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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
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: (650) 964-7466
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Chez TJ Ratings and Reviews
The California tasting menu was superb. Ingredients were source locally within 100 miles. The presentation was creative and everything was blended perfectly.
Exceptional service and attention to details by all well trained staffs.
The wine pairing paired so well with each course. Most are from wineries making small batches.
we have been to TJ's several times but this last visit, our 42nd anniversary was the best. the preparation, presentation detail, quality, taste and service was superb. they were able to nicely accommodate food allergies and requests for a "bit more" cooking for some of my wife's choices. we selected the California menu option. a very pleasant, unrushed 3 hours that we thoroughly enjoyed.
Overall food was excellent, but a few things that would keep me from going back. First off, we arrived on time and was promptly told they were running a few minutes behind. Half an hour later, we were seated. We were one of 3 parties that were told to wait. They were eventually seated as well. The courses served did not have a steady flow. There were times when no one was coming with anything, as if our dinner had come to a complete stop. It seemed to us that our table service was slowed down to catch up with some of the other tables that were about 15-20 min behind us so they could serve us all the same food at the same time. That seemed odd because we all had different reservations times. If that is the kitchen's preference, then the restaurant should just have set seating times. We were there for over 2.5 hrs and had skipped the cheese and coffee. I can't imagine how long this would have taken if we had selected to have those too. Overall service flow was not as what we'be seen at other 1 star restaurants.
Food was mindblowing and I loved how they customized the order based on our dietary restrictions. The staff was really courteous. However, service was really slow. I understand tasting menus allow some time between courses in order to let you savor the food, but this took too long. We have planned for 2.5-3 hours for the dinner but this took over 4 hours ! Overall, really happy with the food and ambience.
The tasting menu is an experience worth paying for. Every staff member is courteous and extremely knowledgeable, taking pride in his or her job with intense attention to detail. The sommmelier is wonderful, friendly and professional. The interior of the restaurant is friendly and intimate and you feel at once relaxed and cared for. Plan a special night here, take your time while eating and enjoy the entire dining experience as it is one you won't want to forget.
Where do I start? Well, how about the wine stuard (and I am using the term loosely) who has not the slightest idea of what wines are actually available on the list, while offering no help whatsoever in substituting for a missing wine? How about a bottle of 2009 Italian noble wine so obviously cooked that it leaves a tremendous pile of sediment in one's glass? Then, how about the wine stuard arguing the wine quality with the patrons? To top off all of the above, how about the chef blabbering loudly about his bloody motorcycle adventures with an acquittance at a table immediately adjacent to ours for nearly an hour? How's all of that for enhancing one's culinary experience?
Although the food preparation and the presentation were up to par, our dining experience was ruined by the dreadful wine service and the chef's disrespectful demeanour. YMMV.
Extraordinary. There just is no other word. The food, the wine, the service, the staff, the ambiance, are all extraordinary. Just do be aware that Dinner here takes several hours. The courses -- each just a few bites -- just keep coming and coming and coming. Each one is a masterpiece. On no plate is the slightest detail of color, texture, flavor, aroma, of appearance left to anything but pedantic perfection. I'm guessing that there were at least 150 -- 200 wouldn't surprise me -- ingredients in this meal and all are sources as locally as possible. All are sourced with the greatest of care. Each is the culmination of an exhaustive search to find the very best of everything. Most of these ingredients are absolutely fresh meaning that each one has to be expertly prepared for the evening's meal. I can only imagine how many hundreds of man-hours go into preparing for each evening's service. The very simplest thing served must talk 10 minutes per-piece for an expert chef to prepare. And many of the plates are simply elaborate in every way.
it's not a lot of food, really. Quantity is not the focus here. It is a good-size meal, but you will not leave feeling stuffed... just satisfied. You will, however, leave here feeling total palate fatigue, total gustatory fatigue, total olfactory fatigue, total tactile fatigue, total whole-body palate fatigue. This is, I think, akin to what a runner feels at the end of a marathon, fully exhausted and yet fully satisfied, a good exhaustion.
In conclusion, all I can add is: bravo!
Everything was lovely. The food is decidedly worthy of 5 stars. We ordered the local menu and every bite was delicious. I don't care for lamb under any circumstances, but the bite I took was quite good. My fellow diners thought the lamb was wonderful and gobbled it up. Two days later we are still talking about the assorted courses with mouths watering.
The 4 star rating for service is given only because it was a bit more leisurely than expected. The website suggests to allow 2.5 to 3 hours for dinner. We started at 7pm and didn't finish until 11pm, making for a late Friday night for people who had been at work since early morning. This is not exactly a complaint because we were having a nice time chatting. Aside from being sleepy by the end of dinner, it was a delightful experience.
