JOTORO

4.4
185 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 185 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Suep
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Food, service, SERVERS, beverages all met expectations.

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dcan
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Mother's Day. Great food and atmosphere! Thank you for the Sunflower!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Nice decor and good cocktails. Menu looks delicious but unfortunately the food does not live up to the expectation. My family of four had Mother’s Day brunch at Jotoro and all ordered a different dish. Not one of us liked our meal. The burrito was bland and mostly beans, the brunch Benedict had an intense lime flavor that overpowered the dish, and the chicken in the quesadilla tasted strange. I don’t usually complain unless the food is inedible and that’s how we felt. The manager was professional and took care of removing the meals from our check. We preferred to leave hungry and eat elsewhere because it was so bad. Only thing I can say is that the peppered maple bacon appetizer was incredible but it’s hard to screw up bacon! This place could be cool if the food tasted good. I’ll never be back nor recommend it.

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JasonB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Waited 50 mins for food to be delivered. When it arrived food was cold. It was redone 20 mins later. Left without eating. I would NOT recomend anyone eating here

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vipTampaBayFoodie
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Great food, horrible waitress experience. Never came by to ask if we wanted a refill on drinks or even asked how our food was. Complained to management but didn't seem to care. Will have to think about if we go back.

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vipJoLad
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The outside seating was well covered so we weren't sitting under the hot sun. Food was great, drinks a little strong but still delicious. Hosts and server were friendly and quick.

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vipBenjaminC
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I’ve seen big lines outside this restaurant since they have opened, and I finally found a last minute reservation to give it a chance. We sat outside because the weather was great, but they had extended their outdoor seating to non-restaurant parts of the sidewalk and the entire atmosphere was just weird. A lot of noise from tables close by, and the outdoor high tops were not comfortable to sit for dinner. Drinks were OK, but didn’t leave me wanting more than two. We ordered two drinks each, two appetizers, the fried rice, and our bill was over $100 with tip. Quality of food was two stars at best, all of the dips we had were missing something to the taste profile, and the fried rice was so hot for over 20 minutes we took it home and only had a few bites there. A lot of under 21 looking people there, which ruined a date night atmosphere as they were very loud and they had inappropriate conversations for all to hear. Server was very friendly, but very inattentive and took 20 minutes to finalize the bill. Expected a lot more, I am happy I had Opentable gift cards to help take care of this expensive meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food was horrible, very low quality.

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Kathy
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Our server very attentive. Great 5 de Mayo for our group

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to make reservation, went there on a weekday night and sat outside! Beautiful atmosphere, music wasn’t too loud but could still hear it in the background. Drinks were delicious and for my birthday I got a free shot of the restaurants choosing! Food was 10/10, plating was gorgeous! Waitress was very pleasant and answered all questions and even helped with making suggestions! Would definitely return.

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Meghan
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

For a restaurant that boasts a Michelin star chef, you think the food would be better! Every time I come to Jotoro, I leave with a big bill and little satisfaction. I have been to the restaurant about 5 times now, each time ordering something different, and not once have I found something that I love. To me, this place is just not worth the cost for the quality of food.

If you come to Jotoro, come for the drinks and get the salsa, guac and cheese combo. THATS IT. Those are the only things worth it in my opinion.

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Michelle
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was Peyton and she was super nice and personable. Helped me decide which margarita to try first, both tasted really delicious (bonus: If you don't finish your drink ask for a togo cup and you can carry it around Sparkman Wharf while you check everything else out. It was pretty quiet when we were there and not too busy, people filed in as we were leaving. The food was great!! The only complaint about the food is more of a personal preference, they have an oak fired grill so the charred pieces of chicken were really charred. Some people like that, just make sure to mention that to your server if you don't enjoy charred meats. I ended up cutting some of it off to avoid eating it. Will definitely be going back here at some point!!!

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DylanA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taryn and Ashley Evans were AMAZING!
They really did a great job at getting to know us and provide an exceptional experience.
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We are repeat visitors and love Jotoro. We like the outdoor seating on the larger patio. The smaller patio at the front is loud with the trolley track right beside it and people walking by though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience5

Table was not available at reservation time because the kitchen could t keep up

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JosephF
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. Very informative and also very friendly. Food was fantastic. The best we had on our 10 day trip throughout Florida. If I'm in the Tampa area again, I will definitely be going back.

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vipErikaH
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! We had items from both the brunch and dinner menu. Sat outside and enjoyed the weather and people watching. Enchiladas, nachos and Churro French toast-YUM!

