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

Not Your Average Joe's Needham

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/
  • Phone: 7814539300x
  • 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: American, Contemporary 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Not Your Average Joe's Needham reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (71)kid-friendly (53)great for lunch (48)good for groups (35)fit for foodies (31)vibrant bar scene (20)special occasion (13)hot spot (10)notable wine list (8)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great food
    yummy
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deeelish
    JackieHVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    yummy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Everything from the waiter to the food and dessert was excellent. We had 2 birthday coupons . Great food and great everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, music too loud
    artellis
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 388 reviews are from the Not Your Average Joe's Needham reviews archive.
  • disappointing ...
    paradoox
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After work meeting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Enjoy meeting friends after work here. Always good food, close by and we can talk.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    NYAJ is a great place - continues to live up to its reputation with consistently great food and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needham lunch place
    CharScottVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    A great place to have lunch in Needham. Good selections for everyone, no matter how picky. We loved the lettuce wraps!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunchclient
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great casual dining
    Redlip
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Casual, comfortable, but nice enough for a special family gathering or a date. Food is consistently great...really nice selection too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm a regular at Joe's in Needham.
    nboudrot
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service made the meal
    KL1111VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Table for Six
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Joe's is one of my favorite places to go. The menu has something for everyone and the food is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Find another place!
    B52hgfVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick Bite on a Late Saturday Night
    bobmobilelime
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We can always count on N.Y.A.J!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday club very generous!
    isuz
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easy and tasty
    BostonBean
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Good variety on menu for kids and adults. Service was very good. Our waiter knew the menu well and made good suggestions. Fast and easy.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Perfect place to meet after work or quick bite after working around the house all day and we even have gone there for dinner with friends on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always good food and reasonable,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    always good food and reasonable, good neighborhood find for all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • you need to improve your french
    bigguy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    you need to improve your french fries little pieces aren't good
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great place to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Always a great place to go after Saturday choirs or afterwork.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3 of us went for lunch and
    DodiVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    3 of us went for lunch and as always the bread and dip was the best. I had the salmon and loved it. The other two had the chopped salad and were disappointed. The dish had little eye appeal and the chicken wasn't chopped but in huge slices. Once they got over that it was fine. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had reservations for six
    bkp2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We had reservations for six o'clock, but, of course, due to traffic, we were five minutes late, and the host had given our booth away. I thought that was really poor customer service. There were three booths empty, but not clean; we waited approximately ten minutes after we arrived. Our server was excellent; I wish I could remember his name. We never felt rushed; food was delicious and cooked exactly as ordered. Great time with my daughter!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Little things count...
    Thebears
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The food, prices, and service is all good. However, sometimes the little things are lacking. Our table did not have napkins and silverware, and we had to ask several times for these, even after food had been served. The waiter forgot the type of wine we ordered but that was quickly rectified. The great things about Joe's definitely over weigh these minor inconveniences.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salvation
    NYAJoes
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    It was a rough week with several very long days. It was perfect to go to Joe's after an exceptionally long day at work and have dinner without the work of making it at home.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to grab good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great place to grab good food with friends either after work on Saturday night. Thanks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep up the good work
    ilovfishVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Offers a menu for everyone in the family. Great and creative specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love NYAJ
    skier
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I always enjoy eating at NYAJ. My favorite thing is the bread. It is so good! The meals are great too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone. It
    Nallymac
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Something for everyone. It is great to be able to reserve ahead of time. Very busy 5:30-7 with family groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Winesday Promotional Dinner
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Consistently solid, NYAJ's serves up well-prepared, well-seasoned dishes in a pleasant atmosphere with good service at reasonable prices. We took advantage of the "Winesday" promotion - two entrees and Ravenswood Zin for $40. Basic sides - green beans, butternut squash and mashed potatoes. The chef relied a bit on salt and butter or oil for the green beans and potatoes, but the squash was nicely cubed and included black pepper, other fitting spice. The sirloin tips were prepared to order (medium-rare) and also nicely pepper-spiced. The soy-based marinate did not leave too much sweetness in the tips - just a very pleasing flavor. My panko-crusted cod was lightly seasoned/breaded - perfect. Only complaint: food temperature, warm not hot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple and delish
    Swarn68
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We go to this spot a few times a month and it never disappoints. Steak frites and line caught cod are 2 of my favs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    apetitejoe
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    The food and service at this restaurant was outstanding and I highly recommend it to anyone. My children also enjoyed the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last Minute Dinnter
    Oliver
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I decided to treat myself to a last minute dinner, made a reservation on OpenTable. Although had to wait a bit as it was "Wine Wednesday," it was worth it. Friendly staff, great service, delicious food. For the folks waiting for a table, they brought out a full pizza to nibble on while waiting! The Chicken "No-Fredo" I had was a tasty creation, indeed. And, what can you say about the "Peanut Butter Thing" I had for desert. When I joked it was my no-fat, no-calorie desert, the waiter agreed, noting it was really just like eating air! Insanely delicious air... ; - ) Thanks, NYAJ. A lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Joe's
    anon
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    A great restaurant to gather with friends. Everyone was happy with the food. Highly recommend the meatloaf. Bread is very good. The waitstaff and management were so helpful in arranging for our large group. The service was really excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I unfortunately was very disappointed. The pitcher of Margurita was all ice, the pizza was all bread with little topping and although the service was good the rest of the meal was really poor. I don't think I would recommend this place or the chain to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Michelle
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Not Your Average Joe's in Needham is a hot spot for families so having a reservation helps. We were seated right away (due to the reservation). Our server was excellent and two managers dropped by to see how everything was. We had two gluten free dinners in our party. Their GF menu has lots of selections. They even bring out GF bread for dipping. Food is quite good. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food marred by bad service
    RinF
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I eat at the various Not Your Average Joe's regularly, and this was truly the first time that I had sub-par service. Our server seemed overwhelmed by everything -- getting our pretty basic orders correct, providing us with change for a $20, bringing my mother-in-law plain tea... he had to check and . Otherwise, the food was excellent as always, and the atmosphere was fine, though as the smallest of the NYAJ's I've been to, I find the Needham location a bit cramped. Still they make the most of the space without seating you on top of each other,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our local favorite
    KSmithVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    NYAJ is our families favorite spot. Great for both adults and kids, great food and service right around the corner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.