About Gentleman Jim’s

Welcome to Gentleman Jim’s, a family-owned and operated establishment located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We have proudly served Montgomery County for three generations and over 50 years! Our modern, relaxed, and family-friendly environment has made us a favorite among locals in the Gaithersburg area.

 Whether you’re hitting the bar for a fun night with friends or planning a special family dinner, let us be your go-to restaurant for a delicious and enjoyable experience!

At Gentleman’s Jim’s, we don’t believe in using prepackaged goods. Our culinary experts use only the freshest ingredients provided by local distributors right here in Maryland. Our large menu includes great appetizers, homemade soups and salads, delicious pastas, savory steaks, fresh seafood and mouth-watering burgers and sandwiches bearing the names of family members and staff. And don’t forget about our world-famous Cavalier-style pizza that brings in visitors from all corners of the US!

How we got our start

In 1971, Jim Hance bought the highly acclaimed Cavalier Restaurant in Rockville, Maryland and renamed it Gentleman Jim’s. Hance’s son, Charles “Joe” Hance took the reigns from Jim in1978. At that time, it was just a small single-level 2000 square foot  dining room and bar. Charles saw the potential for growth and expanded his beloved restaurant to include a second level built below the first. He was certainly right in his projections as that first location continued to thrive for over two decades.

Because of the family’s massive success with Gentleman Jim’s, a second location was opened in Gaithersburg in 1990. With the help of Joe’s 6 kids, the Gaithersburg location became a beloved community staple and was never empty. Hance’s children eventually grew up and moved on to pursue college and other endeavors, but his son Joe Hance Jr. eventually came back to help carry on the family legacy. After many years of success working side by side as father and son, Joe Jr. took over Gentleman Jim’s from his father the same way Joe Sr. did from his father some 40 years prior.

Joe Hance Jr.’s entrepreneurial spirit helped him to see even more potential in their family restaurant, and he made the decision to move to a more visible location right down the street in Flower Hill in February 2021. 

Jim Hance’s grandson continues to make pies to this day using the infamous original recipe, evolving Gentleman Jim’s into what it is today — a neighborhood favorite known for high quality, locally-sourced ingredients and a relaxed atmosphere. While our restaurant was once mainly known for delicious pizza, it’s now also distinguished for a wide range of one-of-a-kind burgers, sandwiches, pastas, steak, and seafood. Don’t forget our weekly specials quickly grabbing the attention of followers on social media.

Come join us for an unforgettable experience as part of the family! We look forward to serving you and making you into a regular at Gentleman Jim’s.

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