Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg
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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We asked for silverware from our waiter and it took >15 minutes. Prior to the 15 min mark, I went to the bartender to request silverware and he said, "you'll have to get it from the waiter..." Bar drinks took far too long and our order of sauvignon blanc was substituted for chardonnay. I am hoping it was an off night...
I appreciate the half price burgers on Tuesday. Got us in the door. Stella Artois, just the right temperature. Surprised to see someone vaping at the bar, near our seats (hi-tops in the middle of the bar booth area). Over all ambience was fine. Could use some acoustical treatment. And while your at it, some live music would be nice.
The punkin (it is an N) ale had nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar around the rim of the glass - nice touch, really tasty. Everyone enjoyed their meals and appetizers. We were there at 8pm on a Monday, quiet, relaxing ambiance.
We frequently eat at this NYAJ, because of the great food, good service a d friendly staff. Victoria was our server, and he made this visit exceptional. She is friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and has a great memory. She remembered our standard drink order.
The food was VERY mediocre.
The food is always excellent and Victoria always takes such good care of us!
All was good expect the margherita pizza, which was a disappointing, soggy mess. I am even wondering if canned tomatoes were used instead of fresh ones. I will never order this again.
Nice night out with grandma and kids. Service was a bit slow at the end.
To improve: service was slow for refills, had to ask others to find our waitress to receive our check.
Food was not good, very overpriced, slow service
Took forever for drink order to arrive. Like 25+ minutes for a beer, glass of wine, and 2 sodas. Had to remind our waiter a few times.
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. ☹️
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.
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!
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.
Can be fun place for sure!
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.
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.
Tried NYAJ Sunday brunch. EXCELLENT! Food was delicious, except The brioche French toast. Only cooked on on side, kind of soggy. Otherwise, great value!
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.
Great food and service. Happy hour menu is limited
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.
The burger was amazing. We saw someone at another table eating and we were not disappointed? Cheesesteak egg roll appetizers.... amazing!
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.
Has a great variety of dishes. Something to please everyone!
I will echo these same sentiments to their social media page thru messenger. VERY dissatisfied!!!
Excellent dinner as always!
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.
Food is amazing. Love the summer specials. Prices a comparable to other restaurants in the area.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Food is always amazing. Love the specials. Service is excellent.
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.
Been a long time since I've ordered a 3 course meal and had it all come out at the same time
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!
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.
Great place! Went here on a whim after going to a tasting. So nice! Will be back for sure.