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Cal Pep

#283 of 7,437 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 - Sat 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is the real deal. Upon entering it looks like a diner. Long bar, stools and open stainless steel kitchen, with pans clanging, wine pouring, and small dishes sliding towards local patrons. There is almost always a line for seats at the bar, where the locals insist on dining. In the back is a cozy room with a dozens... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very close to el Balcon del born.The midday menu has a reasonable price. The cakes they have are very good.

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Oakville, Canada
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I never wait in line but was convinced and glad I did. The monk fish was the best fish dish I have ever had. They accommodated my wife's gluten free dairy free needs and provide a meal to remember. Amazing potato pancake - She asked about a recipe and they handed a copy to her! The serving staff was knowledgable... More 

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Oz in London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Arriving 15 minutes prior to opening was well worth it ... there were already about 20 people already ahead of us! If they can't fit you at the counter (overlooking the busy kitchen), there is a small room to the side, which accommodates about another 30 people. It's a fun place, with a busy vibe. They ask what you don't... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ok, you have to want to wait for it. But its worth it. Feel free to ask for a beer or cava while in line. The staff were so pleasant and fun. We just suggested somethings we liked and they worked up a series of dishes for us. Amazing octopus and anchovies. The food had me floating for awhile! We... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The dishes are very delicious. There is a different concept in the restaurant. No menu.You say what you Like or dislike. Chef brings you the meal. Everybody is joyfull. Also ı recomend you to sit around the bar!Catalan crem brule is very delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stumbled across this place by accident, massive queue coming out the door but we decided to give it a go. They gave us a small beer while waiting (nice touch / added to the bill). When sat down, there isn't really a menu... Waiter suggested a set menu (didn't mention price) & we went for it. Was lovely, classic Spannish... More 

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Tarragona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cal Pep is the most famous tapas place in the Born district. The freshness and quality of the seafood justify this (best navajas ever!) but the bill mounts up very quickly. Service charge, VAT on top, 16euros for a small plate of clams, etc etc. Recommended but only if you're feeling flush.

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7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we liked octopus and calamari tapas desserts are fresh baked crowded place, we found a seat in bar section

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped in for lunch & good thing we were early as there were a few people waiting before they even opened. Once opened every seat was taken within several minutes. There was soon as many people waiting for a seat as people actually eating. We let the waiter order our dishes and they were all yummy. The omelette was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $40
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Meals
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
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
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
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. There is no shtick here apart from superbly fresh seafood, served simply and on plates designed for sharing. -- The Telegraph

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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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