Desperados Angel

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74 reviews
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£25 and under
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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 74 People Are Saying
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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.

OT
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
2 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
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

OT
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

OT
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

OT
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.

JM
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.

OT
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!

CG
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

OT
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
66 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.

RM
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

OT
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.

OT
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!

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Mazda
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Decent food, service was sound however, service charge was more than I wanted to pay. Definitely not the place for a quiet chat. Otherwise it was ok

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Only thing that was abit much was the service charge which isn't optional just so you know other than that me and my family had a great night ! And having a birthday here is so much fun the way they sing happy birthday is too funny

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Tash
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Had a great time and was pleased with the service. Had to ask for a full menu (automatically provided a lunch menu) and disappointed they did not offer Churros as a dessert - However, the food was tasty, arrived in good time and plentiful with many different options. The waiters were friendly and helpful. Would recommend and go again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was really good here. I would defo go back again the staff was really friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fantastic atmosphere friendly service with a smile. I like the feel of the environment. It gives you a great feeling of being in Mexico. A great place to get away and unwind with a wide variety of cocktails and delicious Mexican cuisines with Spanish music playing in the background. Will go again soon

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Truth1
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent. Staff were friendly and welcoming.

FL
FoodLover47
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super friendly service. Venue is nicely styled with cosy lighting. Great to have two separate bars up- and downstairs.

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Livi
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a lovely atmosphere, food and drinks were lovely and staff were great. Highly recommend to anyone who loves Mexican!

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Linder
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Really disappointment, They are interested on larger crowded for huge bill , No generous staffs
Food was not up to the standard what we except in a Mexican restaurant . Really waste of money they ruined . Need to try some alternate place which opened recently in angel...

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just as great as the first time. Quick, efficient, amazing service and great food! Definitely would recommend it for most occasions

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 4.4 stars by 74 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.