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) 477-1040x
  • 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
191 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (128)great for outdoor dining (101)good for groups (80)great for lunch (75)fit for foodies (70)kid-friendly (61)special occasion (48)vibrant bar scene (44)hot spot (33)great for brunch (22)late-night find (15)notable wine list (12)romantic (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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.
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  • Loved It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Cook Tonight
    Simone
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It is so nice to have a neighborhood restaurant that serves healthy, seasonal food in a pleasant environment. You can select anything from a light meal to a full dinner. Their bread and dipping sauce is outstanding. The wait staff is efficient and always willing to help. We enjoy going for a planned dinner or at the spur of the moment for drinks and snacks. A great addition to the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolute Gem
    KenD1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This has quickly become a hidden gem in the area. The food and service are top level and the price is incredible. The selections that the waiters make are spot on and the times that we have gone there were seating available. The ambience has a nice casual feel to it and knowing that if we needed to change something particular in the order that it could be done only further enhanced our dining experience. I would gladly call this our favorite restaurant from now on.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Good
    purple20
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Made reservations earlier in the day. Got there early and was seated immediately. Waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and specials for the day. Our food was hot when served and very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way Above average
    vivvie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's definitely lives up to its name. The food was excellent, fresh, made-to-order. We like that you use fresh, local vegetables. Also, your take-home containers are cardboard and recyclable. Just a great dining experience all around. Our server was attentive but not intrusive and he took our request to have the music volume turned down. I only wish I had brought a home-grown tomato for the contest (which was Sat). We dined on Sunday. But when I asked how the contest went, it was discovered that no one participated! Maybe if I had my tomato even though it was Sunday, I might have "won" by default! A $100 gift card would have been the icing on top of a great time at Not Your Average Joe's!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anytime spot
    ThorLokismom
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I have eaten here for a quick lunch with a friend, a reunion of 15 high school friends, anniversary celebrations, birthdays, dinner dates with my husband and just to grab a quick salad while running errands. NYAJ serves all these types of meals, and the staff is friendly and welcoming all the time. I've never waited more than 10 minutes for a table, and everything seems to be well run. The food is amazing... something for everyone from a basic salad and soup to fancier fare. This is our go-to spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Betsy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Another great dinner! I feel at home the minute I walk in the door. Drinks were great; my steak was absolutely perfect. The staff is friendly, professional and fast. Always a great, great expreience. Thank you so, so much!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another excellent meal
    Snax69
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This place gets better every time we go. The food is outstanding. You can taste the freshness and the "This was made just for me" that goes into each plate. We brought guests from out of town with us and they had a great experience. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    4eva21VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant with good food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a variety!
    Robsmm
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've eaten here several times now and I just love the food. I had a puff pastry with tomato and zucchini baked in it with a spring salad on top with a delicious dressing. It was perfect for a warm summer day. I love the drinks they have too, I had a lovely pomegranate concoction that was quite refreshing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Lobster Roll
    RonGVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife loves their annual lobster roll special. The manager was kind enough to reserve one for her, because quantities are limited. The fresh lemonade is our afternoon drink of choice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snyders
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's is awesome! The food is really good and is changed up all the time. The attention to detail is incredible, even in the cocktails--well-balanced-kinda-good! It's pretty when it comes to the table, its delicious going down! Thank you for an awesome meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Service was slower than usual. And it took a very long time for our plates to be cleared once we finished eating. Our waitresses' "helper" was very attentive to the table next to ours but didn't give enough attention to us when it was time to clear away our plates.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food!
    drinksNfood
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was excellent, the server was on top of everything! I think this place will be a monthly hit for us!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch on the patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very noisy due to being in the entrance to the shopping center. Food has been better in the past but the burgers were very poor. Greasy. Think twice before ordering.
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  • Surprise!
    Tess
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We discovered NYAJ's several months ago and couldn't believe our luck. The food is delicious, the service is uber friendly, and, so far, we've never had to wait long for a table. The monthly specials are truly "special," and even the non-specials are unique (the "Nacho Average Nachos" are the best we've ever had!). The prices are reasonable, but one tiny suggestion I would make is to fill the wine glasses a bit more--or use smaller glasses. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen was closed for reservation
    Olneyroxx
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We made a reservation for 7 on Open Table for 8:45pm (this was the first available time). We arrived and the staff told us the kitchen was closed. They did confirm we had a reservation for 8:45pm, but again stated the kitchen was closed. Considering we had waited over 2 hours for the reservation, my party was disappointed (and hungry) to say the least.
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  • Dependable
    Karen
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food at NYAJ has remained consistently good in the 2 years it has been open in this location. We arrived early for our reservation and there were plenty of open booths, but they were dirty. It seems there may have been a staffing issue that night? We actually ate in the bar area which was fine. The focaccia was good, but not warmed as it has been in the past. The Korean B-b-que ribs appetizer was very good. The chopped salad was fine, but not amazing. The ahi tuna in that salad was done very nicely. The sangria was a real disappointment. Great price for the pitcher, but it just tasted like carbonated rose wine. Spend a little time and get it right.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate