Declaration

4.3
128 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
Top Tags:
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Happy Hour
Experience the comfort and historic distinction of DECLARATION. Located in the North Shaw neighborhood of Washington DC. Our menu features pizza favorites baked in our Italian brick oven. Don't miss the selection from our 13 colonies pizza list or the farm to table salads, vegetables, meat, fish and poultry. Plenty of gluten free options even our house made gluten free pizza dough.

Our handcrafted cocktail program features regional favorites from historic Philadelphia, Boston and New York City. Our nightly happy hour will have you celebrating with your friends. long into the evening.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pizzeria, American, Italian
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Hours of operation
LUNCH
Monday-Friday 11:30am-3pm

DINNER
Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm
Friday 5pm-11pm
Saturday 4pm-11pm
Sunday 5pm-9pm

BRUNCH
Sunday 11am-3pm

HAPPY HOUR
Monday-Friday 4pm-7pm
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Phone number
(202) 627-2277
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Demetrio Zavala
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Catering
DECLARATION is part of PRG Catering and will offer a full pizza, entree and appetizer menu to patrons for parties of 4 or more. PRG/DECLARATION Catering is perfect for all occasions including office events, house parties, life cycle events or just a dinner party of your friends.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th Street, NW
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Parking details
Ample parking located on 8th Street
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Public transit
Metro - U Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 128 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.2
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here before a show at the 9:30 Club. Staff was really friendly and the food was outstanding. My wife started with the caesar salad and it was fantastic. I started with the wings and although there were only 4 of them they were quite good, especially the blue cheese sauce. We shared the THOMAS MCKEAN, DE and it was really good. Never thought that I'd actually like pizza with brussel sprouts but we both really enjoyed it! We highly recommend Declaration

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DC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The place was ok although the pizza came out in about 3 minutes which means it was it fresh.

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GR
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I enjoyed the ambiance of Declaration but the food was just average and the chairs at the bar were not that comfortable. The staff was attentive and engaging, just wish the food was more memorable. Made my own pizza and got the burrata appetizer. Recommend the home made lemonade. Probably won't go back. Too many restaurants to try in my area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Our waiter suggested the meatball appetizer and it didn’t disappoint. We had pizza and a Philly cheesesteak and all were delicious. We topped off with the brownie ice cream dessert.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was good but the food, especially the risotto, was mediocre.

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BS
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this place! Highly recommended.

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NH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Declaration was awesome! Food is incredible, they had a tasting menu with pan seared scallops and a carrot risotto that was so good, plus the pizzas are amazing. Our server was super friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the restaurant and menu. Plus the decor is super cool with Founding Fathers' quotes and Ben Franklin on the pizza boxes! Would definitely recommend Declaration!

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b
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

interesting and creative cuisine if not a super deep menu, but what they do offer is unique and very well done, solid wine list and beer selection....we didn't get to their cocktails but the sounded wonderful..great place to diner before 9:30 club shows.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic waitstaff, food, and location (went before a show at the 9:30 Club)!!!

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, nice staff, delicious drinks. I believe they make their own gf crust, which was really nice. The pizza in general seemed to lack flavor, and my friend who got regular crust agreed. The flour-less chocolate cake for dessert was the BEST I've ever had!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very Nice servers but there were multiple mistakes by kitchen (received only one of two appetizers, entree didn’t come as ordered -asked for no mayo, lettuce, tomato on sandwich but they put it anyway, relatively long wait for condiments in half empty restaurant

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L
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend for the first time. John was our server and I was impressed with his menu knowledge and ability to guide us. We tried the Brussel sprouts, the wings and the steak sandwich. All were good and I recommend all of them. Please ask for John as your server as well. I look forward to coming back again soon.

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TC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't speak more highly of our experience at Declaration in Shaw! We visited before a show at 9:30 Club. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and had great, honest recommendations for us. For appetizers, we had the burrata and brussel sprouts, which were both incredible. We had the Thomas Heyward pizza, which was good, but nothing too special. We splurged on dessert and got the Thomas Jefferson flourless brownie and oh my! it was delicious. We will definitely return!

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CW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here before a show at the 9:30 club. We had a great meal and one of the best customer service experiences I've ever had in this city. The manager (Theodore) was extremely accommodating, courteous and followed up with us several times to make sure we were happy with our meal and our table. Our server was excellent as well. The deviled eggs were delish and the pizzas were really yummy. There's a good vibe too. Highly recommend this place!!

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KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Waiter knowledgeable and the General Manager was there from start to finish. Food was amazing.

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A
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First, there are apparently two locations, so make certain you have the right one.”
The place has a cool vibe, extra friendly service and great food. We had 8 appetizers, each better than the next. The Brussel sprouts were gone in a heart beat. We ended the night with decadent donuts. We’ll be back.

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JS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pretty good place to go. But the burgers are hit-or-miss. The fish was fantastic. The wait staff and host was very nice and helpful.

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K
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do yourself a favor, and get some delicious pizza at Declaration! The staff is amazing and the pizza is to die for. THEY HAVE GLUTEN FREE PIZZA, TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Declaration was a great choice for me and some friends visiting the area to meet up. The place is right in my neighborhood and I'd passed by many times on my way to the Atlantic Plumbing cinema. I'd describe it as a classy pub -- the kind of bar where you can order actually good food but still experience a bar scene.

I ordered a delicious craft cocktail (this is a good place for those) and later we moved on to beers (there was a decent selection). We started with the brussel sprouts appetizer -- they were roasted with blue cheese and diced apples -- and we all absolutely loved it. Like we almost loaded up on brussel sprouts before our pizzas even came, and we noted the irony of our adult palates and how this would make all our parents so proud today.

The pizza was really good, wood-fired pizza. I enjoyed the variety and creativity of the different toppings, and they were all delicious and savory. Note that this is nice restaurant pizza, and not $2 street pizza. There is a time and a place for $2 street pizza, and this is not the place. Come for a sophisticated pie. A really yummy, sophisticated pie.

I don't think you'll regret it, because pizza + drinks + friends. Unless you don't like those things. I mean I don't know, I don't even know you.

Oh, and last but definitely not least, all of the staff were attentive and really friendly. I'm looking forward to going back!

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N
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an unusual white pizza with Brussels sprouts and loved it. And they were very kind while my 2-year old was not cooperating with a sit-down dinner, spilled his water, etc. My only gripe was that it isn’t apparent from the website or on the happy hour menu that you need to sit at the bar to get the happy hour specials, which makes a pretty big difference in cost when you’re dining with a 4-person family.

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OP
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing in every way. AMAZING happy hour deals, great portions, food was amazing. And our service was PHENOMENAL. I really can't believe the place wasnt more busy we got in without a wait... But everything was perfect all around, will be back

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Caesar salad is one of the best I’ve had. The pulverized pistachos on top make the salad delicious.

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LF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, as always! One of our favorite spots to eat

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MB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

We've visited Declaration four times as we live in the neighborhood. While the food is pretty good (tough to screw up pizza), the service has been terrible every time. They are wildly understaffed. The last time we dined two people up and left and we waited 30 minutes for our first drink.

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GM
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have been to Declaration a few times and my on my last visit I could tell that the menu has been gradually reduced and the food isn't the same anymore.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good but the service was fair. We had to keep reminding our server for items that we ordered and some items we didn't receive at all. We most likely will not come back.

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AM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Declaration before going to a concert at the 930 Club. Our waiter was amazing! He had a lot of knowledge and made great recommendations. The handcrafted cocktails and sodas were delicious and the pizza was divine.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was such a great restaurant. We had ever been there before. The kale salad was excellent and the squash pizza was a taste that new. It was so tasty. The servers were upbeat and attentive. Loved this place.

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B
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It's a really cute place and the menu is creative. But there was something off about each dish we had that made me lower our review. For instance, the arugula salad was over dressed and too vinegary, the pizza crust was too doughy and thick and the barrata didn't come with anything to spread it on ... So while very tasty, we were basically just eating spoonfuls of cheese for an appetizer.

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F
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quality pizza, solid ingredients. I appreciate a place where I can grab grab a bite to eat and drinks that is straightforward, nothing fancy or pretentious and has fresh ingredients that just taste really good. For me, that is worth an extra dollar or two, so perhaps some people may think this place is a little expensive for pizza, but I would go back.

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D
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Good was ok. A little overpriced for the quality.

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D
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Food was ok. Service lacked. At the end of the meal I walked into the poorly marked glass panel by the door. Cut my forehead open. Emailed restaurant asking them to better mark it or take it down. Never received a response. Too bad, this was one of my favs.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went for an early new year's eve dinner and it was delightful. I was informed almost immediately that I was there during Happy Hour (on new year's eve?!) Great cocktails - get their Manhattan. Pizza was good, not the best I've had but I'm from NY. The staff was awesome and the place looked beautiful. I will be back.

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D
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd time dining at Declaration. As usual, the food was fantastic (try their pizzas--excellent), they make a great martini, and the service was extraordinary. I highly recommend this place for just about any occasion.

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DC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Like many others, we wanted dinner before catching a show at the 9:30 across the street. If this is your plan, then reservations are a must. We were seated within a few minutes of our reservation time and saw a lot of other parties going on a waiting list or looking elsewhere. Because everyone's there before going to a show, they all arrive at around the same time, which means the servers are in the weeds; while friendly and polite, the service was waaaaaay too slow. Noise levels also quite high-- hard to have a conversation.

The food was really good; nice chewy crust on the pizza, and high quality ingredients. Perhaps a touch too much lemon in the Caesar dressing, and personally I'd like to see a bit more selection in the starters (with 7 starters, do two really need to be devilled eggs?). But what they do, they do very well--- the mac and cheese is pretty awesome (just weird to have mac and cheese before pizza).

Great drinks menu, good beer selection.

We'll be back, although if we want a more "interactive" dining experience, we'll come on a night when the 9:30 is dark.

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A solid place for a meal before a show at the 9:30 club

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z
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to go before a show at 930 club. Very happy with the drink selection and the wings were excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go before a show at 9:30. Good food. Quick service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Declaration before a show at the 9:30 club. Our reservation increased from 2 to 3 last minute, which was our fault, and the manager did everything he could to accommodate us! The service was fantastic and so was the food. An order of the mac and cheese is a must! I highly recommend for dinner and drinks and I'm already looking forward to the next time we go!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Declaration's Restaurant. I am very pleased and look forward to the quality and distinction of this restaurant! Amazing choice!!! Our waiter, John, was extremely helpful and made our quick bite feel as though we were at a private home!

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