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Cal Pep

#301 of 7,910 Restaurants in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
El Born / La Ribera
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Placa De Les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 10 79 61
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a great experience. You sit at the bar and watch all of the food being preped and cooked freshly. Each plate was delicious, but particularly the Calamari and the Tuna Tarta. It wasn't cheap, but it was really worth the money.

Thank Jelly-angela
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
58 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little bit more expensive than usual but it worths this great experience. Sitting on a bar stool, some improvisation by the waiters, great taste of food. You'll be shaking hands when you're leaving. Just don't hesitate about waiting in the queue to get in. You can drink an ice cold Damm Lemon served by the waiters while waiting.

Thank Aralavci
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food in Cal Pep, is so good. The Spanish cuisine in this restaurant is highly recommended. The prices are fair, and their selection of wine is great as well. The staff makes you feel like you are eating at home.

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Thank lalilygarcia
New York City, New York
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't believe in long reviews so here's the deal: There are people waiting in line before they open. Worth it - get there a bit early because you want to be seated at the main counter where all the action/cooking fun/conviviality takes place. The servers are serious about their craft and serious about making sure you have fun in... More 

Thank Joy H
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food, warm environment. No reservations. Who ever comes first, eats first :) roasted octopus was so yummy

Thank Ciler T
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

From the outside, this place does not look enticing, however, it is worth the wait (there always is a queue), as they do not take reservations. Order a glass of cava or a clara while you wait to be served either at the bar, or at the small dining room in the back. Excellent service!! And exceptional food - well... More 

Thank marlette
San Jose, CA
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58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Important to note that Cal Pep is closed on Sunday and only open for dinner on Monday. Otherwise hours ar3 1-3:45 and then 7:30-11:30. If it is getting near closing time, you may not get in. I believe they may be closed in August as well, but this is not definitive (!) I enjoyed sitting at the counter and made... More 

Thank flintgm
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I came here for lunch on the recommendation of a friend. We were not disappointed in the slightest. We were quickly seated at the bar (it was around 2pm, which is a normal time for lunch in Barcelona). There is no menu, but unlike other reviewers that said they weren't able to choose the dishes they received,... More 

Thank Leslie T
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61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed sitting at the long bar and having a surprise selection of tapas served alongside excellent wine. A relaxed pace, good food and friendly staff.

Thank Matt C
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I make a point to visit Cal Pep every time I'm in Barcelona. Food is fresh and phenomenal, but the real fun is the entertainment at the bar. The staff is very friendly and on top of everything. The atmosphere makes it very easy to meet new friends while I'm there. Even though it is primarily known for their fresh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $40
Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
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: +34 933 10 79 61
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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