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Chez TJ, Mountain View, CA

Chez TJ

4.6
4.6
1341 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 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 leads guests through an exciting evening of culinary pleasure. Our Chef's Tasting menu encourages a relaxed and enjoyable evening of dining and conversation. All guests, including children 2 and up, are asked to participate in the tasting menu. 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.

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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, French, Contemporary French / American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 964-7466

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Christopher Lemerand

  • 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, Corkage Fee, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 1,341 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Notable Wine List

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Romantic

  • Peninsula

    Fit for Foodies

  • Peninsula

    Notable Wine List

  • Peninsula

    Romantic

  • Peninsula

    Special Occasion

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  1. YP

    YevP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Loved my time at Chez TJ and am already looking at booking my next meal htere!

  2. s

    sandhya

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Really enjoyed the chefs tasting menu. The food so artfully presented and exquisite. What really stood out was the service! The staff was very knowledgeable and caring. They made us feel welcomed and gave us an amazing experience.

  3. RA

    RonA

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    My only complaint is that it is way too expensive. I knew it was expensive, $225 per person, but by the time we paid for corkage, a half bottle of champagne, a small shaving of truffles, coffee, taxes and tip, it added up to over $900 dollars. I guess it is meant for the CEO’s in the area. I am happy we had the experience again, as we probably were there last when you were newly opened (in the early ‘80’s). We in all likelihood will not be back again. It is just ridiculously expensive for two people to spend that much money on a meal, even for a special occasion.

  4. b

    boinger

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Stellar food and pairings. The squab and mushroom dish was my favorite. The Grand Pairing is worth it the additional cost.

  5. B

    Britt

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I always love coming to Chez TJ and have been many times over the years. The food, wine, and staff are always a delight. The new patio dining area and refreshed interior were wonderful while still maintaining the charm of the old house. Can't wait to come back!

  6. GI

    GabiIi

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    The service was very very slow. We had to wait 30 minutes just to get wine. We reserved a 7 course pre-fix Chef's menu, and yet we had to wait 30-40 minutes between every course. We were incredibly frustrated and it completely ruined our experience. Moreover, the food was underwhelming. It lacked uniqueness and harmony of flavors. The fish and desserts were the most disappointing dishes. This dinner was definitely not worth $600.

  7. KX

    KimmyX

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Very nice place.

  8. LL

    LeungLove

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chez TJ has been in our neighborhood for years and we have walked past it countless times so it was incredibly satisfying to finally experience it, and to have it exceed expectations (which were very high). The service was extraordinary, with many staff servicing our table and attending to our every need but without being at all intrusive. The food was exquisite in its presentation, taste and amount so we left feeling satiated but not overstuffed. We had a nearly 4 hour dining experience but it felt like it flew by and the staff didn’t try to rush us out of the restaurant. I may not be able to afford to go again for another year but the memories created for me and my friends for their birthday celebration will no doubt last me until then. I highly recommend this experience to everyone.

  9. VH

    VHuffman

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our 25th Anniversary here. We let the restaurant know in advance and they were so kind and sweet with us when we arrived. We really felt celebrated. The service was probably one of the best service we’ve ever had in our 25 years of marriage. Impeccable knowledgeable friendly. The food was gorgeously plated and delicious. So glad we chose to come back here to Celebrate. The owner even came out to say hello and congratulate us. Top notch.

  10. JS

    JasonS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, the staff was attentive and accommodating. The entire experience was one of a kind and so was every bite. I was really grateful for the staff helping us not only have an exceptional meal but also a memorable venue for our engagement. I can't begin to express my thanks to all involved. We will be seeing you again for our anniversary.

  11. RF

    RenF

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    An enjoyable outdoor setting and delicious menu, friendly service.

  12. BL

    BenL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4

    We had a great time until the guests from the next table sat. They were too loud that we couldn't even hear what our waiter speaking. Even though that's probably not the restaurant's fault -- but that ruined our otherwise pretty good experience.

  13. MK

    MKfromSouthBay

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing tasting menu! Enjoyed the surprise and delight experience! Lovely ambience, fresh ingredients, desserts to die for… Thank you Chez TJ for the hospitality! Until next time…

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this tasting style menu. 8 or 9 courses that combine taste, texture and visual wonders. Having the wine pairing to accompany each course is a must

  15. RC

    RichardC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is good. The room is very cold. It is better to have some extra layers.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4

    The food was extremely underwhelming but the service was professional.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Top notch service and really great food and wine. Wine pairing is spot on and you can really feel that the aroma and the flavor is complementing the food. Food is also very good and very nicely portioned so we are not too full. Food are all very innovative and taste is fabulous

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing meal!

  19. AM

    AngelaM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From start to finish Chez TJ was great. The food was fresh and beautifully prepared. Enjoyed not knowing what was coming next. The service was top notch from start to finish. Really enjoyed the experience.

