Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar

Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pilarrestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: 3059372777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: 11:30am - 4:00pm; | M - F
    Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 7:00pm | M - F
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Erica Nicholl
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ives Dairy Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Bus line number 3 from Miami/Dade
    Bus line number 1 from Broward
    Aventura Shuttle is available
A word from Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Named after Earnest Hemingway’s famed fishing boat, Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar is looking to shake things up in South Florida’s dining and nightlife society. The revamped modern American restaurant offers an epicurean experience with a combination of culinary classics and a warm and gracious staff, making the tucked away hideaway the perfect destination for delectable yet casual decadence.

Offering Lunch and Dinner, executive Chef Erica Nicholl has created each menu featuring brasserie comfort food with nightly dinner offerings with choice of family style sides, emphasizing on the restaurant’s fresh seafood selection and the finest local and imported ingredients.
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Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating2.7
  • Food2.7
    Service2.7
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • westhamptoneaterVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    did not enjoy the food. Menu has changed and not for the better
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • better than ever
    morris1264VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    for a while I thought this restaurant was going downhill. we decided last night to give it another chance.new menu,very good presentation,excellent food highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bruce
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Service was poor and they ran out of fish. Good thing because it was over cooked.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Morris
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Food is very good with fair prices. However service is very slow.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat lunch here
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I love the business lunch specials! Actually, they give too much food and it would definitely still be a great deal if it were just a soup or salad and main course without the need for fries or more salad with the entree. Love the warm cookie afterwards--all included with a beverage. The music soundtrack is usually to my liking as well and the ambience and service are all compatible.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pilar... could have been
    Foodforlife
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    It had the makings for a lovely neighbourhood find, but it lacked in delivery and charm. Overall the food was well received by our guests, but do not order the Mahi Mahi as its overcooked. Service was really the kicker here... and the kitchen struggled with a table of 6 to serve the table in a coordinated timely manner. Also, bizarre, but it was extremely dark in the restaurant. So hopefully they will sort out the bugs and it can turn into the gem it has the makings to be.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than ever
    burris
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Until a few years ago we had been going here regularly. Then stopped as it really went south. Tried it again last week and were totally impressed. The new owners have it together. Finally, a sensible menu and excellent food. Since we always bring our own wine and were used to the $10 corkage, we were a bit surprised to find they now charge $20. Not the end of the world, but for a neighborhood cafe it seems like a bit much. However, since we were so elated with our return experience, we are going back tonight again. If it remains as good as last time, we will again put it on our regular list. Also, they did a fine job with the decor as well as now having tablecloths.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food and Service
    Ben314
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This restaurant has always been a neighborhood favorite for us . This was the first time we had been there since ownership changed. The food is even better - all four of us had different dishes that we thoroughly enjoyed. The new owners have added some outside seating, new art work, table cloths, etcs. to spiff it up. It seems as though they have also added more tables to the inside and on the evening we were there, we were sandwiched between two very loud tables which made conversation at our table impossible at times - this was the only negative of the evening. We will definitely go back to try more of the new menu itmes but will request a corner table. Our waiter, Scott, was very friendly and helpful with menu suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    GHInHollywood
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Pilar has outstanding food (loved everything except the calamari, no tentacles at all) and service wasps excellent! We had several appetizers and fesh fish entrees, all lovely and well-presented. We sat outside so not able to report on the noise level or ambiance it the rating system requires it, so don't rely on this, it seems ok. Outside seating in on the sidewalk by the parking lot, so not very nice but it was quiet and a nice evening. Would definitely go back. Try it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Ally
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Excellent food, excellent cocktails, excellent service. If you are looking for a hip, vibrant atmosphere, think again and choose another place, as Pilar's usual "crowd" is 60+... But as a place to have delicious food and cocktails, no attitude service, and without the need to fight the traffic... it's one of the best in Aventura.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner spot
