Not Your Average Joe's Methuen
Not Your Average Joe's Methuen

Not Your Average Joe's Methuen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/
  • Phone: 9789740015x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
    Monday & Tuesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
  • 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, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Get started on your holiday shopping with Not Your Average Joe's gift cards. Buy $50 and get $10 in Appreciation cards free.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available in the Loop parking lot.
A word from Not Your Average Joe's Methuen
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 Methuen reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (50)great for outdoor dining (47)good for groups (39)fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (36)kid-friendly (34)hot spot (24)special occasion (22)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (12)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (5)romantic (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food and service from an attentive staff and management team.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love NYAJ
    LL65
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is our go to restaurant. The bread and dipping oil is fantastic and I have yet to try a dish I haven't loved. This last visit I tried the Herb Crusted Haddock and substituted green beans for the fries and it was perfect (never a problem with substitutions). Some other favorites are the Caprese Salad and the Mustard Crusted Chicken. My husbands favorite is the Meatloaf. Atmosphere is fun and energetic. It is also a plus that they support our local farms by using local produce whenever they can.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Below Average Joe's
    Diner432
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We eat at another Average Joe's location regularly, and are always happy with the food, service, and ambiance. So we were surprised by our opposite experience at the Methuen location. The young woman at the reception desk was neither welcoming nor friendly. She acknowledged that she had a record of our reservation, but no table was actually reserved, and we waited along with all the walk-in diners. There's no place to wait but in the aisle next to the unfortunate parties who were seated near the entrance. Our server got part of our order wrong because she was preoccupied and did not write down the order as we gave it. The food was ill-prepared. The same dishes we enjoy at other Average Joe's locations were mediocre here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday treat
    toots
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I went as a party of one for a free birthday entrée and dessert. The wait staff made me feel very welcome and was very attentive. I adore the focacia and special dipping sauce. I had a burger cooked to perfection and I fully enjoyed the one thing that especially draws me to Joe's-- the "Peanut Butter Thing".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fall specials
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Not usually my style, but waitress convinced me to try the spiced apple sangria--it's delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic dining
    veee
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Our dining experience was perfect, our server was fantastic, I wish I got her name. It was a midweek relatively slow night, and we were seated in a booth along the main aisle way, but the attentiveness of our server was outstanding. My son's order was keyed in incorrectly and they delivered it and then brought out his correct meal, so we got a free dinner and the server and manager were so apologetic and upfront and did the right thing! We will be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A rough day for a great restaurant
    ToniVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I visit the NYAJ in methuen around 5 times a year, which is a lot for me. We have an annual tradition of celebrating our birthdays there and we always love the restaurant. We had a bad experience this time with very slow service and the outdoor eating area was a mess! Food on the ground everywhere! The manager visited us after one mishap and we said we were fine, but it would have been nice if he visited us an hour later when we were still waiting for our dessert. Hopefully this was just a bad night.
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  • more than expected, better for it
    winejew
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I wasn't sure what to expect. I would have to agree that they live up to their namesake. The meatloaf and coconut shrimp were above average. I was pleasantly surprised by the wine list. It had the normal bland and predictable selection. However, it also had a higher quality selection that made the meal and the night that much better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service, Innovative
    WeLikeFood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    NYAJ's is a favorite for consistently good food and high quality service. The menu changes with offerings of new dishes "discovered" by "Joe," who is said to travel the world looking for great meals. A nice assortment of wines and drinks is available. I usually pick Joe's Margarita - $6.99 for a very large drink. A bowl of Tomato Basil Soup for $6.99 is more than enough for a full meal, when you consider their fresh bread and oil/garlic dip that comes with the seating. The staff are happy and thus do a great job with service. This NYAJ is located next to a cinema and offers discounted theater tickets as an add to a meal. Its popularity means long waits on Friday nights and some weekends, so plan ahead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I chose Joe's for my birthday celebrations with two of my friends because it met everyone's food choices. I love the quality of their food and the wide variety on the menu. I have never been disappointed in a meal there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NYAJ YES!
    Carolyn
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great food, great service! The food is always fresh and cooked perfectly. Varied options, a nice change from the usual offered menu in most restaurants. Their bread dip is a great way to start a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good despite the delay
    veee
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our family of 4 had a fantastic meal and our dessert took almost 1/2 hour to arrive, our server was excellent and gave us updates and when the dessert finally came she arrived with her manager to tell us they were taking it and my meal off the bill. I couldn't have been more happy with our server, I only wish I'd gotten her name to give her credit for her excellent service. The place was packed and she was so attentive to us and the other tables.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • favorite restaurant
    favfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants for good food and service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Styleskid11
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    They have a comprehensive gluten free menu, with a lot more options than most restaurants. They even bring gluten free rolls for the amazing oil!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open table option
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Joe's is the only open table option in Methuen, MA. We used to be regulars but only go once or twice a year now. Some patrons that came in after use were served before. This may have been the crusted haddock I ordered but did not ask. My wife's steak tips were a bit too rare. My fish was very good but opted for asparagus instead of fries and only got 3 spears. We do different restaurants all the time and although we have had a lot of great experiences @ Joe's it is unlikely we will visit more than the 1-2 times each year.
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  • Predictably great
    veee
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and atmosphere were fantastic, our waiter however seemed new and forgetful, although polite, he forgot a few things and didn't seem to be very enthusiastic about his work
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed in Open Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We use Open Table all the time and was so disappointed when we choose this restaurant based on open table. It was honestly one of the worst experiences we have had in a very long time. Chips were stale, wrong food was delivered, & what wasn't stale was not edible. Avoid this restaurant or at least this location of the chain.
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  • convenient neighborhood gem
    neighborhood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    convenient neighborhood gem. We like Joe's for all occasions. Perfect for lunch, diner or late nite apps and cocktails.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    RinnyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We enjoyed our meal very much and the staff is very amenable to making changes on the menu items to accommodate our tastes/needs. The molten chocolate cake was excellent. Will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never had a bad meal here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food is always very well presented and tastes fresh and great ; loved the chicken lettuce wraps; friends had chicken kabobs and a pasta dish and they both were very happy. Al Fresco dining was very nice on a beautiful summer night; only drawback was that the public bus parks immediately adjacent to the outdoor patio and while it's there you can't hear each other talk and the smell of diesel is bad. But it isn't too often. Also I did go inside to use the ladies room and was reminded that we were lucky to get an outside table - the noise level for some reason inside the restaraunt is very loud. Do try the watermelon sangria - very nice refreshment on a summer night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Hospitality at it's finest! Food and service were exceptional and the vibe of the restaurant reflects the way the community feels about this location, they love it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYAJ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Go to Not Your Average Joes, quite often. Always good food and wine and always a nice rlaxed place to eat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    tcw2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    My husband and I had an enjoyable dinner. The food was excellent. The waitress was very good. She kept checking to see if we enjoying our dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    It was a busy July 4th because of the rain but overall the food and service were very good. Timing was great and we were very satisfied by the end!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty
    AnahavanaVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Food is way too salty and my good order tasted over cooked and not fresh
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We've been dining at Joe's for years and we are never disappointed. The food is always great, the service friendly and the prices more than fair.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I LOVE the healthy choices, drinks
    MovieDinner
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Salad choices are outstanding! Food that my kids loved served. A nice selection of cocktails and online reservations was so convenient. Outside dining was great and the service is always polite and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joyjoy
    Joyjoy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Dinner was delicious! The service was great! We got tickets to Lowe's theater. The price was right! Thank you for a great afternoon!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome meal!!!
    Razzoreo
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We went to celebrate my friend's special birthday! All meals were awesome as usual. We have eaten at their resturants in Burlington, MA, Medford, MA, Beverly, MA, and Newburyport, MA as well as Methuen, MA, and have never been disappointed at any of them. It is wonderful how they offer the birthday person such a wonderful dinner on their special day, unlike any other resturant I have been to.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Deal
    MilesMom
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Best birthday deal around. Free entree and a free dessert. Sign up for their e-club and you will get this every year. The specials are creative and the regular menu has something for everyone too. We have not been disappointed yet. A favorite that we return to often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • buffet290
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    They try to serve plain good food in a fancy way. The chicken I had tasted very strange---maybe the "mustard" coating on it. See what I mean. The restrooms could have used some attention...sloppy and very wet all over counter sink and floor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joanne
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The jambalya was fanstastic but the salmon is not as good asI have had in the past and I doubt I would order it again. The cut of salmon was very thin and I like thicker wild salmon type cut-I do not know if this was wild or farmed. I have had trouble with this before at this restaurant with the salmon on the salad that I had ordered was a couple of smaller pieces and dry-not good, and then I came back and got it again and asked if it were a small piece and was told it was one bigger piece and it was good that time-this time not so good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great time at NYAJ's
    rkenjoylife
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    we have dined here numerous times but usually with a party of 4 or 2. This was the first time we had 8. NYAJ was really helpful on setting us up and had our table ready even though we arrived early. The staff, Jessica, was outstanding in providing excellent service and attending to the entire parties needs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Winesday...So worth it
    KMo1VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This is our second Winesday - $39.99 for two entrees & a bottle of wine. Your entree selections are limited but the choices delight. I had sirloin tips. It comes with mashed potatoes and green beans. The garlic mashed potatoes are so full of flavor you will want more & the green beans were cooked to the perfect al dente! My finance enjoyed chicken piccata with fettucini - again a great filling meal. We selected a nice cab for our wine (they offer a limited selection here too). I ordered a side salad so I was a bit full and took 1/2 my dinner home for lunch! Stretching that great Winesday price even further. You can also bring home any wine you do not finish not a problem for us. Attentive service & management. Worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    scram1017
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I are Not Your Average Joe's Regulars, and we love the Gluten Free options and regular menus! Its such a great option for him and I to be able to go out and I can get my Gluten free meal while he enjoys their amazing bread. Their drinks are always great, their on tap beer selection is always at a great temp, and I can only recall one bad service experience I have had at the restaurant. Out waitress, Gina, was pleasent and very attentive which meant al ot because the place was VERY BUSY. She checked in on us, kept up with drinks, and the food was amazing and out in amazing time. Needless to say, we will always come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food, but kitchen was slow
    HollyE
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We eat here at least 3-4 times a month, and usually the food arrives within 15 minutes of ordering. Granted it was a Friday night, so they were busy. Our server was excellent, he kept drinks & bread stocked. Time passed easily with our company. We will return for our favorites and special items. The gluten free menu is a welcome sight to those of us who need it. Keep up the great food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as usual
    Killergeek69
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    New menu, great food, superb service, atmosphere is always great. This is our favorite place to relax, enjoy, and forget the troubles of the world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 65 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 511 reviews are from the Not Your Average Joe's Methuen reviews archive.
  • Never disappointed!
    Pickyeater29
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Everytime we have eaten here, whether it's been with the kids, friends or on a date night we have never walked out disappointed. Always great service, something new to try and affordable prices! The drinks are pretty amazing too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Spring menu!
    Phil
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Lots of new and delicious items, but so glad they still have the Coconut Shrimp Appetizer! Deelish!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, horrible service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Being a mom of three and the day after Mother's Day (which I worked at a restaurant serving others) I was really looking forward to dinner outside with my girlfriend. Our server was awful, took over 10 minutes to greet our table. Others servers stopped to apologize. We were in the back and it felt like I saw every other server, but ours was never around. It was a very poor expereince.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.