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Cal Pep

#315 of 7,624 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 19:30 - 23:30
Tue - Sat 13:00 - 15:45
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cal Pep is awesome!! The food was amazing and the service was tremendous! The atmosphere was fun and vibrant. We highly recommend!

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Thank Quenten W
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I have been living in the El Born/Barceloneta area for a few months now. As such, we have been spoiled for choice for exciting food options. This is the first time we have been to Cal Pep, and we were delighted with our late lunch 'drop-in'. Although there is no fixed menu as such, we were able... More 

Thank Tony M
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76 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved this place. There's tapas at the front and a more formal restaurant at the back. We queued inside for tapas for around 25 minutes - you can order drinks while you queue which makes the wait more palatable. The wait is so worth it - we were offered a selection of seafood and it was absolutely delicious. Great staff,... More 

Thank Adam S
Athens, Greece
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have found this restaurant in a tourist guide and I tried it the first day of my visit. People were waiting behind my back for a seat. However, the quality was average, most of the dishes were fried and very commercial and the service was quick and it didn't allow you to relax and enjoy. They were trying to... More 

1 Thank vilma1596780
New York City, New York
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Put this on your list. The food lives up to its reputation. This is the place that will check off your "best of" list when it comes to Catalan gastronomy. And don't leave without having the omelet. Though commonplace in Barcelona, it's the most delicious one you'll have.

Thank staceyinnyc17
La Jolla, California
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50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had some wonderful meals in Barcelona, but our favorite was Cal Pep. I suppose we were lucky when we visited in late October because there were no lines and we had a comfortable seat at the bar. The meal we had was the Barcelona version of Omakase- the chef served us what was fresh for the day. We are... More 

Thank lajollatravels
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cal Pep was recommended to my son by a Scandinavian boy he was at school with, he was a very well travelled boy and said it was the best restaurant he had ever eaten at. So when we found ourselves in Barcelona we tracked it down, we arrived just before 1.30pm to find a long queue, we joined the queue... More 

Thank Daisymayson
Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands down one of the best meals I had in Barcelona. Walked into this restaurant 30min before closing, and were still seated by the staff. Was served a great meal for a very reasonable price, and had a fantastic time chatting with the staff. A must visit if you are visiting Barcelona!

Thank TheGrid8
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much hype about this place. The queues are long just to get in the crammed, front bar area. It's loud and the lighting is terrible, as in whoever bought the lights probably knows nothing about the difference between halogen, LED and fluorescent and the types of white light they emit. It was so garishly bright in there that it... More 

1 Thank teeloo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super friendly staff and amazing food. We highly recommend the clams (which you should eat like an oyster) and the fish. Best meal in Barcelona by far.

Thank Katherine S

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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
US$30 - US$40
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
19:30 - 23:30
19:30 - 23:30
13:00 - 15:45
19:30 - 23:30
13:00 - 15:45
19:30 - 23:30
13:00 - 15:45
19:30 - 23:30
13:00 - 15:45
19:30 - 23:30
13:00 - 15:45
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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  • 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 neighbourhood 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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