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El Pirata rocks!

Brian May, Queen

My thanks, my love and my respect

Johnny Depp

The restaurant attracts a unique blend of Mayfair businessmen and informed music & media types, as well as the occasional ‘in the know’ celeb, who come to dine on exquisite tapas and fine wine in a relaxed atmosphere over two floors. Pricewise, El Pirata is a rare cental London gem that offers truly excellent food that won’t cost the earth.

Paul Carey – P R Week

You are hit by the restaurant’s easy charm and its warm fuzzy welcomingness. It’s not frighteningly cool but it is kind of chic. It’s always packed, which is no surprise. The tapas are gorgeous and the prices equally loveable – amazing value.

Chrissy Iley, Evening Standard Food Magazine

Surprisingly good prices, for such a posh area make this noisy and busy tapas bar, not far from Hyde Park Corner, an ever-handy stand-by.


Wonderful Spanish staff, a buzzy atmosphere and arguably the best tapas in London combine to make this tucked-away Mayfair haunt the eatery of choice for many local workers. All the favourites are there – meatballs, kidneys in sherry, deep-fried squid, paella and tortilla – all cooked to order to ensure the results are never less than excellent.

Square Meal

Fred Sirieix Best First Date Restaurants: “The team at El Pirata are so friendly and accommodating and nothing is too much for them. Full story..

Red Online

Fred Sirieix reveals his top tips for dating “a tapas bar which the TV star called London’s most romantic restaurant Read more..

Evening Standard

This was nice old fashioned tapas, made from time-tested traditional recipes. Nothing fancy but full of flavour – no reason to take off a menu what’s worked for 25 years. It’s no surprise that El Pirate is still buzzing and lively on a Tuesday evening. No hipsters around here, but a jolly food loving crowd, with good taste and a warm spirit. This is my kind of restaurant, relaxed, unpretentious and serving delicious food. Full review..

Amaranta Wright, Latino Life

If anyone is looking for tapas in London you have to try @ElPirataMayfair had so much fun there last night. Full review..

Blusher and Blog

If anyone is looking for tapas in London you have to try @ElPirataMayfair had so much fun there last night. Full review..

El Pirata is an amazing little Spanish Tapas restaurant hidden away in Mayfair, it’s a gem in the true sense of the world. Full review..

Jose at El Pirata

Tiffany Watson ensured she showed off her golden glow as she headed to El Pirata restaurant in Mayfair, London, on Thursday night. Full review..

El Pirata offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that feels more Madrid than Mayfair and the prices are very reasonable too. Full review..

Westend Wilma

A unique and instantly popular concept in upmarket Mayfair; authentic Spanish tapas that you could enjoy from lunchtime through to late at night. Full review..

London Unattached

Authentic Spanish food in the middle of Mayfair sounds terrifyingly expensive, no? Not at El Pirata. Open for 22 years, it’s something of an institution and really does feel Spanish rather than W1. Full review..

El Pirata of Mayfair Restaurant

Starting with cold tapas, we nibbled huge prawns, juicy chorizo and ham, seafood and Russian salad, then we received an array of hot tapas dishes which seemed to just keep coming………Mmmmmm!

Martin James – Food Writer

El Pirata offers me everything I look for in a restaurant. Fine food, excellent choice, comfortable surroundings, marvellous service and a bill at the end that doesn’t give me indigestion!

Gervaise Odell, Food Writer

El Pirata in London’s Mayfair is my favourite restaurant. it’s casual, simple and I find tapas so interesting

Nobu Matsuhisa – the owner of the global iconic restaurant group Nobu

Literally, gourmet tapas. What’s not to love about that?

Hugh Wright, TwelvePointFivePercent

Located in a quiet Mayfair back street, this welcoming bar and restaurant offers authentic Spanish cooking at good-value prices. The tapas menu has a good balance of meat and seafood with with staples from the Spanish repertoire such as a ‘silky and rich’ arroz negro. The wine list is a well-chosen, all Spanish affair and begins with good everyday drinking at £15

The Good Food Guide

Tapas Lovers Dream More..

Miss Jones PA London

Tapas is undoubtedly the most flexible and sociable way to eat! And at El Pirata they have a wide selection of menu’s so that you can either snack or feast on an array of authentic Spanish tapas. Full review..

Miss Jones PA London

El Pirata is a real hidden gem right in the throes of the city but without feeling so. It is a welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of London, whisking you off for a Spanish evening of fine wine and fine food at a more than reasonable price. We’re already planning our return visit. Full review..

Seen in the City

Bryan May was dining in one corner of the room and there were no empty tables in sight. Such is the immense popularity of El Pirata of Mayfair. Full review..


El Pirata of Mayfair: they just don’t make restaurants like this anymore Full review..

Townfish / Tweet

The secret to El Pirata’s long success is simple: a vast choice of good Spanish food and wine served quickly by friendly waiters in an informal restaurant that feels more Madrid than Mayfair Full review..

Sloan Magazine

El Pirata has a lot of redeeming qualities. As well as being amongst the most approachable restaurants in Mayfair, the space’s atmosphere is terrific Full review..

Tiffany Watson at El Pirata Read more.. Read more.. /

Casey Batchelor of Big Brother being spotted at El Pirata. Full review..

Daily Mail Online

I remember arriving back [home] pledging allegiance to El Pirata and determined to return there as soon as possible – the combination of a thoroughly unstuffy, buzzing atmosphere and solidly good, fresh food in an area filled with overpriced, formal restaurants makes it a real little gem. Full review..

The London

El Pirata Mayfair will be celebrating World Tapas Day this Thursday, 15th June and offering all guests a complimentary classic tapas dish, Chorizo al vino (Spanish sausage in a red wine sauce) when quoting ‘World Tapas Day’ and ordering five or more tapas dishes. The Mayfair institution, El Pirata, has been open for nearly a quarter of a century offering diners authentic Spanish tapas, made using quality ingredients. The restaurant is delighted to be part of #TapasDay, a worldwide celebration of Spain’s tapas culture. Read more..

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