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El Pirata hits the spot !

As the top destination for a tantalising taste of genuine Spanish tapas in London

El Pirata has reigned supreme as one of London’s top tapas bars and restaurants since it opened in the heart of Mayfair in 1994 – El Pirata is informal, inexpensive and above all authentic. For fun, quality and value for money, it’s hard to beat! Christmas menus


Authentic Tapas In the Heart of Mayfair

El Pirata is firmly established as the favourite place for people who value a superb location, authentic Spanish food wide choice, sophisticated yet informal surroundings, friendly professional service and above all… sensible prices.

“Many thanks, my love and my respect” … Johnny Depp

Celebrating our 20th anniversary


Veinte años!

This September, it’s two decades since we opened our doors and introduced Central London to an authentic taste of Spain. To celebrate this special birthday, we’ve been running a series of Gastronomic Weeks, focusing on Spanish regional cooking, with the last of these exciting events taking place during August. Plus for the whole month of September, we’ll be rolling back the years and offering our first ever menu at 1994 prices! Celebration Set Menus

Our 1994 menu – £12.50 per person!

Come to El Pirata during September and we’ll take you back in time to 1994, the year we opened. To mark our 20th anniversary, we’re recreating our very first menu. What’s more, we’re charging exactly the same price as it was way back then.

For just £12.50 per person, enjoy a selection of cold meats and seafood, along with eight tapas dishes, including albóndigas (meatballs), arroz con pollo (Spanish rice with chicken), gambas al pil-pil (prawns in olive oil, garlic and dried hot chilli peppers) and lentejas (lentil stew, chorizo and panceta). Celebration Set Menus

Wines are also included in the roll-back pricing, with a glass of white or red ranging from £2 to £4.50.




Party at El Pirata


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

We are renowned as a party venue and have a superb party room for up to 60 people with a splendid choice of menus available.

We have carefully designed two party menus (one which is vegetarian) which are ideal for larger parties and a great way to enjoy tapas, both at £18.75 per person. Click on the links above to see the two fantastic menus.

Both party menus start with a selection of cold tapas dishes followed by an equally tempting selection of hot tapas. The combination of mouth-watering tapas dishes together with the smooth sounds of Spain in the background make El Pirata’s great party atmosphere unbeatable. View menus

For more infomation please call 020 7491 3810 or email info@elpirata.co.uk




How to Enjoy El Pirata



El Pirata gives excellent value for money, with prices that seem more Madrid than Mayfair! Friendly staff and the smooth sounds of Spain all add to the fantastic atmosphere. Whether you want to relax over a drink at the bar, snack on a few tasty Tapas dishes or enjoy lunch or dinner in the comfort of the restaurant, El Pirata is a great place to be.

David Fitzgerald-Elliott, Restaurant Writer

Tapas Bar London

The Bar
Relax at the superb mirrored bar with a drink or two whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the Spanish influenced decor.

The Restaurant
Upstairs or downstairs, choose from our Tapas menu where each dish is individually priced, or if you’re not too familiar with Tapas, choose from our two fantastic set menus, one at £16.35 per person and the other at £20.95 per person. 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.

Al Fresco
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!





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

The term Tapas in Spanish means a lid, cover or cap – and is believed to have come from the old Andalusian custom of presenting a glass of wine or sherry covered with a slice of ham or sausage as an appetiser. As it became an established tradition, so the range of items offered grew, and today it has become one of the most popular ways to eat. Love the Mediterranean informality of eating Tapas-style at El Pirata.


New to Tapas

Tapas offers one of the most relaxed, friendly and enjoyable eating experiences. You can choose one or two or as many different dishes as you like. Some are served hot and some served cold. There are meat dishes, fish dishes, vegetable dishes and egg dishes. Variety and easy-to-eat portions is what tapas is all about. Tapas menu and Specials menu

Christmas Menus

Celebrate Christmas the Spanish way at El Pirata. Enjoy mouth-watering tapas and sensational wines – perfect for socialising and celebrating whether it be with friends, colleagues or family. Our excellent party room is suitable for parties up to 55 people, making El Pirata the ideal venue for your festive celebrations. Christmas menus

Set Menus

There are two set menus to choose from, one at £17.35 per person and the other at £21.95 per person. Both offer a great choice of dishes, each with its own unique flavour and texture and all are cooked to perfection, or you can choose from the contemporary a la carte menu. Set menus

Set Lunch Menu

Enjoy two tapas dishes of your choice, a bread roll and alioli plus a soft drink or a glass of wine for just £10.25. It’s fantastic value and makes a great light lunch if you’re eating out later or you are pushed for time. Choose from a list of no less than 18 dishes! Available between 12 – 3pm (sorry – not available in December). Set lunch menu

Party Menus

We have two special party menus put together specifically for parties of eight or more, click on Party at El Pirata for more details and to see the two fantastic menus. Party menus


Whichever of our desserts you settle on, why not indulge yourself with a glass of dessert wine to accompany it? We’ve plenty to choose from and it can really add a memorable finishing touch. Go on – spoil yourself! Desserts menu


20 Year Celebration Menus


A Taste of Spain – Week 1

A week of tapas from Galicia and Castilla Leon (2nd to 7th of June)

Fabada Castellana £ 4.65
Bean stew with chorizo, pancetta and black pudding.

Fabas con Almejas £ 5.25
White beans with clams in a light tomato sauce.

Cazuela de Cordero £ 5.50
Lamb stew with vegetables, white wine and mild Spanish paprika.

Pulpo a la Gallega £ 7.95
Octopus with sliced new potatoes, olive oil and hot Spanish paprika.

Langostinos al Chef £ 9.50
King prawns served in a spicy brandy, white wine and fish concoction.

