AOC

4.6
2746 reviews
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Californian
A.O.C. is a small plates restaurant driven by seasonal ingredients, locally sourced.
Our California French cuisine was developed by Chef Suzanne Goin, and has some Mediterranean influences as well.
We have 24 wines by the glass and 150 bottles to choose from, curated by Caroline Styne, all of which are either organic, biodynamic or sustainable.
Featuring a full bar with premium spirits and specialty cocktails. Discover our latest fall cocktails by Christiaan Rollich- Little Lion; Cure; Orange Machine; The Cask; Purple Fox; and for weekend brunch, the Texas Ranger; and The Chaplin.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Come enjoy Valentine’s Day with Suzanne Goin's 4 course "aoc-style" set menu with many, many choices! Wine, cocktails or any beverage not included. We will be offering Caroline Styne's supplemental wine pairing for $40 per person. $115.00 per person (tax, gratuity not included)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.8

A.O.C. in Beverly Grove is fancy and sexy and serves top-notch French food as well. Your sex life can thank us later.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 2746 People Are Saying
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Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My dining companion had eaten here a few weeks ago and said it was the best food he's ever had. Unfortunately, we did not repeat that experience. The clams, and spanish fried chicken - both recommended by the server - were excellent. 2 out of 7 dishes though? The farro was bland and underwhelming, and the cauliflower was so salty - we couldn't even eat it past the first two bites. The dates were something I've eaten many times before, and the foccacia was just a spicy pizza. The salted caramel dessert was good - but again, nothing out of the ordinary. In fact the accompanying cookies seemed store bought. The hype did not live up to the price here.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

雰囲気も良くてお料理も美味しかったです

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The food was subpar for lunch. My burger was bland and not juicy though I asked for it medium. It seemed over cooked on the outside and medium done on the inside (like I asked). The service wasn't great either - perhaps they were understaffed during lunch time.

I did enjoy the ambiance.

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J
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Service here was not up to par. Thankfully, the manager did try to make amends. However, you come to a restaurant of this caliber so you DON'T have to complain about anything.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing; small portions; poor food quality

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I'll keep this brief. We came here for dineLA since they offer dishes on their normal menu. Overall, we loved the ambiance and the value we got. The entrees are on the smaller side, but it encourages ordering different entrees and sharing. We really liked the bread AOC uses in their dishes. The polenta was disappointing... it was very salty and we didn't understand what flavor we should be tasting. The swordfish was amazing however, which made up for the polenta experience.

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JJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Brunch offerings at every other restaurant in LA look and taste the same (e.g. pancakes with some fruit topping, eggs benedict, avocado toast, etc.). AOC, thankfully, has a unique menu that introduces a creative Spanish flair to each dish. Everything we ordered tasted excellent and was brought to our table in a timely manner. Overall great brunch experience!

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CO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. A little cheek-by-jowl seating, but lovely patio nevertheless. That butterscotch pot-de-creme is worth saving room for.

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NQ
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a marvelous restaurant. Great food, lovely setting, and an incredible DineLA menu.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food and ambiance, but it took longer than expected to bring out food.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ranch on Saturday to celebrate birthdays - excellent food, Suzan was a delightful server and a good time was had by all.

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i
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch here was great! Super cute venue and the food was really good and We want to come back for dinner now. We ordered the French toast and a basic breakfast plate with eggs, toast and bacon but it was delish.

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Second time here and super disappointing. Enjoyed the first time a lot, but maybe it was b/c we ordered the DineLA menu? Food was generally under seasoned and/or not that tasty. Waiters were really weird and kinda rude. What a bummer of an experience

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d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We met friends for dinner and had excellent service and food!

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San Francisco
227 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AOC is always an excellent choice. We love lunch there for their focaccia turkey sandwich and farmers plate. Their desserts are creative and delicious. Their waitstaff is always helpful and friendly. And the ambience is cozy and good for quiet conversation.

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Los Angeles
191 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had not been to AOC in several years and were quite disappointed with our experience. It started with our server's failure to read the allergy and food preference information supplied to the restaurant. Had he done so he might not have been pushing meat dishes with his "canned" recital of his favorite dishes. We ordered a salad, the farro and rice, and the halibut. Luckily I had asked for the salad dressing on the side as the two cooked dishes were unpleasantly oily. The server was busy with his canned speech at other tables and failed to check on us. A manager finally helped out. The server took a long time to bring the cheque as he was continuing his recital. The salad and the cheese course were the best parts of the meal. The cooked food was unacceptably oily.

