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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Come and celebrate Christmas Eve at Jay's Bistro. Delicious specials will be prepared in addition our full dinner menu. Enjoy a tasty holiday inspired cocktail while enjoying a festive dinner by the warmth of our fire place. Special dinner hours offered from 4:00-8:00 pm. Happy Holidays!

Jay's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Special Occasion (24)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
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Romantic (21)
Live Music (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Cozy (11)
Business Meals (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Authentic (6)
Healthy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tapas (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Organic (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Live Sports (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined on December 9, 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 3, 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 3, 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 2, 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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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food and service

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Tapas
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·Dined on November 26, 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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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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 (South Dakota)·Dined on November 25, 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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·Dined on November 25, 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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·Dined on November 23, 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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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Was disappointed in the pasta--avocado something--dry and undercooked and in the wedge salad--not enough dressing and overpriced.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The atmosphere was warm and inviting. Our waitress, Vanessa, was knowledgeable and informative of everything on the menu including the wine list. My wife and I were wrapping up a 30 day stay in Fort Collins and this was the best dining experience we had.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent as usual... food, service, drinks, music.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Romantic, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Live Music
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent service with an upscale ambience. Shrimp and risotto was beautifully presented and flavorful. Spinach fettuccine was a bit of a disappointment - a little pasty and clumpy. Fresh bread was wonderful. Will definitely dine here again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The cheese on the Mac and cheese was curdled, it was bland, the lobster was cheesy. The tuna poke was tasteless. Thanks halibut was good.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Live jazz was a nice touch

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 (Little Rock)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Overall great experience. The service was good but our server had quite a bit of help so it was a team effort. The food was amazing. The ambience was also good but it was a little noisy.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Jay's continues to be one of our favorite restaurants in Northern Colorado. A little pricey, but you get what you pay for. Service is always great! The food selection and quality are always great!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

My wife and I came here for our first anniversary. What an amazing experience! The food was top notch, the atmosphere was really pleasant, and the service was top notch! We will definitely be coming back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Live Music, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Wonderful service in the most beautiful street side restaurant I have ever visited! The tomato with roasted red pepper soup was probably the best soup I have eaten!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great service! Took 4 college girls so kind of pricey but fun time/ God meal was had by all :)

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Excellent food and great service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Pork chops were very, very good as was shrimp and salmon dishes. Stuffed dates were smaller than what I would have liked but still very tasty. We had the chocolate mousse dessert, which I would order again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was very good. I had buffalo steak and liked it. Apple cake was fantastic. Maybe a little expensive for what it is.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

My husband and I had a great meal at Jay's Bistro. My pork chop was really moist and my husband really enjoyed the seafood bouillabaisse. Our waitresses was very attentive. We love going there for their eclectic food style.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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