French Laudry/Ad Hoc
Am visiting San Fran and Napa for my birthday in a month and I was wondering if anyone was fortunate enough to get a reservation at French Laundry? My husband and I had 4 phone lines calling the reservation number 4 days in a row and could only get wait-listed after trying for 2 hours straight. We decided to try Keller's Ad Hoc which was easy to get a reservation. Has anyone tried this? Also any recommendations for non-touristy restaurants that are excellent?
Ad Hoc is outstanding. If I lived in Napa I'd go all the time. I haven't been able to make it into FL yet, but I sure would like to someday. Ad Hoc is a completely different restaurant, but it's excellent food (different fixed menu every day) with a nice casual vibe and great service. Can't go wrong.
I think you'll enjoy Ad Hoc but it's a vastly different experience than French Laundry. So don't expect too much.
Keller has three restaurants in Napa, French Laundry, Bouchon and Ad Hoc. Each is distinct.
I loved Ad Hoc. The food is very casual and downscale, often American in influence, yet perfectly executed with impeccable ingredients. I had the best fried chicken that I've ever had in my life there. However, if you're looking for something formal or upscale, Ad Hoc is not the right choice.
Bouchon is very good. The style is French Bistro, and the food is well executed. It's loud and busy, and the tables are centimeters apart. The foie gras is out of this world. Overall, I think the food has a more upscale feel than Ad Hoc, though the atmosphere is very casual.
Although I've had great meals at both, based on reports on this board, Ad Hoc seems to be more consistent than Bouchon.
If you have your heart set on a four star tasting menu extravaganza consider Cyrus in Healdsburg (Sonoma County). Haven't been there myself, but consensus is that the food is outstanding, second only to French Laundry in Wine Country.