So after having eaten at the FL years ago and being familiar with Napa Valley, we dined at Ad Hoc this past Saturday evening. We both considered Ad Hoc a major bust and really built on hype.While we succumbed to this hype, we also would never return and wish to post some impressions:
The service is quite rushed. One barely has time to sit down and have a glass of wine before the courses begin arriving. We attempted to slow down the barrage of courses but could not.
While the salad was tasty enough, the lamb sirloin was dry and nearly flavorless. The ribs were fatty and not in keeping with the sirloin. The food is served family style..two of use were served four roasted asparagus! Dessert was a bananna split..nothing fancy and not particularly good at that. We tried to find wines by the glass to accompany our meal and that was not particularly successful. Service seemed "canned" ..the waitstaff parroting this and that.
We love great food, we love joints for dining and we love fine neighborhood places. We do not wish to be fawned over but we appreciate good service. This place did not offer anything in the way of service other than what I described. We felt the waiter had a MAJOR attitude about pairings with little help regarding individual glasses to pair.
I'll save my money for the multitude of other venues in the valley, big and small. If you don't wish to spend $$$ at the FL but want to sample Keller, try Bouchon.