Not Your Average Joe's Watertown

4.4
957 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
From our famous focaccia and dipping oil, to our legendary pizza, salads, and sandwiches, we offer something for everyone at Not Your Average Joe's. Come in for fan favorites like our Mustard Crusted Chicken or Steak Tips, stay for the extended list of wines, craft beer, and crafted cocktails. We serve an extensive gluten free menu, happy hour, weekend brunch, and have full-service lunch and dinner 7 days a week in the dining room or bar area.

Not Your Average Joe's Watertown is located on Main Street in Watertown, MA. We are steps from the Watertown Free Public Library, and minutes from the Arsenal Mall and Charles River.

We are conveniently located up the road from Athena Health's expansive campus, the Perkins School for the Blind, and Watertown High School. Nearby lodging includes the Super 8 Watertown/Cambridge/Boston Area, Crowne Plaza Boston -Newton, and the Residence Inn by Marriot Boston Watertown.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Invite your mother to Joe’s place and check out our brand new menu featuring Hoisin Salmon, Chicken Caprese, Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie for Two, and more!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Has your father met Joe before? C’mon, they’re both great guys. Introduce them on Father’s Day while Dad feasts on everything from Seared Scallops to Thai Beef Noodle Salad to our awesome Backyard Burger.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Resurrect your taste buds with Joe! Try out dishes like Mustard-Crusted Chicken, Ahi Tuna Wontons, Simply Grilled Salmon, and more…

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 957 People Are Saying
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CD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was very bad. Waited an interminable amount of time for everything including the opportunity to pay which took the server about 4 trips back and forth to the table before he got it right.

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IS
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Truthfully, I was surprised at the quality of the food. My friend and I both had a super crunch salads with salmon added, and both the fish and the salad were delicious. Our waitress was great and even though we sat for a while after finishing our meal, we never felt rushed or pressured to leave. We'll definitely be back.

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JT
New England
49 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and even better service by Dane. Great night out supporting the Boston Gay Men's Chorus - come in anytime during the month of April and mention your are there to support the BGMC and 15% of your check total will be donated to the Chorus. Thanks to GM Sara and AGM Casey for doing this!

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J
New England
52 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, casual ambiance! The server was sometimes a little awkward, but he was a great guy, and we had a terrific meal.

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s
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

very average food but good quality for the price. the major attraction is $1 oysters on Monday.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Look forward To meeting friends for Monday night apps,oysters,shrimp and our table with Chuck. Chuck is friendly and attentive and we look forward to a buck a shuck with Chuck

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New England
31 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food, drinks, service were fine. I had the Chicken Capresse, which tasted great but there was not enough food. 2 average size pieces of chicken and a salad with it. If a full vegetable portion or potato portion came with it, it would have been enough food. Overall, everyone enjoyed their food and our waiter was extremely accommodating.

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M
New England
135 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious as always. Seared tuna wontons are my fav but always inconsistent. Sometimes a little sauce. Sometimes a lot. Sometimes they offer to put on cucumbers. Sometimes not. And the kitchen needs better standards. No gloves worn by chefs who are CONSTANTLY eating with their hands and touching their face. So gross.

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at our special meal.

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LM
New England
84 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We like to go to NYA Joe's on Friday nights when we can. I always have my favorite Pomegranate Martini. We both had the Haddock with different sides. Really delicious! We're regulars.

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D
New England
15 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very efficient service

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I
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I cannot recommend this place enough! The service was outstanding the waitress she was so helpful suggesting things but not overdoing it. Food was delicious perfectly cooked and came out in a timely manner.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful experience especially due to friendliness of our waitress, Kendra. Will be back soon!

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JJ
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a multigenerational combination birthday brunch which pleased both the 5 year old and the 91 year old and everyone in between! Terrific service and the food was good. Very knowledgeable and accommodating re severe allergies.

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M
New England
135 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always consistent food and drinks. Service was stellar when we dined on st Patrick’s day wish I could recall her name to compliment her. Mustard crusted chicken is amazing. Always a good time. Well managed.

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JY
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my friends birthday which I did note in open table by it was not acknowledged by the waitress. Not sure if it was because they didn’t properly check us in under open table.

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MA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was excellent, as usual. But we felt crammed in and two tables away from us was a family where its child felt compelled to scream during the whole dinner! Talked with the manager to no avail, will not be coming back to this "Joe's" for that reason.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Wasn’t the best dining experience. This is a regular spot for us. Ordered the Shrimp Scampi special & the Super Crunch Salad. Made note to waiter about the over cooked, soggy pasta and he made no effort to remedy the poor quality food. The chicken in the salad was hard, dry and tasteless. Not one of NYAJ’s better moments. If the food quality and attention to diner experience continues to spiral, won’t be coming back.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, nicely served in a family atmosphere. Good quality for the money. Wasn't expecting them to be so outstanding. Have eaten there twice and was impressed each time.

