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About Not Your Average Joe's Arlington

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.

645 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Sunday 11:30a 9:00p
Monday 11:30a 9:00p
Tuesday 11:30a 10:00p
Wednesday 11:30a 10:00p
Thursday 11:30a 10:00p
Friday 11:30a 10:30p
Saturday 11:30a 10:30p

Cross Street:
Pleasant Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 643-1666

Website:
http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/locations/massachusetts/arlington/

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!

Parking Details:
Street parking is available, as well as a metered lot behind the building.

Public Transit:
Mass Transit Bus: 67, 77, 79, and 350.

Alewife Red Line Station

Executive Chef:
Jorge Lopez

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Not Your Average Joe's - Arlington can accommodate all of your special event needs. Choose from three different Prix Fixe lunch and dinner menus, or order à La Carte!

Private Party Contact:
Lauren Dexter: (888) 918-4223

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We host all different events for the Arlington 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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Not Your Average Joe's Arlington Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.2

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4.0

value

4.1

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (22)
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Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Bar Seating (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fun (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great Beer (6)
Healthy (6)
Cozy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
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Notable Wine List (4)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2013

Joe's in Arlington is always very predictable. The food is reasonably priced and very good. The kitchen seems to get backed up occasionally but I take that as a sign that the meals are not pre-made and rather are prepared on the spot. My wife and I are there every other week.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 24, 2013

Joe's in Arlington is indeed, a neighborhood gem. The food and service are always good.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2013

Always enjoy my dinner here and desserts are great too!!

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 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2013

Chicken Oscar is awesome. Thanks for preparing it off the menu.....it should be back on.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 17, 2013

We eat at Joe's in Arlington quite frequently. It's very predictable...the food and service are always very good. It's quite convenient for us...we're only about 5 minutes away.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 16, 2013

We had a very enjoyable dinner Saturday night. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Our server, Kasey, was terrific. She helped make the experience more pleasant.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 15, 2013

very good and great for birthdays!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 15, 2013

Your special features check list don't seem to describe the things that bring us back to Not Your Average Joe's month after month, year after year. Their food is fresh, varied and excellent. They will tailor a menu item anyway you want. Great for people with allergies or special diet requirements.

The whole staff, management, wait staff and cooks just want you to enjoy your time there.

We eat out a lot. NyAJ is one of our two favorite restaurants. (the other is Tex-Mex so there is really no comparison.) We know when the crowds are there so we usually avoid them. However this time we wanted to be there at 7:00 on a Friday night. Open table worked perfectly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2013

NYAJ is such a great restaurant. The rosemary skewered scallops entree is one of my top 5 all time favorite dishes.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 10, 2013

My wife and I typically go to Joe's in Arlington at least once a month...the restaurant is quite predictable. The food is consistent as is the service. We'll keep going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 8, 2013

NYAJ Arlington is in our usual rotation of restaurants we frequent. They have a gluten-free menu, and it offers a good variety of choices for adults and kids.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on March 4, 2013

Food was great along with the atmosphere. Our waiter was excellent and very attentive, he did not miss a thing.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 2, 2013

although we made reservations we ended up waiting almost 40 minutes.. the wait area is tiny and crowded. My husband had to send the mussels back to be cooked more... average...
last time we were there it was much better food.. although that was several months ago...

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 1, 2013

Having avoided a "chain type" restaurant in favor of the several other excellent restaurants in our town, this was our first visit to NYAJ Arlington. Our mistake. We rate this a "neighborhood gem" because- without pretension- this restaurant provides a diverse menu of very well prepared food efficiently served (despite a visit during prime-time on a Friday evening) by pleasant, willing-to-please, and knowledgeable staff. The wine list is full of "solid" choices at VERY reasonable prices. In fact, the total amount for our meal stunned us: we couldn't believe that we had had such a satisfying dinner and a bottle of wine for such a reasonable amount. We rate our total experience "outstanding" because of this "bang for the buck" aspect.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on March 1, 2013

We love the food, service, and family atmosphere @ NYA Joes.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2013

We never tire of going to Not Your Average Joe's. Love the rich and playful colors of the room. Prices are SO reasonable for heaps of excellent and interesting food. My husband and I can share one entre and still take home leftovers. The 1/2 price appetizer special (before 6pm on weeknights) is especially amazing. Even though it is always crowded, the noise level is fine for me -- and I'm very sensitive to noise. Wait staff are always friendly, although sometimes terribly busy. If you're in a hurry you would need to tell them.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2013

Good value; the food is okay, but never great.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2013

My wife and I go to Joe's in Arlington at least once a month. The food is very good and reasonably priced, the service is good, and the place is never very noisy. We'll be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2013

Making our reservation on Open Table saved the night as diners arriving when we did had a 30-35 minute wait time and the waiting area was packed. New arrivals had to choose between being packed in like sardines or waiting out in the cold. Having reservations, we were seated quickly. The waitress was friendly, informative and attentive.. The food was cooked exactly as advertised and attractively plated. Joe's take on meatloaf was both savory and beautifully presented, elevating this comfort food to new grandeur. The beer list isn't exceptionally long but includes some very good local craft beers. Only negatives: the tables were extremely close together and 2-top booths a little small for two dinner plates, glasses and bread plates/basket.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on February 20, 2013

