Not Your Average Joe's Arlington

4.3
748 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar offers a menu inspired by American cuisine. Its menu is stylish, contemporary and includes fresh oysters, gourmet pizzas, tacos and a variety of burgers. During a daily Happy Hour at Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar, diners can also enjoy both drink and appetizer specials.

Not Your Average Joe's Alrington is located in the heart of Arlington Center right on Massachusetts Avenue. We're surrounded by attractions like the Capitol Theatre, the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington Children's Theater, or Arlington Fox Branch Library. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy Spy Pond Park or the Minuteman Trail. Local hotel accomodations include the Homewood Suites by Hilton Cambridge-Arlington, and the enVision Hotel Boston-Everett.

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Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Has your father met Joe before? C’mon, they’re both great guys. Introduce them on Father’s Day while Dad feasts on everything from Seared Scallops to Thai Beef Noodle Salad to our awesome Backyard Burger.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service. slow, food not has hot as it should have been, tasty but Luke warm .

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Mother' Day reservation for 5 at 6pm. We didn't get seated until 6:30pm which is understandable. One of our burgers came out medium when we requested medium well. The mixed greens that came with it were wilted and rotted but we couldn't tell our waitress because she didn't come by to check on us until 10 mins after we got out food. Other than that, the other food was good and the restaurant had a nice ambiance.

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DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was slow, but it was Mother's Day and the place was packed. Got the Vegetarian Eggs Benedict and it was pretty good, albeit not very filling.

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v
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local place for great food and service!!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Grilled salmon was poor....strange, chicken breast shape with little or no flavor....diappointing

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Since my group of 3 was coming from different areas I was worried we would not be seated until everyone arrived. Not the case! Two of us arrived at the same time and the 3rd came after 15 minutes but our server was very nice to seat the two and then didn’t hurry us at all despite a busy restaurant.

I gave 5 stars for every category except food because I was surprised the spaghetti squash bolognese was tasteless. I added hot pepper and salt and it helped. I’m not sure what I should have expected for 360 calories but this was disappointing. Yes, fresh, quality ingredients as always. Just no taste.

The other area I gave a reduced star for was noise level. No help for it but you asked.

I love Joe’s. I return often and this does not discourage me. In fact, I love that you try different things.

FYI- those at my table loved the roasted Brussels sprouts and the couscous veg side dish was a big hit!

Maria D’Orsi

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DB
New England
34 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food, good drinks, good service. We enjoyed our meal.

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KH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place, did not realize it was a chain restaurant but that didn’t matter, the food & service was great.

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l
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always an enjoyable dining experience at NYAJ in Arlington!

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DR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our server never checked if we were enjoying our dinner or ask if we needed anything after receiving our meals.

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FM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Not one of the best places to eat and the menu is very limited and those steak tips and boy do not have dentures are really tough and I have a full set of teeth.

Want be eating their again just no variety, but I gave three stars for the lemonade flavored drinks that's about it.

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MT
New England
78 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

the coconut encrusted shrimp was fantastic. the haddock was cooked perfectly. the rasberry sorbet was a perfect end to a meal. the only complaint was that the coffee at the end of meal did not taste fresh. tasted like it had been sitting for some time and reheated. left a bad taste in my mouth.
the server was pleasant, friendly and attentive.

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very lovely meal with attentive server. Highly recommend the house margarita and the generous gluten free menu!!

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CW
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little spot for a delicious and resonably priced meal. Our waitresss was fantastic. Very attentive but not over bearing. I had chicken piccata and my husband had scallops. Both meals were great and the peanut butter ice cream pie thing was also worth the splurge. I would definitely recommend restaurant.

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b
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal before live theater, bread and almond crusted goat cheese salad with chicken was excellent. Unique selection of mixed drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Will be back again!

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JT
New England
54 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again it was a great dining experience at this location. Server was so nice and totally efficient and professional. Management was on top of their game, as always.
I appreciated the fact that they are donating 15% of your check total to the Boston Gay Men's Chorus during the month of March - just tell your server you're there to support the Chorus - simple as that!

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DS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The waitress was very good but the food was below average. We had meatloaf, fish, chicken and pasta, vegan dish and chacolate cake for dessert. The fish was okay but the other dishes were kind of awful.

