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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” (218 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 yesterday

We really enjoyed our impromptu lunch visit here after finding nothing suitable in the hotel we were staying in...not far away! (see other recent review!). Place was very well attended and all the staff were friendly smiley people. Service was good and the food was...More

Thank wafKent
Reviewed 3 days ago

The BEST and most authentic hot and cold Tapas in London. Another MUST TRY is the grilled King Prawns and Chorizo. The service can improve though. Overall--7/10

Thank arby235
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great meal at an outside table. We spent 3.5 hours enjoying red wine and delicious tapas. It was the favorite restaurant we visited while in London. Great Service.

Thank oc64Edmonton
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restautant was suggested by a friend who owns a cookbook by the chef. We ordered several Tapas, and a delicious bottle of red wine suggested by our waiter. Everything was wonderful. The creme brulee & bread pudding was excellent!

Thank Shari P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are missing or searching for really good Spanish food, this is the place to head to for really fine dining. All of the dishes were great, especially the small cooked peppers. The wines were great and the service was wonderful. A great evening.

Thank John C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here for the last 5 years, This jewel into the heart of London has always kept its quality and excellent service and lovely food matching with its wide wine cellar. If you wish to spend a pleasurable time, it is definitely the...More

Thank Arid G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's been over 5 years since I last visited but remember it being delicious and so after having made a last minute booking, they did not disappoint. The restaurant was still full when we arrived at 9.30pm and we were really impressed by the selection...More

Thank Claire P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited yesterday (fri 30 June) lunchtime with my boyfriend. He's been wanting to go to this tapas restaurant for a long time as he's heard good things and read up a lot! We'd booked a table for 2pm and arrived. Few minutes late but...More

Thank Hannah R
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 18 June 2017

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
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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
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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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