Chez TJ

4.8
1287 reviews
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Contemporary French
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.

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f
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extraordinary restaurant to go to on a special occasion. The sole menu item is an exquisite tasting menu with a variety of small appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Plan on spending two to three hours indulging yourself.

LD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience, but the prices are extremely high. Our dinner for 2 costed more than 800 dollars!!!!

RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing and creative tasting menu with excellent wine pairings. The pacing of the courses was relaxed and service prompt. We have go to Chez TJ over the past 30 years many times for family celebrations and they have never failed to surprise us. Do include the cheese course, it has introduced us to many excellent local cheeses.

D
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was very nice, servant was very nice and friendly. Food was absolutely amazing!

T
San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined at Chez TJ several times over the past 20 years and have enjoyed the cuisine from several different chefs. The one constant is that Chez TJ continues to be one of the best restaurants in the South Bay and the current team is the best yet. The tasting menu is both creative and well executed. Service is well measured and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Dishes are seasonal and really seem to capture produce at its peak. The wine list is extensive, though we opted for hard ciders the evening we dined there. Given the prices, Chez TJ is definitely a special occasion restaurant, but well worth it.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic creations with very nicely concocted flavors. Great for special occasion!

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite for occasions, business meals, and special date night. I’ve been going to Chez TJ for years and the standard of excellence remains high as always.

f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The first time I came, it was Valentine’s Day and super busy. This time it was just a casual Wednesday night, and the timing and service was a lot better. Our waiter was very patient and thorough with his explanation with everything. Food was delicious and acted like pieces of art. Only disappointment was there was some sort of bone/rock in one of my dishes that I chomped on. Luckily I don’t bite down hard, so my teeth were ok, but it was definitely a surprise. Otherwise, everything was great!

E
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really spectacular, but I’m not sure it (or any meal for that matter) is worth $540 for a couple. Once in a lifetime experience for sure.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best luxurious food ,such a nice experience,,we had caviar and truffle and wine pairing,,,service was great.

J
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Antelope tartar was a bit disappointing. Would have preferred beef tartar instead or even chicken liver mouse if available.

I missed your lobster dish; loved the duck . But don’t worry- will be back.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Jojo Gunatilaka

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I did not expect the beverage pairing would include many types of beverage besides wine. I am very delighted with the sake pairing, but somewhat disappointed with the mead and jerkum pairing. The paired wines were spot on.

W
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic. The service is outstanding. The food is incredible. We have had a different menu each visit and each time the options have been great. I'd recommend the restaurant for a date night, celebrating an event, or just to try it out because you want amazing combination of food, drinks, and service.

MV
Adelaide / SA
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful 6 course prix-fixe meal at Chez TJ. Everything (food, service, fun factor) just keeps getting better and better.
Highlights for me were the first few courses - the bite-sized caviar with cucumbers and cracker was just perfect, as were the one-bite oyster & crudo course.
Later courses were all well-cooked/well-executed, everything perfectly seasoned. No big surprises but that's a good thing.
Service was meticulous throughout.
This is a great venue to celebrate special occasions. Definitely not kids-friendly.

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just really good start to finish.. It was a delight.

S
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place , awesome food,wonderful service . We enjoyed it so much

NP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Great ambiance. Delicious, creative, fresh, beautifully prepared dishes. Great, off-mainstream wines. Professional, friendly service. Great views of the garden

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Highly overpriced. Decent quality food. Good wine program. Good service.

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Superbly executed tasting menu, very creative.
Some of the dishes were wildly successful and others were creative but not quite the tasty mouth explosion you would expect. Looks-wise, every single dish was delightfully plated and presented.

The wagu beef was offered and we glad we took it. Simply mouthwatering and delicious

DL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh, creative and delicious food from a set menu. We have eaten at all 3 Michelin restaurants and many 2 and 1 star restaurants in the Bay Area. This place is much more than a 1 Michelin star restaurant!

v
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was full of artistry and craft, beautifully presented, and tasty. I never expect to enjoy every single dish equally, but I appreciated them all. I had the vegetarian options, my husband the regular menu, and I could hear them carefully ensuring that all diners' preferences were accommodated (let them know when you book). The tiny courses combined to provide a sensible amount of food spread over the 3 hours. The cheese course was optional but included (they were clear when something would cost extra), and they offered us extra bread after it was first served, so you don't need to go hungry; equally I didn't feel that I'd overindulged. I can't do justice to a wine pairing but enjoyed taking tiny sips of his - they all seemed good choices. Overall, Chez TJ very much lived up to what I'd expect of this kind of fine dining. In the region we've tried Atelier Crenn (hands down favorite), Manresa (good but felt the price was a bit high), Coi (beautiful but the flavors didn't work well for me). Personally I'd rank Chez TJ in second place on that list.

