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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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12:00 pm - 9:00 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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 23
    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
Just Ok

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
Andy W
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Needham, Massachusetts
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
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93 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Needham, Massachusetts
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW 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
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
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
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
41 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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 

Framingham, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
189 reviews 189 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

They have birthday gift so it is nice. I think couple years ago was better tasting.. They are always busy especially on weekends so better make reservation.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Their sautéed Brussel Sprouts are crazy delicious. Get them for a side no matter what you order. Jacks Abby on tap is pretty righteous, too.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Positives: great food for reasonable prices, family friendly, very friendly service Improvements: if it's busy the "waiting crowd" block up the bar and hangover some of the full tables ...

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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: American, Italian

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?