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Declaration

4.4
111 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pizzeria
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join Declaration Shaw on Sunday, May 13th for Mother's Day brunch. Treat Mom to maple french toast, croque madame, steak & eggs, & more! Menu is a la carte with the option to add $17 bottomless mimosa and bloody marys. Our brunch is sure to make Mom feel extra special!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 111 People Are Saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on January 29, 2018

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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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Good was ok. A little overpriced for the quality.

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

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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3.0Dined on November 28, 2017

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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3.0Dined on November 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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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3.0Dined on October 8, 2017

The cocktails were delicious and we put our food order in soon after we got there. Another table sat down and ordered about 10 minutes after us. That table started receiving food, which I thought were appetizers at first, about 20 minutes after their order. I soon realized that was their full dinner. It had been an hour since our arrival and still no food. The waiter asked how we were doing and we both said “Hungry!” He flipped through his book and said “I did put your order in ri.... I’ll be right back!” He went off to the kitchen, said the food will be right out and, magically, 10 minutes our food arrived.

I’m not a complainer but we were waiting at least 45 minutes for our food. Every other moderately good establishment will offer comps, without the customer having to ask. It’s sad the only way you get reconciliations is to complain and make a scene. It was very clear our order was forgotten and no apologies or attempts to reconcile were made. It seemed like they were trying to sweep everything under the rug.

Plus, the pizza was mediocre for the price. The cocktails were definitely delicious though!

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Our server was great! Very personable and knowledgeable, and he made some good recommendations. For starters we had the meatball (so delicious!) and the cavatelli mac & cheese. The meatball is the size of a tennis ball, so it's definitely something to share. We shared a pizza and the brownie sundae dessert. Everything was delicious! We were visiting from out of state but would definitely return on another visit.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Is there a way to love and dislike a place at the same time?!? Declaration is such a great place and the people are amazing. It gets a bit noisy and the kitchen can get backed up sometimes but overall great. However, the food is all over the place; pizza is hit or miss... like I literally ordered two pizzas and one was amazing and the other was not very good. The Caesar’s salad tastes like you are sucking on a lemon and yet the entrees are decent. Chef sounds a bit full of him/herself, whenever something is wrong “that is how we meant it to taste” is the response from the kitchen. Wish they would rein in the kitchen as this should be a pre 930 club visit regularly.

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4.0Dined on September 6, 2017

The pizzas were previously priced at 17.76 in continuity with their 13 original colonies and American history theme. Though now, the pizza's are 18.76 and while just $1 more expensive, it takes away from the overall coolness of the restaurant. A great location and an awesome feel, nevertheless.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

Creative and delicious pizzas, with an above average beer and cocktail menu, too.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our food. The only mix up was that they gave us the wrong menu and our food came out wrong but they quickly fixed it!

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2.0Dined on July 30, 2017

The food was just ok. However, the thing that stood out for me was that two meals were brought out, followed by a third. And then while we all stared at our plates waiting for the fourth one, we had to ask the waiter to bring it so we could all eat at the same time. I thought this was an odd delivery of the meal. Isn't it common restaurant practice to bring everything out at the same time?

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2017

The food wasn't bad, but all of the dishes need salt added. Food wasn't great, wasn't terrible. Service was good.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Delicious food in a great setting with excellent service

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2017

I didn't like how the waitress was pushy on getting an app, I thought they didn't have variety for the apps and I think they should had had a sample menu.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2017

My boyfriend and I came here on a date. We love pizza and are from Ohio so we wanted to try pizza in DC area. The design of the restaurant was cool, and things were themed. I thought the pizza was good, nothing too special though. They do have "out of the box" pizzas, as well as other menu items that sounded equally as delicious. The dessert we got was AMAZING. I am a huge chocolate lover so I really enjoyed it.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Delicious food but disappointing service. Very different experience from the first time dinning there which was why we came back a second time. What saved the dinner was the yummy food.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

We'd been excited about going here for a couple months. We decided to grab a 7:30p for a Saturday date night, and couldn't have been happier. Brussels for an app and then one of the excellent pizza choices from the 13 colony theme. The pizza was excellent, but Declaration's great concept just makes it all that much better. There are little hits of the theme no matter where you look, whether to the menu, drink list, prices, decor, or fun fact from a server. It really makes the experience that much more worthwhile. Our server, John, was ideal. Perfectly attentive, but not overbearing. He was engaging and full of personality. We were checked on by the manager as well, who was equally as engaging and really accommodating.

We will absolutely be back, and probably several times. I hear their brunch is great too...

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Great specialty pizzas and good drinks! Added outdoor seating options recently.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Great Farm to Table restaurant. Great service and atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on June 26, 2017

Chose this restaurant because it is right across from the movie theater. The ingredient list for each item of food would make you think it is going to be tasty. However, the food is bland and salt isn't enough to fix it. Stale popcorn would have been better. Won't be going back.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Wonderful service, delicious cocktails, and high-quality food. I've been for both brunch and dinner and both were excellent!

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