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Pilar's Tamales

2261 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4405
+1 734-929-4161
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“tamales” (21 reviews)
“curtido” (3 reviews)
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Latin, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American, Vegan Options
2261 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4405
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

Well-prepared Salvadoran specialties & the friendliest staff in town. I'd take out from here twice a week if I lived closer.

Thank JUGL11
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

We have been going to Ann Arbor for years, and did not know about Pilar's Tamales. We arrived a bit early for lunch, but the owner, Sylvia, had us come in anyhow. She explained the menu to us, and said that everything was prepared fresh...More

Thank bob h
Reviewed 3 December 2016

Pilar's Tamales is a great little place in Ann Arbor for authentic tamales. The owner makes them daily, and you can either order takeout or eat them in this small restaurant. An interesting blend of decor, combining railroad memorabilia and Latin American art.

Thank Greg J
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Very good Salvadoran food, cooked in a family style setting. We've done take-out several times and have really enjoyed it. My favorites are the chicken or pulled pork tamales which are cooked perfectly, moist and very flavorful. We've had various pupusas (chicken, pork, black bean...More

Thank socal13
Reviewed 24 August 2016

When you first pull up to Pilar's, you may be deceived by the small "strip mall" setting and the awkward parking lot. But pass it by and you will miss out on one of the city's hidden gems. Indeed, what Pilar's lacks on the outside...More

Thank Fetaphile
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The Mexican coffee is a must! Just the right amount of spicy without being overbearing. Tamales are the best in town. Everything I've tried has been top notch.

Thank USA-Traveler56
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

This is a nice cozy little place. We were a group of 8 - they don't have a lot of seating but they accommodated us in their yoga room. Calling ahead always helps :) The menu has a lot of vegetarian options. I had the...More

Thank Ash R
Reviewed 13 March 2016

We tried chicken and pork tamales and vegetarian pupusas on combo plates that come with beans-and-rice, and curtido, a lightly pickled version of coleslaw. Tamales differ from Mexican tamales I've had, the masa part seems both thicker and softer. They are served covered with a...More

Thank ellemkay
Reviewed 7 February 2016

Moderately priced but amazing and authentic tamales! Owned by the most wonderful El Salvadorean woman, Pilars tamales is definitely a worthwhile treat.

Thank M H
Reviewed 21 November 2015

Interesting atmosphere with many handmade items decorating the shop and also for sale. The owners are very friendly. Very interesting variety of tamale choices. Vegetarian and vegan choices are plentiful. Very enjoyable experience!!

Thank nsz19
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2261 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4405
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Ann Arbor
  • Phone Number: +1 734-929-4161
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