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.
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
Private Party Facilities:
Chez TJ offers four private dining rooms that can accommodate 8 - 35 people. For inquiry, please call or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Party Contact:
Justin Rodriguez: 6509647466x
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Chez TJ Ratings and Reviews
A fantastic experience that I would reco ...
A fantastic experience that I would recommend to anyone! This dining experience was completely worth it. I would return to Chez TJ without hesitation. We came here to celebrate a birthday and chose to dine from the California local menu and selected a wine pairing to share. Everything tasted spectacular, including the wine! An out of this world experience!! Go!
I took my wife hear for her birthday. W ...
I took my wife hear for her birthday. We had the standard tasting menu as well as the win pairing (additional $100 each). In my opinion we definitely did not get our money's worth on the wine pairing, having received only about 5, 2oz pours each of wine. That's about $10 per oz.
The food was fantastic, and the service was out of this world. One negative was that since the restaurant is an a very old house, it smells a bit old and caused my wife to have the worst allergy attack of her life. We had to end dinner early because she could barely breathe. For such an expensive meal I would expect something like mold/mildew not be a factor in our experience.
Other than the wine pairing cost and allergy attack it was a pleasant experience.
I can't say enough about this restaurant ...
I can't say enough about this restaurant, which I have kept coming back to for many years when I want a great meal, exquisite service, a beautiful and quiet atmosphere, and just a memorable evening. Every dish was at least excellent. Some were composed of very surprising and even thrilling flavors. The dishes were inventive, incredibly tasty, and beautifully presented. The staff will spoil you, and they just keep coming, one after another, but very considerately spaced to allow a leisurely three-hour dinner for even the shorter of the two tasting menus. Lots of small treats thrown in at the beginning and the end. Every time I eat there I ask myself why it took so long to get back.
Chez TJ is a very special restaurant wit ...
Chez TJ is a very special restaurant with seasonal tasting menus that are handcrafted. Expect to spend about $200/person and 2-3 hours, but expect to go away having had a delicious meal that you'll be inspired by.
I reserved TJ for my wife's birthday. I ...
I reserved TJ for my wife's birthday.
I brought Flowers and One bottle of Champagne 2 hours before the reservation time.
TJ received them and set-up the flowers at the table.
Also, they brought the Champagne with good condition.
I really thank TJ for all the set-up.
The food is "New adventure". TJ has French/Japanese/Italian/Chinese mixed.
I like small ｒavioｌi with White Truffle and Lobster with Bisque.
Short version: TJ has been better, but t ...
Short version: TJ has been better, but this night: not worth the price.
** Just under $1000 for three people, the more expensive menu, no add-ons, one wine pairing, 1 half bottle of Merlot ($65), one coffee. And when they say 2 ounce pours on the wines, they don't give one milliliter over. I just feel like I shouldn't have to take micro-sips of the wine, just to make it to the next course.
** Two of the dishes were fantastic, especially with the pairing. The foie gras, and the duck. The rest, were just good. No vegetables to speak of, though sadly, this is not uncommon with prix fixe dinners.
** Recommend going on a week night, if possible. We went on a Saturday night; full house. With that many tables to serve, and a high number of courses, wine stewards, bread/water people and servers, combined with the smaller, intimate rooms at TJ's, it can get a bit hectic.
We'll give it a several year rest before we try it again.
As always a wonderful dining experience. ...
As always a wonderful dining experience. It is expensive but the full tasting menu is out of this world. Loved the onion soup and antelope. Great use of local produce and seasonal ingredients. The Neal did have more of an Asian influence rather than French but it worked beautifully. Wait staff was impeccable too. They even lock your bathroom door.
Chez TJ is a special place to eat. They ...
Chez TJ is a special place to eat. They serve two tasting menus, each of which comprises numerous small portions of delicious and beautiful delicacies. I am amazed when I think of the time and attention given to the food. The service is very personal, and the staff is very willing to answer questions about the various courses. Although we only go there occasionally, it is always a true treat.
We decided to dine at TJ for the first t ...
