8700 West 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Outdoor Patio, Great food = Best of LA.
A.O.C. is a popular French Mediterranean restaurant from the folks behind Lucques in LA, which is a favorite site to see celebs. Just look at the pics on Instagram. AOC has been our list for a while and we finally got to dine there in the Summer of 2017. This restaurant is on Jonathan Gold’s Top 100 list. Be sure to ask for the patio seating. AOC stands for Appelation d’Origine Contrôlée. It is a French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products.
Awesome Cake Boutique Lady M is nearby. Buy a cake before they close!
Since 2002 they have focused on inspired wines by the glass with a small plates menu.
Insider Tip – Eat outside on the patio
Cuisine – French Mediterranean
Location – Los Angeles
Opened – 2002
Service: The server knew the menu well and helped us order, but pacing was very slow in the beginning.
A 3.5% charge is added to all checks to cover a large portion of full health care benefits for our full-time employees.
AOC’s Menu is very wide ranging with a good mix of small and large plates. Good selection for vegetarians.
A.O.C. Food Picks:
Mojito ($14) was good and strong. They know how to make cocktails here.
The farmer’s plate – roasted vegetables, muhammara & chickpea purée, burrata & grilled toast ($18) is a nice medley of items. Really good AOC toast. Larger portion than we originally thought it would be.
Stone fruit Salad ($17) with melon, stone fruit, fig, speck, burrata and lime was a great dish on a warm summer night. Nectarines, burrata, prosciutto and more.
Spanish fried chicken, romesco aïoli & chili-cumin butter ($16) is a signature dish and it shows. Eggless minimal battered chicken, fried to golden brown crispness with a hint of citrus. Really good aioli.
Pappardelle, lemon, zucchini, squash blossom & parmesan ($20) was a fantastic house made pasta with nice al dente, super wide noodles. Wow. Tiny portion though.
Pork belly, ancho chile, dandelion & pickled nectarines ($19) was fantastic. The pork belly did not possess a lot of fat, which was a surprise. Nice sweet accent with the fruit on this very large portion.
Pans (Don’t Order):