Jay's Bistro
Jay's Bistro

Jay's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://jaysbistro.net/
  • Phone: (970) 482-1876
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Rhys Edmunds
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Jay's has been offering off premise catering service in Fort Collins for the past 28 years. We are committed to offering exceptional quality and value with attention to all the details. We can make all the arrangements from food, presentation, service, cooks, bartenders, rental equipment for 10-400 people. References available. Our menus are personally prepared with your event in mind. Call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Jay's Bistro features two private banquet rooms. Our Fireside Room is an intimate charming comfortable room with fireplace and low lights which can seat up to 35 guests. Our Columbine Room is roomy and airy featuring large windows to the downtown area and seats up to 50 guests. We offer customized menus for your event prepared personally for you. Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, retirement luncheon or dinner or a business meeting, it is our goal to make your special event extra special. From attention to detail, delicious food, great service let Jay's Bistro offer you one of our private banquet spaces.
  • Private Party Contact: Jacki Witlen 9704821876x
  • Entertainment: Jay's Bistro Jazz Lounge proudly features Mark Sloniker on the baby grand Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Each evening Mark begins with light jazz and dinner music and is then joined later in the evening by other talented musicians from Northern Colorado from upright bass, drums, horns, fiddles and more. Every night is an event at the Bistro.






    Wednesday 7:30pm - 10:30pm




    Thursday 6:30pm - 10:30pm (trio begins at 8:30)




    Friday & Saturday 6:30pm - 8:00pm Jazz on the baby grand - 8:30pm - 11:30pm(trio or quartet)

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Jay's Bistro is located conveniently downtown on Oak Street. We have street parking just outside our door. There are also parking facilities in the parking garage down the block as well as parking in the First National Bank parking lot after 5:00pm.
A word from Jay's Bistro
Jay's Bistro is a locally owned business started in 1980 by Jay Witlen with his wife and partner, Jacki. From humble beginnings through the evolution of Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge, Jay's entrepreneurial spirit combined with Jacki's encouragement have inspired them to achieve and maintain the perfect mix of hospitality, entertainment and cuisine in their bistro for the past 28 years. The combination of personally run business and swanky atmosphere, fine tuned by a professional kitchen and service staff creates their recipe for success. Their mission was and is to do this and have fun along the way doing it! "Life is good when you share bountiful things," says Jay.
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Jay's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (76)romantic (57)fit for foodies (53)notable wine list (31)neighborhood gem (28)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (21)good for groups (20)great for lunch (18)great for outdoor dining (15)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    CatDVMVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Went to lunch on Sunday and found the food to be adequate at best
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same
    Nococarnivore
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Have enjoyed Jay's for many years but this was not the same experience. Perhaps the ownership change has had a negative effect. Service was ok - server did not seem to have a great grasp of the menu. Apps were good. My entree - red deer loin - was just ok. Needed more sauce as it is a leaner, drier protein than beef. Sides were lukewarm at best and nothing to write home about. I would expect far more for a $38 dish. Another in my party had the pork chop which was undercooked and took at least 10 minutes to resolve. My wife had shrimp and grits which was a good portion and quite tasty. For a party of 6 the tab was $420. I expected another level of food and service. I don't
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a Fort Collins favorite
    jolsson
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We go here for our anniversary. It is great for special occasions. It is expensive but actually we were surprised at how reasonable our bill was. I love duck and can't find a restaurant that serves it the way I like it. Jays duck comes close. But I have to say it wasn't great. Not really confit and a tad tough. However I would definitely return and maybe order something else. Our mixed platter for an appetizer was awesome and the service outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We had a lovely time and the food was divine. The service was impeccable too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Downhill
    Happycouple
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The menu and food quality have gone downhill since I was here in the summer. The lobster bisque, which was our favorite, lacked flavor. It tasted like canned tomato soup with lobster chunks thrown in. The fish tacos tasted fishy. Fries accompanying the meal were limp and cold. McDonald's has better fries. Several unique items are no longer on the menu and have been replaced by basic lunch fare at high prices. The creme brulee tasted like a basic custard and was a bit too sweet with no vanilla bean flavor. There was little brulee crust on top because it was made in a deep cup, disappointing. The service was tremendously slow, which is on par with the lunch service in the past. A no vote from our group.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday night out
    drovealongway
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, interesting menu. Love the ambiance, the service and the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Larry
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was a very nice evening (23 Oct 2014). Our Service was good; and our meal was very good. We asked for a quiet area of the restaurant; and they did that. It was so nice to carry on a conversation without yelling at each other. Perhaps the new owners have even made Jay's better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nailed It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Some of the best service, lamb and deer we have ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not the same place
    Foodguy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've been going to Jays for over 8 years for special occasions and just for a great deal. I know they sold the restaurant and it's going to change. The food is not nearly as tasty and the staff seems to have all had a change in attitude. Jay and/or Jackie always seemed to be around making each patron feel special and appreciated and to ensure everything was perfect - as it usually was. I'm sure the new direction if the restaurant will fit some tastes, but not mine. I guess it had to come to an end some time. It's just kinda sad. Kuddos to Jay and Jackie for their years running a major landmark in Fort Collins' food scene. You'll be missed greatly! Along with the baked brie no longer in the menu!! :(
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good overall experience
    DaderickVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I don't hand out 5 star reviews unless I have an amazing experience but our meal was very nice. Our two kids (11 & 8) enjoyed their meals as well. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night
    Michael
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This has always been my favorite place for a filet. The service was exceptional and just right. We hope the new management can keep this level that Jay and crew established as a standard for fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love your changes, but...
    MickiVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First - the service at Jay's has been good for a while, and continues to be great. DeAnna is a particularly good service person. Second, your specials are great - and appreciate the new appetizers (Gnocchi for example is really good). BUT, please refresh your menu. I'm growing weary of sea bass and New Zealand Red Deer as staples. There are other fish options - as well as different ways to present other proteins. Thanks for listening.
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  • Great jazz, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We came to Jay's for the jazz, and we were not disappointed. Mark Sloniker and his trio were fantastic. We were very happy with the accommodating wait staff, who figured out how to fit our party of six into a booth in the bar, where we really wanted to sit to be able to hear the music. The service was excellent, and the food was very good. (Out of our party, four would rate their food fantastic, two said, "meh.") We would recommend this place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • rough start, nice finish.
    NoCoDiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Overall, this was a good dining experience. Nice menu, nice wine list with decent wines available by the glass. We started off with an appetizer of calamari, which was tasteless other than the flavorful marinara sauce that came with it. Entrees were a vast improvement, perfectly executed and plated attractively. Service was good, but a little uneven. We will go back with the hope that the experience will be equal to the reputation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So far, so good
    shellseeker
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our first time back to Jay's since new ownership. Quite a few changes to the menu but still the same great food, service, drinks and atmosphere... including Mark and gang providing great music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent atmopshere and food!
    Lindsay
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I went to Jay's Bistro to celebrate my birthday and our one-week wedding anniversary, and it was an excellent choice! The servers were attentive and friendly. The food was cooked perfectly and our courses were well spaced out. The atmosphere was quiet and, even though we were sitting near other people, felt very romantic. I would highly recommend this restaurant for those celebrating a special occasion and wanting to treat themselves to a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 40anniversity
    Rusty23
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was very good. Steak could have had more flavor, but was very tender. Noted my special occasion, but had to remind them. Took a while to get dessert at end. I would still go back, we have been very happy with lunches before, but this was only second dinner. We had many people keep checking on our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    gourmetcrazy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had a great time there. The staff was very friendly and efficient. the food was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Anniversary Dinner
    JimG
