JoJo Restaurant and Bar

13 Mar

Location: 1518 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009

I purchased a Groupon for this restaurant a few months back and finally decided to use it over the weekend. My boyfriend, myself, and two of our friends made a reservation for Friday night (on the assumption it would be quite busy).

Location/Atmosphere: The restaurant is located across the street from Cake Love Café, and about two blocks away from the U Street/Cardozo metro station. While it has two floors, we sat on the ground floor to be near the music. This particular night, there was a Latin band. While the music was loud, we could still hear each other at the table. The band was great, as was the feeling in the restaurant.

Service: We arrived a half hour before our reservation and were seated right away. The waitress was helpful, friendly and quick. I had no desire to strangle her which is hard to come by nowadays.

The Food: Theo boys ordered Jager bombs and us ladies order the Jojo rum punch. It was a bit too strong but once we let the ice melt, it was pretty tasty. We ordered calamari and spinach dip as our appetizers. We all agreed that the spinach dip was one of the best we ever had, and I’ve eaten A LOT of spinach dip in my life. For our entrees we ordered the Herb Grilled Salmon, JoJo Lobster Ravioli, Red Snapper and Cajun Chicken Pasta. I have a severe shellfish allergy which meant I could not taste the ravioli or snapper (topped with shrimp). I absolutely LOVED my pasta. It was spicy, flavorful and not too heavy. My friends all enjoyed their food as well which can sometimes be tricky.

Would I recommend it?: Indeed I would. Once the weather gets warmer, I expect we will frequent this restaurant. Even if it’s just for a drink and spinach dip. I give it a score of 4.5/5.

Note: When using the Groupon, you cannot utilize any other special of the restaurant. This means no drink or dinner specials. Every entrée is priced at $22, regardless of the menu price reflects. This is not in the fine print, but should be.


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