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Diesel Cafe

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257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144-2934
+1 617-629-8717
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06:00 - 23:00
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Better than acceptable coffee in a hip atmosphere. Nice large tables for groups. Only visited a couple of times, but the muffins and pastries were nice too. Closed Xmas day, so I resorted to chain and regretted it as soon as the SB coffee hit my palate. Diesel or Nine Bar up the road (much smaller) would be my espresso... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you come at a good time you can get a lovely seat in the window, sit down with some quality tea and an amazing scone, and just hang out - a perfect morning or afternoon in my book. Lunch is good, although it wouldn't be my first choice, and I am assured that the coffee is the best in... More 

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Thank TolinRiedel
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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158 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Nice place with nice people who serve delicious coffee and an assortment of pastries that go with your coffee.

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Thank WinHe
Somerville, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

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Thank arglebarnacle
wilmington
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248 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

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

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Thank mjacobs
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149 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 !

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Thank RTrivia
Somerville, Massachusetts
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168 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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.

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Thank Andrew W
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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!

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Thank la67
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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.

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Thank BobNYC47
Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$30
Cuisine
Cafe, American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 23:00
Monday
06:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 23:00
Thursday
06:00 - 23:00
Friday
06:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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?