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Cal Pep

#266 of 7,348 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
El Born / La Ribera
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Placa de les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to Cal Pep based on its good reviews. I appreciated that it felt like a family-run place that's been there forever (pics on the walls and Christmas calendar with all the staff). It was crowded but we didn't wait very long for seats at the diner-like bar seating where we got to watch the cooks in action. Our... More 

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Livingston, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was highly recommended to me for tapas. We went for lunch and luckily arrived about 10 minutes before the opened as a line was already starting to form. They don't take reservations for 2 people, but it was best! You sit at the counter and they offer to bring you a mix of tapas of the day. Every bite... More 

Thank laej28
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just the most amazing experience - ever. An outstanding, beautiful and delicious meal. Can it be bettered? I am not sure. Go whenever you can, I will.

Thank jdav1970
Oxford, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Got there at 7:35 and place was quite busy. Got last 3 places at the bar. No menu anywhere so much guesswork. 'Shall I just order a selection of tapas for 3?' said the bar man. 'Sure, but what is it?' he ran down a list, in Spanish. 'But we'd rather not have clams, can we swap in something else?'... More 

Thank UK-family-traveller
Perth, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were recommended Cal Pep by a chef friend and it didn’t disappoint. It’s best to get there 15-20 mins before it opens if you want to guarantee a seat as booking is only available of larger parties, though not at the bar. We were asked for our preference on the tapas – meat or seafood – and then left... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Greatest tapas I've had in Barcelona. A very small but very authentic restaurant with great service and amazing food. Trust the waiter to bring you the best and freshest dishes from the kitcken. You need to book a table in advance - or hope to get a stool at the bar in the front.

Thank CBD83
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Tiny restaurant/bar maybe 16 seats, don't be put off by a line as turnover is reasonably quick. Owner is watchful and closely supervising all activities - reassuring, quality driven and making sure the queue is observed. Staff will tell you what's best - which means the bill is in their hands to some extent! Wine was very good and well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had read about Cal Pep and were initially wary of somewhere that doesn't have a menu, and at some point during the meal we did look at each other and say we had no idea what the cost was going to be.... However the billed totalled 78 euros for two, including 3 glasses of wine and a bottle of... More 

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Hello, Thanks a lot for your review. We’re very happy you enjoyed at our restaurant. You have perfectly captured the essence of our restaurant Hope to see you again very soon! Cal Pep Team More 

Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying right near Cal Pep & saw how busy it was so assumed it must be good. We went in at 1pm when it opened for lunch, and granted our Spanish isn't great so as there were no menus we just went with the waiters suggestion of the mixed tapas. We also asked for 2 white wines &... More 

Thank Ness19800
Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic food and service, a hidden gem! This is a restaurant that you don't spot by chance but make sure to find it and enjoy the suberb tapas.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $40
Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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
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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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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