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Permanently Closed - Not Your Average Joe's Needham

623 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, American
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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
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Phone number
(781) 453-9300
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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
Michael Romano
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Cross street
Route 135
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Parking details
Parking available in behind the building... Metered and 2hr parking available...
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Public transit
Mass Transit bus: 59... Commuter Rail access: Needham Center Stop...
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipcheffie (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2016

We had a very enjoyable meal. We love the foccacia! Our waiter was attentive despite the very busy evening.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 31, 2016

I always enjoy Not Your Average. This was a small , 3 person, family gathering for a birthday and we all enjoyed it very much. All had fish and each was very tasty and well presented. Service was attentive and served in good time. The restaurant was a bit noisy for good conversation. We'll be going back again soon. Birthday $15 coupon is a great perk .

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2016

Fantastic Dining! Dined for the 5 course meal which was amazing

Begdog (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2016

Neighborhood dining. Good food

Townie (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2016

What's going on. I love going there, always make a reservation and always cane get in and out at lunch time in an hour. This time the kitchen took forever! Our waiter TJ, kept coming to the table and others in the same area apologizing for the delay.
Never seen the kitchen so slow.

vipLinda (Miami)
2.0  Dined on August 24, 2016

Not a good experience..Grandsons GR burger was so burnt (he ordered it MW) he scraped off the top and bottom..The waiter did offer to replace it but it had taken so long to get,we didn't want to wait longer. My husband's jambalaya had burnt pieces of ham and sausage and he returned his uneaten. My mustard chicken with string beans was good..the onion strings,tho,were barely cooked and inedible.

vipaFoodie (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 22, 2016

The waitress was great but the food seemed to take longer than expected. The quesadilla was blackened which means a crunchy burnt flour tortilla, it was dried out and not very flavorful.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Hi. 1st time there. Was ok. Both our meals were overcooked so that was the biggest bummer. Next time I'll try something else. The server was very sweet and professional.

vipMJBLP (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

The meal, service and atmosphere is what we usually receive and have come to expect when dining at NYAJ's. Thanks guys.

vipframinghamBelle (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

wasn't very busy for a Friday evening so my friend and were pleased. i asked for a special request for my pizza (which has been accommodated at other NYAJs before) and the waitress said she'd check and let me know. Our dinners came out, sans special request, and when i brought it up to the waitress she said "oh yea, thats a no go" - i would have appreciated being told my request couldn't have been honored prior to receiving my entree. beyond that service was OK, it wasn't busy but we still felt neglected throughout our dining experience - we had to ask for silverware after our dinners were served, etc. not sure i'd return to this particular NYAJs but do enjoy other locations.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 18, 2016

Have had a bunch of very average meals at this restaurant and yesterday's lunch was so mediocre thought I should write a review. Bread is deletions but meals are often charred or Luke warm. Waiters are usually nice. It is always a little loud In here too.

vipMJBLP (Cleveland)
3.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

The quality of our food was excellent as usual. We'd had a long day and Dorothy ended up working late so making dinner wasn't in our plans. We just needed to go somewhere and be waited on to avoid dealing with cleanup after dinner.

HarryD (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2016

Great food and great service plus my young granddaughter loves NYAJ, so we all enjoyed a lovely evening_

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2016

Table was ready for our lunch.
Service was great - attentive but not overbearing.
Food arrived quickly.
Food was tasty - one had a salad, one had a sandwich, and one had fish. Fish was fresh.
Would return for another visit to try some more selections.

vipBarsh (New England)
2.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

The restaurant was noisy beyond any level I have heard before. There were screaming children running loose, a blender behind the bar that was so loud the table shook, and it took 45 minutes to deliver 3 sandwiches and a salad. When my sister ordered a veggie burger, she did not expect it to be a pile of mushy, squishy vegetables on a roll. When we told the waitress that this was not what we expected, the waitress apologized and said that it always comes that way. It did not, however, describe it that way in the menu. I have had veggie burgers and they are always formed. The waitress, who was very hurried and harried did not offer any compensation for this. My turkey burger was o.k. but a lot on the spicy side. No one was very impressed with the food, the service, or the ambience. We will not ever be back.