Ad Hoc
Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.adhocrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7079442487
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Sunday Brunch - 10:30 to 2 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Katie Hagan-Whelchel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Along with our events team, ad hoc is able to provide off-site services for private functions.
  • Private Party Facilities: ad hoc can be reserved entirely for any size private party up to 98. Large party dining is also available for groups up to 40.
  • Private Party Contact: Cassie Sealing 7079442487

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a small public lot and ample parking across the street - no charge.
A word from Ad Hoc
Thomas Keller’s ad hoc, which literally means "for this purpose," was originally intended to be a temporary restaurant, open during the development of a very different concept. But, due to its loyal following, it was decided that it must be a permanent fixture in Yountville. ad hoc serves a prix fixe, 4-course chalkboard menu, changing daily. Food is served family style and reminiscent of the comfort food with which Chef Keller grew up.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Ad Hoc reviews from OpenTable diners
411 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (299)special occasion (175)hot spot (130)good for groups (121)notable wine list (116)neighborhood gem (114)great for outdoor dining (84)great for brunch (65)romantic (45)great for lunch (29)kid-friendly (27)vibrant bar scene (25)late-night find (11)scenic view (7)Show More
  • Birthday special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We went to Ad Hoc to celebrate my wife's birthday. The service was very prompt and professional. The food was great, though not mind blowing. Since everything is served family style, it is sort of like going to your grandmother's house, if your grandmother is also a fabulous cook with an awesome wine cellar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Laundry cousin
    SamSVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Thomas Kellers other place is AdHoc. They have a 4 course Prix Fixe menu for each day and the only choice you have is whether to add the 1 or 2 side dishes. The day we went , it was Ceaser salad ( good, wiht extra dressing, but no anchovies) NY strip steak also good but not great, the blanched greens were good, but the polenta mash with mushrooms and parmesan cheese was just too mushy for me. We had ordered the extr side of veal sugo with noodles which was goo. After that we had cheese and crackers and a apple cupcake. Service was brisk and seemed rushed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thomas Keller in the house!
    Oenophile
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Had a great night at Ad Hoc. Fried chicken, lobster rolls on crispy brioche, Brussels sprouts, Mac n cheese, salad and cheese course. All food was awesome, perhaps specially so as Chef Keller was dining that night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried chicken Monday
    zoltocVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had an excellent meal family style consisting of fried chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, mac and cheese, mixed salad and a slightly odd but surprisingly good banana/peanut butter dessert. Very nice wine pairings. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Walla2
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Always a great experience. First time we have been there for "fried chicken" it was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but very noisy
    Duke
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had been to Ad Hoc before but only for drinks at the bar. This time we reserved a table and while the food and service were exceptional the noise was so loud that I had to shout to make myself heard to my husband who was seated across from me. I would sit at the bar if you want a more intimate experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had the Sunday brunch with biscuits, sausage and gravy. Biscuits were hard, sausage was hard - not moist. Was quite disappointed with the $100 price tag.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything We Expected and More
    2happyfoodies
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Ad Hoc was everything that we expected and more. The food was very flavorful, as well as being wonderfully presented. Loved the family style dining. Our waiter was great. He was knowledgeable of the wines that the restaurant offered. A person could have wine pairings with each course of the meal, but we chose one specific wine from the wine list and it went perfectly with our meal. Look forward to returning to Ad Hoc for a meal the next time we are in Yountsville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best chefs in town.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is our second trip to Napa in the last 5 years. Last visit we went to Ad Hoc and loved the food. This time was just as great. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • YUM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Farm fresh YUM! Every bite was delicious. Service spot on. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Couldn't be happier with the food and place. It's loud in there but that makes it much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great cocktails, great food. Prompt and attentive service. I was leery about not having a menu to choose from but everything was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Met all expectations!
    Bruce
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We had high expectations for Ad Hoc based on recommendations from friends and reputation. Ad Hoc met them all. Our server was fantastic . . . . articulate about the menu that evening and well versed on the wine list and food pairings (as well as music history, past and present). Set the stage for a memorable meal. Combinations that were not intuitive but were delicious together. We were fortunate to have a table outside on a beautiful evening. All in all a five star experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Kjules13
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our dinner at Ad Hoc was one of the best I have ever had. The food was vibrant and delicious - an experience in Yountville that should not be missed! I love the set menu and that it changes each day...you can just sit down and enjoy the company you are with - instead of spending time reading through the menu to choose what you want. Do not miss Ad Hoc!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Best food in Napa! Great family style restaurant! Would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys simple food prepared perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Start to Finish
    Valeri
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Ad Hoc lives up to what you would expect from Thomas Keller. The place is fun and unpretentious - bright and airy. We came for Sunday brunch and started with delicious Bloody Mary's, followed by the most incredible chocolate chip pancakes I have ever had in my life - required a second order. The corn beef hash and fried eggs were fabulous, and a nice generous portion for the 4 of us. We finished with a key lime tart with the fluffiest meringue - yum! Our service was also absolutely wonderful - there whenever you needed something, happy to answer questions. Do not miss this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food in Wine Country
    RDD1
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Visited Ad Hoc for Sunday brunch and we were thrilled. While it's a set menu, they do allow substitutions for dietary preferences/restrictions - my wife is not eating red meat so we sub'ed salmon for the corned beef hash. Starter salad was amazing - romaine, roasted beets, spicy cashews, green goddess dressing. Yum. Salmon has was also very good. We were too stuffed to eat much of the dessert. And a relative bargain. Wine list also very nice with lots of local choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a must for Brunch in Napa!
    SkinFlickVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As usual, Ad Hoc does not disappoint. The food and service are impeccable! The only thing I notice is that the prices keep going up and up and up! For the known cost of the ingredients in brunch, the price is a little eccentric! Lettuce, Beets, Potatoes, Bread and Eggs prepared beautiful nonetheless, but $250 plus with mimosas? Getting a little crazy. Great time though.. I'll probably still go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    5starVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We love Napa Valley restaurants and had always wanted to eat at Ad Hoc. We found the food to be very good and fresh. They accommodated my request for salmon instead of the corned beef hash that was on their Sunday brunch menu. The salad with beets was so crisp and fresh. Dessert of key lime squares was delicious. The family style service was interesting. Our waiter was helpful in explaining the menu and service. We would like to try the fried chicken some day at Addendum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations were higher
    Murphy42
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Overall, it was a great experience. The service was exceptional. Food was good but not for what you pay. It's more about the location and notoriety I think. If you're into that, then it's for you. We had brunch so this is just based on that experience. Not sure I'd go back.
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  • Love Ad Hoc
    Classic
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Love the food and the service is excellent! Only bad thing was the guys sitting next to us were too loud and talked non-stop. Not the restaurants fault.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overated food
    eyedine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The restaurant is getting by on it's reputation and not on it's food or service. You expect to be wowed by the food but most is average with a few hits. There are far better places to go in the Valley than Ad Hoc.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food, wine and service were all excellent. Can get noisy inside. Sit outside if the weather is nice and you want a quiet dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great experience yet again. Truly love this place each and every time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food!!
    Sara
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Family style service of daily menu. Food was absolutely amazing. Great flavors, presentation, and portion sizes. Waited 4 years to visit this restaurant and it was worth the wait! Service is attentive and friendly.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible this time!
    Napadiner2
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Two years ago our meal at Ad Hoc was amazing, so when we returned to Napa we came back. This time the service was terrible, the food was inconsistent and expensive, and the wine pours were very small. We would not come back here.
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  • DELICIOUS!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Hard to describe the experience.Go see for yourself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic!
    BethVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Ad Hoc consistently serves outstanding food. Absolutely delicious.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Pork Chops
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The pork chops were the best I every had. Service was great. We were hungry so we went early and were seated right away. Everything was delicious. The cabbage and carrots were great along side the chops. The salad was fresh and seasoned just right. I also enjoyed the pumpkin bread topped with cream and pumpkin seeds. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Service was a bit slow at first but other than that it was perfection! Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining in the Dark
    Jean
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Right when we arrived the power went out! The staff was amazing, added extra candles, served a lovely meal and made the best of a challenging situation. We spend over 2 hours eating and talking and the minute we got up to leave, the power came back on!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed!
    RustyccVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have dined here before and our experience was incredible. Our recent visit was very lack luster. Menu of prime rib with a boiled potato was very unimaginative and blah...and they ran out of the braised carrots. Also, this is Thomas Keller's restaurant (of the C4C gluten-free flour). Their GF accommodation was to do nothing, they brought the bread and said sorry, none for you. We brought a bottle of wine and they charged $25 for corkage, which I do not have an issue with. What I do take issue with is that the waiter never poured the wine for us, he pretty much ignored our table all night. We asked for some salt and pepper he never brought it, we had to ask another server. Plenty of other restaurants in Yountville to check out.
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  • Great Spot!
    mbbsac
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    outstanding food, service, and atmosphere!!! Menu changes nightly so always a new experience…..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as expected
    Kostas
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food is average. Service too. I found a hair in my plate and they just took my plate and brought me a clean one. Don't have the chicken you won't eat it and there is nothing special to it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Different Choise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Foi uma surpresa conhecer uma comida diferente e um lugar especial. Além do mais você tem contato com a comida simples, saudável
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    In Napa for 40th birthday and made reservations for dinner at Ad Hoc. Was every bit as delicious as I remembered.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but ok svc this time
    lan1993
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is one of my favorite restaurant. The only disappointment this time was the service. Our server was not attentive (which I don't expect her to) since we had to waive her down many time for water, extra sauce, and other knick knack stuff. Never once she came by to check up on us unless we had to waive her down and the restaurant was not busy at the time (service was exceptional other time I was there). My friend ended up give feedback to the general manager on the spot and all he did was apologizing for her not so good service but no promises of improving future service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MelissaS2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I loved every second of my meal at Ad Hoc. The restaurant is beautiful. It was just enough noisy enough to feel comfortable but you could still hear everything your table mates said. The service was great and the food was OUTSTANDING. I will be coming back for sure. They have ice cream sundaes for dessert on Sunday. It was heavenly. Ugh, I cant wait to eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SKL1229
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Perfect evening! Excellent food and wine and great service.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FremontMandL
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Maybe because we are the last group for the brunch, we felt we are eating the left over "pork shoulder hash". It's a big pot of potatoes in oil, you can hardly find pork! I would avoid having brunch at 1pm there...
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet