Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
From our famous focaccia and dipping oil, to our legendary pizza, salads, and sandwiches, we offer something for everyone at Not Your Average Joe's. Come in for fan favorites like our Mustard Crusted Chicken or Steak Tips, stay for the extended list of wines, craft beer, and crafted cocktails. We serve an extensive gluten free menu, happy hour, weekend brunch, and have full-service lunch and dinner 7 days a week in the dining room or bar area.

Not Your Average Joe's in Gaithersburg is a family-style restaurant that offers a sports bar area as well as a main dining room. Our restaurant sits in the beautiful Kentlands Square, minutes from Seneca Creek State Park and Eisenhower Memorial Highway (I-270). Enjoy dinner with us, and a movie at Paragon Theaters, or shop at Whole Foods Gaithersburg, and grab a bite after. The options are endless in the neighborhood - and on the menu!



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F
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Went for brunch. Selections and preparations excellent. Food delicious. Complimentary drinks with meal a good value. Waiter not as attentive as NYAJ staff usually are, even avoided/looked away if eye contact made. ☹️

WR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I have been to this location about a year or two ago. This time around, it was four of us. My friend made a comment ”more like below average joe.” The food was okay to bad. No one finished their meals. The bread normally served before the meal was cold and hard. Maybe it was may fault because I hyped up the bread before folks got to restaurant. We ordered dessert and the waiter brought out 4 small plates, only to find some smashed fries at the bottom of the last set of dishes. Our waiter was good so thankfully no complaints there.

Don't know if I will be back anytime soon.

RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at this location several times and have always enjoyed my meal. Service has always been terrific the food is excellent and I thoroughly enjoy coming to this location. I first heard of not your average Joe’s from my son who lives in Virginia when we used to go to the location in Virginia and always had a fabulous meal as well as in Gaithersburg!

c
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The food has gone downhill. My food was cold, my wife's food was served in a 1/4 sheet pan, burnt, crammed on and missing sides. I should not have to bring this to the waiters attention. It never should have left the kitchen like that. Its so disappointing to see so much clutter on the service line (staff beverages, personal bag, dirty plates) in an open concept kitchen. Sadly this will probably be the last time I visit a business I used to admire for its cleanliness and food quality. I am more than disappointed, I am angry.

r
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Can be fun place for sure!

SN
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service was SLOW. We were not checked on for beverage refills. The crusted goat cheese salad was supposed to have warm cheese on it. It was ice cold. When we complained, we were told they would make new cheese balls. They brought out the same ones; barely warm. My salmon, which I wanted cooked through rather than seared, was dry as a bone. I will probably think twice before going back. Oh, but the focaccia bread was good.

FF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, NYAJ's was great! Our meals were delicious, and the kitchen perfectly addressed each of several requested dietary modifications. Our server was wonderful and an ideal role model for the new employee shadowing her. Having asked for a quiet table - which can be a challenge at this restaurant - we were given a booth where we easily were able to hear each other talk. As regular patrons since it opened seven years ago, Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg has never disappointed.

F
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried NYAJ Sunday brunch. EXCELLENT! Food was delicious, except The brioche French toast. Only cooked on on side, kind of soggy. Otherwise, great value!

w
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was terrific. The patio is very comfortable and welcoming. The food was good but need a few more vegetarian choices. Activity level was high but it was a Friday night.

t
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Happy hour menu is limited

M
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food was delicious. Our service was particularly outstanding. Our server, whose name I can't remember, was outstanding, and so were the other staff.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burger was amazing. We saw someone at another table eating and we were not disappointed? Cheesesteak egg roll appetizers.... amazing!

DF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Despite reservation, no table available when we arrived at time of reservation. 20 min wait to get table.

3-4 min wait once seated for waitress to stop by. Excessive time elapsed before order taken (15+ min) Food arrived in reasonable time frame.

Liked the food.

MO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Has a great variety of dishes. Something to please everyone!

a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I will echo these same sentiments to their social media page thru messenger. VERY dissatisfied!!!

M
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner as always!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and restaurant. I’ve been here a lot and I usually have great service but this time the waitress was short and unfriendly. It took a long time just to get drinks. We had to pull another waitress over (who was great) but we got stuck with the original waitress with a puss on her face all night. She got everything right with the food but we did have to reminder her twice about our second round of drinks. Maybe it was just a bad night for her.

G
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. Love the summer specials. Prices a comparable to other restaurants in the area.

LB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The meals off the special menu were very disappointing. The manager comped the poke bowl...it was soggy, but there was barely any dressing, however, the cucumbers were drenched in pickling liquid, and apparently pickled ginger is considered a vegetable, by its prominence.
Similarly, the lobster roll, typically very well executed at Joe's was made from lobster crumbs, not chunks. Delicious but not worth the price.
The meals off the house menu were very good and up to the standards we've come to expect from Not Your Average Joe's.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service and support ever!!! VALERIE IS AMAZING! Try your best to get seated in her section. She sings and everything! (Just one song, it won't hurt! She has a lovely voice!) I tried the Herb crusted cod, but it wasn't a good fit for my taste buds or tummy. I didn't mention it and was going to take the loss. Valerie noticed and asked, "What's wrong? You didn't like it. Let me get you something you'll like." Absolutely amazing! I truly appreciated her automatic care, concern and attention to our needs as patrons. Like magic, I had the wonderful Caribbean Chicken Tenders, prepared perfectly to order! My out of town guest was impressed and also appreciated the caring attentive service, all around. Try NYAJ the next time your in the mood for an excellent dining experience! Thank you again Valerie! See you soon.

KT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Waited over 10 minutes to be greeted by the server and that was only due to us flagging down the hostess to let her know.

LW
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was great, and our waitress was friendly and attentive with refills. Only complaint was that the cheesesteak egg rolls appeared to be half filled. They were delicious, but it was a bit disappointing to find that only half was full!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were excellent! The shrimp scampi was a great twist on the entree. Joe's strawberry shortcake was superb! Paige was a great server and made it perfect.

G
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing. Love the specials. Service is excellent.

MW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We had six people in our group and none of them had anything good to say about their food. This was very unusual as our previous visits were often raved about. My meal was the pulled pork sandwich and it was very disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Been a long time since I've ordered a 3 course meal and had it all come out at the same time

WI
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here many times (as well as gotten take-out) and love the food and the ambiance. We were even impressed this time because we arrived a half hour before they were to open and because of the heat were invited to come inside to wait rather than having to sit outside!

S
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were a party of eight. I had made a reservation and our table was set up per specifications, ine booster seat and two in need of gluten free food. Everyone found the food delicious, but most importantly the 2 adults with Celiac disease had no adverse reaction to any of the food. Service was excellent, and food was delivered promtly. The only criticism would be the noise level made conversation difficult, but not impossible.

OT
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Went here on a whim after going to a tasting. So nice! Will be back for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Farewell to a colleague

NY
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. The waiter was attentive and got everything right.

AM
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 1

Our server was great but the food was tasteless and boring.

M
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was good. The lobster roll was tasty. The Sangria was not so good.

t
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was decent. I love coming to this place. The happy hour is so good! They even had a taco special for Tuesday’s.

SM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Several people at our table got various burgers and they mixed up all the temperatures. Waited forever for condiments. Impossible to get beverages refreshed.

T
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, most everything made in-house. Good service and atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Sad that they changed the gluten free rolls/bread. That was a highlight.

IR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was beautiful when you walk in but the side area near the bar could use something a little extra. We were sitting in the corner booth and it was a little dingy and the table wobbled.

CD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, decent prices and our server was so nice and a sweet person. It’s was our first time there and it was for Father’s Day and we will come back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a health scare during brunch (Stroke). Staff were extremely helpful when EMT’s arrived to help get me into the ambulance. I’m extremely grateful to all. Because of the rapid response by everyone, I got transported quickly to the hospital and received treatment. Luckily, I have no lasting problems and should be back to my regular self in a few weeks. Thanks again for the help and support your staff provided, and my wife and I apologize if it made other customers uncomfortable during this whole episode.

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