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Not Your Average Joe's Acton

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1054 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Dining Bar, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Sunday 11:30a 9:30p
Monday 11:30a 10:00p
Tuesday 11:30a 10:00p
Wednesday 11:30a 10:00p
Thursday 11:30a 10:00p
Friday 11:30a 11:00p
Saturday 11:30a 11:00p
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Phone number
(978) 635-0101
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
VASILLIOS PAPAS
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Not Your Average Joe's - Acton can accommodate all of your special event needs. Choose from three different Prix Fixe lunch and dinner menus, or order à La Carte!
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Private party contact
Gregg Whiting: (855) 781-0580
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Catering
We over our XL Style Party menu for large orders for the office, team, or whole family! Visit us online to see all of our menus, including our Party Menu!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Massachusetts Avenue
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Parking details
We have a public lot conveniently located right outside our building.
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Special events & promotions
We host all different events for the Peabody community! Happy hours? Check. Baby shower? Done. Engagement party? You got it! Give us a call, and let us know what you're looking for, and we'll figure out how we can help. We offer catering, are great for birthdays, and have a host of allergy-friendly options for anyone in your group.

We also host our own special events throughout the year as well! From wine dinners to fundraisers, beer dinners to brunches, we have it all. Check back on our website event page or on here to stay up to date on all of our upcoming special events!
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1054 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Great place for business meetings as it is fairly quiet

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Not to sound like foodie snobs, but NYAJ is our favorite chain. The menu is fairly interesting and diverse and the quality of the food is consistent from location to location. Our dinner on 3/30 was a occasional get-together with friends who live at a distance and this was a great compromise choice.

The food was very good, and our absolute favorite is the Ahi Tuna Wontons appetizer...highly recommended! Everything tastes fresh and the portions are reasonable.

Thanks for a great dining night out.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Not Your Average Joe’s is way above the rest. When you crave a great meal that won’t break your pocketbook, just head to Joe’s. Well prepared, fresh and tasty entrees and an extensive beer and wine selection if you so choose. For dinner, I had the steak tips with rice (instead of garlic mashed) and fresh green beans. My wife had soup and sandwich. “Meet me at Joe’s”!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We had a large party with 4 high chairs, everything was set up in advance, kids had crayons ready and everything was perfect!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We enjoyed a light bite at Not Your Average Joe's in Acton. My husband wanted some oysters on Buck-a-Shuck Monday. He said they were a little smaller than he likes but they were good. We each had a small salad and shared the Nacho Average Nachos, which we'd never had before. The chicken was so moist and tasty, and the salsa, which was primarily corn, was also very good. We would have them all again. Joe's never disappoints - the food is always freshly made.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Wonderful food and service, as always!

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Over all, dinner was OK; my husband had the Heritage Pork Chop which he said was excellent. I ordered Chicken Enchiladas. We split a Caesar Salad up front.

Caesar dressing was seriously sweet, and definitely did not taste like Caesar dressing to us or to our server.

My entree came to the table in a hot plate, however, the food was not hot. ;-(

This dinner was a disappointment. I know they can do better than this.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We arrived and was shown to our table. Waitress was very friendly, courteous and knowledgeable of the menu. The food was good and ample. Would go back again.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Made a reservation here for a Friday night, great that you can do that here, it's always crowded and usually a wait. Cocktails very good but long wait for them on a busy Friday. Salmon special with mashed sweet potato was excellent, my husband had the scallops which he enjoyed. We both had salads, mine was delicious with toasted goat cheese. Bread as usual was great dipped in garlic/oil/parm. We did share a slice of key lime pie which was delicious. They emailed me a $10 off coupon so worth signing up! We will come back as we always do!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

This restaurant is a favorite for my partner and me. On this occasion, however, I was there to catch up with a few old friends.

What I like is that the menu is frequently updated with seasonal items, so it's hard to get bored. And the menu is pretty wide-ranging. In this case I had the jambalaya, which was spicy without being overbearing, and extremely flavorful. Unfortunately, one of my dinner companions was not excited about her scallops, and ate less than half of the plate. For what it's worth, she ordered it without the normal bacon, which may have contributed to the disappointing taste.

Three of us split the flourless chocolate torte, which was just enough to seal the meal with chocolate (a definite necessity) without needless excess.

Service was prompt and friendly, and the server tolerated all the delays while we chatted rather than attended to the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The steak tips were cooked perfectly. Our waitress was superb! I believe her name was Erna. She is simply delightful.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Our service was excellent. Food delicious and table hostess friendly made our meal a great experience. Thanks!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Haven't been to Joe's in a while, so I was looking forward to seeing how it was. The food is always Dependable - really good, not horribly creative, but you can always count on getting a good bang for your buck. Drinks are always great too. Our waitress was a little snippy, but we can deal with that. Saturday nights are very busy, and I'm sure she was a bit overwhelmed. We love Joe's, and we will be back.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We usually have good things to say about NYAJ’s, we always like to come here but this time our service was terrible. Our waitress didn’t bring water, there were dirty bread plates, drink orders were wrong THREE times and she was rude.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Power outage in the midst of dinner contributed to lots of smoke originating in the kitchen. Floors needed cleaning (i.e., slippery).