Always a great experience at NYAJ in Arlington. Great management and great staff!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2013

not great, won't go back unless I am forced to

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2013

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We took a chance and went on Vaentine's Day, knowing it would be busy. What we didn't count on was how long it would take us to find parking due to the snow. So we were a bit late for our reservation, which put us at the end of the line for our time slot--and they were already behind schedule. We finally got a table, not our usual booth. Things were very hectic around us and we had to wait longer than usual to be served. Probably won't go in Valnetines' Day again. But we will go back to the restaurant, of course.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2013

I don't know why I put in a "reservation" they just put my name in the queue once I got there. Still got to wait for 30 minutes with my date.

Other than that, this is just one of your average Not your Average Joe's; addicting bread/oil combo and average entrees.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2013

As always we enjoyed NYAJ location in Arlington..The food,specials and service can ne counted as terrific. Our Arlington location is special as we often see and visit with longtime friends that also treasure this location.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2013

We are disappointed at having so many mixed experiences at this neighborhood Joe's over the past year, especially since it has always been our go-to neighborhood restaurant. The meatloaf was good this time, but the cranberry-teryaki chicken (a Joe's standard)was dry and overcooked. I asked for more sauce to make it moister, and it arrived ice cold and unusable. The creme brulee cheesecake came out burnt and inedible, and although it was replaced, we left wondering if anyone at all is paying attention to quality control in Joe's kitchen. The service was good as usual.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2013

We had an excellent dinner at Not Your Average Joe's the other night. I noticed that although the restaurant was full and everyone was talking, what looked like the cork ceiling caught a lot of the noise so that my husband and I could sit and talk and hear each other. The food is always good, and we almost always take home something. We do consider the restaurant a local gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2013

Our waitress was so very helpful and patient. The gluten free menu was a bonus and the scallops were absolutely delicious.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2013

My wife and I go to Joe's in Arlington at least once a month. The food is very good and reasonably priced and the service is always quite good. The menu is extensive enough that you call always find something to your taste. It's a very predictable restaurant

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2013

we have been to this location on many occassions, as we live in Arlington. The only complaint we ever have is that it is super crowded in the evenings on the weekends. So, we try to go early, and that works out well. This time we ordered the boneless chicken appetizers, the flounder florentine (monthly special), and a waldorf salad with chicken. I had a jack and ginger cocktail, my wife had a blueberry pomegranate margarita. The food was excellent, service fast.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2013

Always a reliable place to find very good comfort food. Reasonably priced. The meat loaf is tasty and well presented

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2013

Love NYAJ's, all of them including Arlington. Best bread/oil anywhere. Never had a bad dish at any NYAJ's. I know it's a chain and for all you chain snobs -- some of them are very good and worth giving a try.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2013

Even though we had reservations, we still waited 30 minutes for a table for three. We specifically came for the gluten-free menu, but the waiter seemed a bit unsure of how to deal with this. We waited another 15-20 minutes for the gluten-free bread, then had to ask for the oil/cheese dip (and blend it ourselves) and silverware/napkins. The food in general was good, but the gluten-free baked haddock was bland (no sauce or seasonings) with a side of overcooked summer vegetables (in January). We had high hopes for this restaurant becoming our default for gluten-free dining, but will look elsewhere.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2013

We made a reservation through OpenTable for 6:15 on a Saturday and arrived at about 6:10. At 6:45, we had not been seated. We were told that it would be at least 10-20 minutes more and there were a number of parties in front of us waiting to be seated. We have generally enjoyed our previous experiences at Not Your Average Joe's. This was horrible and we had to leave and eat elsewhere.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2013

food is average but great to take kids to very friendly and the server was great reservations needed for sat. night

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2013

Good food, great service, and friendly for kids. Something for everyone on the menu. We love it!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2013

NYAJ's has something for everyone on their menu. They also have an extensive gluten-free menu. What's more, they prepare a special roll to be dunked in their olive oil mixture so the GF person at the table is not left out of their amazing pre-meal bread experience. I've always had reliably good food and good service at NYAJ's regardless of the location.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Always an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2013

Had lunch here with friends and had the thai chicken noodle salad. It was just okay--the chicken a little overcooked, the mango chunks underripe, the noodles bland. My friends ordered traditional Joe's entrees: mustard chicken breast, bluecheeseburger, house salad and buffalo caribbean chicken tenders, and seemed much happier with their meals. I'm thinking I should stick to the old standards too... The peanut butter thing (ice cream dessert) we shared was served frozen solid and we had to track down our waiter to get forks, which did help a little.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 18, 2013

Excellent service - chicken Piccata not lemony enough!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 16, 2013

Joe's in Arlington is always consistent...the food is good and reasonably priced. The service is attentive without being pushy.

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