    reviewer1
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Enjoyed the food, the quiet for us to talk and the attention of the waiter. Lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    Hara
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    My first experience for dinner at this location. I enjoyed the dinner and not feeling rushed. We had lots of time to visit. The food was good and we both had a nice time, . I would go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    DoctorT
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    In a strip mall just east of Biscayne Blvd this was just the type of restaurant we wanted to find. Not a chain and exceptionally good. Very good menu with ethnic options along with "normal" options and a prix fixe of 4 courses and a happy hour (must sit in the bar for the happy hour). A modest looking interior where the food is the focus. Most accommodating staff, pleasant and knowledgeable. Ordered both the Prix Fixe and off the menu. latkes, special salads, Spanish steaks, all fabulous, Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pilar
    Steve
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nice menu, nice ambiance, pleasant service, very good food with nice variety and moderate prices. Definitely worth a visit and becoming a regular place to go. For quick mid week meal...GREAT burger n fries.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time after new owners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    THE FOOD WAS WONDERFULL. THE SNAPPER WAS GREAT AND THE SIDES WERE WONDERFUL. THE PLACE WAS VERY RELAXING. A LITTLE NIUSY BUT STILL RELAXING. THE SERVICE WAS WONDERFUL. WILL RECCOMMEND AND OF COURSE RETURN OFTEN. OMENU WAS VERY GOOD. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE EVEN THOUGH THE MENU SMALL.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Got better, but reverted back
    Localdiners
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had occasionally dined at Pilar. The food was always good, but the service was very slow and the kitchen was slower. We had heard that they refurbished and upgraded, so we went back. The first time, everything was perfect! The second time, service was slow. This time, we were virtually ignored. Won't be back soon! Unfortunately for this restaurant who were so attentive to snowbirds, we are the locals that get them through the non - tourist summers. Too bad, so sad!
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  • A hidden gem
    BostonVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We visit N Miami a few times a year and Pilar is one of our favorite gems. The service is impeccable, the food has always been excellent and the specials are good and a value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little restaurant!
    KevinVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My neighbor suggested it and I never knew where it was until they joined Open Table. Good food, good service, nice ambience. The owner was there and all night he was going from table to table making sure that everyone was enjoying their evening. He was charming and had a devilish sense of humor. We were a party of three - my neighbor had been there under the last owners and I was a newby. She noted that she liked the new menu better and I have to say I was very pleased with this restaurant. Reasonable prices with very good service. My meal (spinach salad followed by chicken parm) was fantastic and all three members of my party left happy. I will definitely return and I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Experience at Pilar
    Sal62
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    A Sunday afternoon lunch at Pilar was a perfect time for a superb lunch. The food was outstanding, and the complimentary mimosa was good, alothough unexpected!! My friend and I did not pick the brunch menu, opting to have the lunch menu. Everything was served beautifully, and the tastes were delicious... We were treated royally, and the very friendly staff made sure we had what we needed to make our dining experience great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite
    MAS518
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    With the new menu and focus on fresh fish and interesting food, Pilar is a perfect spot. My wife had their prix fix menu and it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific food and next to Marshalls
    JaySent41
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Every thing we ate was well prepared and very tasty.Server could have paid more attention to details but all in all when your done dessert is waiting next door.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We really liked it - a little dark
    8Friends
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The only thing that could improve was the lighting at our particular table was so dark we had to turn on our cell phones for light in order to read the menu. We were 8 people. The food was excellent and huge portions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whine and Dine
    StanleymanlyVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    We liked Pilar, we really did. Good food, well prepared, nicely presented. Friendly waiter. Decent decor. It was the wine choices and prices that tampered our enthusiasm. Let's see, you can buy a bottle of Santa Margarita pinot grigio for $22 in any supermarket down here, so why are they charging $13 a glass for a skimpy pour? Or did the pour look skimpy because they're using such big glasses? Then, $11 for a glass of Dashwood sauvignon blanc? You get the entire bottle for $13. Waioter touted my wife on the meatball, a new addition to the menu. Veal, beef, cheese. She ordered it as an app, and it was wonderful. Sure, at $15 for one meatball, it had better be wonderful. Overall, though, we enjoyed Pilar's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New owner gets it right!
    MainiacVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Pilar was our weekday fish place for years - until it sold last year. After the change in ownership we went in a few times and left dissatisfied. Last night was a complete turnaround. Hats off to management for their attentive staff, improved menu and delicious food! We had the grilled mahi mahi and lobster ravioli and both were perfectly created, along with the fresh grilled veggies. We'll be back - often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch Spot
    LSmiami
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The new owners at Pilar have made it a great neighborhood lunch spot with a varied menu and a very reasonable Business Man's lunch and excellent a la carte choices. Love the gorgonzola salad! Brunch was far less successful, falling far short on the French Toast. Returned for dinner, which was good. Delicious burger and recommended tuna tartar. Our fish was dry. Service ( better at lunch) was haphazard with our waiter training another, but was in need of training himself. It is new with a young staff and ownership and hopefully will improve as their staff solidifies. We'll definitely be returning. Glad to have it in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional and reliable
    Laura
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    As I entered the restaurant we noticed it was a traditional spot. The food was good and as the service. I choose the fix price menu with 4 courses which was great, except for desert (chocolate cake) that was ok, but not great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    KarenVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent!! The service was great and the food was delicious! I had the snapper and combined it with the quinoa salad. My husband had the skirt steak with fries and it was cooked to perfection! Ambiance was also very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V-Day dinner
    AKAkrazy
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food at this restaurant was pretty good, not the best I've had, but far from the worst. However it seemed as though the staff was not prepared for such a large Valentine's day crowd. I give them effort for trying to be prepared…..our reservation was for 7, but they called us to come 15 minutes earlier in attempt to prepare. Our servers started out very attentive, but once the crowds came in that attention went out the window. The other couple we dined with waited an absurd about of time for their food. So long in fact, they had to get it to go since we had another obligation. There was never any explanation given as to why things took so long. Also, this restaurant has an extremely elderly clientele.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New owner has updated decor
    StefVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    New owner has updated decor of restaurant. Very attractive. Food and service good. Close to our home, so happy we can continue to enjoy this restaurant with a new owner. When restaurant changes hands you never know what to expect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A hidden gem on my own backyard
    SunGod
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Heard there was a new owner....ate their a couple of times previously but from the minute we walked in there was something about Pilar that we felt and it started with the owner greeting us, explaining his plans....then the server was just great going over everything in a patient way,.....There is no rushing in this restaurant. The food superb...Everything is on the menu but I had fish, not a big fish eater and it was so so tastey. If there were more stars to rate Pilar I would have gone further than the five I gave Pilar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pilar's experience
    Mario
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We have visited this restaurant on several occasions. The food, in gneral, is excellent. Unfortunately, during "peak hours" there appears to be moderate chaos and the service lacks efficiency.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A 1 of a kind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Pilar has had a great redo. WHether or not you have been there before you need tp check it out. The look is great. The feeling casual and the service is good and attentive. Also the menu has improved.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait from Kitchen
    Ootiegirl
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Generally nice meal, good wait staff. Rather long wait for entrees, acknowledged by the wait staff. Entrees included broiled fish and hamburger. Certainly shouldn't have taken an hour. Food was tasty. I am not sure if the seared tuna was fresh or previously frozen from the presentation and taste. I asked for a substitution of the vegetables and the kitchen then neglected to place the other sides described on the menu on the plate. It wasn't very crowded, so I don't particularly understand the kitchen confusion. Fairly reasonably priced. Probably would give it another try again..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The good is great. The businessman'
    SuzinVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    The good is great. The businessman's lunch can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Owners, Good Quality remains!!
    DimitriN
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Though primarily a fish restaurant, I never had fish there as a main course. The risotto with short rib is perfectly executed, the burgers are amazing. I brought complainers with me, and they had nothing negative to say!! The new items on the menu are surprising (like latkes or chicken wings), but are made the right way, full of flavor, proper consistency, great accompanying sauces, etc. I was there 2 days after the new owners took over, it was a bit rough, but clearly all the rough edges were removed and Pilar will continue to be THE place to eat in Aventura (provided you like good food and elegant, laid-back atmosphere)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good!
    betterthancooking
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Cheers to the new owners! Although the prices seem a bit higher, they have kept a similar menu. There is a great variety...something for everyone. The food has remained really good. We all had fish selections, which were fresh and tasty! The appetizer salads had good portions. We did not order desserts, but they looked great! We will definitely be back for another delicious dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Compensation
    Bubbiemel
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    My husband's birthday and I specifically requested a nice table not near the open kitchen area. When we arrived for our reservation that was the only location available. The manager bought us each a drink and quickly set up another table to accommodate us. Classy to have compensated us with a complimentary cocktail.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so....
    Foodie567VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Service was great and staff was very friendly. However, the good was just okay. It was a bit on the pricey side and the food was not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; great service.
    Samm
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great food; great service. Friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent quality of food
    RitaVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Excellent quality of food and service! I highly recommend this restaurant, it's definitely one of the best around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate