Not Your Average Joe's Westwood

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
OKTOBERFEST 2018
Sept. 19 - Oct. 7th
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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.

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 most best new center for entertainment and dining.
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Keep giving this place another chance. Will not be going back. $14 for calamari...mostly little fried shards. Had “special” on menu for chain’s anniversary. Awful. Kind enough to take it off the bill. A round of “how was your dinner?” Came back with a resounding “eh.” So downhill in the past couple of years.

A
New York Area
337 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Consistently good. Nothing is amazing, aside from maybe their bread and cheesy olive oil at the beginning. Great they take reservations, menu has something for everyone, think is ideal for lunch or a drink at the bar.

NR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal at Not Your Average Joe's. The waitress was fantastic and the food as always delicious.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Good food, good service. Atmosphere- cold (air conditioning up high), and loud music playing. Hostesses do not use good judgment when seating diners. This is the second time hostess has attempted to seat two people in a curved booth that seats 8!

C
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Had a party of 11. Few food screw ups as my salad was missing several items as well as a few of my coworkers. Slow service overall.

BF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kelsey at the front desk was very welcoming and made sure our experience was great!

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place, service and food, but I was disappointed there were no specials.

JB
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been to this NYAJ many times. I would say 60% of the time the Service is good to very good. This time it was awful.
1. Arrived about 10 minutes early for our reservation. Got seated within 1-2 Minutes. Hostess was very accommodating in seating us early
2. Took about 3-4 Minutes for waitress to take our drink order. My wife is Celiac so she is gluten free. Asked the waitress for both regular bread and Gluten free roll.
3. 10 minutes later still no drinks or bread another waiter came by and asked if we were being served. I told him waitress had already taken our order, in hindsight I should have asked him to check on our bread and drinks
4. Another 10 minutes went by no drinks or bread.
5. We walked out

JM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very happy with our experience. Food is always excellent. Our server Allyson was great.

D
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible! We were not even welcome inside because we had a baby carriage. We had made a reservation but despite our planning, the hostess rudely told us they couldn't accommodate us and that we would have to wait until space was available. Additionally, we were lectured on how to properly make a reservation. We decided to take our business elsewhere, to the surprise of the rude hostess who said "I just found a table, not sure what your issue is!" Clearly, the staff needs to be trained in customer service methods and strategies and should not discriminate against families. Otherwise enjoyed dining at this establishment..will not return!

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was perfect. They were out of the wine ordered. When we asked for a second glass of the substitute, they were out of that as well. The food was not what it should have been, way below what I expect from this restaurant.

F
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tasty & delicious

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Wasn't that impressed this time around. Here are a few things from the visit:
-Ordered a side of roasted brussel sprouts w/ my food. I received steamed brussel sprouts that tasted like horseradish.
-Father-in-law ordered the spaghetti squash bolognese which was extremely bland. I also think there is general confusion around this dish, since most bolognese dishes have meat. Best way I can describe it would be spaghetti squash w/ unseasoned ratatouille on top.
-Wife ordered super crunch salad, and it was underdressed w/ poor presentation.
-Ordered a grilled cheese at the start of the meal for toddler, and the waiter confused it with grilled chicken. After correcting him we ended up with grilled cheese and grilled chicken on the bill.

The restaurant otherwise is very nice including the staff and they have the best bread. The food unfortunately fell a bit short this time, perhaps it was the chef at lunch time?

SP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal with fair prices. Extensive beer, wine, and drink menu. The server was excellent and food was prepared quickly. I had the Vietnamese Samon, which was wonderful.

CK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Ahi Tuna salad was a little small for the money, in my opinion

L
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love. There isn't much else to say, this place is an absolute favorite.

R
Miami
75 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Had a res through Open Table and went in for lunch. 2 people at the front one of whom was on the phone. The other hostess ignores my wife and starts asking the group of business men who came in after her how many. When my wife mentions that she was there before them the hostess looks at the men and rolls her eyes. Real professional. Sat outside which was nice except for the wind as there is nothing to block it on any side. Food was okay other than the soup being lukewarm. Service was great which helped make up for the rest. Truthfully, go across the parking lot to Del Frisco’s Grille. Much better food and atmosphere.

