Not Your Average Joe's Acton

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
From our famous focaccia and dipping oil, to our legendary pizza, salads, and sandwiches, we offer something for everyone at Not Your Average Joe's. Come in for fan favorites like our Mustard Crusted Chicken or Steak Tips, stay for the extended list of wines, craft beer, and crafted cocktails. We serve an extensive gluten free menu, happy hour, weekend brunch, and have full-service lunch and dinner 7 days a week in the dining room or bar area.

Not Your Average Joe's Acton is a family-style restaurant that offers a bar area, main dining room, and wide array of seating options from high tops to booths to community tables. Conveniently located near the Acton Bowladrome & Arcade and Roche Brothers Acton, there are places to shop and play for the whole family nearby. For lovers of the outdoors, stop in to see us after an afternoon at the Acton Arboretum, Great Hill Recreation Area, Nashoba Brook, or a wide variety of other nearby parks and conservation lands.
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4.1based on recent ratings
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4.2
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4.0
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3.9
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vipJoanM
New England
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not the waitresses fault , but very slow to serve us our meal. We see told a lot of take out orders were the reaaon

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Gerry
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYAJ is a great place to go. They take care in their presentations. There was a good variety of items to choose from (even during the pandemic).

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AliciaD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was tasty and a fair amount. I got the Chick/shrimp stirfry dish with the brown rice. It had a really good brown sauce on it and could taste some fresh ginger in it. Delightful! My mother had the Chickjen Caprese panini. Also very good and she took half home. We didn't have to wait long for it despite Covid 19 restrictions in place. They normally automatically bring out focaccia bread and oil with seasonings to customers at the start of a meal. We didn't get any even though other customers around us received it so I had to request it. Our server seemed preoccupied or just didn't want to be there maybe? That's my only reason for giving 3 stars on service.

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davids
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was well below expectations in comparison to other NYAJ locations.

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Bob39
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were early, 6 PM. The place was almost empty. I guess the virus is keeping people away. Service was great, food was great.

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vipTableOnlyDiner
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not Your Average Joes is always good as usual. I recommend any time of day.

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vipSuzanneB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sadly, this was not the Nyaj we are used to. Our favorite items are off the menu and the prices are sky high. $100 for 2 adults and 1 child with no appetizers or dessert seems over the top. We won’t be going back unless things change. The food quality and service were average at best.

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Walb
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Table & chairs wet when we were seated. We dried them ourselves. Hostess was extremely unfriendly. Menu has been cut down so our favorites are no longer there. We were rushed out of there. Told it was last call to get desserts when we just got dinner. Noted in reservation we were there for a bday celebration & it was never mentioned. Won’t be going back.

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jcbnewe
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Acton NYAJ’s usually once a week. Food and service are always top notch.

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EllenF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Limited menu due to covid -19, food appeared precooked and overcooked before and was on a colder side . Extremely limited food choices . Not sure why but I think dining room decor was also limited . Probably will not go again unless their menu expands significantly. We love bread and dip but not as a meal replacement .

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sat in Bar area. Superb service.

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TimfromCentralMA
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made the reservation, but it wasn't needed, the restaurant was mostly empty. But a very nice inside lunch date with my wife.

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DianeP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent. They are set up very well for serving customers and social distancing tables appropriately. The food was very good. We had an enjoyable dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Server and kitchen staff not following Covid precautions

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StefwithanF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, yummy drinks. Didn’t check the menu before I booked. Was a bit shocked to see how much they cut out. But we liked our meals.

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DanielC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall we had another great experience. This was only our 2nd time out to a restaurant since the pandemic started. We booked the reservation as normally there can be a wait. No wait at all. Got seated immediately and waiter helped immediately. Everyone we could see wore masks. Plenty of space between tables. We felt very safe.

As for for the food it was really good. Both my wife and I enjoyed our meals. Our boys got their usual pizza and loved the fries. I got the lobster roll and it was one of the best I have ever had. Perfectly buttered and grilled roll, and the lemon aoli the lobster was in was great.

Only complaint would be they didn't offer us extra bread after the first basket, but that is a minor complaint. We are looking forward to going back again soon.

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Ashleymarie
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Our waiter was great, very attentive. My food at least was not satisfactory. I had the margarita pizza that was under cooked in the middle and greasy. Our appetizer the steak eggs rolls were so delicious and fried perfectly. My friend thoroughly enjoyed his food. The restaurant was extremely clean and followed all Covid regulations and had some their own guidelines. I would recommend Not Your Average Joe’s just not the under cooked greasy pizza.

