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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!
Fort Collins, CO 80524
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.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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)
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.
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.
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
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
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.
We had tickets to a 7:30pm Saturday night concert a short 10 minute walk from this restaurant, so we made a 5:45pm reservation over a week in advance to celebrate our anniversary (which the hostess acknowledged I had noted on our OpenTable reservation) and promptly checked in at 5:44. We were immediately seated in what seemed to be an overflow or party room with 7 other tables (two of those other tables were then occupied), although the main dining room still had empty tables. The live music which started at 6:00 in the bar was not piped into this dining area, so we felt somewhat "left out" of the ambiance that the main dining room enjoyed. We had already enjoyed cocktails at the restaurant's bar before checking in (thanks to John our bartender who did a wonderful job there), so once seated we ordered our soups and entrees within 5 minutes of being seated. The soup arrived 30 minutes later, and was so excellent we finished that within a few minutes. The entree was presented 45 minutes after the soup dishes were picked up, so in retrospect we should have let the server know that we would need to leave at 7:15 to make it to a 7:30pm concert (I handed the server my credit card when the entree dishes were picked up before being presented with the check to speed up our exit, then quickly signed the credit card slip and ran out the door at 7:20). We had to eat our entrees so quickly that we can't comment much on the food quality, though we remember the food was not bad.
Dining at Jay's Bistro is an all around great experience in an understated elegant atmosphere. The friendly wait staff is attentive but not overbearing. The food was so delicious and beautifully presented. We kept saying "Wow, this is amazing" with every bite from the appetizer to the out- of-this world chocolate ravioli dessert. You don't have to go to Denver for a top notch restaurant...FoCo has one right here!
We decided to give Jays another try after being
disappointed a few months after they re opened.
Not a good value. It used to be a special occasion restaurant for us but no more. Way overpriced for what you get. I ordered a lemon drop and the first one was great the second one tasted like they used bottled real lemon. I did not complain because we were celebrating our nieces engagement and did not want to embarrass her. We had been going to Jays since they were a little restaurant on college years and years ago. Tooo bad.
We had a salad and a cup of soup for appetizers... they Came in a reasonable time... then proceeded to wait 1 hr and 10 minutes for our entrees WITHOUT EXPLAINTION!!!!! Most horrible service ever! Food was on once delivered but could not believe such bad service! Will NEVER go again
Really seems to have gone downhill since the last time I was there, a few years ago. The wait for our food between salad and main course was over an hour. And when it did come out, it wasn't very good. The scallops didn't seem fresh, the pasta was undercooked and gooey, and the noodles weren't much to write home about in the first place. Our server seemed overworked, as well. Guy shouldn't be bussing and setting his own tables at a place like that. He didn't have the time to properly take care of his guests.
Honestly I wouldn't recommend it. Way too pricey for poorly cooked seafood with maddeningly slow service.
nice wine selection, nice appetizers but the service for our entre was very, very slow (45 minute way). We sat down at our table at 6:40 and didn't get our entre until 7:50. We had tickets to a play at CSU @ 8 pm, so we wolfed down a bit of our entre and threw everything else into a to-go bag. A bit of our fault I guess for not letting know about our schedule but I didn't think it was possible to spend over an hour to wait for an entre to be prepared and delivered to our table!
Lovely atmosphere, warm and inviting. Restaurant has an unusual layout, there are many different spaces, and it feels intimate. On a Friday night it was on the quieter side until 8, then new musicians arrived and it got (too) loud to talk during dinner. Excellent cocktail--with basil in it. Steamed mussels were tasty and garlic-y. The Other Wedge was only ok, didn't have enough of the special ingredients on it. Both entrees were only ok, wouldn't order again. The special swordfish came with gnocchi that was overcooked until chewy. The spinach fettuccini with scallops was uninspired. However for dessert the flourless chocolate cake was decadent.
I always like the atmosphere here with the live music. Our waiter was either new or just distracted. Didn't let us know what they were out of until we ordered. My son wanted the special ~ but there were out of it so he ordered something else ~ and they were out of that, and then he tried one more time and oh yeah... out of that too.... oy. I think two of our dishes sat for quite sometime waiting for the other two. So two were hot and two were cold. Cocktails were amazing though.
This restaurant was a real find, we absolutely loved it! The chef is a genius and it was truly one of the best meals I have ever had! I ordered the special of haddock with the most amazing sauce, a veggie side of julienned beets, spinach and almonds, a white chocolate sweet potato purée, wonderful bread with three delish butters, fabulous lobster bisque and a flourless chocolate torte with ganache, yummy! Very happy diner! It was worth the trip from Aurora!
Unfortunately we were seated in a room that was preparing for a banquet. Over all it was good except our food came out very slow. Apparently they were overwhelmed and their staff was not prepared.
Could have been better. Will try again when they’re not so busy.
The noise level was so loud that we had to lean into each other in order to hear one another. The food was adequate, but poor value overall. My wife's pasta lacked taste and was rather disappointing. We have been going to Jay's Bistro to celebrate special events for the past four years. When reserving our table I made mention of my wife's birthday, but Jay's failed to mention it and made no attempt to recognize the big day. Jay's needs to revise their menu....it has been the same since the place changed ownership and I have to say that the new ownership is failing miserably on trying to provide fine dining. I doubt we will be going back to Jay's any time soon. Very, very disappointing. The highlight of the evening was our waitress who did her best to make a bad situation tolerable.
Second disappointing meal. won't return. lobster in soup and salad tasted pretty tired-didn't get ill, but surely wasn't fresh. food runs towards over richness-guess that is what most want on a dinner out. My taste has changed and this won't work for me. Pretty pricey for what you get too.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Jay's Bistro. They rolled out the red carpet for us...from the complimentary champagne to the decorated table, we felt taken care of and appreciated. The food was phenomenal on a Tuesday night!!! We had the gnocchi, the bisque, the lamb chops, the boillebaise, and the creme brulee...along with a couple glasses of wine. We never go back to "expensive," restaurants (just because there are so many places to try). However, we intend on frequenting JBs at least a few times more! HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
We love the place, it's very cozy and the service was impeccable. This time though, the food was not as good as usual, the sole, shrimp, lamb chops and pork chops were excellent, but the risotto, potatoes and asparagus weren't very good. We will definitely go back though.
As always, this place has an excellent menu, a chef who knows that a superb meal begins with soup choices that make you stop and think, menu choices which are so mouth-watering in description alone that you have to flip a coin, and that presentation is more than just a pretty flower on the plate. It is always a hit for business dinners regardless of whether the client is local, from across the country, or across an ocean. If you haven't been yet, you are either new or lacking a quality palette. LOL!
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