246-248 Elm St, Somerville, MA | Directions 0214442.395246 -71.122154
Neighborhoods: Davis Square
Good food, consitantly poor service... – I have eaten here many times because the food is very good. Generally I will only do take out since the service is always poor. When I go in to order take out it takes for ever just to place the order. Twice, I have sat at the bar for 20 minutes on a slow night while my food sat on the bar and the bartender failed to tell me that my order was ready. The times I've eaten there it has taken long periods of time for someone to come over and seat us, then longer periods of time to even get a server to come over. All of our servers have the hardest time even understanding what we're ordering, and it has taken forever to get the food.
Again, really good food, but not worth it if you have to spend more than 10 minutes in the place.
Shame to Indian Cuisine World Wide – I definitely would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. As a matter of fact, I would rather eat at McDs, then to ever eat at Diva. To begin the night of, I made reservations ahead of time and when we arrived, we were not greated for 10 mintues, let alone we waited 15 more minutes. Top it off, one of us had to seat in the walkway area on a dusty old chair. Food was not served promptly, and we were rushed to make orders and the waiter kept coming to our table asking same questions if we were done with food, when its only been 5 minutes since he has served it. Food was cold, bread was burnt, we ordered medium taste, and the waiter brought us food that was in the "HOT" category. Waiter spilled glass of water on the table and did not bother to clean it up. When we complained to the manager, he took waiter's side and started to argue with us. Whatever happened to "Customer is always right!!!" policy? The night is still not over yet, the waiter asked, "Can I get you dessert?" So we ordered, and guess what? The fool never cleans up the table from our meal, and serves desserts right on the table where there is no room left. He puts one of the dessert plate in the bread basket. For crying out loud, what an idiot. So what kind of a tip did I leave? Upside down glass with a penny in it!!! Afterall, I guess he deserved it.
Life-threatening & rude – To preface my review, let me begin with credentials: I am a chef, culinary educator, researcher and currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School. My evening at Diva (3/2/07) was the worst restaurant experience that I've had since moving to Boston. As someone that suffers from food allergies, I am always careful to call ahead to make sure that restaurants are able to accommodate and are informed ahead of time. I was assured that my allergy was absolutely no trouble and they would be happy to have my guest and me for the evening. When I arrived, I was ignored by the host. Later, once seated, I again explained my allergy to the waiter who rudely refuted everything that I had been told on the phone. I was informed that they could make me some grilled vegetables (instead of the meals that I was told were available previously). When the "meals" came, mine was served with a side containing said allergen. Luckily, I noticed, and they grudgingly returned it to the kitchen only to replace it with another dish slathered in the allergen. After alerting the waiter, who thoroughly understood the allergy and which substance was in the food, I was rudely asked if I was going to live, received an indifferent shoulder shrug and a, "that wasn't supposed to be in there." There was no apology. Had I eaten the meals that they provided, I would've been rushed to the nearest ER in anaphylactic shock. I would think that threatening someone's life would at least constitute an apology. I know the food industry well - after this experience, and reading about previous managerial tolerance of racial epithets hurled at customers, I cannot see why anyone could frequent this establishment in good conscience.
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Delicous Incredible Very good Awesome !!! DIVA – W ON D E R F U L - First of all the atmosphere is gorgous, the service is outstanding, my friends and I had a drink in the lounge while we waited and we sipped delicous Mojitos emmmm so good, anyhow we had some tapas while waiting and the bartender was a doll - she made sure we were tended to on a busy night - she still found time for each customer, come to find out she is the manager as well - great job -
Now on the the comfortable seating in the restaurant - the wait staff was superb and the food was mouth watering, I can not wait until my next visit. Prioritize DIVA on your to do list in Davis Square.
Always a good time – I have been to Diva several times and have always enjoyed it. One of my most recent visits was with friends who happen to be Indian and they thought the food was very good. We usually bring friends from out of town over to Diva and everyone is always pleased with the food and service.
Do not promote restaurants that condone discrimination! – Please refer to following article in the Tufts Daily online if you are considering eating at this establishment:
Racism at Diva Lounge, Issue date: 12/4/06, Section: Viewpoints
Best North Indian Vegetarian in Boston – Are you tired of Indian restaurants messing with your palate? You won't be sorry here. Try the Vegetarian Thali (soup, samosa, your choice of two veg entrees, poori, rice, chai and dessert, all for under $15). For meat connosseuirs I would recommend the succulent goat curry.
Authentic Indian chic takes hold of Davis Square. – The Scene
Diva's bold colors, prominent bar and use of curves and corners could make you imagine you've entered a post-modern cocktail shaker backed by a performance-art kitchen. Diva is winning a strong following for good, authentic Indian cuisine.
The menu is endless, with lots of southern Indian dishes (lentil dumplings, stuffed crepes called dosas) to augment the clay-oven roasted meats of the north. Fried dishes are light and crispy, while sauced dishes are redolent of spice and the roasted meats are usually succulent and delicious. Diva's sleek bar goes to waste, however, backed by non-alcoholic wines and beers and used as a serving station for the ice-cream desserts. Eschew the thin spirits in favor of mineral water or soda with main dishes of mild or medium spice.
CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS... THEY ARE CHANGING THE TIP AMOUNT – Me and my friend were in the lounge on Sept 3rd in the lounge. The bartender was lousy and was having a tough time as his assistant wasn't there. We ordered 3 tapas [Fish Pakora, Tandoori Mushrooms and Mozarella/green chilli Nan]. The food was ok. The total bill came upto 18.90 and I gave 4 $ tip. I see my credit card bill today and they have charged me 28.90. Basically they have changed the tip amount.
great food, fine service – i was a little biased because i'd read all about bad service, but everyone was nice to us. there was one strange moment when there was no room on the table and i hadn't finished my appetizer, when the waiter brough my entree. no big deal, but a little strange. otherwise, everyone was friendly and the food was really delicious. i like spicy food and i got the HOT version because i'd read that the food wasn't that spicy. HOT was perfect, definitely nothing to be afraid of if you like things to be well-spiced. the bhaingan barta was awesome as was the tofu-life cheese version of chicken tikka masala. you'll enjoy it if you go.
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