Not Your Average Joe's Arlington
Not Your Average Joe's Arlington

Not Your Average Joe's Arlington

  • 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: American, Contemporary 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Not Your Average Joe's Arlington reviews from OpenTable diners
79 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (44)kid-friendly (41)neighborhood gem (40)great for lunch (26)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (13)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (6)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)romantic (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Took 10 minutes to get our drinks...Food was terrible, if I wanted bad food I would have stayed home and let my wife cook. Fish was over cooked in with burnt oil taste. With that bad taste of oil I tried to order another drink. Waiter informed me the drink I ordered was out and brought over a drink menu. Never came back. The enchiladas were hard
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected Treasure
    foodlover
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Looking for a casual meal after a tiring week, we went to NYAJ expecting convenience and reasonable fare. We were happily surprised by how delicious the meal was (and we are great cooks and foodies!)....a pork tenderloin was perfectly seasoned and very tender...a seafood stew was fragrant and delicious! Salads, particularly the caesar, were great and the dipping sauce for the bread a surprisingly wonderful beginning to the experience. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Night at NYAJs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    It serves it's purpose in the food chain. A moderately priced, local eatery with okay food. On the night we were there, a busy Friday, we had excellent service. The server replaced our bread with fresh hot bread became available, attended to our special needs, and was patient when we were indecisive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good food
    plato79
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's always has great food. I find the Arlington location to be especially consistent in delicious food. Also, they have some pretty great cocktails and unique drinks. I enjoy that they have a great gluten free menu and that they have a seasonal menu. Most of the time the service is excellent, too. There's only one waiter who makes you feel rushed and I try to avoid him. The rest of the staff is pleasant and friendly. This is one of my favorite staple restaurant locations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for special occasion lunch
    Ardenne
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I came here with 2 close friends for a birthday lunch and the food was excellent. I had the special Schnitzel and kugel which was very tasty. We wanted an afternoon of fun and conversation and this place was perfect for that. It was a very relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    sullabim
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was very good. Our waiter was not the best, but sufficient. The other wait staff were vert helpful. The mood was very relaxing, which was very much to our liking for a romantic evening out.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • ho-hum food tonight
    DayTripperDiva
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We usually find pretty consistent fare at not your average joe's, but they were having a "paint night" and I think they were a little overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected
    bethr524
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We're always pleasantly surprised at how good the food is at NYAJ! Tasty, well seasoned, and good portions, too. The service is consistently reliable and friendly. We get our money's worth there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They took good care of us
    Gelinho
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service was attentive and the food was very good, for the most part. When my wife's hamburger was overdone, the manager took care of that issue to the extent that we were very happy, overall, and we will continue to dine there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I like Salad
    Diner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My Favorite Food was the Asian salad. and the pasta and Key lime pie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Our favorite Joe's
    Bairsmom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After a couple of years eating at the Medford location, we needed a break due to excessive management turnover and poor attitudes of the cooking staff. EVERY meal we've had here in the past 2 months has been great, and Mike, our server, is awesome. Our new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I like food
    Diner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My favorite dinner was the asian Dumplings and the nachos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • HappyCamper
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always consistent with good food, good service and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nance
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great burger!Filling and perfectly cooked. The waitress was very attentive and polite
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our fav's
    DarJarVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Never disappointed with NYAJ's - we come back frequently and are always very happy that we did.......
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always satisfying
    oldnwise
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    NYAJ is a great place. This time we tried some of the new items to be included on future menus, and they are GREAT. As always, the bread and garlic/oil dip is the best anywhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheyCameToBostonVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    we visited on a Saturday night at 6 PM and it was easier to count the tables WITHOUT children. Nonetheless, to a one, they were well-behaved and altho they could be seen - and heard - it was not distracting. The beauty of a place like NYAJ is that it's better than common pub food but consistently consistent. This is the 3rd location we've visited and while never having been knocked out, have always been pleased. Tho one minor nit from our Saturday night visit while I enjoyed my choose-your-own-toppings thin-crust pizza, I received red onion altho having specified white onions three times to the server.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't Beat It
    boblikesfood
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Every,every time we go to either the Arlington or the Watertown Joe's it's always GREAT. I don't know how they do it but I'm happy. Food, price and service #1
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Louder since the renovation...
    trsfVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been going to the Arlington NYAJ for years. It's got good, basic food that is consistently good, and a good beer list & good sangria. My daughter loves their burgers and bread and lava cake. Since they did the renovation this past year, it seems MUCH louder. It's very hard to have a conversation without yelling. Not sure if tables were added, so there's an overall larger number of customers, or something happened with the acoustics, but it's very distracting. Can barely hear the waiter when he comes by. Not as enjoyable as it used to be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've been to many of the NYAJ's restaurants. I find the consistency of the food between the chains to be very good. The restaurant themselves are always clean and relaxing. The food is very good and the value is great. We have friends from out of town who always want to go to NYAJ when visiting... they love the bread!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid as usual
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's is one of the few chain restaurants we visit regularly -- have been to the Beverly, Randolph and Arlington locations. The food quality is excellent and the varied menu has something to satisfy almost everyone. The staff here have always been very accommodating about meeting dietary requests (vegetarian, vegan, etc).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Varied menu
    Carol
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great place to take a kid who doesn't like ethnic food. I appreciated that when they overcooked my steak they quickly brought me a rare steak and gave me the overdone steak to take home for a friend who likes it that way. I've ordered the steak tips many times and it was the first time it was overcooked.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service.
    Lolla61
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I am always very happy with my food here, and the service has been friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait time was puzzling
    Rubicon717
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I've been to NYAJ's many times, food is good and staff is attentive. This time, I used a birthday coupon which was great and I brought another adult and my 4yo daughter. Restaurant was about half full. We ordered our drinks then meals, them proceeded to wait close to 45 min for our food with no explanation. I did not complain and tip well on the entire orig amount of bill but was so disappointed with the wait time. Waiter didn't really acknowledge it, only asked once if we wanted more bread and another round of drinks. And we didn't order anything fancy - pizza, salad, sandwich plate. I assume it was just an off day. It really just bummed us all out I guess.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your average chain
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Have been to several NYAJ locations and have never been disappointed. I have often come here with groups including several people with hard-to-accommodate dietary restrictions (vegetarian and lactose-intolerant) and they have always gone out of their way to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 377 reviews are from the Not Your Average Joe's Arlington reviews archive.
  • Usually reliable NYAJ's
    DinerOuter
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good food
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Our families new dinner spot in Arlington. We also look forward to their oil, cheese and pepper dipping sauce for their onion topped bread.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local place
    Honestreviewer
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    One of the Best in the area for groups, for festive occasions, for a large and interesting menu and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    Leah
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great as always, Requested a quite corner for four abd that request was granted
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • energetic or noisy?
    treets4us2
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A cut above your average chain
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and drink, good service.
    Lolla61
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The food was excellent and our waiter very accommodating. And the strawberry sangria was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My goto in the hood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Joe's is always consistent and friendly. food is creative and comforting
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I do not want to write a specific review-- this is annoying.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodies
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Salmon was a bit overdone. but the bread and oil was always just as great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great wait service staff
    Trish67
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • comfortable place
    AverageCanBokAtTimes
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Average Joe's is a comfortable place to catch up with a frend over dinner.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good food and service
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My family and I enjoy NYAJ's even more when we know that we have a table waiting for us. Thanks OpenTable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Where is the service???
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate