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About Jay's Bistro

Jay's Bistro is a locally owned business that started in 1980. Norman And Wednesday Vogel, recently purchased the bistro and are making seasonal changes to menus, décor and style. By proudly supporting local farms and growers we are adding healthier, fresher and more sustainable items to our menus. Prices are fair for Ft. Collins, and Wednesday's and Sunday's are all night happy hour. Tapas are available nightly for those who want to come in and nosh. Enjoy live jazz music Thursday through Saturday night starting off with a daily happy hour!! Eat well, drink some, be happy!

135 W Oak Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Tapas Menu Monday-Saturday 3:00-Close; Closed Sundays; During the holidays restaurant hours will vary.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(970) 482-1876

Website:
http://jaysbistro.net/

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)

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Rhys Edmunds

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Jay's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

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83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for a Date (20)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Romantic (15)
Cozy (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Live Music (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Business Meals (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (3)
Casual (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Had an excellent meal and time for Valentine’s Day. Very happy with our experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Great place for Valentine’s Day dinner with someone special. Food is excellent and the service is perfect.

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

I have eaten at many places in Ft Collins and Jays is by far my favorite!

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Very disappointed in bouillabaisse. Tasteless, very little seafood. Won’t order again. Not worth $35..... we usually love the food here. Service and ambience were great.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 days ago

We went to Jay's Bistro last year for valentine dinner and was very pleased with the food and service, went there this year hoping it would be the same. We was given the valentine menu and did not get to see the reguler menu but noticed the other patrons did. So we ordered off the menu that was gave to us. The food was slow to be served and we were very unhappy with the food we ordered. Wish we would have had a chance to order off the regular menu. Asked the waiter and he said "O" I forgot. Very unhappy and will not return.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Have loved Jay's for years now and bartender Melissa is amazing! The only thing missing are vegan options on the menu but they are willing to make adjustments to the regular menu. Atmosphere is cozy and Jay's is a true gem in Fort Collins. Highly recommend and we keep going back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We have been going to Jay's for special occasions for years. However, this one didn't quite top the list as the best experience. I made our reservations on-line and there wasn't an opportunity on Open Table to say this was a special occasion (it was our wedding anniversary on the 7th). And unlike Jay's in the past, no one asked as we were being seated by the hostess or by our server. The seafood chowder was excellent, but barely lukewarm (I didn't want to ruin our evening by sending it back). The wine by the glass that I ordered wasn't available, so I was offered a 2nd choice, which was excellent. My ahi special of the day was lukewarm as well, but excellent in taste. Again, I did not tell anyone. The scotch that my husband ordered as an after dinner drink was not available, so he had to chose another one. 'Things' like this typically do not happen at Jay's. Our dinner was on a Wednesday night, so maybe things were re-stocked yet.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Wonderful food and atmosphere.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Reliably good food, service and drinks. Pleasant live music, usually piano w bass, etc.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food is way overpriced and unfortunately we didn't realize the menu had mostly seafood on it. We also didn't realize there was a separate bar area where we could have gotten tapas. This place is not suitable for those who are Paleo. My husband liked the Bison dish he had but, my salad was drenched in dressing and I couldn't eat it. We specifically went there for the french fries fried in duck fat, which the waitress told us it was only available to order in the bar. We asked her if we could order it anyways and they did allow us to do that. If you like seafood it may be a great place for you but I still think the prices are way too high.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Great spot. Consistently good food and service.
Only request I’d have for a change would be a more affordable Scotch selection. Famous Grouse would help the list of Scotch. Excellent flavor but quite affordable.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We used to love Jay’s Bistro, but our recent experience was not great. The food took a long time, and then it was not hot when we got it. Bummer. The quality has also gone down. For the price you pay the food should taste good and be hot. Next time we go out for a nice dinner we will select another place in town.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I've been going to Jays for thirty years. It is under different ownership for many years now but the quality has remained the same. Beautiful restaurant inside and out. One of the best jazz bars in town if that is what you are in the mood for and a very elegant restaurant with high quality food and wine selections. The service is exceptional too. We were short on time as we had a show to go to and they accommodated that well.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a really good time. The food was fantastic, the wine and drinks were delicious, and the service was great. Dining here is on the expensive side but it's worth it. For a quiet date night or a special occasion this would be an awesome restaurant to try out , and on the weekend they have a live jazz band preforming in the evenings! Can't wait to go back

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great food, great customer service, and great atmosphere. Little bit on the pricey end but well worth the money

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We had a special birthday dinner and thanks to Jays Bistro it was perfect! Food and drinks were superb! The service was exceptional! Couldn’t have had a more pleasant experience! Thanks, Jays!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have enjoyed Jay’s numerous times;always great food and attentive service. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our server was excellent, my lobster bisque was fantastic, my son's lamb was great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We all loved the food, the service and the quiet, private seating!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Jay's is always wonderful - great food and great service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very nice family dinner at Christmas. We love sharing small plates so everyone gets to try everything!

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful holiday meal. Delicious food with great service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was very close to being a truly remarkable, unforgettable experience everything was exceptional but the through the door and check-in experience. There was no greeting, once someone did after confirming the reservation there was a cold flat “We’ll be with you in about 5 minutes when your table is ready” this would have been a great opportunity to offer to take our coats to the coat check anything but leaving us standing there feeling unwanted... at the end of the night as we were recounting a wonderful night it was that first 5 minutes that soured it. The food, drinks, waiter’s service, etc. were nearing perfection as dining experiences go.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Very accommodating with the time constraints we had. Waiter was great but should be trained to know wines better. Food was excellent. Lobster bisque was absolutely delicious. Beautiful plate presentation. Really impressed owner is involved and on site. Makes you know they really care about the establishment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Healthy, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Was much better just a few months ago before most of senior help turned iver

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent evening - from start to finish. Look forward to another night at Jay's Bistro

Tags: Notable Wine List, Live Music
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Still a great place for a special occasion dinner. Our group of six had a wonderful time and terrific food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Tonight the food was great - I had a perfectly cooked-to-order salmon with an excellent sauce. My wife had the shrimp carbanara - which was seasoned well and balanced. The service was a little slow, but we used the time to talk in our booth. We also had the lobster gnocchi which i would get without the corn - so good, i would've ordered a couple as a entree. Bread was good and we love whipped butter. We went to another restaurant for dessert, but wish we would've stayed.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 8, 2017

My dinner at Jay's was so salty I couldn't eat it. I literally went home after and ate.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

It would really be nice if you could have the option of having a choice of side dishes with your meal instead of set sides with each meal.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent service and food, as always. Been going to Jay's for years and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Was a great dinner. Service started out a little slow, they were very busy, but caught up quickly and the server was right on top of things. Delicious meal. Will go again soon.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food, professional service, a go to restaurant for a romantic date.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Tapas
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good food!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service staff needs polish. Small things were overlooked- being served first as the female at the table, bringing out bread with an explanation of the accoutrement being served alongside, asking if we have questions about the menu or wine options- but these small things added up to making this a mediocre dining experience. We were largely ignored and the server seemed somewhat lax in his approach to us. Jay's is purported to be one of the nicest restaurants in Fort Collins, but they missed that mark tonight.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A night a Jay's should be something evocative of its namesake -- we'll return as we are anticipating that familiar culinary experience!

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 (South Dakota)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food & service! We will be back. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Delicious and cozy. Live jazz in the evening was wonderful before the theatre. Exceptional service!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Live Music, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Tapas, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We have been going to Jay's Bistro for special occasions for many years. This visit disappointed us to the point that we will never return. The food was very mediocre with small portions and inflated prices.

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