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Jay's Bistro, Fort Collins, CO

Jay's Bistro

4.3
4.3
2034 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

Locally owned and operated, Jay's Bistro takes pride in sourcing its products from responsible producers and retailers.

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (970) 482-1876

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bill Lusk

  • 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.

  • Private party contact

    Norm Koch, and Wednesday or Norman Vogel: (970) 482-1876

  • Neighborhood

    Fort Collins

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Happy Hour 4 - 6 p.m. M - F. All Night on Wednesdays

Wine By the Glass

$5-$6

  • Ruggeri Arego Sparkling Procecco Brut, Treviso, IT NV$6.00

    • Cavit Rose$5.00

      • One Hope Chardonnay$5.00

        • One Hope Pinot Noir$5.00

          Hand Crafted Cocktails

          $5

          • Aperol Spritz

            Aperol / Prosecco / Lemon Twist

            • Pomegranate Margarita

              Tequila / Cointreau / Lemon-Lime / Pomegranate Juice / Agave

              • Frisco

                Whiskey / Benedictine / Lemon

                • Aviation

                  Gin / Luxardo / Violet / Lemon

                  Martinis

                  $6

                  • Vesper

                    Vodka / Gin / Lillet

                    • Dirty Little Secret

                      Gin OR Vodka / Olive Juice / Blue Cheese Olives

                      • Sidecar

                        Brandy / Lemon-Lime

                        • Hot Pink Drink

                          Grapefruit Vodka / St. Germain / Grapefruit Juice

                          Select Draft Beers

                          • Select Draft Beers$4.00

                            Last updated: May 15, 2022

                            What 2,034 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                            4.3
                            4.3 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.3Food
                            • 4.5Service
                            • 4.4Ambience
                            • 3.9Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Fort Collins

                              Hot Spot

                            • Fort Collins

                              Notable Wine List

                            • Fort Collins

                              Outdoor Dining

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                            1. DD

                              DDDDDDDDDD

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall3food3service4ambience4

                              Not a great value; you can get just as good and more for less $.

                            2. MC

                              MattC

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 2 days ago

                              overall2food2service2ambience4

                              Food was not good and the service was horrible! Would not go back or recommend to a friend!

                            3. CM

                              CarMarMax

                              Denver

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Despite starting off with very slow (no) service at the bar where we had given up our seated table reservation to eat there thinking it would be faster than waiting 40 min for our table, the host was extremely understanding and accommodating when we requested to be seated at a regular table instead. In fact, he was able to seat us right away! Our waitress was attentive, the service was speedy, and the food was delicious. We had a great experience and a great dinner, I would definitely dine here again and recommend it to anyone.

                            4. WH

                              WilliamH

                              San Francisco

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Very positive experience. Food and beverage was all positive. Good for adults.

                            5. KP

                              KellyP

                              Denver

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very impressive menu with many choices. We were pleasantly surprised by the presentation and quality of the food.

                            6. JO

                              JacquelynO

                              Denver

                              6 reviews

                              vip
                              1.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                              This is not the Jay’s we have enjoyed in years past. If you have a table time limit, state so on open table reservation or notify upon arrival. Servers should not repeatedly interrupt table conversation to clear plates in an effort to rush you dinner experience. All dishes ordered were marginal at best, including cocktails. I suggest a name change. This is not “Jay’s Bistro”

                            7. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Our waitress was absolutely lovely! I feel awful that I can’t recall her name, I think it may have been Alyssa? Anyway, she was great! The food was absolutely delicious too, it was difficult to keep myself from filling up on the appetizers. The star of the show for me was the Mac n’ cheese with pork belly. We decided to try the chocolate raviolis for dessert, and my goodness, they were amazing! We had a fantastic experience here, and I’m 100% keen on coming back again!

                            8. ET

                              EvelynT

                              Denver

                              4 reviews

                              3.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall3food2service5ambience5

                              We've celebrated at Jay's Bistro a few times before but this Sunday for mother's day, the food was very disappointing. The risotto was hard and the food portions were very small for the price. Our server was great, and the manager did try to make it right but I understand the food supply chain has been affected. So I guess for a while most restaurants will have shortages.

                            9. AC

                              ArnaudC

                              Denver

                              14 reviews

                              5.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                              Mother’s Day

                            10. JC

                              JohnC

                              Las Vegas

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great Mother's Day meal!

                            11. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Denver

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall4food5service5ambience5

                              My family took me out for Mother’s Day to Jays. We haven’t been since before the beginning of Covid. Our meals were delicious, we had filet Oscar, but my son only ate a cinnamon roll. Service was great. I was disappointed the brunch buffet went away however. I was really looking forward to all the delicious pastries, prime rib and chocolate strawberries. It’s sad it wasn’t an option and not even mentioned on the website. I had no idea there wasn’t a buffet until we sat down. There is a kids menu but I promised my son breakfast pastries and the ONLY pastry was the free cinnamon roll. Please bring back the buffet for next year. There’s lots of choices for a nice steak dinner in old town, but only Jays had the gourmet buffet for Mother’s Day. Probably won’t go back next year so we’ll end a tradition.

                            12. KC

                              KC7322

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The food was great and the host was very nice. Our server Madison who also is the bartender did a great job taking orders and making the two Bloody Marys that were ordered.

                            13. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                              overall3food3service3ambience2

                              Mother’s Day

                            14. DF

                              DianeF

                              Denver

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Jay's outdoor patio was a lovely, leisurely dining experience. We got a very warm night but if it had been cool, the overhead heaters were ready to do their jobs. Certain dishes are not cheap so if cost is a concern, consider splitting a main dish and rounding out with some appetizers. Fantastic services and quite a wide selection of beverages.

                            15. B

                              Barb

                              Denver

                              33 reviews

                              4.0

                              33 reviews

                              Dined on May 2, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Had nice time on our Anniversary. Food was good. Had a few glitches with steak temperature and our bill being charged improperly. But server fixed those. Overall a nice evening.

                            16. MG

                              MaryG

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent meal and service. I would highly recommend

                            17. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Denver

                              2 reviews

                              4.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience3

                              A staple upper scale eatery ..classic menu..good service ..great reputation ..although well kept in need of a interior vibe refresh....all in all a good value

                            18. TR

                              ThomasR

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              As always, the food was fantastic, the wine premier, and the service impeccable. Everything we have come to expect from one of Fort Collin's premier restaurants.

                            19. S

                              Sandstorm

                              Denver

                              32 reviews

                              3.0

                              32 reviews

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall3food3service5ambience3

                              Just a bit more consistency would put Jay's back in the top dining spots in Fort Collins. Service is excellent as is the ambience. Good wine and cocktail variety was brought to the table smartly. Salads were very lovely but we miss the bread service and dips that were a great signature "welcome" at Jay's. The server recommended the bouillabaisse which three of us tried. Well, the soup base was nicely seasoned and the seafood was plentiful. However, the calamari was very rubbery. There was a chunk of very hard baguette in each bowl which should have enhanced the stew. My chunk was so hard that I first thought it was a bone. I never could eat it as it withstood my knife, fork and spoon. The others fared a bit better but we ended up ordering a bread service since the "crostini" was too tough. Luckily, the shared two scoops of Walrus ice cream was a great end to the meal.

                            20. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Wonderful!!

                            21. MB

                              MarciaB

                              Las Vegas

                              17 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              17 reviews

                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Tried the new menu. Really enjoyed the wedge salad which came with pickled radishes. The halibut is a different recipe snd we like it better. The piano player was excellent. Such an enjoyable evening

                            22. PS

                              PattyS

                              Denver

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great Easter Brunch! We appreciate the good food and good service!

                            23. A

                              Alex

                              Phoenix

                              3 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                              Tiny plates of food for big prices. The eggs Benedict bread was too hard to chew and not that great.

                            24. TM

                              TeresaM4

                              Orange County

                              15 reviews

                              4.0

                              15 reviews

                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Limited menu. We ordered three different entrees and all were good. Nice wine list.

                            25. P

                              Pamela

                              New York Area

                              3 reviews

                              5.0

                              3 reviews

                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always a fantastic experience to dine at Jay's Bistro! All of the staff members are welcoming and work hard to create a memorable experience for their guests. The food and wine were spectacular and we especially loved the live music!

                            26. l

                              love2eat

                              Columbus

                              54 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              54 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              What a pleasant surprise last night. Jays had some new items on the menu and one was a spring roll which was actually a lightly crusted warm egg roll that came with 3 delicious sauces and it was yummy. I also had the Bistro burger which was perfectly cooked with a soft onion bun from a new local bakery and the french fries were crispy and not greasy. Service was on point and the patio, as always was relaxing. The perfect place to dine outside in Fort Collins.

