Bar Pilar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Inspired by Ernest Hemingway and named for his beloved boat, Pilar is a neighborhood restaurant that has been a mainstay of 14th street for over a decade. Executive Chef Clarissa Aguilar helms the kitchen turning out an eclectic menu inspired by local farms and New American cuisine with a focus on seasonal organic produce. The simple yet inventive dishes change frequently, but that’s part of the adventure! Complementing the cooking is a beverage program including cocktails which also rotate seasonally, ranging in taste and complexity from classics like the perfect Old Fashioned to signature concoctions using house made tonics and elixirs. Spanning two floors, Pilar has a variety of spaces to suit your mood. Our first floor bar offers up a casual, comfortable space to down a few drinks in dimly-lit, vintage-inspired surroundings. Head upstairs and you'll find an intimate dining room along with a cozy corner cocktail bar perfect for date night or catching up with old friends.
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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Got last minute Valentine’s reservations, and it was lovely! Food and drinks were really good, it was very busy but no complaints on service, all the staff were very kind and it’s a really cool spot! Would definitely come back.

S
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Birthday dinner was quite tasty

VH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was subpar. Chicken wasn't cooked well. Drinks were good, bartender definitely made them well. The ambiance of the restaurant was nice. I would maybe go back for drinks only.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I come to Bar Pilar about once per month, it is one of my favorite restaurants and I often bring people visiting from out of town because of the really good menu, it’s intimate yet eclectic setting and friendly service.
I was really disappointed this time and kind of embarrassed with my guest. The service was so slow that I went up to ask where our waiter was. He came and took our order but our entree salmon came out 15 minutes before our starter hush puppies and Brussels sprouts. They did apologize but it really ruined the flow of the dinner. We elected to just end things there and move on.
I’ll think twice before going back.

MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

All the food was barely room temperature, definitely nowhere near warm.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, cozy atmosphere, great drinks- all in all a wonderful dining experience!

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service1ambience3

Great restaurant! Unfortunately did not receive the best service, as the wait staff often forgot our request or served couples who had been seated after us. We didn't feel like a priority as much as we would have liked. Still, a great restaurant with good food!

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect — the service, the wine suggestions, the food. Just know they have larger portions, especially if you’re used to typical DC small plates restaurants with tiny portions. I can’t wait to go back with more people and a bigger appetite.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation. Arrived and they told us they couldn’t accommodate us because they were closing the upstairs tables. No apology. No attempt to seat us elsewhere. We left. Terrible service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was good but the service was awful. Hostess and server were very rude to us.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I ordered the “Pilar Salad” and on the menu it said that it came with

SW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I successfully made a reservation for New Year's Day and received a confirmation email, but upon arriving at Bar Pilar the restaurant was closed and I was forced to find an alternative brunch spot at the last second.

EW
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We did not have a good experience. Their menu was completely different from the one on open table and online.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service and dining experience. A complete lack of effort on the staff’s part. Waste of time and money.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Great value too.

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The ambiance is very cute, nice lighting, the music is decently hip. The service was also nice. The hostess was away from the stand when we arrived but caught up with us and sat us promptly. Our waitress was friendly and attentive and explained the menu well! The biggest and main disappointment was the food. The hush puppies tasted underdone and were not warm, the brussel sprouts were also not cooked through and tasted raw. The flavors were all one-note. The burrata was fresh and creamy, but a small portion and the peaches that accompanied it were not ripe and hard to cut through. Wasn't impressed and won't go back.

DS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My friends and myself shared three dishes; the chicken and pancakes, the french toast supremo, and the pork hash. The Friend chicken was flavorful an unique, and hands down my favorite chicken and breakfast food I've had in DC. It was crispy and sticky with a slightly spicy syrup, so good! The pork has was very flavorful and robust in taste and was a little on the smaller side IMO, but still great. The french toast didn't "WOW"me, but it was pretty good for people who like french toast(not a huge fan myself). All in all the service was decent and food came out quickly and promptly. I would definitely recommend to try it out!

YB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great decor and ambiance. We sat in the upstairs dinning area for dinner and it was great. The food portions were very large and designed for sharing.

SM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious. Portion sizes were enormous. Don’t let the steep prices scare you!

D
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great spot for brunch. Alleys happy with me u and service.

SD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Some of the worst service I have experience. A table that arrived 10 minutes after us was helped first, I had to stand up to find a waitress to ask if we could place our order, etc. The breakfast tacos were good but the "salad" was a pile of lettuce with no dressing and nothing else. Not worth it.

L
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great and the drink deals were very good. $15 for the first mimosa and $1 refills after that. Everyone was very happy with their order. We ordered the Cinnabon after and it was delicious!

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excels

TP
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food is always spot on with large portions to share. It’s a lively place that is not overly fancy. Drinks are generous and the menu changes often.

JB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Really fun, excellent food, perfect for a larger lively group get together, highly recommend!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo good!

d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Came here for a Saturday brunch with a small group of 4. I've always walked past this place but never went inside. The owner greeted us at the table and told us about their local sourcing partners. We did the bottomless drinks for $8 for the first drink and $1 for each refill after that. I had the fried chicken on their pancake and it was amazing. It also comes with chucks of pork on it and combined with the syrup, it was pretty damn good. The only knock were the drinks. The Champagne was super harsh. I understand for Bottomless, you can't serve the good stuff but I've never had champagne this harsh. I'd recommend a switch to another brand. Other than that 4/ 5 stars. I'd come back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food, and fun drinks!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bakers board is a must!!

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great food, large portions, and food comes out relatively fast. It is very loud.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very eclectic, adorable atmosphere. Food was fantastic, overall a great night out.

M
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for my birthday with a bunch of girl friends. The atmosphere and food were great! Very good value for the price.

D
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks at Bar Pilar were excellent, but the upstairs dining area was very noisy. At multiple times my date and I could not hear each other and had to repeat what we were saying. There appeared to be a large gathering there on Friday night, though, so perhaps the noise level was unusual.

GL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

AT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gathered some friends for a flexible birthday drinks/happy hour evening. Staff was SUPER helpful will how we set things up, split the bill, etc. Great event spot!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always has a nice environment and fantastic food.

MA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had happy hours. Banh mi and shrimp tacos were amazing! The sex on the beach was strong and hit the right spot before going to party next door! I would do it again.

g
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We used to go to Bar Pilar fairly frequently for dinner, but we haven't been in some time because the quality of the food had declined. We decided to see if things had improved this weekend, and we went for brunch. The decline continues. There are so many places with good food in 14th Street, that you shouldn't bother with Bar Pilar any longer. The person who greets you at the door also needs some lessons in how to be friendly and welcoming.

MP
N. Ireland
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bel bar e ristorantino sulla 14 th Street, che tra l'altro pullula di posticino.
Bel menù vario, così come la carta dei vini. Il pastrami era squisito. Le porzioni sono abbondanti, noi ad esempio eravamo in due ed abbiamo preso due starters e due piatti principali e siamo arrivati veramente sazi alla fine della cena.
Conto in linea con la media di simili locali a Washington, oltretutto con una bottiglia di vino. Anche i cocktail sembravano ottimi, noi però non abbiamo preso nulla al bancone.

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KO
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends will not be getting bar pilar. My friend have not earned bar pilar. My friends do not deserve bar pilar.

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