"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?" Hugh Wright, TwelvePointFivePercent.
Nobu Matsuhisa - the owner of the global iconic restaurant group Nobu says "El Pirata in London’s Mayfair is my favourite restaurant. it’s casual, simple and I find tapas so interesting"
"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
"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 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
‘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
"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!"