César is the first restaurant/bar in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer the great tapas traditions of Spain.

César opened in May of 1998, the first restaurant/bar in the San Francisco Bay Area to offer the great tapas traditions of Spain. Located in the heart of what is affectionately known as the "Gourmet Ghetto," a community known worldwide for its high regard of good food and authentic flavors, César has been a favorite watering hole since its inception and has routinely appeared in the SF Chronicle's annual "Top 100 Restaurants." Although the three founding partners – Chez Panisse alumni Richard Mazzera, Dennis Lapuyade, and Stephen Singer - are all Americans they have traveled extensively throughout the Spanish peninsula to eat, drink and imbue themselves in the rich pageant of tapas and Spanish hospitality. Using authentic ingredients from Spain and the unparalleled local produce, meat and fish, César offers a varied and continually changing menu of tapas (we have offered over 1,000 different tapas from our repertoire since opening). The unique small-plate dishes include Salt Cod & Potato Cazuela, Pimientos de Padron (green chiles that are quickly fried and dusted with salt), Croque Señor, Spanish Tortilla, Fried Potatoes with Herbs and Sea Salt (a delicious cross between a potato chip and a French fry), Paella, and a rotating selection of salads, meats and seafood, Spanish cheeses and house-cured meats, and bocadillos (sandwiches). Save room for dessert such as our singular Bread Pudding with Orange Caramel Sauce or the decadently rich Crema de Chocolate. César's tapas are complemented by an ever-changing, eclectic list of wines and spirits, as well as classic and house cocktails, always made from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients by our team of highly skilled bartenders, most of whom are familiar faces behind the bar. In keeping with Spanish tradition, we take no reservations at César. Guests are served on a first-come-first-serve basis, with the bar always open for drinks and food. Travelers to Spain – you have traveled to Spain, haven't you? – will appreciate the authenticity and conviviality of César, combining the best of authentic contemporary Spanish tapas with the uniquely American art of the cocktail. Buen Provecho!

💥💃🏽TONIGHT at 9:00 PM💃🏽💥

Join us for another electric night of #flamenco dancing and live music featuring: Nina Menendez, Carola Zertuche, Kerensa DeMars, and Keni el Lebrijano

Our new #spring menu is as delicious as it is vibrant 🌈

What sounds good right about now? 🤔🍧😋 #sorbet #icecream #summerweather

Our #paella pairs beautifully with a Manzanilla sherry 🥘👌🏻

Friendly reminder that we will be holding a benefit today for our founder Richard to help #86dickiescancer

We will donate 100% of our net sales from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, and 50% from 4:00 PM-midnight to help offset Richard’s staggering medical expenses.

Any and all support is greatly appreciated 💗 #fightingcancertogether

Our benefit for our beloved founder Richard will be held today, 4/17 and Sunday 4/28.

We will donate 100% of our net sales from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, and 50% from 4:00 PM-midnight to help offset Richard’s staggering medical expenses.

Any and all support is greatly appreciated 💗 #fightingcancertogether

It’s Thursday which means another Flamenco night is upon us💃🏽❗️ Join us tonight at 9:00 PM for live flamenco music, dancing, and of course some delicious tapas and drinks 🥂🥘 No cover required.
Photo cred: Anastasia Kuba Photography

A benefit will be held at César for one of our founding fathers. No, not those founding fathers, although I’m sure Richard could use one of those powdered wigs right about now. Richard Mazzera is once again battling the cancer that has reemerged after several years. He will not able to work for some time as he goes through treatment, and his expenses are mounting. For all that Richard has given us over the years, we thought we should try and give something back to him now.

On Wednesday, April 17th and Sunday, April 28th , we will donate 100% of our net sales from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM, and 50% from 4:00 PM to midnight to help offset the staggering expenses incurred by Richard and his wife Terumi. We hope that you will join us on either of those dates, for lunch or dinner. Eat, drink, be merry, and in so doing be of benefit to Richard’s cause. He’ll be there and would love to see many of the familiar and loyal faces that have been making César what it is for 20 years and counting. All of us at César look forward to seeing you, and on behalf of the entire staff, we thank you. Please email [email protected] with questions
Those who can’t make it can still contribute (LINK IN BIO).

Sunday brunch anyone?! 🍳🍹Stop by and try our Cazuela de migas con chorizo & huevo. You won’t regret it!

🍧Sorbet all day 🍧
The sun is out 🌞 and it’s a perfect day for some #strawberrysorbet

Our bread pudding is dripping with dreamy orange caramel sauce. Paired with a cappuccino, it’s a perfect way to cap off your night ☕️🥮✨


“There’s a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, and then there’s a #bocadillo like the croque señor at @cesarberkeley. Ham, tetilla cheese, aioli, grilled onion and jalepeño, served on freshly baked local acme baguette.” Thank you @ovcolumbia87 , we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

💖Happy Valentine’s Day!🌹

Bring your sweetie into César for a sweet treat 🍊❤️

Those grill marks though 😍

Wild #corvina with potato salad & mojo verde aioli 🍽

Join us tomorrow night at 9:00 PM for live flamenco music & dancing! 💃🏻

Nothing goes better with tapas than a live flamenco performance, in our opinion 😏

Photo cred: @visitoakland

Today’s weather forecast is partly cloudy 🌦 with a high chance of delicious #tapas 🍽


Click here to support 86 DICKIE'S CANCER let's keep Richard in the game organized by Team Dickie1

Support our beloved founder and his family!

gofundme.com Dear Family, Friends, Casual Acquaintances, New Friends, Restaurant Habitués and Other Lost Souls: Richard Mazzera is a Berkeley-bred restauranteur with a dry wit, an infectious sense of humor, and a talent for making people feel good. It's as if Bill Murray and Robin Williams morphed to beco...

Tapa the morning to ya! #spanishtapas #montaditos #patatasbravas #gambas

🍾Ring in the New Year with us at César! 🎊

Live flamenco music + dancing 💃🏻
Special menu items ft. fresh oysters ✨ (No reservations required; music begins at 9:00 PM)

Good morning ☕️🌦

Roasted #quail stuffed with chorizo, rice & herbs, served with mashed potatoes, and drizzled with a brandy sauce.

#comfortfood the #spanishtapas way 🙌🏻

🦐Catalan #seafood stew 🦐


César Turns Twenty | Edible East Bay

Extra extra! Read all about it! 📰César has been featured in @edibleeastbay magazine!

“Hail César—Twenty Years in the Heart of the Gourmet Ghetto”

Article by James Mellgren 📝
Photos by @sharedbycherie 📸


edibleeastbay.com Hail César Twenty Years in the Heart of the Gourmet Ghetto By James Mellgren | Photos by Cherie Azzopardi César, the popular Berkeley tapas bar, turned 20 years old this year. In human years, that isn't old enough for César to order one of its own cocktails, but it's a significant milestone never...

💃🏽❗️Flamenco Night❗️💃🏻

Join us this Wednesday night, 11/14, for live flamenco music and dancing! This fiesta is FREE and starts at 8:30 PM.

Roberto Zamora on vocals 🎤
Keni el Lebrijano on guitar🎸
Dancing by Clara Rodriguez & Bianca Rodriguez👯‍♀️

We take pride in our specialty #cocktails , and with our beautiful bar the possibilities are endless! What’s your favorite César cocktail?🍹🍸🍹🍸

#charcuteria 🍖🧀🥖🍷✨

Who else is loving our beautiful new flower arrangements courtesy of Little Berkeley Garden?! 💐😍 #littleberkeleygarden

✨At César we’re always aiming to raise the #bar ✨😉

Sunday funday anyone?! 🥂

Pato a la naranja 🍽 #roastedduck leg with white wine, orange & spice reduction 🍗🍗

We’re serving up #salmon and you won’t want to miss this #freshcatch 😋

These drinks are mezcal-ing your name 🍹🍹 #mezcal #tequila

It’s Friday! Bring on the drinks and tapas! 🎉🥘🍸🥖🍷🍤🍹

#porkbelly bocadillo with #caramelized apples and slaw 🙌🏻 @ César

Berkeleyside Nosh

We checked out the East Bay sangria scene to discover the tastiest sips at La Marcha Tapas Bar, Pura Vida - Cocina Latina & Sangria Bar, Dona Tomas, César, Shakewell, Bar Cesar and Telefèric Barcelona. Plus, we have tips for upping your sangria-making game at home.

Desayuna mucho, come más, cena poco y vivirás—Eat a big breakfast, have a bigger lunch, have a light dinner and you’ll live a long life ✨#spanishtapas

Do brunch the #spanishtapas way! We think you’ll love it a #lox 😉

Sangria weather 🌞🍹🌞🍹🌞

Bar views and vibes 👌🏻🥘🍹🍺✨ @ César

Smoked duck breast #montaditos with orange aoli 👌🏻

Fried artichoke hearts with romesco 🤤

Saturday, May 5, 2018
12:00 PM 11:59 PM
César’s 20th anniversary is tomorrow!! 🎉🍾🥘🎉
Please join us for an all day celebration that will feature a special menu (& classic menu), live music, flamenco dancers, and tastings! 💃🏽 (Link in bio)

🍸Our bartender Sam serving up an Apparent Sour🍹

🍸Our bartender Sam serving up an Apparent Sour🍹


césar 20th anniversary!


cesartapas.com c ésar’s 20th anniversary is on may 5th! please join us for an all day celebration that will feature a special menu (and classic menu), live music, flamenco dancers, and tastings!

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General Manager

Richard Mazzera


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1515 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday 12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 00:00
Thursday 12:00 - 00:00
Friday 12:00 - 00:00
Saturday 12:00 - 00:00
Sunday 12:00 - 00:00
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