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Catalan Tapas Bar, Cary, NC
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Catalan Tapas Bar

4.6
4.6
387 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
NO additional discounts can be combined with Triangle Restaurant Week.

We require a credit card to reserve a table for parties of 3 or larger. You WILL be charged a cancellation fee if you cancel with less than 24 hours' notice or downsize your party size. We will gladly issue a gift card 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, please note your seating selection.

*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, and other 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!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Brunch Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–10:30 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!

  • Neighborhood

    Cary

  • Cross street

    HighHouse Road

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Complimentary Dessert On Your Birthday

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM, 2:00 PM - 8:30 PM,Tue - Thu - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM,Fri - 11:30 AM - 9:45 PM,Sat - 12:00 PM - 1:45 PM, 2:00 PM - 9:45 PM
    Dine with us on your birthday and we will give you a complimentary dessert to share (dessert charcuterie excluded).
  • $5 Fridays

    Multiple dates available
    Fri - 11:30 AM - 9:45 PM
    Every Friday we offer 5 (or more!) featured food and drink items for just $5 each ALL DAY LONG!

Popular dishes

What 387 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Raleigh

    Innovative

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  1. k

    kathyj

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food, the energy, the personality of the place!
  2. PG

    PaulG

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Small, cozy place, so seating is limited, but during warmer weather the outdoor seating is nice.
  3. MC

    MikeC

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is fantastic. Feels like a little hole in the wall kind of spot in the back of a strip center but then you open the door and it’s packed, has a cool vibe, a bar and a 2 piece jazz band playing. Service is great. Food is great. Saw a few reviews saying tapas are expensive. Yes tapas are pricey. If you don’t like that go to Denny’s.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service a fabulous evening!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My wife and I were very excited to finally get an evening to try Catalan. The food was very good, the staff was outstanding and worked well as a team, and the jazz band was a nice touch. There was an issue with our reservation, but hopefully that was an exception and not the norm.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Tapas is always a bit expensive, but I do think they are a bit overpriced. There was live music, and the restaurant is small, so it was difficult to have a conversation. Our waitress seemed new and a bit overwhelmed.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you for visiting us. Our prices are reflective of the high cost of goods that have been negatively affected by inflation over the last year and unfortunately are nothing we can address at this time. In the future if you find the music to be too loud please fee free to ask someone to speak with the musician, they are always happy to adjust their volume if the crowd requests. We hope to see you again soon.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere! Service always fantastic!
  8. MB

    MelanieB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved it and will definitely be back! The food was delicious and the restaurant has amazing character. The live music that set up toward the end of our meal was a nice touch, but I took off one star because he was a little too loud for the space - we couldn’t hear each other and the servers were having a hard time hearing us.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on January 4, 2023We are so glad you loved everything about your meal. In the future if you find the musician to be too loud please let us know and we can have them adjust the volume. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  9. DT

    DanaT

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been to Catalan Tapas Bar four times, and it is consistently excellent! Great tapas, charcuterie, homemade gelato, and mixed drinks! Cozy atmosphere, competent and pleasant service, and live music add to the appeal.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review. We are so glad you loved everything and look forward to seeing you again soon!

  10. TH

    TonyH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great food - quick and friendly service. Superb local spot

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you for taking the time to leave us this great review, we hope to see you again soon!

  11. BG

    BrookeG

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Everything we ordered was delicious. Fun for date night or group night out.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on January 4, 2023So glad to hear you enjoyed everything, we look forward to having you dine with us again!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our Christmas Eve dinner at Catalan. Everything was delicious. We loved the small plates that we all shared. We loved the vibe and the servers and the drinks. It was a perfect meal! We will be back!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you for sharing your special occasion with us, we are so glad you enjoyed everything! We look forward to having you dine with us again soon.

  13. a

    alrw

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely dinner and very speedy food service! Excellent service overall - fun twists on old dishes. Adults and teenager were all very pleased. Thank you!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you for this wonderful review, we are happy to hear everything was great. Come back and see us again soon!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great per usual , they did forget a dish we ordered , but it worked out because we were full, and they gave us a gift card for next time . Love this place so much! Def in my top 10 restaurants in Raleigh
  15. DW

    DonnaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous, the service outstandind. We'll be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was fantastic! Staff was super friendly and the food was delicious. Can’t wait to go back!
  17. RM

    RobertM

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed the specials that were served. The waitstaff did a great job
  18. BM

    BillM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Showed up early. Greeted immediately, reservation was acknowledged, table was ready, sat at the bar until my guest arrived. Good selection of beer and wine. After my guest arrived sat at the bar for a while, no rush. Food and waitstaff - excellent. Will recommend and return.
  19. NL

    NLAB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and drinks were great. The servers were incredibly nice and attentive. I will definitely go back.
  20. JR

    JimR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved the team style service. Everyone here cares about your experience! - Harissa Carrots and Equites were excellent! - Provelata was a little salty for my taste, but really good. - Crisp Pork Belly, YES and more please!! - Macarons were the perfect finish. - Their craft cocktails are reason enough alone to come. - Great beer selection, draft and bottle. Yes it is a pretty small place and it does get loud, especially when the band starts (no kidding). However, it is not your typical Raleigh suburb bar or restaurant. It's unique and fun. We loved it, we'll be going back! Oh, and you probably want to make a reservation.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner was super awesome! We felt safe as a LGBTQ+ community eating there tonight for date night! The dessert charcuterie was amazing and highly recommended! Please give it a try! They also had a lot of gluten free options which is rare to see in places like that. Hats off to the owner tonight for providing us with a wonderful experience !
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food. Wished the seating was less tight
  23. N

    Nick

    Pinehurst

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Superb food and service. But because it's small and a bar environment it can be crowded and noisy. Also a bit pricey but the food is surely worth it.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on November 29, 2022Glad you enjoyed everything! We'd love to hear how it could have been a 5-star experience. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  24. K

    Katf

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went here for my birthday. A small establishment with charm / a fun environment. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was great.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on January 4, 2023Thank you for celebrating your special day with us. We look forward to serving you again soon.

