Diesel

★★★☆☆
Taking over the former Dish location, this lowbrow joint sparkles in a highbrow neighborhood.
  • 870 North Highland Avenue Northeast

    Atlanta, GA 30306

    Cross street: Drewry Street

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  • 404-815-1820

About Diesel

Hours
Mon - Fri, 11am - 10pm; Sat, Sun, 11am - 11pm

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.50 for spicy brown mustard? Really?\r
We had a large group at Diesel during Atlanta Streets Alive today. Lots of food and liquor orders. I got a burger without cheese, bun and without a side. But they charged .50 for spicy brown

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★★★★★

.50 for spicy brown mustard? Really?\r
We had a large group at Diesel during Atlanta Streets Alive today. Lots of food and liquor orders. I got a burger without cheese, bun and without a side. But they charged .50 for spicy brown

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We go to Diesel 2-3 times per week after moving to the Highlands last November. We've watched Diesel evolve into the great place that it is now.

The menu has become outstanding, even though I liked it at the beginning. Never had a bad meal, from appetizers on through the entrees. I think we've tried just about everything on the menu at this point. Favorites are the se7en sandwich, Chicken PotPie, and Meatloaf.

Great beer prices, especially on the buckets. This is the only place I've seen with 16 oz cans of Yuengling.

Everyone is easygoing and fun to hang out with, from the bartenders to the staff.

Never had a bad time in there. It's a shame some people can't get over that the last restaurant in that space closed down and want to rip the new one. I just don't get all the hate, everyone that we've taken there has enjoyed it and gone back on their own.

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★★★★★

We go to Diesel 2-3 times per week after moving to the Highlands last November. We've watched Diesel evolve into the great place that it is now.

The menu has become outstanding, even though I liked it at the beginning. Never had a bad meal, from appetizers on through the entrees. I think we've tried just about everything on the menu at this point. Favorites are the se7en sandwich, Chicken PotPie, and Meatloaf.

Great beer prices, especially on the buckets. This is the only place I've seen with 16 oz cans of Yuengling.

Everyone is easygoing and fun to hang out with, from the bartenders to the staff.

Never had a bad time in there. It's a shame some people can't get over that the last restaurant in that space closed down and want to rip the new one. I just don't get all the hate, everyone that we've taken there has enjoyed it and gone back on their own.

Pros: Prices, great food, excellent service

Cons: Parking can be an issue sometimes

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I came into your bar for Bloody Bingo last Monday. It was so much fun! I thought the bartender was going to be mean,....she never smiles, but as the night went on she was SUPER nice! My boyfriend and i will be back next Monday! I love the prime number game! Your bingo guy is SO funny and the prizes RULE! i won twice! Cant wait to see what totally bloody movie is playing tonight! WOO HOO BLOODY BINGO IS AWESOME!

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★★★★★

I came into your bar for Bloody Bingo last Monday. It was so much fun! I thought the bartender was going to be mean,....she never smiles, but as the night went on she was SUPER nice! My boyfriend and i will be back next Monday! I love the prime number game! Your bingo guy is SO funny and the prizes RULE! i won twice! Cant wait to see what totally bloody movie is playing tonight! WOO HOO BLOODY BINGO IS AWESOME!

Pros: Fun and NOT stuffy

Cons: Didnt want to leave

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I have been frequenting the VA-Hi's for upwards of 6 years now, and was intrigued when this bar originally opened. I had never been to dish, so had no expectations going into it. The first couple times I went, the menu did leave quite a lot to be desired, but dropped in a couple weeks back to find a new culinary and beer menu. I tried their grilled cheese that came with a ton of cheeses, some bacon, a poached egg? and some a delicious sauce. I thought it was pricey at $9, but after getting it, I was quite pleased. I couldn't even begin to eat the fries, I was so full.

Just as before, the initial atmosphere seemed more fitting for a bar in little 5 (I was there around 11), but the staff was friendly. The bartender was funny, and kept me entertained the whole time. I was by myself, which is sometimes ackward for me at a bar, but he made sure to include me in a conversation with some of his apparent regulars.

As for the cons, when I went a few months back for lunch, i saw a family come in, and left pretty quickly because of the "smokers". I have never understood bringing your kids to a bar and complaining about it, but whatever. The parking is limited to about 7 or 8 spaces in front, but there is a super secret back parking lot that NO ONE ever parks in. shhhhhh...

Anyways, I'd say this place has much improved, and just wanted to put up a positive review explaining it. I'll be going back on a more regular basis.

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★★★★★

I have been frequenting the VA-Hi's for upwards of 6 years now, and was intrigued when this bar originally opened. I had never been to dish, so had no expectations going into it. The first couple times I went, the menu did leave quite a lot to be desired, but dropped in a couple weeks back to find a new culinary and beer menu. I tried their grilled cheese that came with a ton of cheeses, some bacon, a poached egg? and some a delicious sauce. I thought it was pricey at $9, but after getting it, I was quite pleased. I couldn't even begin to eat the fries, I was so full.

Just as before, the initial atmosphere seemed more fitting for a bar in little 5 (I was there around 11), but the staff was friendly. The bartender was funny, and kept me entertained the whole time. I was by myself, which is sometimes ackward for me at a bar, but he made sure to include me in a conversation with some of his apparent regulars.

As for the cons, when I went a few months back for lunch, i saw a family come in, and left pretty quickly because of the "smokers". I have never understood bringing your kids to a bar and complaining about it, but whatever. The parking is limited to about 7 or 8 spaces in front, but there is a super secret back parking lot that NO ONE ever parks in. shhhhhh...

Anyways, I'd say this place has much improved, and just wanted to put up a positive review explaining it. I'll be going back on a more regular basis.

Pros: new updated menu, late night atmosphere

Cons: not family friendly, limited parking

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I have registered on as many websites as possible to add this review. The restaurant is dirty. The patio is a dusty, rusty, weathered splintery affair. Not in a cute Key West kind of way. Just in a falling apart, nobody cared to clean up kind of way. The waitress was nice however, her ChickenPotPie recommendation left us wondering what she eats at home. It was a gray, gelatinous blob of literally unidentifiable bits with two burned refrigerator biscuits plopped on top. Yummy. And not in a "that was great, can't wait to have more" kind of way but in a "gross me" out kind of way. I should say too that my husband did not even finish his burger. How in heaven's name can a bar mess up a hamburger? At least the beer was cold. Wait.....

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★☆☆☆☆

I have registered on as many websites as possible to add this review. The restaurant is dirty. The patio is a dusty, rusty, weathered splintery affair. Not in a cute Key West kind of way. Just in a falling apart, nobody cared to clean up kind of way. The waitress was nice however, her ChickenPotPie recommendation left us wondering what she eats at home. It was a gray, gelatinous blob of literally unidentifiable bits with two burned refrigerator biscuits plopped on top. Yummy. And not in a "that was great, can't wait to have more" kind of way but in a "gross me" out kind of way. I should say too that my husband did not even finish his burger. How in heaven's name can a bar mess up a hamburger? At least the beer was cold. Wait.....

Pros: Pros - I hear the beer is cold

Cons: Cons - Everything else

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I am new to the highlands area....and I have found my fav burger!
So far I have had the burger prepared basic with just cheese -
and again last night with chili, cheese & bacon....."To Die For!"
It came perfectly cooked.....ooey, gooey, cheesy..yum! We enjoy
our visits that have now become weekly thanks to my SO;s need
for a good Trivia game! I also had a taste of the meatloaf.....as
good as moms! our server was fun, the food came quick, all and
all no complaints. We cant wait for spring so we can try out the patio!

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★★★★☆

I am new to the highlands area....and I have found my fav burger!
So far I have had the burger prepared basic with just cheese -
and again last night with chili, cheese & bacon....."To Die For!"
It came perfectly cooked.....ooey, gooey, cheesy..yum! We enjoy
our visits that have now become weekly thanks to my SO;s need
for a good Trivia game! I also had a taste of the meatloaf.....as
good as moms! our server was fun, the food came quick, all and
all no complaints. We cant wait for spring so we can try out the patio!

Pros: The Atmosphere....way cool!

