JoJo Restaurant and Bar
JoJo Restaurant and Bar

JoJo Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jojodc.com/
  • Phone: 2023199350x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Dario Enrico Garioni
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Ben Kibour 2023199350x
  • Entertainment: Tuesday830 PM - 12:30 PM
    Enjoy an exotic serving of Jazz, by T.J Turpman Trio

    Wednesday
    8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
    Enjoy the sultry sounds of Colie Williams & Ol Soul for a New Day
    jazzzzzz
    Thursday
    8:30 PM - 12:30 AM
    MP3 Mike Prier headlines a classic Jazz Trio

    Friday
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Latin Jazz cabasa Happy Hour
    9:30 PM - 2:00 AM
    It’s party time with the Just Us Band: Top 40s, Oldies, Blues & Funk

    Saturday
    9:30 PM - 2:00 AM
    A guest band will entertain you all night!

    Sunday
    10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Enjoy the Jazzy reggae vibes of the Inspiration Band!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th St NW & U St NW
  • Public Transit: Green/Yellow Line, U Street Metro, 13th St. exit
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street and in the Public Parking lot at the Reeves Center on 14th & U Sts. NW. Valet parking coming soon.
A word from JoJo Restaurant and Bar


True to the Spirit of U Street, JoJo Restaurant and Bar works hard to provide the ambiance and sound that blends the nostalgia of the early 1920s with a contemporary flair. Flavorful cuisine and nightly live music set the tone, and provide the adventure seeker with a refreshing escape from the mundane and monotonous. At JoJo, we invite you to shut out the world and its cares.
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JoJo Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)romantic (26)late-night find (25)special occasion (21)fit for foodies (14)vibrant bar scene (12)hot spot (11)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • luvyourrestraunt
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent restaurant with excellent service. Had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & jazzy blues
    Ibcrabby
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We took four 20+ to dinner. Great vibe with the music. Kept the evening fun and lively. Never been before didn't know what to expect. Small place not a cookie cutter franchise. Food was a pleasant surprise. Entrees $20-25. Everyone loved it. Not a good selection of wine, but full bar available. Our son & friends said they would all go back with dates.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot but horrible service!
    mskdub
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I've been to Jojo many times before and my experience was always great! The food is good and the live music is awesome. The prices are decent as well. I've told countless people about the restaurant! However, I introduced two friends to JoJos last night and the service was HORRIBLE. The waiter was repeatedly out of line and unfriendly. We came for dinner but decided on apps/drinks after 1) she told us "oh I was expecting a party of 6, guess they canceled", 2) she "called" to make sure my gift card was valid, & 3) told us "no matter how many people you ask tonight there is no happy hour, ladies" after she assumed we were asking another waiter about it when we were actually asking about a drink she served! I'll walk out if I have her again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great beats, seats and eats
    Postbabyjazz
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    After having a baby just 12 weeks ago, this was the first time my husband and I were able to go out at night..sans le bebe. The music level on the upper floor was great because we heard and felt the hypnotic beat of the jazz troupe on the lower floor without having our conversation drowned out. The desert was great, the wine, fine.. the service - friendly but sloooww. Great music and a bijou bistro bar made for a very nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome little underground bar
    Flube
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went mid week around 8.30pm. there was a fantastic jazz trio playing while we ate our food which was delicious!! I had the blackened chicken, yummy and pretty good value too only around $17, not the best if you want to talk as it's quite loud but you can always just sit upstairs away from the noise
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely Coming Back
    BexTerefe
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I took my roommate here for her birthday and was thrilled with the choice. The food was absolutely delicious, drinks were great and the live music they play on Saturday nights really sealed the atmosphere. The restaurant is really quaint and cozy - almost a bit too cramped but not enough to ruin your time. Our server was great. Overall, I would definitely recommend this spot. (Make a reservation)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for food and drink!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Took my wife her for her birthday. First, the music was really good. There was an improvisational jazz trio there. Second, the menu was great. It had a wide variety of food to choose from, which was great because my wife is a very picky eater. The wait staff was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved this place
    luvgr8food
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I am hesitant to write this review because this my new favorite restaurant and I want to keep it to myself. The restaurant is small and fills up fast. If you want to be near the band, sit downstairs. We sat upstairs and were still able to hear the great music as well as each other. To begin with, we had the best waitress ever. Melanie is my new bff as she made recommendations that lived up to her word. The red snapper was nothing short of incredible. The lemon garlic sauce made me want to lick the plate so the chef is also my new bff. My friend had a chicken dish that was amazing also. Our service was spectacular and the food still has me drooling. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food and Music
    kagfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Visited here on a Saturday night thanks to ratings on Open Table and availability. This was a great find and a spot I will certainly visit again. Band was amazing, never heard sax played as well as I did here. Food was very good also although portions were a little on the small side. Service was ok, waitress wasn't overly friendly and seemed like she had a long day and was ready to go. Highly recommend this spot for good food with good company. Do note that it may be hard to carry a conversation when band is playing.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome find!
    kamcl
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I found this restaurant on TripAdvisor as I was searching for places to eat in Washington when I visited there last weekend. As I was unfamiliar with the place, I made a reservation just to be on the safe side. We ended up arriving about 45 minutes early for our reservation, but they were able to seat us right away. The service and attentiveness we received was superb, from the moment we sat down to the moment we left. The food was delicious, the drinks were cold and the music was awesome. The musicians were extremely talented, and you could feel the energy coming off of them. Such a great place - will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic all round
    Haysie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    If you are in DC and looking for a real gem of a place to enjoy good food and a great atmosphere in a real jazz bar then JoJo is the place for you. Equally suitable for familes (we took our thirteen year old) as it would be for couples or small groups of adults - this really is a not to be missed venue - from the outside like so many of the best places you may not be so impressed but once through the door the atmosphere and music lets you know you are definitely in the RIGHT PLACE - the food was great - the wings are awesome, the service was friendly and welcoming, the music was excellent - just a brilliant night all round and the bill was very reasonable especially by DC standards- unreserved recommendation
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could be europe!
    Jeanclaude
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great place and service. Price quality perfect and club ambiance!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entertainment
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food, drinks, & music was great. The drinks were a little pricey but worth it if you're looking to have a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 15th Year Wedding Anniversary
    MrnMs
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were looking for a place with great food, atmosphere and live music. Well we found what we were looking from in JoJo’s Restaurant and bar. It’s a great cozy place for the young at heart; where grown-ups can hang and really enjoy the mood. The jazz band was friendly and good, JoJo’s even surprised us with dessert (nice touch). We will be back, with friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service wasn't
    Customer12
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was really good, but the server's attitude was what ruined the experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hungry
    Soul
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food took 45 min to come out. Music was great, great setting and good food.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome restraint off of U Street
    satxspVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Still cannot get past the Cajun pasta which is awesome! Thus place is great for special events or when my palate wants food full of flavor
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only OK
    WestAlexDiner
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was OK, but not much to write home about. While the baby back ribs were good, I found my angus flat iron steak to be tough with an odd flavor. Just didn't much care for it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    we had great food, ribs and drunken chicken. Our seat was upstairs, at the window and the noise level was perfect. Downstairs had a live band. We really enjoyed our dinner and night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Spot
    KSteel
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    It's a decent bun bun spot, I wouldn't reccommend coming on the solo. RSVP are not always honored at the time of the RSVP, due to lack of space.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service not so much
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Overall my food was fantastic! Everything that I had was delish! Great drinks as well. However we have reservations and did not get seated for a hour and a half. This was very upsetting as the host/manager forgot about us twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Husband Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Made reservations for dinner here, the food was fantastic!! Had a couple of drinks and that's what was the most expensive. The music was entertaining and wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One Word "LOVELY"
    jade1976
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We took our Dad here for Father's day. We had actually planned to take him for his birthday. Regardless we had a wonderful time. JoJo's is a jewel... a gem. Although the drinks weren't anything to write home about the food OMG was delicious and they give very generous portions. The service was fantastic and I have been raving about it to all my friends. The music was great!!! I can't wait to go back. It's a nice little spot. A little small but quaint!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the ribs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Ribs only come around once a month - get them and ask for some extra sauce.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live music
    Donniewade
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Calling all adults? Fun friendly service with good food but small / intement for a romantic feel for dinner. Live jazz earlier then 10pm a new band graced the stage with some old time favorites Jazz & R&B!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 280 reviews are from the JoJo Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Hidden Gem!
    SweetG
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I bumped upon this place and decided to eat here with a girlfriend on an early Sunday evening. The food was great (I had Seabass, she had Drunken Chicken), service was great (very prompt and attentive waitresses), prices were reasonable and there was even a cool jazzy band that played at 8pm--not too loud so you could still here each other talk.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoJo
    SMcLaughlinVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was good. It took longer than expected for my table to receive entrees. The cajun spice on the Chicken/Shrimp was slightly overpowering, but not horrible. Was surprised by the bone in the chicken when it was supposed to be breast. Looked like a leg bone but it was white meat which probably meant shoulder bone or similiar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Although the restaurant is small. It's very quaint! This place was a really nice find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice...
    CeeCee
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was amazing! The service was exceptionally slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoJo's a gem!
    bernienrollie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    First time at JoJo's celebrating a birthday....ate upstairs where we could hear the music, talk and enjoy our meal. On recommendation of Melanie, our waitress, we both had the ribs and they were excellent....and Melanie is the jewel in the crown. Her manner with guests, her short conversations with us and her welcoming spirit made the dinner special....as did the birthday surprise of Tiramisu with a candle. If you are looking for a spot on U street, try JoJo's and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jo Jo's is a Gem
    LoSiBlMe
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Being out-of-towners, we were totally unfamiliar with restaurants in the DC area, and we needed a reasonably priced place with special food for a family celebration. We searched on Open Table and came on Jo Jo's. Many of the other restaurants had food that was too unfamiliar, exotic or spicy for the two elderly grandmothers. Jo Jo's menu seemed to have something for everyone. We dropped off most of our party and found an underground parking lot a short walk away. We were seated upstairs. The wait staff was so attentive and everyone really enjoyed their food. If you are sensitive to spicy food, ask about it before you order. Some of the food was spicier than expected, but everyone enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, OK Atmosphere
    businessfoodie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I attended Jojo's for a business dinner and had requested a quiet table on the 2nd floor. The special request did get to the host for the evening, but my request was not able to be honored because of a private party. The host explained this and sat us at a quiet table near the bar. The food was pretty good, and the service was friendly. As far as what is available on U Street, this place had a little less to offer as far as the eclectic nature of the U Street area. The jazz was pleasant and not overwhelming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Girls Night
    Cameron
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We headed to Jojo for our girls night out. The food was amazing, service was fast, and our server was able to split our checks with ease which I really appreciate. I always have a great time at Jojo. The only down side is we didn't get to sit downstairs but since we had a lot of catching up to do we didn't mind so much (plus you could hear the music upstairs and there was a TV so we could see the band playing.) We'll be back again for sure!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Although I requested downstairs seating when I reserved my table, upon arrival I received upstairs seating. But the food and excellent service made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we walked out
    hck2VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The place seems to be run by total incompetents. We had to walk out. As we left other patrons were complaining about food, service, etc.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love Jojo's
    Bridgewater
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been to Jojo's about 3times, and each time I am impressed. The food is great, always cooked to perfection. The service is awesome as well. They have Live bands playing...they set the mood perfectly and give a very chill vibe. Pricing is also a plus, as well as location. The only disturbance is the size of the space. It can get really cramped, and a bit too personal for comfort. If they could adjust the seating, I would give 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ernie Luv JoJo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was awesome the band was the best I ever heard .I was there May 10 the best experience I ever had I got there at nine stayed until closed. When in DC again I will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1920's / New Orleans Charm
    JmarmolinaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The southern food with the jazz music and cool ambience made for a great date night. We grabbed a high top table in the back by the bar and could enjoy the music while still being able to hear each other. Would definitely go back. I had the seafood pasta and my date had the lamb chops. If we go back I'M getting the lamb chops because I had a taste and they were wonderful. Remember to tip the band on your way out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good atmosphere, Live music
    smish
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Really enjoyed it. Good food, Great service and live music always a great combination!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    KoolK
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My Wife and I enjoyed the dinner, I rate the Food a 10. It was our Wedding Anniversary that night we went to dinner. The Music made it a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.