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K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food and wine were great, but the service was inconsistent. We had a relatively large party and

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CH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 5

I paid about $110 dollars for a small plate of lamb chop, small plate of hanger steak and dessert! What was strange is the the dessert plate was more expensive than the actual dinner plates ( which did not taste very good), and also they have the customer to pay for their staff health insurance- thats crazy but it is on the bill- i don’t think this restaurant is for me and don’t think i will go back there- this is just my opinion -

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DS
San Francisco
138 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not sure of why the great reviews. The food is good, not great. The wine (for a wine bar) not that interesting (at least by the glass). It has a nice vibe and excellent service. So it's a pretty good meal, but LA has much better. That's why I wouldn't recommend it. If you're in the neighborhood and hungry, ok, but I wouldn't make it a destination.

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DF
Los Angeles
204 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought some out-of-towners here - and they loved it, as we do. Fabulous, inventive recipes, beautiful presentation, and exceptional service. Everyone we have taken to AOC wants to come back ASAP!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Anniversary from Panama
Super expensive

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d
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff took care of our table

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FT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AOC was wonderful. I cannot say anything was disappointing. Our server knew the menu well and advised us to order dishes and share them. He was right!! All of the dishes were balanced in flavor nuances and delicious. We were a party of 4, meeting for the second time to strengthen a business partnership. AOC was the perfect choice. Our server knew when to visit and not interrupt our conversation, suggested great wine parings for our menu choices and was very sensitive to my food allergies. The chef modified the one dish that had an ingredient that would have posed a problem for me. We spent a good two hours over dinner with great wine and conversation as the dishes seemed to arrive just after we finished one plate, perfectly timed. We will be back and highly recommend AOC to anyone who enjoys wonderful, fresh food, prepared perfectly. The wine list is HUGE, so you are sure to find something that is perfect for your palate.

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p
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am a regular here and it never disappoints. The housemate Bloody Mary mix is the Bomb!!

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D
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Loved the selection of small plates. Great wine list. Would like a few more reasonable wine choices. One of my new favorite restaurants.

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BF
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites!!!

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DF
Los Angeles
205 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The previous year, we had taken some out-of-town family to AOC, and when they told us they were coming into town again, the first thing they asked was "can we go back to AOC?" We, of course, said YES!! AOC has such an excellent wait staff - and the food is superb and imaginative. Some other family members are coming into town this week, and we want to take them there too ASAP!

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Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The cocktail list was disappointing. The menu is obscure and it is hard to tell what many ingredients are or how a dish might look or taste. The crab and avocado appetizer was good, not unusual. The creamy cauliflower appetizer was excellent but best as a side dish with dinner. The cheese popovers were excellent.
The hangar steak was terrific, but too much carrot puree and I was not fond of the spicy garnish. Best to warn of that as not everyone likes hot food. The pasta was a big hit. Great homemade noodles. Desserts also a plus. Lemon tart great, gingerbread as foil, not as much. Chocolate pie too rich. Service really good but the waiter a bit of a bore. Would have liked it if the owners had said hello. Friends know them and recommended it. Never got to Hatfields and now regret it.
Overall, room to improve but definitely a destination for LA foodies.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Attentive and warm staff. Our dinner with mom and a friend was perfect.

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, perfect service, beautiful room! My husband and I had lunch at A.O.C. after a doctors appointment on the Thursday after Christmas. The waiter and manager were very pleasant considering the holidays sometimes takes it’s toll on a restaurants staff. Everything was outstanding and we could even have a conversation because the music wasn’t too loud! Hard to find lately in many fine restaurants.

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IZ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great - especially bacon wrapped dates! Our server, however, was incredibly rude. He apparently was unhappy that we ordered appetizers off the happy hour menu, and kept taking it away. Strange. Pricey.

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Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great but the timing of the serving of the dishes was off a little. But we had a fabulous experience and every bite of food was perfect!

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M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our Christmas Eve celebration. Our waiter was attentive and checked on us but wasn't intrusive. We had the farmers plate, olives, hangar steak, fingerling potatoes, pork belly and the dessert platter. The dessert platter was big! We brought half of it home so looking forward to enjoying the confections. Always enjoy the dining experience at AOC!

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Cauliflower dish came out cold, remade and was full of oil but old oil. Seems like they just deep fried the old one. Hanger steak wad over cooked and salty and tough.

Nice ambiance but food was nit up-to par for a the caliber of restaurant. I like her other restaurant and this one is really declined. Lots Of choices and new creative restaurant in same zip code. I would ask Chef Going to check the quality as she is a great chef and the food doesn’t match!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, friendly service, wonderful atmosphere. truly an LA classic that deserves to be revisited every chance you get

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o
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant! Sublime food and beverage. Only issue was rather brash waitress. Otherwise, perfection!

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad they're back! 🔥

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic. Highly recommend.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Very disappointing considering that it was highly recommended by many food sites such as Eater.

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y
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

our waiter was sweet but she had 7 other tables to attend so we didn't get to see her much .
the steak came 20 min after everyone was done eating .
sorry, we didn't like it .

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