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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.
Mountain View, CA 94041
Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays - Thursdays 5:30pm - 9pm
Fridays - Saturdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Shoreline & Castro
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Across the street or in the three story edifice, up one block from your location.
CalTrain: Mountain View
Lightrail: Mountain View
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Chez TJ Ratings and Reviews
There were so many delicious dishes. You are there for a few hours so you shouldn't go for a quick meal. But it is definitely worth the time commitment and it certainly did not feel like we were there so long since there were always new dishes coming out of the kitchen and friendly staff to answer any questions we had.
A different yet wonderful dining experience. I love that you don't know what you are going to get as a dish. The surprises were worth it. Everything had amazing flavor and the plating was superb. The service was great as well. Even though you are there for about 3 hours, it did not feel like it because of the food and service, and of course my date.
The food is very good - but it isn 't world class. Considering the exorbitant price ($250 per person with a flight of wine) this is terrible value as you can easily get food as good for a quarter the price elsewhere.
My biggest complaint was the insufferable condescention of the pompous waiter who could hardly stop name dropping long enough to let us eat the food. This place goes out of its way to make you feel like you are privileged to be eating there, and they merely deign to serve you. This is an extremely pretentious place to eat and it doesn't appear to be ashamed of it; pity it isn't actually a good enough place to justify the attitude.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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