Cijjo Restaurant & Lounge

Cijjo Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cijjomv.com/restaurant.html
  • Phone: 650-282-5401x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: T-Sunday 11:30am-2:00pm


    Happy Hours: T-F 4:30pm-6:30pm

    Dinner: T-Sunsay 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Ira Siegel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Villa
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cijjo Restaurant & Lounge
Great food is about being inspired by the simple wonderments around you, whether it is fresh ingredients from the local markets or various spices from exotic parts of the world. Cijjo' Restaurant (pronounced "Shai Jo' ") is located in the heart of lovely downtown Mountain View. The concept of Cijjo' stemmed from a group of friends who are working professionals in Silicon Valley. Their passion for international travels and exploring various culinary cuisines created the unique and diverse menu your palette will experience. Their footsteps took them all over the world from Peru to France, from Cambodia to Morocco in search for specialized food, spices and a true culinary experience.
Here at Cijjo', we believe in great food, exotic wine and beer while dining in a great atmosphere and friendly environment. The friends of Cijjo' continue to travel and work closely with our talented chefs and kitchen staff to bring new flavor profiles to the Bay Area.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Cijjo Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (16)special occasion (10)neighborhood gem (8)romantic (7)great for outdoor dining (7)notable wine list (6)great for lunch (6)good for groups (5)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Decent but nothing special
    Chole4
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I'd say that half of the things we ordered were really good include the cheese plate. The rest of it was just okay.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over-priced for slow service
    Reviewer7
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Spent way too much for the food (Example: $18 for ONLY 2 scallops!!!). Also had to go up the the bar to request our check as the server either forgot or was ignoring us - watched him AND another server cater to one table faster than they helped us out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow Sunday eve, great service
    USSMidway
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The appetizers were a mixed bag; the bone marrow was a disappointment and the ceviche was over-priced, but the soup and the entrees were wonderful. Good beer on tap and nice people. Will try again to find the right menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food portion
    sjreviewer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The restaurant was nice, service was excellent and food was good. The only thing was the food portion was too small for the price. I pad $400 for a table of 8 and we all left not feeling full.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing!
    DinerJVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The dishes were tiny and not very good. The service was bad. The waitress tried to remove my wine glass with a few swallows left (one of my pet peeves!). There was a loud disco beat playing the entire time we were there. Overall one of the worst dining experiences I've had in recent time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Small Plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I have yet to try anything here that isn't good, if not great. The Zatar chicken is wonderful as is the Bruschetta and the Poached Pear Salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner with friends
    MindJ
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Cool European-style atmosphere, really nice service and excellent small plate -menu. Would go again, we had good time with our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great good and service
    Mfr22
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The service was excellent. The waitstaff were friendly, charming, and attentive. The food was excellent; I was impressed by the quality of the ingredients and the skill of the chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal / birthday celebration
    MVfoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Cijjo is a wonderful addition to the Castro St. dining scene in Mountain View. Fills the need for sophisticated fusion tapas -- and frankly, I think the food here is better, and better value, than Cascal (the other tapas-style restaurant in downtown MV). Particularly great dishes we tried: Squid ink pasta Spicy tuna trio Passion fruit ceviche Creme brulee Service can be a bit slow -- but their graciousness totally makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch
    JLin
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Ordered the Alasatian Tart Flambee ("French" Pizza with smoked bacon, carmelized onions, fromage cheese) and the Roasted Bone Marrow. Overall, it was good. The tart was tasty, crisp thin crust, sweet carmelized onions, and the fromage cheese was light and fragrant. The roasted bone marrow was alright. It isn't the best, but commendable. Definitely worth trying if you've never had it before.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy little plates
    iquilt
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Many choices of little plates, of varied international cuisines. We chose the Passion fruit ceviche, served in a martini glass, so delicious I wanted to slurp the juice from the glass. A port poached pear salad on a large bed of greens included dried cherries and cheese. Another great choice was the truffle fries, followed by the vegetable tower, which was served warm with slices of many different vegetables. Desserts of Thai creme brûlée, containing keffir leaves as well as the bread pudding with caramel sauce were just a great ending. 3 of us shared this meal before the ballet for only $25 including tax and tip. We were satisfied with both food & attentive service. Will have to return as there are many other tapas I want to try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • intersting food at a price
    foodmavin
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We dine out frequently, and are not afraid to pay for a high quality meal. But to pay fifty bucks and need to find something to eat afterwards. Is not acceptable. We will not be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Really enjoyed the eclectic and delicious food. Service was excellent and the ambience lovely. The only thing that marred the experience was the TV which shouldn't have been on, since the bar is really part of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    Melsgar
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food choices were great. The restaurant seemed to be short one person but the waiter did a great job of keeping on top of it. He was the waiter and the bartender. The restaurant was nice and quiet, which I enjoy. We were able to have a conversation without competing with music or loud voices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food just ok for price
    biopm25
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Perhaps my expectations were too high based on the buzz about this place. I found the food tasty, but a little salty. Presentation was nice. I had the artichoke soup and their torte, which is essentially pizza. Scallops were nicely seared. The bread pudding was the most notable item we ordered. Delicious! Overall, very pricey for the portions. Plastic chairs were uncomfortable, like at a school picnic. Server was very attentive. Food arrived promptly. Place was noisy, so it was hard to have a conversation. Decor is very modern and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was just so-so
    HungryDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    It was incredibly noisy and quite cramped which dampened the ability to enjoy the meal. Food was not particularly flavorful or satisfying. Cocktail was diluted. Server was eager to go home; I won't be back and wouldn't recommend.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Incredible MV Restaurant!
    Kelly
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent food & Service!!~ everything was delicious from soup/salad to tapas to entrees of grilled chicken (enough for 2, or to take home for lunch next day) ~ love the chocolate cake!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great wine pairings
    LionCatSquirrel
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had the price fixed menu for the Silicon Valley Restaurant Week. $35 for 4 courses. $20 for wine pairing with food. Some excellent stand out food such as the artichoke bisque and both desserts- beignets and choc. mouse cake. Other food (chicken, veg tarte, port pear salad) was good, well seasoned. Interesting charcuterie board. The steak was cooked well and seasoned well, but really tough. The wine pairings were excellent with several standing out from Italy. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different
    topteng
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I like the food, the presentation and the variety of food served. Each one of the 4 of us had a taste of the 10 or so Tapas that we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.4
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 19 reviews are from the Cijjo Restaurant & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Excellent and inventive cuisine
    TyroneCSVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    A pan-cultural adventure, very creatively combined dishes for around the world. A lovely, modern room; knowledgeable and professional staff. Go out of your way to visit, but you won't have to because it's in the heart of Castro St.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Impossible candidate!
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Pros-We enjoyed the food at Cijjo and the staff was friendly. Cons- Waiting 10 mins to be greeted. No one seems to know their job or their role. They are way understaffed. Everyone just runs around trying to put out fires and no one gets service. No leadership. The manager runs around apologizing to everyone saying there is a 20-30 min backup in the kitchen. Don’t apologize; hire enough help so that you’re hard working staff has a chance to succeed. Bottomless Mimosa's but they never get filled. No enough space for all the cons We liked the food enough to try Cijjo again sometime in the future. That said, I will not recommend them to anyone until they prove they can correct what is a huge problem. People have way too many choices out there.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Tapas!!!
    Dsq2
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food here is amazing. Everything we had was done to perfection. It has unique flavors and tastes, and is prepared in a very attractive manner. This place is a must for group of friends looking for a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This was our first visit to Cijjo. We went for brunch right before a matinee performance. Really enjoyed our meal. The food, service and ambiance were all excellent. We are definitely going to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Big on looks, light on substance
    mvdenizen
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My husband and I went to Cijjo last weekend and were disappointed by both the food and service. We ordered 4 "tapas" and a salad. There didn't seem to be any logic in the order that the food arrived - we got the fries first, then the ox tail, then bone marrow, then the salad, and, finally, fresh oyster on the half shell. Service was eager but not polished. Our truffle fries went to our neighbor's table. Inquiries about the missing oysters did not result in immediate ramification. Food was, in a word, underwhelming. The truffle fries were too rich, the ox tail tasted like wine (and not much else), the lentil curry that it came with was overpowering. The asparagus "salad" had no discernible dressing nor taste.
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  • Great food and service....
