Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg
Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg

Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/
  • Phone: (240) 477-1040
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

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  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg
At Not Your Average Joe's, we build like we cook: creatively, from scratch, with guests in mind. One look at the renderings of our new Gaithersburg restaurant, and you'll see what we mean.
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Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (122)great for outdoor dining (90)good for groups (83)fit for foodies (74)great for lunch (74)kid-friendly (58)special occasion (50)vibrant bar scene (46)hot spot (38)great for brunch (27)late-night find (18)notable wine list (15)romantic (10)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    SteakLoverVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was the first time we visited this restaurant and we were so impressed that we will return soon. While waiting for our table ( a short wait), we were offered free appetizers. Within a few minutes we were seated at our table. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable, and I took his suggestion for the cassoulet. It was delicious and way more than I could eat (plenty left over for the next day). My husband had the personal pizza and he enjoyed his too. When we told our waiter this was our first time at the restaurant he gave us some quick background information and gave us a first time visitor coupon for a return visit which we will be sure to use. Near the end of our meal, the manager visited our table to check on us and introduce himself. We were quite impressed. It was a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is always great, but the server was dry .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The server was unenthusiastic, but the food was great and the atmosphere was really nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We love Not Your Average Joe's! Always impressed with the service and food. On the rare occasion something comes out wrong, it is quickly remedied. Delicious once again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Betsy
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    NYAJ NEVER disappoints. Plus, the specials menu is so innovative, with interesting combinations, both with food and drink. You can tell that everyone cares -- from the minute you walk in the door until they warmly wish you a good day/evening when you leave. I can't recommend Not Your Average Joes enough!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family of three
    anniversary
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Waitress was amicable at the beginning once we placed our order she completely disappear, we had to call manager to get her. We paid the bill and left immediately. Unfortunately we noticed later that she was all over a table of ten people, for that reason we left leaving her less than 18% gratuity. We may be only three but if you treated us well we could give you a really good tip. Her lost. Other than that food was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party of 8
    Debbie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our table was not ready until about 20 minutes after the time of our reservation. There just aren't many large tables at NYAJ's. Once we were seated, everything was great! We will certainly come back...we'll just plan ahead to spend some time in the bar while we wait.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to expectations
    kcdreams
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I figured this place would have "not your average food" and it lived up to it's name. I picked it to ensure that everyone in our party had a chance to pick something they would like. We had 2 foodies and one more conservative palate. We all enjoyed our main dishes. They are prepared fresh, have vibrant and unusual combinations of flavors for the more "signature pieces." The tried and true like sirloin tips were very tasty and well prepared. The foodies also had a thing for French onion soup and Not Your Average was very disappointing. However, the main dishes and desserts made up for it. Definitely would recommend giving it a shot. I'd go again seasonally to see what's special on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Found my new favorite
    Ladiesnightout
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Girls night was never about the food. It was about getting together with lifelong friends. Now that we have found NYAJ's.....it will be about the food. Best veggie burger ever.....and ran into more friends at the bar. It felt like home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little too much attention...
    TulaneMom20878
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We stopped in with friends for dessert after a football game. We come here often and always enjoy the whole experience, food and ambiance. Friday night was no different except that we literally couldn't finish a sentence without one of the waiters inquiring if everything was ok. I like attention, who doesn't? But this was a bit excessive. Probably because it was late and not too busy? I'm not "complaining" just making an observation. My key lime pie was delicious and all the wait staff ARE super pleasant and accommodating! We will continue to visit our "neighborhood gem" often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New down hill run??
