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105 Chapel St, Needham, MA 02492-2600 (Route 135)
Mass Transit bus: 59... Commuter Rail access: Needham Center Stop...
+1 781-453-9300
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: What does creative casual cuisine mean? Exactly what it says. We"re...
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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Casual Dining

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great take out 'to go' service

I ordered my food ahead of my visit. I showed up, went to the bar and picked up my food. This was a very smooth experience and my foods was freshly cooked. The foods was great and I always enjoy the bread and do that comes with the food. I definitely am looking forward to my next visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Adam M
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Foxborough
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  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
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Foxborough
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I ordered my food ahead of my visit. I showed up, went to the bar and picked up my food. This was a very smooth experience and my foods was freshly cooked. The foods was great and I always enjoy the bread and do that comes with the food. I definitely am looking forward to my next visit.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Went on Sunday at 5pm, food was good but similar to most chain menus. The gluten free complimentary bread was great, something I haven't seen since going GF. It was busy and our waitress seemed to be rushing us. As soon as we sat down she asked if we were ready to order, she then stood in the corner near... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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71 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

We went with our family including young grandchildren. It was crowded but they were efficient about seating us and the service was very good and attentive. Relatively diverse menu and everything we had from fish to burgers and chicken enchiladas were good. A little noisy and crowded but nice place for a family dinner.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went Friday night with our kids. We got their early and they told us the wait would be twenty minutes but it turned out to be forty. Once we sat down the service was slow and the food was average. We have been many times in the past and the food is usually quite good so this may have... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
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8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Good good, casual environment that is family friendly. Gets a bit crowded at dinner time so plan ahead. There is a bar area as well and plenty of parking in the lot behind the restaurant.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The menu is nicely varied with new dishes appearing regularly. Wait staff are very pleasant and accommodating but service can be a little slow. It can be fun to sit at the counter in the back and watch the food prep in the open kitchen. Overall a very good place. Sign up for their free meal on your birthday!!

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Boston, MA
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11 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My family and I have been dining at NYAJ in Needham for at least 15 years, or whenever they opened. What we like about it: the yummy foccaccia bread always makes a great beginning to the meal. Families with young children feel welcomed, as well as couples and friend get togethers. They have some tried and true menu items, as... More 

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Needham, Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Good food,always filled .You know that the food must be fresh because of the volume of diners.If you do not have a reservation there will be a wait on the weekends.A very good menu that changes with specials of the month.Friendly wait staff .I recommend this restaurant.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I'm a big fan of the Not Your Average Joe's in Needham - I try to work a visit into my schedule whenever I'm back in the greater Boston area. The cheesy olive oil and foccaccia with a Dark 'n' Stormy is the tried-and-true foundation of every meal I have here, and I've never been disappointed yet.

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Needham, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Each week we receive an email from Not Your Average Joe's advertising $5.99 martinis and Buck-a-Shuck Oysters on Mondays. Our reservation was for 6:30 pm--hardly the end of a dining evening and they were out of oysters! They did not tell us that the advertised special was not available when we were seated and we did not find out until... More 

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NYAJoes, Regional Director at Not Your Average Joe's, responded to this review

Hello Deena, Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent experience. I can tell you that your comments are very insightful and helpful. I am sorry that we let you down on the Martini Monday with our buck a shuck oyster promotion! I have reviewed your comments with the team and have already made adjustments... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?