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.
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 is available in the garage below the restaurant and we can validate for the first two hours. Each additional 1/2 hour is $1 or maximum of $6 with the ticket validation. (Parking garage is owned by a separate company.) On Saturday nights there is valet parking available.
Rachid El Yamani
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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
Porkchop was tender and juicy
Porkchop was tender and juicy
Great location, great views. Solid food. ...
Great location, great views. Solid food. Service can be slow at times, but overall a good experience.
Jackson's is a special place to my girlf ...
Jackson's is a special place to my girlfriend and I, we choose this location for our prom night and wanted to take her back for a datedate. It was wonderful
Beautiful Outside dining
Beautiful night to sit outside under the cabana and enjoyed the great drinks and food. Our server was great and it was a great dining experience.
Sat outside on a beautiful sunset over t ...
Sat outside on a beautiful sunset over the Hillsborough Bay. Couldn't ask for a better evening
Perfect waterfront urban oasis, nestled ...
Perfect waterfront urban oasis, nestled in the heart of downtown town Tampa. Great service, amazing views, and fun, inviting atmosphere!
Husband's veggie burger was very good. K ...
Husband's veggie burger was very good. King crab legs for $45--definitely overpriced. Serving size was small for the price and they were overcooked. Would not recommend them. Vegan dessert was great.
Our server was wonderful. He made us fee ...
Our server was wonderful. He made us feel welcome and special. The food was delicious and we will certainly be back!
Great view, not so great service
We arrived early but were seated promptly, view is GREAT! A little noisy but not too bad. It took a few minutes for the waiter to show up but it was a Friday evening, no big deal. When he did arrive he asked for our drink orders and if we would like any wine. Problem #1: no wine list at the table. He promptly relieved the patrons next to us of theirs so we could peruse the list. He promptly took our orders and away he went. A large group was seated next to us and their waitress was on top of her game.. Asked if it was a special evening or just dinner and recited the house specials for the evening. Problem#2: We received neither from our server and one of the house specials was something that my wife would have enjoyed. Glass is now empty and no one in sight.. appetizers arrive which gives me the opportunity to ask for a refill. Dinner arrives, no our waiter, glass empty again and no steak knife.. about 5 mins later our waiter shows and asks how everything is.. Problem#3: Glass EMPTY and nothing to cut my steak with, seriously!! Food was great but the service apparently is hit or miss, wasnt terrible but definitely doesnt have me wanting to go back..
SERVICE WAS GOOD ONCE WE GOT SEATED AFTER ARGUING WITH THE WAITER BEACUSE IT WAS SO WINDY. THEN WE GOT A REALLY GOOD WAITRESS..... BUT THE PLACE IS IN NEED OF HELP. IT DOESNT LOOK LIKE IT HAS BEEN CLEANED SINCE IT OPENED. JUST MY OPINION.
Some of the best service I've ever gotte ...
Some of the best service I've ever gotten at a restaurant. Really nice spot on the water.
One of my most favorite restaurants in T ...
One of my most favorite restaurants in Tampa. Excellent food and outdoor seating on the water.
Great place to sit by the water. Be sure ...
Great place to sit by the water. Be sure to request water location when you make reservations. Definitely try the sushi. Can't wait to go back. An absolutely wonderful late April evening.
The food was good the service was the worst.
Our server, Jason D was terrible. This was our anniversary dinner. Although the food was good the service was the worst. It was so bad that I had to get up from our table and go the the bar to get us another drink. Server never checked in with us to ask if we needed anything or ask how the food was. Never going back.
Super crowded with a cheer competition a ...
Super crowded with a cheer competition at the convention next door and prom season, but the entire staff was extremely patient; especially our waiter Jonathan. Food was fabulous and the sunset view from the patio was fantastic. Be sure to make reservations if you do not want a long wait!
Beautiful View, but food is so-so
I dine at Jackson's frequently. It is near my home and my son and I enjoy walking to the restaurant. It is located on the Bay and has a stunning view of Tampa. Jackson's has a beautiful outdoor seating area and nothing beats the ambiance. That being said, I have to say that I am less than enthralled with the food selection. It's ok, but nothing spectacular. They recently changed the menu and I am going to try some new things going forward, but so far, it's - well, ok. It also seems to take forever for anything to come to the table - most of the servers are friendly and want to be helpful, but things take a long time. If you enjoy a beautiful ambiance and don't mind waiting, then give it a try. If you want an outdoor table, reservations are a must. You never know what events are going on downtown.
good waterfront restaurant
Great sunsets, good food, outside tables a little too small for 4 people, but overall, a good experience.
