Chez TJ

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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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, dining room was a bit dim. Food has unique flavors, every dish is approximately bite sized. Food was visually appealing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Beautiful culinary journey. The Chef and pastry Chef are very skilled. Loved the antilope, the fish and the cannelé! The only downside is the decor that is a little outdated as well as the service that felt a little rushed, although the waiters were all very attentive.

p
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We had a surprise menu and it was an awesome experience. It's not a cheap place, but it's worth it.

MM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was outstanding, but we had two issues with the dinner. They served a course that was served under with a cloche with smoke. It did not impart any flavor to the dish and filled the restaurant with smoke that did not dissipate. Was hard to enjoy dessert when it smelled like mesquite. My only other issue was the cost of the mineral water. $45 a bottle for water is outrageous.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I think it's a really fun experience and great way to eat high end foods that a lot of other restaurants don't typically serve. That is the key tho, the price reflects more the price of the ingredients served and the amazing service the restaurant provides. This is really a delight for a foodie but anyone else may way to save a substantial amount of money and eat somewhere else.

KF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Incredible service, presentation, and food.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez TJ was very good - I had multiple small sized meals. It's the first non Indian Michelin I've been to. The price was about 2-3x times a regular 1 star Michelin, but I had a very good meal. It was the first time I had antelope and Caviar. Definitely get the optional cheese course. They also had some wine options - but I don't drink, but the table next to me seemed to enjoy it. I had a little stomach ache the next day, but that is probably because I never ate such a diverse variety of food. Except for the priciness compared to other 1 star Michelin's - I would strongly recommend you try this restaurant. I love the way it looks - like a house. I never even knew this was a Michelin despite walking by it everyday for almost a year.

I
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to celebrate the special event of your life. The food, service, and everything are just superb. They make everything possible to make sure we enjoy everything and every bite. This is the place to go if you want to have a meal that is going to give you the memory of your life time.

Highly, highly recommended.

RB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!. The presentation was like art. Their Michelin start is well deserved.

v
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place, this was my first Michelin star dining experience and was very enjoyable. Food was elegant and could identify subtle notes in dishes. They were more than happy to accommodate dietary restrictions...
Overall good first Michelin experience!

N
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very creative cuisine with inspiration from everywhere in the world.
The chef got the art to mix different flavors in a very subtle way.
The wine pairing is also surprising, non conventional and generous.
Having tried other 1 star and 2 star restaurants, that one deserve another star if we just consider the quality and the creation of the dishes.

AI
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best places I’ve been to!!!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We were there for close to 4 hours. The seatings were intimate and you can hear everything everyone is saying.

Tonight we had the vegetarian option. Here’s the thing... every individual course was amazing! So good! Well, except the tofu which was supposed to be our main. The problem was with portion.... it was tiny. We saw other tables finished their meal with 3 pieces of meat while we had one small piece of tofu. The portion was definitely off and we somehow walked out hungrier.

The staff and service were wonderful.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Chez TJ for our 20th wedding anniversary dinner at the suggestion of a close friend. She made the perfect suggestion for us - two Hospitality lifers!
Expert service staff delivered ten courses to us, and provided complete descriptions of each plate. So much fun for us - the food was fantastic.
Plan on three hours for your meal at Chez TJ. It’s worth the time.
Expect to pay top dollar for the meal and beverage. We thought it was worth it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experiences. You come in not knowing what’s on the menu to avoid pre-conceived notions of the food they’re going to serve so it’s a fun surprise! They will call you ahead of time to check if you have allergies or dietary restrictions.

YK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter explained the food in a very engaging manner such that I really enjoyed the whole experience! Everyone was very attentive. There is only one bathroom, but the waiters come pick you up when it's ready for me so that I don't have to wait stranding. Every dish was fantastic and creative too.

RS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing chef tasting menu meal. Excellent service.

BC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice up-up-upscale restaurant - we had about 14 courses and the waiters and sommelier were always on hand to answer questions about the dishes or wine selections. For me this was a very special occasion that I would recommend to anyone looking to have a Michelin experience with some really really really good food.

f
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An extraordinary restaurant to go to on a special occasion. The sole menu item is an exquisite tasting menu with a variety of small appetizers, main courses, and desserts. Plan on spending two to three hours indulging yourself.

LD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience, but the prices are extremely high. Our dinner for 2 costed more than 800 dollars!!!!

RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing and creative tasting menu with excellent wine pairings. The pacing of the courses was relaxed and service prompt. We have go to Chez TJ over the past 30 years many times for family celebrations and they have never failed to surprise us. Do include the cheese course, it has introduced us to many excellent local cheeses.

D
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was very nice, servant was very nice and friendly. Food was absolutely amazing!

T
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've dined at Chez TJ several times over the past 20 years and have enjoyed the cuisine from several different chefs. The one constant is that Chez TJ continues to be one of the best restaurants in the South Bay and the current team is the best yet. The tasting menu is both creative and well executed. Service is well measured and the staff is extremely knowledgeable and professional. Dishes are seasonal and really seem to capture produce at its peak. The wine list is extensive, though we opted for hard ciders the evening we dined there. Given the prices, Chez TJ is definitely a special occasion restaurant, but well worth it.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic creations with very nicely concocted flavors. Great for special occasion!

M
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I was very disappointed with the food, as well as the price. I would not return.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite for occasions, business meals, and special date night. I’ve been going to Chez TJ for years and the standard of excellence remains high as always.

f
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The first time I came, it was Valentine’s Day and super busy. This time it was just a casual Wednesday night, and the timing and service was a lot better. Our waiter was very patient and thorough with his explanation with everything. Food was delicious and acted like pieces of art. Only disappointment was there was some sort of bone/rock in one of my dishes that I chomped on. Luckily I don’t bite down hard, so my teeth were ok, but it was definitely a surprise. Otherwise, everything was great!

E
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really spectacular, but I’m not sure it (or any meal for that matter) is worth $540 for a couple. Once in a lifetime experience for sure.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best luxurious food ,such a nice experience,,we had caviar and truffle and wine pairing,,,service was great.

J
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Antelope tartar was a bit disappointing. Would have preferred beef tartar instead or even chicken liver mouse if available.

I missed your lobster dish; loved the duck . But don’t worry- will be back.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Jojo Gunatilaka

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I did not expect the beverage pairing would include many types of beverage besides wine. I am very delighted with the sake pairing, but somewhat disappointed with the mead and jerkum pairing. The paired wines were spot on.

W
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fantastic. The service is outstanding. The food is incredible. We have had a different menu each visit and each time the options have been great. I'd recommend the restaurant for a date night, celebrating an event, or just to try it out because you want amazing combination of food, drinks, and service.

MV
Adelaide / SA
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful 6 course prix-fixe meal at Chez TJ. Everything (food, service, fun factor) just keeps getting better and better.
Highlights for me were the first few courses - the bite-sized caviar with cucumbers and cracker was just perfect, as were the one-bite oyster & crudo course.
Later courses were all well-cooked/well-executed, everything perfectly seasoned. No big surprises but that's a good thing.
Service was meticulous throughout.
This is a great venue to celebrate special occasions. Definitely not kids-friendly.

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just really good start to finish.. It was a delight.

S
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place , awesome food,wonderful service . We enjoyed it so much

NP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Great ambiance. Delicious, creative, fresh, beautifully prepared dishes. Great, off-mainstream wines. Professional, friendly service. Great views of the garden

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Highly overpriced. Decent quality food. Good wine program. Good service.

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Superbly executed tasting menu, very creative.
Some of the dishes were wildly successful and others were creative but not quite the tasty mouth explosion you would expect. Looks-wise, every single dish was delightfully plated and presented.

The wagu beef was offered and we glad we took it. Simply mouthwatering and delicious

DL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fresh, creative and delicious food from a set menu. We have eaten at all 3 Michelin restaurants and many 2 and 1 star restaurants in the Bay Area. This place is much more than a 1 Michelin star restaurant!