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Patio Dining - Chez TJ, Mountain View, CA
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Chez TJ

$50 and over
Contemporary French
Attentive service, fresh flowers and soft music surround guests at this intimate, Michelin Starred restaurant in downtown Mountain View.

Inside a Victorian home, Executive Chef Stan Michalski is pleased to join the culinary team as Executive Chef as of January 2024, bringing his vast Michelin experience and passion for locally-sourced ingredients to further Chez TJ’s exceptional legacy. With over 15 years of experience, Stan brings Chez TJ not just culinary mastery, but a deep love of hospitality—believing what matters most is bringing people together over a delicious meal. He views preparing meals for guests as though he’s cooking for his closest friends, and it’s that level of intimacy and quality that he’s honored to bring to Chez TJ.

Our pre-fixe Chef's Tasting menu encourages a relaxed and enjoyable evening of dining and conversation.

Chef's Tasting Menu $225
Garden Tasting Menu $140
Optional Wine Pairing $150
Service Charge 20%

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Why we love it

Executive chef: Stan Michalski

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN 1 Star

    2023

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN 1 Star

    2022

When it opened in 1982, Chez TJ helped usher in a new era of fine dining in the South Bay. Whether at an intimate table inside the historic Victorian home or on the lush outdoor patio illuminated by string lights, the romantic setting and MICHELIN-Starred tasting menu of updated French-leaning classics make every meal feel like a celebration. Bonus points for the onsite garden growing fresh ingredients.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, French, Contemporary French / American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (650) 964-7466
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
    2. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Mountain View
  • Cross street
    Shoreline & Castro
  • Parking details
    Across the street or in the three story edifice, up one block from your location.
  • Public transit
    CalTrain: Mountain View<br />Lightrail: Mountain View
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Garden Menu (4 courses)

    $140.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Indulge in Chez TJ's culinary excellence with our New Chef's Garden Menu! Available Tuesdays through Thursdays, this four-course culinary journey invites you to experience the freshest flavors of the season at a lighter price. This is a streamlined menu, meticulously crafted by Chef Stan, ideal for weeknight dinners and per-theater dining. Since 2007, Chez TJ has been honored with a prestigious Michelin Star. Chef's Garden Menu $140 ( pricing not inclusive or beverages or sales tax ). Please note that there will be a 20% service charge added to your bill. This allows us to pay our staff more evenly. *Available for parties of 7 or less.
  • Chef's Pre-Fixe Tasting Menu (7 courses)

    $225.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Please join us for our renowned 7 course Chef’s Tasting Menu. The multi course menu each day is tailored by our talented Chef, Stan Michalski, and features a unique approach to contemporary French cuisine. Each course is colorful and imaginative, bursting with unique flavors and showcases the freshest, seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs much of which is handpicked from the restaurant's own culinary garden. Chez TJ has been honored with a prestigious Michelin Star since 2007. We are happy to accommodate most dietary restrictions with advance notice! Tasting menu $225 ( pricing not inclusive or beverages or sales tax ). Please note that there will be a 20% service charge added to your bill. This allows us to pay our staff more evenly.

What 1,506 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Peninsula

    Romantic

1,473 Reviews
  1. GregK

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The entire experience was fabulous. With such fine dining, you expect a least some pretentiousness. However, dining at Chez TJ felt like dining with family. The food and service was simply incredible. Shoutout to Ted! Thank you for selecting absolutely incredible wines and sharing your passion with us.

    1 person found this helpful

  2. MVite

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a pretty early reservation on a weekday, at 5:30pm. Service was impeccable while friendly and approachable. We had dined at Chez TJ's 4 years back, when the main chef was different, I believe. We visited again for our wedding anniversary and it was the perfect spot for us. Their thoughtfulness started even before we arrived, with the messages on OpenTable asking whether we had any dietary restrictions or allergies - and they took care to incorporate our restrictions to variations of the menu (for instance, subbing in oatmilk for milk in the panna cotta dessert). The flavor of every dish hit the right spot, with a small exception with the poached heirloom tomatoes (which were way too salty) - I think that was the only dish I had left food on the plate to be taken away. We were finished with our meal in about 1.5 hours (5 courses), which is the just the right balance for us. We left satisfied and happy. Would recommend to anyone looking for some easy-going fine dining experience in South Bay.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful time here celebrating my father's birthday. Staff were pleasant and incredibly attentive. Food was delightful. We were given a brief tour of the garden afterwards which is absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. Ellen

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I am stumped about this place. I wanted to love it so much, but unfortunately, it just didn't live up the Michelin Star it has for me. The food was alright - I don't love that you don't see the menu until the end but I suppose that's exciting for people who truly will just eat anything that is presented to them. The service was odd - we were introduced to our server who went through the wine list page by page (too slow, please stop), and then we had several different people bringing us our dishes, often softly spoken people who we couldn't understand. The somm also was I think having an off night; overall I just won't be back, and I don't think that's the kind of experience I want to have for $600. The ambiance is lacking... it just felt like something that Top Chef put together in a day, there was nothing that tied it all together for me.

