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El Pirata of Mayfair

5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
+44 (0)20 7491 3810
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Ranked #858 of 16,489 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $65 - $65
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park 
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Absolutely great tasting food and a good selection of wines. Lots of very good dishes to choose from and unfortunately the stomach fills up quicker than the eyes do. There's a warm and friendly atmosphere about the place. Lunch is usually busy so best to book in advance rather than chance it and the ground floor is to be preferred.... More

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Visited on a Saturday with our sons for my wife's birthday. What an enjoyable evening we had. We look for Tapas restaurants wherever we go and were really pleased we found El Pirata. The food and wine were reasonably priced and of a high quality. The menu included kidney and liver dishes, regulars on Spanish menus but less regular on... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food is always amazing and the service extremely friendly and polite. The restaurant is always very busy and a bit claustrophobic at times, but the atmosphere is truly cheerful. Quite a contrast with the stiffness of surrounding Mayfair...

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went there for my other half's birthday. We had a table of c.10 people and to make things easier we went for the set menu so to get sampling of everything. Food arrived promptly and was nice but not mindblowing. Other Spanish tapas places in London can give you a bigger "wow" feeling. However it was a very nice... More

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Market Bosworth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Have eaten here a few times over the past 4 years. Excellent every time. Service top notch and the tapas is fab! Very reasonably priced, particularly since it is in Mayfair. Tonight we paid £100 for 8 dishes, drinks, bottle of wine, dessert, coffee and brandy for two - can't go wrong! Love it and would strongly recommend - particularly... More

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Gijon, Spain
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39 reviews 39 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

It is well-known that it is quite difficult , almost impossible to find real/good-quality spanish food out of Spain. This is a fact in England as well. Im Spanish and every place I went to try typical spanish food I end up disappointed. I went to this place with my spanish family because we were tired of fast/junk food food.... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

I struggle with this one. Coming from Dublin for the weekend we needed to book somewhere for Valentines night, so googled Tapas in London. El Pirata had lots of great reviews so decided to book. Maybe my expectations were set too high from the start. Our waitress asked if we wanted our dishes "as they came" - big mistake! Assumed... More

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Weilerbach, Germany
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85 reviews 85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Stayed in the area, lovely tapas bar. It was very busy but we were still seated quickly. Service was wonderful and food came out in decent time. Would recommend - Atmosphere was nice.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

this is a great place to eat in mayfair. I've been here few times now and the quality of food and service is always good.

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Senior Contributor
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31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Staying in the neighbourhood, I pased by El Pirata a couple of times, finding it immediately quite inviting, so when having an evening on my own, I brought my iPad and some documents to read and entered the place. Even though already quite busy, I got a nice tableright away. Eating out on your own when travelling might be awkward... More

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