Bar Pilar

4.4
408 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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DevonW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter and experience. Quick service. Will be back! Curious if the space can be rented for events?

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice evening and the food was nothing short of remarkable.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait about 20 minutes for our table even though it was not busy. We also waited about an hour for our food but the lady next to us got hers in 10 minutes.

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MorganP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Pilar was incredible!!! Stopped in for drinks and a bite to eat with my boyfriend, and we were thoroughly impressed. The General Tso's chicken was possibly the best I've had in my life, and the drinks were phenomenal!! Bar Pilar has a great atmosphere with just enough noise to feel hoppin', but not so much that you can't hear your date. The staff were all extremely friendly, too. I cannot recommend this place highly enough!!

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vipMattS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We had a reset at 1pm for an outdoor table and was told “everyone wants to sit outside@ upon arrival. We were offered to wait 15-20 minutes, which turned into almost an hour. When we were asked if we wanted to sit at the bar and have drinks while we waited, we did…but drinks came piecemeal…I ordered a beer in a van and it took 15 minutes. Food was ordered (they comped our bakery assortment…thank you), but food took over an hour to get to us. By the time we were done, it was almost 4pm. I come from the service industry, and I know things are tough right now. The food was actually REALLY GOOD, but service was not up to par. I would come back, but maybe in a month or two and hopefully they will get their service standards a bit better.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was fantastic! But make sure to get the bakers platter!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We arrived on time but we still waiting 45 min for the table for 2. Food took 1 hour to arrive after we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Dining at Bar Pilar was an exercise in disaster . Despite having reservations, upon arrival, no one was around to seat us. We spoke to multiple members of staff seeking assistance, who only directed us to other staff members. It took 15 minutes to get our table, which was then one clearly intended for a significantly smaller party. When we requested a larger table, we had to wait another 15 minutes to get seated. The waitress, while very sweet, neglected to write down the order, which resulted in multiple mistakes in our orders. We also had to wait roughly an hour for a glass of water, and for the table to be cleared, which caused us to be swarmed with flies the entirety of our meal. The food in itself was entirely unseasoned and we were underwhelmed. 2 out of 10 total - though our rating would be in the negative numbers were it not for the excellent biscuits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Booked a reservation and requested outside. When I got there there was an open table outside however we were told another party was waiting for that table and another one should be available within 10 minutes. 15 minutes later a table outside is still not available, aside from the one table that is still open. When I inquired about it to the hostess again, she informed me that the customers who reserved that table are currently sitting at the bar. Isn’t it standard for customers whose tables are ready to then bring their drinks from the bar to the table? Ended up having to sit in the back corner upstairs at a table way bigger than necessary with awkward table/barstool height.

The food was mediocre at best. We ordered the dumplings to start and the inside filling had no flavor. I ordered the bibimbap for my main and was disappointed— the rice was the majority of the dish and it was mushy and there was not enough meat in it either. I’d go back solely for a drink, but would not come back for the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food1service1ambience1

Waited nearly an hour for service and did not receive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty and varied. Staff were very friendly

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience1

AC was broken 🥴

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Terrible service. Spent 2.5 here because we couldn’t get the waiter to service our table. Overpriced food that wasn’t with it. Very disappointed to have chosen here for our special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks- brisket was unreal and HUGE!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

There was one server upstairs serving the whole floor. The drinks and food took forever and my food was missed

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We have loved Bar Pilar every time we’ve gone, except this time. Had to wait 40 mins for our table that we had reservations for. Service was incredibly slow. One person’s order was wrong and it took them 20 minutes to correct the issue. We appreciate the rotating menu BP does, but the menu, which is typically “modern American fare,” this time was predominantly Chinese oriented. We’ll still go back probably in the future but it won’t be on the top of our list.

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vipGregD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was cold. Had to send back. Server was not attentive.

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vipBradleyS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Drinks and Ambience!

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kmgrimme
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday funday brunch out. Service was fantastic. The “bottomless” drink special was a fun way to try the different cocktails on the menu.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waiter was friendly and doing his best, but service was unexcusably slow and unattentive.

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AlisonV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great environment made the experience feel more like a normal night out then we've had in a long time. Staff was also great, very accommodating and friendly

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food, drinks, and service was good. Music was just too loud

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was great, the cocktails were great, and the restaurant had a lovely ambiance. But the service was so bad. They are definitely understaffed - we waited so long to be served. And the waiter was very rude when we initially arrived.

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HaileyB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I didn't catch the name of our waiter, but he was wonderful - he mentioned that they were short-staffed, but only to explain the occasional delay. Food and drinks were great, can't wait to go again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

I booked an outdoor table for 12:30pm brunch to celebrate my birthday with friends. We ended up waiting 1 hour and 30 minutes to be seated after being told multiple times we’d be seated in 20 minutes, 10 more minutes, etc. In normal times, we would have left after the first 20 minutes passed, but given the limited availability of seating at all restaurants (due to the pandemic), we took our chances and hoped it’d truly be a quick turn around. We had a reservation after all. Unfortunately, due to this experience, I’m not planning to return to Bar Pilar. All of my birthday plans had to be rearranged or canceled due to the 1 hour and 30 minute delay at brunch. Call me crazy, but when I make a reservation I expect to be at a table close to the time of the reservation. The staff were kind & apologetic, but did not offer anything for the inconvenience. Having to wait so long when we had a reservation is just bizarre and not an experience I wish to repeat, especially for such a special occasion.

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SippinHannah
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cute space! The food was surprisingly fantastic! Best side salad dressing ever!

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Maria
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An unassuming venue with a decent variety of food and drink selections on the menu. Great for a chill night out. Good bang for your buck.

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AnnaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place for dinner that is not too fancy in a fun atmosphere on 14th street.

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vipTheJeffOwens
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! A must try for everyone!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was very good. Had an egg white omelet that was delicious. Service was a little slow for bottomless brunch. But the waits staff was very apologetic. There clearly was not enough staff for the area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Great brunch deal—especially outside! Service was sub par. Far too few people on staff. Waiter who did help us was super nice.

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vipPatch
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience5

I usually LOVE this place! Their food is always out of this world. For some reason they had just one server cover all the tables during a Sunday brunch rush. The server could not have been nicer. What a great guy!! I think the rush pulled the food quality down. Our food was stale and not hot. We got take out on the way home and ate after, which was fine. We knew they were slammed. Our drinks were great, but there was a good wait to receive bottomless drinks. Great place! Please hire another server for brunch. Yay Bar Pilar, excellent spot!!! <3

Bar Pilar
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you, Patch. Unfortunately, there are times where servers call out...and we guarantee that this issue won't happen again. Hope to see you back soon!

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vipRyan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks Kevin!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

They were clearly understaffed. It took over 15 minutes before a server approached us, 30 minutes between rounds of drinks, and once our food came out, no one asked if we needed anything until
I flagged down the waiter at the bar. If this was a COVID-related instance, I’d understand, but we’ve been doing this for 9 months.

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vipRocioP
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and an amazing waitress!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was great sourthern food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pancakes were not that great, server ignored our table for over half an hour during a bottomless brunch. We ordered our first round of food 40 minutes after we got there. I think it’d be ideal for them to hire another server or two. The service was nice, it was just sparse.

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Sarah
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Some of our orders were forgotten, had to ask to comp the meal. Drinks are good but incredibly overpriced. Waited a really long time for food and service.

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vipGM12
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Cozy vibes and the staff was super friendly. Bottomless option is 10/10.

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Bar Pilar is rated 4.4 stars by 408 OpenTable diners.

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