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Cal Pep

#288 of 7,348 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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New Jersey
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This wonderful restaurant which has a luncheonette type counter where you get some of the freshest fish and seafood anywhere in the world. With every dish you order and every bite you take you are sure you are indulging in food which several hours ago was home living in the sea. Sides and vegetables are good. This place is not... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Food was excellent and service was very good and fun. Barcelona (outside of tourist areas) is pretty inexpensive so Cal Pep is on the expensive side of a great tapas experience. Overall...worth it...lots of fun.

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Thank datthecoast
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cal Pep was one of the highlights of our five days in Barcelona. We made a reservation months in advance and it's good thing we did. Every inch was packed. We sat in the back room and ate so many delicious local treats. The seafood was amazingly fresh and the service was friendly and attentive. Great atmosphere, too. Loved every... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We initially had a little trouble finding this restaurant that was recommended to us by one of our daughters. Once we got there, we were very lucky to get a table right away (around 2 pm). Our waiters were very friendly, helpful and a lot of fun. They just kept bringing us food in small plates that were specialties of... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We absolutely love seafood so this place is heaven. No menus so you'll have absolutely no idea what to expect, including the price. But if you're prepared for an adventure it's worth every penny. Arrive in time for the 7.30 opening and you'll just get a high stool at the one long bar style table (no booking possible). Otherwise you'll... More 

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montreal
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cosy and exciting all at the same time. Have them surprise you with the selection of tapas, it will just add to the experience. I order my bottle of Rioja reserva, and enjoy it as I wait for a seat at the bar when I eat there.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant needs to update their information. Restaurant is closed until 1st of Sept sue to vacation. We wasted out the going here after a recommendation. Recommend management to update information and customers to call ahead.

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Stockholm
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you’re looking for fresh, delicious seafood tapas in Barcelona, this is the place. The flavors are absolutely divine. Just sit down at the bar and trust the waiters to serve you one treat after another.

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Thank Skotflin
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its one of those places which probably knows how to market itself and develop a reputation not quite matched with the reality . It is one of the thousands of crowded tapa places in Barcelona . Quality of food was average and the staff a bit cocky , just because they can see the queues of customers lining up outside... More 

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Management response:

Dear Customer, Thank you for your review, and we lament that you had a bad experience. We are happy that our restaurant reputation has been given by very good reviews from the most respected gastronomy publications, including being named by Restaurant Magazine in its list of the world’s best 50 restaurants. But we are even happier by the overwhelmingly positive... More 

Montreal, QC
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this place in July 2016 based on good reviews and I am happy to say that the positive reviews we read were all spot-on. We had to wait about 20 mins for a spot at the diner-style bar, but had a drink while we waited and chatted to the friendly staff. The service on the whole was great and... 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. 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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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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