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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, French, Contemporary French / American

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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Romantic (15)
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Fit for Foodies (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Local Ingredients (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Business Meals (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Chez TJ was incredible! Fabulous food, fantastic service, wonderful atmosphere. Truly memorable evening!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful Valentine's experience. Thank you Chez TJ!

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 13, 2018

This was our second visit to Chez TJ. Last time, we went for our anniversary and it was cozy, delicious, inviting, and comforting. NB They had lost their Michelin Star at this point.

Now, they have regained their Michelin Star but this time, it was stiffer, more formal, and frankly, less fun. The somm last time was so friendly and the entire staff was incredibly welcoming . The food was more 'trendy' and still pretty good.

We just wish it felt as warm and welcoming as it did last time.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I think the effort to provide creative / unusual / one-of-a-kind dishes is overdone. To have plates of multiple unique bites each with an exotic foundation, rare morsel, and complicated topping, one after the other, is too complex for a single meal. I kept wondering who the chef was competing with.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was very disappointing. Except for the caviar dish all else was rough / undistinctive. In addition, all fried items were heavy and greasy. I don’t think this. 1 Michelin star restaurant. If I had been alone I would have walked out.

The wine suggested by the sommelier was excellent.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This was the most wonderful dining experience my partner and I have ever had. An exhilarating gastronomic journey, each presentation complete with a narrated backstory. We opted for the (non-grand) wine pairing, and without being a huge drinker myself I really had to pace myself! It was like a marathon. 3.5 hours is about correct, we arrived at 9:30 and it was the perfect time for peace and quiet. Next time, we’ll dine here in the day - so our pictures aren’t so dark! What a lovely experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Beyond expectations. The food was fantastic. Service very attentive but not too much so.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Last meal of the year!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We been here many times. We like the spring and summer menu more because it’s lighter. The winter menu food is a bit more heavier, but overall very creative.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Chef Jared and Owner George Aviet were wonderful as usual!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

So amazing! An assortment of amazing small bites that filled us up. Very professional friendly and knowledgeable staff always will to answer our questions. Loved the whole experience and will definitely go back again!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

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

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 6, 2017

The ambiance was awesome! Food was also great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 29, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 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 1, 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 1, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Long time favorite restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 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 6, 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 September 30, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 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 22, 2017

Attentive, professional service without pretentiousness

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 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 14, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 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 2, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 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 1, 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
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

A wonderful meal with outstanding wines and fantastic service.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 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 17, 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 10, 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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