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.nyajoes.com/
  • Phone: 6179269229x4
  • 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
124 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (68)good for groups (60)great for lunch (54)kid-friendly (52)fit for foodies (34)special occasion (26)great for outdoor dining (23)hot spot (14)vibrant bar scene (13)great for brunch (9)notable wine list (6)late-night find (5)romantic (4)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    pattid
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
  • 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.
  • Great Time!
    Tres1
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food is good, service is good, overall a good experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This new menu offering is a miss.
    annt
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The "peachy keen chicken kabob". The 5-6 chicken pieces were very dry and burnt . Served @ room temp, not sure if the corn, avocado, peach salsa was meant to be cold or hot. The nice server offered to bring more chicken but I cut off the black bits and drank my husbands water after my own. Should've stuck with my usual mustard chicken. Love NYAJs but worse meal ever.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Throw Back Menu was Great
    billpiVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Unfortunately, the Throw Back Menu celebrating their 20 years in business ends on July 15, 2014. The classic appetizers and entrees going back to 1994 are only $19.94 until then. Several selections still will remain on the current menu as well as an eclectic number of new additions. The wine list is ample and reasonable. All over a great time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blast from the past
    seadew
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Enjoyed the 1994 menu. Good food, good prices and good service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistently good
    TheStewardVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    While not a fine dining restaurant NYAJ's are consistent, reliable and a good value. The food is creative and always good. Servers are consistently well-trained across all of their restaurants. The value is good for their ample portions. Be aware that service is fast for a full service restaurant. They turn tables quickly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ctetreau
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food and drinks were excellent, service was quick and friendly. The Anniversary Deal was excellent. A great value for great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love this place
    WatertownStrong
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This place is tried and true. The food isn't extraordinary, but it is usually very good. The kids' meal is great deal and includes drink and ice cream for dessert. We come here to celebrate birthdays.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual
    LocalRes
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    I went here for a farewell lunch for a friend and we enjoyed their specials, our favorite usuals, and of course the bread! Can't help but love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere, good food!
    SolarPoweredMom
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed an early dinner at NYAJ in Watertown. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the service and the food. We especially liked the specials....the pork tenderloin and Anderson Valley Summer solstice Ale. I also appreciated the service from both the hostess, who was cheerful when we asked to be seated somewhere else and the waiter, who was very helpful. I liked the vibe and the decor and would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good, no longer great
    BostonGal
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We are longtime fans of NYAJ's and go there often. The last couple of times the food has been a bit disappointing. My husband even felt the bread (one of their signatures) was stale. Still better than many places, but no longer the fabulous NYAJ's we remember.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oyster and martini night
    zoet
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I definitely think your Monday night special of oysters and martinis should continue all summer! Neither our waiter or the hostess knew if this would continue past June, but it should! We waited a long time for our oysters but it was worth it! They were delish!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    My wife and I enjoy this place from time to time. We like the bread and dip they give you. The new menu seems to have many Asian inspired dishes. I enjoyed my steak and wedge entree. Meat perfectly cooked. Our server was very good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Happy
    Barb
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I am usually a fan of NYAJ, but it was a different story Saturday evening. The usually delicious bread was somewhat stale. I did not like the flavor of the clam chowder, which was also not very hot. The crusted haddock seemed oily, thin and tasteless. The molten chocolate cake was OK.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NYAJ is so above average!
    AMP21
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    NYAJ's is one of my favorite restaurants, hands down. Great food, plenty of options, and superior customer service. I have only experienced the Burlington and Watertown locations, but both are fun atmospheres. I have yet to have a less than average experience at NYAJ's - hungry for their mouth-watering bread now that I'm thinking about it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always spot on!
    Bonnie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    With a group for lunch or just my husband and I for drinks NYAJ always hits the mark
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice patio area
    Minionion
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Although it is against the parking lot, the fence around it gives a secluded feel. There's a good balance of in the sun and in the shade seating. Our server was attentive and polite and the food came out quickly. All in all a very pleasant experience. Would be even better if there were a brunch option...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    YallaVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    From the hostess, to the server, to the food and ambiance, NYAJ is consistently a great place for a meal. The service was prompt, the food delicious, and the server fun and helpful. We visit once every 6-8 weeks and the food and drinks menu always has something new to try. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I always come back
    IsabellaDVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I really like this place. It's priced well, I love the food (waldorf salad is one of my faves), love the bread with olive oil and the drinks... just no complaints! I keep coming back :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Monday night oysters deal is great!
    zoet
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Loved the martini and oyster deal!! Should be on another night in the future if possible. YUMMY!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating
    TheRoseVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    In addition to being an all-around good restaurant, I'm praising Not your Average Joe's for being so accommodating. We had a reservation for 8 people for the Friday night on Memorial Day Weekend. Two 20-somethings in our party decided the day before that they just HAD to attend the Jack Johnson concert downtown, so I called to remove them from the reservation. The next day, due to bad weather, the two decided to rejoin us. I called again, adding them back in to our reservation. Then, late Friday afternoon, two of the adults, driving in from New Haven, had their car break down and had to be towed to Framingham. Another call to please change our reservation to 8:45pm! The response by the restaurant each time was pleasant and understanding.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 87 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 527 reviews are from the Not Your Average Joe's Watertown reviews archive.
  • NYAJ-Great Food fair price
    JimTennis
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Time and time again I go to this location and they haven't failed me yet. They are very accomodating to your tastes and their menu has their old stand by's and adds seasonal gems to give you a chance at breaking away and trying something new without having to go someplace else. Bar, beer and wine offerings as well follow suit. Good food at a fair price; you can take your spouse and bring your kids along without breaking the bank. All and all a good choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Watertown Gem
    OttoK
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Compared to comparable places where I live in Alexandria, VA, the food at "Joe's" is outstanding at the price. I have invariably enjoyed my visits to this restaurant, because its standards of food preparation and service have been consistently high over many years. Also, no matter how busy it gets, the wait staff remains friendly and very efficient. Even on a Friday night with the place packed, there was no undue waiting for food to arrive. Watertown's "Not Your Average Joe's" is one of the best-run restaurants in Metro West.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great family-friendly place
    WatertownStrong
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We come here often for birthday dinners. The food is always good and the staff are very friendly. I've been taking my kids here ever since they were babies. I wouldn't say it is outstanding in any aspect, but you can expect a solid experience each time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate