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Ad Hoc
Ad Hoc

Ad Hoc Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.adhocrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (707) 944-2487
  • 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 (707) 944-2487

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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "We were told the best tine is when they serve chicken but with reservations made in advance, it's a crapshoot. We were the lucky ones and loved the chicken. Service was excellent. Wine pairing was so-so. Overall, we would recommend if to friends and go back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great food. We really like the way they serve the food. Because is a fixed menu, the food is served in a bowl or plate at the center of the table. Our party of four have a blast with this. We were tired of wine for the day and the waiter was very friendly to serve tap water."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As always, a perfect culinary experience - incredibly fresh, flavorful, perfectly cooked food; impeccable and thoughtful service; a lovely, appreciative crowd of diners; and all around another memorable meal at ad hoc."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The meal was delicious. Sometimes you just have to put yourself in the hands of the chef. We've been here twice and each time, it's been a remarkable meal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was very tasty with enthusiastic service. Unfortunately the restaurant has little to no ambience, terrible lighting and an unfortunate music playlist. With more attention to these important details Ad Hoc could be a memorable dining exerience. Otherwise it's quite one dimensional."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Ad Hoc's Family-style pre fix menu works surprisingly well in star abundant Yountville. The garden grown tomato salad was a fine beginning to a well paced meal. The pepper and coffee crusted brisket was spectacular. My only regret was not adding the fried chicken to my plate. Expensive but well worth it."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Daniel was an amazing waiter and really formed our dining experience. He was low key, extraordinarily well-spoken but also plain and fun! Food was exquisite. Makes you realize everything else is muddy & mediocre. Had a magical meal and coming back for more...soon!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Good qualité food, good ambiance and excellent service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Let me start off by saying that Ad Hoc has wonderful food....some of the best I've ever eaten but our recent brunch there was a big disappointment. After spending $200 (including tip and 2 cocktails) the three of us left hungry. Simply not enough food for the money spent. I would suggest that this restaurant raise the price of brunch and add more food. I've gone to brunches all of the country and NEVER left one hungry until my recent experience at Ad Hoc!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Everything was cooked to perfection. If you can't get in to French laundry this is nice too."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A fabulous experience food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The restaurant is casual but the experience is anything but. Service is impeccable and you get great value for the food (just read the AdvHoc cookbook to get an idea how much elaborate preparation is required for even simple dishes)."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The quality as expected is great. Careful in taking very large parties because with a single prix fix menu, if there is something that individuals dislike, there is very little flexibility"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "It was a lovely evening and will always be remembered as one of our "culinary highlights"!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Incredible food and service! Ad Hoc was exactly what we expected and MORE. Inside was pretty loud, so we dined on the patio. You do not select your entree so you need to be pretty flexible and flexable, but you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We always enjoy our dinner at Ad Hoc but tonight's menu was particularly well executed. The salad was a blend of yellow watermelon, cantaloupe, kalamata olives, creamy feta and shaved fennel. Delicious! The grilled ribeye steak with flavorful veggies and polenta were perfectly cooked. The steak was served medium-rare. It was tender, juicy and well-seasoned. Yum! Dessert was described as espresso panna cotta with brownies. The brownies turned out to be gluten-free and lacked the usual structure of a regular brownie but were full of chocolate flavor. The panna cotta tasted more like a butterscotch pudding with a hint of espresso. It was quite good. A steaming pot of French press coffee paired well with the dessert. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Awesome food and cocktails, everything we ate was super tasty"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "If you are expecting something that will blow you away, this is not the place. If you want pretty simple comfort using the best ingredients and prepared really well then you will enjoy Ad Hoc."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great for any event. We have been there 6-7 times over the past years and have never been disappointed With the food or services. This time pork ribs. Once they had a vegetarian option for our friends when we went for fried chicken night."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Super friendly staff that means well. Some awkwardness between the high frequency of staff checking in and our pace of the meal. Food was overall great - especially the vegetables' preparation and clear quality of and treatment taken towards ingredients overall. Some dishes were a little heavy on the salt though, and wish there were more alternatives or options for those who do not do as well with dairy."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We believe that the restaurant should post that "Fried Chicken Mondays" is not on every Monday. Their absolutely delicious fried chicken is served every other Monday. We wondered why the restaurant was not completely full that night. Well it was an "off" Monday. When you have your heart set on a particular meal, and then you are offered something completely different, it was a bit disappointing. We had a round of cocktails, then excused ourselves. Next time we will call first!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I read a rave review about Ad Hoc in Travel and Leisure so I reserved a table during my recent Napa Valley visit. It did not disappoint! The menu is pre-fix, changes on a daily basis, and is very reasonably priced at $52. Our entrée was smoked sirloin with a mouth watering spinach red beans and rice. Very different and VERY good!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Dinner at Ad Hoc is always a professional operation. The food is great and the service is attentive and knowledgeable. I especially appreciate the leisurely pace and casual vibe of family style dining. We were lucky enough to be seated outside. The patio is pretty small, so noise level was very low - it was almost like dining on a private deck at someone's home. A great way to celebrate my husband's birthday."