Matchbox - Capitol Hill
Matchbox - Capitol Hill

Matchbox - Capitol Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://matchboxcapitolhill.com/
  • Phone: 2025480369
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm Friday: 11:00am - 11:30pm Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Shannan Troncoso
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Sunday Jazz 11am - 2pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: H Street
  • Public Transit: Eastern Market Metro
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Matchbox - Capitol Hill
Matchbox offers fresh American inspired food and drink in a modern and eco-friendly setting. Our menu includes brick oven pizza, miniburgers, fresh seafood, and a fantastic brunch. Guests can dine on our outdoor patio in nice weather. As the winner of best new restaurant, Matchbox takes brick oven pizzas to a new level.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Matchbox - Capitol Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (31)neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (23)great for brunch (22)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (18)hot spot (16)kid-friendly (11)special occasion (11)late-night find (8)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (5)scenic view (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Matchbox offers good Americana food and pretty good pizzas. Restaurants always well designed and good for groups to meet up. A good reliable place to meet up where everyone can leave happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great experience- the service was slow but it was also quite busy for a Sunday brunch, so at least there's an explanation for it. The brunch pizza was outstanding. I ordered the big one so the whole table could partake- it was a hit! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Accomodating Server
    Fly2theMoonVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our table ordered chicken pesto pizza, hamburgers, salad and fish. All were very tasty. The party of four at the neighboring table wanted sliders, which served in orders of 3 pieces. They asked the server if they could order four, and he quickly responded that he would check with the chef or manager. Soon a plate of 4 sliders arrived. Everyone was happy, and the server was complimented to the manager. That's customer service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Your place for adult pizza
    SpockJenkins
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    So if you like pizza and like being adventurous then this is the place for you. I won't give you the gorey details, but it's the best pizza in town. It has an adults feeling unlike the jumbo slices in AM and the rest of the menu gives it the authority to say it's not a 'pizza joint'. If it's less than six of you in the party go for it. Anymore than that make a reservation and be flexible. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect find
    RDPierce
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We arrived into Washington DC later than planned. I called because open table had a reservation available that was past their closing time. They closed at 11pm but they took us around 10:45 or 10:50. The service was great. Food was wonderful (we had the short ribs). Atmosphere was fantastic. Overall it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza, Outdoor Dining, Price
    Dale
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was great. The pizza was awesome. The location is easy to get to with outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Dlove86
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I love this place food and service was great! Its a nice place for a date night or just hanging out with your friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    DeeJ
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I do not have any complaints. Never an issue with food and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere & good food
    Jazzie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It was crowded when I arrived (I arrived before my appointment time). The burger and shrimp and grits were delicious. I felt that Travis (waiter) could have been a little more attentive. I will probably visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Scmaria
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My first experience was July 2013 of last year. It was Awesome! The food, wait staff and atmosphere ever since has never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    Notpickyatall
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I'm not sure it my server had a bad night prior to coming in but the service was terrible. He made several mistakes from bringing the meals out at different times, about 15 minutes between the time when the first meal was dropped. Forgot to bring butter, straws, extra water, etc., after being reminded several times. I have to say it's ranks as one of the worst experiences in a really long time. Matchbox, please train your servers to pay attention to details. That's what will keep us coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    DinersVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Good food and great to have in the neighborhood. A bit pricey for pizza.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Reliable
    AbeL
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We enjoy good food, but my spouse doesn't always want the unique sauces and specialty ingredients used in many top quality restaurants. We have found Matchbox to be a wonderful place where we can get excellent service and food without feeling as if we are reading in a foreign language when studying the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually great but not this time
    lj28VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I've been to Matchbox more times than I can count and I have never had a problem with the food. It is always delicious, from the pizza to the sliders to the salad (I LOVE their chopped salad!!) - it is consistently great. Unfortunately, this visit was not as pleasant as it usually is because we had a server with an attitude. Not really sure what her issue was, but she did not seem too happy to be there and was alternating between rushing us along and disappearing for long periods. Also they did not have THREE of the beers that were listed on their menu (2 were new and had not even been tapped yet, so I'm not sure why they were listed) -- the reason I know this is because the 3 beers they did not have were the 3 I tried to order!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spotty service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I arrived solo without the other 4 guests in my party. When the others arrived, the host staff told them basically to find the table. Nice. Then the waiter introduced himself no more than three times to the table. Not a huge issue but it shows he's not paying attention. The service was slow for as empty as the place was. The food was good - no stand-outs in my opinion. Then, before everyone was done at the table, the waiter brought out what Matchbox decides you get for a birthday treat. It was fine but A. we didn't ask for it and B. not everyone was done eating at the table. I thought it was rude and not to have the choice was not good, in my opinion. Overall, the party was pleased. Personally, I would go someplace else for a celebration.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Beautiful afternoon to sit outside and enjoy cocktails, salad, and sliders. Good service and people watching.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly and accomodating staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The staff was outstanding. The host found us a table outside and the waiter was friendly. I had the crab cake sandwich which was okay; I've had better. There was some pieces of lump crab meat but not as much as I expected from the description on the menu. The roll was toasted which was great but it was "greasy" and the french fries seemed to have been cooked earlier and maybe reheated but they weren't hot. My friend had the pizza and she enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DC staple w/ good food @ good value
    phugickVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Matchbox doesn't necessarily do anything better than any other restaurant in DC, but the food is simply solid all around. For dinner, go for any of the pizzas. Its also great for brunch. The bloody mary's and flat iron steak and eggs are highlights.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time!
