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1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
510-883-0222
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great place for a drink

Cesar is the perfect place for a late afternoon drink and a snack with a friend. A lovely atmosphere, lovely tapas of various types, a fine wine list (really the best around), and a terrific staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Daniel B
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Berlin, Germany
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  • Large groups
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Berlin, Germany
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Cesar is the perfect place for a late afternoon drink and a snack with a friend. A lovely atmosphere, lovely tapas of various types, a fine wine list (really the best around), and a terrific staff.

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Kensington, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

You'll think you are in Seville, a great destination on its own, chez painese next door and cheese board across the street Complimentary olive treats and a awesome wine & spirits selection

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I really enjoyed my visit here, and found the tapas to be wonderful. I tried several things and they were all memorable. I really enjoyed the wide variety of imported beers as well. I was able to drink something that was truly interesting and that really set the stage for the meal courses that followed. I sat at the bar... More 

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Berkeley, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Not exactly Spanish Tapas but good enough for Berkeley. food is good, wines are good. A great place to chill in the afternoon and people watch.

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New York
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We stopped in for drinks one evening before dinner at Chez Panisse and liked this place so much that we returned a few nights later for drinks after dinner someplace else! They have a wonderful wine list and yummy snacks/nibbles. Even if you don't land one of the outside tables, the front of the restaurant is wide open onto Shattuck... More 

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Oakland, California
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Copious amounts of great food, super drinks served by an attentive waitress.Eat lunch here and you will leave satisfied gastronomically and financially .

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wonderful small bites. You can even have a whole meal Great bar. The atmosphere is exciting even if a bit too noisy.

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Berkeley, California
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14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great place for a drink or three, and there's always been something about the room that's much cooler than stodgy old Berkeley. But maybe even that is getting tired. Expensive tapas don't seem as special as they once did. Wish they'd update a little and also bring back the olive-oil ice cream. Also doesn't draw as hip a crowd as... More 

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Oakland, California
2 reviews
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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-883-0222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?