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1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
+1 510-883-0222
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“tapas” (29 reviews)
“paella” (11 reviews)
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Spanish, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1515 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709-1516
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While spending the day in Berkeley, which included an "off the beaten track" tour of the "Aftel Archive of curious scents"), we thought we'd try to get into Chez Panisse, the culinary home of famous chef Alice Waters. No luck, of course, so wandered next...More

Thank GrammaBrady
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Surprised. We had several different servers. Asked one for something and she disappeared. Food good. Wine overpriced. Service poor.

Thank BlessedHiker
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Kristi served us, and did a terrific job. We had pear cider...wow! A number of small dishes, The stuffed quail was outstanding, tasty. The back pig dish was also memorable.The fried potatoes are really exceptional...great to share. We also had the Little Gem and the...More

Thank Andrew K
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Cesar has a, handsome interior, great delicious tapas-size dishes, very high quality food. It's next to Chez Panisse on Shattuck, is more casual. I can't imagine that it didn't feed off the Panisse connection but is definitively it's own place. Its bistro-ish environment can be...More

Thank maryflew
Reviewed 11 July 2017

A great place for parties four or more to orders many plates as seems reasonable and then wish you had ordered more. I have never had a dish that disappointed, and have become enamoured with their papas and sardines

Thank NabbyA1882
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Went there with 3 people for a light dinner. Prices are steep for what you get, very small portions. Tapas are one thing but tidbits are another. Not worth the expense.

1  Thank MesaIrish
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

We have enjoyed tapas in Spain and decided to give this Berkeley restaurant a try. All in all, the food was good, if not as inventive as we might have hoped. It was also more expensive per piece than in Spain - but that was...More

Thank robertwD7057IG
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Delicious food and excellently crafted drinks. The paella was yummy. I had a sangria and a small blue cheese salad. Will come back here again to try other Tapas dishes.

Thank Terri H
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We've come here over the years and noticed a bartender who served us years ago. He is very knowledgeable and makes great drinks. Get a table by the open windows if you can, and be sure to order their house fries too!

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

The tapas at Cesar might be very tasty but we were in such a hurry to eat and escape the loud noise on a Friday evening that we practically swallowed our meals while. Try it at a quieter time and the food can be truly...More

Thank Peter S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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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: +1 510-883-0222
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