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“Mediocre” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cal Pep

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 #759 of 6,427 Restaurants in Barcelona
Cuisines: Seafood
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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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“Mediocre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

They have their shtick down. And they plow their way through their limited repertoire. The fried food is pretty plain. The good dishes are very good, but a little tired. There is too much reliance on various forms of shell fish, especially various forms of squid. All ok, but all too oily. Even the bread is mediocre.

Visited September 2013
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Didn't live up to its reputation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We went to Cal Pep both on the suggestions of friends and Trip Advisor. I was disappointed. it felt like the Barcelona version of Nathan's Hot Dogs in Coney Island NY. Lots of hype, but not particularly original nor interesting nor well-prepared. They were gliding on their laurels. We asked about the back room, when it was apparent that the wait would be long, and were told there was nothing for two. A few minutes later two people, who knew the maitre d ', came in and we're ushered back there pronto. Some of the dishes were excellent (raw tuna, potato and jabon omelette) but others were way too oily for my taste. The price of about 100 euros seemed steep for five tapas dishes. Service at the bar was friendly but rote.. We wouldn't go back.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Great little find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We stumbled upon this little place one afternoon and the fact that it was jam-packed caught our interest. Inside it's long and narrow, packed with people waiting along one wall for a spot at the bar, plenty of tourists as you'd expect for the area but curcially lots of locals too. We never saw a menu, just asked for some prawns to start off with and then ordered anything that we saw being served to someone else that tickled our fancy. Fried artichoke hearts and calamares, grilled prawns, and the monkfish tail cooked in olive oil and garlic which was to die for.

Not cheap, but considering the area and the clientele that's not really surprising. Also the food was pretty much all cooked in generous amounts of oil, but we didn;t care when it was so tasty.

Staff were Spanish-friendly - a bit brusque, very busy, but a good laugh, always willing to take the mickey out of you and they were fine when you gave it right back.

One of our favourite meals in a city that's full of five star dinners.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Delicious and a fun experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This place was recommended to me by and friend and i am so glad i went!! The food is amazing and the whole experience was really good. We didn't have to wait too long before it opened at 7:30pm and luckily we were in the first group that got to sit. You sit at this bar and have your own waiter. There is no menu they just ask how many dishes you want then if you want meat or seafood. This is the best tapas i have ever had. The food was really good and we were really well looked after. This was one of our top meals in our whole 6 week European holiday.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Delicious but touristy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We got to the restaurant about 5 minutes before it opened for lunch, and stood in a line of about 10 people. Once it was opened, everyone filed in and sat at the bar. Based on recommendations from here, we told our server that we didn't want any bread - no need to fill up on starches you can get anywhere when there is so much fresh seafood here to choose from! We were served clams in a white wine/garlic sauce, little green peppers (not spicy, just delicious) a tortilla omelet, tuna tartare, and some whole fish which had been baked or broiled with roasted tomato and potatoes. And a bottle of house wine. Everything was very fresh and delicious. The wine was not the best, but when we saw the bill it was one of the least expensive items on there ... very expensive for lunch (76 Euro for 2 people including the 9 Euro bottle of wine), and full of tourists but the staff was nice and efficient, food was great, and the sunny weather made the trip well worth it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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