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Date
Sun, 5/27
Time
8:00 PM

Jay's Bistro

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1391 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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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.
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Phone number
(970) 482-1876
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rhys Edmunds
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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.
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Private party contact
Norm Koch, and Wednesday or Norman Vogel: (970) 482-1876
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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.
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Neighborhood
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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.
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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)
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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
What 1391 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

We were in no hurry but just seemed slow. Daughter has lots of allergies but will say very accommodating

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Great food and excellent service. Enjoyed our eveing there.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Restaurant was unprepared to handle a full dining room. Service was slow— waited 20 min for a drink and then had to ask for a breadbasket 30 min in. Food was average - had to send back two entrees as they weren’t cooked. We were highly disappointed as we were celebrating graduation and this restaurant was rated well.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

we appreciate that the restaurant was opened on the weekend for our special occasion. most of our large party were very pleased with their dishes. the wait staff was excellent very attentive to the needs of our large group. recommended most high was the Caprese sandwich the chicken was delicious. Least recommended was the lobster mac and cheese the amounts of lobster was quite variable from dish to dish. when lobster was present it was quite tasty!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We always enjoy Jay’s when visiting Fort Collins. We had a party of eight and the service was very attentive but not overly solicitous. The fish special was halibut and very good. Not very loud atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My mother was celebrating her 86th birthday. Both my parents have owned and managed restaurants for decades and know fine dining. My mother was thrilled with the the flavor and temperature of all of the entrees and soup. The server was attentive and friendly. We were sat in a back room, which was wonderful. The only thing I would've changed, that would be beyond anyone's control...a large party sat near us as we were finishing our meal and getting ready for dessert. They were very loud. I could've asked for us to be moved but my mother struggles to walk and we both agreed it wasn't worth the request. IT WAS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AS A WHOLE. THANK YOU!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This place was amazing! Very unique and tasty food.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The experience was good over all, they had a couple large parties so service and noise will definitely have to be reevaluated next time. We will go again, the food was good and the server was very accommodating to questions and requests.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We love this place, it is never a disappointment. The food is always spot on and in the evenings there is great jazz playing to set the mood for any type of occasion.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Good food and very pleasant atmosphere. Service was very slow and the salad prep was weird. Overall an average meal for above average prices.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Our waiter was great, the food is always fantastic!
The lamb and Duck were wonderful!

The Calamari was very good, I'm gluten free and they made it for me with rice flour!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

In 30 years have never had a bad meal. Exquisite food, service, atmosphere. It’s one of the top 3 places to dine in Ft Collins and I have been here 42 years!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The service was very good. Michael knew the menu and specials as well as the wine list. The food was not as good as it has been historically. For example, the seafood Caesar salad used to come with a crab claw on it, there were just a few bits of crab on top. Two of us had the mixed grill and the venison was a bit over cooked. The cheese and meat tray was very good. There are some better values in Fort Collins for better food. I hope the new owners can step it up a bit.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great evening, Delicious food and great service

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great service and menu selections. Calamari starter is very good. The Reuben is delicious. Everyone else enjoyed their entrees. Convenient location with close proximity parking. A top Fort Collins choice for sure.

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter brunch

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter brunch, the food was mediocre for the prices and they pushed the tables so close together that our chairs were being bumped into constantly. I love Jays for dinner but this brunch was pretty disappointing overall, especially for what they charge.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We enjoyed our evening although our waiter never smiled once and lacked personality. The food was good and promptly served. The ambience was just what I was looking for - nice and quiet. I do think the restaurant needs a face lift as the decor is looking rather dated and tired.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

A lovely evening - amazing food, good service. Entertainment was exquisite. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great ambiance and service. One meal was mediocre and the other fabulous. Love the presentation of the food. A bit pricey for what you get.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We love Jay’s, in my opinion they make the best martinis and beef filet in Northern Colorado! Always outstanding service there. Truly our favorite restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Consistently outstanding! The service, food, and ambiance are always outstanding! Definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Northern Colorado.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My second time eating there. Its nw my favorite place to go take my wife.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