    mammabear
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    No stranger verage Joes, where previous visits were great. However, noticeable (negative) changes on this past Friday have me concerned this restaurant's past glory may be headed in a downhill run. I sincerely hope not, we frequent several times a month with our family. That would be a loss to the Kentlands neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • favorite restaurant
    LaurieM
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have been to Joe's numerous times. I can honestly say that only one time did we have a less than terrific meal, and after sending a note to the manager, they made sure that we were well- taken care of. This is simply one of our favorite places to go to- no matter for lunch or dinner, any day. Whenever we are feeling stressed or just need to go for a good meal, our choice is always Joe's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love NYAJ but today's food was poor
    MaryKerlin
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I love NYAJ. However, today I had the steak sandwich and was disappointed for the first time. This dish was sloppy and hard to eat neatly. The wrap was very chewy and it made a mess to chew a bite off. I used knife and fork on the wrap and it almost wouldn't cut. I ended up eating the delicious steak and vegetables inside, then tore the wrap into small bites and ate them last. I will not get this dish again. The steak inside was fantastic, but it was a sloppy unpleasant presentation to eat from. The fries had a great garlic topping, along with whole cooked cloves of garlic. I just wish they weren't as greasy fried more than normal. I will come back to NYAJ again and again, but I will not try this dish. Their first off day?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Food,Happy Friends
    Foodlover
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We met some friends at NYAJs with whom we had been looking forward to catching up. Our waiter was new, helpful,knowledgable about the food and efficient. We had time to talk and to enjoy both the food and each other! The drinks and the delicious bread prepared us for what was to come. All four of us ordered from the specials of the night and we were all pleased. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEVER LETS ME DOWN
    Betsy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Lunch or dinner; weekdays or weekends -- always great! From when you walk in the door and are greeted like a friend to when you're bid farewell after a wonderful meal, Not Your Average Joe's hits the mark every single time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodfun
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    great find.been goibng since it opened. don't like the one in Hyannis, but Gaithersburg is awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Dishes with Great Quality
    Galagoyo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's has taken traditional dishes and put their own unique spin on them. At first, some of the menu options may seem like an unlikely combination of foods that are known to be good, but aren't usually eaten together. The result, however, is amazing. This is what Not Your Average Joe's does best, create innovative dishes that taste fantastic. Combine this with great service, an extensive menu including customizable pizzas, and an insanely good olive oil mixture to go with fresh focaccia bread while your food is being prepared, and you have a fantastic restaurant. Also, if you are a vegetarian, fear not, Not Your Average Joe's has multiple vegetarian menu options and versions of dishes, as well as a homemade veggie burger.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average food and issues with servic
    Dtrak
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It took ages for our server to come by. She surprised us with bread because another server had told us the bread was backlogged 45minutes. They have bottomless lemonade for $2.99 but you can tell they just use a syrup for flavoring. We food was ok, but kind of bland. Probably won't be coming back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved It
    Linzy
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    NYAJ is one of my favorite restaurants! Always have a great experience here. Love the bread and oil, so yummy! Great food, great service, can't say enough good things about this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at NYAJ
    AverageJaneVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    As usual we enjoyed our meal at NOt Your Average Joes. We first enjoyed our drinks, a margarita for me and a spiced sangria for my friend. We ordered some wings -both the buffalo and the chili lime wings and they were just delicious. I had the cranberry turkey dinner which was delicious and my friend had the flounder which was also good. We will be back for some more delicious food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great scratch-made food
    Mere
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've been here 3 times and all have been great! Unlimited bread and dipping oil is always a hit with any group. I've had sandwiches, salads and entrees and they have all been perfectly seasoned and cooked. We sat outside this most recent time which was nice. Don't come here expecting a quick lunch, we were there for an hour before the checks arrived. It probably would have been faster but everyone wanted separate checks. Still worth the wait for a nice time out. The food itself comes relatively quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    DaveNBettyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We have been to NYAJs numberous times. We always like it. Reservations actually WORK there. The food is good and the service has always been awesome. They change their menu for special times of the year. It's Octoberfest now so we ordered from their Octoberfest menu and it was delish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staff was excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Nice atmosphere, great staff! Though the food was quite tasty, the helpings really are incredibly large.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • C- (a bit below "average")
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    NYAJ's has potential but didn't make the grade on this, our first, visit. Pork was well seasoned but overcooked= dry, sirloin tips were supposed to be medium rare-medium but were delivered well, mustard chicken review was "just okay, kinda greasy". Our server had been delivering great service until he delivered the food and went MIA for 10 minutes, during which time we decided to eat rather than continue to wait for him. When he finally showed and asked how we liked our food we shared feedback on pork & sirloin tips being overcooked. His response, "Oh, how about those sides though?" Seriously?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A slip, but not the usual experince
    RobertoVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We like to eat at NYAJ's a couple of times a month & always find the food very good, plus the service good. This week there was a slip--our appetizers arrived more slowly than usual, and then less than 5 minutes later the main courses were brought out. We gave up on the appetizers and just settled for the main courses. These were good, except for the vegetable sides that were roasted to the point of being dry. -- Not our average dining experience. We'll be back, but hopefully this review will alert the management to double check their processes for food delivery/timing, and pay more attention to details like vegetable sides.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as usual
    carguy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was a family birthday celebration. Very good food and wine/cocktail choices for the entire party. This has been our "go-to" restaurant of late.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed is an Understatement!
    diningfortwo
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food took 45 minutes to get to our table. When it did arrive the filling in the manicotti was moldy...gross!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid experience
    EinstrVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been repeated customers to thus restaurant and understand when new help arrives it can be challenging. We had to wait about 20 min before we were recognized but the management did recognize the issue and once identified, tried to address the issue. Not the best experience but certainly not the worst.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service but fair food
    Queenie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times and I think the food is not the same quality as before. The wait staff are very nice and enhanced the evening but I don't think we'll return. Too expensive for Just an okay meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Variety of delicious choices.
    Birthday
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    NYAJ is a great place to go with family, friends, or a date night. Delicious food with great service every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding customer service
    chrisbram
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    One of the members of our party could not eat spicy food, and her pork dish was too seasoned for her taste. The manager came over, insisted on having another meal prepared for her, and didn't charge her for either. The food was excellent--the customer service was incredible!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good. Service was great.
    David
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    One of the top choices for food in kentlands. Kids meals are a good deal and are real food. Service was very attentive and fast. Dealt with all my special requests (3 kids...) quickly and graciously.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice afternoon
    Hungry
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We came to Not Just Your Average Joe's for my daughter's birthday. The choice was hers. Everyone had a different dish: lamb sliders, a hamburger, salmon and chicken piccata. The dishes were enjoyed by all. The waitress was very attentive. No one's soft drink glass ever got empty. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always good
    DonaldVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    great menu...great service and nice gluten free options....a must if you are in the area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the best I've had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I tried your crab cake BLT, but it wasn't great. My eldest son also ordered it and his was cold. I loved the previous 2 times that I had eaten at your restaurant, so maybe I was expecting too much. My sandwich was too mushy/soft...just not on the delicious side like the entrees were the last times I had eaten there. My other son LOVED the soup, but not so much the turkey sandwich (that was dry). I still LOVE your bread and garlic butter spread though!! That's the best!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambiance Great - Food OK
    Niff1010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is at least our eighth visit in the past couple years to NYA Joe's in Gaithersburg. Our family really enjoys the atmosphere, the high quality service and care, the bread and olive oil dip, and their selection of non-alcoholic drinks (Arnold Palmer, Rasberry Lime Rickey, etc.). The food is good but not great. We will definitely be back (hopefully soon).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    EventsDiva
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was a birthday dinner and the service was terrible. We waited about 5 minutes for initial drinks, waiter took our appetizer and food order when we received our drinks. Another waiter came with our food/apps but did not know where to go, so he gave our apps to a table next to us (appareantly we both ordered the same app). He took the food back as I watched our food get pushed around from one side of the counter to another. I watched as servers were in the back laughing/talking, all the while we are still watiing for apps and food. I was finally able to get the attention of another waiter and explained what happened. They apologized, got the manager, who comped our apps and brought out fresh food. Unfortunately, not a good experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They get it & Gluten free smart
    EZGoinDinerover55
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Energetic in a positive way. Equal attention to menu selection, preparation, service, and attention to details. Reasonable price point. We also have a family member who needs gluten free options and they have a GF menu and are savvy. We are repeat customers dining in, out, carry out or bar. It is a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique, Comfortable, Well-priced
    TheChambos
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were looking for something for date night that was unique, casual and not too expensive. Not Your Average Joe's fit the bill perfectly. We found the menu interesting and look forward to going back to try other things. The Ahi Tuna salad needed fewer salad greens, more seaweed and the mango slaw needed more pizazz but it was still pretty good. The cobb salad was one of the best my husband has had - he especially enjoyed the large warm slabs of fresh bacon. The tomato tart was really superb for an appetizer. I thought the non-alcohohlic drink choices were really amazing - to have an entire list of fancy drinks such as mojitos and spritzers with fresh berries was such a treat. Great place for special diets (glutenfree, vegan, etc).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    EatOutAllTheTime
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Went here for a birthday celebration. Had the sirloin tips. There was a lot of food and it was all excellent. We sat outside in very ample patio area. Service was great too. The prices were a little high for a neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Meal
    FamilyM
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    NYAJ's always has a seasonal menu and change it frequently, utilizing local ingredients if possible. It was another meal we all enjoyed tremendously. The seafood chowder was exceptional (although it sounds like a stew, it was actually shrimp, mussels and cod in a light tomato brother served over pasta!) and the main course salad. Server was alert and attentive, but not intrusive. Noise level is always a little higher than preferred because of the restaurant layout. Would never say it is a romatic or special occasion restaurant, but serves consistently good food with a changing menu. Wish they offered brunch -- it would be a real winner!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate