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JOTORO, Tampa, FL

JOTORO

4.4
4.4
531 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
JOTORO Kitchen + Tequila Bar is located at Sparkman Wharf in downtown Tampa. Michelin Star chef and partner Joe Isidori has created a Mexican mash-up menu inspired by East LA with fabulous Asian twists and turns.

Whether it's date night, late night, or your next event, JOTORO is your perfect place. We like to say JOTORO is where mariachi meets old school hip hop. Our bar serves up hand-shaken cocktails, craft-batched margaritas, and over 50 labels of premium tequilas.

JOTORO is a full-service, 220-seat eatery that feels like a neighborhood taco joint featuring a comfortable and rustic feel with one of a kind eclectic art designed exclusively for the space. We have created two outdoor covered patios that flank the prime corner of Sparkman Wharf, which is the perfect spot for people watching and dramatic views of the skyline at night.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (855) 352-8676

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    S. Meridian Ave

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 531 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa

    Hot spot

  • Tampa

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was fabulous and the outside seating was a bonus! Server was a doll! A little loud outside but all in all a great place to eat!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The service is too fast
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Not the best variety of food and nothing really special on their menu for the price.
  4. AR

    AnaR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and drinks! Would definitely recommend!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We have gone to JoToro a couple times. Each time it has been great as we sit outside. Here was the disappointment-we had a larger party 10 people and they wouldn’t let us sit outside. They had an entire portion of a smaller area outside that would fit us nicely. But nope. So we were forced to sit inside -which would have been fine if the music was g so loud that we couldn’t hear anything anyone was saying. We asked for the music to be turned down -twice. Their response “we don’t do that.” With all due respect, if a larger party wants to sit outside make it happen, and if the music is so loud that your guest complain-turn it down. Food was great. Waitress was fine. But the management was lacking that night, and we asked for the manager twice to come over to the table and they did not. I really don’t bother leaving reviews, but this time I felt compelled to let someone know at this restaurant-that we as customers didn’t ask for much, and the two things we asked for could have happened.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time at Jotoro and it was a delight. It was great to have a dinner reservation before heading to a concert at Amelie Arena. They were efficient and the food was great!
  7. d

    dgwdc

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Loved the queso, guac, and salsa...all really good. Didn't like what I ordered as entree or margarita, and sadly they were server recommendations. She was friendly enough but not around a lot. We sat on patio and it was too chilly...should have opted for indoor option. Food got cold quickly.
  8. GR

    GarryR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good, service and ambiance was wonderful.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere and great food!
  10. C

    susanC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a nice outdoor dinner close to hockey arena. Food was very good. Music was a little loud.
  11. G

    Glenda

    Tampa

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The service and drinks were great. We ordered the chips with queso which was very good. The fish tacos were tasty and Mexican corn. The Korean bbq and steak tacos were ok, not what we expected. Maybe I’ll try the burritos next time.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good and HUGE portions! I loved the colorful ambiance!
  13. HP

    HPortillo

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 1st time visiting Jotoro. We were able to get a reservation the same evening. Anyone living in Tampa knows that can be hard to find these days. So, we thought we would try Jotoro.. I had the ahi tuna tacos. They were amazing. My husband had the burrito with steak. In place of heavy rice, they have beans and cabbage. Mine had large pieces of ahi tuna. Fresh tortillas. This is not the normal poor heavy sauces over Mexican food to make it taste better. This was fresh and very much like California style Mexican. I've lived in LA. I know the difference. It's not Tex Mex cuisine like most Mexican establishments in Tampa. I highly recommend Jotoro!
  14. S

    Subzero96

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    C’mon Joe. Cold chips?!? This place is going downhill. Asked for warm chips as this is the 3rd visit in a row where they have been cold. Lime ice cold. You can’t be bounce Mexican and serve cold chips. Think we are done.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dinner food was excellent
  16. F

    Fantastic

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a Tuesday to discover taco Tuesday has $5 tacos! They were delicious. The 3 wise men appy was great and everything was very good including the service. I do recommend getting a reservation, and parking can be dicey so take the trolley if coming from channelside area. Highly recommend!
  17. SA

    SergioA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food and drinks are overpriced. You pay for a $16 margarita in a plastic cup.
  18. KB

    KimB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The place is lovely inside but way overpriced. The food was good but the drinks were just okay.
  19. C

    Cookie

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time! Got apps and drinks and the service was great! Will def go back!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We love Mexican food and this was fair at best. Understand this was a bit of a chain, but even for a chain it was not good. Server was pushy to get table turnover. Guacamole was not great either were margaritas. Would not visit again.
  21. R

    Ro1981

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Overall it wasn’t bad. 2 out of 4 of us liked our food. I might recommend this restaurant. It depends on the taste of the person asking.
  22. VR

    VictoriaR

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I like to visit JOTORO when I'm visiting Tampa. Always the food is very tasty and the drinks are good. My biggest issue is the service, that it is always a little bit slow and the servers seem annoyed. That is consistent and again, really the only issue with this restaurant. I would say the food prices are high and call it an issue but the price of everything is up so this restaurant is in line with others in the Tampa Bay area. I find though that one entree isn't always filling so an appetizer is a must to not leave wanting a little more. But again, the food is very yummy so I always return and I haven't found anything not worth ordering again!
  23. f

    fooddoc

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Very average so-called Mexican food. Probably attracts more of the drinkers who need some food also.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Went a couple weeks prior with my kids and had a great lunch. Took my wife back on a Sat evening. Ambiance was very loud and club-like. Service was horrible. Orders were wrong and server had a horrible attitude and argued. Will not go back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place! The outdoor ambiance is great!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Wonderful food, friendly service. BUT the noise level is out of control.
  28. JC

    JessicaC

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good experience overall. Our server was extremely nice and attentive. For my reservation they made me feel special with a reservation sign on the table with my name and customized menu with my name. The gringo tacos were so flavorful and good. My main complaint is $17 for chips and queso is too high. The queso wasn’t even good. I had the sampler of margaritas: the mi casa (the original) was good, the prickly pear was really good, but the bull was too artificial tasting.
  29. K

    Kelly

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!!! We had the very best time here with wonderful food and amazing service :)!
  30. c

    chadj

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food !!!
  31. HD

    HelenD

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My go-to restaurant every time I come to Tampa - food is outstanding - can’t beat it
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic. From food, to drinks and atmosphere For sure will return!
  33. GO

    GuilhermeO

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Horrible, contrived menu, terrible food- served lukewarm, unsophisticated and quite disgusting- even for bar food. The Michelin-starred Chef story that the restaurant uses to attract customers is in no way reflected in any of their dishes. Do not be fooled. Do not go. It was a total waste of a nice family dinner opportunity.
  34. LB

    LaurenB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the place. Delicious spicy Walter melon margaritas and fun, inspired food. Our waitress, Cassie, was perfect, attentive but not overbearing and funny.
  35. k

    kelseys

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Jotoro is too expensive for what you get. Rice and beans are so cheap, just include it with entrees. Especially when you are charging $16 for 2 mediocre tacos. I understand charging more for tacos if the elements that went into it took a lot of time and you are using high end ingredients. That is not the case here. Margaritas are way too sweet and expect to wait 30 mins to get your drink order taken. 2 in our party we’re late, but the rest of us would have ordered drinks while we waited for them! Honestly feels like a slightly higher end chilis. But 10x louder. We had to yell for the rest of our table to hear us talk. Everyone who got the signature burrito really liked it. Guac is good.
  36. PW

    PWJF

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall a nice place to eat, with a nice vibe, and a very diverse set of diners. The fusion of Mexican and Korean food is unique, but works better in some dishes than it does in others.
  37. PC

    PieterC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Would definitely eat at this place again when I come back to Tampa.
  38. AJ

    AndreaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, staff were excellent, loved the atmosphere
  39. RW

    RobertW

    Poconos

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. The service was quick & efficient.
  40. AB

    ArleneB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great drinks, good food and service very friendly. Definitely will return again.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

JOTORO is rated 4.4 stars by 531 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for JOTORO

615 Channelside Dr, Ste 114, Tampa, FL 33602-5410

Additional information

  • Cross street

    S. Meridian Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 11:00 am–10:00 pm Tue–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am Brunch Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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