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Cal Pep

Placa de les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain (Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera)
93 310 79 61
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Ranked #546 of 5,589 restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera
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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Ate here for lunch whilst staying at the (outstanding) Casa Marcelo in the same street. The owner recommended we try this place and said it was renowned in the city and beyond. It certainly is well-known judging by the queue that started before the shutters had even been opened. Clientele was a mixture of tourists and well-heeled locals. The service... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I feel I have to warn you that ... 1) You won't be given a menu - you'll be expected to have some previous knowledge 2) You will feel intimidated enough as a tourist by the whole set up that you'll accept the recommendations of the waiter behind the bar without asking what options are available and/or what the prices... More

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Oslo, Norway
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This place seems to be recommended in guidebooks and on the net. For the life of me I don't know why. We waited with around 15 others for the place to open for dinner - again another sign of its popularity. Some Russians tried to jump the queue, but relented when my wife fearlessly pointed out that we were before... More

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I have been in barca one week and this was the most disappointing meal to date. Yes, lots of undeserved hype. But also I had better tapas on the whole in just about every other meal. So, typical tapas of good quality although the tortilla was excellent. There is no menu so we simply asked waiter to bring us specials... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Everybody must visit cal pep for a extraordinary meal...There were ultimate sea food alternatives...

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

After hearing about this place for years I finally made it to Barcelona and wasn't going to miss it. We didn't get a seat at the bar so I guess we missed out on the quintessential Cal Pep experience, and made do with a table out the back. We had a Spanish friend with us so he did all the... More

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California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Great tourist tapas. Small counter space with small dining room in the rear. If you're not a tapas expert put yourself in their hands and they select a variety of dishes for you. Food was good.

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Oslo, Norway
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62 reviews 62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We visited Cal Pep due recommendations from reliable source. We are food lovers and gladly queued up 20 minutes before the restaurant opened. The atmosphere is authentic and very good. The seating around the counter made it nice and special. There was no menu, which wasn’t a problem; we got the necessary help needed. However, the food, I was not... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

If you want the ultiimate tapas experience, you MUST go to Cal Pep! Our party of 5 was seated and after being asked if we had any food allergies, we were served 10 tapas from their prefix menu. All delicious! The wait staff were EXCELLENT and entertaining. It's a little hard to find, you could easily walk by it at... More

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New York, New York, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

What an experience! I went 3 times in a 3 week trip because I loved it that much. You want to sit at the bar with the character worthy owner whose restaurant serves up the best food in Barcelona - no set menu, you just tell them what you like and don't like to eat and they serve up some... More

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