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
Execellent ambiance the service from our ...
Execellent ambiance the service from our server was extraordinary. Crab cakes were on point!!
Overall nice atmosphere. The sushi was a ...
Overall nice atmosphere. The sushi was amazing, but the rest of the food was awful. Grouper and crab cakes tasted bland and very undercooked. Not worth the price. I will not be going back.
I was really disappointed with this visi ...
I was really disappointed with this visit. It was my first time taking my dad here, and the service was sub-par. Our waiter didn't know ANYTHING about the menu and didn't treat us with respect until we began ordering several dishes. He couldn't tell me whether or not they served iced tea, he couldn't tell us what was in the bread, and he didn't know what the specials were (but began reading them from a crumpled piece of paper after we had already decided what we wanted to order from the regular menu). Then he seemed more helpful because he knew he may get a larger tip. In retrospect, I should have tipped him less. As far as the food quality, I tried the filet mignon flatbread. Word of advice: don't. The steak was not great and the flatbread was soaked in olive oil. This was such a different experience from my first visit here. I don't think I'll be recommending it to friends or returning anytime soon.
Great sushi! Good food. Nice view of do ...
Great sushi! Good food. Nice view of downtown Tampa.
My husband and I went with friends so th ...
My husband and I went with friends so the company was great. The view was the next best thing. Although I did eat every bite of my meal (basically, I'm one of those people that will eat anything), my critique would be that it was just so so. I could tell right away that my dish had been sitting under the heat lamp because the cream sauce had a film on top of it. The temp was just warm, not freshly hot. The snapper and scallops were over seasoned so quite salty. The chocolate cake for dessert was delicious but I'm sure it is not being made on premises. I happen to be a really good cook myself so I can be hard to please at times. The dinner I made for my family yesterday for Father's day was far better. Sorry. Overall, I tried it, not impressed and probably won't be back.
Had to send back the soup it was to butt ...
Had to send back the soup it was to buttery, the service was slow. very slow. Loved the view and drinks but the band at the bar and the music playing in the restaurant was a little to much. the rest of the food was just ok.
Love this place! Try the tuna carpaccio. ...
Love this place! Try the tuna carpaccio. Good entertainment, beautiful views, service is very friendly and all the food is really good.
Excellent food, excellent view.
Excellent food, excellent view.
The best part of this dining experience ...
The best part of this dining experience was the service. We had two young men who waited on us and were very attentive. However, the food was so ordinary and tasteless. We both had the french onion soup which was ok but nothing special - quite salty. Then, I had the red snapper and scallops which was supposed to be in Thai curry style sauce. The sauce was definitely made with coconut milk but the curry was lacking - no heat whatsoever. The fish was overcooked and super salty. I did think the scallops were good - tender. My husband was also disappointed in his swordfish which was overcooked and salty as well.
Jackson's is always a favorite! This was ...
Jackson's is always a favorite! This was my niece's choice for her birthday celebration. The sushi is always amazing! My mom said her steak was one of the best she's had and wants to return for her birthday! Our waiter was awesome. When I jokingly asked him if he was going to lead our happy birthday song, he pipes right up :-) and of course you can't beat The View! We will be back again and again!
Great food and in an atmosphere where I ...
Great food and in an atmosphere where I can actually hear my table companions. Indoor and outdoor dining, plus a great view.
Quality poor for higher end restaurant
The food took longer than expected to come out, the server was kind but spent too much time conversing with staff and customers which delayed service, took significantly long time to bring us water after we were empty and after having told us he would bring it soon, the quality of the food was not worth the price of the food (I had to return my scallops because they were the fishiest I had ever tasted scallops, even my wife it was like forcing yourself to eat after I ate the scallops). We were planning on going to Bern's Steakhouse and regretted not going and trying Jackson's for the first time.
Great Location, Good Food, Slow Service
I took a group of business associates to Jackson's for dinner as they were staying in a nearby hotel. We were seated promptly but the time it took for us to order drinks, order our meals and finally for our food to arrive it took the shine off the evening. Some of the food was other than hot but nobody was going to return their food as it took so long to get it initially. My lobster bisque was excellent and the rest of the meals were well received - except the French fries were cold.