Cons: parking

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My fiancee and I went to Diesel last night and had one of the worst restaurant experiences ever. The hole in the wall bar atmosphere was OK and pretty much what we expected and the staff seemed friendly enough, but when it came to the food it turned south pretty quick. First off, we ordered the calamari as a starter, which never came. My fiancee ordered a steak cooked medium well, which came out barely cooked at all. I ordered the 3 piece cajun fried chicken and was stunned to find that not only did I get only 2 pieces, but the chicken was BAKED NOT FRIED!!! At least the waiter gave us a free round of drinks and a 20% coupon "in case we decided to come back"... Well that's not happening. Based on the other reviews, I'd be surprised if Diesel was still open in another couple of months.

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★☆☆☆☆

My fiancee and I went to Diesel last night and had one of the worst restaurant experiences ever. The hole in the wall bar atmosphere was OK and pretty much what we expected and the staff seemed friendly enough, but when it came to the food it turned south pretty quick. First off, we ordered the calamari as a starter, which never came. My fiancee ordered a steak cooked medium well, which came out barely cooked at all. I ordered the 3 piece cajun fried chicken and was stunned to find that not only did I get only 2 pieces, but the chicken was BAKED NOT FRIED!!! At least the waiter gave us a free round of drinks and a 20% coupon "in case we decided to come back"... Well that's not happening. Based on the other reviews, I'd be surprised if Diesel was still open in another couple of months.

Pros: Location

Cons: Food

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Diesel is a great Bar and Resturaunt... Friendly People Great atmosphere, I was really Surprised when i went in, everyone was friendly and fun, the bartenders Roper and brendon were great ! they kept my wife and I laughing the whole time, I am very please with the food and beer selection and i recomend this place to everyone..... -if your looking for great food not just bar food and good beer and great personalitys you need to check this place out.....

Matao S.

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★★★★☆

Diesel is a great Bar and Resturaunt... Friendly People Great atmosphere, I was really Surprised when i went in, everyone was friendly and fun, the bartenders Roper and brendon were great ! they kept my wife and I laughing the whole time, I am very please with the food and beer selection and i recomend this place to everyone..... -if your looking for great food not just bar food and good beer and great personalitys you need to check this place out.....

Matao S.

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Always loved the Highlands, and I'm excited to find a new place to hang out and eat some good bar food. Drinks were strong and cheap, and the surely bartender added to the atmosphere. The patio there was nice, but belly up at the bar is the way to go.

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★★★★☆

Always loved the Highlands, and I'm excited to find a new place to hang out and eat some good bar food. Drinks were strong and cheap, and the surely bartender added to the atmosphere. The patio there was nice, but belly up at the bar is the way to go.

Pros: Great bar atmosphere

Cons: very little parking

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Husband and I thought we'd try this place as we live a few block away. I ordered a tuna melt that came with fries. The tuna melt was nearly inedible. First of all the tuna was somehow burnt and the tomato on it was soggy. Also, the sandwich was not grilled, as tuna melts typically are. The tuna had no taste - it was basically burnt mush. Even the fries were inedible... Soggy, cold, and greasy. I would definitely not return. I felt so gypped after this meal I wanted another dinner!

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★☆☆☆☆

Husband and I thought we'd try this place as we live a few block away. I ordered a tuna melt that came with fries. The tuna melt was nearly inedible. First of all the tuna was somehow burnt and the tomato on it was soggy. Also, the sandwich was not grilled, as tuna melts typically are. The tuna had no taste - it was basically burnt mush. Even the fries were inedible... Soggy, cold, and greasy. I would definitely not return. I felt so gypped after this meal I wanted another dinner!

Pros: Patio is nice

Cons: Food is inedible

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I have now been four times over the last few months. I went again yesterday on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to sit outside and enjoy the day, and even though the place was at best mediocre when I visited in the past, my SO had never been, so I thought she needed to form her own opnion. We were Dish regulars and she wanted to see what has become of our favorite restaurant.

I doubt that the men's restroom has been cleaned since the place opened, and it has been this way every time I went. My SO confirms that the situation is the same in the ladies' room, and the door won't even lock for them.

The tuna melt was just OK, the sweet tater fires (which they call chips for some reason) tasted and looked a few days old. The beer was reasonable and the service was OK.

Neither of us will be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have now been four times over the last few months. I went again yesterday on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to sit outside and enjoy the day, and even though the place was at best mediocre when I visited in the past, my SO had never been, so I thought she needed to form her own opnion. We were Dish regulars and she wanted to see what has become of our favorite restaurant.

