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Desperados Angel

3.5
3.5
94 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.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, South American, Tex-Mex

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 13:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    020 7226 5055

  • Payment Options

    Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We have 2 areas in the restaurant (first floor and third floor) that can accommodate 60 people each. Perfect for birthday, wedding, anniversary and Hen/Stag celebrations, and business parties. We have buffet options alongside a sit down meal if preferred. We're happy for you to decorate the area with balloons etc.

  • Area

    Angel

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    5 minutes walk from Angel Underground Station<br>Bus routes 38, 30, 4, 19, 73, 476, 341, 56

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway

What 94 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.5
3.5 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.6Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.5Value

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  1. M

    Mike

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Least authentic Mexican food I've ever encountered.
  2. JW

    JudyW

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic environment, wonderful food and excellent service. I love coming here and highly recommend it to all
  3. TT

    TonyT

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food wasn't cooked cold and over priced gave me raw lamb
  4. KN

    KatyN

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    AVOID THIS RESTAURANT! Desperados was always one of my favourite restaurant on upper Street. NOT ANY MORE! they've changed hands and the new owners have ruined it. The food tastes over cooked (reheated microwave food) the staff are far from inviting or friendly. The place itself needs a good clean!
  5. TW

    TrevorW

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a family group meeting of 11 arranged at short notice when let down elsewhere. The staff were very friendly and the food choice great and very tasty. The music is very good but perhaps a little loud as it was difficult to talk across our large table. However a great experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food great value for money and the service was great too. Thank you
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was lovely food
  8. JL

    JonathanL

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2020

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Food was good, cocktails on the happy hour did not taste alcoholic. Well decorated for Xmas but far two many flashing fairy lights, felt like you could have a fit
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    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.
  10. B

    Becky

    Dublin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 October 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    No social distancing, no check in, food took ages
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    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
  12. DO

    DanielO

    London

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 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.
  13. I

    Ipek

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 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.
  14. J

    James

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  15. DC

    DerrickC

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    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.
  16. CG

    CarolG

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 24 August 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Great fun and atmosphere- good meal and cocktails. Was very busy. But good service
  17. V

    Vince

    London

    31 reviews

    1.0

    31 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.
  18. A

    Anthony

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 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.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2020

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Service was patchy . Birthday group of 10 people seemed a bit of challenge taking the booking. Constant changing waiters didn’t help. Food was fine. Some dishes better than others. Mexican dishes but not authentic flavours
  21. s

    shyam

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place and nice Mexican food
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    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!!
  23. NM

    NicolaM

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food. Reasonably priced. Service was a little slow but overall great place.
  24. NJ

    NareshJ

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  25. M

    Mike

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Incredible steak, good service, restaurant is well themed, makes for a pleasant meal with mates.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 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.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    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
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extensive menu - very good food Lively “party’ atmosphere - friendly staff - quick service .
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    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...
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    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
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  32. JM

    JoelaM

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2018

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I had a great night thought my chicken burger was dry but cocktails were delicious
  34. L

    Louis

    London

    7 reviews

    3.0

    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.
  35. n

    nono

    London

    54 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good fun for a large group. Not exactly authentic Mexican but it is authentic fun!
  36. CG

    CarolG

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    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
  37. d

    diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Warm friendly service, good food and vibey atmosphere
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  39. FI

    FredInLondon

    London

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 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...
  40. AR

    AnnR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place. Consistently good and a fun atmosphere.

FAQs

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

Desperados Angel is rated 3.5 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Desperados Angel

67 Upper Street London, N1 0NY

Additional information

  • Area

    Angel

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 13:00–22:00 Sat, Sun 12:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, South American, Tex-Mex

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    5 minutes walk from Angel Underground StationBus routes 38, 30, 4, 19, 73, 476, 341, 56

  • Payment Options

    Visa

  • Additional

    Cocktails, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway

  • Phone number

    020 7226 5055

  • Private party facilities

    We have 2 areas in the restaurant (first floor and third floor) that can accommodate 60 people each. Perfect for birthday, wedding, anniversary and Hen/Stag celebrations, and business parties. We have buffet options alongside a sit down meal if preferred. We're happy for you to decorate the area with balloons etc.

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