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Beyond bizarre to ask to review a restaurant that was closed due to the virus, after being asked to confirm we'll be there. Not trusting this ask, I called the restaurant and sure enough, they were closed as is everyone else.
Surprised with the quality after walking into this speak-easy like bar scene. Great tunes, unique dishes, very fresh and tasty. My only complaint is the kale salad was more like a rice bowl than salad- very little kale and way too much rice.
Fun drinks and good atmosphere. Egg whites salmon omelette was amazing.
We’re not very fussy, but this was a terrible brunch experience. The food was very mediocre. We had a reservation but waited an hour and a half for food. My biscuit was so bad - biscuits that come in a can are better. My friend’s lemon pancakes didn’t taste of lemon at all. One drink was super alcoholic, the others not at all, though they were good. The server barely attended us and was so unfriendly. The hostess was also very unfriendly. And we were one of 5 tables eating a slow brunch.
Excellent. Food and very fun atmosphere. Friendly waiter.
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.
We ordered from the Valentines Day Prixe Fix menu, two appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, 2 glasses of sparkling wine. They were not that busy when we arrived (6:10) but service was still very slow. They apologized for how long it took to bring out our wine. When the appetizers finally arrived, one was the wrong thing. I had to ask for someone to have our waiter come to the table - he had disappeared after taking our order. We shared the other appetizer and then waited and waited. Finally the second appetizer arrived (liver pate). We were only half way through it when the entrees arrived. Again one of them was wrong! The server left the salmon (the correct entree) sitting on the table getting cold (liver pate and salmon do NOT go well together) until I asked again for our missing in action waiter. He took it back to the kitchen for a fresh plate to come out when our second entre was ready. At that point the hostess stopped to ask how our dinner was so far and I told her. She was very apologetic and said she would comp our dinners. She also offered another glass of wine. The entrees did not arrive until 7:25 and we had 8:00 tickets at the theater next door. When the second glass of wine never arrived, and our waiter was perpetually missing in action, I asked another waitress if she would get it. She said they probably had run out of cold sparkling rose and did I want to wait until some was chilled. I said I would take cava instead and then the rose appeared. Our waiter stopped by at 7:40 to ask if we wanted our check and I said we had ordered dessert as part of the price fix dinner. He left and came back at 7:47 to say it would be about 10 min. I told him for the 4th time that we had 8:00 tickets for the theater. He shrugged his shoulders and we left. Except for the hostess it was the worst service ever!!
Birthday dinner was quite tasty
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.
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.
All the food was barely room temperature, definitely nowhere near warm.
Excellent food and service, cozy atmosphere, great drinks- all in all a wonderful dining experience!
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!
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.
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.
The food was good but the service was awful. Hostess and server were very rude to us.
I ordered the “Pilar Salad” and on the menu it said that it came with
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.
We did not have a good experience. Their menu was completely different from the one on open table and online.
Horrible service and dining experience. A complete lack of effort on the staff’s part. Waste of time and money.
Delicious! Great value too.
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.
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!
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.
Food was delicious. Portion sizes were enormous. Don’t let the steep prices scare you!
Always great spot for brunch. Alleys happy with me u and service.
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.
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!
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.
Outstanding! Really fun, excellent food, perfect for a larger lively group get together, highly recommend!
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.
Excellent service, delicious food, and fun drinks!
The bakers board is a must!!
Great food, large portions, and food comes out relatively fast. It is very loud.
Very eclectic, adorable atmosphere. Food was fantastic, overall a great night out.
I went here for my birthday with a bunch of girl friends. The atmosphere and food were great! Very good value for the price.
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.