    1 person found this helpful

  5. MattH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I booked Chez TJ's Garden menu for a weeknight Tuesday splurge on our first anniversary. We were tempted by the lower price point for the 4 course menu and the opportunity to dine al fresco on a beautiful night. I had dined there once previously ~8 years prior. Food - the food was overall quite good, and my wife and I left satisfied but not stuffed after our courses. They were also kind enough to send out a complimentary slice of cake (nice touch for anniversary), but it tasted like the leftover wedding cake from the prior weekend that the server stated it was. We did not finish the cake. The sweets served at the end with the bill were also exceptionally sweet (too sweet in fact) Drink - we didn't partake, but they had a few reasonably priced options on the menu, which we appreciated. They weren't serving cocktails that evening however, which was a shocker and was what I had looked forward to given the ability to pour wine readily at home. Service - This was the real let-down given the caliber of restaurant and expectations. My only plausible explanation was that Tuesday was "training day" for junior staff, and that 2nd of the month may have meant a new, unrehearsed menu that wasn't yet memorized. 1) This was supposed to be a 1.5hr experience suitable for weeknight or pre-theater, but stretched to 3h. We waited up to 45 minutes between courses with no given explanation. 2) My water glass sat totally empty, during a heat wave, on 3 occasions. Water was Luke warm as well, and un-hchilled 3) Service was a rotating cast despite a light night with few other customers, and didn't coordinate well 4) Explanations of dishes were stumbled over and garbled for every dish. Quite awkward. 5) We had servers who whispered so we could barely hear, and others who delivered the description like an infomercial, including enthusiasm and volume. All-in-all I did not feel that this meal met expectations at $360 for two with no beverages.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. Enjoyingthefood

    San Francisco

    142 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A magnificent experience befitting a Michelin restaurant. Service was stellar throughout with ample and warm staff and food explanations. Dinner started off on an "ominous" note with a very, very tiny starter which was beautiful and delicious, but so small as to make the entire group wonder if we would go away hungry! However, our worries were unfounded. We left very full after enjoying multiple courses that were attractive in presentation, variety of flavors, and included many different ingredients. Squab, halibut, and wagyu were highlights. Not really sure what is French about this contemporary French, but a truly enjoyable night. Pro tips: sit outside if you can, but ask not to be viewing Villa street. Be strategic about alcohol selections as this is a pricey place.

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  7. Zero

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really delicious food. Amazing service. I had a blast.
    Chez TJResponded on June 27, 2024
    Hello Zero, We're thrilled to hear that you had a great time at Chez TJ! It's wonderful to know that you enjoyed our food and service. We always strive to provide an exceptional dining experience for our guests, and your feedback is a testament to that. Thank you for choosing us and for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best, The Management Team

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brilliant dining experience. An adventure of taste.
    Chez TJResponded on June 19, 2024
    Hey, Thank you so much for your kind words and perfect ratings! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic dining experience and that you had an adventure of taste at Chez TJ. It's always our pleasure to provide a memorable experience for our guests. We can't wait to welcome you back on your next adventure of taste! Hey, Thank you so much for your kind words and perfect ratings! We're thrilled to hear that you had a fantastic dining experience and that you had an adventure of taste at Chez TJ. It's always our pleasure to provide a memorable experience for our guests. We can't wait to welcome you back on your next adventure of taste!

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  9. SusanL

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chez TJ brings beautiful cuisine, artfully presented in a friendly and caring atmosphere. Chef and Head Sommelier Ted Merkel and all the people there will take excellent care of you. This is a wonderful place to spend a memorable evening.
    Chez TJResponded on June 11, 2024
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience at Chez TJ – we're thrilled you enjoyed it!

    1 person found this helpful

  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent choices for special 30th Anniversary celebration.

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FAQs

Chez TJ is rated 4.7 stars by 1506 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Chez TJ

938 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN 1 Star 2023
    2. MICHELIN 1 Star 2022
  • Cross street
    Shoreline &amp; Castro
  • Neighborhood
    Mountain View
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, French, Contemporary French / American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Across the street or in the three story edifice, up one block from your location.
  • Public transit
    CalTrain: Mountain ViewLightrail: Mountain View
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wine
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