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Chez TJ
Modern French Restaurant$$$$
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938 Villa St Mountain View, CA 94041
938 Villa StreetUSCaliforniaMountain View94041
$$$$Modern French Restaurant, French RestaurantToday Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday 5:30 – 9:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 9:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 9:00 pmFriday 5:30 – 9:30 pmSaturday 5:30 – 9:30 pmSunday Closed
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Inspired by French cooking, the set meals here take place in a Victorian house & often last hours.- Google
"We had the tasting menu with wine pairings; it was completely amazing."
"Unimaginative cooking for a Michelin star restaurant."
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Michel Szarindar
a month ago
The restaurant is very classy and quiet. This is perfect for a calm night out with your wife. There is a lot of effort in the food preparation and presentation but it ends up being too much. There are too many different flavours in so tiny portions. Going back to simplicity and let the fresh products offer their own flavours would have make me wanting to come back.
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Amar Singh
4 months ago
One the best. I flew in from LA with a buddy of mine. If your vusting the bay area you gotta try this place!!
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Darren Story
a year ago
Awesome! Superb service. Amazing food. Wonderful wine pairings. Excellent experience!
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Scott Crandall
2 years ago
Overpriced, under portioned and some of the snottiest service I have ever experienced. The prices in Paris itself were lower, the portions larger, and the wait staff were pleasant at the very least. A hint to the staff; stop acting like you came from Central Casting on a call for "snotty rude French people". For the chef, making cute little swirls in sauce over the food, to disguise both taste and size isn't a skill, it's a marketing ploy. Never going back, sure as hell not recommending it to others. Go to Emile's in San Jose on Second Street. Or Denny's. The first has superb food at reasonable prices, polite staff, and you can go next door to City Lights and see a play after dinner. Denny's has better ambiance than Chez TJ, and the food is no worse.
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6 months ago
First note that chez TJ goes from being great to not great at all while they rotate chefs. It's frustrating because I've had 2 great meals there as well as 2 very disappointing ones. Review for my last one: Likely food poisoning, very very slow service (4.5H for full tasting meal, 30mn per dish because the kitchen staff was totally inadequate to cope with a not even full dining room), and more importantly no answer from the staff or owner when I Emailed them with my concerns and offered info as to the possible food problem. This is very disappointing, it used to be much better in the past :( The staff and servers were nice when we were there, but that's unfortunately not enough.
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Johann Naylor
a year ago
Since the new chef has taken over it's really declined. The new Sommelier also leaves something to be desired and wait service has also fallen off, I had to pour my own wine more than once which does not meet my expectations for either a Michelin star restaurant nor $150 a plate dining experience. Food was very good, but not outstanding given these occurrences I will not be returning as there are plenty of other fine dining establishments in the area and all provide better service. Chez Tj does not deserve it's Michelin star, not even close.
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Dave Coleman
a year ago
The best tasting menu I have ever experienced. Well balanced. Perfect tempo. Phenomenal service. Just fantastic!
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Chloë Prud'homme Olivari
2 years ago
I went to Chez TJ on June, 19 2013. We bought a coupon on Bloomspot ($57 for Menu Gastronomique instead of $85). We had: - 1st amuse-bouche "Pot of Earth": corn panna cotta - 2nd amuse-bouche: Arancini - Sake Poached Day Boat Scallops Sturgeon Caviar, Cucumber, Garden Lettuces - Maine Lobster Truffle Gnocchi, Summer Truffle, Nasturtium - Kobe Tartar (for my husband) - Australian Tajima Kobe Potato, Heirloom Carrots, Cippolini Onion - Degustation of Liberty Farms Duck (for my husband) Spinach, Cassoulet, Pistou - Key Lime Vanilla, Hibiscus, Geranium - Apricot Chocolate Mousse (for my huband) Espelette, Honey, Cardamom - Mignardises Since the wine was not included in our coupon, I had a glass of French white wine (from $12 to $20/glass). The choice for white wine by the glass is a little bit limited/disappointing in my opinion... :/ My husband opted for the wine pairing ($55). The sommelier explained each choice. It was interesting because it was not only regular wines. He had a French sparkling wine (I don't remember the name but it was not Champagne - nor Crémant, clairette), sake, wines (of course!) and bourbon (with dessert). I felt that it was fun, but I am not sure it worth $11/glass... The food though was delicious! The main lobster with gnocchi and truffle and the beef were excellent. The rest was pretty good too (I preferred the key lime pie over the chocolate dessert - and I am a chocolate lover...). Quantities were fine: hopefully we were not hungry leaving the restaurant!! You had enough food in your plate to appreciate the flavors. The decor is terrible: I can't find words to describe it! Curtains from another century (centuries?), green asian screen between the kitchen and the dinning room... It's 'heavily decorated'... A makeover would be nice for customers eyes! To conclude, the food was delicious but pricey. If I had to pay $85 (menu) + $55 (wine pairing) = $140 (without taxes & tips). I would not have eat here. I don't remember how much we payed at the end (since we 1st bought the coupon, then the rest at the restaurant), but it was expensive.
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