Not Your Average Joe's Westwood

4.3
1351 Reviews
$30 and under
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, rice bowls 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.

Along with an array of beers, its menu includes wines and a wide selection of specialty cocktails. You'll further enjoy a casual and pub-like experience at Not Your Average Joe's Kitchen & Bar. Its décor includes an open kitchen, bench seating and a separate bar area with mounted flat screen televisions all around for watching sporting events.

Not Your Average Joe’s Westwood is located in University Station, Westwood's best new center for entertainment and dining.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCupcake
New England
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service has improved with time and the staff made sure we had everything we needed. The food was good and everyone seemed to enjoy what they ordered. Great to meet with friends after the last year and a half of the pandemic.

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vipcapecodmama123
Miami
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The waitress was good and friendly but they goofed up a couple of food orders

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MaryM
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We've been going to NYAJ's in Westwood since it opened. Never had a bad meal there. During COVID-19 pandemic, we did takeout.

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Zimms
New England
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening eating out on the patio.
Amanda offered great service and food was tasty. Recommend this restaurant.

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LynMin
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allergy friendly and awareness-chef is trained and makes sure that all diner needs are met. Consistently good food and variety with seasonal additions.

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Disappointed
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have been to this location many times but the service was very poor the food was mediocre the table was dirty not a good experience this time.

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NancyL
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drink menu with a great atmosphere both inside and outside

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Ilvtet
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful server! The best person who has served me in all the years I have been dining at Joe’s.

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vipGranny
New England
78 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh, how good to be back after too long. Chicken piccata with half the sauce, the haddock, a server who was amazing. So good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Ordered bottomless drinks. Never got a single refill. No one checked on us during the dinner. They forgot to put in our starters and left it on the bill….won’t be returning

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gerryg
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our b-day group is always impressed with quality of food at Joe's, variety of
selections...and the ONGOING discount for one b-day celebrant's entree!! We've been
celebrating at Joe's since early Randolph days, then Needham for years,
and now University Ave. We did not appreciate the loud music started later,
perhaps to discourage our staying...but we are grateful for our disparate group
being able to stay/update our lives as we can't meet more often. thankyou. GG

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vipCawleyP
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

The food was good, though rather pricey. The service was not good. Slow, not offered refill on water, it was quite hot out. Staff seemed uninterested in creating an atmosphere that would make us want to go back.

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PamelaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious. The service was very slow.

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MargieG
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The service was relatively slow considering it wasn’t that busy. It was quiet and the food was good. The server was pleasant and accommodating.

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RickP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group reserved an outside table which was very nice. However a few sprinkles developed and they moved us inside to finish our meal. Very accomodating.

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vipEllenM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect birthday dinner. the service and food were great.

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Hotspur
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Reliable. Menu could use a refresh. Bread recipe has changed. Now pure white with small air holes and much less chewy, so too much like white bread.

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vipDave
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was outstanding and the food was very good. Kitchen messed up on my wife's dinner, not fully paying attentions to allergy items, so we had a wait while they remade it. All in all a very nice night.

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Average
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The pandemic has changed what was once one of our favorite restaurants. Menu items have changed, not for the better. Service was rough, likely because of the labor shortage. Patio area was dirty. Overall, we were disappointed and will not go back. Sad because we have been coming here for years.

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DianeC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYAJs never disappoints. I had simple salmon and my husband had the haddock. Both were delicious.

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TerryB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated immediately in a comfortable booth. Drinks brought first, then their awesome bread with dipping oil. The entrees were generous portions with super-fresh ingredients! Waitperson was very friendly and accommodating.

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vipelaines
New England
47 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic from service to food for our large company lunch outing

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vipRedcap
New England
119 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Not what we expected. It was our first time back in a year due to COVID. I asked fir a quiet booth. The place was basically empty and the person who sat us tried to give us a busy table where everyone walked by and with metal chairs. When I asked for a booth although there were plenty empty I was told he only had one in the bar area. We sat for 15 minutes before our waiter acknowledged us. Meanwhile the quiet booths on the other side started filling up and the customers were served right away.
The food was not great. Our Pizzas were soggy and under cooked. The wait was long and we were tired so we just ate them.
Staff needs better training

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PamelaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and the service excellent.

