the French toast
  • Fawn E.
    Fawn EverettMarch 6, 2011
    Try the pork chop and clams. Server suggested excellent cheese and wine.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 18, 2015
    Named one of our 99 Essential Restaurants 2015! Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyOctober 9, 2015
    Named Best Brunch in our Best of 2015 issue! Read more
  • Wendy E.
    Wendy E.D.January 10, 2016
    Not tour average waffle&chicken. Tasty breakfast combination by chef Suzanne Gonin... 😋
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LeshtzAugust 7, 2014
    Perfect Sunday brunch spot. Sit outside and have a drink.
  • Blake M.
    Blake MeierAugust 8, 2014
    The cheese plate is a must. Ask your server which wine to pair as well.
  • Shaw
    ShawSeptember 18, 2014
    Nectarine & raspberry vacherin is the mofo of all meringue.
  • Frank M H.
    Frank M HernandezMay 26, 2013
    Tastes so good, it'll make you want to slap yo mamma.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 7, 2011
    Sit at the back bar, as the front is so crowded, and be sure to order the baby lamb chops.
  • Nikhil K.
    Great for dates, sit outside on the patio
  • ben v.
    ben van alboomJanuary 3, 2014
    The cocktails are exquisite. All of them.
  • Mara A.
    Mara AbramsAugust 9, 2009
    Amazing rose, goat cheese/fig salad, farro/black rice/currant salad, woodburning halibut, beet/burrata salad, curried cauliflower...need i say more?
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25July 22, 2012
    Brioche, cauliflower, pork belly- amazing!
  • Andrew w.
    Friend chicken and waffle...Wow
  • Heinzel F.
    Heinzel FactoraFebruary 27, 2012
    excellent ambiance, service and food!
  • Abu Aya a.
    Abu Aya aka KDJuly 11, 2016
    Nice small dishes... Try and sit on patio
  • Judy J.
    Judy JonesJune 13, 2016
    Everything was good, including the service
  • DAN C.
    DAN COXMarch 18, 2014
    Always astonishingly delicious.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 31, 2011
    Come to sample AOC and others at this years Gold Standard on 3/6/11! http://bit.ly/iaPthT Read more
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out A.O.C. as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate , Unique Eats Read more
  • MADWINO
    MADWINOApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch is delicious. Glass of Tatomer Riesling great way to start.
  • Erin N.
    Erin NMarch 15, 2012
    Shrimp, endive and beet salad with coconut milk.
  • amy m.
    amy michaelsSeptember 7, 2014
    Suzanne Goin (the chef) is my hero.
  • Tiffany Z.
    get the chicken everything was pretty good tho
  • Robbie Dean S.
    The vacherin dessert is incredible
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline On CrackAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A shot of Pappy 23 yr is $150.
  • Cal V.
    Cal VinJuly 27, 2010
    Great place for a date. Just expect to get PWNED with the bill.
  • Amanda
    AmandaJuly 8, 2015
    3 words: Bacon wrapped dates
  • Alex W.
    Alex WarnerJanuary 8, 2012
    No reservation? Full menu at the bar!
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HartMarch 27, 2016
    Supposedly a really good date spot
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥February 4, 2015
    Try the farmers plate
  • Christine N.
    Christine NgoApril 26, 2010
    Try the pork cheeks and have the waitress select five cheese for you. Delish!
  • Melon L.
    Melon LAugust 1
    Great wine selection.
  • Rosalie
    RosalieMarch 6, 2010
    bacon wrapped dates. chicken liver. cheeses. tapas at its finest. Read more
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HutchinsonDecember 17, 2009
    The arroz negro with squid and saffron aïoli and proscuitto di parma.
  • Lil B.
    Lil BanchikApril 11
    Tapas and wine
  • The B.
    The BullNovember 26, 2013
    Food was sub par. Service was soooo slow. Half hour for a 1 piece cheese plate. 45mins for dessert. Chicken was dry.
  • catherine p.
    catherine parkSeptember 2, 2013
    food is so good but service is soooooooo slooooowwwwww
  • Spencer M.
    Spencer MahonyDecember 29, 2015
    Great happy hour
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MorganNovember 17, 2011
    Great tapa's menu!
  • PlinyThe3rd
    PlinyThe3rdAugust 23, 2011
    Best Thing: Lamb Skewers
  • Simone H.
    Simone HeymannOctober 4, 2011
    Butterscotch dessert was nom! Read more
  • Avram
    AvramFebruary 25, 2011
    Farro thing is amazing
  • ZAGAT
    ZAGATApril 26, 2010
    If you don’t have a reservation, try the bar.
  • Souvanh
    SouvanhOctober 30, 2011
    Pear and rosemary mimosa!:-)
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WJune 4
    We started off very good the cheese was great the rest of the food was shi.....t. Don't recommend getting anything more than the cheese.
  • Tony A.
    Tony AdamApril 18, 2010
    Get the lamb skewers, saw it on "the best thing I ever ate"
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteApril 13, 2013
    Amanda Seyfried came here yesterday. Why wasn't yesterday today?
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonDecember 15, 2011
    Lamb Skewers
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChaoJanuary 27, 2010
    Goat cheese, pomegranate, fig salad. mmMm
  • Jeanann G.
    Jeanann GrubbsSeptember 27, 2010
    Try the fingerlngs, yurm
  • Paul S.
    Paul SriApril 23, 2010
    Chicken liver crostini is ridiculous.
  • Aaron
    AaronMay 7, 2010
    Small plates
  • Gene C.
    Gene ChuangNovember 27, 2009
    hit up the charcuterie
  • Rael C.
    Rael CastroFebruary 3, 2014
    pratos muito bom
  • Edenio S.
    Edenio SouzaMarch 28, 2014
    Boa tarde.
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