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 2010: Bar Pilar

100 great places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: At first glance, this Hemingway-inspired bar is just another craft-cocktail den, but the reason to come is chef Justin Bittner’s small plates, including house-cured charcuterie, 12-hour brined chicken, and creative combinations ranging from corn on the cob with Parmesan to Swiss chard with cherries and blue cheese.

What to get: The menu changes, but recent stars have been buttermilk fried chicken; rice and beans with pickled pork; frisée dressed with lemony vinaigrette and topped with a fried egg; and a version of veal piccata made with delicate sweetbreads.

Best for: A low-key weeknight dinner—the crowds on weekends take away some of the charm.

Insider tip: Sunday is the best night to eat here. There are fewer customers, and the chef is often in the kitchen trying out new menu items—he might send one out and ask for your opinion.

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