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Diesel Cafe

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257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144-2934
+1 617-629-8717
06:00 - 23:00
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I've been going to Diesel for over 10 years, and it remains very special for me. The coffee is quite good, especially if you prefer a slightly darker roast on the spectrum of specialty coffee. Their baristas are very skilled, so cappuccinos, chai lattes, and hot chocolates are good orders for the fine foam and nice latte art. It can... More 

Thank arglebarnacle
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227 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

A real neighborhood shop with lots of charm. Easy place to go and hangout with nice bites and drinks.

Thank mjacobs
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137 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The Red Sox game was postponed and we had tickets. We wanted to hang out and decided to stop here at diesel cafe for a snack and coffee. The crowd is fantastic and weird. The coffee is awesome and the cookies were super tasty Great place to study too !

Thank RTrivia
Somerville, Massachusetts
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145 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Diesel is the place to hang out with a pot of tea, watch locals play pool, order an extra muffin, and listen in on a friendly political debate. A relaxing afternoon hang-out.

Thank Andrew W
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I've been to Diesel and had their great coffee and food. Today, because it was hot, I ordered a small ice coffee. It was heaven. Nutty, flavorful, robust without tasting burnt or acidic. It was buttery without tasting weak or like dirty dishwater like Dunkin'. Don't know why I never ordered an ice coffee from them before!

Thank la67
New York City, New York
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Great place. Gluten free traveler with us was well served and I had pretty much the best club sandwich I ever had. Fresh Lemonade, pool tables, selection of either booths or communal tables. Not the quietest place but plenty of people were sitting around drinking coffee and getting things done on their laptops. Muffins and pastries look great.

Thank BobNYC47
Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

Loud, and usually crowded. The coffee is good but it's not a good place for any kind of quiet work or conversation. If you're out with a group of friends or like a lot of background noise, this place is for you.

Thank mochilista
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

A great place to hang out. Good coffee, great breakfast burrito, and a very nice vibe. Two pool tables, booths, tables of all sizes, and in summer weather the front area is perfect. Lots of folks use it as a second office - you need to pay for wifi but that seems to be OK with lots of folks.

Thank chief-dweeb
Cumberland, Rhode Island
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100 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Great coffee and pastries. I always stop here when my business takes me into avis Sq. Nice in the summer when the storefront is open,

Thank Marconi33
Nanuet, New York
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270 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is definitely a hipster joint. Nonetheless, the food is very high quality and the atmosphere is relaxed. Most people go in for the coffee which is good, I on the other hand, will recommend having the hot chocolate which is outstanding.

Thank Escano777

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144-2934
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-629-8717

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