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Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar

Named after Earnest Hemingway’s famed fishing boat, Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar is looking to shake things up in South Florida’s dining and nightlife society. The revamped modern American restaurant offers an epicurean experience with a combination of culinary classics and a warm and gracious staff, making the tucked away hideaway the perfect destination for delectable yet casual decadence.

Offering Lunch and Dinner, executive Chef Erica Nicholl has created each menu featuring brasserie comfort food with nightly dinner offerings with choice of family style sides, emphasizing on the restaurant’s fresh seafood selection and the finest local and imported ingredients.
36 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
(36 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 36 reviews
5 stars
(10)
4 stars
(15)
3 stars
(9)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(24)
  • fit for foodies(11)
  • special occasion(7)
  • great for lunch(6)
  • good for groups(5)
  • hot spot(3)
Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar Reviews List
Review 1 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/16/2015
 2006
Dined on 5/16/2015
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/16/2015
 2006
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Review 2 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/16/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 4/25/2015
 2003
Special Features: neighborhood gem
+1point
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Review 4 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Changes not an improvement

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This was our first visit to an old favorite restaurant now under new ownership/management and we were very disappointed, The menu was more limited, several of our requests were ignored once the food was delivered - dressing not on the side, cheddar cheese left off the burger. Bread was brought with a soft butter/oil spread which waiter kept insisting was real butter, but finally brought real butter from the kitchen, not graciously. What used to be a regular neighborhood go-to for us is now a neighborhood stay-away-from."
Dined on 4/07/2015
 2007
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Review 5 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Excellent Food. Beautiful Presentation, strip mall location but inside was nice and we would absolutely return. Not a tourist trap like some/most of the beach restaurants."
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2015
+1point
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Review 6 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My Argentinian strip steak dish was delicious and my wife's salmon was a nice piece of fish. Both dishes were a generous serving and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal."
Dined on 2/09/2015
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent dishes, limited menu.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The menu is limited but our dishes were excellent."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2014
0points
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Review 8 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Intersting menu, certainly different.

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/08/2015
 2011
Dined on 2/08/2015
 2011
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food was good and so was the service. We had the latkes, macaroni and cheese with lobster and the fish special."
Dined on 2/08/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 9 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Don't miss this great find!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"With all of the hustle and bustle of Aventura mall to the south and Gulfstream to the north, it can be easy to overlook this treasure - but don't! The staff is friendly and endearing. The ambiance is vibrant, but mild enough to hold a real conversation. And the food... exquisite. The chef's talent is on par with the more renowned chefs in the area. Take advantage the accessibility of this great find a while you are able and you won't be disappointed."
Dined on 1/30/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
+1point
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Review 10 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Margie Weinberg

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Love the elegant vibe....kudos to the chef
Acoustics are a bit of an issue
Service fair
"
Dined on 1/30/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
0points
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Review 11 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Service

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Service and food was nice and I would return to try some other dishes"
Dined on 12/23/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem
+1point
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Review 12 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

The worst!

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The food was awful and three out of five in our party had to send their food back. The manager on duty was terrible and was not at all helpful. Save your money- dine some place else. Any fast food place would be much better!"
Dined on 12/21/2014
 2006
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Review 13 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Must Go!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Great food with friendly service. Chic, but cozy atmosphere. Love the latkes!"
Dined on 12/20/2014
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 14 for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Surprise gem

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Great Lunch menu, large variety and terrific Buisinessman' lunch at a very moderate price. Good attentive service"
Dined on 12/17/2014
 2004
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
0points
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Pilar Local Restaurant & Bar
Based on the average of (22) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
20 out of 21 recommend this product
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic