Desperados Angel

3.5
84 reviews
£25 and under
Mexican
Desperados is the home of authentic Mexican food in Islington. We serve delicious, slow-cooked Mexican street food. Our menu is available to take away, or you can relax and enjoy the full Desperados experience in our famous restaurant. Our mouth-watering menu includes fresh tacos, burritos and quesadillas, with fillings like pulled pork, homemade Mexican chorizo, chilli prawns, spiced roasted squash and many more. We also offer a range of traditional drinks, from Mexican top-shelf tequila to Mexican beers.


Happy Hour - Monday - Friday: 5pm to 7pm only when main course is ordered


Happy Hour all night on Tuesdays for Ladies - only when main ordered - £3.95 Cocktails



Lunch Menu £9.95 Monday to Sunday



Winner of the 2016 best South American restaurant in London Award.
What 84 People Are Saying
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3.5based on recent ratings
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant claimed they didn’t have my booking and were totally disorganised (bookings were written on a scrap of paper in an order booklet so very unprofessional). They also took 25 minutes to finally tell us they didn’t have a table for another 30 minutes so an hour after our original booking. Will not be going back there.

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Becky
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

No social distancing, no check in, food took ages

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good good food, the ribs were awesome, the guacamole was good. Service prompt and very friendly. I couldn’t complain about the service or food, we were slightly unfortunate to experience a very angry customer and his very angry attitude.

That should not take off from the food or service, this place is a really good meal, and really good service - highly reccomended

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DanielO
London
16 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Absolute shambles, booked for 19:45 and amended to 20:00 to arrive and be told to queue up. Because of this eat out scheme they were fully booked from walk ins. When asked why they couldn’t inform me as they had my details through booking they replied they didn’t check their bookings all day. Never had such a terrible experience before and staff was quite rude. I hope they realise when this scheme is done they may not be as full as they expect with terrible attitudes.

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vipIpek
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

There were no COVID measures in place, tables were very closed both indoors and outdoors. We sat outdoors but around 10 people were queueing by our table throughout our dinner. Tables were also not cleaned and cutlery wasn’t packaged at all. Most waiters were not wearing face coverings or face shields.

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James
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We use this restaurant a lot and have not had really had a problem before, however when we went this time we waited about twenty minutes just to order a drink then another twenty to order the food. Once ordered the food came very quick but was dry and just not very good in general. The restaurant was packed and nowhere near enough stuff, they were running back and forth to the kitchen. The music was very loud and we couldn’t even have a conversation. All in all not a very good experience. Don’t think we will be going back for a good while.

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vipDerrickC
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The customer service I experienced as the first customer and only customer in the restaurant was terrible. The food was okay at best. The portion size was good. The drinks were okay.

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CarolG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great fun and atmosphere- good meal and cocktails. Was very busy. But good service

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Vince
London
30 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Mmmm. About as Mexican as I am - a Londoner. Squid rings were from frozen and overdone. Salsa and Guacamole looked as if it came from a catering supplier. My sizzling beef didn’t sizzle. My wife’s prawn dish was heavily limed. Pitcher of margarita didn’t taste of much alcohol and was made from a ready mix very sweet. Had to wait for everything- the bill took 15 minutes. My advice is find somewhere else.

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vipAnthony
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good, fun atmosphere. The t-bone steak was good, but the vegetables in the veggy fajita were overcooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best Mexican food i tasted in London, the staff were amazing. Food was delicious and the atmosphere was great for any event. Food was reasonably priced. I loved it and this is coming from someone who hates Mexican food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The staff were not attentive, there was happy hour before 7pm, but the staff are reluctant to take anymore drinks order just before 7pm. Remember to check your bill! They didn’t give us any happy hour price for the drinks, we have to ask them change for twice to get it right!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Reasonably priced. Service was a little slow but overall great place.

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NareshJ
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I have been visiting this restaurant for some time over the last 10 odd years however its quality, value for money and the overall experience has been slipping. I found the food rather bland this time and portion sizes a lot smaller. The ambience is very nice and the Staff are very friendly and provide pretty good service. It's just the food quality; it used to be really good authentic Mexican food however it's not the same any more.

