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Cesar

1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
510-883-0222
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Ranked #96 of 602 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
country
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Based on two visits to Cesar - great drinks, noisy and fun. Really noisy - so if it's a first date, try to sit by the window onto the street (open in good weather). Had tapas there several years go (excellent) but these were bar-only visits - except for the great, free olives and one of us had fabulous bread... More

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Perdido Key, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

We went in a Tuesday night with sisters in law...reasonable corkage fee, great menu, but disinterested waitstaff. I had been 6 years ago, and although I understood the menu better thus time, I did expect better service. Out waitress left before we even finished our meal and no one returned to bring a check until we we to get someone.... More

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Palo Alto, California
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538 reviews 538 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We enjoyed two things here greatly. #1: The smells. They hit you as soon as you walk in. Unbelievable. #2: The wine. Great wine list. Mostly European, with a few from California and South America as well. My one complaint is that they chill the wines so so much, you can barely taste them. I'm certainly no expert, but the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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188 reviews 188 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Caser is a lovely place in a lovely part of Berkeley, but the food and service are ordinary, at best. It's a foodie part of the country, and "fresh and different" are commonplace. Therefore, it takes a lot to distinguish a restaurant, and this restaurant doesn't quite do that. It's cute. It's flavorful. It's ordinary (at least in these surroundings).... More

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Boston
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

There must be a db app for the iphone, I should download it. Noise was one problem-I suppose the younger crowd enjoys that kind of thing. I'm not looking for my dinner with Andre, I just want to be able to have a conversation while dining. The verduras tapas were good: Asparagus soup was fine, but I don't think charcuterie... More

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Berkeley, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is a great place for a quick Martini (or two). Nice ambience and the food is good as well. Great place for a late night dinner.

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Berkeley, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Cesar is a great hang out for the community. Wonderful drinks, great food, good nibbles and fun ambiance. Nice place to meet friends and enjoy the evening.

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Berkeley, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The food has always been tapes before tapes was cool, and will be tapes after the trend moves on. The quality is top notch for the food and the bar. The wine list is always interesting and changing, at is a complete bar with really knowledgeable bar tenders who know their craft. We have been going here from the very... More

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Clayton, California
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136 reviews 136 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We were grazing our way through Berkeley so we only had a couple tapas and wine but loved it all! The waiter gave us great recommendations on the wine ($11 per glass) and food (ours were $8.75 per plate). Absolutely loved the crostini with pesto, some kind of cured ham and cheese, so decadent! The aoili on the potato wedges... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I haven't been to Cesar in years, but it was a great spot to meet a friend for lunch on a beautiful day. While we didn't get a patio seat, we were close to the huge open patio doors. Probably the best service I've had in a long long while as every person on staff stopped by to check on... More

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