Desperados Angel

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Mexican

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Desperados is the home of authentic Mexican food in Islington. We serve delicious, slow-cooked Mexican street food. Our menu is available to take away, or you can relax and enjoy the full Desperados experience in our famous restaurant. Our mouth-watering menu includes fresh tacos, burritos and quesadillas, with fillings like pulled pork, homemade Mexican chorizo, chilli prawns, spiced roasted squash and many more. We also offer a range of traditional drinks, from Mexican top-shelf tequila to Mexican beers.


Happy Hour - Monday - Friday: 5pm to 7pm only when main course is ordered


Happy Hour all night on Tuesdays for Ladies - only when main ordered - £3.95 Cocktails



Lunch Menu £9.95 Monday to Sunday



Winner of the 2016 best South American restaurant in London Award.
What 72 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Reasonably priced. Service was a little slow but overall great place.

NJ
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been visiting this restaurant for some time over the last 10 odd years however its quality, value for money and the overall experience has been slipping. I found the food rather bland this time and portion sizes a lot smaller. The ambience is very nice and the Staff are very friendly and provide pretty good service. It's just the food quality; it used to be really good authentic Mexican food however it's not the same any more.

M
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Incredible steak, good service, restaurant is well themed, makes for a pleasant meal with mates.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, great choice, great atmosphere. If you want Mexican and you have the choice of Desperados or Wahaca next door, go Desperados 100%. Advise to book if you’re going at the weekend.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I and my husband went here to try authentic Mexican food in London. We were impressed with the many vegetarian options in their menu, a rarity in London.
We ordered nachos with salsa on the side, burrito and chimichanga. Their portion size is great! We absolutely loved the nachos, they were crisp and delicious. Their guacamole and sour cream were fresh and delightful. I was disappointed with my burrito but my husband enjoyed his chimichanga.
Their ambience was very lively and comforting. The place is well lit and has excellent Spanish music playing.
Our server was very polite and courteous.
Overall, a nice decent place to hangout with your friends/famiky if you wish to try authentic Mexican food. 3.5/5

OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extensive menu - very good food
Lively “party’ atmosphere - friendly staff - quick service .

OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and a good price. However, very disappointed that they would not accept my open table gift card although they accept MasterCard. Bit frustrating considering we only booked this restaurant because it was on Open Table and we wanted to use my gift card...

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Freshly cooked food clean tables and fantastic ambience, really recommend this place, it’s so lively and service is great

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

The place is very nicely decorated, great spot to have a drink before clubbing. Food leaves a lot to be desired.

JM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was my second visit. It’s a good atmosphere and beautiful restaurant.
Amazing food and friendly staff.
You can enjoy a good meal with good cocktail and reasonable prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had a great night thought my chicken burger was dry but cocktails were delicious

L
London
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I wasn’t impressed with this place at all. The menu had everything you’d expect from a Mexican but the dishes were very basic and poor in my opinion. I went for fajitas, quality of the meat wasn’t the best and in hindsight many better local places to choose from.

n
London
50 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good fun for a large group. Not exactly authentic Mexican but it is authentic fun!

CG
London
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Desperado's was great fun, lively atmosphere, delicious cocktails and food to die for.
Decoration of restaurant is quirky
Toilet art is a talking point
Only downside was it was chilly & blowy every time the main door was opened & our napkins flew off our laps

d
London
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm friendly service, good food and vibey atmosphere

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food ok. We ordered from the lunch menu so the portions weren’t large. If you a person who eats a lot you might not find the starter and main enough. Drinks alcoholic and non are well, well overpriced which is disappointing. Sorry. £2.40 for a can of coke is nearing extortion. Food is tasty though.

FI
London
57 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice staff and great food. The place is quirky and great to meet up with friends. Only negative is I thought the drinks were not that good or interesting...

AR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. Consistently good and a fun atmosphere.

RM
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food but the music is too loud you can barely hear the person in front of you

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good and also the environment, just didn’t like that they put us in a smaller table for 11 people when they had the all upper floor empty. But the sirvthat was serving us was really nice and pattience.
Don’t recomend the sangria, is really bad. But in another hand the margaritas are amazing!

F
London
28 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice service and great music. I wish there was a dancefloor!

c
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The open table booking didn’t get through to the system so we hadn’t wait 20mins in an overcrowded back restaurant for a table to become free. We got drinks and pir main arrived, the food was mediocre at best. The staff were friendly and as efficient as they could be given how understaffed they were for the volume of clients.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Just a meal for my birthday. The food tasted amazing and the value for money was great. The portions were great and they had plenty of cocktails to choose from. The food came out within 10 minutes of us ordering which was great because we were very hungry and we definitely made that vocal(lol). Only downside was that our table was positioned right near the stairs and the bar so it was very busy with people walking past. I will definitely come back again.

L
London
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very happy with service from all the staff
And great food and cocktails

OT
Manchester
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first meal at a Mexican restaurant and the food was fantastic, the staff were friendly and there was plenty of food to choose from and at a reasonable price. We will definitely go back next time we're in London.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is A amazing restaurant, this is honestly the best Mexican food I have Had in London. The staff are so nice, quick and friendly! They go out of their way to make you feel special. The food menu has a lot of choice to pick from so there is something for everyone, the cocktails and bottled beers are so tasty and strong. I highly recommend this restaurant for the staff, lotion, ambience and food An great cocktails. Thank you

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is very average, portions are fine. There's a rather noisy music in the background and you need two literally climb for the bathroom.
Pretty average experience.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as per! Happy hour is great and again the nachos are to die for!

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Decent food, service was sound however, service charge was more than I wanted to pay. Definitely not the place for a quiet chat. Otherwise it was ok

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Only thing that was abit much was the service charge which isn't optional just so you know other than that me and my family had a great night ! And having a birthday here is so much fun the way they sing happy birthday is too funny

T
London
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Had a great time and was pleased with the service. Had to ask for a full menu (automatically provided a lunch menu) and disappointed they did not offer Churros as a dessert - However, the food was tasty, arrived in good time and plentiful with many different options. The waiters were friendly and helpful. Would recommend and go again!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was really good here. I would defo go back again the staff was really friendly.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic atmosphere friendly service with a smile. I like the feel of the environment. It gives you a great feeling of being in Mexico. A great place to get away and unwind with a wide variety of cocktails and delicious Mexican cuisines with Spanish music playing in the background. Will go again soon

T
London
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Staff were friendly and welcoming.

FL
London
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Super friendly service. Venue is nicely styled with cosy lighting. Great to have two separate bars up- and downstairs.

L
London
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a lovely atmosphere, food and drinks were lovely and staff were great. Highly recommend to anyone who loves Mexican!

L
London
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Really disappointment, They are interested on larger crowded for huge bill , No generous staffs
Food was not up to the standard what we except in a Mexican restaurant . Really waste of money they ruined . Need to try some alternate place which opened recently in angel...

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as great as the first time. Quick, efficient, amazing service and great food! Definitely would recommend it for most occasions

JP
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Wasn't great, food was ok but not good value for money. Had noted it as being an occasion but there was no feeling of this. Table was small for the group even though it wasn't busy, seems like the main focus is on making money. Disappointed.

H
London
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked a table for 5pm to make the most of happy hour. The cocktails were yummy and such good value and food was delicious. Had a fab few hours, friendly waiters and great drinks and food for fantastic value during happy hour (5-7).

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