Matchbox - Chinatown
Matchbox - Chinatown

Matchbox - Chinatown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://matchboxchinatown.com/
  • Phone: 2022894441
  • 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: Cliff Wharton
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th and H Street
  • Public Transit: Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Red, Green, Yellow);Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Many parking garages are available in area. We offer a discount rate for parking at the 9th and I street garage. It is located at the TechWorld building. Please bring your ticket to the restaurant for validation.
A word from Matchbox - Chinatown
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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Matchbox - Chinatown reviews from OpenTable diners
284 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (104)good for groups (101)neighborhood gem (96)fit for foodies (94)hot spot (86)kid-friendly (51)great for brunch (45)late-night find (40)vibrant bar scene (39)special occasion (33)great for outdoor dining (32)romantic (23)notable wine list (14)scenic view (6)Show More
  • Good night
    Scotte
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    we were seated immediately. greeted and served quickly. Food was tasty and the service was polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SuGarC
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Casual, quick, and fun. Very good service. Excellent pizza. Good beer selection. Desserts exceeded expectations. For the "more mature" crowd, be aware that there are multiple levels and there are stairs to negotiate.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Caps game dinner
    mamawint
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    we had only about 45 minutes before a Caps game. Service was great - got us in /out in time. We both had tuna salad ... it was great! Great pre-game spot. Be sure to make reservations!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love coming here!
    NicematindinerVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Matchbox Chinatown is the best restaurant to go to for great lunches and incredibly attentive and accurate service. I have the pleasure of coming 1-2 times a month to take out special guests (clients) to enjoy the food and really have a chance to talk. Will keep coming and always know that it will be great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holiday Brunch
    Rico
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I met an old friend on a federal holiday Monday. The service was on point and very friendly. The food was delicious. I had the bloody mary burger which was perfectly medium and flavorful. I like all of the different rooms and levels of this restaurant. I highly recommend this place because it is consistent and just plain good. I will be there again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the Wait
    HG81
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My husband and I have wanted to dine at Matchbox since we saw a piece on local pizza places on PBS. It's taken us over a year to follow through, but it was well worth the wait. We visited the Chinatown location and it was lovely. The wait staff were attentive and friendly, the atmosphere was lively, our drinks were great (good selection of beers on tap) and the pizza was wonderful. We appreciated that we could have a pizza split between two sets of toppings. The prosciutto and black mission fig was delicious. Considering that we ordered an appetizer, drinks, pizza, and dessert, our bill was a modest $75--but we also split a 10" pizza, rather than the larger one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    edmonite
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wonderful food and exceeded my expectations as to quality food. We had a new server so I wooldnt hold that against them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific spot
    DecantersVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We ate here twice on a recent trip to D.C. and wish we would have snuck in at least one more meal. Hands down, the mussels were the best I've had anywhere...anywhere! We had to order some more bread ($2, ridiculous if you ask me) just to sop up the broth. Heavenly! We tried three different pizzas (one split) and they were all delicious. The real surprise was the wine. We're a big fan of Californian Jed Steele's wines and it turns out that Steele is enough of a Matchbox fan that he created the Matchbox Blend just for the restaurant. If you like reds, you won't be disappointed, especially for $8 a glass. We also tried the jalapeno-infused margarita and it was fantastic. We now want a Matchbox here in Houston, near our house, please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better than expected
    FStreetFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I've always walked by Matchbox and marveled at the fact that it always seemed packed. So stopped in the other day for a late lunch to check it out. Seems like the mainstays are pizza and burgers, but we went for salads. A chopped chef salad, with salami, aged provolone, pepperocinis. Was really very good. Very fresh, great mix of greens, not over dressed. We sat out in a small courtyard which was a comfortable, pleasing environment within the chaos that is PQ. I'll go again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matchbox always delivers
    Dee115401VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in DC, a great go to and last minute fine. Doesn't disappoint especially if you can get in without having to wait for a table. Pretty good drinks and the pizza is very consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    spatzdoVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I took my Grandson to Matchbox before one one the Caps pre season games and It was a great experience. They let Brett make his own pizza. That staff was attentive and the pizzas were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food...So-So Service
    OzuoVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food is what keeps you coming back at Matchbox in Chinatown. The brunch fare is outstanding. We were a party of four: We had the brunch pizza (amazing); waffles (good), French toast (outstanding) and crab cake Benedict (very Good). The service was inconsistent...Wait staff seemed overworked so you have to wait for water, refills etc...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really a jewel box
    Olderann
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Attractive and warm. Food excellent. Atmosphere good. All the stairs a bit daunting for older folks but we managed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great vibe/Good food
    ReginaB
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We enjoyed food and svc by Chike, so we came back with a larger group. They loved him just as much as the food. Will come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    NicematindinerVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great - love it and keep returning. Great place for food and service. The best restaurant in Chinatown and will keep bringing clients there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Must!
    Foodexpert
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Chike(pronounced as Chikay)explained the menu and he was right on point. Everything our group was superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brunch in DC
    HappilyfedVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Took a group of 10 friends here for a collective birthday brunch. Not only did our waitress make time to actually learn everyone's names, they brought us a dessert collection at the end of our meal that made the day really special. But let's be honest, even without the perfect service, this place is affordable with dependably amazing food and the best cocktail menu in DC. Oh, and the cinnamon rolls will blow your mind. If you've never been, it's the best place in DC for a date, friends, or family. The restaurant has different levels to suit all levels of intimacy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing dining experience
    UnsureVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Matchbox has become easily one of my favorite places to dine, it's delicious, the atmosphere is amazing and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Evening
    dinnerfor2
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My girlfriend was visiting from out of town for the weekend and we decided on Matchbox, having gone before, for dinner. Food was great! It came out hot and promptly, and tasted delicious. Our waitress was also fantastic! She was humorous and definitely connected with us and helped make our evening more memorable.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday Night at Matchbox
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Matchbox always delivers on the food. I've been so many times I cant even remember and I've always had awesome food. We arrived at Matchbox 15 minutes before our reservation and had to wait...didn't get seated until 20 minutes AFTER our reservation. We went to the bar and had a couple of drinks and the service was awesome- bartender was incredibly helpful in recommending my wine choice. However, after finally being seated we had terrible service at our table. Waited 15 minutes for our drinks and our server was literally non-existent. Would give bar service a 5, table service a 1.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good restaurant
    erliVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was good, specially the Ahi Tuna Salad. Friendly service
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were sat 30 minutes later than rez. Took forever to place an order. We received the wrong pizza. Gabby was sweet but seemed very inexperienced and didn't get to know her guests. Disappointing!! Jorge was wonderful. Sweet, attentive and kind. Gaby's response to everything was as soon as possible. Frustrating for a customer to hear over and over.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love pizza
    Dmc1113VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This little place has great pizza and sandwich menu. Exposed brick walls and old flooring make it quite a charming place. Had a pizza for lunch that was delicious and service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food
    Natasha
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service could have been better. We were left unattended for quite some time. Our appetizers came out and we had no plates to eat from. Supper friendly people, but maybe not enough servers. I noticed we weren't the only tables that were neglected for some time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great birthday lunch!
    lunchfor2
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Took my friend here for his birthday lunch. Pizza and salad were excellent, and the waitress brought out a dessert sampler with a candle at the end. It was perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great all around!
    James
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We sat in the back of the very top floor. It was quiet and really nice. Usually service isn't so great in these back areas, but we were proved wrong. We had pizza, which is a great thin crust, there is also the option to get half and half on the toppings. The prosciutto and figs was delicious! It was a little sweet, but the arugula helped cut the sweetness. The cider selection was just Jacks in a can, but they did have a very good cocktail menu. Dessert was fantastic!! The doughnuts and coffee was really awesome, and the sorbets were fresh and inventive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Neighborhood Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    After a matiness at the Shakespeare Theater, I took my mother to Matchbox, just to try something unique. The atmosphere was informal and very unique. The wait staff was very helpful in providing recommendations. The food was well prepared and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My second time visiting
    UnsureVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food and service was amazing. They removed one of my favorite appetizers from the menu but everything I have ordered so far has been simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service needs work
    ChristyGVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've eaten at various Matchbox locations many times. The food is good and the bar scene is lively. This visit in Chinatown, we had to wait for 35 minutes for our table and that is WITH a reservation. Clearly no one is managing the turn over in tables to ensure those with reservations get seated promptly. Then our server ignored us throughout dinner and took our forks after appetizers and salads but never brought more. My husband had to get up and walk over to the server's station to get forks TWICE! Servers walked past our table multiple times but never checked in to see if we needed anything, even when we had food on the table but weren't eating because we had no forks. Bad night for Matchbox and our last visit for the foreseeable future.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    DCGovtContractor
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I always love the food and they never disappoint in terms of selection, quality and taste. Love Matchbox!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in downtown DC
    Sabrina84
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Both pizza and meat were excellent, the ribs were especially tender and very tasty. Interesting cocktail list. The infusion based cocktails have a very low level of alcohol though. The atmosphere is really nice, booths are better than the high tables, less comfortable. The third floor seems more romantic than the second. I recommend this restaurant well located in downtown DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Gem
    jessinthemiddle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved, loved loved Matchbox. The service was great, the food was delicious and the ambience was cool and casual. I even stepped out of my comfort zone and tried the chocolate bread pudding. It was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I enjoyed the food, but the service left a lot to be desired. This is the second time I've visited your location where the service was mediocre.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Fun Little Treat
    paokansasVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Matchbox has lots of energy - the waiters, the ambience, the atmosphere, the diners. It is a fun place that sets the mood. The food was delicious (though my salmon was a tad overcooked), and the prices were right.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great time
    DorieD
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I always have a pleasant experience at Matchbox. A great place to fellowship with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good lunch time dining spot
    InfrequentFoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My recent visit to Matchbox was a surprisingly good dining experience. The staff are attentive, pleasant and ready to assist from the moment you walk into the door. The decor was very trendy and welcoming. It would be a good option for any meal day or night. I had their pizza and my guest had a chicken sandwich that she returned for. I would return and am looking forward to trying the other items on their menu. Their french fries looked to die for and smelled amazing :).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My lunchtime experience with this restaurant was great from the time my party and I walked in until we left. The hostess was friendly and attentive while still being quite professional. Our server was very professional, attentive, efficient and friendly. The food was excellent. Honestly, that is one of the best Angus burgers I have ever had. We will come back again, either for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lobsterlove
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My husband was craving pizza so I looked on my Trip Advisor for reviews. This restaurant came very highly recommended. Everyone in my party said, Pizza in China Town???? They thought I was crazy but soon found out it was awesome! We didn't just have pizza we had the crab soup, salads and appetizers. Everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    Asdfghjkl
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I work in DC and brought my parents in for moms birthday and they really did a wonderful surprise for her, excellent food, service, and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good pre theater or event dining
    Bora
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    great service provided for pre theater dining. food is fine but nothing to rave about. Small patio for dining is quieter than inside.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate