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A favourite with Mayfair's Spanish community and converts to the new Iberian cause, El Pirata may not be as trendy as some of the young tapas upstarts in the capital, but it does the business by offering speedy service, authentic flavours and very fair prices into the bargain (note the set lunch deal for around a tenner). Staples such as albondigas, kidneys in sherry, grilled sardines and patatas bravas are supplemented by more enterprising daily specials including grilled pressa (shoulder of Iberian pork) or chicken breast wrapped in serrano ham with capers and Albariño jus – perfect with a bottle of Mahou beer, a tot of sherry, or something from the well-spread Spanish wine list. Eat in the lively ground-floor room surrounded by mirrors and Picasso prints, or bag a table outside when the weather's kind.

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El Pirata

5-6 Down Street ,London W1J 7AQ

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by   bronze reviewer (12)

Oct 2011

The atmosphere in this restaurant is fairly good albeit it's fairly dark and dingy downstairs but the biggest let down is the food. Everything tastes of oil, is big and chunky, is dumped on the plates and doesn't remotely remind me of Spain. It seems like little, if any, care has been taken when prepping and cooking the food. You are made to feel like ordering and completing your meal is a race in which you have no choice but to participate. I can imagine it could be a venue for a fun night for a...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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El Pirata

5-6 Down Street ,London W1J 7AQ

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by   platinum reviewer (90)

Jun 2010

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

If I’m being perfectly honest, I have not been to El Pirata since 1996 when I used to work around the corner as a switchboard operator. It was the venue where our staff nights out would be held and looking back, they were actually incredibly fun nights. We would get utterly hammered, eat plate after plate of Tapas and then tuck in to huge pans of Paella, staggering out around midnight and head to some late night not-so-hot-spot and continue the party. I guess I put El Pirata to the back of my mind...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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El Pirata

5-6 Down Street ,London W1J 7AQ

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by   (3)

Sep 2009

For quality and variety of food El Pirata is a shining example of Spanish fare. They have a varied menu – from the ubiquitous chorizo al vino and bravas to have more unusual, but typically rustic latin dishes like fabada and baby eels. The salpicón de mariscos (which, in the few places it is done, is often done badly) was really fresh and is a personal favourite. They also have a decent selection for vegetarians, which can be difficult to find in a tapas restaurant! The wine list is fantastic,...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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El Pirata

5-6 Down Street ,London W1J 7AQ

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by   bronze reviewer (7)

May 2009

I met a friend recently for Tapas and drinks here. I had rung earlier and reserved a table but when I arrived there was a slot at the bar and that's where we ended up staying for the evening. A very friendly bar staff, happy diners and a ‘no glam’ style led to us having a great evening. The wine was lovely, as were the several beers that accompanied prawns with chilli, meatballs, cheese and numerous other delightful dishes. I definitely recommend this restaurant. My only advice is to request a...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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by   (1)

Apr 2009

We came across this restaurant almost by accident and when we phoned (about 5.30) we managed to get a table with about half an hours notice provided we could leave by 8 pm (they had a huge party planned). The decor was simple and the whole place quite authentic looking. There was a very ‘buzzy’ feel in he bar area as you go in and as we did go relatively early It wasn't very busy in the downstairs area, which is very light and bright with whitewashed walls and subtle lighting but the ambiance was...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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by   (2)

Jan 2009

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Some people may put it down, but I love this place. The food is good (especially the stuffed peppers!) and they have a great wine list. I have taken a number of out of towners here with great results. The service is quick, and the staff friendly. Be prepared to wait for a table though if you do not have a reservation.

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Essential Details for El Pirata

  • Cuisine: Spanish Tapas
  • Area: Mayfair oxford street
  • Price: £41.00
  • Wine: £18.95
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Lunch: £15.95 (10 courses)
  • Dinner: £20.50 (11 courses)
  • Private Dining: 6,7

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