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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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Live Music (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
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Creative Cuisine (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Business Meals (10)
Notable Wine List (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
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Tapas (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Sports (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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 6, 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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 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 31, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 30, 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 25, 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 24, 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 23, 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 21, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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 16, 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 12, 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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·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

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 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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vip
 (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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