A.O.C., Los Angeles

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

A.O.C.

8700 West 3rd St

Los Angeles, CA 90048

310-859-9859

A.O.C. Website

AOC Los Angeles Exterior Decor

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.

AOC Los Angeles Patio Decor

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.

AOC Los Angeles farmers plate

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.

AOC Los Angeles Stone fruit Salad

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.

AOC Los Angeles fried chicken

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.

AOC Los Angeles pappardelle

Pappardelle, lemon, zucchini, squash blossom & parmesan ($20) was a fantastic house made pasta with nice al dente, super wide noodles. Wow. Tiny portion though.

AOC Los Angeles pork belly

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.

Just OK:
None

Pans (Don’t Order):
None

A.O.C. Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Parking:Paid Valet
Reservations:Yes

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