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Barcelona Restaurants

El Passadís d'en Pep

  • Pl. del Palau 2 Map It
  • Seafood

Updated 03/12/2014

Fodor's Review

Hidden away at the end of a narrow unmarked passageway off the Pla del Palau, near the Santa Maria del Mar church, this restaurant is a favorite with local politicos and fat cats from the nearby stock exchange. Sit down, and waiters begin to serve a rapid-fire succession of delicious seafood starters, whatever's freshest that day in the market. Don't bother asking for a menu: there isn't one. At some point you may be asked to decide on a main course; if you're already

full, feel free to pass—but you might well be missing a pièce de résistance.

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Pl. del Palau 2, Barcelona, Catalonia, 08003, Spain

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Mon.–Sat. 12:30–3:30 pm and 8:30–11:30 pm
  • Closed Sun. and 3 wks in Aug.

Updated 03/12/2014


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Jul 7, 2003

this is not cal pep, but heavan

Had dinner here last Friday and although people are mixing up this restauarnt with the tapas bar, cal pep, it is a different (more classy) restaurant. Had the best dinenr ever here and although it wasn't cheap, it was worth every penny.WE paid 150 euro's and had it all, +/- 8-10 starters/tapas, 2 main courses, dessert, cava, etc etc. The owner is the same and Cal pep is the tapas bar and this is the restaurant. Don't miss it.

By Diane

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Dec 2, 2002

Cal Pep -- The Best!

I'm assuming this is the tapas bar known as "Cal Pep", because it's in the same neighborhood and sounds right from the description. For many reasons, Cal Pep was the best place we ate in Barcelona. The neighborhood surrounding it is great -- cute boutiques, a wine/cheese bar, beautiful old cathedral, etc. We found it on our last night, and I wish we'd known about it for our whole stay. I would've wanted to go there every night to walk around before

or after dinner. The food was incredible; very fresh seafood tapas. A lot of tapas bars in Spain seemed like the food had been sitting out for hours, if not days, on the bar; or were greasy, bready, etc. This was all freshly made-to-order. I highly recommend the fried calamari, head-on garlic shrimp, fried artichokes, and garlic/steamed clams. The service was fast, fun and friendly. There were lots of locals (always a good sign). The prices were reasonable -- we filled up on wine/tapas for about $70 US. There is a sit-down dining room in back, but it's also fun to sit at the "diner" style bar where you can see the food being prepared, and chat with the waiters and other patrons. Can't recommend it highly enough

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By Laura

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Jun 1, 2001

Unique evening in Catalunya!

I promise, you'll never forget your dinner at Passadis del Pep. From the moment you're seated, charming servers will present you with one surprise after another, the various exotic seafoods accompanied by a delightful locally-produced cava (méthode champagnoise). As Fodor's advises, after the fourth or fifth tapas your waiter will confide to you the principal plates of the day, and it's the only decision one must make, aside from dessert, which

you needn't order if you're full, because you'll be presented with a plate of individually-made cookies with your café. You'll never see a menu! (Fear not: the price isn't exorbitant: it cost us $129 for two in May 2001.)

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