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Chez TJ
Chez TJ

Chez TJ Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cheztj.com
  • Phone: (650) 964-7466
  • Hours of Operation: Dinners only
    Tuesdays - Thursdays 5:30 to 9 p.m.
    Fridays-Saturdays, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Jarad Gallagher
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Chez TJ offers four private dining rooms that can accommodate 8 - 30 people. Please call or email at info@cheztj.com for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: George Aviet (650) 964-7466

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shoreline & Castro
  • Public Transit: CalTrain: Mountain View
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Across the street or in the three story edifice, up one block from your location.
A word from Chez TJ
Attentive service, fresh flowers and soft music surround guests at this intimate, Michelin Starred, restaurant in downtown Mountain View. Inside a lovely Victorian home, Executive Chef Jarad Gallagher creates a contemporary French cuisine that accentuates the vibrant, fresh flavors found naturally in high quality products. Chez TJ's leads guests through an exciting evening of culinary pleasure. Our prix fixe style encourages a relaxed and enjoyable evening of dining and conversation. Four dining rooms provide an intimate setting for a special dinner with family and friends. One Star Michelin 2012 Guide, "Top Restaurants 2007" SF Examiner, "Three and 1/2 Stars" - San Francisco Magazine and San Jose Mercury News. Top Scores, Zagat & Gayot Dining Guides 2007.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "The atmosphere is amazing, and everyone you encounter is knowledgeable and polite. A great start! Unfortunately, the menu is confusing. The font is difficult to read (with these over ornate letter Fs, tightly cramped text lacking space). We wanted the 4 course meal, but it was confusing how to pick. A separate listing for 4 courses would be useful. The food was all amazing, no complaints! I ordered the wine pairing, and found it odd the wines were not listed on the menu - and one was a beer! I love beer, but it didn't really work here. The wine pours were very stingy (my friend ordered a glass and had easily 4x as much in one glass than I did per wine/beer). Our server was sometimes difficult to understand, but the food was AMAZING!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "service was horrendous. one waitress was rude to us and was not attentive. no one ever refilled our glasses of water or wine. no one checked in on us to see if we needed anything. the food was good but the pace of the courses was inconsistent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I used to eat here more frequently, but since I'm on the east side of the bay now I have to go out of my way to eat here. It's always worth it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Been here once before with original chef, that was an experience and when I saw a travel zoo promo, thought it would be a good choice for our anniversary. Had big hopes, but ultimately wasn't that impressed the second time. Y you go here for the food and what should be Michelin star service. I have to say both were unworthy Food was dull. There wasn't one dish that just jumped out. Service was good at best to start, but we were basically ignored halfway thru dinner. They topped off our water and champagne once and were gone. despite empty glasses on both counts. They offered caviar and cheese menus but with little explanation and a lot of attitude. Felt like a car dealer selling the undercoating package. So sad for what was once great."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The service was excellent - quick, responsive and attentive. The food was interesting, flavorful and beautiful. The wine pairings complemented the food wonderfully. It was a lovely and romantic evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The ambience, service, and food quality of this French restaurant is impeccable. Great converted Victorian style house in Mountain View. Parking may be difficult in evenings, but it is worth the challenge"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We have been to a few one star Michelin restaurant and Chez TJ is way better than their competition. Every year we like to come to Chez TJ for our special occasion celebration. Chez TJ has never disappointed us. Every time we get a complete different tasting menu and every dish is exceptional. There is a ton of creativity in the food. The other restaurants like Plumed Horse or Alexander's Steakhouse to me are just good with execution, but not a lot of creativity. Chez TJ's service is also exceptional. The first time we went there they printed a menu with my husband's name on it to celebrate his birthday. Chef signed and wrote "cooked with love". Not sure why they stopped doing so afterwards."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Resting on past laurels. Decor is hideous. Service was patronizing. Was shown $$$$ caviar menu and $$$ tasting menu without being offered regular menu without asking for it. For the price and the hype, we expected so much more. It was just OK. Not a good value for the money. There are not many fine dining options in Mountain View, but just accept that and go to one of the many casual places. Save your money for a nice dinner in the City by the Bay."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I heard so much about a wonderful dining experience at Chez TJ but not impressed. Pretentious. Nothing astounding about presentation. Would have been nice to know that they offered ONLY a prix fixe dinner after ordering wine and a caviar appetizer. I would like to have been able to choose my own app and entree from the not-so-exciting selection and get the portion size I would expect--fine-dining portion size (NOT Chili's). A fish course (can't remember what type) came as a big, tough, unappealing chunk. Neither my husband or I felt great the next morning. