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
410 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (293)special occasion (175)hot spot (126)notable wine list (119)good for groups (117)neighborhood gem (113)great for outdoor dining (85)great for brunch (68)romantic (50)kid-friendly (33)great for lunch (32)vibrant bar scene (25)scenic view (13)late-night find (10)Show More
  • Way too much food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were a party of six and there was 100% agreement that while the food was excellent, the amount served was excessive to the point where it diminished our overall enjoyment. We couldn't finish it and we ate WAY too much (it was lamb shank night). The wine pairing is on a par with other wine parings, although leaning on the stingier side. I would do it again. One of our party ordered a martini and it had to have been the smallest martini any of us have ever seen served - he was not definitely not happy.
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  • Exceptional
    hungrycalVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    One word, exceptional. Form the arrival through the way out the door a thoroughly pleasant dining experience. The wait staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The food more than competent. The pairings were spot on. Being on my own, I sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed both the food and the conversation with the professional and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Chalone
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Have dined at Thomas Keller's most excellent Per Se & thought to try another of his restaurants while in Napa. The space is well designed but very loud. Check in was I attentive and even tho had reservations, waited 20 min for table, standing in crowded entry. Food was just not anything to write home about. The salad and cheese course were the highlights. Sooo....been there, done that, don't want to go back. Sadly disappointing.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it
    Timthejang
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    a good amount of food. it was noisy but thats ok it had a good energy about it. we brought food home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bill Miller
    wamshot
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Having dined at Thomas Keller's French Laundry a day earlier, we were expecting another, though more economical, excellent restaurant. Ad Hoc was a disappointment. The wedge salad was good, but the beef loin entrée though plentiful, was bland and tasteless. The cheese course was average, and the pecan desert (like a small pecan pie) could have been purchased at any average bakery. However, the dining experience was overshadowed by the fact that is was very loud. That is why I recommended it for groups...they seem to congregate, have too many drinks, get loud, enjoy themselves...but not those diners around them. Unfortunately, the hard surfaces certainly doesn't dampen the noise level. $200 for 2? Too much!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amaze Balls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was amazing. The heirloom tomato salad was the highlight. Followed closely by the stroganoff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John40207
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were seated on time despite the huge crowd. Menu is one entree for all served family style. Food was very fresh and we loved the salad and salad dressing. Great use of locally grown vegetables. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over the top AWESOME
    RandomPantry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    What a wonderful first dinner in Yountville. The element of anticipation of not knowing what we will eat, followed by a welcoming and warm atmosphere and absolutely zero pretense - AMAZING!!! Each dish was fresh, beautiful and tasty. The server personable, informative and passionate. Just great from start to finish. If we had any critical feedback it would be that we probably were served 20% too much food! Really large family plates and we felt guilty for not finishing more of the dish. Thank you for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Meal in Napa
    JC4Wine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    4 of us went for dinner and had a great time. They were VERY good at accommodating my husband's food allergies. Portions were not small and everything that we ate was spectacular...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tourist review of ad hoc
    JimDVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The menu included short ribs and shrimp. Salad was excellent, short ribs were outstanding. The cheese course was ok. I did not like the cheese but that is a matter or taste. Dessert was a frozen custard with chocolate sauce. It came out frozen solid and I could barely get my spoon into it to get a taste. I had to push hard to get my spoon into the frozen delight. It tasted good but required work. The wine paring selections were mixed, some I like some I did not.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ad Hoc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Incredibly delicious and fresh-tasting salad. Best roast chicken I have ever had. Wines were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    As usual, we had a perfect meal. Great service, great food. Enjoyed every minute of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very cozy space
    Dinealot
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Lots going on at this restaurant...extremely busy. Tables close together. A bit too fast serving you the courses, just barely get one done and the next one is there. Food was good...more like home cooking. Awesome dessert! (Peanut butter pie) yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    james
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    we thought this was supposed to be a great restaurant. we paid over $50 a person for a cesaer salad that wasn't ever cut up, spagetti & meatballs, some cheese & ice cream that came with sauce to pour over it. this was no foodie cooking this. I could have had this meal at any average Italian chain restaurant. We paid a lot of money for less than average.
