JOTORO

4.3
249 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 249 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jayy
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited Jotoro for a girl's brunch and it was the perfect location for a laid back, casual, fun time. Atmosphere was casual but fun, indoor and outdoor seating allowed for a great view of the area. We had brunch cocktails which were delicious. Food was great - fresh and flavorful.

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Scott
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Old friend of mine came into town and I wanted to experience Jotoro and something with a good reputation and neat atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

Made mistake on food and ended up cancelling the order because it took too long. Staff was very kind and apologetic and did not charge me for the entree

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Over priced tacos and then charged extra for sides that were not very good. Service was great but food quality and pricing need work.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Loved the vibe, attentive server and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service5Ambience5

Great service. Food was not good

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience2

The food is very mediocre and expensive. You are basically paying for the location. Also, the music is extremely loud and it was 5:30 pm. Overall it was just meh, probably won’t be going back (and the chips and salsa are not free)!

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vipElizabethf
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

all great but music was just a little too loud for dinner conversation

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful first experience! Drinks were amazing!

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Jeff
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Purely awesome. Food and service was amazing. A special thanks to manager Angel who went above and beyond to make our experience extra great.

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delaneyc
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend & I tried Jotoro for the first time last week and we were not disappointed! Our server was Kendyl & she was great — She gave us suggestions/ recommendations from the menu. We got the “Three Amigos” appetizer which consisted of salsa, guacamole & queso with perfectly salted, fresh tortilla chips. All 3 were amazing. I got the Fast & Furious flight of margaritas & genuinely thought I was going to be on the floor if i finished all three LOL. They definitely have mastered the making of margaritas here, they are strong but still so delicious!! The prickly pear was the best and i ended up getting another one of those towards the end of our meal. If you’re new to tampa or even a local and haven’t been, put this restaurant at the top of your list. Located in Sparkman Warf, it’s perfect for happy hour before wandering around!! We will 100000% be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great environment, great service,

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vipFlorG
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Is a good place to get drinks, the food was not good, I got the nachos and they looked good but the meat was extremely seasoned, and then I got fish tacos and they were just meh, they were hot but lack of flavor so no, the food was not good
The drinks were great. I got a margarita and a mangonada piña colada and they were really good and different.

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HappyBirthdayNYE
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everyone loved their food, but the Tijuana Ceasar... let me tell you... woooo child... get that salad. That's all.

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Omnivore
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Generally Meh.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

I thought this was going to be a nice restaurant. It looked and felt like a sports bar.

Chips were oily, stale & in tiny pieces like from bottom of bag. Drinks overpriced. Corn was good. Entrees very small & overpriced.

Will never go back, will tell others to not go. What a shame.

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vipReymwen
Tampa
40 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The Korean barbecue tacos are great as well as the tuna poke. Enjoy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

This was my second time here for taco Tuesday and the drinks and tacos were delicious. Great deal on Tuesday’s. The service was subpar, the place was not busy and we had to ask for our server multiple times.

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debsandstash
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Inside it seemed noisy and the music was loud. We sat outside and the ambience was perfect. Nice location of outside seating to people watch. Server was excellent. She was friendly and efficient. Food was amazing. The avocado toast could have been a little crunchier but it was delicious. My husband had the Mexican Benedict and said it was great. I had the French toast and it was amazing! We have already decided to go back for lunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

We went to this place due to a write up about the chef and that he had a Michelin star. The service was subpar, missing ingredients in our 15 dollar guacamole, tuff and chewy steak tacos and lacking shrimp tacos. The overall ambiance is nice but then everyone working seems to be hanging out , chatting and on their cell phones. For the price this dose not meet a Michelin star experience or anything close to what they charge for it. Over priced and underdeliver

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Jotoro offers an energetic environment with friendly staff but generally overpriced tacos and cocktails. Definitely order the Three Amigos dip trio - delicious salsa and queso and plenty to share with a table of friends or family. Tacos were just okay and rice and beans are a la carte making it an expensive meal overall. Tried a margarita flight - cocktails were delicious but nothing special and not worth $15 - $18 a pop.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The salsa and chips was great. We loved the shrimp and steak tacos. Which there was churros on the desert menu.

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vipSherriS
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was good but expensive. waitress was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks. A very vibrant atmosphere. Great service.

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vipwedine
Tampa
30 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Great service, limited menu, no matter the meal. Food quality is good, our meal, the Mexican style eggs Benedict with steak, was delicious and big enough to share for moderate eaters. Big drink menu. GOOD house margarita. FYI to you Bloody Mary lovers, this one is mexican spicy, has adequate alcohol, but thin, some like a thicker mix and more involvement like olives, horseradish, worsteshire sauce etc. margaritas. Its Loud, so expect that, good energy and good music. One irritant, our server must have stopped at the table every 10 minutes to "check" on us, it was obvious she wanted the table turned faster than we were willing to move, I think we were out in 45 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Amazing! We loved everything and the ambiance was awesome

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LizB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

The service and food were mediocre at best. Portions were really small and overpriced. We won’t be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Server Malina was awesome ! We had Some issues with our food but she was on top of everything. Chorizo fried rice is gassss ! Manager came out and checked on us and it was much appreciated !

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MikeB
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We’re from out of town, however have eaten here each of the 3 times we’ve visited since March. Great food, wonderful service and awesome margaritas!

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CharityM
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

After the Bolts lost we needed a pick me up to feel better.
If we would have won, we would have come to celebrate. ANY EXCUSE to enjoy a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday lunch with family and kids.
Very kid friendly place.

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syltbtech
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful. Just busy and understaffed. But otherwise wonderful.

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Jeff
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic. Awesome and unique menu. Especially for brunch!

RP
RichaP
Miami
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Very touristy, overtly busy, chairs were dirty. although server was very pleasant. Food.. just meh! We struggled to find any flavors. Ordered wings which were merely just tossed in store bought hot sauce . I won’t go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

No issues with service. Quickly sat & ordered drinks & food. Very pleasurable experience. Will definitely return in the future

SS
vipSusanS
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

There was nothing outstanding about this restaurant. If you are in the area and want Mexican food, it was fine. Casual and mostly drinks and tacos. We expected something more from the online hype. Expect to spend $$$.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The margarita flight was great! Fast and the furious I think it was called! Chips are so fresh!

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Tpabay79
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great location. Food is just ok not a huge menu. Drinks are very good though.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I’ve been excited to try this restaurant since I heard it was coming to Sparkmans Wharf and it did not disappoint! The $6 house margs for taco Tuesday were an Ah-MAZING deal, not to mention they were delicious! Of course the food was amazing, seeing that there is a Michelin star chef in the kitchen, and I can’t wait to go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was amazing!!!!!

FAQs

JOTORO is rated 4.3 stars by 249 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 bookings at the moment.