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great food, plenty of gluten free options available, including desserts! Attentive wait staff were very helpful and service was fast. The only drawback is the noise level during the main meal hours. It's very loud and often very hard to hear your own conversation.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I don't know what is going on with NYAJ's, but it is getting worse every time we go there, and we
typically go twice a week...... Up until recently because the food has gone down hill dramatically. First of all, it takes forEVER to get your food (didn't used to) and it just is NOT good. I had the salmon yesterday, with cold mashed sweet potatoes and spinach that was dripping in oil and way overdone. Nothing on that menu tastes good anymore. I have gone so far as to send a "private note" to joe's and got no response. just don't get it. I think it has something to do with who is in/managing the kitchen.
We see no reason to go back which is too bad as for years it was our go-to place.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always good food. The bread and seasoned dipping oil are fantastic too

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Have been to this restaurant many times and enjoy the food and atmosphere however on this night the restaurant was very cold. I mentioned to this to our waitress and she said its 73 in here. Had to put on my coat and the food cooled very fast. Will not rush back during the winter months.

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Food was not particularly interesting. Very limited vegetarian options. My wife had a badly upset stomach afterwards which we think might have been due to the lukewarm veggie burger. She called the manager next day and received only the response "All our food is prepared fresh". Service was very pleasant. Pricing rather high for the standard of food.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Always good food and good service. Ambiance leaves something to be desired and noise level is often higher than I like but neither is troublesome enough to make us stay home.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

My girlfriend and I took a long break from NYAJ. The last time we dined here we waited forever for service after our long wait things we wanted were not available, tonight was the polar opposite. Service was lightning quick, food and drinks came out quickly. We are firmly back on the NYAJ train.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good gluten free options. They have gluten free bread for dipping in oil as well as gluten free bread crumbs on top of fish.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I've been to this restaurant many times; every time it was fabulous. This time, however, the Waldorf salad left me totally unimpressed.

My soup was fantastic. The rest of the meal, excellent. The salad was a dud. No color, just a lot of lettuce and a few chunks of granny smith apples.

Nevertheless, I'll be back because my experiences have always been been very posttive.

Ambience is usually good, but the staff spent a lot of time cleaning up a cnadle that was dropped on the booth chair. Lots of 'goo removal' was being sprayed so I covered my wine, salad and meal.

Debra Neville

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2018

Good food. Fast service that was attentive. Always reliable.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and service were both very good. The atmosphere was not. There was a very loud table nearby. They were yelling across the restaurant to another table celebrating a birthday. When we asked to be moved to a quieter section our server found us another seat. However, I would have expected the manager to ask the group to quiet down or acknowledge to the other diners that that's not the atmosphere that NYAJ's is happy with.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

A great local restaurant - tasty drinks, delicious food and the bread & dip is to die for! A nice place to treat yourself to a nice night out!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The food and drinks were great. The service from our waitress Julia was excellent! There were 7 of us and she kept an eye on the table at all times to make sure everyone had what they needed.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Overall a great experience. Our waitress proactively ensured that we were taken care of with the delay of our appetizer.

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3.0Dined on January 17, 2018

The Herb Crusted Haddock was very good - always dependable. FF’s were soggy, Herb Carrots didn’t seem fully cooked and were tasteless – won’t order those again. The lemon tart was just average – still miss the Molten Chocolate Cake with sauce and berries. Otherwise good family restaurant.

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2018

steak was tough (wedge steak salad) and meal overpriced

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

We've dined at this restaurant many times and always had a delicious meal. This time both of us had the same dish, the mustard crusted chicken, and it was delicious. I am very disappointed that you have discontinued the onion strings as a side dish. Big mistake.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

The service was fabulous. Really the servers and a manger were terrific. The food was pretty horrible except the bread and my daughters burger.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

They always have a great menu with many interesting choices. The value is excellent. I like that you can now make reservations.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Our server, JR, was awesome! My son enjoyed the kids pasta. I had the veggie burger, huge! My husband loved the scallops.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Services was so slow and the restaurant was not full. Waitress never offered refills. Food had clearly sat under heating lamps for many minutes before it came out. Chicken was dry. Waitress didn't even come back for the payment, thank goodness we had enough cash so we could pay and leave.

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Very disappointed. For reservation, i asked about celebrating birthday for my friend and why we chose this location was convenience. The restaurant forgot about the birthday celebration which is very unfortunate. The sirloin tips were to be cooked medium and instead were burnt and lacked flavor. The rice pilaf isn’t what it is and instead was a hard clump of yellow rice. Not pleased and won’t go here again. There would be no reason for me to refer this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on December 22, 2017

have been long time patron since opening. Live and work nearby. Last few months showed decline in service, food and takeout ( which we used t do a lot) Last Holiday lunch with my office staff was not that great. Cold air was blowing at us ( it is winter) New manager ( I have not seen him before) was not pleasant and used condescendent tone . Waitress disappeared all together although it was late lunch hour by then and the place got empty. We chased her down finally after long wait and she just immediately brought out our check without us requesting it and did not offer coffee,/dessert at all.

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1.0Dined on December 21, 2017

When we came for dinner, our waitress wouldn't let me finish a sentence when trying to order our drinks. Then gave me a hard time about not eating my whole dinner when both my husband and I felt off about the meal. It sent my husband straight to the bathroom and she didn't really care that we were there until it came time to pay the bill in which she loomed to see what we would tip. It was VERY uncomfortable. I don't know if I'd be back again. When you go to dinner, you expect friendly service, not to be treated like we weren't there. Even dodged us when we looked right at her and when she asked if we needed anything, she just walked away as we were trying to let her know what we needed. We ordered another drink that never came to the table. It was just very uncomfortable as we have been there before with no issue whatsoever. We had to have a manager track her down so we could pay our bill.

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