6476 Washington St.
Yountville, CA 94599Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $50 and over
- 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 7079442487
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 WinnerHot Spot
- Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
- Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
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Ad Hoc reviews from OpenTable diners
416 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (318)special occasion (173)good for groups (138)hot spot (138)neighborhood gem (131)notable wine list (114)great for outdoor dining (77)great for brunch (62)romantic (46)great for lunch (30)vibrant bar scene (27)kid-friendly (23)late-night find (10)scenic view (6)Show More
- Well, it totally lived up to the hype.Prgirl10VIPDined on 11/24/2014Well, it totally lived up to the hype. Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc in Yountville was in a word, the BEST fried chicken we have ever had. So very glad we were able to score reservations on this classic prix fix menu night!!! They even gave us candles in our dessert in honor of our anniversary!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So GOOOOOOOOOODSuesueDined on 11/23/2014The set menu was a little off putting when I booked, but then I figured out, we would probably like everything offered anyway. The food was delicious, well presented and served timely. We had Lentil soup with hot rolls to start with, so fresh tasting and steaming hot. The pork chops were cooked as we ordered and the mixed roasted vegetables were amazing, especially the Brussels sprouts. The cheese dish was different, goat and buffalo soft cheese, extremely tasty. I thought I would be disappointed with the dessert as on Sunday's they serve Sundaes for dessert, sounded boring to me! How wrong was I? Home made ice cream with three sauces, all to die for! It finished off the meal beautifully. Looking forward to going back many times again when we are in the area. Thank you!Special Features:
- Wonderful Food. Wonderful ServicejrsandiegoVIPDined on 11/22/2014Such an amazing experience! It's so wonder to walk into a restaruant and have the decisions made for you and those decision be outstanding! Wonderful ingredients turned into amazing dishes!! Highly recommend to everyone, even if you are a picky eater, you WILL love every bite!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- YumOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/22/2014Never fails to impress! Delicious food served in abundance, so bring your appetite!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Great Girls' Getaway DinnerBranmixDined on 11/21/2014Five of us went to Ad Hoc and had a great time. All of the courses were amazing....especially the ribeye steak and polenta cakes. Generous portion sizes, with 4 eating the steak there were still leftovers. They offered my friend who doesn't eat red meat a salmon dish that was also great. We did not get the wine pairing, but did ask our waiter for the wine that paired with the steak and ordered a bottle. We loved all the pig statues and art work. Our service was great...we would come back again. We also liked the fact they get ingredients from the garden of The French Laundry. If you can't get to TFL....this is a great option.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lives up to the hype - on the food frontMellowDined on 11/21/2014Yountville is a great little stretch. For those who cant get into French Laundry this is a logical back-up. The service got off to a bad start. We sat for almost 20minutes before a server approached the table and offered water. It's prix-fie so I don't know why people are handed menus then made to wait another 10-15 minutes. When he finally came he was friendly but came back infrequently and my glass sat empty after the first round. Food was great. The meat serving was ridiculously huge. Enugh for 4 people (we were two). I felt bad watching the full restaurant being cleared of so much wasted food. The add-on papparadelle was fantastic. Desert was over-the-top and two people could have shared one. I wouldn't go out of my way to go back but it was good. The sister Bouchon bakery down the street is worth trying.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very fun placeDragonflyVIPDined on 11/21/2014I've never been to a restaurant that just has one menu item before! You can subscribe to their email menu list to get some idea of the kinds of things they'll be serving. The night my husband and I went, they had a salad with roasted beets and goat cheese, the biggest ribeye I have ever seen in my life (think Flintstones brontosaurus steak!), sautéed kale, parsnips, forest mushrooms, and a wine sauce, and "Fluffernutter" for dessert, and my husband did the wine pairings. Everything was good, and the service was very energetic and upbeat (the servers wear jeans, sneakers, and the same jacket). Two of us barely made a dent in the enormous ribeye--which was excellent. We took probably ⅓ of it home and had it with our breakfast eggs the next day. I wasn't wild about the dessert, which was house-made shortbread cookies with house-made marshmallow (those parts were good!), caramelized bananas (seemed like maybe they were too green? Normally I really like them), peanut butter, and a chocolate drizzle. Not enough chocolate for me! :-) We'd go back, though! I'd sure love to catch them on a fried chicken night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FantasticNickiDined on 11/21/2014Fantastic food, nice service and very reasonable priced.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ad Hoc shinesRoadieBillDined on 11/21/2014Excellent food that was served perfectly by perfect service in a perfect order. Salad, Rib-Eye, Cheese & Nut plate followed by Fluffer Nutter. Are you kidding me, heaven!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food but is the Service Slipping?SBRGBCAVIPDined on 11/20/2014As usual, Ad Hoc provided a great meal but the past spark of the wait staff was missing. Hopefully, this was a transient issue. In the past, the servers and supervisors seemed to be happy and attentive. This was missing a beat or two on this visit. We visit Ad Hoc at least two times a year during our trips to Napa.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of my top five in NapaShirlucasDined on 11/17/2014The home style fresh delicious food made me very happy! I was pampered from the moment I walked in the door until I finished my desert. I plan to back again and again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/17/2014THE FIIXED MENU IS THE DRAWBACK AS YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT THE MENU WILL BE UNTIL THE DAY OF...RATHER PRICY FOR HOME COOKING ALTHOUGH KELLER IS A MASTER CHEF.Special Features:
- Family style upscaleOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/17/2014As a fan of Keller, I have sweated through many of his complicated Under Pressure sous vide recipes and was excitedly anticipating this meal. I had wanted the fried chicken (usually 1st/3rd Mon) and was disappointed when the entree was ribs and links as my hubby hates fat. Ribs were good but fatty and links were great with a smokey sweet paprika flavor. Beans had a bit too much tooth and greens/corn cake were not anything special but rounded out the dish. Salad and dessert were okay and I appreciate the veggies were grown at FL garden, but living in N CA, I assume most people grow their own veggies or at least get them at farmers markets. Opera cupcake cake component was dry but coffee buttercream frosting and roasted candied hazelnut was nice. Best pair was Humbolt Fog Cypress Grove cheese paired with a mineral 2011 Robert Foley Semillion. Crab cake was great-crispy and chock full of crab. Portions are huge and we had enought for next nights dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ad Hoc Brunch was excellent!DonnaVIPDined on 11/16/2014I have been here for dinner and have really enjoyed it. Tried it for Brunch this time and it was equally impressive. Food was fresh and delicious. Great menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A bit dissappointing :(WinengoodjunkiesVIPDined on 11/15/2014My husband and I had a late Saturday evening reservation. They ran out of the main course and add-on seafood and substituted sub-par meat. The couple next to us sent his meal back. We felt very rushed as we were asked if we'd like our salad before ordering a cocktail or glass of wine. Not being a red meat eater, I was able to have the fish option that wasn't communicated in the first place by the server. My meal of salmon was very good but my husband's tri-tip was really disappointing. Not the expected TK quality were were anticipating. Very unfortunate timing perhaps. WinengoodjunkiesSpecial Features:
- Limited menu - but you'll know thatJL22Dined on 11/14/2014The one real restriction is the "community" menu - everyone gets the same thing. There is always an "added" item - this time, fried chicken livers with spicy jelly; last time, pork belly - and you can request special things if you have a dietary restriction. Overall, the food is good, if not great. The salad was terrific. The steak was a bit wonky - wasn't expecting red meat, and temperature wasn't what we requested. It gets expensive fast. Wine pairing is probably best shared rather than everyone gets their own. But based on the crowd, they're definitely not hurting for business.I would recommend this to a friend.
- ShamelessGluttonDined on 11/13/2014It was our first time to Ad Hoc. Four course meal served family style. Can't say enough good of our server, Alex. First round - salad was superb, very fresh diverse ingredients with lemon vinegarette dressing. Second round (Pt. A) - ordered the optional roasted bone marrow. Fabulous!! Rich, well presented with tasty croutons upon which to spread the marrow. Second round (Pt. B) - New York steak strips, onion rings, twice baked potato, and roasted beets. A lot of food! New York strips perfectly cooked! Potato, beets, i.r. ok, nothing spectacular. Third round - the wierd round of the whole meal - a small platter of cheddar cheese (very good quality), Virginia roasted peanuts (shelled), and miniature dill pickles. Just couldn't figure out the flavor rationale of the 3 together. Finally, fourth round - a pancotta custard with oreo cookie crumb. Delicious! Could've eaten 3 of them myself! Last word - our whole experience at Ad Hoc was very good. Main drawback was the ambiance. The piped in music was so loud that it almost made cross-table conversation impossible! Why? In my opinion, that was an easy remedy. Turn the music down! But, enough negative. Loved our server; great coffee service afterward; price reasonable; will hopefully come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Yountville GemSarasotaLadyVIPDined on 11/10/2014My husband and I had dinner at Ad Hoc for the first time on Monday night and were not disappointed. We could only get a 9pm which was a little late for all the delicious food we ate! I wanted to go on a Monday night as they served fried chicken. It has to be the best fried chicken we have ever had and I look forward to going back when next in Napa. The service is great and very friendly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Napa Valley VacayOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/10/2014Very good food, was a bit tricky to get into. The menu is fixed, but different, each night. So you have to roll the dice some when booking a reservation. Dinner was southern inspired the night I went. Fried chicken, collard greens, biscuits and gravy, with cheddar bacon grits. All in all the food was amazing. My one criticism was the quantity! The waiter commented each guest would get roughly half a chicken. Waaay too much, especially at a nicer place like this. Expectations will be the portions would be a tad smaller. I would suggest the throttle back the chicken and maybe go longer in another area.Special Features:
- Not sure what the hype is aboutFoxtalesAndCocktailsDined on 11/9/2014Came in very excited to hit one of the hyped up Yountville hot spots and turns out it is pretty regular. I usually like prix-fixe menus because they offer some inventive stuff that you most likely would not regularly choose. Turns out I would not have chosen this either. Bean soup was fine, bland as you always know it will be. Heavy heavy beef short rib - felt like it was mass produced where I would have thought a prix-fixe menu's main feature would have more attention paid to it. Regular cheese, honey is obviously nice but still, with all the great cheese in and around Napa you should be shown something more unique. All for the ice cream though, except for the fact that the meal was so heavy that it was tough to pile that on top. Meh.Special Features:
- Hit the SpotStlBrownsDined on 11/9/2014Our meal was fantastic. We dined on a Sunday night and had the following, white bean soup, lamb shank, and a sundae. The soup, while I was at first suspicious was very good. But nothing could compare to the lamb shank. It was a very hearty meal and came out in an iron skillet pan. The sheer size of each shank was something to talk about... and then we tasted it. It tasted better than any review could have described... tender, flavorful, fall off the bone, accompanied with cut potatoes and a reduction sauce - top notch without a doubt. We were so full we couldn't even eat the cheese plate (they wrapped it up for us to take though), so we skipped right to the sundae. The sundae was good, but couldn't compare to the lamb shank.Special Features:
- Unbelievable dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/8/2014The restaurant was certainly lively. I though the noise level was very high and the temperature of the restaurant was too cool. It made our delicious food cold quickly. Those were the only negatives. The service was outstanding. I can't wait to visit Napa Valley and Ad Hoc once again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- finally got a reservation at ad hocnapalocalVIPDined on 11/7/2014great concept with fixed price single option for menu of the day ... not cheap and wine pairing seemed expensive, though decent wine list had plenty of options and you got plenty of food (with most people seeming to take home the left overs). We loved the salad, brisket and cheese courses .. disappointed in the desert of the daySpecial Features:
- Great dining experience all the way aroundLLCJlovesgoodfoodDined on 11/6/2014Ad Hoc delivers wonderful, farm-to-table food in a pleasant, warm atmosphere. You feel like a local dining here. Best enjoyed slowly with a couple of bottles of wine - come hungry as there is an abundance of several delicious courses and you need to take time. Take a designated driver so you can do this! My friend is a chef and she raved about the courses.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- excellent food and service!campy23Dined on 11/3/2014We had a wedge salad, spicy fried chicken, beef brisket, cheese course and pecan pie. We also did wine pairings which was only $40! Everything was so delicious and the service was outstanding. The only reason I didn't do 5 stars was because the brisket we had was very fatty.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Family dining at its bestIndychefDined on 11/3/2014The family style dining is great if you go with a group. Service was excellent.Special Features:
- Big DisappointmentItWasHypeDined on 11/3/2014With the Thomas Keller name & the French Laundry connection its a shill restaurant. Can’t get into the French Laundry try ‘ad hoc’. That’s what I did. I found a Fodor review for Ad Hoc in its choice list. The first course iceberg lettuce with fried bits on top & forgettable dressing was silly. The main course and cheese and crackers 3rd course were ok – nothing memorable. The 4th pecan pie, tasted good but was informed by companion, a baker, the crust was store bought (she could not get over that). After spending $300 dollars with tip, it was a HUGE HUGE disappointment!!! Our lunch at –Market– in St Helena was the great food experience I was looking for! Say NO to Ad Hoc and Fodor’s for an uninteresting, dull, and boring dinning experience.Special Features:
- Awesome Foodkiwi3yDined on 11/1/2014What I like about Ad Hoc is the food and the service. I have been to the restaurant twice now and both times the food was absolutely delicious. However, the thing I dont like is you don't get a choice in what you eat. I am pregnant this time going to the restaurant so I had to tell them ahead of time all the food restrictions I have. The restaurant was very good about it and everything on the menu that day were things I could eat. I appreciated that very much. My little two year old went with us and we opted to get him the $8 butter cheese spaghetti dish instead of paying for him as a full adult. He loved the noodles and he tried a little bit of everything we ate (tender pork ribs, shrimp, rice, veggies, cheese, and dessert).Special Features:
- Gourmet Comfort Food...spikerjackVIPDined on 10/30/2014Enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings. Our entrée was roast chicken...which both my wife and I said was the best chicken we had each ever had. Service was great, wine explanations were dead-on, and we just really enjoyed ourselves. This is not French Laundry, Jr.....but it doesn't need to be. It's a fantastic experience in the heart of Yountville. We loved it.Special Features:
- BHFoodieDined on 10/30/2014Loved the family style serving. Best roast chicken ever. Disappointed that I could not get my Ad Hoc cookbook signed. It was a gift from my kids. Chef only signs new books bought at the restaurant.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great if you enjoy what's servedSuzeDined on 10/27/2014We were a party of 4 and needed to add two unexpected guests. We were acomadated. Not easily. They are ridge at Ad Hoc. The restaurant is pretty and the food was very good. You have to make sure you like what's on the menu cause that's it, unless you are a vegaterian. Kind of like going to a friends house for dinner. The fried chicken was fabulous and the extra of lobster mac n cheese was delectable. The side of beans fair and the sausage pepper apple potato good, except the peppers were a little too hot. I like hot food. All in all it was a favorite and I look fward to dining there again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- unbearably noisyNorthroxVIPDined on 10/27/2014We were looking forward to eating at Ad Hoc since we have the cookbook and have loved many of the recipes. The food was solid, and the fried chicken good. However, we couldn't get out fast enough - it was painfully loud. Our ears felt like we'd been to a concert for several hours afterwards.
- The best fried chicken!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/27/2014What a meal! Even the radishes and roughage were divine!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fried Chicken!!MJTMDined on 10/27/2014We were there for the Monday set dinner of the Buttermilk Fried Chicken! It was the best fried chicken I've ever had. We kept it in our cooler and had it for leftovers and it was still delicious!! I have his cookbook and will try and recreate it (though I doubt I can!) The sides were not to our liking. It was served with and black bean and rice and a squash, sausage, jalapeno side which was way too spicy. Also, the dessert was red velvet cupcakes. I was looking forward to it all dinner but was very disappointed when I tasted it. It was dry and just so-so :( My husband said my cupcakes taste better! The Caesar salad was good. Overall I would go for the fried chicken again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So good we went back twiceOjaiorangeDined on 10/26/2014We were intrigued by the fixed menu and the offering for a particular day, and lucky to score a table. The food was incredible, everything was well explained and the service was perfection. We brought own bottle of wine, which with a small corkage was fine with them. We enjoyed the evening so much, we actually closed the place down. Talking to the manager on the way out we discussed the next evenings dinner and were so excited, Fried Chicken, lobster Mac and Cheese, we asked him to reserve for us the next evening. It was the same incredible experience. Will come back for sure next time we are in Napa Valley.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very Happy Anniversary!lifeisgoodDined on 10/26/2014We live in Napa Valley, so we have we lots of great options, but when my husband asked where I wanted to go for our anniversary this year, I instantly chose AD HOC. We have been there several times, and it totally lived up to my high expectations once again. I love the excitement of not knowing what's for dinner until we get there. The menu was creative and delicious as always, and the service was impeccable.Special Features:
- Ad Hoc- the right purpose in mindfooddrivenDined on 10/26/2014Yountville is filled with wonderful food and wine, so be sure to try Ad Hoc for a casual evening of delicious and bountiful prix fixe fare. The food is exceedingly fresh, beautiful, and deliciously prepared-wonderful fall salad w/ walnuts, local cheese, and persimmons; fabulous smoked & flash-fried chicken wings w/ smoked & perfectly grilled brisket,miniature baked sweet potato w/ creme fraiche; local cheese course w/ housemade toasts and jam; and dessert=sundaes w/ homemade vanilla bean ice cream, 3 excellent sauces, & perfect toppings. Beer and wine selections are available, but we chose our own & all were delicious accompaniments. A great, warm atmosphere w/ excellent food and friendly, knowledgeable staff...now go, enjoy!Special Features:
- Luv2gooutVIPDined on 10/26/2014Fresh delicious food. Great service. The menu is limited and it changes daily, so check out what they will be offering that day before you arrive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- prefix menu only, no optionsOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 10/25/2014We were excited to dine at Ad Hoc. We didn't realize the restaurant serves only prefix meal....I'm not a big fan of prime rib, which was featured that night. We ended up leaving. Nothing against the place, but they probably should be more clear how they work. Just FYI.
- Not Fussy Good FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 10/25/2014You don't have to be adventurous to trust the chef's tasting menu here. The food is Sunday Sunday supper at it's best served family style and without attitude. We were there on prime rib night. It came served with horseradish mashed potatoes, wilted spinach and roasted carrots. I would never have ordered that on a menu where I had choices and it was straight up delicious. The service was friendly and knowledgeable and nice. We will definitely be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.