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Upon recommendations we tried Jay's for our recent anniversary dinner. It was a very quiet Saturday evening and we were seated in a rear room that only allowed the live music to filter in. Service was very professional yet not overbearing. Overall our food was outstanding: pate with house-made crackers was a treat and my barramundi with risotto was delicate and rich at the same time. My wife's duck three ways was 2/3 of a hit. She found the duck eggrolls a bit overspiced and the maple sauce on them was used a bit aggressively such that the asparagus vegetable was swimming in maple sauce. Local seasonal peach ice cream was the perfect end to the meal. I also enjoyed a couple of outstanding wines by the glass from their list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little noisy inside
    Dianemtn
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was lovely outside so we sat on the patio. Friday night, live music in the bar, so everyone is talking over the noise level of the music and quiet conversation is impossile.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Jay's Bistro!
    diningdave
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We found Jay's Bistro while shopping for rehearsal dinner venues for our son's wedding earlier in 2014. Jay's is in the center of the Old Town area of Fort Collins. With so many local restaurants, it is a real statement to give Jay's an outstanding review. The menu - with several unique entrees, the bar/restaurant ambiance - with local live music on weekends, and the outstanding service make Jay's our choice time and again. The lobster mac 'n' cheese is a delicious appetizer. The beef filet is cooked perfectly, and the seafood specials have always been excellent. The back story on Jay's (on the menu) is worth a read, as it will make your dining experience feel that much more personal. Hats off to the Bistro!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live Music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Many nights they have a nice ensemble, usually 2 or 3 piece instrumental. Had full dinner in bar area at cocktail table so we could see and hear the band. Great food and drink specials.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great small plates menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Enjoyed a great dinner with colleagues, by ordering several items off the small plates menu. Each was very good, although the Bruschetta was lacking a bit of buffalo mozzarella which would have made it perfect. Our server was a bit disinterested, or grumpy, but I am thinking she was possibly a hostess forced into food service duty (based on the outfit). Anyway, I've eaten here several times and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rediscovering Jay's
    love2dine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We made a "family date night" in coming to Jay's early in the evening. Matt, our server, attended to us appropriately, was friendly and helpful. The food was flavorful and well presented, as expected. We loved the Tuna Poke in particular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • down hill
    wasabi
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I've been here several times; in the past Jay's has always been great but this time it was close to terrible. The first thing I noticed was that the bus girl seemed very unkempt. Her shirt was dirty and her hair was stringy and greasy. Our drinks and bread arrived not only after we had finished our appetizer but also after meals had arrived. When they did the server was unable to open thee bottle of beer and did not bring a glass. My quail was obviously reheated and just warm. My stomach was not supper happy the next morning. We sat there with empty plates in front of us for a while waiting for the check. As the person I went with mentioned it felt like they had put us in the kids room. For plates that run $20+ - $37 I expect better.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent once again!!
    Sherry
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food and ambiance at Jays is always the best. Our entrees were hot and cooked perfectly and the service could not have been better. We always feel like the most important people in the restaurant because of the service we receive. It always reminds us of what a gem it is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wedding anniversary
    maninlove
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    the place is excellent, good food and great service- we had a great time
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SMan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great service from knowledgeable waiters, delicious meal, and good wine list. The live music creates a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere that perfectly accents the meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jay's Bistro
    crystalfox
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our favorite place to go to celebrate special occasions or just any day of the week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good
    AmyJ
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Ordered seafood Caesar with dressing on the side. Came with dressing on it... Did not want to waste. Ate seafood off but couldn't eat lettuce.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    LisaMoves
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Loved Jay's Bistro! It is perfect for a special occasion. It was my father's favorite restaurant and I wanted to go in memory of him and really enjoyed it I will make this a yearly event.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Richard
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Chris, our server, was very good, making recommendations for wine pairings and food. The food was excellent. Downside was that the air conditioner was turned down a little too low and we thought Mark Sloniker was playing (after checking both Jay's Bistro and Mark's websites) and found out he was out of the country. We would like to come again when he is playing as the food and service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Time Impressions
    TasteTester
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed our very first visit to Jay's Bistro. Each of us, including our 8 year old grandson, thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We have been to Jay's Bistro numerous times on weekends, but this was our first dining experience on a Monday night. The service was sub-par compared to weekends and we were seated in a booth next to the area that employees count their tips, talk about tables from the night, and stay after for a night cap. That was distracting and seemed to take up time from our server (the bartender.) Overall, our food was wonderful as always. Our evening consisted of raspberry brie, lobster bisque and mixed greens, Colorado lamb, duck trilogy, creme brule, and chocolate decadence. The lamb was perfectly prepared. We made the best of our dining experience given the awkward atmosphere with employees around us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and super noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Don't go here. Try restaurant 415, Social or Snooze. Jays used to be upscale and unique. The staff seems as though it's just another day at the office. I brought my 80 year-old mom for her birthday and the hostess, servers and manager did not seem to make her feel special. The Sevice was slow with us but super fast with everyone else around us (maybe because they ordered more). The other servers were scurrying around and being loud. My moms red meat was cooked perfectly but there was only fattening mashed potatoes and 4 asparagus w/ it. My Bass was bland and there was more skin left on the fish than meat and there were no green veggies. My most favorite item was the hot sour dough bread and condiments. Now, that was worth the calories!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely a repeat!
    KGibb123
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have driven up to Fort Collins from Broomfield three separate times this summer to eat at Jay's-we love it! Food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Melinda
    Badbass
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Worst food ever! We always would go to Jays for special occasions, the Chilean sea bass use to be the signature dish. I don't know what kind of fish they served but it was not Chilean sea bass! We could not even eat it. The waitress seemed oblivious, Never recommend them or go back. It's sad to see the place go down hill.
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I had an anniversary Dinner at Jay's. We had a very nice quite location and the food, ambience and service were superb. It made for a memorable and romantic evening and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Gem
    MadlyDelicious
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Jay's Bistro is always on the mark. The food is delicious, service is outstanding and the atmosphere is perfect, whether dining inside or out. We live in Wyoming but dining at Jay's when we're in FOCO is one of our favorites. Five experiences - all great! Love the quail, cheddar bacon mashers, the martini's are madly delcious and the wines are wonderful. We've also dined at Jay's with business partners from out of state and they loved it. It's a good feeling when you take food and wine connoisseurs to a great place and know they enjoyed it as much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Fort Collins Lunch Option
    LTranVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I come to Jays for lunch often and they are consistently good. They have a varied menu to satisfy most palates. It's worth a visit if you're in the Fort Collins area.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.