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Not Your Average Joe's

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105 Chapel St, Needham, MA 02492-2600 (Route 135)
+1 781-453-9300
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11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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187 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good service, nice food, brick oven pizza. Never a disappointment in that chain. Kids loved it. Will be back.

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Thank Bostonian2011
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

Thanks for the stellar review. You and the children as always welcomed back. See you soon! Jimmie More 

Needham, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the only reataurant in town with decent food and not spend a fortune. Don't always want Asian or gourmet food. Also great family restaurant. Sadly, it is closing. Heard rent went way up. We don't need another gourmet restaurant in its place.

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Thank kmbsold
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

We are sad to be closing this location as well but we will still be opened until the end of April so I hope we'll see you many times before that. After that, you have got to try our newer locations in Westwood and Waltham. Jimmie More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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311 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner here on Friday (must have a reservation) after not visiting the neighborhood stalwart for many months. Good burger for me and very good tuscan chicken panini for her. Service was decent, price was good . . . but neighborhood rumblings are that they may be closing. Let's hope not!

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Thank Northern_Traveler00
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

Hi there- I'm glad to hear that you have always enjoyed our food and service in Needham. It is true that we will not be renewing our lease at the end of April (after 20 years) but we do hope you'll come visit us at our newer Westwood or Waltham locations. Jimmie More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm always impressed with the NYAJ restaurants. But I keep it simple and never stray. Beer selection is always good (including craft beers) and always come perfectly chilled. Burgers are good quality meat, cooked to order, and can be had with numerous fancy toppings and a side of crispy fries. I am unimpressed with other items on menu but haven't... More 

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Thank diane w
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

Hi Diane, Like I always say, when you find something that works, stick with it! Glad to hear that we keep you coming back for more. Jimmie More 

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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After eating at the NYAJ in Needham for many years, my recent move to Waltham took me to their new location in the Market Basket Plaza. Really nice atmosphere in a new facility and the same good quality food, prepared well and consistently at reasonable prices. May great things on the menu and always good specials. May not be really... More 

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Thank Sam G
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

Hi Sam, Glad to hear you decided to check out our new Waltham location and pleased to hear you enjoyed the new space and our always delicious food. See you soon, Jimmie More 

Massachusetts
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Great Family Restaurant. We ordered everything from salads - they are large, fresh and filling (The Wedge was a hit at our table) to burgers, pizza and full entrees. The food was excellent and the portions were huge. We were so full that we could even entertain the thought of ordering dessert. Benefits – the food is delicious and they... More 

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Thank pickyeater15
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

Thank you for the awesome review - it's nice to see that even a "pickyeater" enjoys our food :) I hope we'll see you again real soon. Jimmie More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Felt like the bartender could not have cared less. Food was okay but the service was subpar. Had to ask for menu. Did not feel welcome to stay. Won't return for awhile.

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Thank Bruce H
Needham, Massachusetts
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151 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This place has been in our town for well over 10 years and is always crowded and always a good night out out. We came here much more often when our kids were younger and don't visit as much now, but we did go a few weeks ago when the grand parents were visiting. They take reservations now which they... More 

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Thank bw411
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review. It is true - we do offer something for everyone and since we are a made from scratch kitchen, we can customize just about everything to make it exactly the way you want it. I hope we'll see you again real soon. Jimmie More 

Braintree, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

there where five of us we were seated promptly. The bread and dipping sauce was very good. We all had a different dish. I had the Cobb salad which was very good. Everyone said their lunch was very good. We all left happy.

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Thank 181billz
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

I am so pleased that everyone enjoyed themselves when you stopped by for lunch. No matter what size your party is, we'll always make sure you leave happy and satisfied. See you soon! Jimmie More 

Hanover, Pennsylvania
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245 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Decided to check out the NYAJ's in Needham while in town on business. If you are new to the area please note there is plenty of free parking behind the restaurant, meters out front need fed. We arrived (through the back entrance) at approx 6:15 and the place was so empty I thought it might be seat yourself. Boy was... More 

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Thank bluewatergolf
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service. I am going to share your comment on the pizza maker with the General Manager so that it can be addressed and rectified immediately. If you're back in the area, I hope we'll see you again. Bear regards, Jimmie More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 Chapel St, Needham, MA 02492-2600
    (Route 135)
  • Public Transportation: Mass Transit bus: 59... Commuter Rail access: Needham Center Stop...
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Needham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-453-9300
Description
What does creative casual cuisine mean? Exactly what it says. We"re creative, because we reject the same-old-same-old in favor of tastes that are interesting and unique. We're casual because while our food may be worth getting dressed up for, we invite you to come as you are. We're all about cuisine in the sense that our chefs apply high standards of culinary art. There it is. Creative. Casual. Cuisine. If it sounds like your kind of place, then you – like us- are not your average Joe.

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