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1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Ranked #65 of 606 Restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $15 - $30
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Oakland, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We live waaaay over by the Oakland Zoo, but we make a point of coming to Berkeley about once a week just to eat here. Unlike some other reviewers, we MUCH prefer this location to the Piedmont Ave. Cesar. The bartenders at Cesar are masters at their craft. Their cocktails are works of art, and their wine by the glass... More 

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Oakland, California
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201 reviews 201 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I haven't been to Cesar in a while.. I forgot how good the tapas were. There are no reservations . If you are a little flexible..(sit at communal table or bar) you will be seated pretty quickly. The tapas were delicious. I wanted a margharita but it wasn't on the drink menu so I tried the Sangria.. Perfect with my... More 

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Berkeley, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This spot can be a bit crowded in the evening, but if you are looking for the perfect spot to have an afternoon glass of wine, soak up some afternoon sun on the street, as have some small bites, this is it. I always add this to my Summer "to do" list, making relaxing at Cesar's a must do! Bit... More 

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104 reviews 104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We love having Cesar sangrias, pardon peppers, zaatar lamb and paella. Desserts are wonderful: almond caramel ice cream. Spanish cheese platter is nice too. Great wine list. Try some Spanish caves. No reservations but if you go early, they have space.

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Berkeley, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Good tapas right in the heart of the Gourmet Ghetto (right next to Chez Panisse, right across the street from the Cheese Board collective, not far from the Food Court). This place is really great on a warm summer afternoon, but due to the acoustics it can be hard to have a conversation here when it starts to get a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Pan y tomatos is very easy to make, take bread and rub tomatos and garlic over the open side and put it in the oven. Its not toasted bread with a lot tomato sauce on top. So i wonder were the chefs went in Spain.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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590 reviews 590 reviews
394 restaurant reviews
255 helpful votes 255 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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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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Additional Information about Cesar

Address: 1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
Phone Number: 510-883-0222
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

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