Bar Pilar

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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SD
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
44 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excels

TP
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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.

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.

PS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Throughly enjoyed brunch - it was delicious. The service was also very good.

GH
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Its was ok, expensive, food selection was limited and was given no decision hiw my meat was to be cooked, beer was warm .

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent brunch selection and delicious, reasonably priced food.

RT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Tasty brunch spot with just enough of a variety to satisfy everyone in the group.

JA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The restaurant was in a good location and had a pretty expansive menu. The main issue was that our waitress was super rude. Our dining experience was fine in the beginning and she seemed nice enough to explain the menu. However, my friend asked if a certain dish was spicy- and she definitively said no, even after my friend was super specific that she was very sensitive to spice. The food came, and was way too spicy. Then at the end, we were trying to just get the waitresses attention (it was crazy crowded, she hadn’t checked in on us in a while, and it was super loud). My friend gave her a friendly wave (did not snap, did not act disrespectfully) and the waitress got super upset. She was was like “did you wave at me?!?” Super upset. We explained that it was not meant to be rude, but she just was like “I was coming toward you, I see no reason for you to WAVE at me...” it was uncomfortable and she was quite frankly, crazy rude. I would never, ever recommend this place to any friends given how rude the waitress was (the food was just okay).

J
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bar Pilar so much. Always an excellent and interesting menu available, lots of veg options and interesting cocktails.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch and great service!

SH
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service food and presentation. That said was very pricey.

GN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

i asked about the breakfast bowl and the server said “reading is fundamental” but after reading the menu again there was no mention of a breakfast bowl

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was so excited to try this place and what a disappointment. You can find better brunch food and drinks almost anywhere else. I got mimosas and it was basically just juice. They serve it in a mason jar which sounds cute but is what I think leads to it being so weak. I ordered the French toast supremo and do not recommend it. French toast should never be a sandwich- they should consider changing to waffles. The French toast was soaked in syrup which caused it to have a custard taste. The bacon was not really cooked and the eggs didn’t have any cheese that I could find. I basically didn’t eat it. The service was just bad. It is not the servers fault - he was doing his best- but there was only one server in a packed place. We waited an hour before he checked on us. It took FOREVER for any extra drinks. I will not be going back and do not recommend it. In a city where brunch is such a huge thing, you’d think they’d be better.

HK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was fantastic, and the servers were extremely friendly. Some mistakes with entrees coming early and incorrect drink orders, but people were so nice that it was not an issue.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped in here before a show. Just some beer and a “simple bar food”, well I was in for a treat. The host/server was super pleasant and helpful. She informed us that the chef is creative and likes to mix it up. We are vegetarian and found the menu impressive! Everything was great! We shared strawberry arugula salad, veggie fritters with tamarind, spaghetti squash pad Thai, and gnocchi with peas, goat cheese and chanterelles. The menu changes, so don’t get too attached but oh my goodness, it was the best meal in ages!

n
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Low key setting, delicious fresh food, interesting flavors, and solid service.

TB
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Hard to believe that a place touting its brunch doesn't serve decaf coffee!! Remember to ask for the salad dressing and maple syrup to be on the side unless you like tons put on your food.

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting from out of town.

d
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, unusual menu. We say upstairs for early dinner before a concert. Casual, inviting atmosphere. Will definitely come again.

AM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was pretty good, but it was marketed as an American restaurant. It's really Asian fusion, with such menu options as Wagyu steak, Bok Choy Stir fry, and Udon Dashi. The food was quite salty, but tolerable. It was also much more casual than I was expected, which is mostly on me. All in all, not what I was expecting, but not bad.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

OUR WAITRESS WAS THE BEST EVER

MC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

the food here is surprisingly good. Their stracchiatelli is hand pulled cheese made in house and is like a cheesy butter = SO DELICIOUS.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just Fabulous.

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AF
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bar Pilar is a great brunch spot. I love the Hemingway-inspired decor but, more importantly, the brunch cocktails are some of the best I’ve had!

n
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Interesting menu. Great drinks and good food, but the portion sizes and prices were ridiculous. Spaghetti squash pad Thai was $17 (no protein) and the serving was so small it was insulting. I ordered the duck, and the portion of the meat itself was adequate but the sides it came with were not. Again, food was good, but I won't return and wouldn't recommend it as there is no shortage of places with amazing food and better portion sizes in DC metro. Also the service was kinda meh. Food came out quickly once we ordered it, but our server was slow getting to us, and wasn't very inviting.

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