Our waitress Katherine was
Our waitress Katherine was fabulous. She was really helpful with the kids' orders especially. The hostess was totally clueless. We had a reservation at 5pm on a Sunday(and two small children), and they didn't seat us for 10 minutes. During this early time, two other small groups arrived and were told by the hostess that there was a 20 minute wait, even though there were clearly empty tables. Both groups left to eat elsewhere.
My special shrimp, pesto pasta was DELICIOUS, and we always love the focaccia bread. The peanut butter thing dessert is really, really good.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
I dine here often and the
I dine here often and the food is consistently excellent. Service is friendly and manager always checks in to make sure we are pleased with our experience. Restaurant can be a bit loud at times, but not terribly offensive. Some of the waitstaff is young/inexperienced.
I am always pleased with my meals, the service and the value. Will continue to dine at Not Your Average Joe's in Needham.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Got there early and they were
Got there early and they were packed. But , still seated us.
Good service and always attentive.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and drinks! The
Great food and drinks! The creative menus are always a bonus to this restaurant.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good time. Delicious food.
NYAJ does not disappoint if you are looking for good, real food, and a pleasant atmosphere. Very accommodating (we wanted a quieter nook so our very distractable baby would eat her food, and didn't feel like we were inconveniencing the to ask. Not the largest dining room so it can get a bit loud as it fills up. Specials generally rotate monthly, and the regular menu has a good variety from pizza to meatloaf to scallops etc. so should please anyone.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Best as Usual
Went to Not Your Average Joes this past weekend after my daughters high school play. We arrived a little early for our 9:30 reservation. Our table and waiter were waiting. Service was outstanding as it always is at NYAJ's. Our food came quickly and was delicious, our waiter made sure that our glasses were never empty. Will definitely return to this great and convenient in town restaurant.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our Mom chose NYAJ's in Needham for her Mother's Day dinner. Needless to say, Mom was right! We've dined at NYAJ's in the past, and we have always, without exception, had a great experience. The menu consistently offers fresh and creative cuisine, and there's something new to try each time we visit. Our waiter was very personable and efficient - our meals didn't sit a moment in the kitchen and were served hot. We love the fresh bread and dipping oil - fabulous! We had the new "founder's flounder" with a delicious cucumber, tomato and coriander salsa; meat loaf; and herb-crusted haddock. All compliments to the chef from our table! We give NYAJ's a perfect 10.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Be sure to have a reservation
Be sure to have a reservation and in retrospect, I'd have ask for a table away from the door where the crowds of people were waiting for their table.
The staff was terrific and our table for 10 was waiting when we arrived (on the dot). Also - they are great with allergies.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter and I both had our birthday coupons from Joe's. It is the best deal around. You get a free entree plus a dessert. We saved $56!!! The food was really excellent. I had the rosemary scallops skewer and it was delicious. My daughter had the balsamic salmon which she loved and my husband had his old favorite -the mustard crusted chicken. My daughter and I both asked for changes to the dish and they were granted with no problem. We love Joe's. We can walk there if we want and it is always yummy. Especially the bread and dip!!!!
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
What did you say?
The food and service at NYAJ is consistently good. The only problem I have is the noise level. During this visit, my friend and I couldn't hear each other. My advice, request a booth. They are in a quieter section of the restaurant.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best waiter in a long time!
Our open tale reservation gave us our requested table. Elias was our waiter on this most recent is it to NYAJ's. He was excellent! He even knew what a "Top Gun" martini was (previously he was a bartender). He quickly resolved an issue with my wife's entree which didn't arrive with sweet potato fries. When it came to dessert, they had run out of caramel sauce for the peanut butter thing! He has promised us a replacement dessert the next time we visit! Keep up the good work!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to dine!
I have been a regular at Joe's for more than 3 years. The food is always good, the staff is wonderful.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm a regular
I'm at Joe's so often the bartenders pull my draft beer as soon as I sit down! It's my "Cheers" (I like the food, too.)
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nyaj is fairly consistent across the board-food can be counted on to be good, service typically good, noise level always high.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch for two...
