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/Private Rooms, Beer, Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
Chez TJ Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
Exceptional food, creativity and presentation.
Superb dining experience with the large tasting menu. The service, the food, ambiance, all top-notch. Excellent wine list to come with the food. Certainly a fantastic place to have a long business dinner and working on a deal between courses.
it is very simple: too expensive!
To be honest, when I made reservations for 5 I was not aware that this restaurant serves only two "sampling menus", one for $120 and one for $185 a person. No a la carte choices, the table must agree on the choice of the sampling menu for all guests. We had a child with us who also was forced a $120 multi-course dinner. The food was good but the pricing is just outrageous. I know that I need to be more careful next time verifying is a given restaurant offers any flexibility to prevent me from going broke. Together with a bottle of "cheap wine" ($80) and the tip we paid $1,100. That is way too much.
Dated dining experience that lacked any ...
Dated dining experience that lacked any real warmth in hospitality. Dishes are predictable and lack innovation or creativity. When its not hard to get a res, the restaurant is empty (on a Sat @ 7pm no less) and there's no social media presence take it as the sign it is and go somewhere else! Clearly someone knows someome at Michelin...
We found this place online and were excited to try a Michelin Star dinning experience. It sure didn't disappoint! We chose the 16 course tasting menu and were continually blown away by the amazing presentation, attentive service and beyond yummy food. We were there for a little over 3 hours and had a great time. Looking forward to coming back!
Outstanding food and ambience. It's so q ...
Outstanding food and ambience. It's so quite that we have to whisper. Excellent for a romantic evening. We were there at 5:30 and we were the only one until 8pm. Sat by the Windows, perfect spot. Excellent food. Pricey but worth it!!!
This was 2nd time visit. Still selected their seasonal menu. Very fresh and delicious great dishes and beautiful display too. Wonderful professional staffs and quiet romantic ambience. This was our anniversary celebration, and they even put efforts to write a card! And it's reasonable price comparing other one star Michelin restaurants!
Don't do the wine pairing
We are people that enjoy wine but need help from friends when picking a good wine. We studied the wine list before arriving and had selected something. When we arrived, we found that they had just changed the wine list. We decided to do the pairing which we were told is 6 glasses to go with the seven courses (seasonal menu). Although they served the wines in wine glasses, the servings could have been put into small shot glasses. And, the wines were mostly white and pretty ordinary. At $110 per person, it was not worth it. If you are into wine, buy it by the bottle.
Excellent food, but the service misses the beat.
I recently had the pleasure of dining at Chez TJ twice. Both times I was impressed by the quality of the food and really enjoyed myself, but the service has left me feeling a bit uncomfortable and hesitant to recommend the place to others.
I'll just mention a few things by way of example. We were asked twice if we had dined there before and both times were given the same, almost verbatim, spiel about the property and history, which isn't a horrible thing, but makes me feel like there was a lack of coordination. The truffle supplement never arrived and no explanation was ever offered as to why, though I continued to hear the staff offer it to later diners. (amusingly telling them it's "the height of truffle season" in late Feb!) As another example, my dining partner is avoiding wheat, and I had noted this on the reservation, confirmed with the hostess, and yet she was still offered bread. Again, not a horrible thing, but given that it's a set menu, I had to reassure my dining partner that I had indeed mentioned this in the reservation notes and she needed reassurance that the kitchen was aware of her preference for the remaining courses. Maybe the worst thing of the night, again not a big deal but against the backdrop of Michelin-starred elegance it really does stand out: the elderly couple across the room was celebrating their anniversary and was twice perfunctorily wished happy birthday by various staff members! Do you think they felt like the restaurant cared that they were spending their special occasion with them?
I don't expect the average place to get any of the above right, but Chez TJ isn't the average place. It's not the kind of place where you go to just get a good meal, but rather a special occasion place where you go to feel taken care of. It's really just a shame that all the hard work in the back of the house is marred by the perfunctory and uncoordinated service in the front.
The place for special event dining extravagance
I am always impressed by the effort and creativity that goes in to the gourmet meals served at Chez-TJ. This is my go-to place for an exceptional evening, great food and service, superb ambiance and wonderful wine pairings.
Food fine, service substandard
As 3rd time diners at Chez TJ, our expectations ran high. But this time, we were disappointed to the level of crossing TJ off of our list. Our expectations were not met -- by a rather wide margin. Perhaps this was a result of idealizing our own memories, or maybe it was the service.
Allured by the variety of the "Tasting Menu", we took the plunge. We did not opt for the wine pairings -- we decided after our last visit that the selections -- including beer -- were not well matched to our palates.
The food was good as usual, but the service was downright annoying. The staff tried their best, I am sure, but they seemed to be quite insensitive to the visual cues offered them about our being deep in conversation. They managed to time their visits to hit our crescendos, making their presence obtrusive. The typical Chez TJ patter seemed particularly amped up this time with too many obsequious "may I clear that plate for the lady?" probes, but little actual information about the uniqueness, origin or unusual preparation of the chef's selections, which we enjoyed hearing about in the past.
For a meal this expensive, it was jarring to realize that we just wanted it to end. It will probably be a while before we return. In the past the service was more personal and this time the conversation from waitstaff was repetitive and pretentious.
I moved out here to the Bay Area from Ch ...
I moved out here to the Bay Area from Chicago, and one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago (Graham Elliot's) had a tasting menu. So I've been on the lookout for a good restaurant out here that offered one, and I happen to stumble upon this place when looking for a nice place for my fiancé and I to go on Valentine's Day. Well worth it. IT IS PRICEY. But I love the idea of having many different offerings and trying new things. The food and service were outstanding! The only complaint I have is that there was a couple there, and the ENTIRE time they were there (2+ hours), they were both on their phones watching YouTube videos with the volume all the way up. Not to mention every time they got a text message, we could hear it. Normally this wouldn't bother me, but if I'm going to spend $200 a plate not including drinks, I'd expect the ambiance to be on point. Unfortunately the staff did nothing. But aside from this, it was amazing and I would HIGHLY recommend.
High End - Expensive
If you like your courses to be selected from the finest ingredients and the wine pairings to be exceptional then go there but expect to pay nearly $ 1,000.00 for a dinner for two people. There was one course that was beer, bread and cheese pairing that in my opinion did not fit the tasting menu but other than that the courses and pairings were very well done. The staff was a little confused when we ordered the wine pairings and they got a late start when they forgot to send the wine with the first courses but they quickly recovered. You have to be in the mood for a three hour experience like the one they provide. Good luck my foodie friends.
Perfect spot for a very special dinner
Celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary at Chez TJ. My husband is a vegetarian, eggs and dairy OK, and the chef did an outstanding job. Service was impeccable, bread delicious, the soup amazing. Highly recommend coming when you desire a special evening with exquisite flavors.
A great experience!
We had a fantastic experience here with the chef's tasting menu (about 15 courses, about 3 hours)
The service was very attentive and the pacing was just right to savor each course -- which we did! Everything was delicious, an adventure in flavors, textures and designs.
The perfect dinner for a couple to celebrate a birthday!
Dinner Chez TJ
Dinner was absolutely superb! The chef's tasting menu was wonderful and service was attentive without being disruptive.
I brought a bottle of wine fully expecting a corkage fee, we bought an additional glass each of wine, so they waved our corkage fee!
It is expensive, but if you're a foodie like me and want an experience of a lifetime, it's totally worth it!
I hate giving a poor review, particularly to a restaurant I wanted to like. But wow was it a let down. While my husband and I were in absolutely no rush, 35 minutes after sitting at our table, we still only had sparkling water served to us. No one took our wine/drink order or walked us through the pairing option for a full 45 minutes after sitting...in a smallish room with too many two-top tables. It was awkward to hear everyone's personal conversations when we were trying to enjoy our own. This put a damper on our moods to begin with, but we remained optimistic that while the service was off to a slow start and the setting was awkward at best, the food would impress. Sadly, it did not. I was served meat on my first course despite making it clear I am a pescatarian. They ran out of the beef my husband had committed to paying a $75 up charge for, but instead of telling him about it, he was served the scraps in poor fashion (note we were not charged but still, the presentation left something to be desired). And not a single course of the extensive tasting menu excited us. The desserts were inedible. The cheese mousse was strange and slimy. In the end, the only thing we truly enjoyed was our wine selection (excellent recommendation from the sommelier-a 2008 Amarone). Certainly not a place I would select again in the future, reinforced by the $650 tab.
Small and intimate experience -- good fo ...
Small and intimate experience -- good food, good times. The service was really great. Left full but not stuffed. Spent over four hours at the restaurant enjoying the different small bites. Most tables seem to operate two shifts: one early (5:30 pm to 6:30 pm), the other late (starting at like 8:30 pm) since dinner options are between 2 to 3 hours. If you want the longer option, the tasting menu, I recommend booking the early evening option so that you're not there until midnight.
A place for your special occasiom
Have not been here for a while, the food and services are still good. It is definitely a place to go for special occasion, 2 pre-fix menu options, not large portion but very delicate and good. Just make sure you identify ALL allergies to the waiter ahead of time. I missed one and realized when the dish arrived, it was uncomfortable as the chef was NOT happy and they had to provide an alternative.
A Culinary Adventure
My husband and I dined there on New Year's Eve and I can fully understand some of the negative comments, e.g. "We left hungry" and "overpriced". If you're looking for a 3-4 course, stick-to-your-ribs meal, then this is not the place for you. However, if you're looking for an adventure in food and wine, then that's quite another story. For the high prices, you're paying for the thought, creativity, and labor behind each morsel. Though one taste presented to me was not to my liking (nori wrapped potato), and the celeriac and uni could have been served warmer, those were the only two minor comments I can lend to the chef. Everything else was superb. Timing between courses was appropriate, allowing us to savor rather than devour each item presented to us. Each dish was like sipping wine . . . you're supposed think about the flavors on your palate to fully appreciate what you're eating. Beer with foie gras? Who would have thought. And the chance to taste A5 Japanese Wagu, truly an experience. No, after a four-hour, eleven course meal I did not feel hungry, nor did I feel stuffed. I did leave quite pleased with the experience and felt more educated about food, wine, and their appreciation.
Birthday at Chez TJ
Four of us dined at Chez TJ. It was an enjoyable evening and we were there close to 4 hours. The only disappointment was the amount of food and the ribeye. The steak lacked flavor and was hard to cut. I'm not a big eater and I was still hungry after we finished. My husband would go back, but for a $700+ dinner for 4, I will go to Ambience in Los altos instead.
I had heard great things about this rest ...
I had heard great things about this restaurant and for our family Christmas dinner I made reservations for their 7 course prefix menu. The food was terrible. I had anticipated delicious authentic French cuisine. It was awful. The food is French Asian fusion. And none of the flavors tasted good together. The abalone was tough like an octopus, the deserts were chocolate bought at a store None of that delicious famous French pastry. It was discussing. We left hungry disappointed after $600. Each plate that was removed we were asked if we didn't like the food and we didn't and we couldn't even pretend that we did. The service is impeccable, the decor is ok the music was too loud. The tables are too close. I got hit several times by the person sitting behind me. This place is for amateurs. With so many excellent restaurants just minutes away don't waste your money here.
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