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Not Your Average Joe's Arlington
Not Your Average Joe's Arlington
  • Address:
    645 Massachusetts Avenue
    Arlington, MA 02476
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Not Your Average Joe's Arlington Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com
  • Phone: (781) 643-1666
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Henning
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pleasant Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Mass Transit Bus: 67, 77, 79, and 350.
A word from Not Your Average Joe's Arlington
What does creative casual cuisine mean? Exactly what it says. We"re creative, because we reject the same-old-same-old in favor of tastes that are interesting and unique. We're casual because while our food may be worth getting dressed up for, we invite you to come as you are. We're all about cuisine in the sense that our chefs apply high standards of culinary art. There it is. Creative. Casual. Cuisine. If it sounds like your kind of place, then you – like us- are not your average Joe.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "I certain group of friends and I always enjoy the food, the drinks, and the energetic atmosphere at NYAJ's. However, service was lackadaisical/unfriendly on this particular night, and the bill came out wrong--even after we asked it to be corrected it wasn't quite right, but we gave up at that point and just paid it."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Our families new dinner spot in Arlington. We also look forward to their oil, cheese and pepper dipping sauce for their onion topped bread."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "One of the Best in the area for groups, for festive occasions, for a large and interesting menu and great food."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I'm a big fan of Nor Your Average Joes but I'm noticing it's really hit or miss. Sometimes we go and the service is outstanding. Other times the food is slow to come out and it's difficult to find your service to ask for a condiment. I really enjoy the wine list. Monday through Friday they have half priced apps at the bar from 3-6 so that's fun."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great as always, Requested a quite corner for four abd that request was granted"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food is delicious, busy busy place, slightly pricey, apparently excellent for families because there were a lot of children, bar open to dining room, noisy but you can converse, delighted to see that there are no televisions everywhere, nice variety of entree options, friendly service but when it is busy, it is hard for servers to navigate, appetizer bread with dip is a tasty treat."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Came here with a very diverse group -- my wife and I, my mother-in-law and two of her friends, including several vegetarians (one lactose-intolerant) and ranging in age from 30s to 80s. Everyone had a good time. Service and ambience were excellent and staff went out of their way to accommodate dietary requests."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food was excellent and our waiter very accommodating. And the strawberry sangria was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Joe's is always consistent and friendly. food is creative and comforting"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I do not want to write a specific review-- this is annoying."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Salmon was a bit overdone. but the bread and oil was always just as great!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our waiter was exceptionally helpful; he was always there to tend to our needs - friendly and conversational especially answering our questions about the recent renovations."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Average Joe's is a comfortable place to catch up with a frend over dinner."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "My family and I enjoy NYAJ's even more when we know that we have a table waiting for us. Thanks OpenTable."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service was hands down the WORST in Arlington! I'll start with the hostess. When we walked in she was too busy flirting with one of the waiters. When somebody nudged her to indicate we were standing in front of her, her reaction was one of annoyance. As if we were intruding on her private moment! Next is the waiter. Although he was a very nice fellow, he was clearly overwhelmed by having tables in different sections. Once our food was dropped off, not a single person checked in on us for the entire time we were there. Glasses were emptied, napkins were on top of our plates, we sat around twiddling our thumbs for the someone to take notice. Surprised that the manager who was there did not lend a hand to his waitstaff. Very disappointed....."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Your entrees were very tasty. There were different specials we could choose from and that we would not necessarily make at home, We ordered three different desserts so as to try a variety that we could all sample. I was not impressed with two out of the three. The strawberry shortcake had way too few strawberries and no whipped cream. Ice cream is not part of the traditional shortcake recipe I had bread pudding. Not impressed. There wasn't any type of custard/pudding going through it like at Jimmy's in Arlington. The key lime pie was the best out of the three. The price was a bit high for the quality that was not there. My house wine was perfect, but my girlfriend said hers was too sweet. Third cocktail was perfect for my other friend."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Went to try their oyster / martini special. Oysters had gone bad and weren't being served (a good call on their part), martini was ok, Nantucket chopped salad (entree) was very nice."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "You need to try the sweet blue cheese burger!! Just amazing"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Arlington location is our favorite. Made a reservation and were glad we did. On a Wednesday evening, the place was booming."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great option for families looking for better quality food that kids enjoy as well. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I've been many times to NYAJs. The ambience & service was fine. The food had no real flavor. Looked good, but had no taste."