Catalan Tapas Bar

4.4
78 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
A global tapas experience to delight all of your senses! We feature Spanish tapas with a twist as well as dishes from around the world served small plate style. *Please be aware that we do not serve Spanish tapas done in the traditional methods We have a unique take on most of our classic Spanish tapas that we are sure you will enjoy, but it is NOT traditional.*

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!

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 78 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnG
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
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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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Michelle
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipMSMJ
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AMAdiletta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
1 review
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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Soupsie
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

If you go on Friday night, just know there is live music, so you are prepared to yell over the music when conversing with friends/family. I think they start a little early, but that's just my personal taste. The music was good though.

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vipJLP1948
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

A big disappointment, great pictures on website, not so good in taste also quite overpriced. Far from Catalan cuisine.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 26, 2021

We do not claim to be Spanish cuisine and have made a huge effort to let our guests know by telling them here on OpenTable, our website, social media, we feel it is important to provide a living wage-and our prices must reflect this. Most of our guests love our food, I am sad to hear you did not.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

I Expected real tapas we ordered paella and there wasn’t any rice so the offered paella made with quinoa. 🥺🥺. If you call the restaurant Catalan Taps you should at least have some real Spanish tapas. No Spanish tapas not even with a twist

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 26, 2021

I am sorry to hear you expected "real" tapas however we have made every effort to let our guests know that we have only a few traditional style tapas dishes on the menu. The ones I would suggest would be Gambas Ajillo, Patatas Bravas, and Vieras. Unfortunately saffron is difficult to source at the moment and we are making due with what we get and sometimes run out at the end of the week. My chef tried to accommodate you with an alternate solution and I apologize that it was not good enough.

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vipGeorgeB
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Went to celebrate an engagement with family. There was live music and while they were good I am hearing impaired and this made it all but impossible to have any conversation. The food and the service was very good, everyone was friendly and engaging.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 26, 2021

I am glad that you enjoyed your time with us with the exception of our live entertainment. We start our music later on the weekends, at 8 PM, to allow our diners to enjoy the majority of dinner service without disruption. I apologize that it started before you and your party were able to finish your meal. We look forward to seeing you again, thank you so much for your business!

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RhondaBZ
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely delicious/ everything we tried was fabulous. Outdoor seating could use a little more shade from the sun, especially under the Bruegger's overhang, but hoping this will be addressed soon.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We have put a gorgeous pergola on the small side of our patio with the permission of our landlord. We are working with Bruggers to get them to approve umbrellas on their side of the patio for their guests and ours to have some respite from the sun. We look forward to seeing you again, this time in the shade! Thank you again for your business.

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Mica
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good. The scallops and garlic shrimp were amazing. The beef short ribs were good too...spicy so be warned! The staff were amazing and very friendly and helpful. We never had to ask for anything and service was very fast. We will definitely return.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our restaurant and look forward to seeing you back again soon.

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Katie
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It's an eclectic menu for sure, and some dishes hit it out of the park while others are average. My friend and I sat outside and ordered five dishes to split. Almost all of our dishes arrived at the same time, which took away from the traditional tapas experience. The patatas bravas were cooked well; more sauce would have been great. THe Ensalada del Mercado was light and refreshing. The Gambas al Ajillo was the best of our plates, with well-cooked and seasoned shrimp and crunchy bread with a lovely garlic, white-wine sauce. The Cojonudo was the most disappointing; the chorizo was overcooked and egg not quite sunny side up. Finally, the fried brussels sprouts came as advertised. Overall, it was a good meal, good service, and a good experience. Not necessarily one I would recommend but if you were in the area, worth a stop.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We got there at 7 and ate until 9. I think we worked through at least half the menu. First time out as a family in over a year. All dishes were 5 star delicious. Service was 5 star friendly and attentive. Not sure how we got so lucky to have a place like this in our neighborhood. We will definitely be back with friends looking for comfortable, casual, and some of the best food in town.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 26, 2021

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to serving you again in the future.

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IlovegoodfoodCarolinas
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and the service was awesome ! Will definitely go back

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 11, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this review! We appreciate your business and are glad you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you agian.

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JeffC
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got “stuck” at Catalan because I waited too long to reserve for Mother’s Day. So glad we ended up there. Fantastic food. Excellent service. My hard-to-please teenagers both loved it. Can’t wait to go back !

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 11, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner here with us! We look forward to seeing you back again, thank you for your patronage and your wonderful review!

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vipIryna
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tapas were very tasty and the portions were big enough for two people to share.