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  • $$$$ Spaghetti & Meatballs
    kath
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Generally I LOVE Ad Hoc and always look forward to dining there with friends and family. Unfortunately I recently booked a reservation for 6 family members who were visiting from Texas and the entrée happened to be Spaghetti & Meatballs. They were very disappointed as they were expecting something a bit more exciting and creative due to the reputation of the restaurant. The comment that was repeated throughout their 4 day visit was... "That was the most expensive Spaghetti and Meatball dinner we've ever had"... Not a good lasting impression.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lack-luster
    Debbie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    They serve everyone the same four course meal for $52 each which is decided that day. I took my son for his birthday, so of course I made reservations. The night we picked was Spaghetti and Meatballs (good meatballs), Caesar salad (average) an extra expense Shrimp and Octopus Dish $16 (very flavorful but the octopus was rubber), a cheese course (ok) and a Sunday Bar (juvenile but tasty). The wine paring was very good $38. They did not charge us for the octopus, but it was still $235 with tax and tip. If you are going to go here, just show up on the day you like the menu, they are usually very inventive. I was saddened that we couldn't at least have had a bread salad in tomato season with our spaghetti and a treat from their bakery.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I had been there for dinner so we decided to go there for brunch, I was disappointed. The salad was wonderful. The carrots were great, the chicken fried steak -- not so good (bland). The fig coffee cafe for dessert -- not what I would expect in a dessert from a Chef Keller restaurant, very disappointed. The saddest of all was the three small chocolate chip pancakes for an additional $8, wow I'm not sure what they were thinking with this. I have always enjoyed Mr. Keller's restaurants from French Laundry to Bouchon to AdHoc for dinner but AdHoc for brunch requires some work.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attention to Detail
    Donna
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very Thomas Keller attention to detail. Food was excellent. Love the ambiance. Prefer the patio as it is small and quiet in the great Napa Valley weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service and Food
    blondie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The price was a little steep but the food was amazing, it definitely didn't disappoint. The atmosphere was casual and the noise level was high. It's good for groups and friends to go to, the food is served in a family style which means you share the food. They give you the right amount of food for sharing though. It is very hard to get a reservation so much sure you book far in advance. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. She was very energetic and made the dining experience much more memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun fun fun
    TastebuddiesVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    How fun to sit at a large table with family and friends, and be served beautiful, luscious, abundant food family style. Put that table in Napa Valley and it just doesn't get any better. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Did not dissapoint
    kldgreen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    took my family there for a special dinner and the experience did not disappoint. I was not overly amazed by the main course but there were components to the email that were stellar. I thought perhaps the price was a little much for what it was - in particular the cheese plate and sundae dessert were less than a wow statement at the end of a meal that otherwise had been building well.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ad Hoc - Still A Local Treat
    John
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We are Napa "locals", so we subscribe to their daily email menu. This is a great help if you want to see what's cooking the day before. I highly recommend one subscribes. It was our second visit, the first being several years ago. The interior looks very much the same, with a small room expansion. Upon arrival, we discovered that I made my reservation for the wrong date. Our host, Dolce, was still able to seat us thank goodness. She was the best. It could easily have been otherwise. I'm not sure describing the items would be much help since they change the menu daily. It's one price and a fixed menu. for those who need a gluten free meal, they do provide that as well. We weren't disappointed and overall met our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wow.
    eamon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    just do yourself a favor and go to ad hoc - everything about this restaurant was amazing: food, service, ambiance. seriously, if you're in wine country - just go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Higgins
    Higgins
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is outstanding at Ad Hoc!!! Everything fresh. The NY steak was so tender and cooked perfectly! You definitely get your money's worth! The service was also outstanding, never waited for anything! A great gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Cablovers
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Each dish was fantastic. Salad, chicken wings(huge)and smoked and a wonderful steak. Dessert was a butterscotch blondie…perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good. Not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We sat in the patio on. Warm night. Enjoyed the quieter ambiance but it was actually a little too hot. The salad was my favorite dish. Really fresh greens, tomatoes and herbs combined for a surprisingly tasty and beautifully presented course. Steak was cooked just right and served family style. Well prepared but a little salty and a little too fatty. Good cheese and honey course. Enjoyable blondie with terrific creme fraiche for dessert. The service was just right. We had a really good evening. But a day later we both agreed there wasn't anything so memorable to make us rush back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    DrewM
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food and service was impeccable. The portions were large. We left full and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegetarians
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Not many options for vegetarians and the food seemed a little dry. Outdoor dining was nice bc inside was quite loud but the flies were a downside as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieSuzy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Heirloom salad was fabulous, hangar steak had good flavor but still a bit chewy, saffron rice & veg were delicious, shrimp toast was really good, and the cake with fig topping was yummy. Service staff was great! Meal was fairly priced. We will definitely return to this restaurant when next in Yountville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seriously???
