Well having been to A.O.C. on a few occasions, Hubs and I were excited to go last night. Maybe our expectations were too high, as we both were disappointed with much of the experience. We did arrive on time and were given a nice table downstairs. The best way to describe the noise level would be to compare it to Boneyard Bistro. The two of us had a very hard time hearing one another all night. As for the food, we ordered in stages, and the server was very nice about that. First was the cheese course. A blue-veined and creamy St.Agur, a nice sharp cow's milk and a mildish goat. All very nice. On to the Blood orange/date/almond salad and the brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyere and egg. Again both good but the brioche we both agree, was not as good as last time. The brioche itself was very thick this time, and besides the richness of the egg/gruyere/proscuitto toppings, the brioche itself was "greasy". Next was the skirt steak with aioli and the oven roasted cauliflower w/curry and red vinegar. I found the steak tough and the cauliflower very salty. On to the last pairing, which was black cod with celery root puree and hazelnuts. Again,salt played a major ingredient, versus seasoning. The winter squash and chanterlles gratin was really good. I guess between the noise level and some of the dishes being salty, and also luke warmly served, we left feeling unsatisfied. Lastly, and maybe I'm old fashioned, but I think of A.O.C. as a fairly nice restaurant. Why were 90% of the diners dressing in blue jeans?