  20. GF

    GFNMD

    Chicago

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly and professional reception and service. Server/Sommelier were well-informed and helpful. Multi-course dinner was not overwhelming, just the right amount to really appreciate the flavors and textures. Evening was most enjoyable at a relaxed pace (not rushed at all). Overall, it was a perfect meal for a celebration.

  21. MP

    MatthewP

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is excellent, and Grand Wine Pairing was spot on!

  22. BC

    BarbaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was my second visit. The food is fantastic and inventive. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. Amuse bouche, then 7 courses (including 2 dessert courses) followed by assorted sweet bites. The courses included trout, squab and venison cooked absolutely perfectly and beautifully plated. They have an amazing baker, and this meal included an orange blossom scented brioche that stood out in an incredible meal. But...this place is expensive. I know everything is getting more expensive. $225 for the set meal. $150 for the lowest wine pairing (really wonderful btw) with two higher tiers doubling in price as you go. Easily $500 per person at the end of the night.

  23. M

    Matt

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really, everything one could want from a Michelin star restaurant experience. The service, and timing, was impeccable, as was the food. Also loved that the ambiance was foodie, but casual (not overly formal). If there's any complaint, it's the same I could levy at any Michelin star - they are expensive. But for that special occasion, they really deliver on everything you could want in a dining expeirence.

  24. N

    Nguyen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was an amazing experience. I have been to Chez TJ multiple times, and they have been great every time

  25. AY

    AnthonyY

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent - the Valentine's Day prix fixe was thoughtfully planned and presented.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The garden seating was beautiful and we enjoyed the wine pairings and the knowledgeable servers. Chez TJ’s does not provide a menu up front so there is some element of suspense to the dinner, but all the surprises were good

  27. C

    Christina

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Very kids unfriendly. We dined there for a birthday celebration with our two kids age 13 and 9. The restaurant refused to make a simple pasta for them so we had to order three prefixed meals and share within the four of us. Food was ok, not as creative as before. Overall a bit disappointed

  28. KC

    KellyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I appreciated the offer for a stool for my Hermes purse. :)

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  30. CM

    CathyM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is a set menu but everything was amazing. I do not normally like scallops and was disappointed when I saw them on my plate. However, it was amazing how good they were. So now I will only eat scallops at Chez TJ. The other thing I liked was that the food was just amount. Often as these set course meals they give you too much food and you feel you must eat it to get your moneys worth even though you have stopped enjoying eating. This time the amount was perfect and even the coffee at the end was excellent, not bitter but nice and hearty. I do not drink but my partner had the wine pairing and each wine was described in detail before pored and the quality was superb. It was expensive but well worth the price. I will go back.

  31. A

    Alhad

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We had a good experience overall, but we were a bit underwhelmed with the quality of food, especially the vegetarian preparations that my wife had opted for. Some of her dishes were on the saltier side. The service & ambience was impeccable, but I had more expectations food-wise.

  32. K

    Kevin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came here to celebrate my birthday and everything was amazing. The customer service, ambiance, courses with wine pairings, everything was amazing!

  33. HC

    HCYu

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really good prix-fixe menu! Each dish was carefully crafted and well thought out. The chef used seasonal ingredients and really made the most out of each of them. Excellent meal.

  34. S

    Sam89

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb food and service, beautiful patio space with heaters and good distancing between tables. Only critique is that the pacing at times was a bit slow, waiting for the next dish without any drinks for 45min was a bit on the long side.

  35. BC

    BeakyC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. We will definitely come back

  36. S

    Stewpac

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An enjoyable birthday experience for the Mrs! Full dining experience.

  37. SK

    ScrappyKimberly

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    "Extraordinary" is the word I would use to describe EVERYTHING about the experience of Chez TJ. The food is just part of it. The "unicorn" wines, some of which were from the 1960s, make it breathtaking for wine lovers, and the warmth and friendliness of the people making this magic happen is beyond compare ANYWHERE on Planet Earth. THANK YOU for making me feel LUXURIOUS for one beautiful evening!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall2food5service4ambience4

    The setting was darling and the food was good, but it took over 3 hrs before we could leave. I was well aware that the meal was to take 2.5-3 hrs but I did not understand that over half that time was just to wait for the food. It really spoils the meal when each course takes 15-20 mins to arrive to the table. Other Michelin star restaurants that I've eaten at that had comparable dining times either had more dishes or larger portions. I left Chez TJ feeling irritable and hungry. Definitely not worth $1000 for a dinner for two.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Dinner with a precious friend.

  40. s

    sjgourmet

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fine dining for special occasion. Personalized menu listing items served dishes and wine pairing to take home.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

Chez TJ is rated 4.6 stars by 1341 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Chez TJ

938 Villa Street Mountain View, CA 94041

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Shoreline & Castro

  • Neighborhood

    Mountain View

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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 View Lightrail: Mountain View

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Christopher Lemerand

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

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