Unbelievable Food & Service
We did not have the time available to wait an hour during our first visit to Jackson's. Just walking through the restaurant the plating and presentation of the food was impeccable. We knew we had to come back the next night and we talked all day about the dishes we had witnessed. The food and service were second to none and the Salmon was as good as any other I have ever had. The restaurant is well managed and the view perfect!
Good experience. Food was good. Service was excellent. It was a hot day out and people kept going in and out of the doors l, so it was warm inside.
Very good service. Had Thai Chicken Salad. I could have made it better and I don't even cook. Over priced as well. Very hot inside (trying to save money on AC?). Nice ambiance.
Awesome food and view. Our serve was busy, but other servers and managers helped him out to ensure our dining experience was pleasant.
great sushi and entrees lacked in service
My wife and myself ate here for dinner one evening while we were on vacation near Tampa. Our Sushi and my sword fish entree were wonderful. My wife God a flatbread pizza that was good but wasn't nearly as good as the rest of our food. Our main criticism was the service. In our waiters defense he had a large party that he was taking care of but had told us he had 2 other waiters helping with his tables (we never saw them). I finished my drink while we were eating our sushi and was told when the plate were cleared that they would bring me a refill. I was told again when my meal came and told yet another time when they took my plate away before finally receiving my refill as they brought out our dessert. My wife also finished her drink while eating her meal and did not receive a refill until dessert either. It may have been a result of the large group but my review would be... Great food but poor service.
Perfect setting under cabana by the water
Been here many times and this time we had exceptional service and a perfect sunset by the water with our business clients in town from IN.
Good food and great view of the Tampa ba ...
Good food and great view of the Tampa bay. Our server was super friendly and outgoing. Good food!
Great place for any occasion!
Atmosphere, food, staff and drinks were perfect! Sushi was yummy!
Atmosphere. The view was outstanding ou ...
Atmosphere. The view was outstanding outside...made the meal that much better
Very nice Brunch!
Treated my Mom to a belated Mother's Day Brunch and was very pleased with the brunch selection. I liked that it was in a separate room and not the main area of the restaurant. We sat outside as the weather was just mild enough. Lots of shade and fans available. The Red Snapper was wonderful! Also loved the variety of salads. Great value for the price, only wish they included non-alcoholic drinks. I think it was the first brunch I've been to that didn't include at least coffee and tea. But overall, very nice and would return.
My friend got the crab cakes which were ...
My friend got the crab cakes which were awful. My salmon was delicious with sweet chili sauce on the side. The ambiance is beautiful but our waiter was bad. It took forever for EVERYTHING.
Great Water Views
We were visiting and looking for someplace for seafood. Saw this mentioned in a tour book and thought we would give it a try. Our waiter was excellent, he gave us menu suggestions that were right on, made sure we were taken care of without hovering. The water view was very relaxing. The patio had fans going so it was very comfortable for a early evening.
The strip steak ordered medium can out ...
The strip steak ordered medium can out med rare with lots of inedible fat. Appetizer of sushi rainbow roll was good
Popular Location for travelers
Popular location near hotels and on the water. Otherwise it's fairly average and a bit over priced.
We had 1:00pm reservations and by 1:30 the buffet was out of a lot of dishes, which was disappointing. At the carving table we asked what the next meats were-the chefs did not have any idea or when they were going to be bringing them out. A number of the dishes were very salty. The dessert choices were good and the poached salmon was outstanding! We have had dinner previously and the food was very good, so not sure what happened for brunch.
Porkchop was tender and juicy
Porkchop was tender and juicy
Although the view is amazing and the amb ...
Although the view is amazing and the ambience was great, the food was lacking a lot especially for the price that you're paying. Our server was sarcastic and the table as a whole felt as though he was rude and pompous. The food looked great but lacked in taste. The grouper was overly salted and had a fairly fishy taste that gave a bad after taste and was inedible. The tuna tartare was bland with no seasonings. The lobster roll says it comes with chips and literally it's a snack size bag of cape cod chips. For the price it should have been something made by the chef. I would not recommend this place. I think the food is highly lacking.
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.
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