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Triplemc3
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Haddock and salmon were great...service not so much. Like many places they just didn't have enough people.

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vipJoeB
New England
139 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were glad to see NYAJ fully opened, including back to their full menu. My wife had haddock, I had the meatloaf, both were excellent. Our waitress, Kerry, was knowledgeable and friendly.

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vipMichael
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, always amazing food, and the server Nicole was very kind and a wonderful waitress.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very slow service

MJ
vipMauriceJ
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

In general, we love NYAJ and especially love that we can sit on their expansive outdoor patio. It seemed like the patio had not been cleaned in over a week which is shocking in the COVID era. The floor was incredibly dirty - littered with straw wrappers, food remnants, leaves, etc. They need to sweep badly! Otherwise, the food was good as expected. There haven't been any seasonal selections or updates in the menu for quite some time which is disappointing. Despite needing to cover all of the outdoor tables, our server was friendly, attentive, and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

They are trying to get back up to speed after Covid but don’t have enough help. Waitress was overextended and inexperienced. Food (especially the meatloaf) was pretty bad. Drinks small/weak. But they were friendly and did not rush us. And hopefully soon they will be as good as before the shut down.

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DonaldK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The chicken piccata is the best of any restaurant I have tried and I’ve tried at least 10. It used to be heavier on the butter but now it has lots of heavy cream with just the right amount of lemon. I prefer more butter but both ways are excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Overall decent..Just seemed expensive for what you actually got. Even the drafts were pricey in my opinion..Service was ok, not super attentive but friendly. Have to chalk it up to the potential of being short staffed.

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vipAnonymous
New England
26 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service and meal

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olgal
New England
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We sat at the bar where the service was very good and responsive. The
salads were disappointing. I ordered a Waldorf salad which was mostly lettuce and a couple of pieces of chicken with very few pieces of other ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Closing at 8:00 was not great. Our server was excellent. My salad came without grilled chicken even though it was supposed to have it. Our server got me chicken right away. We all enjoyed our meals.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I would say that this restaurant is overrated, not worth having to make a reservation for. The apps were lacking- we ordered the sheet nachos and the chicken dumplings. The nachos were pretty caked with lettuce and not enough cheese, not to mention they did not have sour cream upon request despite being asked form multiple parties on multiple occasions for it. The dumplings were okay- a little on the doughy side however. The entrees were okay- we got the chicken wrap and ahi tuna poke bowl. The sandwich is bigger than you can imagine, but it was alright. Just take into consideration they do not have plain mayo (and will not tell you that) so if you ask for mayo in your sandwich it will be spicy. Other than that the experience was okay- a lot of chit chat and gossip from the employees.

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NursesNightOut
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our reservation was for outside; no where on the app did it mention “shade” or “sun” so when we got there, we were told “No tables in the shade”. When questioned about it, we were told, those people have reservations, to which we replied, so do we!! The hostess was particularly unhelpful; only when another party asked to sit in the sun, were we seated. After a while we ordered; the Cobb salad I ordered had no avocado; I ordered a soda and got iced tea. When we left, I tried to say “thanks you “ to the hostess, who turned and GLARED at me without responding. That level of rudeness is unacceptable. Truthfully, sitting outside in a parking lot isn’t the greatest ambiance anyway. (Especially when someone was using a leaf blower outside).

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LisaB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The manager and staff were so helpful and accommodating even though they were very busy and understaffed. We had a great dinner and enjoyed our time sitting outside on the patio.

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vipdownhillskier
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service. Consistently good food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

I’ve always come to NYAJ as a loyal gluten free customer and am highly disappointed by what seems like a smaller menu with fewer options as well as having to pay for bread that others get endless amounts of and used to be free GF. Likely to begin looking for alternative places that are more conducive to GF!

FAQs

Not Your Average Joe's Westwood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 355-4400.

Not Your Average Joe's Westwood is rated 4.3 stars by 1351 OpenTable diners.

Not Your Average Joe's Westwood does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.notyouraveragejoes.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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