El Pirata


Restaurants and cafés


  • Mid-range

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Venue details

  • Address:

    El Pirata 5-6 Down Street
    W1J 7AQ

  • Venue phone:

    020 7491 3810

  • Venue website:


  • Opening hours:

    Meals served noon-11.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-11.30pm Sat

  • Transport:

    Tube: Green Park or Hyde Park Corner

  • Price:

    Main courses £13.95-£17.95. Tapas £1.90-£10.95. Set lunch (noon-3pm) £10.25 2 dishes incl glass of wine. Set meal £16.35 8 dishes

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Average User Rating

3 / 5

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A cualquier cosa llaman tapas , fatal y el servicio deja mucho que desear.La tortilla fria un desastre,para olvidar, como español me senti decepdionado.

Blanca Diaz

I have eaten at this restaurant quite a few times over the years and yesterday I paid it another visit with some friends although I had not been there for a while. The restaurant is always busy and the atmosphere is quite relaxed but I was surprised by the changes in service and food. To start with the waiter was really pushy trying to get us to decide on a drink just after we sat down at the table. Within 5 minutes, he came back to ask about drinks three times. When we finally managed to glance through the drinks menu and decided on a wine he broke the news that they did not have it. We chose another one (red wine) and when served it was extremely warm, detail which we brought to his attention. He offered to bring a bucket with ice, something you do not normally do with a red wine, but would not offer to change the bottle instead. In any case, we did not give much importance to this fact and went on by choosing tapas from the menu. I must say I felt very disappointed, and being Spanish, I was embarrassed when the food was brought to the table. The presentation scored a 0 not to mention the stinginess on the food quantity. You get a fuller plate but just going into any bar in Spain drinking a beer and eating the free tapa served. And unfortunately, this was the theme around all the tapas we ordered. The monkfish was a tiny piece cut in four small cubes served in a small plate and even then the plate looked really sad and empty but the cost is £6.05. And for the people who review the restaurant and think that paying those amounts for the so called “tapas” is good value for money I would ask them to think again. I felt totally fooled and ripped off. And in all honestly, London is now hosting very good quality and authentic Spanish tapas bars across town and in very nice locations to feel the need to go back to El Pirata of Mayfair again. A real shame!


Staff are super friendly, food is amazing, great atmosphere. Will be back for sure.