Lobster Carbonara was delicious! Service ...
Lobster Carbonara was delicious! Service was wonderful! I highly recommend this restaurant!
Great service and food
4 of us dined on a Saturday night. We had reservations and were seated close to our reservation time even though the restaurant was packed with prom night groups. Although the food was a bit slower than usual because of the large crowd, it was still reasonably timely and great quality. We all had different seafood dishes and enjoyed them all. My scallops were perfectly cooked, not a single over-cooked one which can make them rubbery and tough. They were all sweet and tender! Restaurant has a great view outside and the outside bar is a great place for a pre-dinner drink. We will be back!
Great food. Great atmosphere and view. G ...
Great food. Great atmosphere and view. Great service!
Evening to Remember
I went to a sunset dinner with a date. Weather was perfect, sunset was perfect. We arrived early and had a drink at the outdoor bar with a live band. Then dinner on the patio. Sushi and swordfish were both excellent. Very courteous and attentive staff.
Great sushi for appys. Varied menu for everyone and a beautiful view. Great outdoor bar with music.
I took my 2 friends from out of town here for dinner on a Monday night. It was a perfect evening sunset view from the outside dining tables and we were all blown away by the food. Calamari, salmon flatbread, ahi tuna...all of it..so delicious!
Food was good, service extremely slow. S ...
Food was good, service extremely slow. Salads came with entrees rather than before.
We love Jackson's!
Lots of creative options, fresh sushi. This was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in April. Loved sitting on deck overlooking the water, live music, just wonderful. We arrived just when the mandatory $27 buffet ended at 2:30, so we were able to order from the menu. The buffet looked good, but it would have been a waste on our picky-eater daughter.
Night of peace
I needed time away. A moment to regroup. The ambiance was great
Awesome lobster Bisque!
Awesome lobster Bisque!
Jackson's Bistro is THE BEST spot in Tampa.
The food is excellent. Service is excellent. View is excellent. Sunday Brunch is delicious and affordable. We live nearly an hour away, so this isn't our normal restaurant. When we do come in to Tampa, we make sure we are going to Jackson's!
Awesome food, views, and service.
Had the opportunity to visit Jacksons twice while inTampa, and both visits did not disappoint. The waterfront view was awesome, the food was excellent, and our waiter was extremely attentive. We will definitely visit Jacksons again.
Had to wait forever for our lunch. There were a lot of big parties booked and apparently they were understaffed. It happens but our waiter was so clueless and we hardly saw him. Bad experience overall
We sat by the water. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was absolutely anazing. I'm not a big salad person but I ate a salad that had salmon and feta. It was soo good. We also had sushi for brunch. I been dreaming about that salad since that day. I can't wait to go back.
I have never written a review but felt c ...
I have never written a review but felt compelled to write about our experience for the first time. This by far has been one of the worst services ever. Service was very slow(by slow I mean an hour or so) and food was just OK. We will never be going back or we will not be recommending this to our friends.
Dining with a view
Jackson's is a wonderful restaurant with a great view plus a extensive menu. Would recommend dining there on any visit to Tampa.
Dining on the water
Visiting from California ~ excellent outside dining ~ wonderful service that was over the top! The weather started to change just as we ordered. Heavy rain came down ~ and our waitress did everything ~ including moving us to a window view ~ to make us happy. Great food, good wine, reasonable prices…. just sorry that we don't have Jackson's Bistro in Northern California.
Great Dining Experience
Excellent service and food was excellent. Extensive wine list. Portions were on the smaller side but very good.
First time dining. Service was terrific ...
First time dining. Service was terrific (Kevin was our server) Food and cocktails tasty well prepared. We will go back
Hostess don't know what reservations are
Hostess don't know what reservations are
A little pricey for what we got. Four of us ate for just under $200 with no alcohol drinks. Probably would have felt more like fine dining if we ate inside for the type of food we ordered.
Downtown/Channelside hot spot
As a Channelside resident, Jackson's continues to evolve in quality and food. It is now always packed at dinner, with a reservation required whether sitting inside or outside to enjoy the amazing waterfront view of channel. I learned it is under partial new ownership and the evolution makes sense! From crab cakes, to whole hog snapper, to snapper, there is something (delicious) for everyone. A decent wine list, too! You can tell there is commitment to make Jackson's outstanding. As much as I am thrilled at the improvements and success, gone are the days I could walk up and sit right down for an impromptu dinner! Hooray for them and downtown Tampa!
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