    NavyYardDiva
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    A few coworkers/ friends and I went to Matchbox for happy hour and had a wonderful time! The crab cake sandwich was delish! My drink was even better! Great atmosphere! Great time overall!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pizza & More
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We had heard a lot about Matchbox and were not let down. We loved the fact that the one on Cap Hill takes reservations. Would recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good brunch
    BuckeyeSM
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Good food.....not too pricey.....great outdoor seating
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot to relax after shopping
    GatorGurl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Matchbox was perfect. After taking my mom to Eastern Market, we met a friend and dined on delicious 3, 6,9 burgers. Loooove the Gorgonzola cheese and yummy onion straws. My mom raved over the Matchbox Punch! We took our dessert to go. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Don't drive! Take the Metro!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 113 reviews are from the Matchbox - Capitol Hill reviews archive.
  • Decent food deplorable service
    Moose3193
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We had reservations and were seated right away. Yet we sat for 39 minutes before we had a server come to our table. Once we places our order it took 30 mins for the app and one hour for the food. Te food was great bit the place wasn't busy and it took forever
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for small birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I went with a group of 8 people to celebrate my birthday. The food was very good and they have a good variety of offerings. They had a good beer and wine selection. The ambience was nice but it was a bit loud for a larger group at a big table. The service was good. Our waiter was nice, knowledgeable, and attentive. All in all a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Pizza!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    What a great place and great food. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    A couple of friends and I went for brunch before the Nationals game. We were in and out in the time we needed to be by. The service was great and the food was excellent. The steak and eggs were amazing. My friends ordered the cinnamon buns, which smelled delicious!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Notpickyatall
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Everything was outstanding. Food, Service, Ambience...SUPERB!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Matchbox for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The service here was excellent. Our waiter was so attentive. As for the food, I appreciated being able to go half and half on a small pizza. My half was the prosciutto white. My friend had pepperoni. The prosciutto white had good flavor. I wished that the prosciutto would have been diced a little more. I kept pulling off all the prosciutto from my slice in one bite. My friend enjoyed the pepperoni. The pepperoni had a little kick to it and her slices were loaded. I think I would get that pizza next time. My friend raved about the magic brownie dessert, which that day was served with peanut butter gelato. I had the chocolate chip bread pudding, which was just ok. I've had better.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service - Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Server - great. Food - way overpriced. Basically Pizza Inn like thin crust pizza for 4 times the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was very good. The pizza was more on the gourmet side but could also make them with any topping you wanted. The menu is diverse enough for everyone to be able to pick from salad to dinners to pizza. Great place!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • farewell lunch for colleague
    FederalWorkerNo1M
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Six of us (one the honoree) went to lunch here. We had done something similar last year with our former boss. The restaurant could easily accommodate our size and dealt well with us trickling in in batches. We had a very pleasant and attentive server. Food was tasty as it always is here at Matchbox. Honoree had a good time, as did we all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Variety is the spice of life
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    What a great variety ! Everyone was happy. The service was excellent. Many more selection to try. Street parking was available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    LoveToEat
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Matchbox is definitely a Great place for lunch OR dinner, the food and service are Outstanding!!! Keep up the Good Work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    yummyfood
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Great food as always. Highly recommend the Kale salad and the soups are always great. Pizzas are delicious as well. Always enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Capitol Hill Brunch Date
    Babyonboard
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    My toddler daughter and I met another mom and toddler here to start our play date. We arrived at 10am. The place was already filling up quickly, a sign of good things to come. Our service was spectacular! Our server even cut the straws for the kid cups to make them easier for the little ones to handle. I ordered waffles for me and an additional one for my daughter. They were well prepared, but the fresh mixed fruit topping was what set the dish apart. Yummy!! We also splurged on the cinnamon rolls. We could barely eat them in the restaurant because we were all so full from our entrees. But we devoured them later that afternoon!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, but expensive for a lunch
    DiningDorsVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    This is a great place to eat but do not take friends here that are on a budget, as I learned the hard way. One beer, a sandwich and tip was $28 pp.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats
    HungryEaterVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food was good. The service was good as well. I'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    TeacherMeg
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Matchbox has some of the best pizza I've ever had (I love pepperoni)! On our last visit, my pizza was a bit burnt and our server was adamant on making sure it was okay by my standards and offered to get me another one more than once (even willing to put it in a To Go box for us). We love their 3-6-9 mini burger appetizer but decided to branch out and try something new...we got their mini trio that consisted of 2 scallops, 2 mini crab cakes, and 2 of their bunless mini burgers and were beyond impressed. We often dine at the Merrifield location, but would be more than willing to head into Capitol Hill again for this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    The server is what made the dinner exceptional, Jennifer made certain suggestions on the food. I felt like a pizza so she recommended the Prosciutto and black mission fig, but another sounded perfect to me as well...Coppa Italian Ham and Arugula and when she told us that we could have it made half and half I was like so excited... my honey had a burger cooked just like he liked it. We hardly order dessert with dinner but we couldn't resist once she told us about the famous donughts with orange zest and a kahlua creme' dipping sauce...wow that really complimented the whole entire experience. I have been to Matchbox several times and I still have yet to be disappointed. I thank you and I thank Jennifer for her hospitality. Kiki Jones
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matchbox Resataurant - Capitol Hill
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    This was an excellent spot to have a delightful meal. It is expensive with sliders at three dollars apiece, but the display is excellent and they are covered in fried onion tangles. The pizzas were 10" and 14" and also expensive at $15/$23. But the pizza was well displayed, served hot and tasted great. There was good collection of beers which to my surprise had a great porter. Beers are served as pints. The service was excellent as well. The server had a solid knowledge of the drinks and menu. When undecided on which beer, she was quick to offer a free sample. The room was not large in size, but plenty of room for each patron without feeling cramped. I felt comfortable and well treated. The downside was price, but on my keeper list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.