We decided to dine at TJ for the first time to celebrate our anniversary -- and we love contemporary French food. All dishes were tasty and beautiful. Foie gras presentation (including the plate) was awesome and the combination of flavors was unique and memorable. We never had such an amazing black cod dish before. For us the weakest dishes were abalone and dessert -- they were fine, but nothing special. The sour dough bread with rosemary was great, but we had to request it in addition to the corn bread provided with the regular menu. For some reason we were not offered a cheese course which was surprising for the high quality French restaurant. Our main disappointment was the service as we used to higher standards at the Michelin star establishments. We were not offered Champaign or Cocktails before the meal. Our wine person definitely did not know the Gigondas region and when we ordered a Gigondas bottle she brought a different one without telling us -- and it ended up being 2+ times more expensive. The wine was great and we enjoyed it, but they servers did not keep an eye on our glasses and we had to serve ourselves (we don't mind it, but it is an unexpected level of service). And we also felt rushed through the appetizer courses, though we were very clear that we were in no rush. We did not get good explanations about the dishes either and did not feel too welcome.
So, it is not clear if we would recommend TJ to our friends as the price tag ($450-$550 for dinner for two) does not correlate with the service quite well. But, on another hand, the food is mostly great.
Food is good, service is wonderful. We d ...
Food is good, service is wonderful. We did add Wagyu(+$100) and wine pairing (+$134) with chef's menu (+189). Which almost $500 per person.
One couple talked very loud and kind of annoying when most other kept their voice down. Ambiance -1
Wagyu not very surprise me, I had much better in bay area. Truffle egg also not kind of disappointing(barely can see nor taste any truffle ) (Food -2)
I have not been to Chez TJ in many years ...
I have not been to Chez TJ in many years, it is just as excellent if not better than my last experience. My only one minor comment would be our wine orders were not taken as quickly as I would have liked, as we had many canapés on the table with no wine.
Solid! Creative and always delicious! We ...
Solid! Creative and always delicious! Well deserved Michelin star! Will continue to come back and continue to tell our friends! ps- bring back your cheese plate with all the accoutrements; missed that on our last visit.
Exquisite is a word that comes to mind! ...
Exquisite is a word that comes to mind! My boyfriend booked the reservation at Chez TJ to celebrate my birthday and whoa did I ever feel so celebrated and honored by everyone at the restaurant. The entire meal--dish by dish was a delight for the senses--visually appealing and at times like a piece of art, so delicate in shape and form--the smells so vibrant and potent--the taste offering complex flavor, but never in an overpowering way more like a layering of brilliant thought and craft. We even received an education when one of the members of staff brought out a certificate explaining more about Wagyu beef! Chef even shared some 'extra dishes' and I also received a handwritten birthday card. Everyone on staff was attentive to our table and supportive of one another. My boyfriend is on his way to the CIA in Napa and when he graduates, I would like to bring him back to Chez TJ to celebrate him!!
Thank you for an unforgettable evening of food, wine and merriment!
We did a whole week of eating the best f ...
We did a whole week of eating the best food for every meal throughout SF and Chez TJ was the best meal we had! We went all out and did the Chef's Tasting Menu, which was an excellent decision. The corn soup with chili oil was out of this world and the foie gras was amazing as always. Desserts were also incredible (especially the Sake Lees)! Great service and amazing atmosphere as if you were in someone's house. Highly recommended.
What wonderful service! I was most struc ...
What wonderful service! I was most struck by the fact that the wait staff will let you know when the bathroom is ready, and guide you there, even opening the door for you. Everyone seems genuinely interested in their service, which is refreshing to see in this hustle-bustle world. The food was good, but at time hit-and-miss with some flavors I felt needed to be accentuated in different ways, or that something was just "missing." Wines were good, but the pairing for the extended tasting menu was just too much! Desserts were easily the best part of the night - their pastry chef had her flavors/textures/presentation absolutely on point, and we left the meal feeling very full and very satisfied.
Tasting menus for expense accounts
We had an interesting meal even if it was one of the most expensive dinners I've ever eaten, over $700 for two people. No meal is worth that much. The menu was interesting and varied but there wasn't enough of any one dish to get the full flavor of what was being offered. It was more of a small bite menu than a true tasting experience. We shared on flight of wine and again the servings will interesting were doled out by the thimble full. Every course or pouring was preceded by a description or lecture on the ingredients or the origins and locations of their parentage. The true insult though was the $185 flight being accompanied by a $15 surcharge for sharing. The food was tasty but not worth the hassle or the expense.
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