I doubt that the men's restroom has been cleaned since the place opened, and it has been this way every time I went. My SO confirms that the situation is the same in the ladies' room, and the door won't even lock for them.

The tuna melt was just OK, the sweet tater fires (which they call chips for some reason) tasted and looked a few days old. The beer was reasonable and the service was OK.

Neither of us will be going back.

Pros: Nice patio except for the drunks

Cons: Everything else

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Well, I've been. And I'm pretty sure I won't be going back. Went to sit on the spacious patio on a beaufiful Sunday afternoon. Great location, and good for people watching. Little did we know we had picked the table between the two house drunks. One wouldn't leave us alone, and the other had lost the power of speach. (How could we tell? She was practically shouting incoherent phrases during most of our meal.) The general look and feel of the place is "dumpy, dirty college bar." Emphasis on the "dirty". (.... Maybe it's SUPPOSED to look that way???) The ladies' room looks as if it hasn't been cleaned in months... Maybe even since the place opened. Trash all over the floor, and nasty -and I use that term loosley - sink. Maybe they are trying to stick with the "Gast Station Theme" because the bathroom is right up there with the dirtiest gas station bathroom I've ever been in. (Note the the Owner -- there's a thing out there called Comet and a sponge...) I am pretty sure I had fewer germs on me when I walked in than when I walked out. Only one good thing about the place is the cheap beer. $12 for a bucket of 5 beers (but no pitchers). And that's where it ends. While the service was good, the food was not so good. The fried green tomato burger was merely acceptable, but where was the fried green tomato? Was it that thing that looked like a fried pickle? Funny, I didn't taste any pickles.... Nor did I taste the soggy limp cold fries. Bad. All bad. (And did I mention dirty?)

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★☆☆☆☆

Well, I've been. And I'm pretty sure I won't be going back. Went to sit on the spacious patio on a beaufiful Sunday afternoon. Great location, and good for people watching. Little did we know we had picked the table between the two house drunks. One wouldn't leave us alone, and the other had lost the power of speach. (How could we tell? She was practically shouting incoherent phrases during most of our meal.) The general look and feel of the place is "dumpy, dirty college bar." Emphasis on the "dirty". (.... Maybe it's SUPPOSED to look that way???) The ladies' room looks as if it hasn't been cleaned in months... Maybe even since the place opened. Trash all over the floor, and nasty -and I use that term loosley - sink. Maybe they are trying to stick with the "Gast Station Theme" because the bathroom is right up there with the dirtiest gas station bathroom I've ever been in. (Note the the Owner -- there's a thing out there called Comet and a sponge...) I am pretty sure I had fewer germs on me when I walked in than when I walked out. Only one good thing about the place is the cheap beer. $12 for a bucket of 5 beers (but no pitchers). And that's where it ends. While the service was good, the food was not so good. The fried green tomato burger was merely acceptable, but where was the fried green tomato? Was it that thing that looked like a fried pickle? Funny, I didn't taste any pickles.... Nor did I taste the soggy limp cold fries. Bad. All bad. (And did I mention dirty?)

Pros: Cheap Beer.

Cons: Everything Else.

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After reading a review in the AJC, we decided to give this restaurant a try. We started out with the beer cheese soup, which was not hot enough to melt the cheese and looked more like an oil change than soup. The hamburger was acceptable; however, the service was very slow and obviously untrained. Save yourself some disappointment and avoid this one!

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★☆☆☆☆

After reading a review in the AJC, we decided to give this restaurant a try. We started out with the beer cheese soup, which was not hot enough to melt the cheese and looked more like an oil change than soup. The hamburger was acceptable; however, the service was very slow and obviously untrained. Save yourself some disappointment and avoid this one!

