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Cal Pep

#297 of 7,838 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
Mon - Sat 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Cruz Bay, St. John
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We loved Cal Pep. The service was quick and friendly. Sitting at the bar was a great experience! Our favorite dish was the Monkfish

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Thank rarobertson03
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We chose to eat here after being recommended by a family member who lives in Barcelona and were not disappointed. This place is always very busy and obviously popular with locals. We (5) had to sit at the counter which was great as you see can interact more with the very friendly and efficient waiters. We opted for the selection... More 

Thank LOULOU50_13
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ate at MANY great restaurants in Barcelona but Cal Pep was by far, the best. Not only was the food excellent, but the staff was so accommodating, spoke multiple languages, and knew exactly what we wanted to eat just by asking if we had any dietary restrictions. We let them serve us at their whims and it was an... More 

Thank Alissa D
Saint Pete Beach, Florida, USA
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79 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

A recommendation from my landlord that I am so happy I found--Cal Pep is a tiny corner store front sea food place with a long counter, no tables and no menu, serving Catalan tapas. Although I got there early by Barça standatds I scored one of only 3 seats left at the counter. The waiter asked what Iiked. I replied... More 

Thank Lydia C
calpep2016, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Cal Pep, responded to this review

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 

Brisbane, Australia
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was recommended this restaurant so I went in with high expectations. Overall, the food was good but not worth it when factoring in the price and service. There is a menu list on the front door but it is not easy to read and find prices, this menu is not offered when seated. We said yes to the offered... More 

Thank effie1990
Chorley, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

the food is absolutely outstanding the seafood is a fresh as it comes and cooked simply, the wine is great (carefull what you order though the prices creep up!) had to wait about 45 mins to be seated but worth it

Thank ChrisBrown1234
Dix Hills, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was great. The service was terrific. Try to sit at the counter. One complaint.... Unless you are very specific as to what you want, they will offer different dishes to the locals as opposed to foreigners. We had to "straighten them out" and then all was good.

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Thank Steven54363
Singapore, Singapore
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175 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to be treated to this restaurant, supposedly to be very local and the best home cooked Tapas in Barcelona. And to be fair, the taste is truly different and you can feel the quality in the Tapas they serve. They also have a wide collection of wine, from the local wine to Euro 2,400 bottle on... More 

Thank Patrick U
Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our last night in Barcelona, we came here on the spur of the moment for a late dinner. The restaurant was mostly full and we were lucky enough to be able to get what appeared to be the only free seats, which was very fortuitous because the meal we had at Cal Pep was the best we had in Barcelona.... More 

Thank Morgan B
San Jose, California
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small restaurant often has a long wait to get in, so I was glad to be staying at the BnB across the street. All I had to do was peek out the window to see if the line was long, and if not, hop on over. During my week in Barcelona, I ate there twice. Yes, it was that... 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
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff
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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