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“Lovely, friendly place”
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Ranked #1,824 of 16,991 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $45
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Quartier Latin
Description: l'AOC is named for those important little letters you find on your bottle of wine, not the grands vins, but the darned drinkable ones of more quotidian price. This small, welcoming restaurant is like a proper country eaterie, but in the heart of lively Boulelvard St Germain. There are tiles on the floor, charming prints and cookware adorn the walls, yet white tablecloths and smart service. You generally choose your plate of mixed starters, charcuterie and the like, from the buffet laid out on the polished antique chest-of-drawers. Then move on to one of the wonderful grilled dishes that are the speciality of the house. As you might suspect, the wine list is well worth exploration.
Boston, MA
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94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Lovely, friendly place”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

It's nice when you happen to walk by a place and your instincts tell you it's good, then you check tripadvisor and see that others have indeed had a positive experience. Mine was similar, with only a couple of small food issues. The welcome is indeed warm, and without a reservation, which is certainly not always the case in France. My first course was a terrine of rabbit. The enormous pot of cornichons with tongs plopped down to accompany it was a convivial touch. Apparently the terrine slice had come straight out of the refrigerator so it didn't taste like much of anything at all until the last bites when it had a chance to open up. Nice little salad on the side, and the inevitably fantastic baguette slices.

Next up was a confit of porc, tender and full of free-range flavor in an unctuous sauce enhanced by lardons and a mushroom or three. But... the entire affair was served over a bed of canned peas and carrots. Yup. I couldn't believe it, either. Remember those silver cans of Lesueur tiny peas from your youth? These were even tinier, but no question they were canned. Happily the sauce was so good they seemed to obey the first rule of the Hippocratic oath: do no harm. But they were definitely a puzzlement.

Dessert was pure comfort food -- you wouldn't even have to put your teeth in for their riz au lait if you didn't want to, such was its creamy homeiness. A swirl of preserves atop and a dusting of nuts encouraged exploration of its comforting depths.

As others have noted, un excellent rapport qualité/prix. While not on the wine list if you ask there are generic wines by the pichet that are perfectly acceptable. Une bonne adresse for rustic cuisine at its most honest and appealing. Perhaps canned peas are Proustian for some...

  • Visited September 2013
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Portlad, OR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A bargain in Paris”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Very reasonable for what you get. Excellent service, great frisee with lardons salad, nice cold pea soup, good chicken and rabbit. The rice pudding was better than Mom used to make. 3 course lunch for 21 Euro, 3 course dinner for 29, both a bargain. Plenty of empty seats Wednesday evening.

  • Visited July 2013
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Paterson, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Meat eater's delight!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Come very hungry! We dined here twice. My husband had a different terrine each night. I had wonderful fois gras - a huge portion. The duck confit was just lovely. One night my husband had the pork special, a large portion. The next time he had the lamb the prix fixe which was a considerably smaller portion, but perfect.

  • Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Very nice country-french restaurant”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

We dined at L'AOC on our first evening on a recent trip to France. On the night we visited, we were the only English-speakers in the restaurant, which to me is a good sign. The menu options were extensive and varied. No English menu was available, but we had enough French and Google Translate on the mobile phone to get it all figured out. For the most part, we stuck to classic dishes - escargot, confit de canard, etc. A highlight, however, was the marrow appetizer -- excellent preparation and execution of the dish. Service was efficient, friendly, and helpful; the space is warm and inviting with lots of exposed polished wood.

Reservations by e-mail were a snap, and the restaurant responded promptly. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2013
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New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Warm and inviting”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stopped into AOC tonight without reservations and were delighted to get seated right away. The dinner menu (appetizer, main, dessert) is a good value at 29 euros and the server was kind enough to translate the words we didn't know. Everyone there was very friendly and the wine and food were quite good. Dinner at AOC made for quite a pleasant evening. I'd definitely recommend it.

  • Visited June 2013
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