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Diesel Café

Diesel Café

Café and Coffee Shop$$$$
Davis Square, Somerville
  • Ranked #5 for cafés in Somerville
  • Go here. Experience the tea. It's worth it.
  • Rachel M.
    "The Little Piston is my (vegetarian) favorite!"(5 Tips)
    Steve D.
    "get the raspberry lime rickey."(4 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "The Somerville Smog sounds odd but is pretty awesome.. try it,..."(5 Tips)
    Daniel D.
    "The Vietnamese coffee is excellent!"(5 Tips)
208 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • tea
  • sandwiches
  • little piston
  • raspberry lime rickey
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  • Jeanne L.
    Jeanne LaddJune 17, 2012
    Great coffee and wonderful vibe. Good place to grab a cup and kick back. Large selection of veggie food and sandwiches!
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VDecember 19, 2011
    Don't expect free wifi.
  • Christine C.
    Christine CostelloJanuary 8, 2011
    Add cheddar to the Tuned Up.
  • Meg G.
    Meg GaskellDecember 18, 2010
    Use Starbucks wifi! Attwifi.
  • Allie
    AllieJanuary 21, 2014
    Staff were super friendly. The back of the dining area feels like a study hall: not much food, lots of coffee cups, laptops, books, papers, backpacks, and students.
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleDecember 16, 2014
    big selection of sandwiches and coffees
  • Steph F.
    Steph FellNovember 11, 2012
    Good spot for readers, students, pool players (2 tables) and photo-booth fans. Sandwich menu is large and sounds good; the ones I've tried were great, cant say the same about the pasta sidedish though
  • Katie G.
    Katie GerardSeptember 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the green tea latte! It tastes oddly like seaweed and is totally addictive.
  • Lillian C.
    Lillian CSeptember 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Pumpkin spice chai! Best w soy
  • William M.
    William McAdooSeptember 16, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Cafe au lait is fine, raspberry squares divine
  • Gregor M.
    Gregor MittersinkerMarch 1, 2010
    Small Cappucino to go is the way to go here
  • JB S.
    JB SegalMay 6, 2013
    Unless you specify, your raspberry lime rickey will likely be a lime rickey with a tiny bit of raspberry.
  • Joe H.
    Joe HookerJuly 30, 2013
    cool spot but the WiFi isn't free...
  • eric m.
    eric mortensenNovember 1, 2013
    Solid espresso drinks.
  • Ariana H.
    Ariana HerlingerNovember 13, 2011
    Mmmmm....intelligentsia coffee
  • Katie D.
    Katie DadarriaJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    If you don't try a mocha here, you are a fool.
  • Sherrie G.
    Sherrie GonzalezOctober 26, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    try the cider delux while it's still in season or the tuck's turtle!
  • Daniel D.
    Daniel DolinovAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Vietnamese coffee is excellent!
  • Brian M.
    Brian ManningJuly 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great coffee, but no free wifi. 😢
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MunsonDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Iggy's everything bagel + iced vietnamese = heaven
  • Sam M.
    Sam MaddenApril 5, 2013
    Egg sandwiches are totally underrated and make for a great Thursday morning breakfast
  • Sahil K.
    Sahil KathawalaJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Free cup of coffee when you buy a bag (rec the Matalpa)
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew T.August 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit by the front window and you can pick up the free Starbucks wi-fi from across the street.
  • Keely C.
    Keely CarriganSeptember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    They recently changed their tea line (from Mem to Kilogram), so I'm not fond of their Thai tea anymore.
  • Yuval Z.
    Great coffee, baked goods, sandwiches
  • John B.
    John B.October 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Go for the "Tuck's Turtle" - hot chocolate w/ hazelnut, caramel & whipped cream (if you ask, they'll add expresso)
  • Khalid S.
    Khalid ShakirFebruary 6, 2010
    Check out Dan Hartshorn's awesome paintings and sketches
  • Bob S.
    Bob StarkJanuary 18, 2010
    Don't plan on finding a seat; get your food to go
  • Rachel Z.
    Amazing bagels!
  • Liliana C.
    Liliana CabralApril 28, 2015
    Good coffee and bagels!
  • Amy D.
    Amy DennehyDecember 5, 2014
    Beware there's no free wifi here
  • Cintain 昆.
    Nice atmosphere, good for people-watching if you sit in the front.
  • Dave W.
    Dave WalshOctober 30, 2015
    Don't think about using WiFi unless you bring your own hotspot or $7! They freakin' charge for internet access! Once spent $12, then learned this fcuked up fact...refund & left. No WiFi? Kiss my a$$!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan W. CohenJuly 20, 2010
    The rooibos iced tea is scrumptious.
  • Sooz
    SoozOctober 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Somerville fog latte with soy is delicious!
  • Majed A.
    What is the best for breakfast !!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MartucciJuly 6, 2013
    Unimpressive. Like an Au Bon Pain or a Panera with more hipster cred. Sandwiches are overpriced and sub par.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MartocchioJanuary 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best hot chocolate around!
  • Katie L.
    Katie LopesJuly 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Vietnamese coffee is the best!
  • Caitlin D.
    Caitlin DeanJune 14, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Diesel Cafe and try the egg and cheese sandwich on focaccia instead of the default bagel. Fewer calories, tastier.
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 5, 2011
    Try everything from chocolate muffins to coconut macaroons. If you're looking for a bit more substance, you won’t go wrong with one of their tasty soups or salads – the selection changes frequently. Read more
  • Chris F.
    Chris FalmanMay 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't know what they do to their soy mocha's but they are UH-MAY-ZING
  • George R.
    George RallsJune 19
    Been here 25+ times
    VG coffee of all types (pour overs!) with lots of seating (good for working)
  • Andrea A.
    Andrea AndoApril 8, 2013
    Coffee, beer and pool!
  • Michael F.
    Michael FisherFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The rooibos tea is outstanding. Give it a try for some nice citrus notes!
  • Christine L.
    Christine LeeOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Usually busy so watch for empty seats attentively~ breakfast burrito and bagel and lox plate for breakfast is good :) The coffee is always delicious.
  • Tim L.
    Tim LuoAugust 18, 2015
    I'm still at a loss why people rave about this place. The espresso drinks are painfully average (Starbucks quality), and the sandwiches nearly broke my teeth. Maybe I'm just doing it wrong.......
  • Sage W.
    Sage WohnsAugust 9, 2014
    Ambience is great for hanging out with coffee
  • Steve D.
    Steve DavisApril 26, 2009
    get the raspberry lime rickey. Pure happiness.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RhodesFebruary 13, 2011
    The Somerville Smog sounds odd but is pretty awesome.. try it, u won't be disappointed.
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