Not Your Average Joe's Bethesda

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar offers a menu inspired by American cuisine. Its menu is stylish, contemporary and includes fresh oysters, gourmet pizzas, rice bowls and a variety of burgers. During a daily Happy Hour at Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar, diners can also enjoy both drink and appetizer specials.

Along with an array of beers, its menu includes wines and a wide selection of specialty cocktails. You'll further enjoy a casual and pub like experience at Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar. Its décor includes an open kitchen, bench seating and a separate bar area with mounted flat screen televisions all around for watching sporting events.
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vipCiaoBella
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent burgers, great sweet potato fries, and Caesar Salad.
Outdoor dining was comfortable and service efficient.

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JDDD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice outside patio seating. Food very good. Waitress excellent!

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Andrew
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Completely changed the Jambalaya recipe without making it readily apparent. Linguine instead of rice, semi-roasted vegetables, thick tomato sauce. I wasn't a big fan.

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catwomyn
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to NYAJ’s often. It has outdoor seating, great food, and great service. It would have been much quieter during our recent visit, but for one very loud diner.

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vipMariaR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. The crab cakes were the special today and were delicious!

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Brookeville
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service. They have done a nice job with the “patio” and keeping you shaded from the parking lot.

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ChristineL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This location was very accommodating. The service was great and the food was even better!

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vipAmyC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

V is our favorite waitress. We always enjoy our meal when she waits on us!

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vipsbmcreat
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable dining experience with friends

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AndreaB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter “Destiny “ was very good and paid attention to details. Highly recommend her

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MariannS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Wait staff was excellent and was very cognizant of pandemic restrictions. The food wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. But I am grateful had outdoor dining and they are still open.

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KayH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Overall, I love NYAJ's. However, I made a reservation for 7:30 on a Friday for outside. Lovely food, good service. The only thing was that at 8:45, they let us know that the restaurant had actually closed at 8 pm. I still had my food and drink. My dinner partner had wanted another drink. They gave me a to go box and we moved to the courtyard in the shopping area. If the restaurant closes at 8 pm, then please do not offer a 7:30 reservation.

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MicheleJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not Your Average Joes server was friendly, fast and got all orders correct. We really enjoyed the food & drinks.

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vipMariaR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and enjoyed the food very much. We felt comfortable and safe.

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vipEatoutalot
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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catwomyn
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner with 2 friends. We sat outside on the front patio. As always, the food was delicious and the service was great. I had the Cobb salad and a glass of rose.

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HayleyD
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food and great options for gluten free!

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vipgeorge67
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Always good service and food. Reliable and pleasant staff. Good spacing of tables which is important these days.

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vipRoadrunner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate on the newly opened patio.

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OTEater2217
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This location has great service and the staff visited frequently and promptly to address needs such as refills. The post pandemic process works well here - the only exception is that I’m fairly certain my throw away paper menu was used before given the stains and bends. The entrees were great, perfectly cooked burger and everything seasoned and portioned well. Still don’t like the tray instead of plate for the burgers but it’s not a deal breaker. The only real complaint here is the great bread they served pre-meal did not taste good. I thought it was simply really old because it crumbled like a stale cookie but the waitress said they make it fresh daily but it’s hard to get right and sometimes depending on who makes it, it isn’t made correctly. Overall this location is head and shoulders better than the Kentlands disaster.

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vipMidwesterner
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy that Joe’s has re-opened. It is one of our favorite restaurants and we have missed them. The food is wonderful and the service is excellent. We celebrated Fathers Day there!

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DavidW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

NYAJ was super right after COVID-19 re-opening. The staff at the Bethesda Location was friendly, careful, and attentive. Unlike their Reston location, our waiter checked back several times to make sure our iced tea stayed full and our needs were met. The manager was helpful and friendly. He even took a turn picking up plates. Great visit!

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GuyW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

So wonderful to be able to eat outside at NYAJ. Food was WONDERFUL. Service Great. Had to eat outside, but who cares. Joe’s is back. Yippee 🥳.

