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Cal Pep

Placa De Les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 10 79 61
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
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“tuna tartare” (142 reviews)
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“seafood” (157 reviews)
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Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Placa De Les Olles 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A kind reminder that food brings people together and that’s what this place is all about. You can comfortably come solo, such as myself, and the hosts will treat you friendly, guide you through the menu and keep you company. It’s a dynamic place and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank alexandrav915
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My second visit. Food tasty and well prepared. Love the Tortilla. Moist and tasty. However I did not see any Spanish customer and know that in Barcelona are many similar Restaurants worth while visiting. It takes some more effort but I have to say if...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank KS_Traveler_10
calpepteam, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Cal Pep, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear customer, first of all thank you for sharing your opinion on Cal Pep. We are hapy that you enjoyed our food and the tortilla is one of our favourites, very tasty! Cal Pep is located in a very central area of town, so many...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is hands down my favorite restaurant in Barcelona. Been to Barcelona 5 times and have dined here each and every time. Plan on getting there early since a long line forms before they open. The staff is wonderful, Pep is incredible, the food is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Keith D
calpepteam, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Cal Pep, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Keith, Many thanks for sharing your opinion. We are really happy that you enjoy at Cal Pep every time you visit us. We hope to see you again! All the best, Cal Pep Team

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is very close to the Picasso Museum and draws a big crowd when it opens for lunch. Most people eat at the counter and watch the pinchos prepared. There is no menu; you tell the waiter what you like or don't like and he...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank eHealth
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Maybe the most overpriced/mediocre tapas in all of Spain. Having married a Spaniard and eaten good, fairly priced tapas all over the country this place embarasses me. It's a shame that naive toirists continue to keep these guys in business. Avoid. Go to Bar Celta...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank rkoflondon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our food was all really well prepared and quite tasty. The wait staff treated us well. Our experience was very good overall. I have definitely spent more and gotten less so I find the negative reviews interesting.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank James N
calpepteam, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Cal Pep, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 7 November 2018

Without question this is a must when in Barcelona. We dined 2 nights in a row, queuing is the norm, so make sure you arrive prior to opening time or if you are happy to line up its also quite fun being passed drinks as...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 135alexandrab
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Highly recommended as “ authentic”. — overpriced-/ no menu and beware of the “charming waiter” who recommends overpriced underwhelming options like 4 prawns in shells for 20 euros. ( small shrimp size) Do not go— go to Vinitus in exiample for great food and good...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Traveler311311
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

It’s a shame - they have the right ingredients to be great - but if you look like a tourist you will be treated like one - they bring you out the basics and charge you double for it - whilst you see all the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sohl29
calpepteam, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Cal Pep, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear customer, We are very sorry that your experience at Cal Pep did not meet your expectations. Although our restaurant is located in a tourist area like the Borne, Cal Pep is a family restaurant that has grown over 25 years in the cradle of...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018

We are vegetarians, which can be a little bit challenging for tapas. But our waiter steered us in the right direction. We had the artichokes, spinach and chickpeas, pan con tomate, pimientos de padron and (best of all) mushrooms with a fried egg. Everything was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank adamjhu
calpep2016, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Cal Pep, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Dear customer, we really apprecite sahring your opinion. We are very happy that our staff could help you choosing the vegetarian dishes we can offer and that you enjoyed the. We hope to see you on another time. All the best, Cal Pep Team

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9 June 2018|
Response from Zuleyha S | Reviewed this property |
This is not a question. They are trying to make a reservation in Cal Pep. The question should be answered by Cal PEP staff: rEGARDS
18 December 2017|
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Response from Rossa M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it’s a very popular restaurant and you definitely need a reservation!
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21 December 2016|
Response from calpepteam | Property representative |
Hello, We will be closed from december 24th for dinner to 26th (both included). Sorry for the inconveniences Thank you CAL PEP
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
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
7:30 pm - 11:30 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
  • Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
  • Phone Number: +34 933 10 79 61
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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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