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. In September 2006, Chef Thomas Keller opened the doors to Ad Hoc, his casual dining venue for showcasing the American comfort food of his childhood. The name Ad Hoc, literally meaning “for this purpose,” derives from the restaurant’s original purpose: to temporarily fill a space while Chef Keller’s team developed a different restaurant concept. Yet from the first, Ad Hoc was loved by both Napa Valley locals and visitors to the wine country alike, and so this “temporary” restaurant has now joined Chef Keller’s three other Yountville, CA properties as a permanent fixture of Washington Street. The daily-changing four-course menu, featuring classic American dishes like fried chicken, pot roast and barbeque, is handwritten nightly on chalkboards throughout the restaurant. All courses are served family-style to increase both the conviviality of the Ad Hoc experience and to further recreate the casual comfort of home. The restaurant’s beverage service focuses on the same local producers who can often be found enjoying themselves at the restaurant. While the ability to write a different menu every day provides a significant creative outlet for Ad Hoc’s culinary team they go a step further, frequently offering additional courses as a supplement to the menu showcasing unique or exotic ingredients. Since its opening, Ad Hoc has received a three-star rating from The San Francisco Chronicle and was featured as one of Food and Wine magazine’s “25 Places to Try.”

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Ad Hoc


6476 Washington St.
Yountville, California
United States

Parking Details:
There is a small public lot and ample parking across the street - no charge.

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  • Dress Code:
  • Casual Dress
  • Price Range:
  • $50 and over
  • Payment Options
  • AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Dining Style:
  • Casual Dining
  • Cuisines:
  • American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef:
  • Katie Hagan-Whelchel
  • 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
  • Additional:
  • Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access


Hours of Operation: Dinner: Thursday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday Brunch - 10:30 to 2 pm

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(707) 944-2487

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