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "They want to consider offering more options to choose from the now fixed menu."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Back up to George's elevated standards, I'm glad to see!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Hi, The Food wasn't exceptional. We had to pour the wine several times. The waitress interrupted us when we were discussing. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We have returned to Chez TJ on multiple occasions. The dining areas are perfect for intimate conversation, the service is first class, and the menu is a wonderful culinary experience every time. The personal visit from the chef is always the perfect touch. We look forward to our next visit to Chez TJ."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Perhaps we are a bit spoilt, given the other 1-star/2-star Michelin restaurants in the area, but we were a bit underwhelmed with the food. Usually, with other restaurants, almost every course is either great or OMG, but I thought a few at Chez TJ fell flat for me. What did standout for us was the octopus and the 2 pastry dishes - they were refreshing, "summery" and a welcome departure from the typical chocolate or dairy-based treats...."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love this place. The food is incredible and we went for a friends birthday and had a fantastic time."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "We love coming to Chez TJ for special occasions. They are happy to work around our dietary restrictions without compromising the experience."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Servers were poor with snobbish attitudes Rushing us through our dinner Argumentative when asked our birthday cake to be brought out before the house desert knowingly that we agreed to pay for the cutting fee "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I had high expectations for a Michelin starred restaurant. The menu and dishes were delicious, slightly small portions that left you feeling full but not too full. The Wagyu supplement was melt-in-your-mouth. The service felt a bit clumsy and disjointed - we had rotating waiter staff, sometimes interrupting our conversation. A few times, it looked as though they were bringing our next plates before we were finished and cleared of our previous plates. Also, in terms of the service/kitchen, the dinner portion seemed to come out fairly smooth and seemed to slow down exponentially for the 4 desserts. We had to wait a bit as perhaps they were serving dinner to the other diners. We were also placed in the side room, which was quite noisy."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Came here more than 10 years ago - was very French then, now, it is more Californian, a good change to me.. The service was good, food was excellent, the wine paring was good except the dessert wine - too sweet to my taste..."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "It was a lovely experience ! The food was so delicious especially the lamb. Our waiter was very good. He really added a nice touch to the dinner"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Having dined in many similar restaurants in San Francisco and new York, i have wanted to try chez TJ for many years and my friends and I were not disappointed. The food was really exceptional. We selected the wine pairings which although pricey were interesting and an excellent complement to the food. The service was very good and not overpowering or pretentious like some of this style of restaunat can be. The owner/chef came out to talk to us which is always a great touch. The dining rooms which are simple and not oppulent, are in a small house which makes for a cozy atmosphere. I will definitly return and recommend that my foodie friends dine at Chez TJ."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Such a wonderful restaurant. Pleasantly surprised; this restaurant had been on my go-to list for a while. I celebrated my 25th birthday here with my worldly parents and had the best time. Not only was the food outstanding but the sommelier was honestly the highlight of the night. The wine pairings were unique and the sommelier, James, was even kind enough to email us the wines that we tasted that night. Overall the experience was far beyond our expectations and we will certainly be back very soon. A+++!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a very special night dinner or enjoys unique gourmet food."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Impeccable service and our sommelier, James, was truly knowledgeable, and opened our eyes to some stellar wines. The food was top-notch, innovative, and delectable, and we cannot wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Amazing experience from start to finish. Dishes were creative, full of flavor, exciting. In house breads were all delicious, desserts were also delicious! Will definitely be back soon. Highly recommend. I had the a5 kobe which was mouth watering and delicious, the octopus dish was the best octopus I have ever had in my life!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "this is my second review - the last got magicallly lost. I have a chef for a brother-in-law so I am familiar with thiskind of food. Expensive. Different. Beautifully presented. But ultimately not very appealing. (the dinner + wine for 2 cost $500 and I could have eaten so much good food for that amount - although in a less prestigious setting). If you are not a fan of the current cuisine that combines odd tastes in tiny amounts, etc. skip this. Even the dessert couldn't stick to anything pleasant. This is for foodies. Pick someplace else for your anniversary. I like sweet. I like spicy. I can be adventurous. But this place needs to combine all in one bite with info about how they grew it. Not yummy."