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Cal Pep

#688 of 6,726 Restaurants in Barcelona
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Neighborhood:
El Born / La Ribera
Chowder, Pizza, Seafood
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Placa de les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
93 310 79 61
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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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
great if you can get a seat!

fantastic restaurant but more often than not, it's a mob scene (they may still have a few tables available in the back for larger parties/reservations only) - they also have very confusing/complicated business hours, but when you're this well-established, i suppose you can do what you want! if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
LHS3
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Barcelona, Spain
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We were in the neighborhood and found this place on trip advisor. While it was a Wednesday night, there was still a line waiting for it to open. Luckily we got there in time to get in line and be seated in with the first serving (about 30 bar stools). We let the waiter choose our food, which was 5... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

After 9 days of eating our way through Barcelona, my husband and I agreed that this place was our favorite. Tight space (typical in barca), but a nice atmosphere. You may have to wait a bit for a spot at the bar to open, but it is so worth the wait! There is no menu, they just ask what you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Cal Pep serves traditional Catalan dishes, excellently prepared and with excellent ingredients. The food keeps coming and we enjoyed every dish. It´s expensive but not disappointing, a combination that it´s not that easy to find.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

After missing out on visiting Cal Pep 4 years ago, we were trying to make sure we made a concerted effort to get into Cal Pep this time.... wish we hadnt. While the 10 minute wait til opening didnt bother us, the food sadly left us disappointed. I am Pescatarian, eat fish, while my husband has no problem consuming meat,... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

fantastic restaurant but more often than not, it's a mob scene (they may still have a few tables available in the back for larger parties/reservations only) - they also have very confusing/complicated business hours, but when you're this well-established, i suppose you can do what you want! if you get a seat, the food will be superb albeit a tad... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I visited this restaurant after many recommendations. We managed to get two seats at the bar for lunch - only waited 15mins so we were lucky! We let the chefs choose our tapas plates and everything was amazing. The tuna tartare was a particular standout dish! Would highly recommend this for a casual tapas experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I first visited this place about 8 years ago and it was fabulous. It still is, but it has well and truly been discovered.... As witnessed by the long queue of non Spaniards heralding the doors opening at 7.30pm. Probably best to eat much (much) later. Once you get a stool at the bar you'll soon ignore the line of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Incredible restaurant, Great food, the biggest navajas I ever saw. The space is small so you can't get late.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Cap Pep is a must when in Barcelona. It sits about 25 people along a bench facing the kitchen and most times it is best to let them bring out the food until you are full. It is a combination of interesting tapas of seafood and other Spanish specialities. Well worth a visit when in Barcelona. This was the fourth,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

One of those small hip places that only has word of mouth advertising..didn't need to wait long in the queue as I was dining on my own. There was no menu so a perfect opportunity to test your Spanish! Food was very fresh, prepared in front of you and delicious. Great place to go on your own too as all... 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: 93 310 79 61

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder, Pizza, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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