Catalan Tapas Bar

4.6
127 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.*

Wednesdays we offer 50% off bottles on our by-the-glass list, over 50 to choose from!
We host Jazz Night every Tuesday and local musicians Wednesday thru Saturday nights. Check our Facebook page for our weekly music schedule. We also feature local artists' work on our walls for purchase!

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. Offering over 40 wines by the glass, 12 draft taps of craft beer, and an impressive stock of liquors as well as craft cocktails & mocktails.

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.

Experiences

  • Le Vins de Portugal 5-Course Passport Wine Dinner

    $105.00 per personPrepaid

    Sep 22, 2021 only

    5 delectable courses expertly prepared and presented by our world class culinary team paired perfectly with 5 wines from Portugal. Live musical entertainment by Tom Neuhauser on piano. 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.**

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 127 people are saying
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DeniseA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. Enjoyed live keyboard jazz music & taco specials on Tuesdays. Intimate setting with great service. Easy parking.

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vipJenniferM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They were very slow to take our order. Probably due to lack of staff, however it was slow. The food was fairly good. Cheese tray had lots of cheese, very tasty. Need more bread. ;)
The jerk short ribs were spicy but good. Moose was delightful.

Would try to balance the staffing with the crowds is possible, but I do understand the impact of Covid.

Will return abs get some other items.

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ChrisS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took advantage of half off bottle night, lots of gems to be had on Jen's list. Food was great, Tennille's singing was great, overall a great dining experience.

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Geomel
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was really good and something different for a change. Live background music on the keyboard.
Fun! Great, welcoming staff. Will return very soon. Specials on different nights of the week.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Catalan twice. The advice and food was wonderful. I also really enjoyed the live music!

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MonishT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The is a small Tapas Bar with a lot of charm and character. The food was wonderful and the hosts/servers were very warm and welcoming.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on September 14, 2021

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

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vipGretna
Omaha
29 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a fun pub spot. Service is always good. Team works so well together to give you a nice experience. Jamie was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I always choose this place when we want to have a wonderful time, the staff is super adorable and the food is very varied.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on September 12, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review! We are glad you enjoy coming to dine with us, and we look forward to having you visit us again!

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vipkelskins
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was lackluster. Underflavored and bland. Probably worst tapas experience I’ve had.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome. Truly impressed by the quality of fresh dishes and the service we received. The Atmosphere was very relaxing and the live music made it. I will be returning very soon. Thank you for the outstanding service and food.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review. We take pride in our service and our food and we love hearing when guests enjoyed their time with us! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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HankS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp was amazing. Scallops as well. Fantastic drinks

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SunnyO
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

We spend over hundred dollars for two person. Appetizer was very good but main dishs is too small portion and too salty. Server was very nice.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on September 12, 2021

Thank you for your business, we are glad you enjoyed your service! As far as our pricing is concerned our staff is paid a living wage, our prices must reflect this. Too many restaurants make their profits off of the backs of their employees keeping prices artificially low by paying their staff low wages. Our cooks are paid $16+ an hour whereas most local restaurants pay $10-12. We feel our guests will be happy to support this ethical business model by paying a little more for our excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the personality of the owners and the wait staff really good fun people

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on September 10, 2021

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this great review! We love engaging with our guests and hearing they enjoyed their time with us. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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AngieC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donnie Lane provided the live music- he is awesome (so was the food)

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LaurenG
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience at Catalan last night for our anniversary! The service was excellent and the food was outstanding!

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PatLB
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely evening celebrating an anniversary with our niece. Food was great for sharing and weather was good. We plan to return again soon.

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kokino
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

I am surprised and misled by the good reviews for this place. This restaurant is in a run-down shopping area and is not a good location for either family or a date night. (Yes, I know its in Cary!). The food is fairly ok. We had the Mac and cheese which was 2 to 3 star decent. It has outdoor seating which was what we were looking for but some of the guests outside were really loud and obnoxious and the waitresses kept serving them more drinks! Most people outside left without finishing up including us due to the noise. Even without the guests, the place is no more than 2 stars worth!

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on September 14, 2021

We are sorry to hear you had such an awful experience here. We feel our landlord does a fantastic job keeping our plaza beautiful and we ourselves have made upgrades to our small patio with flowers and a pergola. Had you mentioned your annoyance with the other guests we certainly would have asked them to quiet down if they were actually too loud. Also, being "loud and obnoxious" (at least in your personal opinion) doesn't mean that someone is overserved, perhaps they were just enjoying life.

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LisaM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional customer service!! Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was unique and priced well…and the service was excellent! We enjoyed our first time to Catalan very much. The $5 wine and cocktails on Friday was a nice perk.

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vipSarsM
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tapas bar in cary
Friendly staff warm atmosphere and great food
Nice selection of wine and some nice drinks
Reasonable portions of food served timely
Good deserts also 😀

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Three of my friends and I went for Brunch on Saturday. We were the only people in the restaurant so it was quiet. The staff were very friendly but the service was rather slow. We waited a long time between ordering drinks and ordering food. Then we waited a long time between ordering food and getting food. Then we waited a long time between getting our food and getting our checks. We were there for 90 minutes and we only had one course. The food was delicious and the drinks were tasty!

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TroyG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience2

food was great. Jamie was a very attentive and knowledgeable server.

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AlanaH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Met a friend for dinner. First time being here. Food was very good, however the Catalan Market Special said it’s for two, but honestly it was just a single serving. So, if you want to share you may want to order 2 of them.

Catalan Tapas Bar
Responded on August 12, 2021

We are so glad you enjoyed your experience! We have two sizes for the market special, and if you don't specify the servers are trained to put in the single serving, we are sorry about that! Looking forward to serving you again soon.

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HankS
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent tapas! The live singer was really great, she even set up speakers outside so the patio crowd could listen. Strong addition to the Cary scene!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed dinner and recommend Catalan. Food was outstanding, and so the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
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 on July 28, 2021

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 on July 28, 2021

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
127 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
15 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
14 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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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 4.6 stars by 127 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.