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!
El Pirata is renowned for its wide range of delicious tapas as well as its contemporary a la carte menu. With more than 50 traditional tapas dishes prepared to perfection it's no wonder that customers and food critics have voted El Pirata one of the bestfor tapas in London. We offer fantastic, authentic Spanish cuisine, a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and prices that are more Madrid than Mayfair!
Situated in the heart of elegant 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.
Why not relax and meet friends at our superb mirrored bar while you savour a Tapas dish or two, or dine in our elegantly simple restaurant from our contemporary a la carte menu or tuck yourself away in a private dining alcove for that special celebration.
Read El Pirata’s excellent review in OK!
"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."Read More Chrissy Iley, Evening Standard Food Magazine June 12
"Literally, gourmet tapas. What's not to love about that?" and "we left feeling thoroughly jolly and very favourably disposed towards El Pirata as seems to be quite widely the case judging by the lively buzzy crowd packing most of the two floors on our visit" Hugh Wright, TwelvePointFivePercent.
"Time Out praised El Pirata for its "un-flashy authenticity"
spoke of "charming service" and "pleasant surroundings"Hardens
says it is a "rare, very affordable, Mayfair destination"Square Meal says
it is "excellent value", "chilled" and "downright lovely".
'El Pirata rocks!'Brian May, Queen
"My thanks, my love and my respect" Johnny Depp
"Me, I just love the food." Eric Brown, Mayfair Times August 2010
To read the full review in Mayfair Timesclick here
More acclaimed international eating-out guides give Mayfair's "Spanish Gem" their vote:
"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." Zagat
"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." Hardens
"Wonderful Spanish staff, a buzzy atmosphere and arguably the best tapas in London combine to make this tucked-away Mayfair haunt (close to Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Kensington) 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