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Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg

4.0
4
1891 Reviews
$30 and under
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, and have full-service lunch and dinner 6 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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7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (240) 477-1040

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jesse Williams

  • Catering

    We over our XL Style Party menu for large orders for the office, team, or whole family! Visit us online at nyaj.com/locations/maryland/gaithersburg/#/menu/ to see all of our menus, including our Party Menu!

  • Private party facilities

    We've hosted private parties of all types for the Gaithersburg community! From engagement and retirement parties to birthdays and business happy hours, we do it all. Call us at (240) 477-1040 to discuss options for your group.

  • Private party contact

    Jean Pierre Chaviano: (844) 244-4248

  • Neighborhood

    Gaithersburg

  • Cross street

    Booth Street

  • Parking details

    Parking in the Kentlands features free, public lots, including one right outside our door!

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Maryland - DC Suburbs

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  1. T

    Teacher

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was great for the entire meal. He even left us alone when we wanted him to.
  2. W

    Wali

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Ordered the jambalaya, wasn't as tasty as it was pre Covid days. It was my first time going there in over two years. The burger was very delicious and so was the mustard crusted chicken. The service was great.
  3. R

    Renee

    Washington DC

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of three friends. Our food was delicious: tomato soup, crab cakes, veggie burger.... The service was delightful..It just could not have been any better!
  4. CR

    CarolR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    The appetizers came out with the meal - some of the hot food was cold - there was a pungent seafood smell - I have been to seafood restaurants many times and have not had such a visceral reaction to the smell ever before. The waitress was very good and really tried but the overall experience will not have me or my friends back to the restaurant.
  5. NV

    NancyV

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The food was just ok. The menu seemed small The chicken sandwich was under seasoned.
  6. j

    juggdining

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good, service was great & it was nice & quiet.
  7. G

    Gymrat56

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our dinners came out exactly as ordered. I had a deconstructed pulled pork sandwich as I didn’t want the roll. It was delicious snd perfect. My husband had a burger with cheddar and caramelized onions. Cooked medium just as ordered. Newly trained Corey checked back with us frequently. The only negative was the torn seat covers in the booths. One was worse than the next.
  8. R

    Robin

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Hostess was clearly doing other things & was bothered by having to check us in - we came in earlier than our reservation & wanted to have a drink in the bar while waiting for our friend. Bartender Kaitlyn was great!! Super knowledgeable & made great drinks. When our friend came went back to the hostess stand to ask if we could have a table in the bar….she was again busy making a table for a large group & ignored me. Finally someone else came up & helped us. Rating would have been a 5 if not for ether hostess , actually probably should have been a 3 overall, but we liked the bartender.
  9. RH

    RestaurantHaunter

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service and a nice spot for a date night.
  10. FH

    FrankHague

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Good place to grab a quick bite a reasonable price.
  11. K

    Kenny

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Waitress was very thoughtful and attentive, even brought a separate cheese-less bread dipping sauce for my wife without our asking. I had the fish and chips, which were somewhat overcooked and quite “bready.” When I was done, my plate was filled with fried dough that contained no fish. This is a quality restaurant, and I’m sure they will do better next time.
  12. BF

    BarbaraF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    I miss the old menu.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Waitress was wonderful. She was one of 2 working the entire restaurant. Chicken on salad was overcooked and dry.
  14. G

    Gastronomy

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was expensive and disappointing.
  15. C

    Craigs

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ate outside and it was wonderful!!!
  16. MJ

    MeganJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Only the bread was worth returning for. The quality has gone down greatly. The pasta and pizza were very salty.
  17. T

    Techsan68

    Washington DC

    178 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    178 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    My visit was not my best dining experience. I had the Impossible Burger. It came without trimmings -- no tomato, no lettuce, etc. Not worth the premium price. The draft beer was good. The service was fast and attentive. The restaurant decor was pedestrian -- it reminded me of a museum cafeteria.
  18. E

    Enjoygoodfoodandservice

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Quite a limited menu and the food was just not that good. Not planning to go back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Not like previous visits. Inadequate menu, very limited and different than prior visits. Nice but slow service. For the price there are other better options.
  20. JM

    JamesM

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Below Average Joe’s! I really wanted to enjoy this meal. Unfortunately the fundamentals just weren’t there. The disappointment begins as soon as you walk through the door as you are greeted with unpleasant smells. While difficult to describe it just smelled unclean. What did NOT greet you was a well staffed hostess stand. Walk into many other local restaurants (Bonefish, Coalfire, Outback, etc) and you are immediately greeted by one if not two smiling hostesses. At Joe’s the hostess seemed to be a manager who was absent. Back in the kitchen or busy managing something else. A properly staffed and managed restaurant knows the importance of not having a ‘jack of all and master on none’ trying to mismanage and disappoint. Next, the host asked us to wait while he insured our table was sanitized. Much appreciated. Except the table was sticky and didnt seem clean. My son informed me there was something sticky next to him in the booth. The table had a pronounced slope so the waitress cautioned us to be careful with our drinks so they don’t slide on the floor. She wasn’t kidding as throughout the meal we noted our glasses slipping towards the edge. Speaking of floor, there was a hunk of brick hard dried table bread under our table too. We went to the restrooms to wash ‘the sticky’ off my sons fingers and that was the end of any chance we would be returning. The bathroom was what I would expect from a downtown bar at 2am on a Saturday night. Smelly an unclean. It left you feeling as if the whole restaurant was dirty. The food itself might had been tolerable provided everything leading up to it wasn’t so repulsive. In real estate the 3 rules are location, location, location. In restaurants the 3 rules are presentation, presentation, presentation. The plating of the food was okay. But the restaurant itself did not present well. Smell, cleanliness, bathrooms, booth quality, the whole experience was bad. Overall the food was unremarkable. Waitress was superb!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portugal

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Found plastic in our salad
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    Sold out of all corned beef specials for St Patrick’s Day by 6:00 p.m. Out of Guinness, out of wine, out of fish. Poor, slow service—waited for check in excess of 20 minutes after asking for it multiple times and finally retrieved server from kitchen to pay it. We used to frequent NYAJ’s almost weekly for happy hour or as a family but feel that the quality, menu and service has declined steadily over the pandemic and not bounced back. Super disappointed we chose to go here for the holiday after a marketing email.
  23. K

    Kaygeesie

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    I am not one to write a bad review, however, our experience was not good. I made a reservation for St Patrick’s Day, we met another couple for dinner to celebrate, drink a Guinness and have a corned beef meal. My husband and I arrived first, we were greeted by a nice server, we told him we were waiting for another couple. We sat there waiting, hoping he would come back and ask us if we would like to order a drink while waiting, no, that didn’t happen. when our friends arrived, it was at least 10-15 mins before he came over ( restaurant was not busy) , ok we thought now we can order some drinks, we all asked for a Guinness , he politely looked at us and told us they were out of Guinness, seriously? Then he proceeded to tell us they were out of the corned beef dinners! Really? It’s St Patrick’s Day! So we left, it wasn’t the servers fault, he was a nice young man. Aside from all of that, the table was sticky and smelled like a dirty dish rag. We won’t be returning. I know that it’s still a tough time for restaurants, I just don’t understand what happened to that location, it use to be a place we looked forward to going to.
  24. GG

    GG55

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience1
    Our server was fantastic and the food was really good as well, but their front door doesn't work and every time someone came in or out, we got an arctic blast. We did move a bit farther away and squished five of us to a table for 4 which made the temperature a bit better, but we still got cold blasts and it still was not a relaxing eating experience.
  25. r

    robis

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great except we ate in the outside area and it was cold. The heaters were on but I don't think they all were working correctly.
  26. n

    nicksim

    Washington DC

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was first rate. Their New England Clam Chowder is as good as it gets, and my Tuna Poke' bowl was super. I think they're having trouble hiring wait staff because we did have to wait a bit. But, all in all, excellent.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was a great time, good service, food was very good, nice vibe & not crowded
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The restaurant was called when we arrived. Our appetizer came out timely but we asked the server to take her time in placing our salad and dinner order. I think she did however the kitchen delivered both salad and main entrée simultaneously. We were under the assumption that they would be staggered.
  29. DE

    DavidE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Elevated food in a casual atmosphere. Recommend it!
  30. DP

    DenoP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    The room was cold. The cole slaw and green beans did not have much taste. The cocktails were full of ice with little drink. The price seemed a little high. Overall, not a great value. I expected more from a place in the Kentlands.
  31. LK

    LKP1

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food has gone downhill.
  32. SP

    SwatiP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Good place and casual. Food was good. However, vegetarian options are extremely limited - no vegetarian/vegan appetizers and only one item on the menu for vegetarians. A bit pricey for the portion sizes. Good one time place for us.
  33. ZB

    ZachB22

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not Your Average Joes is a "go-to" spot when dining with my three teenage boys and a group of 6-8 people. The drink menu is great and the food menu is expansive. It also has a vibrant bar scene for when I'm not with my boys, complete with a number of TVs for watching sports. Although I haven't dined in their heated outdoor section, there are TVs there too, so I assume it's great for groups during sporting events.
  34. TF

    TomF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    NYAJ in Gaithersburg is usually a solid choice for us, and this visit lived up to expectations. Service was good, food was good and came out quickly. No complaints. It's been a while since we've been there, but we did note that the menu seems simplified with less choices overall. We easily found something we both wanted, so more of an observation vs a complaint.
  35. RJ

    RichardJ

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Joe’s is still a good option, but with the smaller menu and without the good crowd vibes, it’s just not as much fun right now. The Buffalo Chicken pizza was great and so was my Maple Old Fashioned. The side salad and chicken Parmesan were ok but a bit pricey for what you got.
  36. T

    Talmidah

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    I know servers' jobs are difficult, but our server was not having her best night. It was in the middle of the week in the middle of the winter so the restaurant was not busy. That said, she was not very attentive, e.g. I asked for another napkin but never got it, I asked for water and she never brought it, and she gave us an incorrect receipt. She just seemed harried and not too organized. We gave her a 20% tip because where you get seated and who your server is a just a matter of luck and it is possible she was being asked to do more than she could handle. Most importantly, the food was delicious though and that is why we chose the restaurant.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Great staff, not great meals
  38. JQ

    JoanQ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service!
  39. J

    Jhill

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The gluten free mustard chcken was terrible. The dish looked so bad it should not have been sent out to the table. Their excuse was that they had to cut it up to put in the pan. It was also so overdone. If they can’t make it right it should be taken off the menu. No one there would take responsibility. They had so many excuses. I cook gluten free at home and my chicken cutlets doesn’t look like that!
  40. G

    Guest

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Got there and it wasn’t busy. Still took a very long time for food to come. Server was great and took correct order. Felt bad for her. Kitchen did not cooperate. Allergy was one issue and if they followed directions was easy to solve. Sent 2 dishes back. Overcharged for salad that didn’t come with any meat.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 477-1040.

Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg is rated 4 stars by 1891 OpenTable diners.

Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg

245 Kentlands Blvd Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Booth Street

  • Neighborhood

    Gaithersburg

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking in the Kentlands features free, public lots, including one right outside our door!

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jesse Williams

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (240) 477-1040

  • Catering

    We over our XL Style Party menu for large orders for the office, team, or whole family! Visit us online at nyaj.com/locations/maryland/gaithersburg/#/menu/ to see all of our menus, including our Party Menu!

  • Private party facilities

    We've hosted private parties of all types for the Gaithersburg community! From engagement and retirement parties to birthdays and business happy hours, we do it all. Call us at (240) 477-1040 to discuss options for your group.

  • Private party contact

    Jean Pierre Chaviano: (844) 244-4248

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