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Catalan Tapas Bar, Cary, NC
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Catalan Tapas Bar

4.5
4.5
340 reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Please note: We require a credit card to reserve a table for parties of 4 or larger, and you may be charged a cancellation fee in accordance with the policies stated when you make your reservation. We will gladly issue a gift card to you in the amount you are charged.

DO NOT put indoor/outdoor seating preferences in the notes, we guarantee only the section you select when making your reservation.

*We DO NOT exclusively 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. Our beverage menu boasts 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 dishes, tapas style, in addition to our regular menu!

Wednesdays we offer 50% off bottles on our by-the-glass list, over 40 to choose from.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic, Wine Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (984) 465-0607

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    K Justus Carlquist

  • Catering

    We can cater events, please call to speak with a manager regarding your needs.

  • Private party facilities

    We host wine and tapas pairing events monthly. We also host beer pairing events, bourbon pairing events, and cocktail pairing events semi-monthly. Check our Facebook page for all of our live music acts, special events, and more!

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What 340 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Raleigh

    Fit for Foodies

  • Raleigh

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Raleigh

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    first time and def will be back!
  2. AF

    AviF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, from service to food. The best cheese board in the world and amazing poke too. Drinks and wine are superb. Thank you for making our anniversary memorable.
  3. EG

    EuroGal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It was a lovely place, but I cannot recommend to come to the US for European food. The menu was nice, but some dishes contained way too much sugar and cheviche was made of shrimp. Music, service and athmophere will bring us back!
  4. LP

    LoPeep

    Raleigh

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    Uncomfortable seating, loud live music and not entertaining, food was okay - over seasoned

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded 2 days agoIf you'd like a quiet dining experience please join us on a Sunday when we do not have live music.

  5. G

    Ginia

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love the variety on the food and drink menus. Tacos were very tasty.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 16 September 2022Thank you for supporting our small business, we look forward to seeing you back again soon.

  6. GS

    GlenS

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service is excellent!!! Food good. BUT… Portion size ridiculously small for the price. Plus 3.5% credit card fee.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 16 September 2022Glad you enjoyed the food and service. Portion sizes are quite reasonable for the prices charged - food costs have increased exponentially and we have unfortunately had to pass part of those costs on to our guests to remain a viable operation. The credit card fee is another increased cost we have had to have our guests share the burden with us, you are welcome to pay cash to avoid this fee.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall1food5service5ambience1
    This place definitely needs a lot of work. It is located in a run down strip mall and the decor has a lot to be desired! Not to mention that there are pride signs and rainbows everywhere! I guess I just don’t understand why that has to be completely in my face while eating at a restaurant. However, despite that, we decided to eat here since we made reservations and drove almost an hour! The service was great! And the food was absolutely amazing! There were soooo many items on the menu that we wanted to try and absolutely nothing we tried disappointed. It was a Sunday night, over Labor Day weekend, and the place was packed! I’m glad that the lack of atmosphere doesn’t deter people from trying the food and obviously returning!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 6 September 2022Glad you liked the food and the service. Sorry to hear you find inclusivity offensive. Our location is in the heart of Cary, and the strip mall is anything but run-down, but to each their own.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the tapas at the Catalan Tapas Bar. Our main complaint was the live music, which was too loud in the small space, made it so that we could not talk to each other, and was not to our taste.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything from food to wine to service was well worth it!!
  10. DB

    DrindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Spanish Tapas in small, cozy environment. Great place to catch up with friends while enjoying live music.
  11. SF

    SassyFoodie

    Indiana

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 31 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came with a coworker while I was in town. I found this place on Yelp and decided it sounded up my alley. So good! The Brussels sprouts were like popcorn, the shrimp was perfectly cooked and spicy, the mushrooms may have been the best I’ve ever eaten, and the patatas bravas were good too. Will definitely try to make it back next time I’m in town. OH! Almost forgot! DO NOT SKIP THE CREMA CATALAN! Trust me! I lived in Barcelona and yes, this is the real deal.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food, cute place. Will come back again.
  13. G

    Gingerc

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved every dish we tried!!! Excellent quality and presentation. Will definitely be going back to try more on the menu!
  14. B

    Belgiumgirl

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great as always! Already know what we would like to try on our next visit. So many great choices!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 23 August 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  15. CD

    CDud

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food was fantastic. Service was not. It was a crowded Saturday night, so I can understand that things may take longer because they're busy. However, every staff person acted annoyed to be there. I will give them another shot because the food was excellent, but I wouldn't go when they are busy for fear of the same poor service we received.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 23 August 2022Thank you for your patronage. We apologize that you felt unattended to during your visit. We had two staff members not show up for work and unfortunately, I think the team was not as upbeat as they usually are. We'd love to have you visit again and give us another try, please ask for the manager and let them know we would like to give you an individual dessert on the house.

