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“nice dining experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cal Pep

Cal Pep
Placa de les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain (El Born / La Ribera)
34933107961
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Ranked #296 of 7,844 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: El Born / La Ribera
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
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“nice dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Delicious, freshly made tapas served with house red wine. truly a unique way to have dinner. we sat down at the bar since there were no spots in the room, but it was a nice experience since we chatted with other guests of the restaurant (and got to taste some of their food :-)..)

  • Visited June 2013
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“So much fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Yes, the line is long and Yes, lots of tourists as well. But it's worth the wait and hey, you're a tourist as well! Fun wine list with some real old finds at good prices. The best tip I can give: let them advice you but also make clear what you would like to have (you probably have to wait long enough to see what others are eating and enjoying). We spent a lovely afternoon at Cal Pep.

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“worth it to wait and line up in front with reservations in the back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

I have been going to Cal Pep for a number of years now and line up at the front and wait just before 12 Noon

we were a large group this time so our hotel was able to book us in for lunch at the back

The Food is amazing and they bring you the tapas as there is no menu. its important before they start to say what you don't like such as fried foods, squid, omelettes or whatever.

then go along for the ride!

the Chef's will choose for you and its all great food and an experience I have never seen anywhere else

Don't miss it but remember subject to your exceptions the food will just appear and quite rapidly

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A line just started to form out of nowhere...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

My husband was standing outside of this restaurant when people started forming a line. He asked why and they said it was a fantastic restaurant and hard to get a table at. So we joined the line and were seated in a small back room as the bar seats filled up fast. We were served what the staff recommends for that day and our waiter accommodated my daughter who does not love seafood. We were not disappointed and chose to stop after the tapas portion. They do prepare main courses if you are still hungry. It was a fun experience and the variety of fresh tapas delicious!

  • Visited June 2013
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“Great fresh tapas, although a little expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013 via mobile

Cal pep came recommended from a friend, and we took the chance to go for lunch. Great concept and really fresh food. The service was attentive and the staff friendly to English speaking tourists like us!! Great atmosphere, and cold beer, which was needed after a long mornings walking!! Only negative was we thought it was a little expensive. Overall would definitely recommend!

  • Visited June 2013
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