381 Summer St, Somerville, MA | Directions 0214442.394273 -71.120848
Sunday To Thursday From 08:00 AM To 11:00 PM Friday To Friday From 08:00 AM To 12:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Davis Square
Love this place! – I am new to this area, but I already feel like a local when I eat out at this diner. My boyfriend and I have eaten breakfast here about once a week for the last month and a half, and we have never been disappointed. The food is fine - but we don't go here for the food. The staff is awesome, and everybody has a great time. We go to this diner for the experience. It's really the most enjoyable breakfast I've had, and I'll continue to patronize this diner for (hopefully) a very long time to come. Five stars for being fabulous!!
As a side note, they actually serve beans for breakfast, which I love, and the 'dreamboat' cocktail is lovely!
Forget the diner.. Rosebud as a music venue.. – In the fictionalized movie of my life (where I come off way cooler than I actually am), I envisioned Rosebud Bar as being *the* borderline divey place I would've frequented in my youth. It's where I would be when I wasn't at Lizard Lounge (what I refer to as a friend's rec room).
As a small music venue it works. You'll be able to hear the music wherever you are in the bar, it's just that you may not be able to see the band. During shows, waiters/waitresses walk around the crowd around asking people if they want drinks..a definite plus to some music venues in Boston that are mostly standing room. No need to fight your way to the bar. Shows do run later, so there are times when catching the train and seeing the headlining band has not always worked out.
Rosebud is in Davis Square (access to the T and several buses and a decent walk to Porter) so yes, there is that cross of college kids, townies, cats that like Keno & cheap hooch (drinks), and folks like me coming in from Boston.. so to say the least it's definitely interesting on the people watching side of things. You will talk to random strangers and you will probably get some beer spilled on you. Whatever, it's not like your parents are going to sniff you when you get home, right? Well.. in the movie version of my life they wouldn't take out that breathalyzer.
Rosebud Diner - Service is on the Slide :( – Let me begin by stating I am something of a diner nut, and have photographed, reviewed and dined at hundreds of diners. I have dined at the Rosebud two times previously and have always enjoyed the food and exceptional service.
I returned there for lunch this past Saturday with my fiancee and had absolutely awful, if not bizarre service. We came in around lunch time, so the diner was understandably busy and we took our spots at the counter. When a booth opened up, we asked if we could move. The busboy told us no, there was a wait. He seated a couple that was waiting in back.
Almost immediately two other booths opened up. When we asked again if we could move, another waitress snapped at us that we couldn't because we had already ordered and the waitresses only have a limited number of booths that were divided up equally and it "wouldn't be fair."
This seemed ridiculous - the diner was busy so it was unlikely space was going to go vacant for long, and we also offered to pay an additional tip if we moved (I mean, come on lunch was less than $20!).
On top of this the kitchen screwed up our order - we had turkey sandwiches one on white, one on wheat, one with lettuce and tomatoes, one without. When we tried to return the sandwiches, the kitchen refused and we had to tear apart our sandwiches and rebuild them ourselves.
This was really a god-awful experience and the sad thing is that in the past we have had exceptional service here. I'm hoping that the wait staff was just having a 'bad day' and this isn't typical of what's become of the legendary Davis Square Worcester Streamline.
To be fair, the sandwiches (once reassembled) we absolutely delicious, very fresh ingredients and a generous portion. The price remains very reasonable too.
Too bad the overall experience was that bad that I'll avoid the Rosebud and favor other local diners for the time being. There are no shortage of great cheap eats in Cambridge and the surrounding towns.
Old fashioned diner serves traditional American fare in Davis Square. – This classy diner -- a Boston icon in operation since the 1940s -- is a total throwback, with wood panels, chrome trim, and a silver and black bar with neon pink accents. Locals and regulars pack the booths and barstools for breakfast, lunch and dinner, especially on weekends. Gruff but friendly servers dish out home-style meals typical of a greasy spoon diner (burgers, fries, clam chowder, milkshakes) while items such as swordfish, calamari, and other "off-the-menu" specials add a bit of sophistication. Even vegetarians can enjoy a char-broiled veggie burger. A wine list, full bar, micro-brews, and the Rosebud's famous Bloody Mary make the diner a welcoming hangout any time.
