Chez TJ

4.7
1255 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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GS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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LC
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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

It was pretty nice!

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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.

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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.

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BB
San Francisco
20 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.

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j
San Francisco
6 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.

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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.

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

Valentines day

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WH
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, as always. Food and service were sublime. Only drawback is we can only eat there every couple of years because of the high cost.

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M
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best meal by far! If you are into wine, I would recommend doing the wine pairing with it. It’s a must try experience, at least one. Every item on menu was sooo good! Expensive but worth the $$.

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A
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and inventive tasting menu, excellent wine pairings and fantastic service. A bit pricey, so definitely won't be rushing back except for special occasions.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pre-fixe meal was incredible from start to finish. Knowledgeable staff, quality ingredients and attention to every detail made dining here a memorable experience. Chez T J is unpretentious and lets the quality of the ingredients and love of the chef’s desire to prepare great food shine through.

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WB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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WG
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent flavor combinations, balance of textures, portion size, and the presentations were so appealing - clearly very thoughtful of the food. And the wine pairings were all so unique and complimentary of the course. And what a nice treat and surprise to end on a smorgasbord of tiny sweets for dessert. Loved my meal and the great service. Will definitely be referring and going back..

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a
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Chez TJ has, I fear, lost it's way. I dine there every year or two. When I visited two years ago I had an excellent meal for a good price, around $100. per person plus wine and a serving of some excellent caviar. When I returned two weeks ago I found that the set price was $200 per guest and diners were only given the menu after the meal was over. The chef wished to surprise us! I would much rather be able to know what I was eating beforehand. In addition there were too many courses, somewhere around 6 or seven "main" dishes which left me overwhelmed and stuffed. Not good value for the money. In contrast, I visited Chez Panaisse in Berkeley a week later and had a much more satisfying meal for half the price. The east bay classic still has it's chops and served us an unpretentious 3 course meal with excellent serving staff and a classy atmosphere and great wine list.
I hope they get over their case of the gastronomic vapors before I return.
John Kelly

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RA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite cuisine, great ambiance, attentive but unobtrusive service, and a tasting menu with well chosen wine pairings - can't beat this little neighborhood gem in Mountain View for a perfect dinner to celebrate a special occasion. Pricey, but worth every penny...

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RM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Overall, the experience was good and we enjoyed a nice meal with some very interesting new tastes. The pace of service was OK but maybe slightly too fast for such a setting and michelin starred place. The fact that it is in a victorian house is very nice but also a double edged sword: we were in a small room with three other tables and one of them was rather noisy so that hurt the ambiance slightly.

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FE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but too much deserts to feel completeness. I would still recommend but we may not go again until they change menu.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very restricted menu. Good overall experience。

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s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Certainly deserving of a Michelin star with innovative cuisine and perfect service. Terrific setting as well. Will return.

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LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Brian was our head waiter and Thomas (sommelier) were outstanding! Both were extremely knowledgeable that added to the experience. Cheers to them both!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always

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AG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The New Year's Eve pre-fixe menu and wine pairings were delicious and unique. The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. As our menu items were all surprises until delivered to the table, each was explained to us in detail upon arrival. A great restaurant for special occasions!

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SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was exceptional, and the food was presented beautifully - but we didn’t know the cost of the menu until we received the bill, and it was VERY expensive.
Most importantly, I became unwell after eating one of the earlier dishes, and we were forced to leave before dessert. While everything tasted fine, I am concerned that one of the initial seafood dishes was compromised.

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DD
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this is hands down the BEST meal experience we've EVER had! personal & professional attention to detail. food was AMAZING. the sommelier thomas was personable and knowledgeable. all top notch, will save up for another great meal next year.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is good. it is expensive to dine there. I would go back on special occasions.

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LC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez TJ is hitting on all cylinders right now. Always good but now close to perfection.

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AM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite a lot more expensive than I expected but excellent food and service.

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SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi,

The location is in Mountain view in a nice small house, there is a fireplace and the waiters/som
are ultra-attentive. This was perfect for my goal which was a break from the kids with the wife.
The dishes are very small but there are a lot of them so plan to spend 3-4 hours.
The wine choices made by the Som were really good and enhanced the taste. I definitely recommend the pairing.

The only negative is the cost is high which is understandable as the place is small, lots of staff, som, etc
so I'll come here less than I would want to.

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FD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Chez TJ was selected for a birthday dinner. The tasting menu, unknown in advance, featured many fish dishes, all tasty, but I would have preferred more meat. Presentation was quite attractive. Wine pairings were appropriate. The price turned out to be quite high, compared to what I am used to. Server was affable; sommelier was less clear and friendly.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Chez TJ was ok, we went there for a date night after a long time. Service/host were really good. Food was ok, majority of dished were seafood based (oyster/lobster/salmon/mackerel ) and similar sauce/taste so after a while they all tasted like each other. There was one lamb dish at the end which was different and nice. Time between coursed were pretty long (~10-15 minutes) so we were there for almost 3 hours. Overall ok, but we didn't come out with a wow experience to say it was worth the price.

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TV
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding! Of the handful Michelin restaurants I've had the good fortune to visit, this one has quickly moved up to the top of my list of favorites. The atmosphere was cozy, for example, we were in a room with only three other tables. The food, I described to a friend, was more like art. The service seemed choreographed. Everything was just wonderful. At one point they brought out one of two desserts which included passion fruit, of which I'm not a fan. Two minutes later our server came back to let me know the chef wanted offer the same thing with a different fruit. I didn't take them up on the offer since there was really so much food, but the gesture did not go unnoticed. It was a wonderful three-hour experience.
Though not directly a fault of the restaurant, I was disappointed that people around us were wearing jeans; one person was in jeans and a sweatshirt. To all at Chez TJ: thank you for making my birthday celebration a memorable experience.

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MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez TJ is oustanding in all aspects. They have an amazing tasting menu. You will have a great experience as well. The staff is amazing and the presentation of food itself is a delight.

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SV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A tasting menu to remember with personalized service for our anniversary. Will do it again.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable! Exceeded all expectations. Scott was the ultimate host. From the canapés to petit fours and some indulgent supplements, the evening was perfectly orchestrated.

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Excellent food and service and pleasant atmosphere. What more could you ask for? Will definitely come again.

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A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite cuisine, outstanding wines and superb service!

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