I know I know, it took me years to finally go here.
After skimming a lot of posts about A.O.C. I found a review I wholeheartedly agree with by Griller. For a restaurant that is essentially serving good bistro fare the crowd is too large, prices too steep, room is too scene-y.
Market greens salad (can't figure out why this is 9 bucks, it's about 4 bites of mixed greens)
3 cheeses, (Mt. Tam, a spanish goat and a sheeps milk)
Terrine (I prefer campagne style, this was a tad rubbery, nice flavor though and the mostarda was good)
Gateau Breton (dense cake with vanilla cream and apples, decent)
Shared a caraffe of pinot (I know I know, not adventurous but we were keeping things light on the spending) shared a Sauternes with dessert, very bitter espresso and a watery coffee, tax and tip came to $140.
I'm sure there are better things to order. However, after spending $140 and having to wait 20 minutes for a table, I feel like there shouldn't be some things on the menu glaringly better than others. AOC would be fine as a neighborhood hangout, but to see it in the 3rd spot on the 2006 Chowhound Best Of list, and to see the well-heeled crowd piling in with valet service in front is a true statement about the food scene in L.A.