Very eclectic, adorable atmosphere. Food was fantastic, overall a great night out.
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.
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!
Always has a nice environment and fantastic food.
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.
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.
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.
My friends will not be getting bar pilar. My friend have not earned bar pilar. My friends do not deserve bar pilar.
Throughly enjoyed brunch - it was delicious. The service was also very good.
Its was ok, expensive, food selection was limited and was given no decision hiw my meat was to be cooked, beer was warm .
Excellent brunch selection and delicious, reasonably priced food.
Tasty brunch spot with just enough of a variety to satisfy everyone in the group.
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).
Love Bar Pilar so much. Always an excellent and interesting menu available, lots of veg options and interesting cocktails.
Fantastic brunch and great service!
Great service food and presentation. That said was very pricey.
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
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.
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.
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!
Low key setting, delicious fresh food, interesting flavors, and solid service.
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.
Friends visiting from out of town.
Great food, unusual menu. We say upstairs for early dinner before a concert. Casual, inviting atmosphere. Will definitely come again.
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.
OUR WAITRESS WAS THE BEST EVER
the food here is surprisingly good. Their stracchiatelli is hand pulled cheese made in house and is like a cheesy butter = SO DELICIOUS.
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!
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.
A bit empty for dinner during the week, bit nice atmosphere
Delicious, fresh food and a great price too! Their brunch is my favorite for friends in town!
We had a reservation for Saturday brunch. We were not approached by our server until several minutes after we had arrived. It took another 30+ minutes to get the drinks we ordered and another ~30 minutes for our food. The food was excellent but the service was subpar at best.
The food was excellent, I was a little weary because it seemed like more of a bar but the blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes were delicious and my friends enjoyed their meals as well. A nice brunch option.
I just love this place! For anyone that loves good healthy interesting food, this is the place to go--either at the bar or at a table. Their salads, small plates, and main dishes are so very good. About the only place I know that is both healthy, delicious, interesting and not over-priced.
Everything was nice except at the end of meal a random waiter or manager cane up and asked us to leave because we weren’t actively ordering more drinks and he said he had another group coming in. We were with a group and talking and I’ve literally never in my life been asked by a restaurant to leave. So I would have rested it higher but I just thought that was weird. We spent a lot of money there. Waitress was really good though
This was a nice enough place for dinner and drinks but it smells downstairs like a bar when you walk in, which is offputting and the food really needs a rethink.
Bar Pilar is a cozy neighborhood spot. The menu changes seasonally. Sometimes, the menu is stellar and other times it falls short. For this visit, a lot of things fell short. The food was good, but overpriced--for that much, I can go down the street to Le Diplomate and have a consistently amazing meal with better service. While our server was kind and jovial, neither she nor the hostess abided my many attempts to remind them we were celebrating my partner's birthday. While I get a restaurant is busy on Valentine's Day, I explicitly wrote it was her birthday on my reservation, alerted the hostess, and talked about it three separate times my server came to the table. Neither open table nor Bar Pilar facilitated anything to do with the occasion. I decided not to get dessert and took my partner to the Tabard Inn for a nightcap and creme brûlée where we were treated like regulars.
Hidden gem. The food & drinks here always impress.