Pros: Highlands location

Cons: Poor service, limited menu and substandard food

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So, I am a local of the Va.Hi. area. Diesel replaced on of my old haunts, Dish. I though I'd give the place a try a few weeks ago, and well lets just say I was disappointed. Management, and I use the term loosely was out and about but not to friendly. The food was okay for what it was, bar food. The boost a "internet juke box", similar to the ones at High Point so I dropped a few bucks only to have most if not all of my songs skipped. I inquired, only to be told my an obnoxious barkeep that "_ doesn't get played in this bar, and _doesn't get played in this bar...so yeah you see the theme here. Its okay for them to take your $$ but if the jack*ss behind the bar doesn't like what your buying he can just skip it....that's what I'd call some poor customer service. The drinks were pretty good. The language behind the bar was less then desirable. I mean, I am aware I'm in a bar but some words should be reserved for the getto gutters of Atlanta and not used in mixed company in the Va. Hi. area...feel me? The server for my group was okay, had personality but lets just say its not real cool to pass the guy on the way out taking a smoke, and where not talking about tabacco here either. Oh well, at least I didn't waste any gas to get there.

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★☆☆☆☆

So, I am a local of the Va.Hi. area. Diesel replaced on of my old haunts, Dish. I though I'd give the place a try a few weeks ago, and well lets just say I was disappointed. Management, and I use the term loosely was out and about but not to friendly. The food was okay for what it was, bar food. The boost a "internet juke box", similar to the ones at High Point so I dropped a few bucks only to have most if not all of my songs skipped. I inquired, only to be told my an obnoxious barkeep that "_ doesn't get played in this bar, and _doesn't get played in this bar...so yeah you see the theme here. Its okay for them to take your $$ but if the jack*ss behind the bar doesn't like what your buying he can just skip it....that's what I'd call some poor customer service. The drinks were pretty good. The language behind the bar was less then desirable. I mean, I am aware I'm in a bar but some words should be reserved for the getto gutters of Atlanta and not used in mixed company in the Va. Hi. area...feel me? The server for my group was okay, had personality but lets just say its not real cool to pass the guy on the way out taking a smoke, and where not talking about tabacco here either. Oh well, at least I didn't waste any gas to get there.

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This past week, a group of friends and myself, wanted to try out the latest gastropub in the Highlands. My friend insisted on making reservations. Big mistake. I arrived early to the spot, which was formally Dish, one of my fave early haunts in Va.Hi. I was greeted with a sign that said "Seat Yourself", So I sat at the bar, and cleared a nasty spot. Looked around, and everyone was having cans of PBR and shooters! Well I knew this was no gastropub, but a very, very casual bar that serves food, a la LIttle Five Points. O.K. But I still ordered my Dirty Grey Martini, and the surly bartended made a good one. My party arrived, looked around and thought "say what", and we seated ourselves on the patio. Well everyone knew just to order a pint, but they were out of our requests. The menu was small, with apps, and mains. We ordered several apps to share. All I remembered was the calamai had a tasty sauce, but it was like rubber, no crunch. And the tuna one, well, canned tuna. I ordered the fried green tomato burger, which was passable. But one person did order the short ribs, and yes, Dinty Moore is better. I'm not really going to slam the joint too much, but as a gastropub for the Highlands, it does not fit. Our server was nice. The place has so much potential. But it is, what it is. A cheap place to grab a cheap beer, get drunk, and order a burger!

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★★☆☆☆

This past week, a group of friends and myself, wanted to try out the latest gastropub in the Highlands. My friend insisted on making reservations. Big mistake. I arrived early to the spot, which was formally Dish, one of my fave early haunts in Va.Hi. I was greeted with a sign that said "Seat Yourself", So I sat at the bar, and cleared a nasty spot. Looked around, and everyone was having cans of PBR and shooters! Well I knew this was no gastropub, but a very, very casual bar that serves food, a la LIttle Five Points. O.K. But I still ordered my Dirty Grey Martini, and the surly bartended made a good one. My party arrived, looked around and thought "say what", and we seated ourselves on the patio. Well everyone knew just to order a pint, but they were out of our requests. The menu was small, with apps, and mains. We ordered several apps to share. All I remembered was the calamai had a tasty sauce, but it was like rubber, no crunch. And the tuna one, well, canned tuna. I ordered the fried green tomato burger, which was passable. But one person did order the short ribs, and yes, Dinty Moore is better. I'm not really going to slam the joint too much, but as a gastropub for the Highlands, it does not fit. Our server was nice. The place has so much potential. But it is, what it is. A cheap place to grab a cheap beer, get drunk, and order a burger!

Pros: It's In The Highlands!

Cons: Food, Poor Management-They were sitting at a table doing their paperwork spread out everywhere, and could care less about the customers! Not professional!

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