  25. E

    Eric

    Charleston

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Order a Negroni because they make a great one! Good menu selection and you will enjoy everything.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on November 21, 2022We are happy to hear you loved your cocktail! Looking forward to having you dine with us again sometime.

  26. CC

    CarleneC

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed eating on their little outdoor patio. Attentive but not intrusive service and fabulous food! So may chocies but tapas small plates give you the opportunity to try and share a number of dishes. The elote street corn is delicious and easy to eat as it is served cut off the cob. The burrata and tomato salad and fried brussels sprouts were very tasty. We had two of the shrimp choices: fried and battered and fabulous shrimp and grit cakes with a delicious chorizo based sauce. Both excellent and cooked just right. A mousse with brownies a perfect finish. Reccommend Catalan Tapas highly. You can't go wrong with any of their choices!
  27. KD

    KarenD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Coupon could not be used.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on November 8, 2022We are glad you enjoyed everything, and are sorry you were unable to use your discount. Our coupon terms are clearly stated in the ad, on the coupon, and in the terms and conditions. We do not honor coupons from Facebook for diners seated between the hours of 6-8 PM on Friday and Saturday. Our coupons are a tool we use to fill less busy times in the restaurant and we believe that 4 hours of restricted use during the week is more than fair. We look forward to seeing you another time.

  28. JD

    JorgeD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    First hostess at the door(heavy set blonde tall) rude as she can be. They charge a credit card fee for using a Visa card! 3% charge on the bill, should said cash only for the customer to know all these extra charges. No wine price for the bottle on the menu, plus I did not see the wine served to me could have been a house wine instead. I understand these are tapas but as someone from Spain I have eaten tapas all my life but these tapas were terrible. A Taco as a tapa? The calamari were more breaded jalapeños than calamari. Definitely I would not return and the owners should reconsider charges, food, service and rudeness of the hostess.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on November 7, 2022First off, body shaming is NOT ok, the fact that you opened with that tells us all we need to know about you. Second, I highly doubt the hostess was rude, we have NEVER had a guest comment on rudeness at any point in the last two years. Clearly you didn't read the menu, the credit card charge is BOLDLY stated on the menu in two places. As far as the wine goes, it is not customary to pour glasses of wine at the table so you can make sure we are pouring what you ordered, who asks that?!

  29. DJ

    DupreJ

    Raleigh

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Creative menu both for food and drinks. Definitely recommend the harissa carrots, Mexican street corn and poke (note there are freshly chopped Serrano peppers). Shrimp and grits had a nice, smoky flavor.
  30. V

    Vforge5

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great, drink service wasn't so good based upon this meal. My first drink was incorrect and bartender suggested I should try it because it was very popular. I didn't care for it and didn't drink it, and it was removed from the bill with an apology. The next drink I got was a Manhattan "up" that was warm, ended up adding I've from my water glass. These are pretty minor issues relative to the whole experience, because the vibe was excellent and the tapas and recommendations from our server were excellent. I would definitely go back and just passing this along to help Catalan get even better!
  31. LF

    LisaF

    Raleigh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Good selection of GF tapas (important to my dining partner). The “outdoor patio” was facing the parking lot so not quite what I hoped. Food was good - which is the reason to go. Reasonable prices.
  32. BB

    BethB

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service is great! Love the small plates being served sequentially as we ordered them throughout our meal. We came to share food and conversation so the live music was louder than we would have prefered. Other than that our visit was great! I will be back.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review! In the future please make sure to let your server know if the music volume is too much, we can always ask the singer to turn it down a notch. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

  33. CC

    ColleenC

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service & absolutely incredible tapas! We loved getting try almost everything on the menu :)

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on November 1, 2022We are so glad to hear you loved everything! Thank you for taking time to leave us this review, we hope to see you again soon.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience for friends birthday. Great food, wine and service

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on November 1, 2022Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave us this review. We hope to serve you again soon!

  35. AN

    AlanN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service/waitstaff recommendations Great ambience and drink menu Bathroom could use a solid cleaning
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome tapas!
  37. f

    foodismything

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great new place in Cary. Food was awesome. You should check it out.
  38. E

    Ellen55

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and wait staff is amazing. Live music was nice.
  39. RJ

    RichardJ

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food was good but not fantastic, previous dining experience their was much better. Ambience was good.

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on October 28, 2022We are sorry to hear your experience wasn't fantastic as it was the first time. Please let us know how we could have done better, we welcome your feedback

  40. GF

    GeorgeF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb quality and service. We will be back for sure!

    Catalan Tapas BarResponded on October 12, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review! We look forward to serving you again soon.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized 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 4.6 stars by 387 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Catalan Tapas Bar

4214 NW Cary Pkwy, Cary, NC 27513-8411

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    HighHouse Road

  • Neighborhood

    Cary

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri 11:30 am–10:30 pm Brunch Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–10:30 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

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • 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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