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h
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We are regulars to the Arlington location, but it was very noisy and packed with babies and kids on our recent Friday night visit. This added to the excessive noise which didn't make for a relaxing meal. My favorite Waldorf salad was missing pecans and our server decided not to investigate or apologize for the over site.

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JT
New England
54 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another simply perfect dinner here in Arlington - my favorite Not Your Average Joe's location even though I love them all. The new shrimp specials for Lent are amazing. I had the scampi and it was perfect. Service was superb and it's always nice to see manager Lauren who is never to busy to stop by and say Hello.
By the way - they are running a fundraiser during the month of March for the Boston Gay Men's Chorus. Tell your server you're there to support the Chorus and 15% of your check will be donated to them.

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DF
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was yummy. Got Thai lettuce wraps as appetizer - generous portion and lots of flavor. Service was a bit slow, although maybe because th3 waitress was training a new waiter. I’d definitely go back and recommend to others

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Joe's was very crowded and they were running behind on reservation times being able to be met. This trickled over to slower service and a couple of our entres' had to be sent back because they were cold.
Food was good.

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DH
New England
37 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always have the best wait staff and the manager is very kind. Food always good.

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LA
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always good, always consistent. Love this place and the food preparation looks so fantastic.

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R
New England
37 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A consistently good meal for a reasonably price

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and great time were appreciated thank you.

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JG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance for a very fair price. An easy Friday night out for a nice meal with friends.

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m
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, great vibe. We love it for "date night" every Friday. Thanks! And thanks for your generosity last time we were in!

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J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

A spontaneous gathering with friends. It was all fine, food a little over-prepared. Server very professional.

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KB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Third time is not a charm. This is the third time I've given a benefit of the doubt. Big mistake. This is the third time I have had the most appalling meal at Not Your Average Joes, Arlington. I mean, how can a Greek Salad be so bad. I hope this gets posted someplace where folks will see it and avoid being terribly disappointed.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Family birthday dinner. Anna is an incredible server. Farro risotto was a little dry and chewy, but good flavor.

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booking the reservation was easy. They were ready to seat us on time. The service was excellent as well as the food being excellent. It was a perfect place for our family gathering. Would definitely recommend people going there as well as looking forward to our next visit.

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MR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there for many in my party, and they all enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Great place to meet for a family visit!

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JS
New England
51 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were looking forward to our Saturday lunch at Joe's, when upon being seated and handed the new menu, realized that starting very recently, Joe's offers only the dinner menu all day Saturdays and Sundays. Which translates into very high prices for lunch entrees and apparently they are now dinner-sized portions at lunchtime. This is not a good idea for customers' pocketbooks or waistlines, and frankly it's pretty disappointing. So we ended up ordering a pizza, which was excellent. Joe's, are you trying to reduce patronage at lunchtime on Saturdays? Because if there is no Saturday lunch menu, we'll just stay away.

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o
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a local chain restaurant, but quite good. They serve crusty sourdough bread hunks with an EVOO dipping sauce unmatched by any Italian restaurant. They have a seasonal rotating menu of specials as well as old standbys and holiday specials. They also have a full line of brick oven fired pizza that is superb. This time we tried some of those specials and they were very good. At the Arlington location, parking can be a problem. There is curbside street parking as well as a public lot behind the restaurant that is always filled during the lunch period. No parking problem at night. Reservations during dinner hour via Open Table or their website is a good idea.

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LB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We LOVE the warm focaccia bread and oil . . . and the chicken piccata is my personal favorite!

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great thank you

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I had a reservation and still had to wait almost 20 minutes to be seated and then another 10 minutes before any one approached our table for service. I realize it was busy but what is the point of making a reservation? The hostess was telling people who had no reservation that there was a 25 minute wait.

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JT
New England
54 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed another pleasant dinner with server Rebecca and manager Desmond. The food was "off the hook" - Pork Chop extra delicious and Buffalo Chicken pizza can't be beat

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MR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been going to NYAJ of-and-on for 10+ years. The quality of the food has declined, and the price has gone up some 70 percent. It is clearly not worth the money anymore.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fosso family atmosphere

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