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "A friend and I went early early for dinner...4:30. We always like their menu, and their specials sounded delicious too. My friend had the chicken caprese special, and gave me the cheese!!?? (kind of picky) I had the hangar steak and wedge. The steak was cooked perfectly, and there was a better than average amount served. The dressing on the iceberg wedge was excellent, too...horseradish something. We both loved our meals! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "At some point over the last few years NYAJ's has revamped the menu and asthetics of the place and for the better. My husband and I, who are both "foodies" enjoy coming here because we can get good food while not leaving our 5 year old daugher out. We all find foods we like and although some dinners are better than others, we always enjoy our choices. The staff is always friendly and the restaurant generally very comfortable. We are looking forward to trying the Wednesday wine night! It is a neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The wait staff was great, the food very good too. My drink a Cosmopolitan was not cold. Too warm, but tasted good. Busy Friday night, but fun."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "First, the good news. My wife and I have eaten at the Joe's in Arlington several times...must be more than 30 times. The food is always good, it's reasonably priced and the service is always good although, the kitchen can get backed up at time. The bad news is that seems to have been discovered by families in the area and it has gotten to be a bit loud with children vocalizing away. The business is great for the restaurant but my preference is for something a little quieter. We go back from time to time to see if the last few visits were the exception. Again, it is a great place to bring children...the down side is that a family restaurant and a restaurant for adults can't exist at the same place at the same time."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about 2 years ago. It is not an easy diet. I found your restaurant to have the best variety of food for Celiacs. I was also very surprised that you had a gluten free carrot cake! I have been to other restaurants and have not been impressed with the gluten free food. I will be making NYAJ a regular stop when going out to eat. Thank you and keep up the good work!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This restaurant is consistently delicious! Been there several times and the food is always very good. Talented chef here! "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We keep coming back mainly because they are so family friendly. The richest kids menu we've seen, convenient space, tolerance for their noise and little feet running around... And a wonderful service in general. Always smiling and trying to make sure we are all enjoying."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Not Your Average Joe's is a cut above your average chain casual-dining restaurant. The extensive menu has something to please almost everyone. They could make an effort to include more vegetarian and vegan entrees, although, to their credit, they were accommodating when one of our guests, who is vegetarian and lactose-intolerant, ordered pasta off the kids' menu since it was the only item on the menu that met her restrictions. Service was excellent on a busy day. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "In the beginning the waitress was rushing us to order, we had to request a few more minutes 2x. Then when we were ready to order it took us 15 minutes to find her to tell her we were ready for service. I've eaten the pizza at other "not your average joes" and it was yummy, not this time. The waitress continued to disappear until the very end where it took 15 minutes to find her to request the check. Mind you the place was mostly empty the entire time. I had to come back in from my car to get the food I asked to be wrapped only to be told "I put it there" and she turned to walk over to the table, I hear a woops and she went in the back to get it. No apology, even when I tried to let the manager know of my unpleasant experience. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We are an older couple and like the service when we arrive early (5:30)- and the availability of a booth. We also like the casual atmosphere"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This place was overall pretty good for a chain restaurant. The staff was friendly, and the food was pretty good. Our main complaint was that the oil given with the bread was canola oil. Olive oil would be much better. The bread is good, and the canola is just a poor mix."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Came here after a show with my family including 2 young boys. Though it was 7:30 on Saturday service prompt and friendly. We all agreed the food was good ... maybe better than expected. We all had a great experience and would/will go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My family and I love this Not Your Average Joes. The food is always awesome (they are great with allergies), the servers are attentive, but not overbearing and everything is just smooth. It really allows you to enjoy a meal and relax. Although there are great values every night, we tried out Wine Wednesdays this week. Great deal-- 2 awesome entrees and a bottle of wine (great selection and quality!!) for $39.99?!?! How can you beat that price? I would highly recommend this restaurant!!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Asked for a booth and got a table. We ate here so school would receive a portion of check. Flyer was not taken so we have no way of knowing this actually occurred. A remark about a tip was overheard by a wait person (not favorable). Water was never refilled."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "So good to find a gluten-free menu that is actually tasty with enough choices to make the trip worthwhile. I am finally eating out again. Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "One of our favorite restaurants.....highly recommended by us."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Wonderful service and delicious food served quickly. A great spot for families or casual outings with friends."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Delicious harvest mac n cheese and loved the pear sangria! Thanks for the birthday coupon!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Our server was great. The cod is a tasty and fresh choice. The Manhattan is made just right.."
    Dined on 3/14/2014