Last Thursday night (Nov 6), the restaurant Redd in Yountville was showing no signs that the economy is keeping diners away from enjoying outstanding cuisine. When we arrived for our 7 pm dinner at Redd, the restaurant was packed. The bar was standing room only and all the tables were in use or reserved. The place was still jumping when we departed a couple of hours later following a memorable meal.
Just when we were beginning to think that the Napa Valley was feeling the repercussions of the economy, we found that on Wednesday and Thursday night last week, the Yountville restaurants were alive and well with bar stools and tables packed with patrons.
Yountville Stars in the 2009 Michelin Guide
It is amazing what a restaurant mecca the small town of Yountville has become. The latest Michelin Guide of 2009 has four Yountville restaurants receiving its “Star” ranking. The French Laundry is the only restaurant in its Bay Area and Wine Country restaurant guide to receive the coveted Three Star rank. One Star was awarded to Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty, and Redd. This is impressive considering there are only 32 restaurants in the guide with one or more stars. Congrats to Yountville.
Dinner at Bistro Jeanty
A sign on the outside of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc Restaurant in Yountville reads “for the temporary relief of hunger.” Indeed, the four-course meal is so good that no eating is required the day after dining here. Not only is the food terrific but the atmosphere and crowd are festive and lively. The place just gives you a good feeling. The restaurant is very casual. The waiter drops off the food in large plates and you help yourself family style. Even the wine is casually served, no big deal about the presentation or the pouring of wine.
The menu is priced fixed and it is a four course meal that changes nightly. Whatever is on the menu for that night is that, there are no other selections. We dined at Ad Hoc on a Monday night in March. Apparently, they rotate a set of four-course meals each night. Our main dish on that Monday was fried chicken. The first course was a delicious garden salad with fresh everything. Then came the fried chicken and what a wonderful and scrumptious meal. There was plenty for the four of us and we managed to eat the entire serving. Our original thought was we would have some left to take home. A cheese plate followed this. Dessert was a fabulous banana cream upside down cake with coconut ice cream. This is not a good place if you are counting calories.
The price is $45 per person. We think that is a very good bargain for the high quality of the food. We have eaten in plenty of restaurants where we have paid more for less. We brought in our own bottle of wine and we were charged $20 for corkage.
The Good: The fabulous food and atmosphere. The price is a bargain.
The Bad: Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.