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Cal Pep

#610 of 6,970 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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El Born / La Ribera
Tapas, Seafood
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Placa de les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
34933107961
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7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
Description: Cal Pep offers a fresh and bright culinary experience with easy and quick...
Cal Pep offers a fresh and bright culinary experience with easy and quick preparations. Our restaurant concept grew from the idea of sharing the dishes, their tastes and flavours, in a 'tapas'-style. Faithful to this style, Pep invites us to enjoy light, exquisite and extremely varied dishes. Cal Pep is authentic Mediterranean cuisine, reflecting Pep's personal style and incorporating seasonal ingredients. You will enjoy fish, shellfish and fresh produce, all prepared with Pep's originality and flair. Welcome and happy dining! For a truly great tapas place, sit at the bar at old-school Cal Pep, Thomas Keller's vote for the best food in Europe. -- The Guardian The 'Tapas Institution' of Barcelona. When it comes to Tapas Bar, it doesn't get bigger than the name Cal Pep. --Streetlife Cal Pep ranked #31 in the 50 Best Restaurants in the World -- Restaurant Magazine There is no shtick here apart from superbly fresh seafood, served simply and on plates designed for sharing. -- The Telegraph
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Must do, must pay

Not the first time we went to this Barcelona classic, and again did not regret for a second to queue 1/2 hour in order to get seated ... although must admit that on previous occasions we never needed to queue, so that changed now. The food was good, some was truly excellent (e.g. the almechas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Antwerp, Belgium
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  • Local cuisine
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New York City, New York
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

You cannot leave Barcelona without eating at Cal Pep! You must get there early as a line usually forms and seating at the "diner table" is limited. You want the experience of sitting at the diner table but regular table seating in the back is just as nice! The food/courses are extremely delicious and each course that came out was... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Cal Pep came highly recommended by two separate friends and I see why. Per their advice we wisely queued up about 30 minute before they opened for dinner with a mix of travelers and locals and were escorted in promptly at 7:30. If your more than 30 people back in line expect to wait until someone else finishes eating before... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We went to Cal Pep 3 years ago and have recommended it to many friends. We recently went back to Barcelona and made sure we had time to go back and this time we took my Mum and Dad. It is still bustling, great atmosphere, they still choose the menu for you and the food was still just as amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

It is tough when a restaurant has set such high expectations. Fortunately, Cal Pep meets those expectations. We arrived 30 minutes after it opened and waited 10 minutes to sit at the counter. Better than we expected. We told the waiter what we didn't like (e.g., sardines, anchovies, etc.) and how many plates we wanted. He did the rest. We... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Not the first time we went to this Barcelona classic, and again did not regret for a second to queue 1/2 hour in order to get seated ... although must admit that on previous occasions we never needed to queue, so that changed now. The food was good, some was truly excellent (e.g. the almechas, ...) some was OK or... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Be prepared to tell them if there is something you cannot eat and then have a beer and watch. It is fun and tastes great!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We had very high expectations based on previous reviews and the queuing involved. We arrived at 7:10 (for 7:30) and just missed the first seating at the bar. They were able to seat us in the back room though so that was good. They don't offer a menu and instead prefer you order the chef's/waiter's choice. In hindsight it would... More 

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Oceaning, Owner at Cal Pep, responded to this review

Steve, thank you very much for taking the time to write about your overall experience in Cal Pep. We take note of your feedback and hopefully we will get to see you again in the future. If you do, feel free to ask for the menu or tell the waiter what budget you have in mind so that the bill... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Whether you're a gourmet junkie or not you can go to this place rest assured you're eating true tapas. Tortilla de patata, give it a try!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Cal Pep came highly recommended by friends. It was a good, solid tapas meal and we enjoyed eating several seafood dishes here. I was disappointed with their potatas bravas - but their calamari and mussels were really delicious. I will admit, I was a bit turned off by the length of the wait for here and I could go elsewhere... More 

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Lincoln
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We had received three recommendations to visit the restaurant. The dining area is small with seating for nearly 75. The waiter staff was very attentive and brought us tappas after tappas. Each dish was more delicious than the first.

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Additional Information about Cal Pep

Address: Placa de les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number: 34933107961
Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Born / La Ribera
Open Hours:
Monday 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm  1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Wednesday 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm  1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Thursday 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm  1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Friday 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm  1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 to 35
Cuisine: Tapas, Seafood

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Placa de les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
  • Location: Europe  >  Spain  >  Catalonia  >  Province of Barcelona  >  Barcelona>  > El Born / La Ribera
  • Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera
  • Phone Number: 34933107961

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 to 35
  • Cuisine: Tapas, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

Description

Cal Pep offers a fresh and bright culinary experience with easy and quick preparations. Our restaurant concept grew from the idea of sharing the dishes, their tastes and flavours, in a 'tapas'-style. Faithful to this style, Pep invites us to enjoy light, exquisite and extremely varied dishes. Cal Pep is authentic Mediterranean cuisine, reflecting Pep's personal style and incorporating seasonal ingredients. You will enjoy fish, shellfish and fresh produce, all prepared with Pep's originality and flair. Welcome and happy dining! For a truly great tapas place, sit at the bar at old-school Cal Pep, Thomas Keller's vote for the best food in Europe. -- The Guardian The 'Tapas Institution' of Barcelona. When it comes to Tapas Bar, it doesn't get bigger than the name Cal Pep. --Streetlife Cal Pep ranked #31 in the 50 Best Restaurants in the World -- Restaurant Magazine There is no shtick here apart from superbly fresh seafood, served simply and on plates designed for sharing. -- The Telegraph
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Wednesday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Thursday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Friday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm

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The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighborhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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