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JFires Market Bistro
Ranked #10 of 40 Restaurants in Waterloo
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Columbia, Illinois
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80 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

We've eaten here a couple times and I'm always reminded how good it is and ask myself why i don't come back more often. The food is just excellent, from the dinners even to the sandwiches and burgers with hand-cut fries. Personal favorites for appetizers are the Boudin balls, the gumbo and the flatbread pizzas. Really looking forward to warmer weather and hanging out on the patio for a meal or drinks.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Mark H
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  • English first
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English first
Columbia,IL
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636 reviews
368 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Fine meal good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

We visited JFires Market Bistro for a chairty event and had a fine meal under difficult situation. The prime rib was prepared to order and our friends enjoyed the sea food meals.

Nice service with a smile.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank rollinsthomas
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illinois
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“not up to standards”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

We have made quite a few trips to JFires since it has opened. I am sorry to say that the
food preparation is not as inspired as it was in the beginning. We have seen the bread change
to white toasted plain loaf bread, not even bakery style, on top of that you have to ask for bread or its not served. (told to us by the waiter). The salad dressing is not mixed well and
it is overly vinegary, at times uneatable. We have said something about this only to see it happen again on several occasions. The mussels which had such a great broth with Ricard is now just plain chicken
broth and tasteless. No hit of Richard noticeable, we noticed because we order it every time.
The last two times, it was missing. Informed the server something has changed and was told
she would ask Jen, the chef, well we were informed nothing was different.
The meals are sometimes very good, like my husbands prime rib, but
others are over cooked or very messy like the barbecue shrimp, which recipe has changed and
is not near as good as before.
We kept going back hoping that the original food would show up and the service, which can
be spotty, would finally work its self out, but nothing has changed for the better, things are
getting worse.
Sorry, we will miss the good meals we had, can't keep going back to such a mishmash of a
dining experience.
I could go on about this place but it would be useless, we had such high hopes. Wish you well,
Jen, but you need help.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank traveljunkie292
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Columbia, IL
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302 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Awesome Pork Chop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

Wonderful large smoked pork chop, came with salad and a side and it was wonderful. It was the special for only 10.95. My husband had the prime rib and it was 12 ounces but it was delicious. I have been before and will go again..........if you don't go you will miss out.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank susiejc
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Columbia, IL
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302 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“A Nice Surprise in Small Town America”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

What a nice little place to find in Waterloo, IL. During spring or fall sitting outside is a pleasure. They have a nice bar inside and carry lots of wines and different beers. The food is pretty good but the portions are a little small but the dishes are very unique. Last night I had BBQ shrimp which was served with onion rings and it was just delicious. My husband got the flat iron steak and it was very juicy and tasty. The wood fired pizza's are small but just wonderful with all fresh ingredients,

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank susiejc
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