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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
Good for:
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 6
    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
Most recent review
lunch

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Kathryn P
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Oakland, California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Late Night
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56 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Oakland, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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
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
Top Contributor
211 reviews 211 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
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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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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

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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country
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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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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, Outdoor seating
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?