This is a particularly good restaurant...one who's food warms the whole body. It is tapas style and tends to get rather mixed reviews but it is undeniable that their wine list is lengthy (especially by the glass) and their food excellent. I often compare it to Cobras and Matadors but the dishes at AOC are much more refined. Upon being seated you are greeted with a small bowl of olives and a sort of dipping for the bread. The wine bar is an impressive sight and the bar itself is filled with diners who stopped in without a reservation. The main dinning room is always bustling while the upstairs is more quite and frankly where you want to avoid being sat.
The menu is simple and laid out in no particular ordering featuring charcuterie's, cheeses, salads, fish, meat and specialties from the wood-burning oven. Most start with a meat and cheese. We started with a cow's cheese, a goat's cheese and prosciutto de parma. This course was good but only as good as the cheese you order. I would recommend forgoing the cheese and meats until the end and if you are still hungry after you sample some of their more unique dishes, then order the meat and cheese.