Not Your Average Joe's Burlington
Not Your Average Joe's Burlington

Not Your Average Joe's Burlington

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nyajoes.com/
  • Phone: 7815051303
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 12noon - 9:00pm, Monday: 11:30am - 9 pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Roland Solorzano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 3A
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available in front of the building.
A word from Not Your Average Joe's Burlington
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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Not Your Average Joe's Burlington reviews from OpenTable diners
183 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (76)great for lunch (66)neighborhood gem (64)kid-friendly (63)fit for foodies (48)great for outdoor dining (41)special occasion (40)vibrant bar scene (23)hot spot (17)great for brunch (15)notable wine list (9)late-night find (6)romantic (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's never disappoints. Consistently good food and good service. The bread and the dipping sauce are to die for!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The autumn spiced sangria was so delicious and the table loved it!! We've recommended it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anything but average
    FoodeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great service. Very different menu options for food and drink. Going the extra mile for a food allergic guest. All make NYAJ a head above the rest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    Blueman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at NYAJ. The server was super pleasant and efficient. Fodd was enjoyable but nothing special. Prices are a tad expensive compared to the food quality. All-in-all, an enjoyable experience. I'm sure we'll go again someday.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last minute
    MarleneS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Decided last minute for casual dining with decent pricing. NYA Joe's was a great fit. Have been here several time and it never disappoints. If you are looking for good food, without high prices this is your place, not for that romantic night out. I had the hanger steak wedge salad and my husband had the jambalaya. Both dinners were very good. Sat on the bar side and had a great waitress.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always Above Average
    Eikooc
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    NYAJ is my fallback place. I know it will always provide a varied menu, good food, and good service. It came through this time as well. I rarely have a complaint when we go and they change there menu frequently enough to make it interesting. You can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neildbermanVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This visit was on a Thursday, normally a busy night, but because it was leading into Labor Day weekend, I guess many people were away, so even parking was not a problem.I had the Mustard Crusted Chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans, which was excellent. My wife had the Not-Your-Average Meatloaf, which comes as 2 mounds of meatloaf atop mounds of mashed potato and those yummy onion crisps. She requested her gravy on the side. Alyssa was our server and she was very attentive. Manager BOB stopped by to check that everything was OK. We waived dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for lunch from work
    John
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We got a round table by the window which is good for conversation. I asked for quiet and got it. Service and food very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birdie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had an outstanding waitress, I wish I knew her name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    You can always count on Not Your Average Joes for consistent food and great service
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Menu
    enjoying65
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was very good, our server very pleasant. One missp. One dinner did not arrive with the other four. I told the others to start as I waited for my steak. Finally had to flag down our waitress to let her know we were still waiting for the last meal. She immediately went to kitchen to follow up. Long story short there was a miss in the kitchen. She informed the manager while the kitchen immediately started preparing the plate. He came over to apologize and informed me he would take care of it. Since the kitchen pushed it out, it was not seasoned properly and compared to the other excellent meals served was disappointing. Will we go back? Definitely, we have always enjoyed Joe's and mgnt handled it graciously.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allergy helpful
    JulesnstuVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Staff was very helpful with our sons food allergy. Food was delicious and served quickly. Wish we has them in Minnesota!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Fun Night
    RadmooVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was a beautiful night so we only considered outdoor dining spot. We did have to wait for a table on the terrace but it was worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great server
    cfallon67
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Robert was a great server, very personable. Food was good as usual although I was not completely happy about my Chicken Picata this time. The chicken was a bit dry/over cooked and two rather small pieces. They had some lobster specials that sounded interesting but I didn't want lobster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    Nofearrockstar
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I had a dinner with my soon to be 15 and entering high school son and to be able to sit and chat about guitars and music in a nicely located booth was very satisfying. Very good attentive service and food was done to order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was terrible-
    Marge123
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Most often- eat at Not Your Average Joes- Arlington. Have eaten in both the dining room and at the bar. Service, food excellent. First time for me at Burlington. Food was very good. Service was terrible. Sat in the bar- at a high top table. By choice. Waited almost 20 min before we even were approached my a waitress. Waited 20 more min for drinks. She forgot to bring appetizer- had to remind her. Very disappointed. Will Def. return to Arlington next time !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A grand Happy Birthday
    Memories
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was incredible as always. We had he scallops and the jambalaya. Just when you think you couldn't eat another bite the dessert menu tests your endurance. But gotta have it. I especially loved the Strawberry Shortcake. It was so delicious. I would recommend this place to everyone. I told all my friends and family!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oyster Night was Awesome
    SGregorioVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My 3 friends and I had a wonderful time eating shucked oysters all night along with a few bottles of a nice Sauvignon Blanc (or a Shandy for one of the guys). Service was awesome and the outdoor dining area was lovely. On disappointing part was that we ate them out of their oysters that night. Oink Oink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed this time
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've been NYAJ fans for a while, but this experience wasn't great. I took my son for a simple meal. He got pizza, I had a hamburger. My son is not very picky; he thought the pizza was not very good. My hamburger was OK, with some caveats. I asked for medium rare; it was medium. They gave me a gluten free roll (which I asked for) but the roll was not great. And the vegetables that came with the burger were not very good quality. Still, it was OK, and I'll go back. I like the restaurant, the menu, and the gluten free options. But another night like this would drop NYAJ way down my list.
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  • Friday night at NYAJ
    neildbermanVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Parking lot was very crowded so we went right to the valet - Eddie - was very personable. Table was waiting for us as soon as we got in -- not bad for a Friday night. I had the Nantucket Chopped Salad - love the Barbecue dressing. My wife had a small garden salad with grilled chicken. The lettuce looked a bit wilted -- manager Bob had it replaced immediately. Unfortunately I don't remember the waiter's name - He was new to us - we never had him before, but he was very attentive. Car was quickly retrieved by the valet.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NYAJ never disappoints!