It was great having a reserved table since the restaurat is a busy one even exactly at Noon! My friend got there before me and was immediately seated. I joined her and she already had water and was waiting for her gluten free roll! i loved the bread and dip. The June special of pecan crusted chicken was delicious. My friend enjoyed the gluten free burger. The children in our area seemed to enjoy the atmosphere!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great night with the family
I was very surprised when I was able to make a reservation thru Open Table for Not Your Average Joe's, and even more surprised when we walked in and were seated right away. This has never happened before at the Needham location. The service was good, the food was great as usual, and a pleasant evening.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always reliable NYAJ's
Good food, great value. A frequent customer that will always return. The best "chain" restaurant with no "chain" feel. All locationa are consistently high in food quality, but service, as everywhere, is dependent on the luck of the draw and the server assigned to your table - ours was great!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything we ordered was really good, and our waiter Rob was outstanding ! I was disappointed that the crab cakes weren't available as I so enjoy them. However, I liked the crab quesadillas which I hadn't tried before, but would definitely have again.
NYAJ's is our go to place to sit and have a visit with a dear old friend, and the wait staff are always so cordial and pleasant even as we sit a while longer to chat.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
WE had a very nice dinner with friends although I must say I prefer the atmosphere of the Burlington location. But as usual, NYAJ did not disappoint.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went here for my birthday for the second year in a row and both the food and service was perfect. We had a great time and will definitely be back. Everyone's meal was very tasty.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always there for an unplanned meal
We have gone to NYAJ in Needham on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never had a bad meal here, and the bread is awesome!
7/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
The overall dining experience was fine. Having been there many times, I am familiar with the menu and the atmosphere. So, there were no surprises. The only issue that I had was that the establishment did not have a table ready for my party at the reservation time. We had to wait at least 15 minutes. This is not the first time that this has happened at this particular location. It seems that making a reservation is pointless, because we had to wait for our table anyway. I would have understood if it were a particularly busy night, but that was not the case.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Much above the Average
We had a gift card for Not Your Average Joes and also it was my husbands birthday. We were both pleasantly surprized at how good the scollps and the flounder were. I have an allergy and they were able to adjust the topping on the flounder for me and still maintain the excellent dish. The most outstanding part of the meal however was our appetizer of Wontons with tuna. Very flavorful and presentation was lovely! I do hope they keep it on the menu
Our waiter was pleasant and very helpful. He did not rush us to decide.
This is a busy place but they seem able to please both the adult and family crowd.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a lunch meeting
I had a work meeting over lunch. The food was great and service was good. The location was OK. It is located on a busy street and only has metered parking - but I was able to find a spot one block away.
I would recomment this to others for a work lunch or a meal with family/friends.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always a really good dinner
Joe's in Needham is great for different people with different tastes - there is something for everyone. Excellent, friendly service. Priced right. It is a really nice place to meet friends after work. JR
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service Ok food for the Price
I had been to NYAJ in Watertown and I recently got a free entree and dessert coupon for my birthday so we decided to try out the one in Needham. Pretty much same exact deal as the other location. So consistency is there. The place was packed and we were worried about our reservation getting pushed back but the staff was great and took care of us and made sure we had a table by 7. The wait staff was also very friendly and helpful. The bread and oil is really the best part of the meal there which is unfortunate. The meals were fine but nothing spectacular, which is shocking for the prices they charge. Didn't mind paying what we did since we did get one free entree but we don't really go on the regular because of the prices.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
An upgrade on family dining
The food was solid. The drinks were delicious and it was a great choice for a family dinner where both the kids and us parents were happy.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out waiter was great and made the while experience so much better.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
home in needham
Always happy with NYAJ.
New chef and food was delicious. Waitstaff was efficient, attentive and lovely
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter and I often go to Not Your Average Joes-Needham. It is a great place for a mother daughter heart to heart. It is also used for celebrations and for those at least once a month bad teen crisis days.
We can always expect great service, warm comfort food and the favorite chocolate dessert to dry those teen tears.
Not Your Average Joes-Needham is also a great place to meet up with friends or co workers for that casual lunch or dinner.
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always great on your Birthday.
I have been going to Not Your Average Joe's in Needham for a long time now. They have a great email promotion for a free dinner entree and desert around your birthday. We always order the Ahi Tuna Wontons which are great, sliced pan seared tuna on a crispy wonton with ginger and seasoning. I ordered the Pork Two Ways special that was a grilled pork tenderloin and pork belly with a black forbidden rice. I had been wanting to try pork belly and it was what I expected. The rice was probably the real surprise in the dinner. My wife ordered the Rosemary Grilled Scallops with Israeli cous cous she really liked that and will steal the idea of using rosemary stems as skewers. For dessert we went with the Peanut Butter Thing all I can say is yes.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, service and price
Everything was cooked just right, with the right amount of flavorings. Veggies weren't overcooked unlike most places.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is very consistent.
This restaurant is very consistent. Love the bread with the oil and cheese. I had the grilled salmon with rice and it was very
Tasty. The asparagus was a little too under cooked for my taste. My friend had the Cobb salad and asked for a few changes
Which was no problem doing. Definitely will be back.
9/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great menu and good atmosphere and friendly management team.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not only do they have the regular menu, but always serve up different specials which are always delicious. We had the Atlantic Swordfish, Harvest Mac and cheeses and Spice Sangria, and everything was delicious.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Dinner with friends
We were seated immediately upon our arrival. We were seated in a not too noisy area. Our waitress was pleasant, attentive
and efficient. The food was very good. Had an enjoyable dinner with friends. Will return again.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food Great..........noise annoying
NYAJ in Needham is one of our favorites. Their birthday club is generous and the food is always delicious. We like their seasonal specials. However, this is the second time that our waiter was not consistent and attentive. In addition, it is almost impossible to hold any sort of conversation with the music blasting out of the Bose Speakers positioned strategically around the restaurant. The noise level is a constant loud din as everyone attempts to talk as loud as his/her neighbor and as loud as the music playing. We try to go during 'off hours' but would strongly suggest that the music is just superfluous.............silly and in the way.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, prices and service.
Great food, prices and service. Liz was an excellent server, very attentive to our needs.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love Joe's - excellent food
I love Joe's - excellent food and service at a reasonable price.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
first visit to nyaj in needham.....
first visit to nyaj in needham.........entrée of seared tuna and cabbage slaw was outstanding.....can't wait to go back for a refill!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Needham Night
Was able to slip in for a qucik dinner. Service and food were great. Even though there were families at tables all around and busy bar, it was quite enjoyable!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The bread with cheese and
The bread with cheese and garlic oil is the best around. I had the mustard chicken and it was delicious. My friend had a new
flat bread just being introduced on the menu with squash and cheese and I don't remmeber what else but she said it was
excellent. As we were celebrating my birthday we had the chocolate molten cake which was also pretty good. Great value
for the buck and a wonderful deal with your birthday coupon.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food is very consistant.
The food is very consistant. The bread and oil of course is the best part. I had the grilled salmon and it was very tasty. I don't care for the salsa so they brought me something else instead. My friend had a caesar salad with grilled chicken and was very pleased
with the food - first time dining at Not Your Average Joes. We had a reservation and were seated immediately .
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and good service
Good food and good service - a little noisy and busy and crowded but fun!!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always good food
My husband and I had not been to NYAJ's in a long time. Amazingly, the place is as popular as ever with no sign of slowing down. I made a reservation on Open Table and I and would recommend doing this. We only waited a few minutes past our reservation time to be seated. Our server was very friendly and always smiling. The menu had something for everyone. I had the turkey kabobs which were cooked perfectly and not dry at all. My husband and friend had the line-caught haddock which was battered and looked very good. My friend's husband had the salmon and he enjoyed it. All in all, a good solid meal. We were too full for dessert so I cannot comment on this. I will be back again!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always Dependable Joes
I have been to Not Your Adverage Joes on many occasions with my daughter. This restaurant is our mother teen daughter night out to chat. Whenever we go to NYAJ's we have always received the best service, the food is always superb and we are never rushed out the door.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good and the service was great. But they were a bit quick with the meal, we ordered appetizers which were
brought to the table immediately and then our dinners were brought out almost as quickly.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Bar, great food,
Fantastic Bar, great food, variety, ambience appeallng and informal. Excellent service. Great sense of humor among the bartenders and servers.
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Server was very friendly and
Server was very friendly and attentive. Food was excellent! We enjoyed our eating experience.
12/12/2013 4:00:00 PM