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CherylK
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service,. Food was great arrived quickly.

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Crs01773
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went for a traditional St. Patty’s Day dinner and was not disappointed.the menu had Irish Stew, Corned Beef and Cabbage and a Reuben Sandwich. Sizeable portions and very good service.

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vipSenior
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service. Quiet. Menu had lots of variety and additional specials for St. Patrick’s Day.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was good, service was horrible. We sat there for 30 minutes after we were done eating before the server came over. We turned it into a game “How long will it be?!?”. She never asked us how we were doing, never offered refills on our drinks. We love NYAJ’s but we will never return to this location.

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Marsha
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Salmon was a thin filet, not what I expected. They were jammed when we arrived. So, we ate in the bar area which was pretty noisy. Service was good, but slow.

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Emily
Wilmington
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are regulars at NYAJs and love the service (especially a few servers we have gotten to know), the value of the delicious and varied menu items and the cost, the flexibility of the kitchen/chefs to change a few things, and the general "community eatery" feel of the restaurant. It's a wonderful place for singles, couples, groups, families and celebrations of all kinds!!!

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vipChallah
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was good. Service was excellent. The noise level was over the top. Lots of families with young children during vacation week at lunch. I'll be back, but not during vacation week.

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gsk6
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we always enjoy our dinners here. It is a great family spot with a friendly staff and yummy food.

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DanielleA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dependable, consistent spot. Good variety on the menu with something for everyone. We have been enjoying this restaurant for years.

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Jason
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I’ve been coming to NYAJ for years (though I haven’t been in a while) and this is the first time I’ve been let down. Our appetizer of ahi tuna wontons was good, but both of our entrees we disappointments. The burger was adequate at best, with toppings and a bun more appropriate to a quick service restaurant than an upscale casual place. The shoestring fries were great, but I definitely would not order the burger again. The surf and turf (special) was so bad we couldn’t eat it. The steak was bland and dry, and the lobster ravioli contained large, hard bits of shell or cartilage. In addition, the bernaise sauce arrived cold and lumpy. A replacement sauce contained many small, white strings similar to tiny fish bones. We were told this was tarragon, but it bore little resemblance to it. All together, we ate roughly 2/3 of one entree and nothing of the other. The service was friendly, though the staff seemed overwhelmed. We observed several other tables requesting managers due to bad food, so we don’t think our experience was unique. It’s unlikely we’ll be returning.

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ESundy
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic but our server was even better. She was super engaging and extremely helpful.

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Gustav
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always have a good meal at Not Your Average Joe's, so we took a friend for her birthday. It was just what we wanted. We all enjoyed grain bowls, which were so bountiful that we had enough for lunch the next day.

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CrosFamily
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love our server. She was right there and was always pleased to serve us.

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JulieL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, NYAJ delivered with delicious food, great service and easy reservation process. We'll be back soon!

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Disappointed
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waiter had an attitude. Restaurant seemed tired & not clean. Won’t go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Other than the bread which is always the best, the food choices are tired and limited. The only appealing appetizer on the menu contained cilantro, to which I am allergic. My friend’s jambalaya cakes with a huge amount of rice in the middle and a small amount of jambalaya around it.
The service, however, was excellent.

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viplove2dine
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Overall a good go to place. Server was a bit rough around the edges.

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SueK
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our group of 12 had a great meal at NYAJ. Our server was great and our food was prepared very quickly and was delicious. The menu offered good choices for meat eaters and vegetarians in our party. We will come again.

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DavidS
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and presentation was excellent xxxxxxxxxx

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vip2leftys
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Not Your Average Joe's has a quieter vibe going on. We had a very attentive waiter, and excellent service. Ordered dinner for a gluten free patron; very concerned to prepare food just right; offered gluten free roll with appetizer. Good portion sizes for the price. Excellent dining experience.

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vipNealL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

This Not Your Average Joe's is very run down. The dinning room floor was very dirty and slippery.

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vipChari
New England
64 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was very mediocre and we called a manager over but he did nothing. Definitely disappointing.

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AmyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

It’s always important to make the distinction between the service personnel and management. The servers wouldn’t provide such miserable service if the place were better managed. this place is poorly managed. This place is overpriced both for the portions and quality of what they serve. Factored into any price is also the service and ambience. There is nothing there to pursue.

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Not Your Average Joe's Acton is rated 4.1 stars by 1275 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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