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1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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San Francisco, California
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89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived before 5:00 PM at this tapas bar restaurant because they take no reservations. There were ample tables to choose from and we sat down and perused the menu and wine list. There were many interesting wines by the glass, mostly from Spain but also Italy France and California. We plotted out our choices of food and ordered a... More 

Thank PPP68
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203 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We visited the place for lunch. The tapas are REALLY small, and cost slight less than $10. We ordered on and also the Paella (large dish for two, at $27). While the size was fine, it was definitely on the salty side. The place itself looks very nice, and might be a great place for drinks.

Thank YM2000
Miami Beach
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116 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

While visiting my brother in the Berkeley area, we decided to grab dinner - and since neither of us was very hungry, we thought tapas would do the trick. I'm so glad we found Cesar! The restaurant was pretty busy on a Saturday night, so we opted to sit at the bar. I highly recommend it - you can get... More 

Thank MiaBchGal
Berkeley, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

My favorite place to go to eat food that I don't cook at home, and always delicious. Very lively, super cocktails, and great setting. It's a little loud to have an intimate conversation at night, but wonderful for lunch or an aperitif. The tables open on to the sidewalk for a view of Berkeley life strolling by.

Thank Cathleen S
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94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

Do I need to say more? Our dinner definitely hit the spot. We had the charcuterie platter which had really good chorizo and outstanding (altho small) cheeses. Also had the spinach and cheese sandwich (can't remember actual name) and it was perfect for my vegetarian daughter. We also had the crispy ribbon potatoes. But the piece de resistance was definitely... More 

Thank JellyBug
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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33 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This place was not on our menu but it caught our eye and caused us to drop in unexpectedly ! At times I have learned not to do this but the atmosphere was very pleasant. She wanted fish and I had a craving for meat - well let me tell that the sea bass was amazing considering the size and... More 

Thank totomau
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

This tapas style restaurant is a must in the North Berkeley area . I highly recommend the paella and the well selected Spanish hams as well as the many combinations of cheeses from Spain .The sangria is also pretty good ! SALUD , y buen apetito .

1 Thank Oscar A
Concord, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2016

Fabulous, friendly, great service, great price. While waiting for my friend for lunch at a next door restaurant. I stopped by this friendly establishment because it had cocktails and a open sidewalk seating. The wonderful young lady that was behind the bar quickly served and seated me by the open sidewalk table. She was quick to bring me a dish... More 

Thank John H
Berkeley, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2016

I go to Cesar's about once every month. Have been for 15 years. Usually on the way home from work after stopping at the Bank of America across the street or buying something around the corner. And I always find a new dish (the soups and salads are my favorites) or a new wine (they do a great job with... More 

Thank WearybutWileyTravele
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160 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

Great place for tapas in Berkeley. Had a table for 6 by the kitchen that was great. Lots of activity going on and things to watch. Make sure you try the paella (order ahead as it takes longer), the brussel sprouts and the ribs. Wine list could be a bit more full some, especially on the wines by he glass.

Thank Marc D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
Spanish, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-883-0222

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