Not Your Average Joe's Silver Spring

4.3
256 reviews
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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 Silver Spring is located on the corner of Fenton Street and Colesville Road in Ellsworth Place. We are the perfect option for dinner before a movie at the Regal Cinemas Majestic 20 & IMAX or AFI, or for post-show drinks at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Nearby lodging options include the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC, Hampton Inn Silver Spring, Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, and Courtyard by Marriott Silver Spring Downtown.
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JP
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everyone was pleased with their meals. Our server was attentive but did not rush us. I would go back again.

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ER
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. 10/10 would go again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We usually enjoy our meals here, but some recent menu and recipe changes have us thinking about not coming back. My wife has to eat gluten free and NYAJ’s gluten free menus had some of her favorites. But, some of the GF meals went through a recipe change that totally changed her meals. The chicken piccata for one went from grilled chicken over penne to breaded chicken over linguine. It appears that NYAJ is short cutting their meals. Now the only difference between the chicken piccata and chicken parmigiana is the sauce. Both the manager and server handled my wife’s displeasure fine. They had the kitchen make her meal the old way, but with the changes could not guarantee this in the future. These menu/recipe changes are a poor decision by NYAJ. We hope they can go back to the original recipes, otherwise, we’ll begin going elsewhere.

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GA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. I had the Vietnamese Salmon Bowl which was supposed to be spicy, but wasn’t. The other diners in our group enjoyed their entrees. My wife and I split the Strawberry Shortcake which was light and was served with Vanilla ice cream. The restaurant is moderately loud for conversation but most places are like that these days. All in all, a good experience.

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B
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Took 30 minutes to get our drinks. Sirloin tips that were ordered medium rare came out medium well. Disappointing sums it up

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Restaurant has been a favorite since it opened a few years ago. Brunch was very limited in its menu and, for some reason, the food took forever to come out. Moreover, the fact that the food did not come out first for the children was also frustrating.

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FF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For a solid meal, this is the place! From the yummy coconut shrimp to the Super Crunch salad or Scallop dinner, there's nothing average about Not Your Average Joe's. We happened upon this place accidentally and were thrilled that we did. Though not usually bread eaters, we couldn't stop dipping the bread in the tasty olive oil & cheese, as we waited for our drinks. This place has a fun vibe whether eating inside or out. Will definitely return the next time visiting the area.

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j
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was very attentive. And our food was great.

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CN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was everything, the server was great and the location was perfect. I will definitely be back.

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TN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night

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JT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

This location was just okay. The food was good but the service left me thinking twice about returning. The hosted who seated us forgot to bring the requested highchair twice. The server gave my daughter a alcoholic beverage instead of the tea she ordered, she forgot to bring my water until I reminded her. We split checks and she collected mine but kept asking where the other check was, umm it's not mine ask the other guest you gave it to. I'll probably visit the Bethesda location but this one is lacking.
Food: Everything we ate was delicious, my mom-n-law said hers was salty but she's sensitive to salt. I highly recommend the Bedford Scallops.
UPDATE: The GM Jimmie reached out to me immediately after my review on Yelp not only to apologize but he offered a gift card and he wanted the servers name to coach her on how to provide a better customer experience. I appreciated this and will give this location another chance.

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MC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. We were pleasantly surprised. We would definitely go back.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Everything about this restaurant was average, if you will pardon the pun. The menu was average. My vegetarian friend had limited options. The food was ok but nothing too special. The server brought the check before asking if we wanted dessert. With so many dining options in Silver Spring, I will never return to this restaurant.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good lunch experience!!! Loved the cucumber twist!

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I found the experience pleasurable for all of us! The atmosphere was positive and our server was great.

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MC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had terrific service on a busy Thursday night. The menu and food live up to the name with various ethic dishes mixed in with more mainstream choices. The ethnic dishes were not overly authentic, but very tasty in their not so average interpretation. We enjoyed the Thai Beef noodle Bowl, Hoisin Salmon Salad, and Vietnamese Salmon. All were excellent!

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our party of two was seated immediately for a 7:45 PM reservation. Restaurant appeared to be about half full, and conversation was easy. We were immediately greeted by Franklin, who provided excellent service through our stay, at a perfect pace.
My companion ordered the chicken sandwich, and opted for greens. I ordered the Thai Beef Salad. The chicken sandwich was said to be delicious, and the greens fresh but totally uninspired. At this price point, I would expect to see a small salad offered vice simple greens and dressing. The Thai Beef Salad was flavorful, with fresh ingredients and a generous portion of beef cooked exactly as ordered. Unfortunately, 2/3 of the beef serving was really tough. No complaint was made. Purchased drinks and water were refilled appropriately, throughout the stay.

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Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservation, table was waiting as we arrived. Service excellent, food on point, perfect experience

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H
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Good food, horrible service. Waited 20 minutes after being seated to get drinks. Took 48 minutes from the time we asked for the check, until I finally went up and asked the hostess to take my card. Spoke to the manager to ask him to take the auto tip off, explained why and he took it off but made no apology for the poor service. We won’t be back.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated promptly. The server brought us water and break quickly. The Chicken Parm was a big dish but so delicious. I ate half and had the other half at home.

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MD
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Nice and varied menu selections, and nice atmosphere.

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TM
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing service and surprisingly great food

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SD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious. The cocktails were yummy. And this is coming from someone who loves Matchbox.

However, the biggest issue was that it took a while to get someone and attend to us when we arrived. The restaurant had plenty of notice because I had sent in a reservation for 10. Two from our group are regulars, but warned me as we sat down that they are known for not the having best customer service.

Why is that? Only after somebody else got up to politely ask for a server did we start getting our drinks ordered and some appetizers.

Reminder: Silver Spring is now a destination for tourists. If not for sightseeing, for lodging, as was the case here for my cousin and his family of 5 total. Our reservation was for 6:15p and were all seated by 6:40p. After a day of walking around DC, they had a couple very hungry kids who waited very patiently.

I won’t get into what happened here, because that isn’t why I’m writing. NYAJ’s needs to remain cognizant that the new downtown is vibrant, and colorful, but still affordable for non-locals. Make sure everyone is treated as if it’s their first time. Unless they recognize my two friends who are locals. You can treat them at your own discretion. Lol! ;-)

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OT
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had Easter Brunch at Not Your Average Joe's. We enjoyed our meal but what pleased us most is seeing the other groups of families being seated in the restaurant. It felt good to know that we'd selected a choice that other families had chosen as well. This our first visit with both our children and it was a great experience. We'll be back Joe's!

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Bartender doesn't take directions well.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We will definitely go back again. All the staff were especially helpful and friendly and we all had a variety of food which was all delicious! Great experience!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and did an awesome job with my gluten allergy!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was very busy but the service was great and we got our food quickly. I enjoy the variety of choices and the casual atmosphere. It’s become our “go to” place for a night out.

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WA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service and the food were fantastic. We enjoyed it very much.

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for lunch - great variety. Salads were fresh and delicious. Service very friendly and attentive.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place in Silver Spring for gluten free dining. LOTS of really good choices.

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CN
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had an enjoyable meal prior to going to the Fillmore across the street. Will keep them in mind for future shows there.

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LG
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

When I made the reservation I indicated that it was a Birthday celebration. No one acknowledged this. This is the second time this happened.

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h
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and food

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GZ
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The manager was on his game making sure all patrons were greeted and seated promptly. Initial drink service was slow but the place was busy so understandable

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f
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The variety was extensive and everything we ordered came out perfect! The focaccia bread and dip that our server, Claudia, brought out right away were delightful! Our iced teas were never empty and Claudia checked on us at good intervals - wonderful service!! Thank you!

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j
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Yes but not on a Friday night! I've had great service and servers when there for lunch.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was superb! They seemed a little short staff for the crowd.

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CY
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice end to my trip to the area. From Baltimore visiting the Smithsonian

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PM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This reservation was for a late lunch, so there were not a lot of patrons: hence, next to no noise!
Our server, Kennedy, was quite personable and attentive. The manager made rounds to all occupied tables greeting and inquiring as to accommodations and food. Menu selections ordered were Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, Sausage Pizza, and Classic Caesar, with a side of Sweet Potato Fries. Spinach and Mushroom pretty good, but would really pop with caramelized onions. Sausage pizza included caramelized onions which was quite good ... mushrooms would have been a plus. Sweet potato fries were very tasty, eating just one was not an option. I cannot comment on salad as I did not partake, but hey, how could Caesar go wrong?! The focaccia offered while your order was being prepared had a parmesan/olive oil(?) dipping sauce that made you want more. Quite enjoyable afternoon meal.

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