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Excellent service above and beyond expectations. The wine pairings were a special adventure in dining on the Chef's tasting menu. Highly recommend for special occasions for a couple or a small group.
The dinner was spectacular! We enjoyed every course of the Chef's Menu. Each course did a wonderful job of highlighting the ingredients rather than sauces or flavorings. Each course was cooked to perfections.
While we would go back in a minute, the only criticism was the service slowed to a stop and we were not served a course for almost 30 minutes which coincided with the next seating of people who were served promptly while we watched on. Even the after mentioning this to the waitress it did not get better. However, after that the service picked up and overall it was good.
This place is truly fine dining. We ate from the menu gastronomique and were delighted by the playfulness of the food and refinement of technique in the sous vide dishes. The amuse bouche features different textures of beet and from the first spoonful of beet sorbet, I knew we were in for some fun. The lamb was sous vide and cooked perfectly, very tender, juicy. The white chocolate and curry dessert was surprising and inspired. Service was courteous and informative. Prices are high, so this place is really for only special occasions unless you are stinking rich.
Wow. We have eaten at Chez TJ under all three chefs. This was probably the best meal we have had there. It blew past our experience at Manresa or Plumed Horse and we think you would have to go as far north as The French Laundry to get as impressive a meal. We also thought the wine pairings were the best we have experienced at any Michelin starred restaurant. TJ under the current team is not to be missed.
Thoroughly enjoyable and delicious
Very high-end experience. Amazing food, amazing service. Very expensive. Menu doesn't change much.
Most enjoyable evening for a birthday celebration. The food was excellent and my only slight problem was the seafood fair was too different (sea urchins were a little too usual for my taste). This last visit was one after a long absence and would return. We enjoyed the excellent staff for service and care. I didn't announce it was my sister's birthday and one of the servers apparently overheard us and made a special birthday plate which was a lesson in exceptional and alert attention. This place is expensive. The prices are worthy we are willing to have special occasions there because the staff makes customers feel taken care of and appreciated.
The ambience was very disappointing. The food presentation was great but the serving portion was ridiculously small. I have been to lots of great French Restaurant and this one failed my expectation.
Wonderful meal. The food was tasty and beautiful.
The food was wonderful. It is basically a choice of two menus, a 4 course prix fixe and an 8 course one. You can also get wine pairing with each menu for an extra charge. We chose the 4 course with premium wine pairing (4 instead of 3 glasses, which included the dessert wine). The food was beautifully presented and the wait staff explained what each person's dish was made up of (locally sourced, home grown etc.); the servings were appropriately sized. Would definitely recommend for special occasions as it is pricey.
A memorable experience. We celebrated our 39th anniversery. The wait staff and hostess made sure the event was special and celebratory. We enjoyed the "Menu Gastronomique" with excellent wine pairings.
Would recommend Chez TJ, especially for special occasions.
We had been to Chez TJ many years ago (maybe 20!) and were pretty disappointed, so we never returned. Then, we read an article about the new chef and decided to try it again for our 20th wedding anniversary. We are so glad we did. The food was phenomenal. Everything was unusual and creative and tasted incredibly good! The chef manages to combine the most unusual ingredients to come up with flavors and textures that are way beyond anything most people can even imagine (in a good way!). We had a couple of issues with the menu because of food sensitivities and allergies and the chef worked around those issues. He is seriously talented. I think Chez TJ deserves to be ranked with French Laundry and Manresa, for sure.
The phrase that comes to mind is "flashes of brilliance." The chef has changed and he is managing the old tasting menu well, but the real test of his greatness will come when he changes to his own menu in April or May of 2010. We're hoping for a resurgence of herbs and spices. Currently, far too bland for a $300 meal.
Outstanding! I have been to many excellent restaurants, some with Michelline stars, in the States and Europe, and can confidently say that Chez TJ is right up there, at the very top, among 3-4 very best ones on my list. I was at Chez TJ few years ago, and was not particularly impressed. This time it was a totally different experience.
I just hope they will be able to maintain their new standards for a while and I will certainly be back if they do
The new chef was great! The beet amuse bouche and the turnip soup were particularly good, especially the beet sorbet in the amuse bouche - all 1/2 teaspoon of it. The portions were tiny but there was certainly enough food on the menu gastronomic which included the smaller number of courses.
Dessert was a little disappointing the chocolate plate was too chocolaty and the lemon dessert was kind of boring.
We were not impressed with the wine pairings - There was only one out of four wines that we would have selected - perhaps the selected wines went well with the food, but to us how the wine tastes independent of the food is even more important.
The service was much less stuffy than I remember from past.
We had a very good experience
Had a FABULOUS time at the Bonny Doon wine dinner - excellent wines paired well with lovely food. Creative way to do the cheese course. Were celebrating a special occasion and this was a perfect way. Enjoyed speaking with Randall and will have fun going thru his book.
We attended the winemakers dinner for Bonny Doon and Randall Graham . The food was wonderful from glorious beets 4-ways, wonderul yellow tail from Australia, Sable Fish,Lamb Loin, Mushroom tart with wonderful Red Hawk/Cowgirl Creamery cheese and glorious deserts. The wine pairings worked very well and the service was excellent.
I expected more given the prices and Michelin rating.
The food was uneven. We had the tasting menu. The octopus and rib eye dishes were great, but the others were just OK. The beet sorbet in the amuse bouche was too sweet. The banana with foie gras didn't work. The halibut was overcooked. The duck skin was soggy, not crisp. The brie came atop a cold tasteless waffle--and the honey made it much too sweet. The dessert came topped with a flat looking rice krispy treat that was rock hard and too sweet.
