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bar PILAR


(202) 265-1751 / Reservations

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bar PILAR


(202) 265-1751 / Reservations

About

We are located in the heart of Washington DC's 14th street corridor. Pilar has been a staple in the neighborhood for the last decade. The restaurant and bar has a fresh approach to dining and cocktails.

Our chefs pride themselves on only using the freshest of products from local farmers such as Tuscarora Farms, D'Artganan and Green Circle Farms. Though we are  serious about food, our bar will always remain as a gathering place for good times and where great memories are made.

Hemingway inspired 

Ernest Hemingway’s boat, Pilar, inspired some of the world’s greatest novels, contributed to scientific research with the Smithsonian, and served as the vessel for the author’s many exploits in the waters off the Keys. How could we not name the restaurant after her?

ARTISANAL cocktails

Our handcrafted cocktails range in taste and complexity. From classics, like the perfect Old Fashioned, to signature concoctions using house made tonics and elixirs, there’s a glass of something intoxicating for every palate.

eclectic menu

Our eclectic small plates menu of New American cuisine is inspired by regional farms and suppliers with a focus on fresh, seasonal, organic and local produce. The simple yet adventurous dishes change frequently depending on what’s available, but that’s part of the adventure!

 

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A SINGULAR DESTINATION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD


Simple, yet adventurous food paired with a spirited bar scene makes Pilar the destination on 14th Street to satisfy every occasion.

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A SINGULAR DESTINATION IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD


Simple, yet adventurous food paired with a spirited bar scene makes Pilar the destination on 14th Street to satisfy every occasion.

The Crew


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The Crew


STEPHANIE JUEN

GENERAL MANAGER

Stephanie has been a student of the environmental sciences, agriculture, and resource economics; researched corn crop sciences and the impact of mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia; interned in a public defenders office; and even spent a couple of years in law school at Georgetown. Ultimately, she realized she wanted a change of pace.

In 2012 she took a break from school and picked up a hosting shift at Bar Pilar. By the time Stephanie starting managing, she had a clock-in button for every front-of-house position under her name. With all that knowledge, floor training new hires is really easy. If they like country music or are die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fans – like her – even better!

matt brown

ASSISTANT general manager

Matt Brown lives by Dalton’s three simple rules in Road House – most importantly, rule #3: “be nice.” Never having wanted to work in an office, he’s bartended at an independent movie theater and a sushi spot, waited tables, and built sandwiches at Subway.

Most notably, he basically ran the joint at the Black Cat for the better part of 15 years before joining our team at Bar Pilar as General Manager in late 2014. And as rule #1 states, as soon as you think you know what to expect from him, just keep in mind “Baby Elephant Walk” is the jazzy little tune that’s playing in Matt’s head when he smirks at you.

Jesse Miller

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Jesse fell in love with cooking on his way to becoming a painter. It might have had something to do with the late nights, hard work, good food, friends…and the women. Friends & former co-workers from the Elkridge Furnace Inn in Maryland brought him into the kitchen at Saint-Ex more than seven years ago. Since then, he’s continued to hone his craft and focus his artistic creativity onto the menu at Bar Pilar.

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