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About Chez TJ

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.

938 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner only
Tuesdays - Thursdays 5:30pm - 9pm
Fridays - Saturdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Shoreline & Castro

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 964-7466

Website:
http://www.cheztj.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Jarad Gallagher

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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

Chez TJ Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
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Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Cozy (4)
Authentic (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Seasonal (3)
Business Meals (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our first visit to Chez TJ after multiple meals at Chez Panisse, the French Laundry, and Manresa over the years. And as a confirmed foody for whom Alice Waters personally cooked my wedding meal for my first marriage back in 1977, the standard tasing menu at Chez TJ was in the same league as all three restaurants mentioned above. Every course worked, and the standard wine pairing was exceptionally matched to each course. The care and nuance in each course was unparalleled, and despite the price of the meal my wife and I felt we got our money’s worth. A truly memorable experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Healthy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The ambiance was awesome! Food was also great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was for our friend’s birthday and we had a great time.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious and we'll definitely come back! When we visited, there was a very loud group (of 4 people only!). We asked for a quiet place and were immediately moved to another table that was much more cozy. I'd 100% recommend this place. The service was very good, very attentive. This is a great place for a special occasion dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Went there for business occasion. The 35 yr old restaurant, operated in a humble Victorian home built in 1894, is famous for its French cuisine, and lately seems to be inspired by Japanese zen. Omakase style (Chef’s Choice), keeping the surprise all the way towards the end. Every bite is like heaven. A lot of dishes are seafood related or light dish, goes better with wine pairing. My favorite dishes include Abalone, Osetra Carviar w/ Sea Urchin, Lamb Chop, Duck, Black Cod w/ Oyster, Pineapple w/ white chocolate, and Black truffle (add-on item). It was pretty neat that we were able to check out the kitchen and staffs. Quite pricy if ordered with wine pairing and a few add-on items (i.e. champagne, black truffle), however, a great experience if under special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

In my top 3 meals of all time! Great service, very knowledgeable and enjoyable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great tasting menu that varies continuously. Huge focus on local ingredients (they even have their own garden for vegetables) with a French and Japanese influence in cooking style. I have been there twice in one month and both times got very different and original menus. As for the wine pairing, very good set of wines mixed between California and France. Amazing quality for the price of the menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Out of this world experience. Food is an art to the chef and his team. Attention to every detail throughout your entire dining experience. Impeccable wine pairings went perfectly with each course. The wait staff is engaging and friendly, yet very professional and attentive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Long time favorite restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My husband and I had an excellent time, as we do every time we come here

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Chez TJ is our favorite restaurant on the peninsula for a special occasion. Better than Baume and deserving of a second Michelin star. Chef seems to have gotten even more inventive recently. The food and wine pairings are outstanding. The service wonderful. Expensive but worth every for the food and wine lovers looking for a special experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Been back multiple times. Will continue to return!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Took my friend for her bday- wonderful experience!
Worth every cent

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Party of 6 (3 couples), and though they called in advance to speak about occasions, dietary restrictions, etc. when we got to the restaurant they would not allow us to do both the tasting menu's and insisted that the entire table did the same menu ....very inflexible ! I have been to several restaurants and as a couple we have always tried different menu's and half the fun is in tasting each others. Given that their corkage is steep ($55 per bottle) which we don't mind paying for a special bottle/s from our cellar, they were really rigid when we requested about opening a 3rd bottle of wine and could not deviate from their 2 bottle corkage max. Note that we had already ordered 3 expensive bottles from their wine list. To our surprise they add a 20% service on your entire bill even on the wine. We always appreciate our servers and were happy for them. With great friends, it was the closeness of friendship, fun, and laughter that made it a memorable evening. The food was good but for the $$$$ it just didn't wow me.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Attentive, professional service without pretentiousness

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The restaurant is in an old house, and a bit stuffy. Food was OK, but not worth $300+/person. Service was very attentive and friendly, but not as enjoyable as I would have liked. There was nothing really wrong about the overall experience, but also nothing really incredibly delicious, compelling, extraordinary, which you'd like for that price range.

