About Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi

Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi opened on Harbour Island in 1997 and has been witness to a rapidly changing downtown Tampa. Because it is locally owned and independently managed, Jackson’s can keep up with the demands of an ever evolving Tampa and deliver the upscale experience and tremendous value that our Guests demand.

601 S Harbour Island Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Seafood, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Franklin/Channelside

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 277-0112

Website:
http://jacksonsbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Friday Night Happy Hour- Live Entertainment

Saturday Night – Tampa’s Biggest House Party
Jackson’s sexiest night brings a South Beach vibe to Tampa. The music is provided by local and guest DJ’s who mix up the hottest and most current trends. Jackson’s sleek and swanky style is the perfect place to get your house music fix. VIP tables and cabanas are available nightly.

Saturday Latin Nights are sure to get you dancing! The music starts at 10pm and plays inside the Backjack's Lounge and outside on the Terrace.

Parking Details:
Parking is available in the garage below the restaurant and we can validate for the first two hours. Each additional hour is $5 per hour. (Parking garage is owned by a separate company.) On Friday and Saturday evenings there is valet parking available.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Whether you’re organizing a business lunch presentation, rehearsal dinner or a memorable event, let Jackson’s do everything to create an unforgettable experience for every one of your guests. We combine the perfect venue with our attention to detail and offer a waterfront location with spectacular views- making Jackson's the ideal destination for all your event needs. Whatever you imagine for your event, we're here to help you realize your dreams.

We'll help you every step of the way, from planning and budgeting to coordinating the day or night. We'll personalize the menu that is right for your event and when requested we offer pre-event tastings. Events come together here! Celebration, Corporate, Group Activity, Presentation, Reception, Seated Meal, Wedding, Workshop.























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Thank you for your interest in Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi for your event! Jackson’s Bistro is a waterfront restaurant with a great view of Tampa Bay and Downtown Tampa. We have space available for groups of any size, from ten people to over 500!

Jackson's Bistro Bar & Sushi Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (88)
Great for Outdoor Dining (75)
Scenic View (70)
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Good for a Date (63)
Special Occasion (51)
Romantic (49)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Casual (39)
Worth the Drive (36)
Good for Groups (35)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Great for Lunch (30)
Fun (25)
People Watching (23)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Business Meals (22)
Bar Seating (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Great for Brunch (20)
Happy Hour (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Healthy (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Authentic (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Cozy (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Great Beer (7)
Seasonal (6)
Vegan (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Live Music (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tapas (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined 2 days ago

I enjoyed my meal at Jackson's although the service was slow and our server, although efficient, was not particularly warm or friendly. However, the food was wonderful.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

The atmosphere was great, the food was delicious, and the service our server (Joaquin) provided was excellent!

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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

Occasion was dinner before theatre and belated valentines celebration . We had a reservation and had requested outdoor table but none available under covered area so we were put back outside by window but lots of foot traffic constantly walking passed us so sadly spoiled the ambience of our belated Valentines dinner. But our server Rocky was excellent and the food was excellent as always and although pricey unusually large portions neither of us were able to finish our entrees and we had no appetizer or salad. So the food and service somewhat made up for the ambience we had hoped for.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Have been to Jackson's several time on prior visits to Tampa - this was the first time I have been disappointed. Sushi was good as usual but regular food items off the menu didn't "pop" as in prior visits, just ok.
Our server was terrible - maybe that's what reflected negatively on the food. Had to bus our table ourselves twice to get rid of dirty dishes and glassware. Will probably go back just because of location but will eat at bar.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and loved being able to sit outside and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined 2 days ago

Venue is GORGEOUS, great views and the weather was great so we sat outside..but that's where it ended. We were there for brunch, food was cold and we found SEVERAL spots of MOLD on the grapes. Server was horrible. I probably won't be back and it is a shame because it is such a beautiful place.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Made reservations for a friends birthday celebration, requests and instructions left with my reservations were not adhere to when we arrived. We were placed by the kitchen instead of a waterfront view, and had to have someone told about the birthday celebration even though I had called ahead of time and left instructions on the OpenTable reservation

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·Dined 3 days ago

We were there before the hockey game. Love the food options and quick service.

Great service and awesome food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful service and wonderful food. Macadamia crusted Swordfish fantastic.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines Day, on the way to Andrea Bocelli, everything was superb. Crab Cakes & Lobster Roll were exceptional. Recommended by us foodies !!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Jackson’s has amazing water view and outside dining. The food was amazingly great. Elegant enough that you feel great dressing up. Yet cozy enough that you’re able to lounge. Great atmosphere. Loved it!!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Vegan, Fun, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was terrific. We sat outside which was comfortable and provided a great view of downtown across the river. Our waiter was very good, providing suggestions that were on target and his service was excellent

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Turned out to be one of the best dinner experiences in a while. Reservations were prompt. Skate Fish in a Chipino style sauce with chorizo and fingerling potatoes was on the special as well as a 32 OZ Cowboy steak. The grouper and scallops we solid. Go figure. That's A-List stuff. The food came out hot!!! What a surprise. Oysters, Shrimp - satisfying! The view was great and the service was kind. The wine-list is one of the best in town - not only because there's something for everybody's price range - and I know a thing or two about that. It was a super night.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Rad dude sick bro super awesome pitted as fooooooook

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Slow service. Martini was warm and not properly made. Nothing special about the food. This was a major Valentines’s Day disappointment.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentine’s day

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Went with boyfriend for Valentine's dinner. Food was fantastic as well as the drinks. Loved the garden mule with the mottled berries. Staff was so friendly and very attentive. Great location on the water. Will be going back for another date night soon.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines

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 (Orlando)·Dined 7 days ago

Destroyed my idea of what I perfect date could have been. If it wasn’t for the ambience and the view. We would have walked out! Augusto the server needs to learn the term patience and formality, the host desk needs to learn not to be homophobic, let alone be completely disorganized, and the bar staff outside needs to pay attention when two guys are waving their hands up for a drink at a half empty bar. 30 minute wait with a reservation, rude staff, and no personality or color to the service. For what I thought would be a place for the perfect date, turned out to be just another beach bar shack with good food.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Jackson’s Was Great! I Had The Shrimp & Chicken Pasta, It Was To DIE For. I’ll Definitely Be Back To Try Brunch & Dinner Soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Not a great experience. First the soda came out flat - which put me off but not a game changer. The grilled chicken panini was not good. The chicken had a very strange texture and the rest of the ingredients weren’t very good either. We didn’t even finish it, which is usually unheard of. The sushi was just ok. The location was nice, right on the water with outdoor seating. I would not recommend this restaurant and I would not come back.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We were a group of 4 business associates looking for a decent meal after our arrival in Tampa for a convention. We are not demanding but did expect to get the basics of decent service. Beers were delivered to the wrong people twice- after an unconscionable wait. Water came after two requests. Our server Kristy needs some additional training.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was great, service was good as well. Beautiful Scenery of downtown. Make sure to bring your parking ticket up to the restaurant, they will validate it. Sake was decent, sushi was very fresh and lobster Mac was outstanding.

Tags: Seasonal, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The setting is spectacular. The parking is easy. The service was excellent and the food was very good. We were there for the Sunday brunch buffet. There were lots and lots of choices. L Ike many buffets, some of the food was overcooked and dry. All in all it was nice.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We went there for brunch (Sunday brunch) and I was not dissapointed. Lovely selection, friendly staff, affordable and great outdoor sitting as well as inside. Great time!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Really really nice for *older* birthday meals. I wouldn’t say to bring young kids here for an evening meal, the whole place turns into a nightclub around 11. The food is amazing and the view was great.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I happened to come across this on open table while searching for a romantic restaurants for my hubby and I to go to for date night and decided to go here because of the amazing reviews... we were not disappointed. The location was beautiful, the food was delicious, and service was way above par. I had some of the best sushi (crazy salmon) I've ever had and one of the best steaks too at this restaurant and then afterwards my husband and I were able to walk right out of the restaurant and onto a walk way on the water with beautiful views. I will definitely be returning to this restaurant for other special occasions.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I comment that is was a birthday occasion. It was not observed. Disappointed.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great restaurant and the food is wonderful. The staff was really friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 4, 2018

It had been a long time since we had enjoyed Jackson's. The reservation process was the best. Hostesses made us feel welcome and they had great smiles . They had us seated promptly. Our server made our whole stay exceptional. Very nice variety of buffet items. My only issue would be that it did take a bit of time to replenish empty chafing dishes. Can't wait for the next visit. It will NOT be so long between visits.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Brunch was ok. It was busy and crowded. A little unorganized and atmosphere wasn’t as great as what I remembered years ago.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Very enjoyable outdoor location by the water for Sunday Brunch. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I love Jackson's Bistro. It's one of my favorite places to dine. I live in Orlando, but don't mind the drive, because it's worth it.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Not bad, but not the best. Setup created a light jam at the entrance to the buffet room. Seems the buffet staff had a hard time keeping buffet full

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Well, when we finally received our food it was very good. 2 salads took approximately 45 minutes. After around 25 minutes of waiting the server came out to explain the kitchen was backed up and it would be a little longer. I asked in the meantime (because I was not offered) if we could get some bread. The response was bread is only served at dinner. I said, OK, do you have anything in the meantime you can bring out to tide us over until the meal comes out. I asked the waiter if he would please tell the manager. We received no response from management. When my salad finally came out it was the WRONG salad. I ordered the Jackson Salad and I received a Cobb salad. They took it back and brought me the correct one 7 minutes later. Like I said, taste of the food was very good but management dropped the ball in addressing the issues. We will not be back.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View, Fun
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our waiter was amazing!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Great food! Great location!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This was a very busy weekend, and we were there Saturday night after the Gasparilla parade as well as Sunday for Brunch. Staff went out of their way to accommodate us. The food was delicious.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 26, 2018

One of our favorite places to go for the view and great food! Scallops are Devine and so is the sushi! Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Was a good dining experience overall, only downfall was we thought the sushi selection was bigger due to pictures online we were a little misled also quality of sushi was not better than your typical habatchi spot. Other than that top of the line!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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