Bar Cesar

4.2
156 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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4.0
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4.0
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JL
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We'd love to come back when the restaurant is not so busy and noisy, if that's possible. The food was excellent and there are many menu choices.

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L
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

There was not enough staff for a Sunday Brunch time. There was too much time between providing our orders and receiving them. It's unfortunate that businesses continue this trend of understaffing, therefore, causing inconvenience to the customers. I won't be returning to Bar Cesar as I no longer patronize other businesses that have this issue. My time and $$ are valuable and if you want either, increase your staff and provide service that your customers deserve.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Victor is great.

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R
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived about 45 mins early and there was no one at the front to greet us. We walked in and sat at the bar since there was a couple of seats open. We had a great time at the bar, enjoyed our food and cocktails. We’ll definitely be going back.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always had a great experience at Bar Cesar's. The food is very tasty - always! The service excellent. We have eatne at this Bar Cesar's (on Piedmont Avenue) probably 8 or 10 times and have never been disappointed.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good! Haven’t been to Bar Cesar for a few years. It seemed to struggle for a while in the past. The other night I was very impressed. Service was very good and very attentive. Generally it was a very nice evening. Oh, and Wednesday’s the bottles of wine are 50% off so that was s very good deal!

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UC
San Francisco
173 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A good neighborhood place on Piedmont Ave. that's usually got a place for us when we want it. Mainly Mexican/ Californian food. Service is improving. It can be very very noisy at certain times.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Servers were not friendly and had a really bad attitude the entire time. One server in particular did not seem happy to be working there which made our experience terrible.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I gave 3 stars for service due not to our table server.... but to another worker who we tried to engage with over the margaritas. He was abrupt and dismissive. Our table server was sweet.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the food and the atmosphere. Service was with a smile and trying hard, just really disorganized

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Second date night with other half and our daughters. First time visit for our girls. Made reservations but wasn't thrilled where we were placed (patio area - benches are not comfortable and way too high). Menu was different than our first time visit and a bit more expensive. Aioli was a bit too spicy. That being said, will visit again but probably not in the near future.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food at good prices, really warm, convivial atmosphere.

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HK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced food, for the most part. Very small portions considering prices. Dishes could be elevated significantly.

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SD
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Creative and good tasting dishes!
Friendly staff, good bar scene.

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D
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed my meal and will go back. Service was a little slow and am looking forward to going back.

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MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I tried the Restaurant Week menu and the all the options were so good and tasty, even the pomegranate lemonade was great. I’d definitely come back here!

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EM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Bar Cesar has a good drink and food menu. The service was excellent and the vibe was fun. The tapas portions were perfect for our group. I highly recommend this restaurant for any get together. Excellent location on Piedmont Ave.

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SF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved this place for a special occasion. In the heart of piedmont. Good ambiance and well meaning staff. Liked the food selection and vibe. Good for smaller groups have neighborhood feeling!

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TT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I went for brunch and we were quite impressed. My girlfriend had chorizo and eggs while I had the carnitas, potatoes, and two eggs. Both of our meals were outstanding. I could only eat half of mine and the other half made for a great breakfast the next day ! Oh....did I mention bottomless mimosas ?
Overall great job and service as well !

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l
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a very uncomfortable lunch a Bar Cesar. We arrived to music so loud we could not even communicate. When I mentioned that the music was very loud one employee commented, "Well we just opened" very rudely. We were seated and after ordering it took 20 minutes for our appetizer soup to arrive though the place was still practically empty. The food was good and we enjoyed the meal itself but the service was lacking. When we finished our meal our plates were cleared and we asked for a container for some leftovers. We continued to chat and after some time realized that we had not yet recieved the bill. When I mentioned to the waiter that we had been waiting for about 20 minutes to get the check he rudely replied, "You arent my only table!" He then slammed the bill down on the table. After that he took our credit cards and dropped them on an ajecent empty table in the mddle of the restaraunt while he went off to do something else. A few minutes later he brought back the tabs and we left. I will never return there and I do not recommend this place to anyone. I should mention that we have eaten at the Berkeley location and loved it.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

It was my 2nd time here. The food is good and good ambience both times. The first time the waiter was very attentive and gracious, great service! The 2nd time a different waiter was more curt, less attentive to serving our needs and seemed to be more preoccupied and distracted with the female bartender. So the service was not great but the food was. The background salsa music is great but a little too loud to hear each other talk. Otherwise, I will return for the food and flight of tequila!