Pimientos de Padron £ 5.25
Pan fried green peppers in olive oil, sprinkled with coarse salt.

Almejas £ 6.45
Baby Clams with white wine sauce and parsley.

Merluza con Almejas £ 8.95
Hake with clams in an Albariño wine sauce.

Bacalao con Patatas £ 5.25
Cod stew with sliced potatoes in a tomato sauce.

Empanada de Atun £ 4.95
Spanish Tuna pastry dish

A complimentary glass of wine (125ml) is served with any 2 dishes.

White wine
Pazo Marinan (Godello) from Galicia

Red Wine
Colegiata (Tinta de toro) from Castilla Leon

A Taste of Spain – Week 2

A week of tapas from Aragon and Catalunia (1st to 6th of July)

Croquetas de Bacalao £ 4.45
Cod croquettes with wild mushrooms.

Lomo Ilustrado £ 4.75
Deep fried marinated Pork loin coated in breadcrumbs served with salad.

Pollo al Chilindron £ 4.85
Chicken stew with peppers, onions, mild Spanish paprika and white wine.

Rollitos de Calabacin £ 4.45
Sliced courgettes filled with baby spinach and Spanish goat cheese.

Entrante Catalan £ 7.55
A selection of cured meats with boiled eggs, salad, white asparagus, manchego cheese and a fresh tarragon dressing.

Bacalao con Pimientos asados £ 7.45
Striped cod filet with cold roasted peppers, anchovies and olive oil.

Conejo Cazador £ 5.50/strong>
Spanish rice with squid and cuttlefish in black ink.

A complimentary glass of wine (125ml) is served with any 2 dishes.

While Wine
Vina Sol (Parellada) from Catalunia

Red Wine
Garnacha de fuego (Garnacha) from Aragon

A Taste of Spain – Week 3

A week of tapas from Andalucia and the Region of Valencia (4th to 10th of August)

Gazpacho £ 4.25
Cold vegetable soup.

Boquerones a la Plancha £ 4.75
Grilled marinated anchovies, butterfly style.

Salpicon de Marisco £ 7.15
A selection of squid, cocktail prawns, mussels and octopus in a Spanish vinaigrette dressing.

Sardinas a la Plancha £ 6.05
Fresh grilled sardines.

Pincho Moruno £ 7.30
Marinated pork skewer with peppers, onions and pineapple jus.

Patata Bomba £ 5.95
Potatoes filled with minced beef and a spicy sauce.

Paella de Conejo (2 people) £ 22.50
Spanish rice with Rabbit, peppers and onions.

Arroz al Horno (2 people) £ 23.50
Spanish rice with chicken and ribs.

Paella de carne (2 people) £24.50
Spanish rice with a mixture of chicken, pork and beef.

A complimentary glass of wine (125ml) is served with any 2 dishes.

Delgado Zuleta Fino (Palomino) from Andalucia

Red Wine
Tarima (Monastrel) from Alicante

September Set menu at 1994 Prices £12.50 Per Person

a selection of cold meats & seafood
Cured meats
Peppers filled with Russian salad
Artichoke heart with anchovies and olive
Seafood salad


Arroz con pollo
spanish rice with chicken

Chorizo al vino
spanish sausage in a red wine sauce

Pescaito frito
marinated deep fried fish

Gambas al Pil-Pil
prawns in olive oil, garlic & dried hot chilli peppers

Patatas bravas
deep-fried potatoes in a chilli & garlic sauce

lentil stew, chorizo & panceta

Pan con ali-oli
bread with garlic mayonnaise

VINA SOL “D.O. PENEDES” (Gls 125 ml) £2.00 PARELLADA
Elegant and fresh with exquisite fruity hints enhanced by a suggestion of spices.

MUGA “D.O RIOJA” (Gls 125 ml) £2.75
VIURA AND MALVASIA; Barrel Fermented. Intense with complex bouquet, good structure and elegant. Dry and oaky.

ORVALAIZ “D.O. Navarra” (Gls 125 ml) £2.00
TEMPRANILLO; smooth and well-rounded with rich red fruit flavours. Long, gorgeous finish.

ANARES CRIANZA “D.O RIOJA” (Gls 125 ml) £2.25
BLEND, MAZUELO, MERLOT, TEMP, GARNACHA & GRACIANO; Ripe fruit flavours, delicate oak influence, good structure.

MUGA RESERVA “D.O RIOJA” (Gls 125 ml) £4.50
BLEND, TEMPRANILLO, GARNACHA & GRACIANO; Well balanced, lively and sharp with a nice long finish.





El Pirata was a Regional Winner in the Spanish Wine Lists Competition and our wine list is made up of some of Spain’s finest wines…

Spain has diverse soil types and climate and together with its range of grape varieties makes it’s a paradise for wine lovers.

As you would expect at El Pirata, we know our wines and stock some of the very best from the easily affordable to the more expensive. There’s bound to be one to suit your taste and budget.

We also carry an extensive range of sherries as well as sangria, beers and a full range of spirits.

El Pirata Wines



Read El Pirata’s excellent review in OK!

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Open for 19 years, El Pirata successfully couples the comforting appeal of a central London grand dame with the energetic dynamism of a new opening. A set menu of 10 tapas dishes for £20.95 represents excellent value.

London Evening Standard August 2013

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 June 12

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

Hugh Wright, TwelvePointFivePercent

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


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This casual, crowded Spanish gem is a winner thanks to terrific tapas that won’t break the bank, great sangria and smiling waiters who work as a seamless team; and if it would be unremarkable in Andalusia, it hits the spot as far as Londoners are concerned.


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

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

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 2008




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020 7491 3810

5 – 6 Down Street
Mayfair London

Mon – Fri: 12.00pm – 11.30pm
Sat: 6.00pm – 11.30pm
Sun: Closed

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