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: 7816431666
  • 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
81 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (42)neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (37)great for lunch (32)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (12)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (6)hot spot (5)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good visit
    Fiddler
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Burger
    TonyVi
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    You need to try the sweet blue cheese burger!! Just amazing
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DarJar
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Arlington location is our favorite. Made a reservation and were glad we did. On a Wednesday evening, the place was booming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 358 reviews are from the Not Your Average Joe's Arlington reviews archive.
  • Consistently good food
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Great option for families looking for better quality food that kids enjoy as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been better
    BLC72
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I've been many times to NYAJs. The ambience & service was fine. The food had no real flavor. Looked good, but had no taste.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a fun occasion
    canneverremember
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great revamp of local restaurant
    pickle
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Friday Night Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The good and the bad
    pczernyVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celiac menu was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this Restaurant
    DinesOutFrequently2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This restaurant is consistently delicious! Been there several times and the food is always very good. Talented chef here!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant as always
    joer
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleases everyone
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service
    Fridaynightdinners
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Enjoy Not Your Average Joe's
    AnnieA
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The food is consistently good. Love the bread and oil. This trip we went because of the Wednesday wine special on the website but the promotion had ended. Went back and the date did say the end date was the previous week. Wish they had taken it off of the web site. Still had a good time and enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We are an older couple and
    Anne
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic