Chez TJ

4.7
1248 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$50 and over
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.

Specials

Instantly increase your points with dining rewards

See availability for bonus point tables

Tue - Sat 5:30PM - 6:00PM

What 1248 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
KW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines day

Report
Helpful
WH
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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.

Report
Helpful
M
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 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 $$.

Report
Helpful
A
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 2, 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.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 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.

Report
Helpful
WB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

superbxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Report
Helpful
WG
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 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..

Report
Helpful
a
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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

Report
Helpful
RA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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...

Report
Helpful
RM
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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.

Report
Helpful
FE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very restricted menu. Good overall experience。

Report
Helpful
s
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 6, 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.

Report
Helpful
LB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 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!

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

Wonderful, as always

Report
Helpful
AG
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
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!

Report
Helpful
SS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
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.

Report
Helpful
DD
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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.

Report
Helpful
j
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
LC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
AM
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
SH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 13, 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.

Report
Helpful
FD
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 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.

Report
Helpful
OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

Report
Helpful
MM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 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.

Report
Helpful
TV
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 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.

Report
Helpful
MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 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.

Report
Helpful
SV
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 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.

Report
Helpful
S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 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.

Report
Helpful
A
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite cuisine, outstanding wines and superb service!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was ok, but only just. Food was fine but really not great. Service was good and the wine pairings were ok.

Report
Helpful
DB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 5

I really wanted to like this place. The service was amazing. The server was attentive, good humored, and took care of everything.

The food was primarily seafood based which wasnt my jam but it was good. The desserts were great.

My complaint is that about an hour into the dinner the chef started berating his sous chef. Not just the usual hurry up or dont burn the steak but actual screaming. It went on for a long time and happened repeatly. I am not one to complain but at one point I had to say something to the server.

Honestly as a human I feel like I should have went into the kitchen and spoke to the chef one on one. It was like watching Gordan Ramsey but in Mountain View. After I spoke with the server it seemed to get better but I still heard him through the night. For a $500 meal I would have expected more.

I waited a day to write this review because I wanted to be sure it wasnt just me being upset with the way I heard another human being treated. I cant in good faith recommend this restaurant. I did my best to enjoy the rest of the evening. I gave one star for the food and one star for the service and would have given it 5 stars but the chef ruined it for me. If you want to go then reqest a table far from the kitchen.

TLDR: Great food and service-chef needs to learn human decency.

Report
Helpful
AP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef's tasting menu is a surprise, you don't know what you'll be getting until each course arrives. That said, each course was delightful and the wine pairings were thoughtful and well considered. It seemed impossible to have a more perfect course than the one just finished, but each course managed to top the preceding one.
For my budget this is a strictly special occasion restaurant, but one I will anticipate with great pleasure.

Report
Helpful
AJ
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most remarkable meal in a year in which we have had a number of remarkable meals in European Michelin Star restaurants. Chez TJ ranks with our favorites, especially in terms of creativity in the (chef’s surprise framework) tasting menu, and the eloquent sommelier’s creative but perfectly matched choices.

Report
Helpful
JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Take your time and enjoy the ride. It’s a culinary journey worth experiencing at least once.

Report
Helpful
SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food over several courses. Waygu beef add-on was small but tasty. I would come back for special occasions given the price point.

Report
Helpful
l
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Food is good, service is very good. But too expensive for the occasion. Have had better meals for lower pricing.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
32