                            27. PN

                              PennyNichols

                              Jackson Hole

                              4 reviews

                              4.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall4food5service4ambience5

                              Nice place, bar was a bit slow. Great food. Pricy.

                            28. V

                              Verrado

                              Denver

                              4 reviews

                              4.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              we ate in the jazz lounge so was louder but very nice

                            29. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Omaha

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great date night. Meredith took great care of us.

                            30. LS

                              LSand

                              Denver

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Going to a concert with friends.

                            31. N

                              Nate

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall3food2service3ambience3

                              The steak was not good, ordered the 18oz. bone in special and it was thin and fat, I had a hard time cutting it with my steak knife. Restaurant still acting like we are in the middle of a pandemic with no menus, annoying going to a higher end restaurant and having to look at the menu on your phone. If no changes made here this place will be the next to close, it has cause down hill!

                            32. S

                              Skip

                              Denver

                              36 reviews

                              2.0

                              36 reviews

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall2food3service4ambience2

                              Cocktails were inconsistent, dessert was doughy, the next table was less than 3 feet away and overall we were disappointed. We had two cocktails each. I thought I'd ordered a completely different drink the second time...sent it back (the server was gracious) and ordered something else. For dessert we shared the cherry tart (cherry pie in puff pastry). It was not sufficiently baked... sent it back (the server was less gracious). Second one was burnt and still not well-baked but the doughy part was not visible from the outside. I should say, I don't normally send back food, but goodness gracious I believe that this level of restaurant should be able to be consistent and get it right. The table spacing was terrible. For a higher end restaurant in a relatively small town, with open tables in other sections, I would expect a little more space. We don't have any desire to go back to Jays again.

                            33. P

                              Photomama

                              Denver

                              29 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              29 reviews

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I ordered the scallops for the entree and LOVED them!!

                            34. MC

                              MadelineC

                              Denver

                              1 review

                              4.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              Everything tasted good. Great bottle selection but would have liked more options by the glass. The halibut stood out by far, really delicious. Everything came out incredibly fast even though it was quite busy.

                            35. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Denver

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Our server Richard (as well as all of the staff) was fantastic and personable. They were out of the special (supply chain) and made up for it with something else. Also seated us 30 minutes before our reservation because I can’t math.

                            36. M

                              Mikey

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Love Jay's bistro!! Great variety to choose from (salads, meats, fish, gluten free, vegan, dairy free) Jay's also has a good selection of wine and other drinks. My husband had scallops and I had the halibut, both were wonderful!

                            37. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Salt Lake City

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on March 27, 2022

                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                              Very slow kitchen!!

                            38. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Denver

                              1 review

                              3.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 26, 2022

                              overall3food1service5ambience5

                              . Great service and ambiance

                            39. DS

                              DavidS

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on March 25, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              There cocktails and appetizers are wonderful. Wait staff is knowledgeable and professional.

                            40. l

                              lovedit

                              Los Angeles

                              8 reviews

                              vip
                              3.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on March 20, 2022

                              overall3food3service4ambience5

                              Have loved Jays for years. First time it hasn’t been all 5s. Hope they get it back to where it was soon.

                            Safety precautions

                            • Cleaning & sanitizing

                              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                              • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                              • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                            • Physical distancing

                              • Limited number of seated diners
                              • Distancing maintained in common areas
                              • Extra space between tables
                            • Protective equipment

                              • Waitstaff wear masks
                              • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                            • Screening

                              • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                            FAQs

                            Jay's Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (970) 482-1876.

                            Jay's Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 2034 OpenTable diners.

                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                            Booked 16 times today
                            Google Map for Jay's Bistro

                            135 W Oak Street Fort Collins, CO 80524

                            Additional information

                            • Neighborhood

                              Fort Collins

                            • Hours of operation

                              Dinner
                              Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

                            • Cuisines

                              Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Elegant

                            • Dress code

                              Casual Dress

                            • 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.

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Executive chef

                              Bill Lusk

                            • 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)

                            • Additional

                              Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                            • Phone number

                              (970) 482-1876

                            • 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.

                            • Private party contact

                              Norm Koch, and Wednesday or Norman Vogel: (970) 482-1876

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