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Dec 31, 2009 04:12 PM

Ad Hoc question

Due to poor planning I booked a table for four at Ad Hoc and now have a party of five. The restaurant tells me that there is no way to increase the number at the table -- can anyone who's been there before tell me whether the restaurant has a bar where it's possible to eat? We'd be willing to sever the party but aren't willing to give up the reservation entirely!

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Yes, there is a bar but with only about a dozen or so stools. In addition, it is often filled with locals because you don't have to order the full four course meal there.

    1. Somehow, I feel that you should tell them to shove it. Any decent restaurant can squeeze in a guest, unless they have an ego thing. You think?

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      1. re: OldTimer

        I don't know about Ad Hoc, but I've eaten at lots of restaurants where there's no room for a fifth chair at a four-top.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Add a twotop and make it a six top. Subtract one. Then you have five happy customers...or do you really care?

          1. re: OldTimer

            Well, if all of the tables are reserved, then there's no way to add a twotop. For the OP, I'd keep calling back to check, because people might cancel or change their reservations (especially in a place like Napa Valley, where travel plans may change and weather may discourage people from making the drive). Or ask them to make a note by your reservation to call you if there's a cancellation or a way to change to a party of 5, they're very accommodating in general at Ad Hoc.

            1. re: OldTimer

              Ad Hoc is full every night, so there aren't any open tables to move around. Their opentable page won't even take reservations for a party of five between 5:30 and 8:45.

              1. re: OldTimer

                plus, considering their set up the last time i was there, doing so would be very difficult and/or would cause the tables to be uncomfortably crowding each other and or blocking the walk ways.

          2. Can you move the reservation time? They may be more flexible at less busy times.

            1. Update- went last night, they managed to move us to a five-person table and couldn't have been more pleasant. Excellent food (butter lettuce salad, kurabota pork chop with mixed roasted veggies and wild mushroom barley, Montgomery cheddar from Neal's Yard, and meyer lemon bars for dessert) -- the highlight was definitely the veggies. Who knew that'd I'd swoon more for the brussels sprouts and parsnips than dessert? Great value too, IMHO. Wish it were closer to where we live!

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              1. re: foodielass

                Neal's Yard. Yum.

                Thus a question: a few years back, it seemed every Whole Foods carried Neal's Yard. Now I can't find it.

                *) do some whole foods carry neal's yard?
                *) are there any sources on the peninsula?


                1. re: bbulkow

                  The distributor is Tomales Bay Foods / Cowgirl Creamery, you could call them and ask where to find it. And if you have trouble finding it, you could write to Neal's Yard and complain.