DC Theme Restaurants, Ranked

Declaration Restaurant

If you haven’t already noticed, DC restaurateurs love to go all-out when it comes to themes. Here are some of the most memorable:

1. Dirty Habit

555 Eighth St., NW

Dirty Habit is dark, really dark. Photo by Jai Williams.

The insane-asylum-chic decor at this Hotel Monaco restaurant includes a padded private room and an “unhealthy yellowish glow.”

2. Mythology Restaurant & Lore Lounge

816 H St., NE

Diners eat “crop-circle salads” and sip chupacabra cocktails at this all-too-whimsical Atlas District spot.

3. Declaration

804 V St., NW

The Presidential Restaurant Group’s all-American eatery serves pizzas inspired by prominent figures from the original 13 Colonies—all priced at $17.76.

4. Free State Atlantic Bar

501 G St., NW

Drink like a Marylander (without leaving Maryland) at Free State.

Why should DC dwellers bother with the short trip to Maryland when they can drink Orange Crushes and eat Berger cookies in this Maryland-accented bar?

5. Palette 22

4053 Campbell Ave., Arlington

Palette 22 specializes in eclectic street eats, like these jerk chicken tacos. Photograph courtesy of Palette 22

Watch artists paint while you eat a spectrum of colorful dishes at Shirlington’s studio/restaurant.

This article appears in the March 2017 issue of Washingtonian.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.