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El Pirata of Mayfair, London,

El Pirata of Mayfair

4.7
4.7
531 Reviews
£25 and under
Spanish
El Pirata is a hidden gem serving acclaimed Spanish tapas for almost 30 years. Tucked away in the corner of Mayfair, El Pirata ensures that every guest instantly feels at home through their relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff, some of whom have been at El Pirata since the very beginning meaning they work as a seamless team. El Pirata couples the comforting appeal of a central London establishment with the energetic dynamism of a new opening. They have an expansive tapas menu featuring classic dishes and recently have added some new dishes to strengthen the experience offered to guests. They boast an equally impressive wine list of over 100 wines at great value particularly for Mayfair.

Whether you are dining in the artistic upstairs with a feature bar, in the atmospheric downstairs Cellar, or sipping rioja al fresco, El Pirata offers true escapism so you feel you’re in Madrid rather than Mayfair and is a firm favourite for those who want an authentic Spanish experience in London.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 59 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Traditional Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–16:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 16:00–22:30
  • Phone number
    020 7491 3810
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    El Pirata can offer both the Cellar as a seperate hire or the entire venue for full venue hire, and offer bespoke menus which are ideal for larger groups. For more information on private hire, please contact the restaurant directly and our Patron Jose will be happy to help you.
  • Area
    Mayfair
  • Cross Street
    Piccadilly
  • Parking Details
    Some of the larger nearby hotels offer car parking to non-residents.
  • Public Transit
    Both Green Park and Hyde Park Corner are a 6 minute walk away, and El Pirata is very close to several central London bus routes.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Experiences

  • Premium Tasting Menu

    £67.00 per person

    Prepaid

    20 Feb - 30 Mar 2024
    Our premium tasting menu has been specially curated for those looking for a guided tour around; our cult classics, crowd favourites and newly created dishes. Pair with your favourite wine, we're sure we have something to suit, with our range sitting at over 100! The Menu - Jamón Ibérico 100% 5j, bellota -'Cinco-jotas' acorn-fed 100% Iberian ham, 30g Padron peppers toasted bread topped with fresh tomato, olive & garlic ___ Prawn fritters with garlic alioli Marinated cod cheeks Broccolini & kale salad, with flaked almonds & black garlic alioli ___ Iberian pork secret, potatoes, pipperade & rosemary Grilled lamb cutlets with a yogurt sauce Baked leek, romesco sauce & toasted almonds ___ Traditional galician cakes, with vanilla ice cream
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What 531 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • London

    Spanish

531 Reviews
  1. scottB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    as always good food friendly staff , good atmosphere in a lovely part of london

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  2. ChristineH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, would recommend the chicken paella. Service was great, friendly atmosphere. Highly recommend El Pirata

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  3. BeverleyS

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another lovely evening, have eaten here for 30 years so think that says something about this restaurant.

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  4. NannyJN

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great place for Spanish Tapas a hidden gem. On busy a Friday night the service was fast and friendly. The Iberico Jambon and Tomato Bread was a good as any we have eaten in Spain. Will be back soon

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasty fresh tapas. Lovely friendly service. Full of flavours and hot. Espresso Martini was delicious. Highly recommended!

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  6. Luyz

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Spanish in the UK every time I’ve been here it’s been phenomenal.

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  7. Mozza

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu, very authentic and lots of choice. Staff friendly and attentive. We had a lovely casual lunch

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  8. CoxM

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have visited El Pirata, many times, enjoying the food and relaxed ambiance, service is attentive without being claustrophobic.

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  9. Lovejazz

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, atmosphere, and service. We would go again.

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  10. Jenny

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service are both good. Prawn and Mini Bun. You can select introduction to tapas for 2 sharing menu.

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  11. EditaG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have visited El Pirata of Mayfair on Saturday the 10Th February as our Valentine’s day treat before the Cirque Du Soleil Show that day. The overall interior of the restaurant was very cosy with deemed light’s romantic atmosphere. The waiter was very polite. We have ordered some of the great variety of the starters on the Menu. Prawn fritters were very delish and toasted bread with tomato spread. Then for our mains we have sharing platter Paella Di Mare for 2. And for the deserts traditional Almond cake and Chocolate brownie as they did not had Creme Brûlée that evening. The food was very tasty and we would come back again to try other dishes on the menu like Black ink risotto.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to celebrate a birthday 🎈 Staff were super friendly and make the occasion special. Food as always was excellent

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  13. SorinG

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    + Excellent food, value for money in a great location; - the dishes were served randomly. It is highly recommended!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Leicestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect, awesome food and atmosphere! Thanks for making the night special for my wife’s birthday x

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  15. Michael

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really enjoyed the evening. Great food and service.

