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El Pirata of Mayfair

#676 of 17,132 Restaurants in London
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5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ, England
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just got in by chance and enjoyed very good Spanish tapas. We had the ham, a cheese platter, salami and prosciutto, an exquisite pate and a delicious octopus. Recommendable.

Thank Mariano F
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

2 of us went for dinner. El Pirata is located just back from Piccadilly and walking distance from major hotels in the area like the London Hilton and Intercontinental. There are a few tables outside on the pavement with tables inside on 2 floors. We hadn’t made a reservation so as the ground floor was full we were given a... More 

Thank mw741002
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Happened to be in London same time as friends of mine from Florida. They have been to this restaurant many times, so had reservations for us. I think we may have tried one of everything! Food was awesome, atmosphere great. Highly recommended!

Thank Wade B
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was if we had been transported back to spain when we walked in. Our waiter was from venaswala with a Portuguese father I'm sorry I forgot his name but I can say that he was the best waiter that has ever served me. Nothing was too much trouble as he looked after my wife and me. the food was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely incredible food, brilliant portion sizes, loads of types of food to offer, super friendly staff - very happy to help and kind. Absolutely worth the money, good value for money.

1 Thank Lizzie S
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a table here for my partner and I to celebrate her birthday. We had never been here before but fancied a night in London and fancied some Spanish Tapas. We were welcomed by everyone from the staff at the bar to the owner and felt very welcome. The food and service was excellent and great value for money... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's been over 10 years since I last visited this wonderful restaurant and delighted to say it's as vibrant and superb as ever.... casual, relaxed, yet classy with great service, wine and even better food.... if there is one restaurant to visit in London then this is the one......we had a fantastic evening, thanks to all for exceeding my expectations,... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spanish filled with Portuguese waiters...An Iberic paradise. Vibey with excellent food and large menu to suit all tastes. Generous portions.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the end of a long hard day there can't be many places more welcoming than El Pirata. It's not a place you stumble upon, hidden away behind the Athenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly but well worth the effort of searching out. We'd been working for well over 12 hours when we rocked up and were looking for a quick bite... More 

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El_Pirata_Mayfair, Manager at El Pirata of Mayfair, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent meal at El Pirata. We are delighted that you felt we offer great authentic Spanish food, friendly service and value for money as that is exactly what we set out to achieve. We look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had another great meal here again, one of our go to restaurants in London on a Fri night if we are in town. Never had a bad meal in the 16 years we have been going😊Thanks Pepe and all the staff

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$65 - $65
Mediterranean, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5-6 Down Street, London W1J 7AQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Mayfair
  • Neighborhood: Mayfair
  • Phone Number: 442074913810
Critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurant El Pirata opened its doors in 1994. Tucked away in the corner of Mayfair next to Hyde Park, El Pirata has become a firm favourite for those wanting an authentic Spanish experience.

Relax at the superb mirrored bar with a drink or two whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the Spanish influenced decor. Whether upstairs or downstairs, you can enjoy the Tapas menu where each dish is individually priced, or if you’re not too familiar with Tapas, choose from our two fantastic set menus.

At lunchtimes enjoy our special lunch menu which offers great value; two tapas dishes, a bread roll and alioli plus a soft drink or a glass of wine for just £10.25 – great value!

Downstairs is ideal for parties and gatherings of up to 60 people. If you prefer a private area for either that important business dinner or a more romantic setting for that more intimate meal, you will find our two private alcoves perfect.

When the weather’s at its best, our four outside tables are an instant hit, but you’ll have to be early because they are snapped up fast!

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Set beside some of London's best parks and home to world-class galleries, luxurious hotels, and famed thoroughfares, the ultra upscale Mayfair is one of London's most exclusive haunts. Here the shopping is haute, the dining is exquisite, and the nightlife is vibrant. A casual stroll through the area’s chic streets will reveal that Michelin stars and chauffeured cars are practically the norm here. Even if you're on a tight budget, this exceptionally well connected swath of Central London is worth exploring, if only for the chance to take a peak at the goings on of upper crust English society.
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