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About Ad Hoc
Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc + Addendum was originally intended to be a temporary restaurant, 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 family-style menu, which changes daily, and embodies the comfort food reminiscent of the recipes Chef Keller's childhood. Addendum is the restaurant's seasonal outpost offering buttermilk fried chicken or BBQ picnic lunches to be enjoyed in the garden or taken to-go.
Yountville, CA 94599
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch - 9:00 to 1:30pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a small public lot and ample parking across the street - no charge.
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access
At Ad Hoc + Addendum, there is no limit to what we can offer for celebrating your next occasion: a buyout of the entire restaurant, an outdoor garden party with food stations, or our food and team at a location of your choosing. The possibilities are endless.
Ad Hoc Ratings and Reviews
Ad Hoc does it right!
Ok, I like a Thomas Keller restaurant that picks the menu for me and delivers a fantastic meal every time!
Hard to get in, but so worth it!
We book on OpenTable before we know we will be in Napa as far in advance as we can.
The food is just awesome! The service is attentive and they seem to have all the kinks out of earlier complaints.
Did I say we love the food??
The wine pairings are fun. The wine list is limited but customized for the style of food they serve.
We like that we don't have to make hard choices in what we are going to order.
Some people don't like that. The menu emailed to us that day so if we don't like the menu we cancel.
Lots of pork and flank steak dishes.
Fried Chix every other Mon night
Once we discovered Ad Hoc we have not gone to any other Napa area restaurant despite the many great dining choices in the valley. Ad Hoc is consistently the perfect meal. There is so much attention paid to each component of the dish we are often talking about how we can recreate the recipe for a side dish as well as a main dish. The service has the perfect mix of being attentive without being overbearing.
The food was farm fresh and there was plenty of it. They were happy to substitute the chateaubriand with a fish dish for my pescetarian boyfriend. If I have one complaint it's that our drinks took a long time to be served. We ordered more than one round and each time we waited longer than we should have. The restaurant is expensive and understandable so, but for the money I would have expected more attentive service.
I think this is the sort of restaurant that you must eat at once, just to experience the hype firsthand. I certainly appreciate the concept behind Ad Hoc - highly local, seasonal, and fresh cuisine in a casual environment, but the food is only "good".
Frankly, for $50 a head, you can do better than Ad Hoc in the Napa Valley. Perhaps it's the high expectations from the rave reviews from all over the country, but I can't help but think it's a case of the Emperor's New Clothes.
Granted, the lack of execution in the food is probably inherent to having a menu that's written on the same day, rather than any lack of expertise by the staff.
The staff are attentive and the environment is the perfect mixture of casualness and elegance
I have been to Ad Hoc five or six times over the past couple years. This is the first time I was disappointed in any way. The food was inconsistent (even compared to the tables next to ours). Portions were much smaller than they had been in the past (although much more than necessary). The most disconcerting part of the evening was an overall feeling that the kitchen was just pumping out food without the care and attention they had in the past.
Great food, great atmosphere, great service.
We came for their fried chicken dinner and it was amazing! The four course meal was plenty of food and it will definitely fill you up. The space wasn't as big as I imagined it, but the restaurant accommodated large and small groups. A plus for having a small patio area.
There is a lot of hype around the Thomas Keller name. Ad Hoc is simple, no frills and is everything it promises, comfort food that is fresh and perfectly prepared. The menu changes daily, so expect to eat whatever they tell you to eat. Compared to other hot spots, Ad Hoc is moderately priced and delivers fresh, standard American fare. I had a meal starting with a seasonal salad, “hanging steak” with roasted potatoes and onions, followed by a well prepared cheese plate and finished off with cinnamon beignets for dessert. Was it good? Yes. The best meal I ever ate? No. Don’t go expecting to explore the culinary world. Instead go and experience the very best of American style comfort food and you will not be disappointed.
It's Thomas Keller... nuf said!
Love the concept, love the menu the night we had dinner. And love the price. $50 a person for a 4 course meal?! Hard to beat. And on top of that, it's a Thomas Keller joint?
One day I'll save up enough for the French Laundry, but until then Ad Hoc is just perfect.
A great choice if you're in the area.
Enjoyed a great meal with a real Southern touch (Barbeque beef, corn on the cob, buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy) and we also got the Shrimp & Grits offered that night. The salad had some of the freshest English peas I have ever tasted. Everything was delicious! The only weak item was the dessert....chocolate cupcakes that were very dry.
After eating here once before, we wanted to try their famous fried chicken only to find out it's served every other Monday not every Monday. I swear they said it was served every Monday the last time we were there! The meal we had was ok. The meat was very chewy. The corn and biscuits were delicious and the rest was good, not great. The biggest problem I had was getting the restaurant to open the blinds when the sun went down. Across the street is a beautiful view of the mountains and some grape vines but apparently it's more important to have all the blinds up at the same time rather than pleasing their diners with opening the blinds and leaving one closed. Give me a break! Your guests should be your top priority.
We dined at Ad Hoc on 5/22 while on our honeymoon. We were excited to try the restaurant after reading such rave reviews, and while the food was great, the service was some of the worst I have ever received.
We didn't receive our first course until about 30 minutes after being seated, and the waiter was apologetic when he realized the course was missing and promptly brought it out. The next course didn't come for another 45 minutes, but this time our waiter seemed to avoid confronting us until the very end (when we were about to leave). Also, we ordered a wine pairing with our meals, and the third pairing did not arrive until we had almost finished the third course (no one offered to remove this pairing from the bill, very disconcerting)
Everything is right about Ad Hoc, time and time again. WIth their happy music and their relaxed tone and their waitstaff of the coolest nerds you ever laid eyes on you almost forget--even in between courses-- that you are about to be served some of the best food on the planet aka Thomas Keller. Does a restaurant get any better than this?
