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Chez TJ
Modern French Restaurant$$$$
Today 5:30 – 9:00 pm
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938 Villa St Mountain View, CA 94041
938 Villa StreetUSCaliforniaMountain View94041
(650) 964-7466cheztj.com
$$$$Modern French Restaurant, French RestaurantToday 5:30 – 9:00 pm
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
"The main lobster with gnocchi and truffle and the beef were excellent."
"Chez Tj does not deserve it's Michelin star, not even close."
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Marc MERLIN
2 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
10 months 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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Darren Story
a year ago
Awesome! Superb service. Amazing food. Wonderful wine pairings. Excellent experience!
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Chloë Prud'homme Olivari
a year 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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Amar Singh
a week 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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Dave Coleman
11 months ago
The best tasting menu I have ever experienced. Well balanced. Perfect tempo. Phenomenal service. Just fantastic!
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Scott Crandall
a year 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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Julie Parent
2 years ago
Top meal of the year for me. The food looked downright amazing. The serving dishes were varied and cute, and every dish had impressive garnishes. Each dish seemed deliberately crafted, with every element well thought out, yet not forced nor strained, as can sometimes be the case with overly artistic plating. Every element was there for a reason, and paired with the other aspects of the dish perfectly, with complimentary and contrasting flavors, textures, and colors. The ingredients were clearly high quality, and were prepared with flawless execution on the cooking, highlighting incredible flavors, and showcasing creativity in every dish. Each dish was totally different and unexpected, yet there were common themes running throughout tying the entire meal together, such as smoke, tempura, and the use of pickling. Of the 14 dishes we had, I'd gladly eat any of them again, and the top 5 were truly homeruns. I've never had so many absolutely successful dishes in a given meal before! Full review: http://juliesdiningclub.blogspot.com/2012/07/chefs-tasting-menu-chez-tj.html
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