"You get into a low-key camraderie with other diners, as there's a tv with the baseball game on, while enjoying a fine home-cooked meal with nice service at an affordable price." (loveUSAorleave, Citysearch user)
"Neat atmoshpere, like stepping back in time, into a 1950's diner." (newenduser, Citysearch user)
"Be prepared to undergo intense behavior scrutiny. No substitutes, no laptops, no cell phones, and my favorite, NO WATER in a glass, only in a small styrofoam cup with no refills." (bennathan, Citysearch user)
"The food was good, but not worth the hassle. I know a dozen places that offer more selection and equally as good of food." (phoebe1214, Citysearch user)
Down to earth home-style cooking – Writing in praise of Rosebud is easy. It's a casual, fun, down-to-earth meals kind of place. You get into a low-key camraderie with other diners, as there's a tv with the baseball game on, while enjoying a fine home-cooked meal with nice service at an affordable price.
For those who don't want to get into a great patriotic spirit by singing "God Bless America" with the American flag being paraded around or saying the Pledge of Allegiance, not only should they not bother enjoying one terrific diner dining experience (with the added plus of choral participation) but they would be highly encouraged to get a one-way plane ticket to somewhere else.
The other night I had tasty lamb kebabs, watched the Sox score and sang "God Bless America". Where else could I, or anyone for that matter, have had so satisfying an experience in one short evening?
David Lynch redux – This was one of the strangest and least pleasant dining experiences we've had in a while.
Let's start with the woman tending bar, who took it upon herself to lead the patrons in both the Pledge of Allegiance (a framed copy of which she held up for our mandatory attention) and the singing of God Bless America, accompanied by her marching up and down the one aisle holding a full-size American flag. I am not at all against patriotic displays, but having them foisted upon me during what should be a normal diner-type experience was a bit much. Being forced to hear her share her xenophobic views full volume with the diners in the next booth turned the experience from quirky to distasteful.
The grilled artichoke hearts? Out of a can, and cold, even after we sent them back once to be reheated (well, heated in the first place).
The lamb tips & and chowder were good, though! And our waitress was sweet.
But not at all experience I'd like to repeat. Maybe breakfast is better. But watch out for that bartender and her flag!
Shocking – I read a review on Rosebud and decided that the service was not as important as the supposedly amazing breakfast. It was a mistake. The food was HORRIBLE. The service was great.
To start, the "Italian " toast was made from the white bread with seeds made by Pepperidge Farm that you can buy in Shaw's. Worse, it had mold on it. Although it was nicely toasted so the mold was browned beautifully.
I got blueberry pancakes that, to be fair, were cooked throughout and had no mold. Sadly, they had no taste. None. The pancake itself was like eating wet flour. The blueberries did seem fresh though.
The corned beef hash was inedible. It was either raw in the middle, after being browned on the outside so it presented like one of my pancakes, or it was overspiced. I am leaning towards both. I have had hash at just about every breakfast place I have ever been to and this was by far the worst. They would have been better served by using the canned stuff.
My friend got the garden omlette with spinach, onion, and pepper. In reality it consisted of a spinach and egg mixture filled by roughly a cup of raw white onion, cup of raw red pepper, and a cup of raw green pepper, all pilled in the middle. Not inedible, but close. No flavor, no texture, just overwhelming raw vegetables.
The hash browns were straight out of a school cafeteria. Small, brown squares. Again, possibly purchased at Shaw's.
The coffee was fine.
The water comes in styrofoam shot glasses.
I went in expecting a good meal and tough service. The service was the only good part of the meal. If you want breakfast in Somerville, go someplace else.
ROSEDUD – I'm glad to read the other reviews that trash this place--reason well the service is terrible- the policy of no cell phone lap top or god forbid you ask the bartender (owner) to change the TV channel --he was watching the celtics during the final 4..The CELTICS.. Food OK -- one other thing do not dare to walk into this place with a Dunkin Donuts cup-- the waitress was so nervous as the owner has a Soup Nazzi stance of customer control about him.. there are a few other places to consider in the area--if your looking to read your newspaper and have a good meal while having a good conversation with the staff and enjoying your morning this is not the place to do it.. Go Celtics
Good food, great atmosphere – I went to the Rosebud for a quick dinner one night.. I had a great burger (tender and juicy with a lot of cheese on top) and some cold beer. I was pleased with the food and loved the atmosphere (1950's diner). I had absolutely no problem with service... my waitress was prompt, friendly, and polite. I would definately go back for a casual dining experience.
Hidden gem in Davis Square – Best pancakes ever. Period. Go for breakfast, served until 3 pm on weekends. Highly recommend their breakfast combos. Lunch fare isn't bad either, burgers and sandwiches are above average. During the summer try Gaspacho, it's worth the wait. Full liqour license and a well stocked bar. Neat atmoshpere, like stepping back in time, into a 1950's diner. They even have the old fashioned cash register (the CC swipe is nestled next to it, inconspicuosly). The building is on the National Registry of Historic Places and it's worth seeing.
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