Chez TJ

4.6
1344 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Indoor and outdoor seating available.

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 Christopher Lemerand 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 Chef's Tasting menu encourage a relaxed and enjoyable evening of dining and conversation. Four dining rooms and two small patios provide an intimate setting for a special dinner with family and friends. One Star Michelin 2019 Guide, "Bay Area’s Best 50 Restaurants: No. 1-10" Mercury News, "Bay Area's 59 Michelin-starred Restaurants" Mercury News, "Three and 1/2 Stars" - San Francisco Magazine and San Jose Mercury News. Top Scores, Zagat & Gayot Dining Guides 2007.

Support Chez TJ during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Champagne Billecart-Salmon Chef's Tasting Menu

    $500.00 per personPrepaid

    Oct 7, 2021 only

    Please join us to experience our meticulously selected Chef's Tasting Menu expertly paired with the sophisticated flavors of Billecart-Salmon champagne.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1344 people are saying
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MelChinchillin
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most excellent experience (food, service, atmosphere). Chef did well to accommodate dairy allergy. Definitely recommend!

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Talcandtalcum
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

solid food, great environment, solid service but not worth the price - used to be very very good but now just solid.

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RandallB
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and just a great experience. Highly recommended.

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Mmmm
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Chez TJ. We celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed being surprised when each course was served. I recommend an open mind and palate and savor each course presented to you. The service was amazing and the description of each course only added to the experience. I don’t drink alcohol so we didn’t partake in the wine pairings. Each course was a small serving but the sheer amount of food served was abundant. After three hours I left the restaurant overly full but completely delighted. Take a stroll in the garden behind the house. We chose seating indoors although the patio renovation looks inviting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to several high-end / Michelin star restaurants. This was one of the best, if not the best experience I've had. Better than Single Thread better than Acquerello, as good as if not better than Sons and Daughters. Of course all those comparisons are subjective, but I wasn't sure how this would compare and it absolutely did so if you're questioning, I think Chez TJ is more than worth a try.

It was a beautiful August evening so we were able to sit outside in the garden area. It was lovely, but one of the things I really do enjoy about fine dining is how an interior space adds to the experience. This garden experience didn't detract but I would imagine the interior would not have been as appealing. I could be wrong, I didn't spend much time in the building, but I think interior spaces at other dining fine dining I've attended are better.

Our Sommelier, Maria, was wonderful, lighthearted, friendly, professional...both casual/warm/friendly and on point. We selected the nightly wine pairing which is their tier 1 pairing at $150, though they do have two higher tiers. The wine selections were perfect. Alex, another staff/server was incredibly knowledgeable, accessible and helpful. I imagine he is a rising star a Chez TJ, if he hasn't already made a mark. I learned more about truffles and sea beans (and some other items) than I had previously known. Thanks again, Alex. Paul, the wine director, was knowledgeable, informative and more than competent if a bit speedy and fast-paced. It was a little harder to appreciate the pairings when racing through the descriptions. Nevertheless, we enjoyed his offerings. The wine pairings were fantastic.

If you have the means you might enjoy the other/higher wine pairing tiers, but the first tier was perfectly adequate.

We'll definitely be back!

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MOELosAltos
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is the first meal we have not totally enjoyed at Chez TJ, and I suspect it was just the menu of the day. There were a lot of bitter elements, native to the ingredients, so mostly a preference thing. The food was beautiful, fresh, plated elegantly. Just not to our taste this time. Service was, as always, impeccable and friendly.

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John
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.
Indoor seating was pretty much private room in a nice house, just for us. Great for a romantic dinner.
The music was arranged beautifully with the meal. Just relaxed and enjoyed whatever chef prepared knowing it'd be delicious.
3 hours of enjoyment of food, music, and most importantly your dinner companion in a very private setting.
Totally worth the money.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience2

It’s not worth this price at all.