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zandram
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Food was good, but limited choices for a Mexican restaurant. Although if you want tacos, burritos or enchiladas, this is a good place to go, but no carne asada. The enchiladas were delicious, but not so much the beans and rice.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible!

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vipRebeccaM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the food. Always a good time

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ronnieg
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated outside Lovely dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from TN, my husband & I split the wedge salad which was delicious! The spin on this classic by using grilled pork belly with a chili lime bite was indeed the perfect bite. I had the Baja shrimp tacos and hubs enjoyed the TX Style Steak & Cheese Enchiladas. Our waitress was very attentive. Overall very nice place!

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LL333AAhH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I don't remember who our waitress was. I know she was in the military, but she was amazing! was on top of all our orders, never missed a beat, and her energy was amazing!!

now the food is alright, not much to choose from, but okay. the drinks are amazing.

JR
vipJoanneR
Tampa
31 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our first time here. Food was good but a bit expensive for Mexican - but it's the location too. Good people watching and a nice place to walk around before or afterwards. We were a bit miffed that we had a reservation and arrived on time, they sat the couple in front of us without a reservation and then we were told we had to wait 10 minutes for a table to be cleaned. When my husband questioned it, he was told that reservations are more like call ahead lists??? We would go back for the nachos - looked great at the table next to us.

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vipJann
Tallahassee
12 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location. Fun venue. Nice variety of food and drinks. Great for groups and celebrations.

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TomD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never ceases to amaze. We are always trying something different and it is all equally good. I recommend to all of our friends

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Lovely
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Freak service and drinks were awesome! And atmosphere was awesome as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice location in downtown Tampa.
Menu is interesting, but the food was mediocre.
Service was subpar.
Wouldn’t go back.

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JONR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food for the value. Great atmosphere and location. Very good customer service and the waiter, she was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Jo Toro for a date night with the wife, as i work in the area i had visited before, but wanted her to experience it. We had the trio starters with now our favorite drink Blueberry Gin Fizz! Everyone was courteous and attentive. We will definitely be back.

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DanB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Because Eater recommended this restaurant we went. Mistake. Uninspired Mexican. Not my thing.

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Idgnj
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great, great service by Kaley, good food although the menu is limited, nice ambiance

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TomD
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit to this amazing restaurant and every time the food is amazing. We keep trying different things and it is all equally good. The margaritas are also excellent. The service is great as well. If you are looking for good Mexican food this is the place.

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vipshirim
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

This restaurant was not to our taste. The guacamole was chunky and tasteless, the chips were greasy, the food was all too spicy. My kids food was not touched. Go here solely for the well-crafted tequila cocktails and friendly service. Skip the food.

SG
vipStephanieG
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I was thoroughly impressed with the food. So flavorful and not that old school Mexican that is smothered in cheese or sauce. Standouts were the ahi tuna appetizer, guacamole, shrimp tacos and the cocktails. I was underwhelmed by the service. We got seated at a table and asked if a booth was an option and it took them almost 10 min to return and accommodate. And for perspective it was a Monday night...not a weekend. Once seated, it took forever to get our first drink. Which we all know is where money is made. I hope they are just working out the kinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The drinks are good and the Brussel sprouts are great. I had the Taqueria Salad and I am sorry but for $17 that was not worth it at all. It had nothing in it that cost $17. It was worth maybe $6.

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Ivette
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were amazing-loved the mangolada the most but all were great as well. The amount of food provided is great and matches the price point. I love where this is located and I'll definitely be back again.

TM
TerranceMcCormick
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Me and my 3 friends had high hopes for this place particularly since the location is in Sparksman Wharf. The reservation for seating was the best part of the experience. The food was basic at best and definitely not worth the value (I got two small blackened shrimp tacos for $14!). My other friend's food was just as expensive and not even tasty for the price. The drinks were not good either. We had to send three drinks back because they were just bad. They sat us on the patio (good thing), but they sat us in a very small table right near the door which was too small for 4 guys that were all over 6'2 feet tall (yes there were other tables available that could facilitate us). To me, this place may read like a tourist trap. I am so disappointed as I really wanted to like this place. Myself and all my friends agreed that will be the first and last time we ever will go to JOTORO.

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BillW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner with fine cocktails!

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RenataS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a good time with my girlfriends. Customer service and food was wonderful.

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JOTORO is rated 4.4 stars by 185 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.