A treasured tipster shared exciting news about the impending arrival of a Bay Area tapas bar with a serious pedigree. César opened 18 years ago in Berkeley next door to famed farm-to-table temple Chez Panisse, and was founded by alums of the fabled restaurant; it has since become renowned for a rotating menu of authentic tapas created from ingredients from Spain and local produce, meat and seafood.
César will be bringing its small plates specialties to Rancho Santa Fe, where it will debut in a 3,000-square-foot space within the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center (16079 San Dieguito Road). Owner Richard Mazzera, along with his wife and business partner Terumi Shibata-Mazzera have been visiting the area for several years and thought the concept would be a great fit for the neighborhood, especially because the restaurant's new location will capitalize on its proximity to Chino Farm, which has been supplying Chez Panisse with produce since its inception. Mazzera told Eater that the design and menu of the North County eatery, which should open in June or July, will be virtually identical to the original Berkeley flagship.