Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg

3.9
1919 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

Top tags:

Casual
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!



Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff 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
What 1919 People Are Saying
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3.8
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLM80
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Unfortunately, the service was lacking. There were a lot of servers walking around, but none seemed to be actively working. Had to ask for refills multiple times, food had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for a while. Burger (which is usually fantastic at NYAJ) was almost inedible. Chicken Piccata was overcooked. It took over 20 minutes to get our soft drinks and over 45 minutes to get our meals.

Previously one of our favorite go-to restaurants, but not sure we will be back.

JP
JimP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

this location has always had a little trouble with cleanliness. Same this time.

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RitaD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always look forward to eating at Not Your Average Joe's in Gaithersburg. There are so many tasty meals on the menu and the service is friendly. Meeting my close friend at NYAJ was a perfect way to reconnect in person after the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. The servers were attentive without being intrusive, the food was quite good and plentiful, it wasn't too noisy, and we felt like we could take our time enjoying the meal and each other's company.

DJ
vipDJA1
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Too cold inside

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Luv2eat
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasing as always! The food, the service, and the lovely weather on the patio made our lunch quite enjoyable.

JM
JenniferM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to dine with friends again. We all enjoyed our meal, the ambiance, and the service.

LM
LaurieM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Prior to lockdown, we had been regular customers to Joe’s. This was our first time back. It was wonderful. Our server was great, the food delicious, drinks were yum. So happy to be back!

CM
vipChristineM
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lunch outing with friends after long year...service was very good and outdoor patio is great for getting together. We never were rushed and were able to sit leisurely and catch up. We all had the Waldorf salad...2 topped with chicken and 1 with salmon. The chicken topped salads were fair...amount of fruit and nuts were not generous. The salmon piece was very nice. I’ve ordered the same salad in the past and the ingredients were more generous.

AM
AlissaM
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great overall experience I mentioned it on the Support Moco Restaurants Facebook group !

CP
ChristinaP
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience Would definitely go back again. It was my first time. Everything was great.

J
vipJenn
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service was horrible, host was rude. Multi problems with the food, and bill.

LS
LatoiS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

I brought my sister here for her birthday because I’ve always enjoyed Average Joe’s as I frequently visit the Bethesda location. I’m saddened to say the quality of the food has declined. The complimentary bread was ice cold and stale and when I asked the server for hot bread he says it doesn’t come hot ☹️

The chicken Parmesan my sister ordered was disgusting; tasted old snd reheated. This was sent back to the kitchen. The manager asked if he could bring something else but there was nothing else on the menu she liked

I was so disappointed and embarrassed because I had chosen the restaurant.

I understand with the pandemic businesses saw major decline but once they open doors, I fully expected to get a similar experience from previous visit and this was not.

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ilovefood1228
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love their outdoor patio, hostess and server we friendly. I think just like any other place I have been to in the past year, service is a little slow which is understandable. Overall, good experience.

JB
JeanB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always good here. Wait staff are courteous and prompt - always enjoy a meal at Not Your Average Joe's.

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vipBetty
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a nice place to come to and the outside patio is wonderful.

CM
CandaceM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot! Try the chicken and shrimp rice bowl. It won’t disappoint.

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Food10Service3
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Joe's is back, and seems to be none the worse for wear in terms of food and menu choices, but maybe some of the servers that were lost didn't find their way back. Our waiter was less knowledgeable about the menu than we were, and seemed to have forgotten about us once we got our food. Drinks would have been a nice option.

LR
vipLloydR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was just ok. Menu in restaurant is limited compared to the old days.

SM
vipShawnM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the outdoor area was well spaced and kept very warm. as usual the food and beer are good.

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vipKenny
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

First dine in experience since the pandemic!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent, cleanliness of the restaurant was great the only downfall was we had a young server who needs to learn to pull his pants up because nobody wants to look at anybody’s underwear when their dining and be more responsive and audible to his tables and check on them a little more frequently.

JR
vipJulieR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We had a server in training and while she was very sweet, we got one plate for bread (there were 2 of us) and we ordered were never offered refills on drinks. As a matter of fact, we never saw her after we placed our order. Ever.

DW
vipDavidW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Very poor service, as the restaurant failed to provide enough wait staff.

BH
vipBariH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

we were practically the only people in the dining room yet the service was terrible.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We waited 20 minutes after our reservation time before I had to get up to ask someone to take our order.

We were seated outside under the only heating lamp that wasn’t working, and I had to again ask someone to turn it on for us.

My wife’s food, the mustard chicken, was cold and bland.

The potstickers were just your average potstickers.

The poke bowl was fine, but the amount of pickled onions was over the top, and it really doesn’t need mushrooms. The amount of actual tuna was disappointing as well.

By the time I notified management and requested my bill, my wife was in tears as it was our first meal out in over six months.

