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Cal Pep

#642 of 7,085 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
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, Late Night, Breakfast, 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
Great Tapas

A great place for seafood and vegetable tapas, I loved it. The elderly Canadian couple beside me didn't like it as much. The baby artichokes and the cockles were exceptional. Choose your tapas, don't let the waiter push his recommendation !

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Richmond, Virginia
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The restaurant came highly recommended by the chef and owner of our favorite tapas restaurant in the US. Cal Pep was his inspiration. My sister and brother-in-law raved about their experience. With this in mind, my husband and I were so excited to finally try it. The concept is pretty unique… Bar seating only on a first come, first serve... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We waited 20 mins to be seated and it is probably the only time I will say it was worth the wait! No set menus, just the catches of the day and the chefs recommendations, definitely the best way to eat. We ate like royalty and were treated as such by the wonderful staff. The food is simply exquisite, they... More 

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Danville, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It's a fine tapas restaurant although does not even hold a candle to some of the amazing pintxos that you will find in san sebastian or even some of the other stuff in Barcelonw. The wait is long and the seafood felt a lot like the stuff you would get inside the boqueria, nothing *too* amazing. They cater well to... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A great place for seafood and vegetable tapas, I loved it. The elderly Canadian couple beside me didn't like it as much. The baby artichokes and the cockles were exceptional. Choose your tapas, don't let the waiter push his recommendation !

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I'd heard so many great things from friends about Cal Pep but the last few times I'd been to Barcelona had been when it is closed for its summer holiday. But finally, I got to try it for myself in April. I was squeezed into the last free seat at the bar for lunch and after giving a few preferences... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Food as performance art - but good food! Expect to wait for a seat at the bar, no tables. Waiter hears your preferences, then serves you whatever is made that meets your parameters e.g. allergies. A bit chaotic, but the food is fantastic, well worth it. Fun too!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Went there with high expectations, having been recommended by a friend. Having been told that it was necessary to Q up at 7pm, we were very relaxed about waiting in line and used the time to 'relay' out and look at the shops around there. Once the doors were opened were ushered to our seats at the bar. "Wonderful",we thought.... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This restaurant is a must see. We first noticed it when walking around the El Born district one night. There was a huge lineup of people outside, even though the restaurant was it open yet. From that point on, it was on our radar. A few days later, we waited in line and were not disappointed. When we sat down,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Cal Pep is my first port of call when visiting Barcelona,in my opinion this is the most fantastic experience. Atmosphere, food and excellent service make this restaurant a wonderful dining experience. Have a drink whilst you wait for a place and soak up the essence of Barcelona.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Cal Pep is hugely popular and tourists fill it every evening. Sadly though it has become a prisoner of it's success. The waiters try to sell everyone a plate of fritura mixta and get the chairs ready for new customers as quickly as possible. Portions are relatively small particularly when you take into account that prices are high for Barcelona.... More 

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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: 34933107961

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 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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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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