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Jan 23, 2007 01:49 PM

Best tapas in the East Bay

I'm looking for good spanish tapas, not the fusion-y things a lot of restaurants are doing these days. I've been to Cesar and enjoyed it, but am sure that there are others out there. Please inform!

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  1. If there are others, I'd love to learn about them. Cesar's the only place I know that does halfway traditional tapas on this side of the bay.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Wow.... really? I thought you, of all people, would be able to point me in the right direction. How disappointing.

      1. re: chemchef

        I'm afraid the right direction is west, over the bridge.

    2. I recently went to ACote in Oakland and found it preferable to Cesar. Not as spanish-y but I found the plates to be better than Cesar. I would reccomend a reservation as it was crowded at 830 and we waited even with our reservation.

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      1. re: cali5189

        I love ACote although it has been four years since i have been there. However, the food is really more French small plates not Spanish.

        1. re: Lori SF

          Mix of French, Italian, California, and a few other random influences, including the occasional hint of Spanish. But no traditional Spanish tapas. One of the best wine-by-the-glass lists in the whole Bay Area.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            RL- I should of said more emphasis on French rather than Spanish.. but that is why you are the writer and I am not.

            I agree the wine by glass list is wonderful. When I lived in Oakland I use to go there 2-3 times a month and it was where I had my first date with my boyfriend.

            1. re: Lori SF

              A Cote is definitely more French than anything else. It started as a spinoff from the French restaurant next door (hence the name).

      2. Barceluna in Alameda on Park Street is good, but I like Cesar's on Piedmont better.

        1. Here's an article about one man's quest for authentic tapas in the East Bay:

          His conclusion? There aren't any, though Cesar and A Cote both do a good job at fusion.

          Have you tried the new Cesar on Piedmont? The menu is bigger and better than the Berkeley location.

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          1. re: Morton the Mousse

            No one's mentioned Cafe de la Paz on Shattuck (across from Elephant Pharm). They have great tapas. Not much for ambiance - but it's cozy upstairs and the people are charming.

            Latin small plates at Fonda are also good - more high end like Cesar.

            1. re: bekster

              Cafe de la Paz isn't Spanish tapas, it's pan-Latin / Latin fusion small plates.


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