Servers were attentive and helpful, but incorrectly assumed that I didn't want wine because my hubby didn't and that he was paying. Liked the casual vibe; didn't like having my chair abut the chair of the guest at the table behind me.
Amazing food combinations, frozen shaved Foie Gras and it worked spectacularly , try the tasting menu and pair the wines yourself or have their very knowledgeable staff chose them for you. It's pricey but a great restaurant for a memorable, special occasion dining experience.
First visit to Chez TJ. The meal was excellent - we had the menu gastronomique with wine pairings and really enjoyed the selection of courses, the beet-based "bonne mouche" tastes, and after-dinner sweets. Standouts for us were the Moulard Duck Foie Gras “Neige” and the Kurobuta Pork - particularly the melt in the mouth pork belly. Greeting and wait staff were attentive but unobtrusive and the somnelier was knowledgable (without being snobbish) and pleasant to boot. A very delightful evening and dining experience.
simply stated... fantastic. if you cant get to the french laundry... go here!
Chez TJ was great. We went for a romantic dinner for two, and it was certainly a great gastronomic experience. It's a fixed menu so don't make the mistake of another couple we saw where she was vegetarian and wanted to pick the menu apart for something she could eat. The ambience is great, quiet and low key. The food is well prepared and there's a tremendous innovation in the various unconventional ingredients and the manner in which it was presented. Best nouvelle cuisine in the Peninsula
The food was excellent and the wait staff was extremely professional. It was nice to see the staff in suits and not your usual uniforms.
The food was incomparable! The wine pairings were original and perfectly selected. After a four course meal with wines still felt light and clean taste in the mouth. Absolutely perfect.
The food is absolutely excellent! Be prepared for 2 to 3 hours of leisurely enjoyment.
It was SUCH an enjoyable experience. We had a few service issues because they kept forgetting to pour the wine for our wine pairings with the tasting menu, but the staff were so friendly (approachable, nice, knowledgeable, and not snooty), and I really don't mind these sorts of service snafoos. The food was really great--we recently went to the French Laundry and another Michelin one-star in LA (Dining Room at the Langham). At both, there were a few things we tasted that we didn't like as much as the others. Here I really enjoyed every single one of the 12 or 13 things that arrived in front of us!
Wonderful! Outstanding! A perfect evening and a true delight!
first class all the way - in a league of its own
Can't get into French Laundry? This is your next best option for a great foodie experience in the Bay Area.
My fiancee & I celebrated our recent engagement. Knowing this fact, the staff was very attentive to meet our needs, and was very generous as well: we were offered a Kirl Royal as an apperitif, and we received a little final touch after dessert - followed by Chef Scott's visit to our table. The overall dining experience was outstanding. We will get back at "Chez TJ" when we celebrate our silver wedding anniversary for sure! (and certainly before that, with my future wife's parents).
We were not impressed with the food.
Over rated. If there was a set menu, the food has to be great not just good. Service is so so. I had a wine flight but the wine was poured after I almost finished the dish. Granted it was not a pairing but I would like the appropriate wine with my food. The sommelier spent most of his time with others and no time at our table. The servers and the sommelier did not even bother to introduced themselves. Almost very dish was served with different servers. We have been to quite a few Michelin rated restaurants and this was the first one that disappointed us. The experience was really disappointing.
This was our first visit to Chez TJ and it was wonderful overall. Our only gripe was that the sommelier was either overworked or distracted and we didn't get wines to go with a couple of courses (foie gras and lobster). The most memorably outstanding course was the Snake River Farms rib eye. I've never before had such wonderful meat, and that includes trips to French Laundry, Cyrus, Madrona Manor, Martini House, and other destination restaurants in the Bay Area.
On the negative side, it was weird that we had to ask for bread as they didn't bring any to our table after the 2nd dish. Other tables had it. Also, it was disturbing that a different waiter introduced the dish (I think we had 3 different persons introducing the dishes). Note this is not about too many waiters, this is just that I think only one waiter should introduce the dishes. On the plus side, the food, excellent, things I never had before (and I try to eat at least once a year in a one or more star restaurant). Like the neige of foie gras, although the banana might surprise. The lobster was perfect. The current chef is into sorbet I guess. That was interesting to taste these. The passion fruit pate de fruit was a delicatessen to end.
My third time here and now have tried the current and past two chefs. This was my favorite. The food just got another fantastic dimension of flavors and depth. Everything we ate was prepared perfectly and the flavors we new and amazing. Service was also fantastic!
Went there for a Valentines Day/Anniversary. It has to be the best combination of tastes I have eaten. The integration of asian flavors into classic French was sublime. Well worth the expense!
Service somewhat spotty, had to ask for wine to be served that had been already ordered. Napkin taken prior to dessert and never replaced. Would expect more exacting service for the price paid.
Great food, great athmosphere. We truely had a great time there. We'll be back
Food is good.
Waiter is very slow to take a order.
I took my wife to Chez TJ to celebrate anniversary of our wedding day. When we had arrived my wife was sort of disappointed with the menu because there were only two pricey choices: Prefixed Menu Gastronomique (4 course menu) and Chefs tasting Menu (8 course menu). She thought it would be too overwhelming but the waiters convinced us to stay and we utterly enjoyed our evening, and the amount of food was just right. We decided on two Chef's Tastings and one wine pairing, and everything turned out to be a spectacular dining experience better than any other French restaurants in the Bay Area and Napa. We think that new chef Scott Nishiyama is absolutely fabulous. We highly recommend Chez TJ as being a very romantic and special food place, perf