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Mike
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Incredible steak, good service, restaurant is well themed, makes for a pleasant meal with mates.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great choice, great atmosphere. If you want Mexican and you have the choice of Desperados or Wahaca next door, go Desperados 100%. Advise to book if you’re going at the weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I and my husband went here to try authentic Mexican food in London. We were impressed with the many vegetarian options in their menu, a rarity in London.
We ordered nachos with salsa on the side, burrito and chimichanga. Their portion size is great! We absolutely loved the nachos, they were crisp and delicious. Their guacamole and sour cream were fresh and delightful. I was disappointed with my burrito but my husband enjoyed his chimichanga.
Their ambience was very lively and comforting. The place is well lit and has excellent Spanish music playing.
Our server was very polite and courteous.
Overall, a nice decent place to hangout with your friends/famiky if you wish to try authentic Mexican food. 3.5/5

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive menu - very good food
Lively “party’ atmosphere - friendly staff - quick service .

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and a good price. However, very disappointed that they would not accept my open table gift card although they accept MasterCard. Bit frustrating considering we only booked this restaurant because it was on Open Table and we wanted to use my gift card...

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Freshly cooked food clean tables and fantastic ambience, really recommend this place, it’s so lively and service is great

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall4food1service5ambience5

The place is very nicely decorated, great spot to have a drink before clubbing. Food leaves a lot to be desired.

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JoelaM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was my second visit. It’s a good atmosphere and beautiful restaurant.
Amazing food and friendly staff.
You can enjoy a good meal with good cocktail and reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I had a great night thought my chicken burger was dry but cocktails were delicious

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Louis
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I wasn’t impressed with this place at all. The menu had everything you’d expect from a Mexican but the dishes were very basic and poor in my opinion. I went for fajitas, quality of the meat wasn’t the best and in hindsight many better local places to choose from.

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vipnono
London
50 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good fun for a large group. Not exactly authentic Mexican but it is authentic fun!

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CarolG
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Desperado's was great fun, lively atmosphere, delicious cocktails and food to die for.
Decoration of restaurant is quirky
Toilet art is a talking point
Only downside was it was chilly & blowy every time the main door was opened & our napkins flew off our laps

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diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Warm friendly service, good food and vibey atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food ok. We ordered from the lunch menu so the portions weren’t large. If you a person who eats a lot you might not find the starter and main enough. Drinks alcoholic and non are well, well overpriced which is disappointing. Sorry. £2.40 for a can of coke is nearing extortion. Food is tasty though.

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vipFredInLondon
London
68 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice staff and great food. The place is quirky and great to meet up with friends. Only negative is I thought the drinks were not that good or interesting...

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AnnR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place. Consistently good and a fun atmosphere.

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RogerM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food but the music is too loud you can barely hear the person in front of you

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good and also the environment, just didn’t like that they put us in a smaller table for 11 people when they had the all upper floor empty. But the sirvthat was serving us was really nice and pattience.
Don’t recomend the sangria, is really bad. But in another hand the margaritas are amazing!

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Foody
London
28 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice service and great music. I wish there was a dancefloor!

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charli
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience1

The open table booking didn’t get through to the system so we hadn’t wait 20mins in an overcrowded back restaurant for a table to become free. We got drinks and pir main arrived, the food was mediocre at best. The staff were friendly and as efficient as they could be given how understaffed they were for the volume of clients.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Just a meal for my birthday. The food tasted amazing and the value for money was great. The portions were great and they had plenty of cocktails to choose from. The food came out within 10 minutes of us ordering which was great because we were very hungry and we definitely made that vocal(lol). Only downside was that our table was positioned right near the stairs and the bar so it was very busy with people walking past. I will definitely come back again.

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Leannejhou
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with service from all the staff
And great food and cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first meal at a Mexican restaurant and the food was fantastic, the staff were friendly and there was plenty of food to choose from and at a reasonable price. We will definitely go back next time we're in London.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is A amazing restaurant, this is honestly the best Mexican food I have Had in London. The staff are so nice, quick and friendly! They go out of their way to make you feel special. The food menu has a lot of choice to pick from so there is something for everyone, the cocktails and bottled beers are so tasty and strong. I highly recommend this restaurant for the staff, lotion, ambience and food An great cocktails. Thank you

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Kat2014
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is very average, portions are fine. There's a rather noisy music in the background and you need two literally climb for the bathroom.
Pretty average experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as per! Happy hour is great and again the nachos are to die for!

FAQs

Desperados Angel does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Desperados Angel also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7226 5055.

Desperados Angel is rated 3.5 stars by 84 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.