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Date
Fri, 5/25
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7:00 PM
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Chez TJ

4.8
1178 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French
Top Tags:
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, French, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of operation
Dinner only
Tuesdays - Thursdays 5:30pm - 9pm
Fridays - Saturdays 5:30pm - 9:30pm

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Phone number
(650) 964-7466
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Jarad Gallagher
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Shoreline & Castro
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Parking details
Across the street or in the three story edifice, up one block from your location.
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Public transit
CalTrain: Mountain View
Lightrail: Mountain View
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

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What 1178 People Are Saying
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4.7
service
4.6
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4.2
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I always feel that you deserve at least 2 -3 Michelin stars, not one. I choose you over Manteca any time.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The whole process was fun. It's certainly good for a date or a long conversation (roughly 3 hours).
Some courses are very good while some courses are just ok. The waiters kindly asked to help us to keep our personal items when we sat down. However, they forgot to return those items back to us when we were leaving.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Amazing restaurant in the heart of Mountain View. Extensive wine list with varied selections. Tasting menu changes constantly and the staff are friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We celebrated my husband’s birthday and everything was perfect!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Lovely dinner with amazing wine pairings.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Always amazing

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This was one of the best meals I have ever had in my life! The service, food and atmosphere are world class!

They do not publish the menu, instead they describe every course to you as it is served. I also recommend choosing the nightly wine pairings as well, which really complemented each course. In short, you are placing your palate in the hands of experts and they do not dissappoint!

This place is expensive, it will take 3 hours to dine here and may be much different than your usual dining experience. However, if you have the time, money & reason to dine here, do so!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Omg AMAZING! The environment, the staff, the sommelier, the food, were all so amazing. We have such a great time there. My fiancé and I were blown away from every dish that we tried. I have recommended this place to several of our friends and we are planning on going back again. Thank you for a wonderful evening. We can’t wait to go back again!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Fine dining, fine staff, unique food. It has been a great restaurant for over 25 years and only gets better with age.

Best,

Terence

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent cuisine and service. 100 percent would come back.

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1.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I'm a small portion eater, and I literally left hungrier than when I arrived. Total of perhaps 4.5 oz of protein split into three entree courses(squab, salmon, farm raised elk), with no greens or vegetables to speak of is just terrible. Wine pairings were extremely meagre as well, 1 oz per pour x 6 for average wines at $120 is just....I don't even have words for it. 2 persons with wine pairing and service is north of 800 bucks. Avoid this expense account restaurant like the plague.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We go there annually for our anniversary. Portions are small but not minuscule. Each course is delectable with amazing presentation and excellent wine pairings. You won't know ahead of time what they will serve but they do ask regarding any dietary restrictions. We enjoyed Chez TJ better than The French Laundry.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The staff was very attentive, and friendly. We had a hard time finding parking and the gentleman offered to park the car for us. The food quality and the presentation were great. We enjoyed the dinner’s experience very much. Thank you Chez TJ

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The vegetarian tasting menu was outstanding, as was the service. The garden for locally-grown ingredients is a nice touch.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

As advertised...best part for me was the atmosphere. I was able to enjoy my meal without distraction. Not pretentious or stuffy. Service was classy, but not overdone. Food was smartly presented and delicious. Chef Jarrod came by to chat and the owner also made it a point to greet a few of us.

The fact that Chez TJ is housed in one of Mountain Views historical homes only adds to the warmth and charm. You can't manufacture that. Please save this building.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Amazing food, impeccable service, great pace for dinner service, charming environment and everyone is so friendly. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Expensive, but worth every penny. Now an annual tradition for my husband and I, Chez TJ is everything you'd expect from a Michelin-starred restaurant and more. It's not just about the food (which is, of course, superb), but the entire dining experience. From friendly staff, top-of-the-line service, an expert somalier and delightful wine selection, to the presentation and descriptions of each course. This isn't a place you'll forget.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Everything was great except there was a vary large noisey private party that was too loud

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It was a blind tasting menu, never knew what to expect until the plate was in front of you. Enjoyed every surprise and bite.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

This is by far the most extraordinary dining experience of my life! Every course was an artistic creation, even performance art, and I have never experienced anything quite like this anywhere on Earth. Simply indescribably creative culinary genius. Worth every penny!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful Valentine's experience. Thank you Chez TJ!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Last meal of the year!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Chef Jared and Owner George Aviet were wonderful as usual!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

The ambiance was awesome! Food was also great.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

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

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