G
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A comfortable booth, and enough choices for us each to order a different entree made for a pleasant evening out. We were promptly seated at our reservation time, and our waitstaff was excellent.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at Not Your Average Joe's. Most of their food is great. They just need to work on their beef dishes.

AG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an awesome server!! The background noise was too loud to have a conversation at a large round table

SE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service. Great spot

U
New England
62 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Salmon for lunch was perfect.

w
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice as always @ NYAJ’s

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fav place ever
Love the bread

KK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The services was good, but the quality of the food was bad. The food must be frozen to be warmed up and served. for the amount they are charging for the food it should be cooked at the place. the taste was off and the food was cold.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, loved the special brunch menu ! Easy location to meet , right off the highway

XX
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waitress was not friendly or visible

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a 7:15 PM reservation and got to the restaurant at 7:05 PM We checked in at the desk and was told the wait was going to be a little bit longer. I asked to be seated in a booth. I was told we will see what we can do. There was an open booth in the restaurant from when we got there. We ended up being seated in that booth 35 minutes later. I find that to be totally unacceptable. Other than that, the service was very well. A lot of times the hostess at this location seem to have a chip on their shoulder.

D
New England
47 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We continually have problems at this restaurant. It seems that despite how empty the restaurant appears, they make you wait 10-20 minutes from the time of your reservation to be seated. Guaranteed. We had a great server but the food was pretty poor. The gluten free bun was inedible but the server went and got a fresh one. The French fries were barely warm. The Brussell's sprouts were greasy and undercooked. The quinoa bowl was a good portion but not very tasty.

T
New England
66 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Friendly staff.
Chicken was awesome.

LV
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I ordered a vegan burger and the bun was covered in butter and I think is was real hamburger

BE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the most delightful server. She was smiling and friendly. Food was really tasteful and plenty of it too. Noise level is a bit loud, but that didn't dampen our outing. All-in-all, even though I live in New York, I will be back!

L
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place. This place is consistent, tasty, and we always leave happy.

SH
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and service are always great at NYAJ. One ongoing issues always frustrates me; When the food runners deliver the food, they NEVER know who gets what dish. The scene always turns into a "food auction". It's disruptive and a problem with an obvious solution that is never implemented or seemingly considered. If the delivery of food was accurate, the dining experience would be heightened by a large margin...also, we ordered an Ice Cream Sundae which consisted of three rounded scoops of low grade vanilla ice cream placed in a large bowl with very little chocolate, runny whipped cream (from a can) and a cherry. I have never seen such a lack of thought or imagination in the execution of an Ice Cream Sundae. The dinner tone is initially very well set at the table with the introduction of the extraordinary warm and crusty savory ciabbata bread. The experience ended on a very sour note with a Sundae that had so much promise to be exquisite finale to an otherwise exceptional meal.

R
New England
121 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot for a great lunch. Love the new Chicken and Shrimp rice bowl!!! All our entrees were excellent and our server was top notch! We will go back.

AC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Server was lovely but service was incredibly slow - to the point we were just about to ask for the check for drinks and leave.

c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have gone to the restaurant twice. The wait staff, food is amazing. It’s great too because you can make a reservation or call ahead. That’s huge if you have small children. Will be back real soon.

KC
New England
38 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our lunch was quiet - our server was prompt and helpful- the caprese “burger” I had was delicious

NY
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like the diversity of the menu, which includes foods for those of us who prefer healthier choices. There are plenty of salads, fish and non-meat items. I tried the Impossible Burger (the plant-based burger). I thought it was good enough, but it did not taste like beef to me, which had been what I had read about it.

The sound level tends to be high, but we asked for a spot that would be shielded from some of the noise, and our request was honored. That helped, and the very accommodating server did have the music turned down a little too. Very appreciative of that.

JB
New England
123 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food, and a good selection of gluten free meals for the vegan in our group

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