    Dannyboy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    My husband go to NYAJ at least once a month. This time we tried new items (for us!). My husband had the mustard crusted chicken. Delicious, just the right amount of mustard, enough for taste, but overpowering. The green beans were fresh; the mashed potatoes had the right mixture of creaminess to lumps! For the first time I had the pan seared haddock. I'm still talking about the dish three days later; I even raved about this dish to a waitress at another restaurant! Definitely will order again. Desserts were the molten chocolate cake; again GREAT! The chocolate had just the right bitterness to sweet ice cream. I brought home my strawberry shortcake to enjoy later. I just heat the biscuit with a little butter!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Up to Snuff
    RadmooVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    So my last couple of visits to NYAJ were a tad disappointing and I was beginning to think that perhaps they were going downhill. Not so . . this visit everything was perfect from the bevies, to the food, to the server and even the bread which was fresh and hot, as it should be.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Above Your Average Joe's
    DanimalJ3666
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    For a similar price to say "The 99" or "Bertucci's" you get a slightly eclectic take on local foods. I had a Fisherman's stew and my wife had Peachy Keen Chicken Kabobs and both were very good. My broth and the toast they gave me were the highlights for me and the peach/mango salsa on the chicken made my wife very happy. We had the Buffalo tenders which had a unique kick. (I may have called these Thai Buffalo Tenders) I would say that they are better than your average chain restaurant. The waiter, Robert was great. His quick wit and his quirky style match the restaurant to a T. We drove from Middleboro (1hr) to meet friends and we were not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food. Personable server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Restaurant was crowded and lively. Online reservations worked well. Despite one member of the party arriving late, there was no pressure to order.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Birthdays
    joel67VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great for a birthday celebration!!! Food and service were quite good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best neighborhood restaurant
    BigD
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always consistantly very good with friendly service. Great selection and reasonably priced. You can not go wrong. The scallops and meatloaf are our favorites.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissappointed
    Joal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was less than desirable. I was surprised because I have Been to this restaurant multiple times and it was never a bad meal. Service and food were dissappointing this time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    Tbear
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The sushi appetizer was fabulous and filling. I had the scallop dish with the Israeli couscous and it was cooked to perfection. My husband enjoyed the large variety of local beers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken Oscar
    weeknightout
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was disappointing. We ordered the Chicken Oscar. The chicken was somewhat overcooked and tough, the rice was sticky and heavy, and the vegetables were not a feature in this recipe. It was very filling/heavy, so that was disappointing. It was just an okay meal. We have eaten here before and have had better meals, so we expected this to be better.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going downhill
    Oochi
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is the second time we have dined at NYAJ's and have been disappointed. I always get the tuna tataki salad and the pieces of tuna were microscopic this time. There were 4 pieces of about an inch each. Last time we went the salmon was over cooked and tasteless. We always enjoyed this restaurant and will give it one more change. Oh, and there were about 5 slices of strawberries in the strawberry shortcake.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed Review
    awickcaldVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our party of four had an uneven experience with the food we ordered - the meatloaf entree was very disappointing; the chowder and salads were average and the chicken kabob was very good. The place was teeming with young families with kids, who seemed to enjoy themselves.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I suggest going during the week, it's a bit crazy on the weekends, to be expected. Creative and delicious menu. Service is on point.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating
    1retiredteacher
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We meet two other couples here a couple of times a year as mini reunions. It is a central location for all of us. We make the reservation for mid afternoon so we can sit and talk without taking up space in prime time. They are so accommodating to us. The food has always been delicious and the staff attentive and efficient. We really enjoy our gatherings at Not Your Average Joe's in Burlington and have already picked our next reunion date.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy restaurant limited flow
    extrospect
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    NYAJ servers treated us well, which we enjoyed. But the flow from the kitchen was poor, so the time to wait for food was long, they apparently ran out of bread, then one of the dishes was overcooked when provided, so on the whole it was not a great experience. We've eaten at NYAJ for a number of years. I think the menu needs to be updated (it has not changed that fundamentally in the years its been open), and lean / theory of constraints should be applied to optimize flow in the restaurant otherwise it's a difficult restaurant to eat at for Friday or Saturday dinners.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner for two
    Soxfan
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    As always, this is one of my favorite places to eat. Our waiter, I think, was new and there were a couple of glitches but not serious, and he went out of his way to be sure we were satisfied. We had pizza, which I'd never had there before , and it was very good, even the leftovers two days later. Soxfan
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Good Menu selection and love the bread! Food was good as always.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    Foodwhisperer25
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I have been here before and always have a difficult time deciding what to order but I know what ever I get will be great- they have a broad range of great food that covers simple sandwich/burger food to fancier cuts of meats... You won't have a problem finding what your in the mood for
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had a very nice Birthday dinner!
    firstimpressions
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Your dipping sauce is toooo die for! I asked for a special tomoto, morzzarela and basil with balsanic vinager and they did an excellent job of doing what I asked for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    rollymel5
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I took my friend out for her birthday---our usual spot, NYAJ in Burlington, MA. She had scallops and I had the Waldorf salad with chicken. Service was great, food was great, drinks were great! We always come back and do our birthday lunch/dinners here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Something for everyone!
    Lexingtonian
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great value, reliably good & creative meals... Always a family favorite of ours due to the fabulous bread and oil on arrival plus the broad and creative menu which has something for all tastes. The specials menu is always interesting & tempting and the vibe is friendly and relaxing. We always make a reservation so we can walk right in and avoid the line. Staff are always friendly and eager to please. Great for anything from a weekday meal to a reasonably priced family celebration. Highly recommend!
    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.