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

100 Best Restaurants 2011: Bar Pilar

Only the top 40 restaurants were ranked in 2011's Best Restaurants list.

Every neighborhood should have a place like this brick-walled faux dive packed with NPR types and off-duty chefs. And not just for the interesting beer selection and esoteric cocktails (try the Bees’ Knees: gin, grapefruit juice, and honey syrup). Chef Justin Bittner churns out an ever-changing menu of easy-on-the-wallet hits.

He’s especially good with vegetables, as shown by a summer sauté of chanterelles and sweet corn and an any-season bowl of roasted potatoes with malt aïoli. Feel-good food includes a bar snack of fried pigs’ ears with lime, a rich bowl of pho, and crisp fried chicken. Adventurous eaters, take note: All offal dishes are $4 during weeknight happy hour.

Also good: Skillet of mussels with white wine and grilled bread; lamb hot dog with mustard and shallots; rice and beans with pickled pork; grilled prawns with lemon and olive oil; corn on the cob with Parmesan.

Open Monday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

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