Catalan Tapas Bar

4.5
101 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
For parties larger than 4 please call us directly to make your reservation.

*Please be aware that we DO NOT serve classic Spanish Tapas prepared by traditional methods.*

A global tapas experience to delight all of your senses! We feature select Spanish tapas with a twist as well as dishes from around the world served small plate style.

Saturday and Sunday we serve brunch, tapas style, featuring brunch dishes and a selection of our most popular tapas items! We do not offer our full regular menu during brunch hours, which are 10 AM-2PM on Saturday & Sunday.

We offer over 40 wines by the glass, 12 draft taps of craft beer, and an impressive stock of liquors. Our lovely restaurant was designed by Creative Change Paints, two ladies who have worked in the performing arts designing and creating theater sets and is a true work of art. We also feature local artists' work on our walls for purchase!

Experiences

  • Old World Wines Vs New World Wines Pairing Dinner

    $105.00 per personPrepaid

    Aug 11, 2021 only

    5 delectable courses expertly prepared and presented by our world class culinary team paired perfectly with ten wines from around the world (2 per course) and led by Michael Maller with Orsini distributors. Live musical entertainment by Tenille Byers singing American standards. Event begins promptly at 6:30. There is only ONE seating and this event is ONLY available from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM. Menu can be viewed on our website, Facebook, or Eventbrite. After our educational dinner you will be given the opportunity to purchase bottles of the wines you enjoyed at a discounted price. **Gratuity is not included in the ticket price and will be charged on the evening of the event at the restaurant. Gratuity can be paid in cash or on a credit card.**
  • Dinner With The Divas

    $15.00 per personPrepaid

    Aug 14, 2021 only

    Join us for dinner and a show with the Raleigh Driveway Drag Show! The divas will be joining us for a late night dinner service from 9:30-Midnight (kitchen closes at 11:00 PM). All ticket proceeds will be donated to the LGBT Center of Raleigh. MUST pre-purchase tickets to attend the show!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 101 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor patio even on a warm summer evening. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and appropriately attentive. All of the dishes we tried were delcious, but our favorite small dish was the shrimp and gritcake.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little restaurant in Cary, lots of fun. Excellent service!

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded 4 days ago

We are glad you loved your experience and look forward to serving you again. Don't forget, Wednesdays are half-off wine bottle day!

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Made reservations for a regular table, but when we arrived we were told they only had outdoor seating. I specifically did not request an outdoor table. It’s the middle of July. We were seated by the lovely outside trashcan. We had swarms of flies we were constantly shooing away. Combine this will a wobbly outdoor patio set, and it was not an enjoyable experience. The food was okay, but the crispy pork belly was so crisp the meaty parts were dried splinters of meat. We were charged twice for the shrimp, and had to get that corrected. We also had to ask about the shrimp a few times, and finally asked for it to go. The waitress was nice and pleasant, which is the only real positive.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded 4 days ago

Unfortunately the Opentable app makes it easy to reserve a patio table without realizing it and when we have busy nights we can't always accommodate a seating change. We have gone ahead and checked all of the patio tables and tightened them up again, they sometimes come loose from being moved. If you'd like to visit again and give us another chance please call and ask for Jennifer and I will ensure you a table inside so you can enjoy your meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious! We had a double date and shared every plate. The beef short ribs were the best. Cocktails were on point. The place was busy but we were in no hurry. We sat outside and dealt with some flies so maybe bring a salt gun for some added fun. Would definitely recommend this place.

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vipHoVa
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good sevusce great food and good portions

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KeithW
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Great drinks. Great food!

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vipJuneD
Washington DC
126 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were actually very impressed this special take on tapas just opened 6 months ago. We fortunately were able to eat outside (in a little little nondescript strip mall) as the inside dining area was SO LOUD (with live music and loud patrons). The menu is small but has a lot of interesting small plates especially if you like seafood. Our cocktails were made very well and we really enjoyed sharing 4 out of 5 tapas plates. The mussels were not that good, but the scallops, shrimp and grits, manchego Mac and cheese (needed some salt), and especially the tomato/burrata/basil salad were all delicious. We are visiting from out of town but we took a chance - and it was a good pick. We really liked the “team service” approach too.

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vipCroqueteer
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice find. We first visited for brunch a few weeks back, which was really great. The Potatas Bravas was really amazing. This trip we tried the short ribs, paella and potato tacos. Everything was really tasty and shareable. Margaritas were also great. This will be a regular place for us from now on.

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MaureenC
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food made with fresh ingredients and really nice blend of flavors.

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vipmbf2000
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing place in Cary! Truly special!

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Foodies
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the service was the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going and will definitely go back! Food was delicious!

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HeatherW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time! Every single item on the menu is absolutely delicious. Great cocktails (& mocktails!, if drinkin' ain't your thang!) The patio is so lovely, the desserts were equally delicious. Definitely check this place out. I've had nearly every item on the menu and have never been disappointed.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on July 3, 2021

Thank you so much for leaving this wonderful review! We strive to offer lots of options for all of our guests and love to hear feedback like yours! We look forward to seeing you again soon. :)

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Sherryp22
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was really good! Flavorful and different -- but the portion size to price ratio was often small, even for tapas.
Strangely enough, the cheese plate was really generous (and delicious!) But the paella was unreasonably small for the price.
Loved the live music and cocktail options!
We will go back but probably just for drinks and a snack instead of thinking of it as a meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Sitting next to parking lot not great ambiance- but glad they have it!

