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El Pirata of Mayfair

5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ, England
+44 20 7491 3810
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“tapas” (214 reviews)
“albondigas” (10 reviews)
“baby eels” (7 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 23:30All hours
Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The inside ground floor bar and restaurant are really lovely and there is a fantastic atmosphere. We were given an outdoor table as requested, and I had high hopes, but alas the food was average at best, i have had much better tortilla almost everywhere,...More

Thank Tracey C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a business meeting and Tapas seemed a good idea. The restaurant was very busy and offered a lovely atmosphere. The staff were attentive despite being under pressure. We had a fixed tapas lunch and i must say it was really good offering variety...More

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Set in the heart of Mayfair, this restaurant was busy and buzzing with energy and atmosphere. You are welcomed at the door and shown to you table with genuine courtesy. The queen olives as an appetiser with your pre-lunch drinks are a 'must-have'. You are...More

Thank Stella-Dot
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very welcoming and atmospheric restaurant hidden down one of Mayfair's side streets just off Piccadilly. Very enthusiastic, genuine welcome from the old salts and seadogs that are the staff - no hurry - just sit down and relax at the extensive bar (tended by a...More

Thank FairCityFrasie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a group of 4 we booked in on a Wednesday but didn't expect it to be so popular but this was obviously down to the excellent food, service and wine! Will return without a doubt!

Thank Liz S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

after a long time trying this restaurant again and I have to say it is super tasty and amazing quality for money

Thank R R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tapas are always fun as a way to taste many selections without having to commit to one choice. Very nice staff. The food was well prepared and delivered hot and in uncrowded timing, very important in tapas. Good, friendly and a more than fair price....More

Thank JimConnecticut1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Title says it all. This restaurant is fantastic - credit entirely to the staff who are the most attentive and friendly I have come across in London - who whilst still giving personal and kind approach, maintain a professional and seamless customer service experience -...More

Thank Hannah E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant place for a relaxed evening, friendly and appropriately attentive service, we sat outside and it was a lovely atmosphere. And the food is fantastic!!

Thank jimmy2580
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Pirata was one of the first restaurants, that I dined at, in London. While my wife had made two trips before me, and had stayed at the Sheraton Park Lane (Piccadilly/Brick Street), she had not found this gem on Down St at Brick St....More

Thank The_Loup_Garou
Set beside some of London's best parks and home to
world-class galleries, luxurious hotels, and famed
thoroughfares, the ultra upscale Mayfair is one of
London's most exclusive haunts. Here the shopping is
haute, the dining is exquisite, and the nightlife is
vibrant. A casual stroll through the area’s chic
streets will reveal that Michelin stars and
chauffeured cars are practically the norm here. Even
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is it necessary to book for a Monday night?
26 April 2017|
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Response from parkerpr | Reviewed this property |
Unless your dining early I would make a booking.
Is there any entertainment. Thank u in advance
23 February 2016|
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Response from WestLondonDiner | Reviewed this property |
No, there isn't
What price for tapas
28 June 2015|
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Response from Ariffin K | Reviewed this property |
Each dish ranges from £5-£8. If you order 5-6 dishes per couple,you would spend approx £40-£50 excluding drink i.e.£20-£25 pp.Better select ala carte than set menu.since there is a god range to select from.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$65 - US$65
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
12:00 - 23:30
18:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Mayfair
  • Neighbourhood: Mayfair
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7491 3810
  • E-mail
Critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurant El Pirata opened its doors in 1994. Tucked away in the corner of Mayfair next to Hyde Park, El Pirata has become a firm favourite for those wanting an authentic Spanish experience.

Relax at the superb mirrored bar with a drink or two whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the Spanish influenced decor. Whether upstairs or downstairs, you can enjoy the Tapas menu where each dish is individually priced, or if you’re not too familiar with Tapas, choose from our two fantastic set menus.

At lunchtimes enjoy our special lunch menu which offers great value; two tapas dishes, a bread roll and alioli plus a soft drink or a glass of wine for just £10.25 – great value!

Downstairs is ideal for parties and gatherings of up to 60 people. If you prefer a private area for either that important business dinner or a more romantic setting for that more intimate meal, you will find our two private alcoves perfect.

When the weather’s at its best, our four outside tables are an instant hit, but you’ll have to be early because they are snapped up fast!
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