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Jay's Bistro

135 W Oak St, Fort Collins, CO 80524-2828
970-482-1876
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Ranked #17 of 457 restaurants in Fort Collins
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Had a business lunch here today, and the service was good and the food fine. I ordered the Baja fish taco's- to be honest a real disappointment. The fish was mushy and the taco's themself bland. I had to order an extra side of pico de gallo to dump on them...just for a little kick. The apps were fine, service... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Good food and service. Really nice when there is live music. Wonderful place to go for a special time!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Jay's has been around for many years. It was already excellent at its old location (many years ago!) As they moved to the present location they got even better. We love to take our out-of-town friends there, especially for a quiet lunch. But dinners are marvelous as well. Once we had a fantastic rehearsal dinner there. And once we had... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Compared to similar restaurants in Boulder and Denver, Jay's falls short. It rests on its laurels, and its Old Town location. Menu is decent, but not worth the price. If you want to spend that kind of money on a meal, you'd do far better driving to Denver or Boulder. Nice atmosphere, and I'm sure people who have less experience... More

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a restaurant to go for a nice slightly expensive meal. The food is terrific and the wine selection is as well. Great for a date night or special occasion.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have been here a couple times, just for drinks with friends. They have great martinis and such, but both times I have been underwhelmed by the service. When I pay $12 for a drink anywhere other than New York City, I expect top-notch service, but that hasn't been the case. The space is packed pretty tight with tables, so... More

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14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We love Jay's. One of the most romantic evenings we have had happened there. Around Christmas we were sitting in the bar listening to smooth jazz when it began to snow very lightly.I remember we were having a great Cotes du Rhone. So nice. The food is always good. For an appetizer you cannot beat the Carrpacio of Smoked Buffalo,... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Always great to go into a bar where they know who you are and what you drink!! Great staff and awesome happy hour.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The food is great, music is good, wine was excellent. But the price is somewhat high for what you get. The sauces with the appetizers were very tasty. Good place to take visiting folks to if you are OK with spending somewhat lavishly!

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