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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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6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 26
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best .... EVERYTHING!

Diesel Cafe is one of the best places to hang with friends, study, have a cup of coffee or one of their most delicious sandwiches. We've been going here since the days it first opened.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Elizabeth R
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Medford, Massachusetts
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  • Romantic
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Medford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Diesel Cafe is one of the best places to hang with friends, study, have a cup of coffee or one of their most delicious sandwiches. We've been going here since the days it first opened.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Quirky and busy, but a solid college town coffee shop and reading hang out. Baked goods are much better than average, made in their own kitchen (Forge, about a mile away, also with coffee and pop up shops). Between Diesel and Forge, the latter is close to Union Square and quieter. The same owners also have a cafe in Union... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It was $2.50. That might suggest everything else is expensive as well...like sandwiches. But I just had a coffee.

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Wooster, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

During my recent trip delivering our vintage collections to Boston I came upon an opportunity to try out Diesel in Davis Square, one of the three cafes/bakery owned by two long time business partners. I read about them from an article published in Boston Globe and was very impressed with their business models and their environmentally green practice. The Diesel... More 

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Medford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Such a cool place! Pool table, photo booth, lots of different places to sit & AMAZING baked goods/drinks! This place is just so cool! I got an Iced Moroccan Mint Tea & Croissant & sat to read for a bit. Will definitely make this place a regular hang out!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I have been coming here for a couple of years. I've always had a great experience. The staff is quite friendly, and willing to help you out if you need to make some modifications to your orders. Their coffee is pretty good, but not as good as their Monkey Wrench Sandwich, my go-to order :) Sometimes you have to wait... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

No shame. I love Diesel that much. Funky space, interesting art, nice people, and consistently tasty food and drink. Try it for yourself, you won't be going back to Starbucks.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

crowded with endless stream of college students, fun atmosphere, slow but nice friendly service, and serves the best coffee around Davis sq.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Diesel cafe is a gem, particularly for those of us who use cafes as alternative work spaces. The atmosphere is great -- not especially quiet but very conducive to working, and the internet is fast and reliable. There's a fee for internet, which I actually like, because I feel more entitled to stay there. I can't give the same rave... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I do love the Diesel Cafe. I liked it more when they had the chicken salad with the grapes in it, but the current food is just fine. They have different artists' work up, which is great, and a photo booth that works sometimes and a new counter seating area in the back, which is great.

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Additional Information about Diesel Cafe

Address: 257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144-2934
Phone Number: +1 617-629-8717
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30
Cuisine: Cafe, Diner, Bagels

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 257 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144-2934
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: +1 617-629-8717

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Cafe, Diner, Bagels

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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