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Cal Pep

#277 of 7,510 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
El Born / La Ribera
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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, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for: Local cuisine
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic sea food, touristic and overpriced

Very famous place in bcn, mainly among tourists du to its referrence in lonely planet or similar guide. They have great fish and sea food. The only negative is that this place is over crowded with tourists and pricing is steep. Very friendly staff. Enjoyable moments to spend there with friends

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
psaab
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Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona, Spain
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very famous place in bcn, mainly among tourists du to its referrence in lonely planet or similar guide. They have great fish and sea food. The only negative is that this place is over crowded with tourists and pricing is steep. Very friendly staff. Enjoyable moments to spend there with friends

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Thank psaab
New York City, New York
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It doesn't matter how long you have to wait. It's totally worst it! Be prepared but also once you seated, food comes fast.. The calamaris, Tapas, with Canitas.. My favorites Gambas al Ajillo, Octopus, we eat so much , and it was so good..

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Thank Olga M
Barcelona, Spain
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had the room at the back booked for 6 people. It s not very big but cosy. We ordered a selection of tapas to share and everything was delicious. The service is great, fast and friendly.

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Thank Melchior O
Magnolia, Texas
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was a little worried when they told me it would be served family style with no menu. Wasn't sure what we would get but was 100% impressed. It was like they read my mind and everything was perfect. The waiters were having fun and it made the whole experience perfect. Went with 5 grandchildren and daughter and son-in-law. We... More 

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Thank Dwolfe52
Seville, Spain
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106 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For those who have heard or read about this place as a must visit: please avoid. This is just a standard local bar with good marketing. Moreover, there´s a clear abuse from their side when it comes to prices. No visible pricelist on the counter (Spanish law requests bars to clearly show it), super overpriced (two shrimps for 15€!!!) and... More 

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31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been coming to cal pep for years you can tell he puts a lot of passion into his restaurant it's a very classic old-school feel I have never been disappointed. I always feel like I need to come back when I'm in Barcelona

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Thank Rootsog
Barcelona, Spain
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A classic tapas bar which has been unable to evolve following the taste and the gastronomic level of the city. Very bad wine list, tapas are too classic, very greasy. Won't come back.

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Thank Geonaima
Diepenbeek, Belgium
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not so hard to find a tapasbar in Barcelona, but if you want to experience the traditional stuff, go to Cal Pep's. At first it seems odd, because there's a queue standing behind the people sitting at the bar, but once you're sitting down, the experience takes over. The service is very personal so you forget everything behind you!... More 

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Thank Zjanneke
Greater London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Classic traditional Tapas, sit at the bar and let them pick some tapas for you, relaxed afternoon with glass of cava and delicious tapas. Be prepared you may have to queue but it's worth the wait.

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Thank Will J
Leitrim, Ireland
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went shortly after opening on a Monday evening and got seated straight away at the bar. I had already a wee list of dishes that were recommended so with that our waiter (great service) added a few suggestions. The Tortilla is fabulous, the Clams also delicious. We also had croquettes (up in the top 3 I've had) Tomato bread... 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: Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish

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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