The 4 star rating for ambiance is given only because we were enjoying the music, with family favorites being played (Brazilian). It was turned off about midway through dinner and not replaced with any other music. We missed having the background music from about lamb to nuts.
Everything from the food to the service was just perfect. We did the local tasting menu with wine pairing. The menu was a secret and they had already taken our food exceptions into account. There were about 12-13 courses and it was a lot of food even though individual portions are typically french. The food was rich and indulgent and pleasantly surprising at times. We were really glad to do the wine pairing, there is a 2 oz pour with every course. There were beautifully paired and by the end we were just in a really happy place. I would definitely recommend Chez TJ for celebrating yourself or a special someone.
What can I say about this place. It's always amazing and this last visit was no different. The service was incredible, the wine was perfectly paired, and the food. Oh, my goodness the food. From start to finish it just kept getting better and better like good music that builds to a crescendo. They even added an ad-hoc fois gras course because we mentioned that we love the stuff. Chez TJ has long been a favorite for us, and we promised ourselves that we're going to try to get back at least 4 times a year.
Truly special occasion restaurant. Food and service are exceptional. Tasting menu creates anticipation, surprise and delight. We were prepared for two and a half hours, but at close to four hours it was too much of a marathon. Two desserts were plenty; we didn't need the third. And, at such a premium fixed price it was surprising to be charged extra for coffee. Would definitely go again, but only for a special occasion.
I felt that one beef dish should be served earlier because it's fatty. I do like the fatty taste. But not after several dishes. Unfortunately, I was so full and couldn't take deserts. But the waiter told me that I couldn't take the deserts home. So I ended up eating all those deserts which became a torture. That's something I feel that Chez TJ can do better for its patrons.
How do you review too much of a good thing? Since you can't possibly remember every dish served, they provide a list when you leave. It had 22 items. Although EVERYTHING was delicious (I wasn't quite prepared for the burst of mint soda with cucumber juice from the bonbon), having so many courses actually detracted from the experience. That's not to say there was too much food, just too much variety. The only leftovers we took home was dessert. I think fewer courses with larger portions would have been better.
For anyone wanting a fabulous, special meal in a romantic, exquisite setting in Silicon Valley, this is where you should go! The meal structure is a tasting menu, no list of dishes or need to order, they just bring one wonderful small course after another. (They will, of course, accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions.) The wine pairing is creative and well matched. Chez TJ is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere.
For over 20 years always a favorite for any special occasion (even if we need to invent one for an excuse to go). The food is always different and a delightful surprise. We have never been disappointed- this menu had a decidedly ASIAN flare the last was a bit Traditional French (with of course twists)- so fun!
Cozy venue, amazing service, diverse ingredients, and beautiful presentation. Unfortunately we were seated near the kitchen so we could hear the chef yelling at staff. The global menu was $200/person and, while good, it wasn't knock-your-socks-off good. Our experience at The Bazaar Miami was better and less expensive.
This is an experience as much as a meal. Every last detail of your evening is well thought out and the execution by the staff is amazing. They operate in a choreographed manner that will leave your head spinning. The food is nothing short of amazing. This place is worth the splurge money you will spend going here. It’s the type of food experience you may only experience once or twice in your lifetime.
That puréed beef fat was amazing! It came on a plate next to uni so my first impression was that it'll play the supporting role...boy was I wrong! It's been 12 hrs and I'm still salivating. So good!
We came for my husband's birthday and all the staff seemed to know it & wished him a happy birthday. Very nice touch.
This was our third Christmas Eve dinner at Chez TJ. Every year, including this one, the food has been wonderful, and the service has been exceptional.
Our servers were very professional and also very funny.
In particular, the duck was presented three ways, all of which were subtle, flavorful, and masterfully prepared.
The food and ambiance are perfect. Rudy the host was perfect as was one server who was Asian who gave cheerful and helpful answers to oyr questions. The other service was consistently subpar in two ways. (1) Servers kept appearing in droves cutting short our conversation each time giving hurried pressure descriptions of each course. (2) The worst bill padding I've ever experienced. The prices of the extras were never listed or mentioned. They waived corkage when I ordered a half bottle as if they were doing me a difficult favor; I had told them whatever their policy was was ok with me. I think the water for two people was $40. I am not kidding. The extras added hundreds to our meal including an additional wine whose price was not explained. It was a tourist ripoff show in these ways and not an intimate meal. Manresa has none of these issues.
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!
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