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Jay's Bistro

135 W Oak St, Fort Collins, CO 80524-2828
970-482-1876
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Ranked #13 of 465 restaurants in Fort Collins
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Jay's Bistro is a locally owned business started in 1980 by Jay Witlen with his wife and partner, Jacki. From humble beginnings through the evolution of Jay's Bistro and Jazz Lounge, Jay's entrepreneurial spirit combined with Jacki's encouragement have inspired them to achieve and maintain the perfect mix of hospitality, entertainment and cuisine in their bistro for the past 28 years. The combination of personally run business and swanky atmosphere, fine tuned by a professional kitchen and service staff creates their recipe for success. Their mission was and is to do this and have fun along the way doing it! "Life is good when you share bountiful things," says Jay.
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English first
Fort Collins, Colorado
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84 reviews 84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My experience at Jay's Bistro was great. I enjoyed the piano music (you will too!) and was made to feel comfortable and welcome. I ordered the seafood caesar salad and savored every bite. You will not be disappointed!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Jay's continues to inspire with globally-themed happy hour small plates, and interesting wines by the glass. We love Jay's for special occasions, of course, but also for a casual drink among friends. Always professional service and a great outdoor patio keep us coming back again and again.

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Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

For our 28th anniversary, I was looking for a classy, yet comfortable spot with a solid menu. I found it all at Jay's. Our booth was decorated to honor our anniversary when we arrived. The atmosphere is casually elegant with a touch of vibrance that defines a fine bistro. The service was excellent. The menu offers a very nice selection... More

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Cheyenne, WY
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61 reviews 61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Had a lovely dinner at Jay's Bistro on Saturday, June 7th. We had another great waiter which is much appreciated when dining out. However, I was disappointed that they had a new menu and it didn't include the Quail with the White Truffle Cream Sauce. I ordered the Duck Trilogy and it was wonderful. The duck breast with the Hoison... More

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Located in downtown Fort Collins this place is excellent. Meal was amazing. Service was good. Wine list was great. Appetizer highlights....fresh oysters, oysters rockefeller and duck spring rolls. Dinner highlights....Tournedos of Beef Au Poive and the Bouillabaisse. The only negative was it was a little loud at times with the crowd and jazz music.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have frequented Jay's off and on throughout the years, and they just keep improving. We had an after hours office party there recently. Service was fantastic. They were right on top of people coming in late a few at a time. We ordered quite a round of appetizers from the menu that offers 32 choice appetizers of 5 different... More

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Rochester, MN
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We stopped here for a tapas lunch with wine. They offer a local wine that was excellent. The menu offered unique choices and the ambience was quiet and romantic.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Excellent food and vibrant jazz scene. Happy hour always enjoyable and also excellent entrees. Great place for couples to meet and enjoy an evening together.

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Loveland, Colorado
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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

My daughter bought me dinner here for another's Day and we all really enjoyed our meal. I had the a Duck a Trilogy which is duck prepared 3 ways with 3 sauces and garlic mashed potatoes. It was delicious! My husband had Linguini with Clams and was in heaven with his meal. Everything was tasty! We started with a dozen... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Jay's has been a long-standing favorite of mine mainly for its stellar service, romantic atmosphere, perfect location, and live music. I have never had anything less than excellent service here in all the years I've been going to Jay's. The music they offer Wednesdays through Sundays is always impressive and entertaining. The atmosphere is cozy and refined without being stuffy.... More

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