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About Permanently Closed - Not Your Average Joe's Needham

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Not Your Average Joe�s in Needham is an excellent spot for the whole family to enjoy lunch or dinner. The menu is filled with a variety of fusion cuisine and American favorites and the dining area is casual and comfortable. Enjoy great food without the need to pay big city prices at Not Your Average Joe�s in Needham.

Start your meal with nachos or ahi tuna wontons before trying the Italian specialties like chicken parm, seafood dishes like smokehouse jambalaya or a stone heart pizza that you can create yourself. Kids� menus, desserts and more are all available at Not Your Average Joe�s in Needham.

109 Chapel Street
Needham, MA 02492
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

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

Cross Street:
Route 135

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 453-9300

Website:
http://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/

Parking Details:
Parking available in behind the building... Metered and 2hr parking available...

Public Transit:
Mass Transit bus: 59... Commuter Rail access: Needham Center Stop...

Executive Chef:
Michael Romano

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Not Your Average Joe's Needham - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

3.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (887)
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Notable Wine List (95)
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Late-night Find (46)
Romantic (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Scenic View (7)
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 12, 2016

food was good and service also, a bit noisy and not that attractive, could use updating but we'll go again for the food and good service

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2016

So happy that the Chicken Caprese salad is back after 2 years. Also love the steak wedge salad.m bring back the Chipolte Chicken Salad some time soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2016

Nice Place to have lunch with a friend. Extensive menue.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 8, 2016

Two of our orders were incorrect; and part of one meal never showed

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 (New England)·Dined on May 7, 2016

The food, ambiance and service were all great. The only problem that I had was, I ordered a salmon dish. The food was great but the portion of salmon was prohibitively small. I could have eaten more than twice as much salmon as what was served to me and I am not a huge eater, just an eater of average portions. The portion of the accompanying vegetables was adequate, just the salmon portion was way too small.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 4, 2016

we brought our grand-kids and the food worked out well for all however the server didn't realize that 5 year old children need something to entertain them and that their meal should be served as soon as it's ready. We felt the restaurant just needs to train their servers better in this respect. also we were seated in the middle of the room rather than at a booth off to the side which would have been better for all patrons and more easily kept the children from being under foot. they forgot to give them the crayons and paper they usually do....

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2016

Salad was. Not as fresh. Chicken was overdone and burned. Not good at all

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 (New England)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Restaurant was unseasonably cold. Manager put the burden on corporate who he said regulated the thermostat. He was busy shutting off ceiling vents. Poor comfort, then my meal was not particularly good. Chicken tenders overlooked, salad over dressed, all in all, not worth what we paid to be there. Saturday lunch meal.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2016

We had a server who was new, so she was a little disorganized, meaning we had to wait quite a for pretty much everything we requested - even water. When I asked for some wasabi sauce for my ahi tuna, my companions were well into their meals before my sauce came. I had finally given up and started to eat.
Otherwise, the experience was fine and the food was pretty good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2016

I was surprised to she the "re-plating" of the meatloaf dish which I had frequently on visits several years ago. I hadn't had in a while so ordered it recently and found a very small piece of meatloaf buried under mashed potatoes, veggies and onion strips. A little disappointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 10, 2016

I come here with friends as we always do before the Needham Community Council Fashion Show. It is a great tradition. The food is always so good and I just Love the Tomato Basil soup - I have it every time!! Nothing short of outstanding on the service and Joe's is always so accommodating! Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on April 7, 2016

Lunch three adults and one child. The staff is always great at getting food to children quickly so the adults can enjoy their time at NYAJ

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 5, 2016

Had the Turkey Meatball Strozzapreti before and it was very good. Ordered it again this time and the meatballs was cold. The Ahi Tuna Wontons are awesome.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2016

Family of four dined on 4/1. Medicore at best service. Overcooked kids chicken, dry chicken enchilada, undercooked BBQ chicken flatbread. Would have sent all three back but never saw our sever after he dropped the entries off. Only decent thing was kids cheeseburger. We will not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2016

My wife's birthday is April 1st and we enjoyed our time together and with family. We have been to several NYAJ in the area and always enjoy the menu, ambiance, service and locale. Our waiter, Oscar, was attentive and right on the $ with his food recommendations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2016

I meet a group of friends for lunch once a week and have since NYAJ Needham opened over 12 years ago. We all love it! I always make a reservation which is a must, because it can get very busy and some of us still work and need to get in and out in under an hour. I have allergy issues and their allergy protocols are excellent. We have had a regular server and when we walk in, it is like visiting friends. As regulars, we ar always warmly greeted.
NYAJ is the best casual dining restaurant for lunch in a town full of restaurants. We still always choose NYAJ.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Sydney got us seated a few minutes before our reservation with a smile. Servers were great also.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2016

You can always count on this restaurant to deliver good food and good drinks. The bread and olive oil alone is worth a trip.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 7, 2016

I got the beet salad and the lettuce was transparent. It must have froze in the fridge. It wasn't fresh.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Have not been to Joe's in a long time. We were going to a concert at Needham Town Hall right across the street so the location was perfect. Our reservation was honored on time. We were seated in a booth that was fine for six people. Wait staff was friendly, helpful with explaining the menu's new dishes. What I love about Joe's is that they keep some favorite dishes on the menu. Everyone enjoyed their meals, the service was fast and we made the concert in plenty of time.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 26, 2016

Surprisingly good food

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 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2016

So grateful that they will prepare food to accommodate allergies!

We just happened to get a waitress whose mind was else where. She could have sold us more drinks if she checked in with us. She was in a hurry to drop the food & move away.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2016

I recently ate at Not Your Average Joes Needham for lunch with my husband and children. When we arrived for our 12:30 reservation I was told we could not have a booth - even though half the restaurant was empty. They seemed to have not opened the other half, so we sat at a table instead. I wouldn't have minded except that when we left they HAD opened that part of the restaurant and people who had arrived later than us were sitting in the booths over there. Strange at best.
I ate the slow roasted pork shank which was very good. The polenta that came with it was grainy and lumpy. My husband ate the steak frites and said it was good. The kids had eaten a delicious pizza at the Watertown location recently, but were disappointed by the soggy mess that was served here instead.
This restaurant isn't bad, but it pales in comparison to the Watertown location which is cleaner and has a better chef.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Just got back into town late afternoon & happily was still able to get a dinner reservation on Valentine's Day @ NYAJ in Needham. Food is always reliable & fairly reasonably priced. Had a nice bottle of Pinot Noir & our entrees of Sole/Crabcake & Hangar Steak (properly cooked) were both tasty, as were the accompanying roasted brussels sprouts. Service was capable & efficient if not overly engaging.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2016

I got a reservation and they gave us a great booth by the window. The chicken and rosetto were awesome as well as the key lime pie.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Andrew was quick and food was great.

Thank you is our every other Friday gig.

David

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 (New England)·Dined on January 22, 2016

Varied menu, tasty, casual.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2016

go to place for a nice family evening. This particular night was enjoyable as many others.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2016

Service and food were great here in Needham. Great teamwork. Highly recommend this easy to get to restaurant. Plenty of parking in the back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2016

My Cobb salad looked rather messy and the chicken was really dry. My friend had French fries which were clearly made ages ago, so he asked for fresh ones which were immediately brought out. Guess the place is busy enough not to care about what they serve. On the bright side, they did correct it when it was brought to their intention.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2016

We were glad we had made a reservation, because there were a large number of drop-ins waiting for a table when we arrived. The bar area was very lively. The hostess made sure that we were soon seated at a table. The staff was very prompt and friendly, and the food was excellent. We only wish that the place was less noisy, since it was hard to converse across the table.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2016

The chicken enchiladas were burnt on the edges. When it said served with black beans, I thought there would be more than a mere sprinkling of them on top of enchiladas. The rice was overcooked and dry. The apple gogi berry crumb was not crumbly. It was gummy.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

The food was excellent and the service so good! Who can resist the bread and dipping sauce - OMG!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

We made reservations for 5 pm on New Year's Eve. We are long time customers of NYAJ in Needham and enjoy their food and service. After ordering our meals, suddenly a large group of families with children arrived. Some of the kids were out of control :( 6 boys (ages 5-10?) in one booth jumping in/out, screaming, and acting as if the restaurant were a playground. This behavior escalated when at least 6 or 8 more children sat nearby at a long table reserved for them and their parents. Immediately the Noise Level rose to an unacceptable (beyond energetic) level. We tried to eat in silence (our only choice since conversation was impossible). Finally, we asked to talk w/ the manager who arrived in just a few minutes. We appreciated his sympathetic ear and his professional demeanor. He knew that these families were ruining the evening for other diners, apologized a few times, and offered the 3 of us complimentary desserts which we greatly enjoyed. I hope that on any evening including New Year's Eve, NYAJoe's and other restaurants will be more careful and aware when a reservation is made for 15-20 people; it is important to know that more than half of those were children. It is a shame that the parents of these children had never taught their kids necessary restaurant 'voice' and manners..............and allowed their kids to cause such a noisy, inappropriate dining experience. Even our waiter complained that he needed some Excedrin due to the headache he had after serving these families.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2015

It's hard to pass this place up when you know you're getting some of the tastiest Foccacia bread and dipping oil around with every meal. My wife and I took our infant daughter out for an early New Years dinner with the in-laws. The seasonal menu offers some nice dishes and their salads are filling with good dressings. Craft beer selection is a little lacking but they rotate somewhat often. This is our go-to spot in Needham and they offer takeout.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2015

There was an exceptionally loud group of young children in the next booth kicking the back of my seat. Sitting through the meal was an ordeal which was a major disappointment. The service was good and the food was good but the atmosphere was quite unpleasant. Not going to return

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2015

Dinner was good big variety of choices in the menu you need to make reservation always there is always a wait

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2015

We had chicken on a kabob, salmon, and pork tenderloin; each were cooked very nicely and the side dishes were good too. Our go to place in Needham...............

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2015

My husband and I had dinner last Saturday evening. I ordered the Cranberry Teriyaki Chicken and it was absolutely delicious. The service was excellent and I feel as though the prices are very reasonable.. great service too. Will definitely head back there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2015

We were charged for the birthday cake, when almost everywhere it is complimentary. We were 5 people and were sat at a table for 4. After we were done, it took over 20 minutes for our server to come get the empty plates. This place is getting progressively worse.

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