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Cal Pep

#293 of 7,524 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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New York City, New York
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came here for dinner on a Monday and arrived 45 minutes before it opened to ensure we would get seated and there were about 8 people in front of us. The line got long very quickly afterwards. The restaurant is in El Born neighborhood which is a great area to walk around before and afterwards. The doors opened promptly... More 

Thank chihaep
London, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Well , I'll tell you . Although Cal Pep is on the well trodden tourist list of places to eat it still delivers the goods . Firstly you'll have to queue & then they'll try to get you to sit in the room a the back - don't . Finally you'll get a seat at the bar in the front... More 

Thank peter b
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff are friendly and makes the whole dinner fun. Food was satisfying, fresh and very interesting. The small and full at all times, there is a line to get in, so it is recommended you come 20 min ahead of opening to get seated. Also worth noting that the place made an effort to accommodate different requests (vegetarian, allergy,... More 

Thank zuchmir z
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You may have to wait for a place to sit the at marble counter that runs the full length of this very popular upscale tapas place but the outstanding quality of the dishes including oven baked hake and grilled razor clams make it all worthwhile. Mostly tourists here so other than the staff there is no local flavour but you'll... More 

Thank Perry S
Vienna, Austria
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cal Pep provides the best Tapas in Town. Although not that cheap but worth every Cent!!! Either go when they are opening (punctual!!!) or reserve.

Thank Christa N
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard a lot about Cal Pep and have mixed feelings having been there. The queue had reached the door when we arrived and it took 50 minutes before we were seated. There was no encouragement to eat or drink whilst waiting although when I ordered drinks they were provided. The staff could do more for those in the... More 

Thank stroker_jim
Hartford, Connecticut
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes we stood on line for close to an hour to assure that we would have a counter seat which is a must. The Waiter chose our tapas since there was no menu and the online menu was all in Spanish and had over 70 items! Waiter did pay attention to dietary restrictions. Highlights were tuna tartare and the tiny... More 

Thank Katherine L
Montreal, Canada
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Point at it...they will cook it! No need to speak Spanish here. One long bar with 14 seats usually occupied . The host spots you as you come in and indicates for you to wait...which is usually not long . At last you sit down . No menu needed as most everything is in front of you uncooked, then it... More 

Thank spiceeh
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127 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little restaurant with the kind of great food that you would expect in Catalonia. Slightly cramped in the restaurant area. Big wine selection for such a small place.

Thank Kamil5000
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For lunch on Saturday long line with waiting time of about one hour standing. On the plus side great tapas and seafood at a price I have found reasonable. Worth going if ready to wait.

Thank Francesco L

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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
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, 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. There is no shtick here apart from superbly fresh seafood, served simply and on plates designed for sharing. -- The Telegraph

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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