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PL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We usually come here several times a year. The service this visit was definitely inattentive. The menu seemed less interesting than previously. The location is great - parking lot conveniently close. We were sorry to see the changes - maybe the restaurant changed hands since our last visit. A shame - because it has been one of our favorites.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was really good. However entrées came first, followed by appetizers 15 minutes later, followed by drinks including water 15 minutes after that. Our waiter apologized after the fact, stating they experienced a rush. If so, they certainly could have managed better. We had a reservation; yet they continued to seat walkins beyond capacity. The classy thing to do would have been to comp our drinks. This would have gone a long way.

I may give them a second try down the road because the food was so good, but I’m in no hurry. There are a lot of dinner options in the immediate area, and this was a particularly frustrating experience.

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MH
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was beyond awful! To sum it up in one word...”SNOTTY”! The waitress obviously did not want to be there. She had an edge about her from the get-go. I think she would have preferred to say “get it yourself” as opposed to “what can I get you.”

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Latin jazz with Anthony Blea was amazing! Hope you keep bringing them back. Great food, great service, fun crowd, good energy. Highly recommend!

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GJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

food was really oily and salty
but great place for drinks, cut atmosphere

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JD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I've be the Oakland location multiple times, and I usually find it to be a fun night out with good energy and food. Recently however, I found the food just OK, and it was distressingly loud, with crying babies, a bachelorette party, and cell phone talkers. It no longer knows if it is a Mexican restaurant or a tapas bar and I might give it one more chance in case it was an off night, but my expectations were not met.

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s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Excellent food but service is lacking. This is the 3rd time we have been overcharged on our bill and we will not be back.

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JH
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere. Great food and service! We had a group of 8 and service was amazing. Ordered tapas and tacos that were fabulous!

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d
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have Happy Hour 3 -6:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

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M
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the Happy Hour menu which includes tacos and drinks. Food quality is always great at a reasonable price.

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m
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

we were in a hurry and they were very accommodating....
we did forget to check in and were just ushered to our seats so it might look like
the reservation was a no show but we indeed were there for drinks and apps

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was absolutely horrible - server hid in the back chatting with people at bar and other staff members .. we had to flag down other servers over and over to get , water , lagging food items, the check to leave . Really disappointing . Food was no better , cold, bland and just soooooo average . Environment was way too loud and smelled like some sort of cleaner.. also not nice they keep the windows shut so you are in a green room sweating while trying to eat and listening to your neighbors at the other table yell talk in your ears .

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D
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is tasty and interesting. Tempura avocado? Sounds weird and tastes great. Service quick and accommodating. Very loud, not as loud when sitting by the window. Roasted corn on the cob yummy . Only real complaint is the Margaritas are too small. I expect to go back often as it’s in my neighborhood.

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M
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed this return visit. The happy hour tacos were great with very prompt and attentive service.

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I had a good night at Cesar’s. We had a large group. All in all our tables were well taken care of. I plan to go back.

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C
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came to Bar Cesar as a family for Father’s Day. We were sat right away, and I noticed that a couple of the items my kids enjoyed our last time in (ribs, chicken tacos, Jarritos soda - about 10 months prior) were missing from the menu. The item my son wanted to order was out of stock, but our server did his best to answer menu questions for us and was very attentive, providing great service. We order chips & guacamole, oysters, shrimp tacos, fish tacos, salmon tacos, rice & beans, and shoestring fries. All were delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Slow service. Good food.

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JB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Surprised at how quickly our meal was served. Accommodating host and servers.

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CD
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

More people had showed up than what we had originally reserved for & we ended up staying for about 2 hours, and they were very accommodating. I would say this restaurant is on the pricey side, so double check the menu for prices beforehand.

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