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ChadG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went Mother’s Day and there was maybe 10 dishes to choose from, they did not say that there was a limited menu when we made reservations. Also the we were still eating and a person started pulling up all the chairs and started sweeping because they close at 2, our reservation was at 1:00. The food was great and the live music was nice, just wish they had more to choose from and not feel rushed out. We will go back again.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 15, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that you felt rushed out. Our staff tries to clean as they go and sweep several times during the shift. We did not have a limited menu on Mother's Day - our brunch menu is small due to space constraints in our kitchen. However, we have decided that moving forward we will be offering some of our most popular tapas dishes at brunch as well so that we can provide our guests with more choices. Thank you for your valued input, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The cost is high for what you receive. Brunch for 3 shouldn't cost nearly $100 for 5 tapas and 3 drinks served on a round metal outdoor table while seated in metal outdoor chairs next to the parking lot. You're better to go to Taverna Agora. Better brunch, better ambience, better service, better food, and costs less.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 15, 2021

We are sorry you did not enjoy your experience. We have plenty of tables inside if our patio disappointed you. I'm sure you'll find the interior to be quite charming. Currently the US is experiencing a labor shift and workers are asking to be paid a living wage. We agree, and all of our employees are paid far more than minimum wage. Our prices reflect these higher wages. We think our guests will be happy to support this business model and will be willing to pay a little more for their meal.

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cjoe
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Small menu and not good variety for Mother's Day. Offering 8-9 total items then forgetting to bring one that I ordered was surprising. I would have paid more if they were offering some standard items as available sides to compliment the dishes. Might consider trying this again on a regular night. Cost was a bit high and not very good value for small plates.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

I am so sorry that you had an item forgotten from your order. We will use your review as a training moment for our staff. We did have over 20 items available last night though, so I am unsure as to why you thought only 8 or 9 were available at the time. If you came for brunch, that is a fact that we do have a limited brunch menu as we only serve brunch twice a week and don't have the space to keep enough product to execute a bigger brunch menu. I hope you will try us again in the future.

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Drmann
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tapas brunch was very good. Looking forward to trying their dinner menu.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 11, 2021

Thank you for your patronage, and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We look forward to seeing you for dinner soon.

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WayneF
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The beer is good but the food is average

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JimA
Wilmington
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, although a little uneven on which tapas were delivered in which order...there seemed to be some confusion as a couple of orders were duplicated...all in all, a very nice evening and meal

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

Thank you for visiting us and taking the time to leave us a review. I apologize for the confusion with your dishes, we will use your review as a training moment with our staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stupendous service and clever twist on tapas

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you again.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Picked Catalan as a newer place to try out now that things are slowly getting back to normal after Covid. Was a little concerned that there were no on-line pictures of the restaurant itself but was happily surprised with the restaurant and layout for a strip mall-like place. Getting first round of drinks was a little slow but food and wine were excellent. My wife is a gourmet cook and she was impressed with the food too. Highly recommend the El Jefe wine, best we’ve had in a while. Will definitely go back with friends soon when a little warmer and will sit outside on a nice evening.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 11, 2021

We are so glad you loved our quaint little restaurant. The interior was designed and built by a Broadway theater technician, which is why it is so unique! Thank you for taking the time to leave us this great review, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Rhonda
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time ever visiting, and it was so worth it! The service was outstanding, and even though they were super busy for Cinco de Mayo, we felt very well taken care of. The guacamole was AMAZING, and all of the drinks we tried were top notch. Can't wait to go back again!

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 11, 2021

Thank you so much for visiting us and taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you again soon.

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vipLBBUNC
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed trying this local restaurant! Loved the atmosphere. The tapas were wonderful. Really liked the chorizo and shrimp croquettes. My only complaint is that the cheese plate did not live up to expectations. There was about 1 out of the 4 cheeses that seemed restaurant worthy. I’d still return though!

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yungh
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Placing a reservation ended up getting placed next to the bathroom. Dishes were dirty, so we asked for new ones that never arrived, so we had to share the dishes straight from the dishes they were provided on. Then the server/manager comes to ask if we would like any more food, and I explained we haven't received all our food yet. Water was filled once, and they never came back to check again.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 10, 2021

I am sorry that my staff forgot to bring you replacement dishes, that is inexcusable. When I visited your table the question I asked was if I could bring you anything, if you had asked me for the plates I would have done so happily. Tapas comes out as it is ready, all of the dishes do not come out at the same time, but this should have been explained when you sat down so I apologize again. I'm sorry you didn't like your table, had you asked to be moved we would have tried to accommodate you.

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Audrey
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I celebrated my 10-year anniversary at Catalan.

I compared it to Humble Pie (Tapas restaurant in downtown Raleigh), which is probably unfair since their cuisine goals are different.

We celebrated our first anniversary at Humble Pie, and we love Tapas, so I thought we should try a newer place that is closer to home.

They accommodated our request for outdoor seating. I was welcomed with happy anniversary wishes from the servers. The drinks were well-crafted cocktails. I enjoyed my Cucumber Mint Mojito, and my wife enjoyed her Mai Thai.

The restaurant was a bit busy, which is probably the reason why the steak tacos came out a little cold. The mac and cheese was tasty once I added some extra cheese from the cheese plate we ordered.

My wife enjoyed the fried pork. The garlic shrimp were as advertised. The inside of the restaurant does have a fun atmosphere, but we didn't sit inside to be able to enjoy it, because of COVID-19 fears. Maybe we will come back to just enjoy drinks at the bar next time.

The server was lovely. We used a Groupon, and she handled it well.

There was live music, too! It was just an electric guitarist with backing tracks and no vocals, which was nice background music, but not a reason to go there on its own.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on May 11, 2021

Thank you for your business and for taking the time to leave us this nice review. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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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 4.4 stars by 78 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.