Even if it were $50/person, I'm not sure I'd come back soon. However, I do understand why it cost so much to do such intricate dishes with exotic ingredients and complex preparations and personal service. I just didn't find it as enjoyable as I'd like for the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very good food, good wine list. Worth the Michelein ratings

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Did not accomodate my bday request. Food was not as tasty as in the past. To many courses caused the night to drag on. Was served incorrect bevereges

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

For the price we spent - it definitely was not worth it. Could of went to a better Michelin restaurant. And dinner took 3.5 hours way too long.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It was our 26th wedding anniversary and this was the perfect place to celebrate . We were warmly welcomed, promptly seated. The food was outstanding and exotic, an absolutely delicious parade of twelve tastings. We felt full and satisfied at the end of our 3 hour incredible experience at Chex TJ.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed the global tasting menu. Every dish was delicious, creative and beautifully presented. It was a culinary adventure. We enjoyed a rare date night and Chez TJ was the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

A wonderful experience. Much improved from when we visited last time which was years ago. The wait staff was attentive. The food was creative.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A wonderful meal with outstanding wines and fantastic service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Loved it. Except my back hurt after 3.5 hours of sitting. Wish there were sofas :)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Me and my wife celebrated our anniversary.
We took the world tasting menu with wine pairing.
It was just perfect.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food was delicious. Service impeccable. Accommodated our request for a slightly faster paced meal without it feeling anything less than leisurely. Highly recommend!

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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Beautiful tasty food, but quite pricey. We found the quantity good, but perhaps more than we would normally eat.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

This was the first time for our group of 4 to try Chez TJ. No menu, you eat what they provide of the day. The food was wonderful, both the presentation and the taste, beyond our expectation. Be prepare for a very long meal though, especially if go with children, as the more than 10 courses dinner may last for more than 3 hours.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

A great night out. The restaurant has a quiet ambience and serves two fixed menu options - the local Californian food and a more global menu. They tailored the menu to my fish allergy and my husband's distate for cucumber. The food and wine pairings were amazing - Creative, fresh and tasty. The wine we excellent, you can also buy wine by the bottle and I think you can bring your own bottle (if you want to pay the $50 corkage charge)
My husband and I try out the Michelin star / fixed menu restaurants in the Bay Area for our anniversary and birthdays and this is by far my favorite - value for money is outstanding.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Save the trip to Yountville: for creativity, attentiveness, variety of the food, and absolute consistently amazing flavors that made me want to make a meal out of every bite.

The wait staff became more of a family friend, explaining the dishes and making sure everything was perfect.

PS: people mention the time between courses as too long. Was perfect for my business meeting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

I had never eaten from a tasting menu. Some of the foods I had never heard of before let alone eaten. I was pretty sure there would be food served that I wouldn't like. I was mistaken, everything was delicious! This was the best dining experience of my life. The service was impeccable. The waiters were so attentive, kind, and informative. My friend and I had such a good time. This will be a wonderful evening that I will remember for a long time.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Chez TJ continues to impress. Redefined a number of dishes for me. Wine pairing was the best I've had.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Menu is not same as official website, not what we expected

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We had a lovely meal with impeccable service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Amazing experience with incredible service.
Well worth the expense if you want to impress that love one

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food is good, very quiet, ideal for intimate dinner. Service was attentive but it took too long. We went with chef menu: started at 6pm and didn't finished until 10 pm. On average it must be 10 mins in between menu item

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Excellent service but totally unaware it was tasting only menu. Very expensive. The food was cute .

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Food was great! Got surprised for every course. Great dining experience.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Went to Chez TJ to celebrate a special occasion. They accommodated our dietary needs spectacularly - the courses just kept coming! We were blown away by the service as well - loved that the chef came out to explain each course and answer questions. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Organic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The California tasting menu was superb. Ingredients were source locally within 100 miles. The presentation was creative and everything was blended perfectly.
Exceptional service and attention to details by all well trained staffs.
The wine pairing paired so well with each course. Most are from wineries making small batches.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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