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    You cancelled my reservation so how can I review this restaurant.
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  • So-So
    Eater
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Unimaginative, overpriced food. A slab of basic ( fatty) short ribs on rice that was no better than a neighborhood diner. A chopped salad that was decent but less tasty than many of our local eateries. Punishingly noisy. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OUTSTANDING!!
    ALH2053VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have not experienced many restaurants with a set menu so not being familiar with some of the offerings can be a bit risky. Do not worry, just go and enjoy the food. We went on our last night in Yountville and had some of the best food of the entire trip. That includes a visit to the French Laundry. The restaurant is very casual and the wait staff is great. The menu changes frequently so it can be like a box of chocolates "you never know what your going to get". This evening was a salad course followed by a entre of flank steak with garden fresh corn and greens. Wonderful! Followed by cheese with peanuts and honey. That turned out to be off the chart good. Last was a carrot cake with pineapple sorbet. ALL great offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise
    Luvthefood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We loved the family style presentation The food was great and we had such a special time The cost of this dinner in comparison to others that were more expensive was definitely worth it
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  • Fried chicken not at it's best
    kenmin5VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I was very excited about the Monday fried chicken night. The portion was plentiful however the chicken was too breaded. Having been in Charleston two months ago and having had Poogan's porch fried chicken the comparison was simple. Far better with the Poogan buttermilk variety. Perhaps another night at Ad Hoc would have been better.
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  • Ad Hoc Fried Chicken dinner
    CTsonoma
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We have eaten at Ad Hoc numerous times for their famous fried chicken, and while it was tasty, it was not up to their normal standards. The sides were good and the service was exceptional as always. Overall just not a memorable meal from Ad Hoc for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family style without the kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Thomas Keller seldom disappoints and I had anticipated that if his restaurant was serving a fixed price menu for the entire evening that each course would be perfect. Two home runs for the starter tomato salad and the beyond creamy dessert sundae, but my companions and I all felt the entree of pork loin was overcooked. Would I have been dissatisfied at any other restaurant, probably not- but this is Thomas Keller after all! The nice part is, a different menu each night, so I will definitely try again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Meal
    TTSFVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Ad Hoc was the perfect end to a perfect day. The experience, like every other Thomas Keller project, was flawless. Ad Hoc hit the perfect balance of casual, comfortable dining - like going to a friend's house for dinner - if that friend was a 5-star chef using the best ingredients available. We sat outside, which was lovely, given the sunset and warm weather, and our server(s) were all exceptionally warm, funny, and accommodating. We absolutely adored the tomato salad - like summer on a plate - and the entrees and cheese course were all delicious. Dessert was an especially wonderful experience - "build your own sundaes" with completely fantastic toppings and flavors. All this topped off with exceptional hospitality... Will be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good - not amazing
    DDLux
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The Thomas Keller restaurants have a reputation for amazing food. The meal was really good and we had a very good overall experience, but the meal was not amazing. Possibly my expectations were too high. Our salad was excellent and again, the service was impeccable. A very tasty opening course. Then we had eggs benedict with a crab cake serving as the muffin. Great concept. The crab cake was really good. The eggs were overcooked. I asked to have a new egg and they responded immediately and brought a new one. The tort for dessert was the disappointment. It was tough and dried out. The bottom layer crust was almost to dense to cut. We do want to return and try other meals.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointing
    sherrybrry
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Got off to a rocky start with a Bloody Mary that was one of the least distinguished Bloodys I've ever had. Thin and seriously lacking in flavor. Mentioning it to the wait person, he took it away without my even having to ask, and later, after tasting the mix, said he totally agreed with me. The salad was very fresh, as was the dressing, and I enjoyed the bacon lardons. Not being a fan of crab cakes, I will say that at least these had a lot of crab, as opposed to filler, but I wasn't getting that "Oh, this is incredible" taste sensation. The egg on top was delicious and well-prepared. The hit of the meal for me was the dessert, which was billed as a torte, but towards the outside edge was almost like a cookie. Truly yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had higher expectations
    LeonievSVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were very excited to try out ad hoc but were not very impressed. The menu was ok but not great and the salad we started with was superstrongly soaked in pesto, one of the members in our party got instant stomach aches out of it.. Ended up having a bit of a laugh when Mr Thomas Keller showed up himself to eat and got the salad with the pesto on the side!! So even he knows the amount of pesto on the salad is way out of proportion!
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