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El Pirata of Mayfair

5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ, England
+44 20 7491 3810
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very nice venue and the restaurant is busy and buzzing with atmosphere, well it Is Mayfair the staff are great and servise is good. The only problem is the food is not the best and the portions are tiny maybe it’s because...More

Thank Mete A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A long established, famous restaurant that is really worth a visit if you like authentic tapas. Food was very good and service extremely attentive and friendly. The freshly carved Jamón was superb! Great wine list too, which was pretty sensibly priced for a Mayfair restaurant....More

Thank G10OSE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We brought our family here while in London on vacation. I have two younger kids, 10 and 13, who loved the kid-friendly items on the menu suggested by our waiter. We also had a vegetarian in our party who was able to find many items...More

Thank Sara W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a party of 8 people on the week before Christmas and had not booked. We turned up at 20.30 which must be their peak time. They said give them 2 minutes and they would fit us in. Great tapas as always and the...More

Thank billthefirst
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the fifth time I've visited El Pirata,and it seems it gets better and better. The food is fabulous and the extensive bar can produce nearly any drink you can think off. The wine list is extensive too. Staff are great. This is a...More

Thank Weberman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overall this little tapas bar / restaurant is a firm favourite. The ambience is great and typically Spanish / Mediterranean. Highly recommend the prawns in garlic and the meatballs. Wine selection is great too. Service always great. I do enjoy sitting at the bar over...More

Thank Girlie_Girl_G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great value and service (fastest service that we had in London). A wide array of tapas choices for a reasonable fixed price. Pleasant environment and you're off the main roads and it feels peaceful.

Thank ForestBeach2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the less expensive dinner set menu, which was more than enough for our palates - a very yummy bottle of Spanish red (Inurrieta Norte) complemented our food perfectly. ¡Vayan bien, muchachos!

Thank Cambrinus
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited on Saturday just gone with my finance after just that day him having proposed to me. We had pre booked a table in advance and good job as on arrival there seemed to be limited tables available which is always a good sign. The...More

Thank Amy P
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Went here on Saturday night after a day of shopping. Always great here, staff are lovely fabulous choice of wine and tapas is always delicious. Comes out gradually and is always top quality. Chicken croquettes, ham croquettes, asparagus, bruschetta with ham, prawns in chilli and...More

Thank Letitia T
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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26 April 2017|
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Response from parkerpr | Reviewed this property |
Unless your dining early I would make a booking.
23 February 2016|
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Response from WestLondonDiner | Reviewed this property |
No, there isn't
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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
6:00 PM - 11:30 PM
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
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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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