SV
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's great to have such a tasty, high end restaurant on the Peninsula! We love going here for special occasions and appreciate not having to drive very far. Every course we had was yummy!

KA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Michelin-starred eleven course prix fixe for two cost over a thousand dollars once we added the a glass of sparkling rose to start, the optional nightly wine tasting, a cheese course, wagyu beef for one of us, and a gratuity, but we'll never forget it. Every course was amazing, and served with just the right amount of information; and the sommelier was delightful, knowledgeable, and clearly excited about every pour of the delicious and interesting wines. We learned, enjoyed, and will never forget. We also got a little drunk, as the wine tasting was generous, especially relative to the amount of food. The only thing that was not amazing was the dessert course, which was OK, but less interesting and subtle than everything else. Chez TJ is a once in a lifetime experience for all but the very wealthiest, but, if you love an appreciated food and wine, it's worth treating yourself and someone you love.

ES
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous inspired food. Absolutely delicious, beautiful and ethereal. Lovely evening. Perfect service.

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

There are better experiences available in the bay area at this category. Difficult seating, too much foot traffic and all the staff congregating near our table. Too much time between courses, even for a restaurant in this category. The food was very nice but all the other unattractive elements made it hard to enjoy fully.

r
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome and memorable experience. Owner was very friendly and we sincerely appreciate his hospitality.

RS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most extravagant and decadent meals I've ever eaten. The service was amazing, the wines delicious, and the food was simply amazing and sublime. It's a pricey dinner but worth every penny.

f
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would advise that it is a bit pricey...our bill for 4 with only two having wine pairings was almost $1500 including tax and tip; more than I'm willing to spend for most special occasions. Although the service was good, it was not the beautiful dance you receive at French Laundry. So, although we enjoyed it, I'm chalking it up to a one-time experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing

SY
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is 5 stars , food is wow factor! Place is nice and clean. Got a lot of parking at the back not in front of the Restraunt but it’s all good. Best food I ate so far

MA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my fiance to Chez TJ for our anniversary. The food was incredible and the staff was friendly and helpful. I appreciate the personalized touches like the 'Happy Anniversary' card they gave us as well as catering the food to our preferences. This was my first time and won't be my last.

GS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic professional service, with a personal touch. The food is exactly what you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Unforgettable.

LC
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delightful. They made us feel welcome and it was an enjoyable evening. Peaceful and though dining rooms were filled it was quiet enough to carry on a decent conversation without having to raise ones voice. So much appreciated in this day and age of concrete floors and warehouse ceilings for all noise to bounce around.
Food was tasty. Bites of some items we had never had before. One piece of lobster didn't seem cooked and was very rubbery, but it was only one bite of a dish with another piece of lobster muscle AND one dish of 9-11 depending upon how you count it out.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was pretty nice!

RF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The young sommelier did a very good job introducing each wine pairing.

Out of 7 dishes 2 were not so tasty, the fish and dumpling dish was too salty, and the complementary cheese dish was not so tasty.

The desert was average. The petit fours were fine.

I ordered an espresso which was more of a black coffee than a fine espresso.

MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, I don't know why we don't go here more often. Every time we do, it's simply amazing and this visit was no exception. The food was just ridiculously good, and the service was amazing. We like to joke around with the servers and at first they tend to be formal, but as we interacted with them, they became more familiar and casual which is a HUGE plus for us. We can't recommend this place highly enough to foodies seeking what will be one of the best meals you ever enjoy.

BB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Chez TJ many times. This latest trip did not disappoint. Excellent variety of ingredients, elegantly presented. Always a terrific experience though I think the pacing of the courses could be accelerated a wee bit.

j
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Really not worth the price. I researched the menu online and was a bit surprised by the $195 preset no choice menu. ..so they should be more upfront/ clear about that. Also, no full bar. So don't expect an aperitif or digestive.

KW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first fine dining experience! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was comfortable and cozy. All of the wines we had as part of the nightly wine pairing were great. The staff was extremely attentive and even noticed when my water cup was taken away for a minute. Our sommelier was great with answering all of my questions related to wine from explaining the differences in fermentation to the history of some of the vineyards from where our wines were from.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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