Not Your Average Joe's Watertown
Not Your Average Joe's Watertown

Not Your Average Joe's Watertown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/
  • Phone: (617) 926-9229 ext. 4
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mark Hallett
  • 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
  • Catering: Not Your Average Joe's offers a wide selection of our signature items in XL sizes to cater your office parties and special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Church St.
  • Public Transit: Mass Transit Bus: 70,71 and 59.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available behind the building. The lots are metered from 9am-6pm, Monday thru Saturday.
A word from Not Your Average Joe's Watertown
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 Watertown reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (63)neighborhood gem (60)kid-friendly (54)great for lunch (42)fit for foodies (37)special occasion (16)great for outdoor dining (15)hot spot (14)great for brunch (13)vibrant bar scene (13)notable wine list (12)late-night find (7)romantic (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Local dining at its best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Changing menu with many healthy chices. Specials on Monday night (oysters, unfortuneatley they ran out by the time we got there) and Sunday football deals. Love the almond goat cheese salad and salmon special. Easy parking in back and friendly staff, definely going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency Plus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    I Joe's is a delight! The menu changes and selections are excellent, well prepared and imaginative. Service is attentive, friendly and waitstaff are knowledgeable. Parking is handy, location is close by which also makes Joe's an enjoyable experience. The birthday coupons and other promotions are also a welcome addition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go-to spot.
    annt
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    9 times out of ten, this is where we go for dinner when guest are in town or when I just don't want to cook. A good feed with nice wine and nice specials. Sign up for their emails so you know what' s cooking and how to get the deals on gift cards! Probably be there again next week!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We always love NOt Your Average Joe's-wonderful variety and the focaccia bread and dipping sauce is spectacular. As is the peanut butter thing dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not disappointed
    Boston
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    I have eaten at the NYAJ in Needham before, but this was my first time at the Watertown location. It was just as good! I love the menu- something for everyone and vegetarian friendly. The homemade veggie burgers are to die for! The place was surprisingly busy for a Sunday night, and I was glad that I had made a reservation. Got a nice booth seat. Couldn't have been happier!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good...
    SDouglasVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I love that NYAJ is consistently good with each visit. Their menu is so interesting and they infuse seasonal items that are so well prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Party of 4, we all enjoyed our food! The Peanut butter thing (dessert) was way to much for one person... which is good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service Below "Your Average Joe's"
    AJMBolton
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food excellent as always, cocktails dandy, service not. 1/2 our group arrived early, served drinks, water etc. 1 order incorrect. 1/2 arrived on time and waited 20 minutes for service. Soup came after entrees. Well-meaning, but untrained waiter had to be walked through our orders to make sure they were correct. We are NYAJ regulars and will continue to visit recommend, but will be wary of this waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently tasty food
    Maria
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We are NYAJ regulars and like to fine here for the value and good food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • family night out
    simmy
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    excellent place for casual dining. good quality price wise. needs reservations at busy time of evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expanded menu
    bluesusie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    New offerings since the last time I was there and everyone was happy with what they ordered. Except for the pomegranate martini -- not recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very good food, especially the seasonal entrees like the butternut squash filled cannelloni and chicken. We were in a hurry due to an appointment and the OpenTable reservation was key as was informing the hostess and our waitress of our timeline. Everything worked out perfectly!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food, incompetent staff
    Zach
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was good, above average. The wait was ridiculous, the waitress forgot to put in our appetizer, then they ran out of it by the time she remembered us. The manager asked us how everything was, we told him about the experience politely an he just said, "Oh. Yeah." What kind of response is that? It wa just awkward.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food.
    NewcomerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our first dinner out with everyone back from school, we were thrilled to be able to get a reservation at this Average Joe's. The food was delicious, then ambiance was very nice, however we felt very rushed, and were not even offered coffee or desert. It made a very nice experience to not a very good one at all.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They made it all better!
    Seabiscute
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    After a not very good experience with their service on my birthday, I let the restaurant know about it -- they reached out to me and encouraged me to give them another try. I did, and it was like night and day -- back to the Not Your Average Joe's I knew, with prompt, cheerful, accurate and attentive service, and good food at good prices. Plus, their bartenders know how to make martinis! I'm convinced it was a one-time blip, and I will be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Neighborhood Dining Experience
    Eatingwell
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This is a great asset to the Watertown/Belmont restaurant scene. Nice menu with many choices. Good tasting food. Generous portions. very reasonably priced. Very fine service staff. The manager even came to our table to make sure everything was to our liking and to thank us for choosing his restaurant for our dining exerience that night. Way cool.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Annie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food made specially to fit person with allergies but still very tasty. Excellent services.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joes has gone down hill
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Have been going to NYAJ for years. Ordered the Goat Cheese dinner salad. The "cheese balls" were like eating pieces of cheesecake -- so much sugar added that there was no taste of goat cheese. The dressing was thick, syrupy and sweet. This is a dessert dish -- far from the light refreshing salad of it's origins. We also had the seared tuna salad. it was tasty but only had 4 tiny pieces of tuna -- really skimpy. The service was good but the restaurant is getting worn down. The booth we sat at had tears in the seat. Hopefully it is only Watertown that is this worn out.
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  • Always dependable and yummy
    SavvydinerVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    NYAJ is a place whee you can always depend on a nice meal. That said, often times the service and delivery, thereof is a bit confused...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Your Usual Service
    Seabiscute
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Though the food was good and the atmosphere lively, a large party took our server's attention, which made for delays -- not our usual experience, so I hope it won't happen again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your average meal
    Dlilyvt
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always a treat to relax and have a dinner at NYAJ. Have been a patron for many years and have never been dissapointed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    always a good place to go. consistent quality and service. thanks
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You can always count on Joe's!
    PGT16
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We have been having family dinners for 10+ years at Joe's – can always rely on good food, friendly responsive service. Watertown staff is great – thank you!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below Average Joe's
    Anago
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Quality of food has decreased since the last time I ate at this chain. Below average compared to similar places. I am not sure if the decline is only at the Watertown location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Every Time
    boblikesfood
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Yes every time we go to Not Your Average Joe's it's always.always good.They make you feel so welcome. In the last week back 3 times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eview of Wednesday afternoon lunch
    2fer
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I'm 64 years old, married and living in West Newton. I have two grown children one of whom has eaten many times at Not your Average Joes in Watertown. She gave me a balance card reflecting money to spend at her next visit and gave it to me. My oldest
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal!
    BarneyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We ordered 2 items off the specials & they were both exceptional. We've eaten @ NYAJ's many times before, but this was by far the best meal we've had there, on a par with some top notch restaurants! I had pork rubbed w/ Indian spices and on a bed of sweet potato carrot mash w/ sauteed swiss chard. THe flavors were delicious & it was perfectly cooked. My husband, who fishes & cooks, had the fish special, flounder, on smoked cheese risotto. The fish was perfectly cooked, not too dry or undercooked, & moist and tasty & was delicious. THis was an excellent meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • steve
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Always very nice. Not outstanding food or service but always a good meal, reasonably priced, and ok service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasant surprise
    pattidVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's is far and away the best "chain" restaurant I've ever eaten at -- one of our favorite places for lunch. Their salads are inventive and really well-done, and the option to add chicken, steak or salmon to anything makes for a great meal (sometimes two!) The menu changes regularly to keep things interesting and the food is consistently fresh and delicious. And their bread and dipping oil (full of grated cheese) is yummy! The service at our location in Watertown is always well-paced and solicitous without constantly interrupting our conversation. Watertown has a lovely patio, which we always enjoy, but it can get very sunny. If only those umbrellas tilted ... Still, an excellent experience all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chilly nite
    newtongirl
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I love Joes. Our dinners were good although a few in the party tried new things and werent crazy about them - basil chicken was overcooked and the mexican steak was so so. But there are so many great things on the menu- one can find something they love. Biggest complaint of evening - it was TOO COLD - the air conditioning was up so high it felt like a meat cooler. I know this is hard to control when temps go up and down outside but boy we couldnt enjoy the meal as we were shivering. We should have eaten outside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Average but nothing special
    Nlave
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    If consistency is what you are looking for it hits the mark. Nothing notable, but nothing bad. The dipping oils for the bread some of the best I have had and the cocktails were reasonably priced. BIG plus though is an extensive gluten free menu that actually tastes great. I will be back here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Great Service.
    BuffMcCloud
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food at Joe's is always good. Nothing fancy but reliably good. Wait staff is excellent. Always accommodating to my daughter's nut allergy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday lunch
    Julie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our group of 4 enjoyed our lunch. Both food and service were excellent! The noise level made it difficult to have a conversation, however. Can something be done about that?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Its was my first trip to a not your average joes for my pre birthday dinner. .I made my reservation for one online. .upon entering the restaurant I was greated by a friendly hosted who called me by name and sat me 15 minutes earlier then my reservation. .I was then greated by joanna my waitress. ..who took my order...she was friendly and my food wasserved promptly. ...the herb crusted haddock fries and coleslaw was delicious. ..and as was the carrot cake I got to go...my experience was five stars...and by the way my entree and dessert was free because I had joined the e-club and you get a free meal for your birthday. .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good food, mediocre server
    greatfoodpoorserver
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was our first experience at the restaurant. The menu is brilliant, the manager was attentive to new guests, the food was very well presented and very good, and the server was at best mediocre. The server did not spoil the meal, but just did not know how to serve. Training was probably the issue
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent food, terrible waiter
    JennVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Been here a few times. Food is consistent an priced right for the area. Nice back patio and great drink selection. Our waiter this past time, Josh, was terrible. He acted as though everything was a huge inconvenience and forgot about multiple requests from the table. Will still return but wanted to be clear.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYAJ far from average!
    NotsoMuchVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Please ignore the nickname NOSOMUCH, I can't change it from a bad review a long time ago. Not Your Average Joe's (NYAJ) has really mastered the neighborhood dining spot. Somewhere you can eat delicious home cooked food everyday and get something different. The summer special we had, tuna tartare on cucumber with yummy sauces were awesome, and filling. Went right to dessert - and oh my - the BEST strawberry shortcake you can other than my grandmother's!!! Homemade biscuits and delicious fresh soaked strawberry's on top.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, quality, consistent choice
    RunnerEdu8rMom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    NYAJs is our regular go-to choice in the neighborhood. Food & service is dependable, delicious, & very reasonably priced. We also like beer selection.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    acoupleofseniors
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My family, there were 6 of us arrived to celebrate my husband's birthday, we were seated and had a wonderful waitress. The food was excellent and of course we had to have dessert. It was a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 80 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 548 reviews are from the Not Your Average Joe's Watertown reviews archive.
  • Always Good
    Barby
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I have been to several different Not Your Average Joe's and have had consistently good food and excellent service! Cannot beat the prices for this food and service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.