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Cal Pep

#730 of 6,742 Restaurants in Barcelona
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El Born / La Ribera
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Placa de les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
93 310 79 61
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7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Good for:
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A bit overrated

The Tapas were very good but the wait on line of 1 hour to find space was a bit too much. Although the next day I passed and was very easy to get in.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Guaynabo
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The Tapas were very good but the wait on line of 1 hour to find space was a bit too much. Although the next day I passed and was very easy to get in.

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Barcelona, Spain
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I visit cal Pep frequently and enjoy it every time. Then staff is great, friendly and fun. Better make make a reservation as wait can be up to two hours to eat in the bar. Go for tapas first an and save some space for a fish recommend Recommendation. For desset, go for espumas

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San Francisco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This is well known to the tourist from abroad but still a great place to eat and a wait-staff that is quite entertaining. They bring you a variety of things based on what they have and if you want more fish/meat or none. Great wine list for those in the know for the best Spanish but you can get some... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Got recommended to visit this Restaurant but after waiting outside for a long time the staff was unfriendly, so we went away!

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

If you like 1. reservations 2. a menu 3. knowing the cost 4. a large table then this is not your restaurant. If you like 1. incredible food prepared in front of 2. have a sense of adventure 3. don't mind waiting a while in line this is the place for you for fresh tapas. There is one long counter... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

There is no menu! You tell them what kinds of tapas you want (vegeterian, fish, meat, etc) and they will bring you their specialities! Be careful because this also means you do not know what your bill is going to be at the end and it is easy to rack it up! I definitely recommend the tuna tartare (16.90 euro).... More 

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Luang. prabang
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61 reviews 61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My son told us about this glorious tapas bar..we went long at 7.15 which is criminally early in Spain. We joined a queue of about 30 waiting for the door to open. I still don't understand the system but we were sat down at the counter and the food started coming .everything was cooked beautifully. After several courses we ordered... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The queue took its time, but together with good friends and enough cava it really doesn't matter. Just being there and taking in the bustling and intense atmosphere while building up expectations, was an experience in itself. Finally we got four seats at the counter. And what a treat we got. One course after the other, all delicious and well... More 

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New York City, New York
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272 reviews 272 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Similar to Passadis del pep, cal pep is one of the places you have to go to when in BCN (read somewhere the owners are related): - really cool bar ambiance - you eat at the counter while the food is prepared in front of you - great selection of seafood - super fresh and tasty - service is fast... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

A small eatery in the Barri where a little wait may be expected, eating a variety of tapas at the busy bar is a great culinary joy. One is virtually face to face with the busy cooks but that's the fun of it. The assortment of tapas was mouthwatering, washed down with a local beer.

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Restaurant Details

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: 93 310 79 61

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Friday
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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El Born / La Ribera
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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