First time. If I had any complaint, and I don't, it would be the limited parking in the area. Food, service & atmosphere were all excellent. We'll definitely be returning.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The calamari had a fairly strong fishy taste so i suspect it was frozen or old not fresh. The filet was good but the portion of the truffle mashed and creamed spinach were anorexic. It was about 3 tablespoons of each side.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We came for dinner after my fiance proposed and it was a wonderful choice! We were from out of town so neither of us knew what to expect but we were so pleasantly surprised. Our server was thoughtful and attentive and the food was incredible! I highly recommend Jay's Bistro!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

the service at Jay's was outstanding right from the greeting when we walked in. Excellent cocktails, dinner and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We've eaten at Jay's many times. The food is always good as is the music. The service this time was not great but is usually is. Waiter did not check on us once, sad because my appetizer was cold. We like sitting in the main room, did not request it with our reservation so had it sit in side dining room. While very nice, just not our favorite. Suggestion, if you want that main room, make the request. Enjoy.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Just underwhelmed. We visited first 6 years ago and left feeling the same as this time. Just underwhelmed. My lamb chops literally had one small bite each they were seriously small and overly fatty even for lamb. There was a seafood salad that was very bland looking and tasting bland also. Not terrible but pretty unappealing. No gluten free bread, extremely dated music playing.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Still one of the best restaurants in Fort Collins! Great food, great service, great ambiance!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Service was awful but food excellent. The restaurant was not terribly busy yet before we were seated we ordered wine at the bar which had open seats and tables and also not overly busy. After 20 minutes a table opened up and the wine still had not come out. We complained to the bar server and said we should not have to pay for the wine. The bar man didn't have a clue how to deal with this situation, but the manager was great and agreed. The food was terrific and we would definitely give them another chance.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Oysters Rockefeller sent back not baked enough and when returned from the kitchen still not cooked - watery; Brie Sauce was too sweet, dates were delicious. Entrees of steak filets some of best we ever had, and bison - perfectly prepared. Server had too many tables and was very slow.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is the place to take your foodie friend. We had the crab cake and the mini lobster pot pie for appetizers. Of course we tried each other's and they were both superb. The tiny crab cake came with a drizzle of limoncello beurre blanc, and I was pleasantly surprised at the nice touch it added to the crab cake. The lobster pot pie in puff pastry was very mini but delicious. DH had the chicken cordon bleu which was tender and very good. I had the lamb and goat cheese ravioli, which was absolutely to die for. Lamb has such a strong flavor that it is hard to do something creative, but the seasoning was perfect. I hope it is being considered as a permanent addition to the menu. I had the lemon blueberry bread pudding for dessert and was not surprised to find that was a delightful flavor combination as well. DH had the chocolate peanut butter pie and reported it was very peanutbuttery. The portions are on the small side but we both found them adequate to satisfy our appetites, we didn't have leftovers to take home.

The one weakness I found in the food is that the cheese flavor was lost. Neither of us could taste the Swiss traditionally found in the chicken or the goat cheese in the ravioli. (Which is not a drawback to me, as I don't particularly like either cheese.) I also didn't think the tomato sauce served with the ravioli complemented it well; the lamb was so flavorful that I think a simple butter sauce would have been perfectly adequate and let the lamb shine through. However, I was still so impressed with the food that I am taking my daughter there tonight.

The service was good but I couldn't give it 5 stars because I had the same problem I have at 99% of restaurants; the waiters don't keep up with the quantity of tea I drink and Splenda I use to sweeten it.

First photo is chicken cordon blue and lamb ravioli. Second is lemon blueberry bread pudding and chocolate peanut butter pie.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We always enjoy eating here. They have delicious seafood and vegetarian options which I really appreciate. All of the Tapas we've tried have been fabulous as well!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

A very intimate yet spacious place. The atmosphere, including the jazz trio, was great and the food and wine selection were both excellent, as was the service. We'll make eating there a priority on future trips to Ft. Collins.

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Good food and service.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

My wife and I went there for dinner. The atmosphere is very nice with little dining areas carved out along a central wall. My wife had the chowder and I had the tomato bisque for appetizers and both were very good. We had the filet for our entree, she chose the seasonal veggies and I had the creamed spinach and again both were very good. For me the best part of the night was the bar had Jack Daniels “Single Barrel” which is hard to find at restaurants so I had that to savor through out the meal. Jays will definitely become a go to for special occasions.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Don't spend your hard-earned money here! Great selection of small plate appetizers, which were quite delicious - that was where the good experience ended. We waited a full hour and a half after our appetizers before being served our main course. The waiter kept apologizing that they were very busy and unable to keep up with a full seating. But this was Saturday night and they weren't planning on a full seating??? I can just imagine the cheap management... There was no offer of bread or anything from the kitchen to hold us over. He lied and told me he would "take care of us on the bill" - I received a full bill with no compensation at the end. I ordered a main course of "Colorado" lamb. My lamb was tough to chew and not the amazing flavor of Colorado lamb - this tasted much more like extremely ordinary lamb from the supermarket. They must think their customers are stupid! We ordered Chocolate "Mousse" for dessert - this was lukewarm chocolate with a broken candy bar in it - it had not nearly set into a mousse and was fairly disgusting. That dessert ruined whatever was good in the meal. My whole meal was so bad, I just gave up and chose to pay their damn bill, leave and never come back. Never. Nor should you.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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