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Cesar

Mediterranean, Tapas
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4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
(510) 985-1200
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice Tapas and Drinks, Gluten-Free Options

We visited Cesar twice. Once for lunch. The other for a late nigh glass of wine and chat. Both experiences were good ones. The waiter easily negotiated my wife gluten-free needs. The tapas weren't large, but not tiny either. The quality of both our lunch, and our drinks, was great. So was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
bagnato1
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Olney, Maryland
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Oakland, California
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218 reviews 218 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I love that Bar Cesar is Mexican now. The atmosphere is still awesome. The service (darling efficient, friendly blonde server) was great. Drinks and chips and smoky salsa ..delicious.... BUT .... number one.. I love simple good Mexican food and I ordered the vegetarian enchilada and my daughter ordered the burrito... THERE IS TOOO MUCH STUFF on these dishes.. TOO... More 

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Olney, Maryland
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330 reviews 330 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We visited Cesar twice. Once for lunch. The other for a late nigh glass of wine and chat. Both experiences were good ones. The waiter easily negotiated my wife gluten-free needs. The tapas weren't large, but not tiny either. The quality of both our lunch, and our drinks, was great. So was the service. Nice Piedmont stop. P.S. You can't... More 

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Las Vegas
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177 reviews 177 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Enjoyed a nice early evening tapas meal with my daughter and son-in-law. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. The restaurant was crowded and the noise level busy but not overbearing. We all shared plates which included the tasty patata bravas, a nice plate of charcuteria, the gambas diabla, the seasoned ribs, and a very tasty beet salad. We accompanied... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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179 reviews 179 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I was in Oakland recently and took my grandson here for dinner. For the sake of full disclosure, he's only 9 months old! However, it really was perfect. I went at 6 PM which was a good time to be there. There were a few other families there and the place generally was quite busy. With a young baby, this... More 

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Berkeley, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

I used to go to the Cesar in Berkeley pretty regularly and loved the place. We'd go sometimes just for dessert and get the port flights or the dessert wine flights, it was always fun. I was closer to this one tonight after dinner and thought we'd try to do the same - and am just embarrassed for the Cesar... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Cesar on Piedmont offers some great small plates in a relaxed atmosphere. Armed with a great wine selection and delicious Latin-themed food, you can sit and chat and watch busy Piedmont Avenue. Their sangria is also really good, as is their ceviche, patata bravas, and guacamole. The only fly in the ointment is that service can be spotty; they sometimes... More 

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Camarillo, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We ate here for a late lunch/early dinner following a morning walk in Richmond at the Rosie the Riveter NHP (if you haven't been, go!) and a few hours trying on all the clothes at Title Nine. Great time! We had the patatas bravas, the rock cod, and a special Iberico pork loin cut in a wine reduction with mashed... More 

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Oakland, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The food is good and the interior is well decorated and seems great for a large group. However, both times I've been here, the service has been extremely slow, which has made me very hesitant to go back.

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Menifee, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

What? Yes, the deep fried olives were a first timer for me too! What a treat! I'd definitely order them next time. My cousin and I recently spent the day shopping on Piedmont Avenue and she suggested Bar Cesar for tapas. We shared deep fried olives, and a great salad then decided on burgers for dinner. The burger was excellent... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

great atmosphere and really good food. we got a bunch of appetizers including the potatoes with aioli and i just remember having that greasy feeling in my tummy afterwards. but overall i would go back -- great location and service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4039 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: (510) 985-1200

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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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?