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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!


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

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

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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 £17.35 per person and the other at £21.95 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 always ask for the ‘daily specials’.

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





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.

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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


About us - Spanish Tapas Bar

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.

A large part of the restaurant’s appeal is its affordable pricing, in spite of its exclusive Mayfair postcode. A set-lunch menu offering two tapas and a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink is priced at a mere £10.25 and set-menus start from £17.35. Ideally located, not far from Green Park tube station El Pirata restaurant Mayfair is only a mile from glamorous Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Kensington and fashionable Fitzrovia.

Consistently applauded for its traditional Spanish cuisine, classic tapas and outstanding service, El Pirata has been described as ‘effortlessly authentic’, ‘welcoming’, and the ‘best tapas in London’. With such high praise, it’s no surprise that it is still going strong after more than two decades.

Diners can enjoy an array of tapas dishes from calamares con arroz negro (black rice and squid), to albóndigas (meatballs), as well as croquetas de pollo (chicken croquettes), tortilla (Spanish omelette), pulpo a la gallega (octopus brushed with olive oil and paprika) and gambas al pil-pil (prawns in olive oil, garlic and dried hot chilli peppers). This restaurant in Mayfair only uses the freshest ingredients and key produce including its Jamon Iberico, cheeses, chorizo and charcuterie are all sourced from Spain.

El Pirata is a true authentic Spanish experience. The split-level restaurant offers a fabulous bar to enjoy a glass of cava or plate of tapas. The lower level dining area is perfect for parties and can also be hired for private or business events. Guests will experience the speed and excitement of a real Spanish tapas bar within a lively and social environment. Perfect dining whether it be with friends, family or work colleagues.

El Pirata’s flavoursome tapas and welcoming atmosphere have made this restaurant one of London’s best haunts and is still going from strength to strength after more than 20 years.




We accept telephone & email bookings.
020 7491 3810

El Pirata of Mayfair
5-6 Down Street, Mayfair
London, Greater LondonW1J 7AQ

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Mon – Fri: 12.00pm – 11.30pm
Saturday: 6.00pm – 11.30pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed

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