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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanClam with sherry and green garlic at AOC
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanSpanish fried chicken with a glass of rosé at AOC
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanCurry cauliflower at AOC
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanSuckling pig confit AOC
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Photograph: Jakob N. LaymanChef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne of AOC
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

AOC has maintained its seasonal consistency over the years, serving the denizens of Los Angeles for a decade. The neighborhood wine bar is back in the limelight with a charming relocated home on West Third Street and a successful reinvention from chef Suzanne Goin and business partner Caroline Styne. Now, there’s more reason to visit more than ever.

With a gorgeous patio and tastefully simple dining room with natural hues accent Goin’s rustic cuisine, AOC is a restaurant fit for many occasions—date night in a cozy back booth or drinks with friends at the communal table or bar.

AOC is still centered on Californian: seasonal salads, plenty of vegetables and dishes from the wood-burning oven including pizzette-like focaccia. Fans of the original AOC will be happy to see signature dishes such as curried cauliflower, arroz nero and bacon-wrapped dates. The expanded menu also includes larger plates to share from housemade sausages to half and whole roast chicken. While some dishes are better than others, Goin’s seasonal menu provides ample variety and generally succeeds.

Styne curates an expanded list of organic, natural and biodynamic boutique wines from around the world. Offered by the glass and by the bottle, the comprehensive selection range from the esoteric—try the Hungarian Kiràlyudvar’s Furmint ($14)—to domestics on tap. And for the first time, the bar is licensed to mix and muddle about half a dozen $14 cocktails that make use of the season’s best.



What to eat: Start with cheese and charcuterie plates and bacon-wrapped dates ($8), stuffed with Parmesan and caramelized into chewy candies when baked. Buttery clams ($14) from the wood burning oven taste of spring with green garlic—be sure to mop up the jus with the toasted bread slices. The sucking pig confit ($44), though somewhat sloppy in presentation, is large enough to feed four and calls for unctuous pulled pork over coconut rice with lemongrass sambal and whole-roasted peanuts. Definitely do not miss dessert: From butterscotch pot de crème to the more unique blood orange and pistachio vacherin, all of pastry chef Christina Olufsen's creations satisfy.

Where to sit: On warm nights, the outdoor patio is a must. Inside, ask for one of the back booths. Or, for a more social atmosphere, grab a stool at the long communal table across from the bar.

What to drink: Cocktail hour (daily 5-7pm) is a steal with $6 wine by the glass, $4 beer and $10 house-specialty cocktails.

Conversation piece: In the former space of Il Covo, and before that, Orso, AOC, with the help of designer Claire Stansfield, sought to recapture the feel of Orso's famed patio.

By: Olive Ashmore



Address: 8700 W 3rd St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-11pm; Sat, Sun 10am-11pm
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Beautiful patio and a wide variety of delicious small plates. Our group for dinner particularly enjoyed the duck & the celery gratin. Pricey as expected, but a really lovely place for an elevated meal. Great spot for a celebration or special occasion.


This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. The patio is gorgeous, the food is impeccable and the wine selection is great. I love that this place doesn't bend to trends, it's never trying too hard (though I can't say the same for all of its clientele). Just lovely!


AOC is a beautiful restaurant on 3rd street with a gorgeous patio for sitting outside! I highly suggest trying the farmers lunch and the green godess drink! Healthy with a little bit of alcohol in it!

This is a great place to come sit outdoors on a nice day in their enclosed patio.  Fortunately, LA doesn't have a shortage of nice days.