I liked much of the meal, but the chicken-fried steak was a bit burnt. Since they're known for their fried batter entrees, I was surprised by that. They were nice and probably would have made me a new one if I'd asked, but I was too hungry to wait for another, so perhaps the fault is mine. Still, I do wish they had made the decision for me in the kitchen and replaced it before plating it. I enjoyed the music, david bowie etc.
My finance and I walked in an hour prior to our reservation and was immediately greeted by the host and escorted to our table promptly towards the back of the restaurant. I didn’t particularly like my corner as my walk through the restaurant was filled with vibrant colors and excitement, where I would’ve rather been sitting. I asked the hostess if I could be seated at another location, she pointed me to an adjacent corner. So I pointed to a table to inquire about sitting there to which she responded, “We have to leave those tables open incase we have a big party come in. We need to be able to put the tables together.” I accepted and sat at the initial table she had chosen for us.
I knew walking in that their brunch was a prix fixe menu.
We made reservations at Ad Hoc because we couldn't get in at The French Laundry. By the end of the meal, we were sort of thinking "The French what?" It was wonderful, every single bite of each course, and the wine pairings were perfect. I wish I could recommend what we had, but that's not how it works at Ad Hoc. No matter--you're virtually guaranteed a wonderful experience.
Such a treat from the perfect bread, the salad that tasted as if it was picked moments before being served, to the panna cotta dessert at the end. If I could have licked the glass the panna cotta was served in without totally embarrassing myself, I would have. The beef might have been the best I have ever had, ANYWHERE. I love not having to choose my dishes and risk missing the best item on the menu. Every item was perfectly prepared, service was friendly and unpretentious, a wonderful dining experience all around. Can't wait to return.
Read all the reviews in Yelp about every other Monday, outstanding fried chicken. Made reservations months in advance. The salad (nothing but an iceberg lettuce wedge ) and the desert ( basically a toaster pop tart ) were
a joke. The best part of the meal was the vegetable. The chicken was okay but way too much breading. We have no problem spending $52/plate but you would be better served spending $5 at a KFC for an average fried chicken.
Ad Hoc is a very interesting restaurant along Restaurant Row in Yountville. For those wanting to taste Chef Thomas Keller's food but can't get reservations or don't want to spend the money at his more famous and expensive restaurants this is a good alternative. My wife and I were vacationing in Napa Valley and tried it out.
The concept is very interesting, the restaurant has a fixed menu per night with an appetizer, an entree, a cheese course, and dessert. We came on fried chicken night, and it is some of the best fried chicken we've eaten. The chickens are small though, and a criticism could be made that the breading was alot compared to the amount of meat. Our cheese course was interesting and the fruit tart for dessert was excell
Had fried chicken at Ad Hoc and it lived up to the hype. The ambiance, service, and food were all top notch for sure. I would put Ad Hoc up there with my top 5 dining experiences for sure (The French Laundry, Komi, Redd, Ad Hoc, and Marea if you were interested). I thought I would be disappointed with the fruit tart, but it was the perfect end to a pretty heavy meal, perfect in being light and fresh. Oh yeah, and don't forget about leftovers the next day! The fried chicken were great cold for lunch! Another can't miss in Yountville.
A perfect way to experience Keller food and concepts in a much lighter atmosphere. Excellent concept and staff that knows how to execute it at the highest level. Even the simplest tastes elevated to elegant by perfect execution and pairing with the right wines. A refreshing change was that three of the five wines paired were NOT from Napa or Sonoma but were world wines that fit perfectly. I would recommend putting this on any Napa visitor's top to visit list.
This is my second visit to Ad Hoc and with family this time. We were greeted with a warm hello and sat right away! The waiter remembered me from my last visit which was great! The show began soon after with champagne, wonderful wines, great food and good company! Can't wait to return! Thank you to Ad Hoc for putting on such a good night!
French Laundry was an impossibility, so we toyed with Bouchon, Auberge du Soleil and Meadowood as dining options before settling on Ad Hoc at a friend's recommendation and we are so glad- it was by far the best dining experience of our trip! The menu was divine that night- smoked trout and frisee salad with 3 (!) different dressings, roasted lamb with quinoa, baby carrots and several other amazing things I've forgotten, an extra course of guinea hen (incredible!) and a giant sundae for dessert. The service was superb- cool and casual but super on-point and the atmosphere was fun and spirited. The wine pairings were phenomenal. This place oozes awesomeness- we can't wait to recommend and visit again!
Prob. one of the best restaurants in the valley. Food is not over-powered by sauces or spices. Everything cooked right with the meal being the center point. Staff is well-versed on the food, wine/beer pairings, and dessert. ad hoc only serves its 4-course meal and can accomodate vegans, wannabe vegans, etc.I would love to prevent anyone who is not local from coming to this restaurant cause it's sometimes hard to get a reservation, but it's too great a place to not have experienced at least once. Locals only!!! Hahahaha.....
Best of the best ingredients combined with meticulous preparation make this the T-shirt and flip-flops alter-ego to the suit-and-tie Keller institution down the street. Great atmosphere, impeccable and enthusiastic service, and amazing food make Ad Hoc extra special. The family-style portions are very generous (which makes the restaurant a great value), so make sure you come hungry. This place really is as good as everyone says it is, so don't miss it!
The food feels like I am eating at my neighbors, which is a good thing, but not for the US$52 per person. After Thomas Keller gained his fame, I think he can just open anything and charge whatever amount he wants and people will still go. If it is about US$30 a person, then I would definitely recommend the place.
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