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We'd heard wonderful things about ad hoc. They are all true. Interesting, well prepared food, perfect service. If I had to pick a nit (which reviewers should do): the patio is not really scenic and on this particular night was loaded with bothersome little flies. But that's really a nit on an elephant. This is a terrific eating experience and we'd go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Service, Food, Ambience -- all were top notch Sunday night at ad hoc. Perfect way to end an 8 day road trip! As a fan of Chef Keller and an avid user of the ad hoc cookbook, I was very much looking forward to dinner here. And all expectations were exceeded. Thank you for great food and hospitality!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Dining at Ad Hock is an experience, with the menu changing each day. You never know what you will get, but we enjoyed our meal immensely. It was by far our most favorite meal of our trip to the Napa Valley. the food was outstanding and the service was attentive but not over done."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Everything was superb. Unhurried. Professional wait staff. Good portions. Unpretentious. Exceeded our high expectations."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "the meal we had here was fabulous in every way! we will be heading to Yountville again soon."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great brunch..great service..met friends here and had a great time"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I've eaten at the other Thomas Keller restaurants in Yountville and couldn't wait to eat at Ad Hoc. Since we were leaving to go home on Sunday I thought brunch would be a nice change to eating at the airport on the way home. What can I say, best brunch ever. Biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs to die for. I am sure glad I don't live closer or I would way 400 lbs!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "For all the hype over this place I was definitely not impressed. I knew the pre fixe menu going in and it sounded great. But the food was just very, very average if not disappointing to say the least. Perhaps it was an off night, which everyone is entitled to have, but I was not impressed."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I will never undersatnd how a fixed menu and reservations only can cause someone to wait 25 minutes for dessert. It was offered as a frozen Ice Cream Sandwich w/fresh berries. It was served soft and w/FROZEN berries. The server lied about the problem. I expect more from a Thomas Keller operation."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Recently moved to the area and have dined at many of the restaurants. Food was fantastic, but I've had this thing with a couple Thomas Keller restaurants (Bouchon, now Ad Hoc) where the service really lacks. Very snobby, disinterested. This is in contrast to other Yountville and NV establishments. Service annoying enough that it makes us less likely to go in the future, which is a shame since the food was so good and would have been nice to have this be a go-to place."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We stop in at Ad Hoc on every visit to the wine country and this time the meal was outstanding ( as it alwasy is ). The menu for this evening was outstanding with a big thank you for the risotto...amazing....as was the bone in ribeye.....we loved the cheese course and the fresh fruit for the dessert course was a dynamic choice. This is one of the gems in Yountville and we always recommend it to anyone visiting the wine country. We are already looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "After great expectation at eating in a Thomas Keller restaurant, I was only disappointed. The main dish was a grilled ribeye, which was ordered medium rare but arrived medium well. The dish was bland and the meat tough. Not what you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. We took the wine pairing, which was fair at best, extremely over priced and included only 1 California wine. Big disappointment."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We went in with great expectations. The menu for the night looked fantastic. Grilled Ribeye. We love grilled ribeye. What they actually served at prime rib. Fatty and juicy. We asked our server how it was prepared. He said it was seared on the stove and roasted in the oven. I just couldn't understand the difference in what was advertised vs what was served. The homemade sauce was delicious, though. The rest of the items were very good, not great. Cocktails and wine were good as well. Crostada for dessert was expertly made. Next time I'm in Yountville, I will probably go elsewhere."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Most delicious and most accommodating restaurant. We did not think we would be able to eat at ad hoc since we have a family member who is basically a vegan. They were most pleasant and ready to adapt. The rest of us enjoyed a fabulous ribeye. Wine list was nice but even the cocktails were delish. Most of all it was a fun place with great food and a great vibe. I would go back in a flash. We were seated inside. The outside seating was very limited and did not look at all special."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Had a great experience with my wife on our honeymoon, we had been looking forward to this dinner for month's and were not disapointed by any means. we had the bone in ribeye, and also got the corn dish which was a highlight as well. the ice cream and pie dessert was just the right finish to a great week in napa. Thanks!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Wow. We walked in with high expectations from a friend's recommendation. We were not disappointed! From the start, the service was impeccable - friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable. The food was equally fantastic. The menu the day we went was a Caesar salad, grilled ribeye, corn agnolotti, a cheese plate, and a stone fruit crostata. It was amazing. The flavors were intense but not overpowering and the recommended wine pairing went with each dish very well. I would highly recommend Ad Hoc to anyone. Yum!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Made our reservations months in advance of our visit to Napa Valley. As luck had it we were there on a Monday and it was chicken night. Not your ordinary chicken mind you. This was fabulously prepared, juicy yet crispy, favorably spiced but not over spiced. Loved the prix fixe menu. All the stress of decision making is gone, just sit back and enjoy as Thomas Keller's staff works their magic. The meal was served family style and served in All Clad cookware, a different but nice touch. More food then two people can eat for dinner. The staff packs up the leftovers for you to take home. Everything as delicious especially the pecan/chocolate pie and the wait staff were flawless."
    Dined on 6/23/2014