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Not Your Average Joe's Needham
Not Your Average Joe's Needham

Not Your Average Joe's Needham Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com
  • Phone: (781) 453-9300
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Romano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 135
  • Public Transit: Mass Transit bus: 59... Commuter Rail access: Needham Center Stop...
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available in behind the building... Metered and 2hr parking available...
A word from Not Your Average Joe's Needham
Description: What does creative casual cuisine mean? Exactly what it says. We"re creative, because we reject the same-old-same-old in favor of tastes that are interesting and unique. We're casual because while our food may be worth getting dressed up for, we invite you to come as you are. We're all about cuisine in the sense that our chefs apply high standards of culinary art. There it is. Creative. Casual. Cuisine. If it sounds like your kind of place, then you – like us- are not your average Joe.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This place is very busy. its not very big so you should call ahead. Food is good and the price is right."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurant chains, but this visit was not the best. It was crazy loud, super packed and the temperature was nearly 80's (the thermostats are in the dining area). Our waiter seemed somewhat new and a bit confused and sweating profusely. One of our entrees was obviously ready before the other, as it arrived cold. The restaurant was definitely too busy to wait to have it recooked, so we just moved on. We paid with a combination of gift cards and credit cards which thoroughly confused our waiter and necessitated the intervention of the manager. The restaurant had no control of the other guests, but twice during our meal we were either nearly hit with food for a flailing fork or a flying plate. Sad."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We love NYAJ's. Went for dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday. We all tried each other's food. We loved the Thai chicken lettuce wraps and the bruschetta special. Two of us had the DELICIOUS special - Pecan-crusted chicken. The chicken was cooked perfectly. The sweet potato fries were yummy, and the coleslaw was also delicious. One person had the jambalaya, said it was good but could have been spicier. Salmon with quinoa/mango salsa and grilled veggies was a mixed bag. The salmon was delicious, the veggies were undercooked, and the quinoa (which I love - elsewhere) was kind of bland, tasted a little "off", as one person said. The carrot cake was good (I've tasted a friend's gluten-free baked goods, and this was much better). Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Joes is great for any occasion. The food is diverse enough for anyone's taste. It's my go to restaurant."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The bar was alive with the US vs Potugal Soccer Match playing. The restaurant was full and bustling late on a Sunday night but we were not rushed."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I have been to many Not Your Average Joe's and was excited for this visit to catch up with friends and for the great food. When I ordered my Margarita I also ordered a water, which I never got even after reminding our server TWICE. I also got half of my meal, I ordered the Tuscan Chicken and it was two pieces of bread (not four like usual) and they were empty inside. I waited and waited and waited and after the rest of my party finished eating I then got up to ask for our server who never came back to the table to let him know my food was wrong. He admitted it was wrong and whoever brought it over (it was him who delivered it) should have noticed that only half the sandwich was on the plate. So he had the kitchen remake the sandwich."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've been to the NYA Joe's in Needham many times and it is very consistent. The service and the food are terrific. This time we were there to use a free birthday coupon but we've been there many other times without coupons."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have had serveral meals at Joe's in the past. This was not the best. Our server seem to have some problems getting the orders correct. One friends burger was not cooked. I must say the manager Guy did come over right away and apologize and took the item off the build. There was too much Goat cheese on the salad I ordered not enough greens."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "It is fine when you want to just catchup with friends but the food and atmosphere is not the driving factor. I never would go out of the way to eat here but our friends are on a budget and it works for them. Fine....no better , no less."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "met an old friend for dinner. hadn't seen each other in several years. great place to go catch up. the waitress was very accomodating to our slow pace. food was very good. definately would go back again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Few places offer so many different items on a menu and all prepared so well. Service is always very good. Do make reservations ahead or expect to wait quite awhile - Take out is available."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My family took my brother out for Father's Day and we all had wonderful meals! The food is always good to fantastic, the service is excellent with a fun group of young servers to help you out with any dining choices you might need help with. The bar crowd is great, too!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "With a large variety on the menu, everyone in your party will find something interesting. All leftovers were taken home. They happily split a salad for me and my wife. Overall a great experience. Definitely returning in the future."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I dined with 2 friends I hadn't seen in months. The ambiance, service and food were all great. While the restaurant was quite full for a Tuesday evening, we weren't rushed at all, which added to our enjoyment. I have dined here a number of times with a 1 or 2 people as well as a group. This is a restaurant that consistently serves a great menu, has great service which lends to a very enjoyable experience. Thanks!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Always a good place to go for lunch or dinner. Reservations are really a must or you can expect a long wait. Kitchen and staff can be slow when crowded. The staff is very pleasant and they work hard to make a pleasant experience."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Food good and the waiter was excellent good for local dining"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Fun, neighborhood pub style restaurant that's worth stopping by. Lots to choose from, and it's all fresh. The bread and dipping sauce is to die for!!! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The entrees are always delicious and creative. Noise level is a little high even when not crowded. Very noisy with a full house..... I can tolerate the noise because the food and service are very good."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Somewhat congested dining area; food was good; service good. Pricing is always good and you can't eat the focaccia bread!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "great after work spot, wide menu selection, great drinks"
    Dined on 6/13/2013
  • "I had the pecan chicken on the special. It was delicious. Our one complaint on the evening was the sweet potato fries which were not fries at all. They were large , hard slices of sweet potatoes baked. Very misleading and not very enjoyable to eat. Otherwise everything was wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Winewednesday's is a great bang for the buck! It's just nice to go out and have a reasonably priced dinner with good food!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We go to NYAJ's frequently and do not usually make a reservation. In this case we made a reservation for the wine and food tasting. Each of the wines were excellent and went particularly well with each course. The stuffed quahogs were superb, very flavorful with the addition of chorizo. The chopped salad, fish tacos and steak wedge were all perfectly prepared and the dessert of strawberry shortcake with prosecco finished the meal off nicely."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Everything from the waiter to the food and dessert was excellent. We had 2 birthday coupons . Great food and great everything."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Sometimes their food just misses after trying too hard - The "Not your average nachos" was basically a bunch of chips on tops of some salsa and other stuff. The dough on the cannelloni could have been better. The ambiance could have been better as we were seated by the door and the tables were crowded together. The waitress seemed overworked and tired and got lost for periods of time. For example, we had to remind her to get the dipping sauce for the bread. We've had better meals at NYAJ, but this was not one of them."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "NYAJ Needham never disappoints! Food was so good! They are always so creative with their menu...putting a nice spin on things. Every course was terrific. And a great GM!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "went here with a buddy around noon on a Thursday. the food and service were great, but the music was too loud and didn't really fit the ambience of the restaurant. the folks at the table next to is asked that the music be turned down. please don't get me wrong, I've been to hundreds of concerts and play music myself, but the music was loud. bar loud"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Enjoy meeting friends after work here. Always good food, close by and we can talk."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "NYAJ is a great place - continues to live up to its reputation with consistently great food and staff."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "A great place to have lunch in Needham. Good selections for everyone, no matter how picky. We loved the lettuce wraps!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Casual, comfortable, but nice enough for a special family gathering or a date. Food is consistently great...really nice selection too."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The service is always friendly and accomodating and the food is fantastic!! I go there probably 4 or 5 times a week and I don't think I've ever been disappointed in any dish I've gotten there. I love the creativity of the menu - it changes all the time. Try something different and I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful and relaxing Mother's Day lunch. The food was good as usual, but our server was outstanding. Just the right mix of being attentive yet not overbearing. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Not Your Average Joe's was deeply average! Food OK, staff pleasant, but nothing memorable, except that they were out of the first three things we tried to order! Yes, it was Mothers' Day, but they might have been able to plan for the volume. Tuna wonton appetizer is great."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Joe's is one of my favorite places to go. The menu has something for everyone and the food is always good. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Would never recommend this joe's location in needham. To small had to wait for our table to be cleared. Bathrooms smell like a zoo and were so dirty! I assure u the next time I go to visit my son at college. I WILL NOT BE GOING TO THIS LOCATION OF NOT YOUR AVARAGE JOES. HOSTESS WAS VERY RUDE ALSO. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "If it is Saturday night in Needham and you want a good drink and quick dinner, Not Your Average Joes is a great spot. I recommend the Margarittas that come in a glass with an shaker. One Margo is really equivalent to two regular drinks. We had the tuna tartar appetizer which was also tasty. Of course the bread and olive oil helps fill you up. We went simple on the main course and had burgers. It was prepared well and appetizing. The only negative was a slightly overattentive waiter. He wanted clear you plates a little too quickly. I think he thought he was providing good service but it was little annoying. Overall a good experience. Parking was convenient. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our dining experience was to be as expected! We can always count on N.Y.A.J! Host staff was welcoming and accommodating. Waitresses were knowledgeable in menu, friendly and not overbearing. Our waitress's timing was spot on! Food was fresh & delicious, portions were just right. We were served everything we asked for and in timely manner for a busy restaurant. Thank you N.Y.A.J. for another great dining experience!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I got a delicious free dinner and dessert on the occasion of my birthday! NYAJ's is a favorite spot and we will come back during the year and esp for our birthdays! It's a great treat!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The music was blaring as I was served my late, overcooked salmon on top of my wilted green salad. I go here often as it is convenient. However, it was WAY too loud this time and so I will likely not return."
    Dined on 4/23/2014