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ShelbyL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was absolutely incredible and food was likely the best meal I’ve ever had- all 4 hours of it! Taking a walk in the herb garden out back is a must for any farm to table enthusiast.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating two birthdays and a graduation outside in Chez TJ beautiful garden setting. Each bite of food is amazing with flavor.

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BryanJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Menu being a mystery is a fun twist.

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DonandFlo
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great ambience for a romantic date

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fakemoomoo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience! Food was great and the service was exceptional!

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MVdiner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The Bay Area is overflowing with excellent restaurants, so seeing the hype (and price) of Chez TJ, we were excited for our first post COVID fine dining celebration. At the end, we enjoyed the experience and the creative food. But looking back, we would have chosen differently. The beginning set the strange tone. We showed up on time for our reservation, as did the table across from us. We sat for ~25 minutes with our tap water before being greeted by a server (at a Michelin-star restaurant). Then we got the empty champagne flutes for our wine pairing, which sat empty for another 20 minutes. Usually in such a situation, the restaurant would just pour your glass, apologize for the delay, and top you off when the amuse bouche arrived. Not Chez TJ. There was also an issue with the bathroom where they’d have you request to add your name to the list then interrupt you two bites into a warm dish to tell you it was your turn (at a Michelin-star restaurant). The weird hiccups like this continued throughout the night, to the point the other table joined us in giggling over each mishap. The staff all meant well, the food was creative, there’s a global pandemic. We went with it. But being charged $900+ for a bumpy dining experience is not really worth it. The competition at 1/3 the price is still excellent.

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DominicH
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, but I couldn't justify the expense on a future visit. Left needing more food.

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vipApthomps8
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What an incredible experience. Great food, service, and atmosphere. The wine pairings were fantastic and everyone was extremely friendly. It did take 3 hours just like they mentioned on the website. We will definitely be back!

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SarahH
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely fine dining experience and a really special way to celebrate our joint birthdays/anniversary. We sat on the patio right next to the garden and the spacing was generous, so we felt very safe. The food was exquisite and the ingredients were surprising both in selection and preparation. The wine pairing experience was absolutely incredible! We ordered one Nightly pairing and one Grand wine pairing, and it was worth every penny to try twice as many rare, interesting wines and learn from the fantastic sommelier, Paul. Service all around was excellent. The entire evening felt lavish and elegant without ever feeling pretentious. We hope to visit again soon!

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viprmoh
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous evening at Chez TJ. we were in the garden, they had heat lamps. Service was very attentive, partner enjoyed the wine pairing - choices I'd never seen before. Inventive food, mouth-wateringly delicious, perfect special night out

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. The wine pairing was top: bravo to the sommelier and of course to the whole team .
Thank you

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MalYu
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food cooked to perfection, service was great, and the outdoor patio was very cute. Good value for the overall dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful tasting menu and deliciously complementary wine pairing. It is a perfect place for a romantic dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a lovely anniversary celebration dinner experience for us! The food was delicious and the service was on point. One thing though : it takes a while for food to arrive between courses (~40 mind passed between some of our courses, and we were there for 3.5 hours. So, plan ahead for that much time to dine). When we asked our server why, he explained that the kitchen was super small and hence, it takes a long time to cater to the Friday/Saturday spike in patrons. We saw this for ourselves when we toured the house. The gardens behind the house (from which all the local produce is sourced for each night's menu) stole my heart ❤️

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None
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fabulous food and wine pairings.
New patio are is really nice.
Everyone providing service was very knowledgeable and nice but the dinner is many courses and they came so far apart (in time) that the overall dinner was too long. It became late and we were tired by the end. A great dinner but timing between courses needs to be shorter.
We will definitely go back in the future, but book an early seating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate my husband’s 40th birthday and had a great time! The service, food and ambiance was top notch. They are still following all covid protocols which was great!

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vipMrsC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, and the ambience were excellent. I ranked "average" for value - it's a premium product at a premium price. For a special celebration, it was totally worth it.

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Edward
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service was exceptional.

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BrigitteK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, it was a wonderful experience. The service was impeccable, though sometimes on the slower side. On the plus side, this made it possible for us to enjoy the lovely setting. I found the grain crusted antelope filet mignon particularly good. The presentation of the individual dishes could not have been prettier, so much so that we felt compelling to take a picture before destroying the artful design. The only disappointment for me would have been the "cheese course". This consisted of two dime sized rounds of creamy cheese and a variety of decorative accents. As this is a restaurant with a modern French cuisine, I had been hoping for a beautiful cheese tray from which I I could choose a couple of options. We had chosen the wine pairing, which proved to be an excellent choice, with the sommelier providing a detailed information on the individual servings. Provided we can get over the steep price tag, I would certainly love to spend an evening at Chez TJ's again. And it is an entire evening you spend there, as no other guest will stand in line to claim your table.

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JosephineL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us had a very memorable feast at Chez TJ last night. Kudos to the sommelier who had excellent skills of selecting wine from the less known regions. It takes almost no skills to procure well-known wine but hidden gems from all over the world? Not an easy task! On top of the impressive wine pairing, the ambience, aesthetic presentation, the first rate service from the wonderful staff, and the innovative uses of the fresh ingredients make Chez TJ an excellent choice to indulge yourself after the pandemic.

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LisaV
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite food and wine pairing. Thoroughly enjoyed

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Eileen
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is my second time here. The food was not as good as my first time and the wait is too long in between dishes.

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Murray
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Have eaten at Chez TJ many times but was disappointed last night in many ways. A lot of new staff spilling things on our table, stepping on my shoes while serving us, escorting me to the bathroom after a 20 minute wait to find it was occupied because they mixed up their protocol somehow, not sanitizing the bathroom between visitors, and then there was the food.

I normally love the food at Chez TJ, but the shrimp dish had an overly bitter sauce, the antelope loin was tender and delicious but the sauce was far too salty. The portion sizes were significantly smaller than in prior years and we left hungry despite an extremely long time between courses.

Normally I have a hard time choosing a favorite course but this time, sadly, only the orange desert course was memorable.

We were at the table for 4 hours and 15 minutes without any wine and with very significant delays between courses, which seemed a little excessive on a weeknight.

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Emma
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every moment!
Highly recommend to my family and friends!

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Vinu
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Context for review: anniversary dinner.

This is a small scenic restaurant tucked away with a garden whose produce is incorporated into their dishes.

We both opted for the wine tasting menu in addition to dinner.

I’ve waited 2 weeks to post a review to carefully consider my experience.

Overall, the food and experience just doesn’t justify the price point ($900+).
I read another review on here stating the same before going but looking at pictures and the website it looked solid.

However 2 weeks later and have gone to dinner a few times elsewhere I just can’t help but feel I chose another venue for a memorable dinner. This just wasn’t it.

Context on this dinner for me- was looking to splurge on a fine dining experience for a special occasion. Food was far from any of the tastiest things I’ve eaten but looked creative.

Wine tasting was solid with good wines and good finds.

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vipDavidO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mothers Day

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pwcislo
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Good food, interesting wine pairings, fantastic service, in a fabulous setting. Obviously, very pricey. Good for a special moment. You just need to decide if you deserve it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous birthday celebration at Chez TJ!

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frqnttrvlr
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The menu and food was excellent. There is a lack of elegance. Certainly, the lack of indoor waiting area, particularly on a winter evening, was a surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

There were 3 items in the tasting menu which was good but the rest was just average and doesnt justify the price.
Also felt the wait time between each item is just too long.

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YilunL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The food and service are awesome, but it shigella overpriced... not recommended.

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jimb
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great venue for a tasting style menu with excellent and unusual wine pairings.

FAQs

Chez TJ is rated 4.6 stars by 1344 OpenTable diners.

Chez TJ does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.cheztj.com/store/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.