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JM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not different from my last week review except our waitress was fantastic. Prompt sevice with great humor.

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f
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very average Joe’s. Crab cakes had negligible crab meat and were also slightly burnt. Caesar salad had obvious garlic powder sprinkled on. Other dishes - eh.

Uninspired and poorly prepared food - just like your average mediocre chain restaurant.

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BN
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good all-around venue and food. Food includes tasty, classic all-around choices - chicken, fish, beef, pizza, etc. - prepared a little fancier than, say, what you would get at a diner. Their focaccia-like bread with spiced, flavored oil (cheese, garlic) is delicious. Serves all the usual beer, wine and cocktails. Ambiance is somewhat that trendy, industrial look with exposed brick and ceiling ducts, etc. Noise level can be a little loud at times, but not overly. It depends on the crowd, and how many kids are around (because it is family friendly). Service is good - attentive and fast. NYAJ's is not a fancy place. It's more like an everyday, better than a diner, family-friendly experience. You could certainly have a pleasant, respectable business lunch or dinner here at a very reasonable price - I see many do. (But it's not like a Capital Grille or the like). NYOJ's is essentially my "go to" place for a) when my wife and I just want to go out for pleasant, affordable Saturday night dinner, and b) when I have out of town guests and I don't know their preferences - Joe's has a little of everything.

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JJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant both the Watertown and Arlington location this night we had out of town guess and they loved it just has much as we do from the bread to the cocktails to the main course everything was wonderful

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JM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Go here about 12 times a year. Never a bad meal, never a great meal. Menu is good.
Prices have gotten more expensive over the past year, We average $50/per person with
an inexpensive bottle of wine

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J
New England
52 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Another great experience at NYAJ. Great food, professional staff, good atmosphere, and fair price. One thing I could offer as a suggestions regards some vegetarian options on the menu: there are a few items that are offered as "vegetarian optional" but don't include any additions to the meal (tofu) to replace the original (chicken), so the meal ends up being kind of light. Luckily, there are some great vegetarian options when it comes to burgers (highly recommend the Impossible Burger)!

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a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was attractive and tasty. Extensive menu and choices.

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LM
New England
84 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always fun, always Pomegranate Martinis! The coconut shrimp were delish too!

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AG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything perfect except that it is noisy. Excellent food and great value.

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ST
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Normally yes but we went on Valentine’s Day. The meatloaf we ordered was still frozen in the middle, and the carrots that vane with it were hard. When we asked the hostess to send it back they brought back the same plate just microwaved. Kind of a bummer. He couldn’t eat the pieces he bit bc they were frozen, why not just give a new dish? It obviously wasn’t the waitresses fault, and it didn’t affect her tip, but it was a Bummer.

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a
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We met up with friends for a casual brunch. We had a really pleasant experience and enjoyed ourselves! The menu had brunch options plus their full lunch menu which meant there was a lot to choose from. They also had fun brunch cocktails and a build your own bloody mary offering that was good. I had the eggs benedict with salmon and have no complaints. Service was great and we were not rushed out the door after paying. For a chain restaurant, we had a great experience!

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s
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I eat there a few times a year. I often have the spaghetti squash with mushroom ragu. It was very watery and salty this time.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great for kids. Food is good. Good for a night out with young children.

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D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was wonderful especially given that this a chain and not”fine” dining. Lots of food choices for non-meat eater

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our server went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we wanted and a few special requests.

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LC
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I'd been to NYAJ's before with adult friends, & thought it was better than I was expecting, but had never thought to go with my kid. When I googled kid-friendly restaurants near me, it popped right up, and turned out to have a great kid's menu as well as delightful cocktails, and a big menu full of yummy things done carefully & with thought. Everything every member of my family ate was delightful & enjoyable. We will def. be back & will recommend to other families looking for a family-friendly place that really takes the food up a notch!

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KD
New England
50 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food.....good service
It is close to home
Go there once a week

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I
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was slow, but other than that everything was good.

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RL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are always so easy going and accommodating about everything...members of our party arriving late, substitutions, special instructions. And the food is always good. The Mustard Crusted Chicken is my go to favorite.

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KW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Vegetables were over salted and peppered. Food was just warm, not hot. Area near the window was quite chilly. New Chicken pie had almost nothing of substance in it....very little chicken and carrots and peas that were cut like they came out of a can. Never been so disappointed in a Joe's.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

They had taken our favorite item off the menu and the Caesar salad was pretty bland and tasteless.

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