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Max1mus2124
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Dunno if it's because of COVID-19, but the food quality went downhill. Service is great as usual, but taste-wise, it wasn't the same as before.

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MattM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The experience after COVID19 was excellent. I felt very safe and confident with their procedures. Our waiter, Alex, was great and attentive.

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BethW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A repeat visit. Friendly service. Kid friendly. Good variety for all food tastes. Would recommend.

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vipJudy
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A friend and I met for a Sunday brunch. We didn't partake of the $28 full brunch because it's too much food for us. We each ordered the same salad with quinoa, sliced roasted chicken, veggies, which we both enjoyed. Of course, their ciabatta , served with dipping garlic, red peppers, olive oil was delicious, as always. Our waitress was fantastic!!

Unlike before the Corona, the place was not crowded. GO! The tables are far enough apart, if you're nervous.

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vipGregP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

One of our worst dining experiences in recent memory. The mimosa and bloody mary were good although the server tried to charge us fir complimentary ones. The hot food was out too long so it was overcooked and tasteless.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Our server was exceptional! Great experience!! It’s one of our favorite restaurants!

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AllisonM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have some dietary restrictions so I always appreciate restaurants that are able to cater to this. I especially appreciate when they offer menus that are already labeled. Very good food, service was amazing (for a Saturday night, our entrees came out very quickly!), and we thoroughly enjoyed our time.

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vipJPEats
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch at Not Your Average Joe's in Bethesda was terrific. Our waiter Scott was incredibly friendly, jovial and efficient. Since I hadn't seen my dining companion in some time, he allowed us ample time for conversation before ordering and our meal was fantastic. When we were seated, Scott brought over the bread and oil, garlic and cheese dip that is a staple at the restaurant. Unlike my experience last month at their Gaithersburg store where it was too gloppy and pasty, this was fluid and delicious. My cheeseburger was cooked to perfection (again unlike the Gaithersburg location where it was 3 temperatures too well done) and was garnished splendidly. My friend's chicken caesar salad was perfect and dressed properly, and was crispy and delicious. We opted for coffee after our meal and Scott put on a fresh pot for us. Who could ask for more? I highly recommend the Bethesda location of Not Your Average Joe's over for a wonderful time and delicious meal with exemplary service.

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ThomasS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of four and had made a lunch reservation using OpenTable the night before our date.

The Hostess understood our seating preference and seated us away from
the ventilation system in a quiet booth.

We had the caesar salad, tomato basil soup, baked haddock, chicken marsala and chicken picatta. All of the food was excellent.

I highly recommend Not Your Average Joe's Bethesda

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vipThesports007
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like to especially recognize the staff at Not your Average Joe’s. I was dining with my service dog in tow and the staff were all incredibly kind and accommodating, especially given that a guest at a nearby table was doing her damnedest to distract my dog. Excellent service, great food as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I've met my friends here for dinner, but my friends been here several times for lunch. Sean was out server again. He remembered our previous orders! Was terrific. Loved the oysters and shrimp specials with our martinis. I was able to ask for a slice of avocado with my burger order. The Pecan-Sage Pesto Salmon, delicious! Flat bread pizza, also yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful experience! Great food! I'll be back!!

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vipadriannegersh
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Accidentally fell for $4 upcharge for the hummus along with the bread, but that's okay. The hummus was delicious. The olive oil, parmesan & garlic dip is sufficient though, ordering the other stuff is unnecessary. Food was good, service was decent.

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vipDCVisitor
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The staff was most attentive.
The food was very good.
We had lunch at 12:30 and the noise level was acceptable..
We were pleased with the experience.

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Spclk
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and location. The food was excellent as well as he quality for the price. Looking forward to my next visit real soon. A must visit!

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DianeW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Had nice time catching up with friends

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SuzanneN
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant because of its menu alone and what they offer to the Gluten-free customer. So many people I know that are Gluten-free do not know that NYAJ is that kind of a restaurant and after they visit it - they are blown away. I will keep coming and keep recommending.

FAQs

Not Your Average Joe's Bethesda offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 316-4555.

Not Your Average Joe's Bethesda is rated 4.4 stars by 784 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 reservations at the moment.

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