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Dec 1, 2013 04:17 PM

No Caesar salad at Bar César! [Oakland]

I just checked out the new lunch menu at Bar César (Piedmont Ave., Oakland) today. Gone are my standbys, including the classic Caesar salad, an irony. Now it has things like "wild" arugula salad. Give me a break. It goes downhill from there. This being California, the new concept may work, but I couldn't find anything I wanted to try. Perhaps some day when I'm really hungry, I will.

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  1. At Bar Cesar as it now exists, the key word is "bar." I don't think they care much about the food they serve as long as people order alcohol.

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    1. re: Rapini

      They cared enough to develop an entirely new menu. It isn't just a bar, there is a lot of table seating.

    2. You're joking, right?

      It's a tapas bar.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        César on Shattuck is a tapas bar. Bar César has been going in various directions trying to find a new identity for the last three or four years.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Exactly what? The Piedmont Ave. location is not a tapas bar as I understand the term. I'm not sure what it is with the new lunch menu except still a nice place for a glass of cava.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            I wish these guys well and hope the next incarnation is a charm.

            Dear god, a restaurant in california without a Caesar Salad? I see that the Cheesecake Factory has a Caesar as the first Big Salad on their menu.

            1. re: bbulkow

              Now if we just get a menu with out a Crème Brûlée ;-s !

          3. re: ipsedixit

            GH1618's comment was "Gone are my standbys, including the classic Caesar salad."

            What kind of place a restaurant purports to be is irrelevant to them taking one of your favorite dishes off the menu.

          4. The "kind of place" the new Bar César seems to be is a restaurant with very few dining patrons. This has some advantages for customers. If you come in at lunchtime for drinks only, it will be quiet and there will be plenty of seating choices. If you happen to be hungry, it is conveniently located across the street from Baja and Simply Greek.

            1. Bar César now has a Caesar salad, the Alex César Cardini salad, named for its originators. Perhaps they read this site.

              I would not call it a classic Caesar, — it's made with sucrine lettuce and some nontraditional cheese — but I won't fault them for that. I am not opposed to innovation. This is a perfectly acceptable variant of a Caesar salad, at an affordable price, so I'm glad to have it available.

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              1. re: GH1618

                Wait they named "The Alex César Cardini Salad" and it is not a Classic César Salad. That is just We Todd Did !

              2. That didn't last long. The "César" salad has morphed into something else no longer resembling (or called) a Caesar. Jerusalem artichokes (not artichokes) are something I can do without, thank you.