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We are so disappointed at the dinning experience from this restaurant. The food was not in par with other restaurants in this category. Too salty and not enough use of different ingredients to bring out the actual flavor of the food. The ingredients used in each dish do not come well together. Service was not attentive and without making an effort to bring what we really want. We had to ask for bread and water. Seating arrangement seem to be selective, who get to sit at the main dinning area."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was good, but very over priced, more expensive for some michelin starred restaurants. The interior is old and musky, not befitting the food being served, a spruce up of the interior would enhance the experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food here is of the highest art form and comparable to some of the nicer places I have eaten in France. Make sure you have plenty of time to take it all in, especially if you go for the full menu. We added all the embellishments and had one paired wine too. If you do this, make sure you have a designated driver (that was me). Needless to say, my wife was thrilled. I was not as thrilled when I got the $500 check, but if you have a special occasion or want to impress, this is definitely the place."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "The food is amazing! We loved this place and the service!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "What can I say. It was great. The food was great the service was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Chez TJ in quite a while but have been twice in the past few months. The tasting menu is a wonderful experience and compares favorably with Baume and French Laundry at a more affordable price point that makes it the kind of place where you can dine more often than once in a blue moon. The ambience is quiet and romantic. The service is attentive without being overbearing and every dish is a taste treat. We especially liked the duck breast which reminded us of pork belly - amazing! Wine pairings were on the adventuresome side and worked best for us to order one pairing and one glass of wine a la carte so we could share and not end up over-wined."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great local neighborhood place, worth the money. I had doubts going in, but not anymore. We were celebrating my husband's birthday. He usually snubs fine dining, but this one was an exception. He even said it was "Better than French Laundry!" If you've been to French Laundry, and you have a practical, down-to-earth spouse who usually snubs fine dining, then this comment says a lot. The service was exceptional, they even special-ordered my husband's favorite French Saison beer and had it available when we arrived! My husband was happy, so I'm pleased. Overall, I'll come back to try other creations from their Chefs, the food was well executed. If not with my husband, then certainly with my girlfriends!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Dress up and look your finest. The menu is a bit tricky to follow. The plates are small, but artful and exquisite. The rabbit was amazing. We also recommend the scallops. Service is of course top of the line. Wine menu is excellent. Cleanse your palate between dishes and pay attention to the detail, the ingredients, the layout, texture, taste. Each bite is "wow"."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "While Chez TJ continues to impress with it's constant rotation of world class chefs and cutting edge cuisine, price increases have pushed a meal there beyond its value. To put it into context, we are local residents who used to go to Chez TJ two or three times per year. While it was an expensive treat for a special occasion, a meal there was only 3x-4x that of going out for margaritas at our favorite mexican restaurant. So, while the service and atmosphere are still the best, we were surprised on our recent visit to find the cost of the meal more like 6x-8x the cost of a 'margarita night'. The net effect -- we will go to the restaurant half as often, and go out to margaritas more."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Chez TJ is my absolute all-time favorite place to dine, for its creative menus, spectacular ingredients, luscious wines and thoughtful, experienced pairings, it is simply over the top. No stone is left unturned to please guests. The service is beyond outstanding. I will return again and again."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We have not dined at Chez TJ in quite some time, but knew of the reputation of the chef and team. We were not disappointed. The locally grown vegetables and intense concentration on flavor and presentation were outstanding. We liked that of the two tasting menus offered, we could choose our 4 selections for the smaller menu from ALL of the dishes offered of the evening. If you go for the full tasting menu, make sure your stomach is empty! Wonderful food, great for foodies…."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I went there with my wife on our anniversary. We ordered the full course and wine. It was very nicely prepared food with good presentations. The service was very nice. Cost us almost $500 at the end. But I think it's all worth it for an event like anniversary."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Took a friend here to try out the abbreviated menu. What an experience! The food was well orchestrated and very memorable. I especially liked the tuna wrapped in cabbage and truffle. The front staff provided five-star service. Well done, will be visiting more often!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Chez TJ is a wonderful dining experience, worthy of its Michelin star. The cuisine from start to finish, through many wonderful mini-courses, was imaginative, healthy, sustainable, local, and sublime. Service: very responsive and friendly. Atmosphere: elegant, quiet, intimate, and Old World. The sommelier guided us to wines that were exactly what we were requesting -- except even more subtle and smooth than we could have hoped."
    Dined on 1/16/2014