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Not Your Average Joe's

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American, Bar, Pub
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645 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-5004 (Pleasant Street)
+1 781-643-1666
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11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Tue 11:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

NYAJ's as we call it around here, is a great local restaurant. The bar is right in front of you as you walk in. They have some limited seating there, at the bar and at small tables. There's a sports channel on tv to watch. The drinks are fun with some being non-alcoholic. Prices are standard. The restaurant has an... More 

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Thank Paula Z. T
Lowell, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My favorite thing here is the nachos. They are not your typical nachos. We have also eaten at other NYAJ locations, and like the cheese steak egg rolls as well (what can I say, I love appetizers). There are many interesting looking things to try on the menu, so we will be back again for sure.

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Thank LoriLovesFood
Bonita Springs, Florida
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let’s start with the water and coffee. It was nice to have a slice of lemon with the water, and I always measure a restaurant by the coffee they serve. My choice is black and unsweetened, and the coffee here was excellent – so we were off to a fine start. My companion ordered a cup of tomato basil soup;... More 

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

Hello Guy, Thank you for the great review. We'll be looking forward to welcoming you to the neighborhood when you do move :) Until then, stop in and see us at any one of you 24 other locations. Best regards, Jimmie More 

Dallas, Texas
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182 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

I can imagine it's a trick to expand while keeping that one-off allure that has locals coming back. Not Your Average Joe's pulls if off, and the downtown Arlington location leads the way with friendly service, creative dishes and community engagement. Each month they will donate 15% of your tab to the local non-profit-of-the-month! My Spaghetti Bolognese was re-engineered to... More 

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

Hello Jon, Thank you for the excellent review. I am so pleased to hear that we keep you coming back. I also want to thank you for recognizing the fact that we try to give back to our community as well with our Not Your Average Cause program. I hope we'll see you again real soon. Best, Jimmie More 

medford
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Creative cuisine without going to absurd extremes. The menu is imaginative and changes monthly to feature locally sourced seasonal fare. A real winner is the Wednesday $1 oyster deal, after 4 PM in the bar. We've always encountered friendly, helpful staff and their kitchen will 'do it your way.' Upon learning that we were celebrating our anniversary on one occasion,... More 

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and I hope that we'll be seeing you again the next time you're in the area. Best, Jimmie More 

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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is the perfect place to go when everyone in your party has different food preferences. They try to accommodate every possible issue that's thrown at them. The place is a pretty standard layout of booths and tables. It does have a nice bar. The food is quite good but the service is slow.

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

Hello Jolize, While I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and our menu choices, I am disappointed to hear that you had slow service. Please accept my apology. If you will reach out to me directly at guestrlations@nyajos.com I will try to make things right for you. Best regards, Jimmie More 

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

We used to visit often another resturant of this chain in Lexington, MA but unfortunately it was closed down years ago. We have decided to try this resturant and we arrived with pretty high expectations. We were disappointed. The service was not that good and the food was average at best. On the positive side, prices were still reasonable.

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

I appreciate the fact that you decided to try our Arlington location but i am disappointed to hear that both the food and service were not up to our usual quality standards. Please accept my sincere apology. I would like to try and make things right for you so I am hoping you will reach out to me at guestrelations@nyajoes.com.... More 

Belmont
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

chicken picatta + salad with blue cheese/steak were excellent. service was very good at the bar, attentive friendly

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Thank 316dalet
Not Your Averag... J, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

Hi there - I am so pleased that you enjoyed both the food and the service. I hope we'll see you again real soon. Best, Jimmie More 

Arlington, Massachusetts
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Staff did great, always attendsive. I had soup and a burger (cooked to perfection). Other party had chilli and a salad. Automatic checkout if you want it,otherwise you can pay in the normal manner.

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Thank DLGArlingtonMA
NYAJoes, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

I am so very pleased to hear that you enjoyed the food and the service and i wanted you to know that we'll be looking forward to seeing you again real soon. Jimmie More 

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66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Arriving from airport , we wanted something easy and no wait so we stopped at this chain. The ambiance is good and service was efficient. The menu has a little bit of everything and the food we had tasted ok. The Caribbean buffalo tenders were spicy and quite good. Not amazing but sufficient restaurant.

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Thank RTrivia
NYAJoes, Guest Relations Manager at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

It sounds like you enjoyed everything and I am hoping that you can come back when you have more time so we can show you what we do best. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 645 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-5004
    (Pleasant Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 781-643-1666
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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