El Pirata of Mayfair

4.7
34 reviews
£25 and under
Spanish
El Pirata is a hidden gem serving acclaimed Spanish tapas for over 25 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 34 People Are Saying
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Fillup
Kent
9 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulously atmospheric dining experience, good décor, not overly lit

Great service at the cocktail bar, prior to the main event - good selection of authentic Spanish dishes that were delicious

Nice wine selection - nothing too OTT on the pricing

Overall, if this were the last restaurant on earth, I'd happily eat there every day (assuming I could get a table)

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Vladimir
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice location, just off the busy streets. Excellent food and service

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AlinaB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Very attentive waiters and very accommodating! Food was amazing and really good value for money for the introductory tapas menus for 2!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and nice atmosphere! Requested a table on the main floor that was waiting at our reservation time. This place is a real gem and would highly recommend. Wonder experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience for a group of friends to get together

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very small portion of food; every thing was in a rush, can felt that the waiter was trying to force us to finish food sooner; the taste was not that authentic; not good value of price.

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Jean
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very classic Spanish food with nice services. Good for casual dinning.

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Celebrateinstyle
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, welcoming and helpful staff got us off to a great start. Food, atmosphere and service were first class. Delighted with our decision to dine with El Pirata and will definitely look to return before too long.

JB
JoshB
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic night at el pirata. Fantastic service and atmosphere. We had their introduction to tapas set meal. Which was reasonably priced and tasted fantastic.

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SteveH
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food , excellent service and great all round experience. First time visit and all reviews where excellent, would recommend to anyone wanting something different from the normal choices.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Authentic Spanish food. Best value for the price is the "introduction to tapas" menu.

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vipDottie
London
20 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Lovely food

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service team were fantastic. My wife was on crutches and they were really supportive. Food was great, lovely restaurant. Throughly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
23 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas. Great service. Food was nice and quick at a reasonable price. Desserts were surprisingly good too! Good night out.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best spanish tapas place in London. The food, wine, and the ambient was superb, and the staff really top notch

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive and non-intrusive and honestly impeccable. I'd give more stars if I could. We had a great time and drinks and food were very reasonably priced, and were absolutely scrumptious. Would definitely come again!

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IljaM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic place!! The food was delicious and the service is at the top level!

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Michael
London
20 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic tapas, nice and relaxed, with a great selection of dishes and reasonably priced, considering the location.

Service was a little on the sluggish side, though as they have just reopened, that can be forgiven.

Beer selection was limited, but the draft they did have was fairly quaffable.

Highly recommended.

RB
RobB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always , amazing balance between great service and amazing food

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Amirag
London
17 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints! Go to Spanish in London

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Justwonder
London
30 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice enjoyable late lunch. Good ambience

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience all round. Stunning food, welcoming and helpful staff and a lovely atmosphere. Thank you!

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Foodie
London
46 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took advantage of our Covid bubble to have lunch at La Pirata. Staff were welcoming and efficient, so excellent service. Food was delicious and we particularly loved and strongly recommend the Langostinos and the Iberian pork.
It was good to be away from the madness of Christmas shoppers in a quiet location. It’s a very pleasant venue and yet still so close to Shepherds Market. Will definitely be back. Many thanks

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ChrisW
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant brilliant food. Have been many times and never lets you down.

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the food and ambiance. Ordered the sharing platter for 2 and liked everything. The only thing I would like to mention is that it would be great if I was told while ordering water that it would be charged. Everything else was perfect! 😁

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vipNikC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, loved it and will go back again and again when in London :)

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vipAlysonB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A surprise find tucked away off Piccadilly. Food was excellent especially the squid and chorizo in red wine. Staff professional and tentative but could have been a little more welcoming and interactive especially as my husband spoke to them in Spanish. We will definitely go back for the food alone.

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Amirag
London
17 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tapas in London

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MichaelS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

In difficult times it was a joy to be able to dine in such a relaxed atmosphere.
Would definitely recommend.

HL
vipHevL
London
175 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very nice meal and the £10 to eat out offer was good to have. The tortilla was perfect and the staff helpful

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, lovely waiters, incredible atmosphere and surrounding area

DR
vipDouglasR
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. Been a few times and always enjoy

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We are regulars at this place. I think they need a change of menu now. The food has now achieved a “normal”. We had the usual prawns pili pili, mussels and chorizo, Padron peppers, batatas bravas etc. Their choice of wine and sherry “by the glass” needs a serious uplift.

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 takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7491 3810.

El Pirata of Mayfair is rated 4.7 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

El Pirata of Mayfair does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://vouchers.elpirata.co.uk/.

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.