    Kevin
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    .......but a little pricey. Would definitely go back though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been there, done that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Overpriced. Food was good but not great. Wine pours were SKIMPY. No alcohol only beer and wine. There "signature drink" wasn't very good, we had them take it back and got a beer instead. Overall, very underwhellming. Service was was the best part.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent tapas
    dinmv
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for Valentine's Day and had a prix fixe menu. For $55 without wine, it was reasonable. The salad was really substantial and nice flavors. We were also able to pick 2 tapas dishes, which were very good and met our expectations. The dessert were also very substantial and excellent quality ingredients (chocolate). We would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, some rough edges
    SatDiner
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Based on all of the glowing write-ups, we decided to try Cijjo on a Saturday night at 7:30 pm. We were seated right away with a reservation. Pluses: - The tarte flambee was good, light crust, tasty ham. - The white bass carpaccio had a good flavor, but the slices were thick like sashimi. - The veggie tower was excellent. - Friendly, attentive, and apologetic waitstaff. Room for improvement: - They had sold out of 3 of the 4 dishes we picked (by 7:30pm on a saturday). - The place was very crowded and the waitstaff had to squeeze between the tables to move around. - Our server was doubling as the hostess. Staff seemed stressed - No liquor license.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not ready for the big time
    Susie
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We had a Sat. night reservation and were seated promptly. The restaurant is extremely noisy. You have to shout to be heard. My friend ordered a salad and I ordered soup. We also shared a scallop small plate. Service was very spotty. The salad and scallops arrived together but no soup. I had to ask twice before it arrived. The salad and soup should have been served together as a first course and then the scallops later. The dayboat scallop small plate consisted of 3 very small scallops. One was less that a single bite!. For $14 this was extremely overpriced.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love Cijjo
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    I love the food and the fact that they are tweaking the menu as they go while taking customer reviews into consideration. I adore Samuel who has served us both times and I will request him each time in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were running late for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    We were running late for the theater and needed a quick dinner. They were accommodating. We ordered salad-the beet burrata(sp?), and the pear salad. Both were tasty. I was expecting more in the way of beets. As the earlier post said, the wine pour looks small although the wine glass is delicate.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Metropolitan
    KristineVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Cijjo's small and large plates were delicious and satisfying. Steak, mussels, and beet buratta were flavorful and well presented. The artichoke soup was amazing, but could have been a little warmer as the creme fraiche cooled it down some before it arrived at our table. The modern decor with white chairs was fun and balanced well with the international cuisine. We will definitely return to sample the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New with great potential.
    Mintyfresca
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Soft open. Hoping it'll be even better once they get going.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    mjross
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We tried Cijjo as alternate to wonderful Cascal. Oh my...chef was out (waiter: "His gall bladder exploded") & everything fell apart. Menu items out.Ran out of sparkling water.Salads took forever so waiter gave us free champagne.Lovely token but 3 of us weren't drinking. Tapas arrived. Hangar steak & veggie tower = excellent.Tagine lamb tasted like a can of baked beans mixed w/meat chunks.Friend didn't enjoy bone marrow. Willing to pay well, but overpriced. We were charged for free champagne! Innocent but final straw.Manager came out from helping in kitchen. She apologized & said she'd take off 30% off but math was wrong: she took off less & removed champagne. Negative 1st impression & food not good enough for prices to warrant a 2nd go.
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  • Happy Hour Delish
    anhtuanVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Came for happy hour and sampled 5 apps and 1 dessert. Place serves tapas style dishes with an international flavor profile. Owners were incredibly gracious. Enjoyed our time here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid
    SteveTJVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Three tiny scallops were smaller than a quarter and overcooked = $14.00. Maybe their wine glasses are misleading but the pours seem very small. The goat cheese salad was below average (I can definately make better at home). Just don't go is all I can say. Really wanted to have a cool new place to go on Castro but this won't be it.
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  • Excellent take on tapas
    pescetarianlocovoreVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We tried out Cijjo for the first time and will definitely go back. The food was delicious. Every dish was tasty and well prepared. The vegetarian tower was my favorite.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still working out the kinks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Still working out the kinks of a new restaurant. Food was presented nicely, but overpriced for fairly bland food. Better tapas at several other restaurants. Pork belly was completely lacking in flavor. São Paulo steak was simply hanger steak marinated in vinegar with chimichuri on the side. Tuna rolls were more like canned tuna fish spread than a nice ahi poke. Maybe worth a repeat visit once they have more experience under their belt. Nice decor.
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