  16. NG

    NealG

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was super. Love the energy in the restaurant. Nice love music playing as well..
  17. OD

    OscarD

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    The only good thing about this restaurant was the food.....if you have tons of time to kill. As soon as it started getting busy, the wait staff stopped checking in on us. My wife and I waited a long time before someone came by again to fill our waters or get us another glass of wine. The owner did stop by....but only to complain that she didn't like the fact that I was using the menu as a placemat......that's cause the tables are way too small to put them anywhere else. We ordered the shrimp and grits....then waited and waited and waited. Finally, I had to wave down a waiter, ask for something to drink and inquire if our order was ever submitted. His computer said the order was submitted at 6:57 PM. We finally got our 4 shrimp overpriced tapa at 7:45 PM. Definitely, WILL NEVER BE GOING BACK NOR RECOMMENDING THIS PLACE TO ANYONE !!!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 23 August 2022We apologize for your less than perfect experience. Saturday was a challenge; we had two employees who did not show up for work which caused service delays. I did politely ask for our menu back after you had ordered, and said I'd be happy to bring it back should you need it again. That wasn't a complaint, but an explanation that the menus get ruined when they aren't treated with care and are expensive to replace. It is unfortunate you equate a request to respect our belongings with complaining.

  18. RT

    ReadThisReview

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun restaurant, cool staff, tasty dishes. Try the burratta and pork belly, both great.
  19. N

    Nicole

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was amazing! Just had a bad experience with our server that dismissed our question about a menu item by telling us the kitchen was out but when we asked someone else they assured us it was available. But again, great food!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 23 August 2022Thank you for your support of our small business. We will be discussing this at our staff meeting, would you please share with us about your experience via email at catalantapasbar at gmail so that we can use it for staff training? We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

  20. C

    Carolyn

    Raleigh

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Great little neighborhood place with an eclectic menu of tapas not only from Spain but also from Mexico, Korea, others. We had a coupon for a free charcuterie board, which was good, but not special. They do not have some of the Spanish specialties you might expect, such as jamón Iberico. Diverse and interesting wine list.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 23 August 2022We are a global tapas restaurant and do not focus on exclusively Spanish tapas. We have tried to make this clear to our patrons and apologize that you didn't see that notation when you had booked with us. We want our potential guests to have their expectations met when they visit. Jamon Iberico is unfortunately too costly of a product for us to be able to offer it at a price point that is reasonable, we'd love to offer it but feel it's not a good value at this time.

  21. PH

    PeterH

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Too many tables and too loud. There was live music but it was difficult to hear it. But, the food was excellent and there was a nice selection of tapas to choose from.
  22. JK

    JudyK

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were lured to Catalan Tapas Bar by an offer for a free charcuterie board. We were glad we took them up on the offer. The charcuterie board was creative in the selection of cheeses, meats, fruits, honey comb, etc. The tapas, especially the Esquites, Mexican Street Corn, were delicious. The specialty cocktails are also creative and delicious. The service was excellent, the ambience was eclectic with a variety of art on the walls, and there are also plenty of outdoor dining tables. We will definitely return.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 15 August 2022Thank you so much for supporting our small business! We are glad you loved everything and look forward to seeing you again soon. Don't forget we offer half off of all bottles of wine on our by-the-glass list on Wednesdays!

  23. VR

    VanessaR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    I really wanted to like this place more. We were here for brunch and perhaps the dinner service is a better value, but we left brunch feeling like the pricing really wasn't on the mark. The food was all reasonably tasty - grits were particularly good.
  24. GE

    GeoffE

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    the food was ok, but very slow to come out. the live music inside the restsurant was very loud, but eating outdoors was very hot (no shade). overall not a great experience.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 15 August 2022Thank you for your patronage, we are disappointed to hear you felt the food wasn't exceptional like we strive for. Our musicians are always willing to accommodate if you feel they are too loud, please be sure to ask your server next time to have the volume adjusted. Unfortunately we only can control the sun on one side of the patio, the larger side belongs to Brueggers and while we are allowed to use that seating for our guests, we are unable to modify any structures out there.

  25. JL

    JillL

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit and it was awesome. The food was outstanding. Loved the fried Brussels, roasted carrots and chicken empanadas. The waitstaff was so nice and attentive. We will definitely become regulars!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 15 August 2022We are so glad you loved everything! Thank you so much for your support of our small business, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great sangria. Loved the carrots, and the Kitchen sink! All in all a must and we will be back.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 15 August 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful review! We are glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to having you dine with us again.

  27. DD

    DougD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food; unexpected but quite welcome jazz entertainment! It made for a lovely evening. Highly recommend; will be back to try out more menu options!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 15 August 2022We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your evening with us! We host jazz music every Tuesday, hope to see you back again soon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was exceptional! We ordered so much food expecting smaller servings than what we received. We had leftovers for two more meals lol. As a celiac who can get sick from a crumb of gluten, I was in amazing hands at Catalan. They have a dedicated fryer and so many GF options on the menu. Their staff went above and beyond to make sure we had a wonderful dinner. I can’t wait to go back!
  29. EH

    EmilyH

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food was good but the portions were small. I didn’t feel like it was good value for what we paid. We were also seated outside on the “patio” but it’s just tables on a sidewalk. I was expecting the outdoor ambiance to be better. This place is fine but I probably wouldn’t come here again.
  30. KS

    KSP1

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very eclectic place- food, drinks, ambiance, music all Eclectic but in a good way.
  31. RE

    RikaEata

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The space was small and there was live music, so it was a bit louder than an average restaurant--but the music was actually pretty good! We loved everything we had to eat--Charcuterie board (can't go wrong), Gambas Al Ajillo, Albondigas, and Patatas Bravas. They were out of the Pork Belly, so I guess that's a reason to return for us!
  32. DM

    DennisM

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great tasting food, as expected with tapas you can try out different things and decide what you like best. The place is small so reservations are best.
  33. MG

    MichelleG

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the impeccable service, choices of excellent high quality food and wine. It was a great experience, we will be back!
  34. S

    Stella

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fun place to get together for drinks and tapas. If you love sampling different foods and want to vibe with a good crowd, Catana is it in Cary. Not pretentious at all - just good fun.
  35. MM

    MMFoodie

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will definitely be back and bringing more friends -- I want to try everything!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 27 July 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review. We look forward to meeting more of your friends soon!

  36. A

    Alexa

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant in the Triangle. Always a delicious meal regardless of what you order.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 27 July 2022Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to leave us this review. We look forward to having you come visit us again soon!

  37. CK

    CalienteK

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a lovely dinner on the patio at Catalan Tapas Bar. Excellent small plates and wine selection. The noise level outside was just right, but if we had been inside, it might have been challenging to have a conversation with the live music (which we enjoyed hearing from outside, by the way). We will definitely be back and are so happy to have found this neighborhood gem!
  38. KW

    KimW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was fantastic, service was attentive and friendly. It was very loud. I appreciated the live music, but next time I'll choose the outdoor patio, which was more conducive to conversation, while still hearing the music in the background (they had the door open when we were there; I'm sure that varies based on weather conditions.)

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 27 July 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us this lovely review! In the future if you find the music to be too loud please mention it to your server, we can always have the musicians adjust their volume. Often times because of the layout of the restaurant it's louder further away from the singer and they aren't aware it's too loud for the guests. We look forward to having you join us again soon!

  39. KB

    KellieB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service was excellent! Lots of variety on the menus. The only downside was it VERY loud in the restaurant.
  40. LT

    LuvTX

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, excellent food, and even bought a beautiful painting off of their wall. Looking forward to coming back.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on 27 July 2022Thank you for your support of our small business and also of our local artists! We love being able to showcase the works of community members in our restaurant. Come back and see us again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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 340 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Catalan Tapas Bar

4214 NW Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513-8411

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    HighHouse Road

  • Area

    Cary

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 11:30 am–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm Brunch Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue 11:30 am–9:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    K Justus Carlquist

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (984) 465-0607

  • Catering

    We can cater events, please call to speak with a manager regarding your needs.

  • Private party facilities

    We host wine and tapas pairing events monthly. We also host beer pairing events, bourbon pairing events, and cocktail pairing events semi-monthly. Check our Facebook page for all of our live music acts, special events, and more!

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