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  16. StenN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The 6 cources tasting menu was really good. Nice place and good service. We will come back!

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  17. AudreyS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely attentive staff; great food; and a buzz just from people chatting and enjoying themselves

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  18. nana

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Services are perfect. A bit too noisy. Food can be better compared with other famous tapas bar in LDN.

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  19. PaulF

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant, every dish is a delight! Can't wait to go back.

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  20. AlexandraR

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambience and the service is so friendly and efficient, I've been here with my partner every year for our anniversary and we love it. Food is great, prices are reasonable!

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  21. NeilR

    Surrey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant, food was excellent and super friendly staff. Thoroughly recommended

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect food! Especially the seafood and prok are the best!

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  23. Tony

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lively restaurant, excellent food and good service. Good value given location.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great 50th Birthday celebration! Great atmosphere, delicious food and excellent customer service!

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  25. Pirate

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Paella is a risotto with beans. Service was great, gave a complementary dessert with a candle for a Bday. Not requested.

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  26. ALLISONW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual fantastic evening food service everyone was great

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  27. HeySaz

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A taste of Spain on the midst of London. Delicious tapas and great ambience

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  28. GiorgiaB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best service we could ask for. Very good food and nice location 😍👍🏼

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  29. Julie

    Berlin

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is such a hidden gem in Mayfair! The food is really authentic and the service is outstanding! We loved our dinner here! Thank you!

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  30. PamelaB

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited last year had Introduction to Tapas, 10 dishes for £58. It was exceptional so decided to bring friends. This year only only 7 dishes for £62 for 2 people. Disappointed.

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  31. ClaireC

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely restaurant with a good atmosphere at lunchtime. Good service and food. Drinks a but pricey but it is central London! I would definitely return

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  32. AnnW

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This has always been a favourite. Great atmosphere. I was slightly disappointed to see a new Manu missing some dishes I would have chosen. None the less the food was excellent if a little slow to arrive. I was, however, very disappointed to see our waitress did not observe cutlery etiquette. She reached to take my plate which clearly knife and fork at 9 and 3oclock!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food and authentic. The only downside is that noise levels in much of the down stairs area is high. The staff did they er best to find a quieter area for us and I would visit again.

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  34. Dacre

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, excellent food, service and ambiente. Always happy to go back.

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  35. ToniS

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The dishes we had were cooked in a lot of oil. The staff were welcoming and friendly, our table was cleared promptly after each course which made us feel rushed, not sure I would go back.

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  36. MarciaW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent gets booked up very quickly especially on a Saturday night but well worth it. Lovely hosts

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  37. KarenP

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the food, the staff and the ambience My only comment would be is that from ordering 7 dishes we had been served them all and finished within half an hour Slow it down a bit - Tapas should be a staggered experience

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  38. NigelG

    Essex

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really wonderful meal here, had the introduction to tapas for 2, really good. Great service and friendly staff. Definitely worth visiting.

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  39. LouiseE

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautifully authentically Spanish in every way. The service was excellent and the atmosphere Just right.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really lovely place with good food and good service. Would recommend if you’re in the area and looking for a comparatively “cheap” place to eat (for Mayfair)

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from El Pirata of Mayfair using the Order Online button. El Pirata of Mayfair also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. El Pirata of Mayfair also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7491 3810.

El Pirata of Mayfair is rated 4.7 stars by 531 OpenTable diners.

El Pirata of Mayfair does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 59 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for El Pirata of Mayfair

5-6 Down Street, London, W1J 7AQ

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Piccadilly
  • Area
    Mayfair
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–16:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 16:00–22:30
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Traditional Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Some of the larger nearby hotels offer car parking to non-residents.
  • Public Transit
    Both Green Park and Hyde Park Corner are a 6 minute walk away, and El Pirata is very close to several central London bus routes.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    020 7491 3810
  • Private party facilities
    El Pirata can offer both the Cellar as a seperate hire or the entire venue for full venue hire, and offer bespoke menus which are ideal for larger groups. For more information on private hire, please contact the restaurant directly and our Patron Jose will be happy to help you.
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