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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 in 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 inspiried 

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 by bar manager Ben Wiley range in taste and complexity. From classics, like the perfect Old Fashion, to signature concoctions using house made tonics and elixirs, there’s a glass of something intoxicating for every palate.

eclectic menu

Our eclectic small plate to large plate menu of New American cuisine is inspired by regional farms and suppliers with a focus on fresh, seasonal, organic and local produceThe 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.

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The Crew


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The Crew


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.

ben wiley

bar manager

Ben once attempted the corporate world. It was a mistake. And while his first foray into the industry at 15 was exactly the opposite of good or capable, the owners of the small French-style bistro allowed him to continue as a server because no one else would do the job.

It wasn’t until years later, when he was working at a restaurant that focused on historical drinks and dishes, that he realized this was it for him. Aha! Bartending married his love of making things with talking about how things came to be at people who were forced to listen to him against their will. Always searching for new experiences and trying new things himself, Ben invites people to belly up to his bar to explore new things that they never would have tried before!

matt brown

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.

zeina badran

event MANAGER

After stints in cubicles at the American College of Cardiology and The Phillips Collection, Zeina the Warrior Princess joined the Bar Pilar/Saint-Ex team as server in 2013.  She finally realized she was more excited about working a long shift at Bar Pilar than sitting in an office all day at her “real job” – nobody was surprised when she put in her notice.

When she’s not working an event, managing on the floor or organizing the promotions for the restaurants, you can find Zeina strolling through a museum, sitting at a bar with beer in hand reading, or listening to a selection from her vinyl collection.

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