JOTORO

4.4
33 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 33 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.5
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4.4
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTPAKyle
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice new addition to Sparkman Wharf and the Channelside disrtrict.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food is overpriced and they’re dishonest about what a customer gets. The quest was cold. The guacamole was waterly with lime juice. The burrito certainly did not have the flavor of Korean bbq. It’s was shredded meat with little flavor. The service was poor. We didn’t even get acknowledged until I asked a server if we had one? This is Havlicek Taco everyone . Same owners - same food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a great atmosphere.

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Julie
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food, service, price, atmosphere...Everything was great! Such a fun place for drinks and yummy food

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bayshoremrs
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was the location for my and my husband's FIRST outing since COVID began. It felt so nice to get out and enjoy each others time and this restaurant did not disappoint. The food and service was amazing and I was especially impressed with our waitress who recommended some awesome virgin drinks for me since I am about nine months pregnant.

We will definitely be back!

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Meghan
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The drinks at atmosphere were great! We also really enjoyed the queso, guac and salsa trio. Our entrees were subpar and flavors were drowned out with too much spice or weird ingredients. I’d recommend this as a happy hour place but not for dinner. Quality of food not on par with price.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Will probably be good at some point. Still going through their opening trials. Service was uncoordinated, food was lukewarm.

I'll come back in a few months after they get the bugs worked out. If it's still this poor I won't come back - but I'm hopeful they pull it together.

Can't recommend now, but check back with me in February.

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LaylaS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

For all the hype neither the food nor the drinks or anywhere near the quality I was expecting. On paper there seems to be Unique items however the finished product is low quality. I will not be going back again.

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Dave
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was a little slow, had to ask for drinks several times, server kept forgetting to bring them.

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Okie
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I was super excited to hear that a Michelin-starred chef was opening a restaurant in Tampa, but left very underwhelmed with the food, drinks and service. While I am hoping that my group's less than stellar experience on Saturday night can be attributed to JOTORO just opening, I did enjoy the space and vibe. It was very vibrant and bustling.

Also, I just do not believe that the margarita juices and mixes didn't come from a pre-packaged bottle.

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KimberlyJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Jotoro was incredible! The food was delicious (maybe a touch pricey), and the drinks were inventive and yummy as well (particularly the margarita flight). The service was top notch and we will certainly dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great art and scene. Well worth the wait

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vipRobT
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service - new fave Mexican!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food but not the best price. Definitely paying for the location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Way overboard on the Ranchero sauce, I think that’s what the thick brown sauce was, that’s all you could taste. A drizzle would do but our entrees were soaked in it. The Guac and Queso were awesome and so was our service. The salsa was really sweet, sweet seemed to be the food theme. We’ll go back and give it another try and order something different. Great location!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great. Get the bacon !!

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Dani
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST margaritas, chips and salsa, and tacos I’ve ever had! I highly recommend getting the Mi Casa margaritas on Tuesdays because they are $6. The salsa is to die for the chips are perf rly crispy and warm. The Baja fish tacos were unbelievable! Definitely get the rice and beans to accompany your meal.

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vipLara
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great. Music didn’t really match the vibe of the restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The house margarita was delicious and I felt like I got a great deal with the two for one Taco Tuesday special. My husband's tequila old fashioned was excellent. The OG nachos filled us up but we had no complaints about that! We saved room for the pina colada sundae, and it was a delish combo of tropical flavors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific drinks and food and service

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RondaS
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

In an area where good Mexican food that can be very prevalent and competition is fierce I was a little disappointed after dining here. I really wanted to love it. Unfortunately me and others at the table were not thrilled with our drinks until we asked for a custom drink order which was much better. Food was average compared to the many restaurants between St Pete and Tampa. I will say the service was phenomenal and everyone was super nice! I hope they work on there drink and food menu or future diners

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Katie
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooooo freaking good. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and gave great recommendations. The food was phenomenal. Def get the brussel sprouts! The black bean sauce is amazing.

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vipMasterCJL
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice addition to Tampa. Food was good and full of flavor. Prices are quite steep considering portion sizes. Pre-made drinks are too pricey and not strong enough. No issues paying $14-$18 for a margarita if it is fresh and hand poured/mixed. We will be back but definitely have some kinks to work out.

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LeonaI
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate inside on a rainy Monday night. Felt very sad inside with the plexi glass dividers between booths and masked servers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
83 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was top notch service and interesting and delicious menu. Also great to see Bre as manager---having known her for quite some time in the Channelside restaurant industry. Great bar set up too!

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KimberlyC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The drinks were excellent. The ambiance was cool and in a great location.

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woodsy
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The quac was so bland! The steak burrito with the red sauce which was so overbearing, did not have a nice balance of flavors. I did like the chicken tacos.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Only good thing about this visit was our waitress. The drinks are lack luster, the spicy Margarita was too spicy to even drink. The food was overpriced for the quality. Unable to purchase tacos individually and if you want an additional taco you have to buy another plate.

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DanielG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent atmosphere, food and drinks. Will be back

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viprichm
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The service and ambiance was great however, the food & drinks were sub-par unfortunately.

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Giselleriv
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so delicious! Food came out very fast and awesome/fun atmosphere. The drinks were excellent. I highly recommend the prickly pear margarita.

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vipGinaT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Drinks amazing. Quality good food!

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Amanda
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By the water, check! Delicious bites, check! Tequila, check! Go CHECK it out :) ❤️👀

FAQs

JOTORO is rated 4.4 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.