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JoJo Restaurant and Bar

324 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Late-night Find

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JoJo Restaurant and Bar serves contemporary American cuisine and an interesting drinks selection during Happy Hour which is between 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The ambience of JoJo Restaurant and Bar is a fusion of the 1920s era and the modern, hip musical scene. Patrons can enjoy live musical entertainment with their meals here. Specials at JoJo include the bourbon salmon and the pollo boscaiola, which is seared chicken with cream cognac sauce. The dessert specials include apple tartlet and gelato with fresh berries. Sunday brunches at JoJo Restaurant and Bar are special as a live jazz band performance is held. The brunch special drinks include Bloody Mary, raspberry lemonade and freshly brewed tea.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Sunday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
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Phone number
(202) 319-9350
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dario Enrico Garioni
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Private party facilities
Please contact the restaurant for more information.
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Private party contact
Ben Kibour: (202) 319-9350
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Cross street
15th St NW & U St NW
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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.
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Public transit
Green/Yellow Line, U Street Metro, 13th St. exit
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Tuesday830 PM - 12:30 PM
Enjoy an exotic serving of Jazz, by T.J Turpman Trio

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

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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

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

10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Enjoy the Jazzy reggae vibes of the Inspiration Band!
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 324 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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luvyourrestraunt (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 3, 2014

Excellent restaurant with excellent service. Had a wonderful time.

Ibcrabby (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 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.

mskdub (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 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!

Postbabyjazz (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on July 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.

Flube (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 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

BexTerefe (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 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)

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 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.

luvgr8food (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on July 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.

kagfood (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 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.

kamcl (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 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!

Haysie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 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

Jeanclaude (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2014

Great place and service. Price quality perfect and club ambiance!

Foodie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 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.

MrnMs (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 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.

Customer12 (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

The food was really good, but the server's attitude was what ruined the experience.

Soul (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 28, 2014

Food took 45 min to come out. Music was great, great setting and good food.

satxsp (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on June 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

vipWestAlexDiner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 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.

KSteel (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 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.