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Bar Cesar

4.2
4.2
194 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Welcome to Bar Cesar. Here you can enjoy a selection of latin-fusion tapas and craft cocktails.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (510) 985-1200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ivan Godinez

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Cross street

    41st

  • Parking details

    City of Oakland public lot. Metered. Free after 6pm and on Sundays and Holidays.

  • Public transit

    AC Transit Bus Line: 12, 51B, and 57 <br><br><br />Bart: Macarthur

  • Entertainment

    Full bar and local sports game will be on if they are on a standard cable channel.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 194 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NS

    NicholasS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Lamb Chops and they were remarkably tasty with and ideal low amount of seasoning
  2. EF

    ElliotFS

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, speedy and attentive been with the Valentine’s rush. The food and cocktails are great!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Valentines
  4. AS

    AllenS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Valentine’s Day dinner. We’ve dined here a few times. Carnitas are the best I’ve ever had. They also keep a Fieldwork hazy IPA on tap that I love. Delicious guacamole and Brussels sprouts. Excellent plating too.
  5. CB

    ChoirBoi

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Food was great; service was disorganized but eager to please; noise was ridiculous.
  6. KM

    KristiM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Wonderful place we return to often. Everything very good except the corn which we've had before was disappointing tonight.
  7. RH

    RH1989

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A friend and I went to grab happy hour on a Friday. Service was great, food was quick and delicious. Pricing was great. Overall would def come back.
  8. HS

    HeatherS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved our last visit there, forgot to review it but have reservations for tomorrow so what does that tell you, we love it!
  9. EB

    EastBayAdventurer

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Varied delicious options for brunch
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was excellent. Service was horrible; it was like no one was in sync with another. There seemed to be only one person taking orders for every table. He seemed overwhelmed, but he stayed completely upbeat and his menu knowledge was great. Everyone else appeared to be food & drink runners. Food was delivered quite quickly but drinks took up to 20 minutes at one point, once ordered, but it took even longer to get someone’s attention to place the order. We’ll be back, but hope to see some improvements with service efficiency.
  11. KF

    KevF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was okay. Shrimp in the ceviche had a strong iodine taste, like it was from the gulf coast. Shrimp in ceviche should have neutral, slightly sweet flavor. Grilled King Salmon was on the dry side. Margarita's were not balanced and a little bitter. Maybe because of un-ripe limes or not enough Cointreau. Fanfarron cocktail had too much jalapeno and bitterness. Again, not the right balance of heat, sweet and sour. I like spicy food but there was someone in the kitchen with a heavy hand. Even the guacamole had more heat than you would expect considering jalapenos were not listed as one of the ingredients. As they say in Mexico when food is made really spicy, the chef must have been angry when they made it.
  12. CH

    CHeretic

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Yummy food made with fresh, local ingredients. Great neighborhood hangout!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Food was mediocre at best.
  14. CP

    CelaPeter

    Portland

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    We really appreciate the food and drinks but when service is awful it takes away from the experience. Street tacos, ribs and burger delicious.
  15. C

    Concertgal

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Pork dinner is excellent. A must. Cocktails are great.
  16. SW

    SarahW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food. Lots of gluten free options for those who need that. Amazing cocktails! All in all a great experience!
  17. CM

    CherylM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been here many times. It's my go-to place for happy hour with friends and co workers. I took my other best friend here for dinner before a concert and she loved it too. They have the best tres leches cake I've ever tasted. I order it all the time. Food is awesome too. I especially love the tempura avocado wedges. Lots to choose from the menu.
  18. y

    ynlee

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It was more Mexican than Spanish. Portions were small.
  19. MC

    MaryC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My only complaint was that the music was loud when we first arrived. However our server was very responsive and turned it down. The menu is absolutely great!
  20. TT

    TastingTom

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Well-prepared hash with potatoes and poached egg. Excellent French toast with fruit and creme anglaise. Pleasant setting, excellent service, a bit too noisy.
  21. RP

    RuthP

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a late evening dinner after seeing two movies at the Piedmont. Food and drinks were all delicious, especially the shrimp tacos and the grilled corn. Good, friendly service and quiet enough for thoughtful and lively conversation.
  22. AL

    AndreaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was exceptional. Some of the best home fries and huevos rancheros I have ever had. Thanks.
  23. n

    namsmom

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Four of us had dinner together. Having been there many times, we knew that we would get good service and good food. We shared a number of tapes and entries including the delicious Brussels sprouts, guacamole and warm chips, fish tacos, enchiladas, chicken tacos...all as good as they usually are. Wait staff at Bar Cesar cot I use to be warm welcoming and in good spirits ad well worth a good tip! This is a great neighborhood spot for a small real, a large meal, a drink or two....and it is also worth a drive to get there.
  24. TI

    TIsC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Service was terrible- had to ask for water and to order a drink. Would have had another but waitress never came back. Husbands main dish never came so he had to go look for our server and ask what was keeping it to discover there was a mix up between the server and the kitchen and his entree was never ordered. There was a somewhat apology and that was that. Will never go back. Food was ok. Service obviously terrible.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Good food server. The hostess was distracted and seemed indifferent to us being there.
  26. TM

    TracyMM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I’ve been coming here for the past couple years and I’ve never been disappointed.
  27. BW

    BethW

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we had salmon tacos and shrimp tacos--delicious. Sat at a table in front by the window--very pleasant. Service was helpful without being overbearing.
  28. BW

    BarryW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was fresh, well-prepared, and tasty. Service was friendly. But my entree was not delivered until after everyone else in our party of 7 was done eating. No apologies were offered. The noise level was not "energetic" (as your rating scale has it); it was unbearably noisy! The "background music" was noisy and made people talk even louder. Conversation over the dinner table was more or less impossible.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Consistently fun place to grab drinks and food on Piedmont Ave.
  30. VL

    ValL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Good potion size for tapas. Friend and efficient service. House wine was okay, but many options available. Overall, great dining experience.
  31. HB

    HavenB

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Terribly confused service. I'm empathetic when orders are mixed up the first time, but after three times, I gave up hope of receiving the drink I'd ordered. Not a great Happy Hour experience. We were a table of five, I'd reserved ahead, and because I work in food, I know I am a responsible and sensitive guest. I was extremely disappointed and will hesitate to visit Bar Cesar again.
  32. F

    Foodiejackie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2019

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I’m not sure what happened to the food here. It use to be great but this time it was terrible. We got tacos. Meats were so dry and tasted old. Service was awful. They kept forgetting my daughters food. Not going back.
  33. MH

    MichaelH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious and accommodating. The manager is exceptional. Feel very lucky to live within walking distance. This is my go-to place, especially Warriors' games.
  34. MH

    MichaelH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m a huge fan of this place. Great food, friendly staff. Very accommodating. Really can’t say enough good things.
  35. IR

    IRENEE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was somewhat concerned making this reservation, especially on a busy day....MOTHERS DAY....and also because we were taking a family member from out of town there to also celebrate Mothers Day with us. We had great service.... Victor was very attentive and fun! Food was great...looked just like the photos on the website. Parking not an issue with the large parking lot behind the restaurant. I have already recommended this restaurant to my son who is in the restaurant business. We will return.
  36. E

    Elanvitalus

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The service was pleasant but uneven. The house drinks are always excellent. I had the Sangrada Margarita with Hibiscus and the Farmers Garden. The food is solid with excellent with Guacamole and Patatas Bravas and a nice selection to Street Tacos form duck to fish to pork.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    The service was very poor: we had a reservation but they tried to seat us by the bathroom despite empty but un-bussed tables, strange timing (people served at significantly different times, entrees before drinks, water after food), unfriendly attitude, long wait times. Food not great: Ceviche contained more cucumber than scallops. Chile relleno contained barely cooked veggies, hardly any cheese, and was smothered in watery sauce. At the end of the meal the waiter literally slapped the bill down without saying anything and walked away.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Thanks for the vegan options!
  39. JC

    JohnC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great time at Dining Out for Life - they serve great food and give back to the community
  40. JL

    JoanneL

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    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.

FAQs

Bar Cesar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (510) 985-1200.

Bar Cesar is rated 4.2 stars by 194 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    41st

  • Neighborhood

    Oakland

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    City of Oakland public lot. Metered. Free after 6pm and on Sundays and Holidays.

  • Public transit

    AC Transit Bus Line: 12, 51B, and 57 Bart: Macarthur

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ivan Godinez

  • Entertainment

    Full bar and local sports game will be on if they are on a standard cable channel.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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