Bar Pilar

1833 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle

Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Modern, American, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Accepted


Best Dishes:
Buttermilk fried chicken; rice and beans with pickled pork; frisee salad with a fried egg; veal-sweetbread piccata.

Price Details:
Small plates, $4 to $11.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible

Happy Hour Details:
Monday-Sunday 5:00pm-7:00pm 5:00pm-6:00pm: half-price draft beers 6:00pm-7:00pm: $1 off draft beers

Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Cheap Eats 2008: Bar Pilar

Why go: Vintage maps and photos of Hemingway—the place is named for a character in For Whom the Bell Tolls—give the place charm, but it also has substance: The cleverly conceived small plates are of the moment—and wonderful.

What to get: The menu changes daily, but recent winners have been delicate pea shoots with fennel and a tangerine vinaigrette; a Spanish tortilla with goat cheese; an earthy stew of chicken braised with bacon and garlic; seared scallops with maple/balsamic-glazed beets and Meyer lemon; grilled banana bread with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of toffee.

Best for: Diners as culinarily adventurous as they are fiscally cautious.

Insider tip: Every Tuesday, general manager Adam Bernbach holds “cocktail sessions” during which he creates five offbeat cocktails.

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