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on July 8, 2021

We are glad you enjoyed your meal and your service! If you have a smaller party you can request seating on the small patio which has a lovely pergola and plant stands that shield the view of the parking lot. Thank you so much for your patronage, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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RuthA
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the first time and they were very nice. They moved me from a table I was not happy about without any fuss and we had great service. People were concerned about our experience and the food was wonderful. We had the Harissa Carrots, my favorite, the crispy pork belly, and the spicy short ribs. This was plenty for the two of us. Not a lot, if you are very hungry, you would need more but for us it was just right. Very tasty and I liked the small intimate atmosphere inside. Would go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic!

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lovefooding
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nice small restaurant…extensive wine menu, tried their specials- were good. Tuesday night’s they host an open bar - the talent did a great job. Would recommend for a casual night out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were excellent!! Service was exceptional!! Thank you Jamie and Ali (sorry about spelling if incorrect)

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was Father’s Day and our first time there. Jamie and Katy (I think those are their names) were awesome and gave us the greatest recommendations and service!! Will be going back soon!!

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IvelesA
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Catalan Tapas Bar. It was a great atmosphere, wait staff was super friendly and food was amazing. We will definitely make plans to come again.

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RayRay
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Catalan to celebrate Father's Day with my husband. We sat inside as the weather was iffy, but next time would go on a nicer day and sit outside. Just a bit noisy for us. We first had mimosas and then Bloody Marys - the best Bloody Marys ever, with the manchego stuffed olives added in - great! Food was fantastic - we shared 3 dishes, including gambas de ajillo, non-Catalonian tortilla, and the shrimp benedict one - they were all wonderful. Staff kept stopping by to see if everything was all right, including one of the chefs - it was all terrific. I'm already planning a girls' lunch sometime soon!

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JohnG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My wife and I were Tapas novices and this was a great introduction. All our selections were delicious and the service was great. Someone near us ordered the charcuterie board and it made our mouths water - we'll be getting that next time because we definitely plan to go back. Casual atmosphere.

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Bhumke
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful; however it was to me price for the small serving size.

Excellent bar and cute vibe.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on June 30, 2021

We believe in paying all of our staff a living wage. Also, the cost of product has increased exponentially this last year. As such, our prices must reflect these two factors. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jaime was absolutely fantastic! Very knowledgeable of the menu, provided great recommendations and was very friendly. The food was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service coupled with great drinks. Really nice tapas.

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Michelle
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place. Great service and food. It was a little loud inside with the live music so consider that but will DEFINITELY be back.

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VA2NC77
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and drinks were amazing. We will be back!

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MSMJ
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in Cary. Food/bar and live music. Awesome Service!

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AMAdiletta
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tapas, wine list and service. Will definitely go there again. Making a reservation is super easy and recommended if you want to sit inside and listen to music.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good
Outside

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vipHungryGirl
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Sunday brunch outside in the covered area. It was so pleasant and we had a wonderful experience! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We will definitely be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Prior to making a reservation, I read marvelous reviews about the food at Catalan Tapas Bar and it deserves that reputation. They had extensive outdoor seating, since they are able to take over Bruegger's outdoor space after 2 PM. This is important to my party since we are still hesitant at eating indoors despite having completed our vaccines. Every dish we shared was delicious but we particularly enjoyed the citrus glazed brussel sprouts, garlic shrimp and short ribs. Our servers were delightful but the restaurant was so busy that owner was actually waiting our table as well. My group of friends definitely plan to return to Catalan Tapas Bar.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on June 14, 2021

I am so happy to hear that you loved your dining experience with us! It was lovely to meet you, and yes, you'll often find me jumping in to help out my staff when we are busy. I enjoy hospitality and look forward to meeting all of our guests. Thank you again for dining with us, we look forward to serving you again soon. ~Jennifer

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williamg
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Taking into consideration all of the pandemic after effects could not gv a 5 star to experience. 2-3 plates we ordered they had sold out,which was frustrating since it was our first time there. Waitresses that took care of us were excellent and very apologetic every time they had to inform us they were sold out of item. Gambas al ajillo needed more garlic to be true to the name! We will try another time maybe when we are more into the post-pandemic era.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on June 14, 2021

I am so sorry to hear that you were unable to try all of the dishes you had hoped to. It is unfortunate that we still struggle with supply chain issues with some of our ingredients, but it is certainly improving the longer things remain open and running properly. We actually have cut back some on the garlic due to guest feedback, but next time just ask for extra garlic, that's how I like it too! We look forward to being able to serve you again and hope that you will try us again soon. ~Jennifer

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DerekR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding. These folks are hustling in order to make it as a new restaurant that just opened in Dec.

Chicken tacos and the pork belly were our favorites. Nice bourbon selection as well.

We'll be back.

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TheSpanishDancer
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THis is a great little place with a good variety of small-plate food. we loved the experience and we'll be going beck!

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vipKaur
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff are wonderful! We’ll be back for the wine list and the tacos.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on June 11, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this great review. We look forward to seeing you back again and having you try the wine!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food!

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SallyW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we had been could not fault it we definitely return

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on June 11, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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ClayZ
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly, delicious food, good atmosphere. Highly recommend.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on June 11, 2021

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Catalan Tapas Bar using the Order Online button. Catalan Tapas Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (984) 465-0607.

Catalan Tapas Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 101 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.