I know COVID-19 has been rough on businesses, and I hate to leave a bad review, but in this case it was deserved. The staff had empathy for our situation, but unfortunately no one made us feel welcome with their actions, much less special.

This is the only time I have not left a tip for a server. I would feel awful as a former server myself if I know who our server was... I think we may have only seen him twice the whole night.

I don’t think others had the same experience we did, so it is clearly not universal, but it turned what was meant to be a relaxing Friday night into a torturous ordeal that ended in a McDonald’s parking lot at 10pm with food that was at least the proper temperature.

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vipTerri
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was noted on our reservation that a birthday was being celebrated..but no mention was made to me
Disappointing. Waiter was not attentive. Trying to keep neighborhood businesses from closing...

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Steve
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Went there for the impossible burger. I think it would be better without the roasted tomatoes and with regular tomatoes. The service was pretty good. Missed my original order of a side vegetable, but got it out quickly. Other than that the service was fine.

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vipkdmeit
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

NYAJ Kentlands is usually spot-on. However, our recent dinner was hampered by poor service throughout the evening. From waiting for initial recognition and drink order, incorrect delivery of orders, lack of ongoing attention to finally waiting for someone to take our money requiring me to seek assistance. Not up to par. Do better, NYAJ.

MS
MichelleS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

NYAJ's has gone downhill. This was out first time back in a year and everything was bad. Service was terrible, seating area was dirty, the bathrooms were gross and the food was blah. We used to come before covid once a month and really enjoyed it. I don't know what happened, the restaurant was nearly empty and all the staff seemed very overwhelmed.

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vipradioez
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

On patio... great service, good food, nice place. I like the joint!

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viptradehoney
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

We used to go to not your average joes frequently pre pandemic and always enjoyed. But unfortunately this time the food was awful, the burger was just ok but the turkey sandwich I ordered was terrible , poor quality ingredients and I could tell it had been pre-made and in a refrigerator before it was served to me. If I had bought from a vending machine in a train station it probably would have been better. On the plus side , the French fries were very good. I will try the restaurant again sometime and I hope in the duration they get their act together

LB
LorenBullock
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, beautiful presentation, excellent service from all. For my wife and me it's expensive, especially the wine, but we have accepted that, although it limits our visits. We appreciate the performance of all of your staff, especially with all the difficulties of the virus demands, and thank you for staying open through it all.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love it there and they have an awesome patio that is perfect for outdoor seating! Food is great!

M
vipMich
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a nice experience. Havent been to a restaurant (outside only) since nov. i felt they were really going above and beyond to keep everyone safe.

MN
vipMomNiteOut
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food was fantastic!

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annie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We ordered two appetizers - ahi tuna wontons and the egg rolls. Won tons were great but the egg rolls we beyond salty. Our original server didn't tell us that they were closing within an hour of our arrival so we rushed to place an order before the kitchen closed. Two of us ordered the steak - which sits on a bed of mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. Potatoes tasted dry and old, there was hardly any spinach and the combo of the pickled onions and balsamic glaze just put the entrée over the top and not in a good way. My husband ordered the salmon which was about $25 - it was a child size piece of salmon and a large amount of rice and broccoli. Flavor was good but not a good value. My mom ordered the veggie burger which was decent but not as good as times past. While we were eating out server left. So we then sat waiting for someone to tell them our steak meals were no good. Eventually a very nice young man came to assist and grabbed the manager on site. Both gentleman were wonderful and tried to resolve our issue with $15 off and a free pizza. Unfortunate that now the last 3 visits have been bad.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice staff and food was awesome!!!!!!!!

SM
SashaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in along time. I took my brother here to celebrate his birthday, we had reservations. We waited 20 min for a server to come even take our drink order. The host noticed us waiting so long and offered to bring us drinks. After another 20 minutes he finally came back to take our food order. We ordered appetizers and meals for 4 people. Another 20 min and all of the food came out at once. He did not come back for refills. My salad had no dressing, my sister's chicken was undercooked, my brothers burger was rare, and the fries were cold- the waiter avoided our table. Finally the manager came and asked us when we were done with our food if we wanted more drinks. It was not busy, there were maybe only 4 other families in restaurant. We originally came to try the famous "peanut butter" thing and we ended up spending 200$ on bad food and horrible service. This place was recommended to us by friends who raved about it, but we had a bad experience.

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vipSandy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good. Table was on an angle so glasses rolled into the floor. Waiter seemed very lethargic. Not rude but lacked any kind of enthusiasm.

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vipLovewine2
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The food is very average here. I got the chicken and shrimp rice bowl for lunch, the chicken was over cooked and not much flavor. The service is very good and the outdoor patio is a plus.

FAQs

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

Not Your Average Joe's Gaithersburg is rated 3.9 stars by 1919 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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