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
214 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (81)neighborhood gem (73)good for groups (68)fit for foodies (62)hot spot (59)kid-friendly (41)great for brunch (39)late-night find (38)special occasion (29)vibrant bar scene (28)great for outdoor dining (19)romantic (19)notable wine list (8)scenic view (5)Show More
  • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    agamble1983
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    For some reason, I really liked Matchbox the last time I dined in; however, after this time I will not return. For one, the drink menu is not the most important menu and should not be presented as such especially given that not everyone drinks. Second, the menu and food is just okay and nothing short of average although the prices are high for the quality. I was really disappointed with the pizza as my boyfriend and I both had acid indigestion the rest of the night and that never happens. The service was not bad but it was chaotic and super noisy. It is really convenient to the Verizon Center. On my way out, a waitress cut my boyfriend off on the stairs and he backed up and landed on my very exposed big toe yet she just kept going.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Try the chicken
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was the restaurant that started a local flock of Matchbox and Ted's Bulletin locations. Wood-fired pizza is supposed to be the star attraction but my wife, the family pizza expert, says it's not that distinctive. Instead, try the crispy roasted chicken. It's excellent, as was our appetizer of crab and avacado salad, a big mound of it. Service was especially good, friendly and helpful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful find for lunch
    vacationerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Right next to metro stop, great service (friendly, upbeat, and there when you needed them) and my friend and I loved the food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    Nevergowrong
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Took my kids their for a day out. We went for pizza and dessert. Everything was great!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1jjmo
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place has very good reviews in the first place. Came here for my birthday and it was great. Food and service was excellent. Must try their pizza and burger sliders. The magic brownie was awesome. Couldn't have picked a better place for my birthday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and drinks were amazing...
    foodieguy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food and drinks were amazing. We had a great pizza and the staff very knowledgeable about the beer and the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Matchbox Memories
    Matchboxmemories
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    In DC for the very first time & friends recommended Matchbox. Was there with my husband and 12 year old daughter. Loved it so much we ate there twice in one week! Sat on 2nd level at the back where it was a little quieter which was nice after walking all day. Maya, our server was awesome! Friendly and very helpful. Loved the specials. Mojito & Avocado salad were amazing & incredibly memorable! Can't wait to get back to DC to go to Matchbox again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice for lunch
    BWFoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my first time at Matchbox, and was not disappointed. The crab and avocado salad was really delicious and the Monte Cristo (special) was on point. Cho was our server, and had a great combination of food knowledge, professionalism and genuine warmth. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner with friends
    pandy445
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was great, service was okay - need waitress. Recommend the crap soup. Dessert trio was really good, can't best hot donut holes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    deelicious11VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Got the matchbox mimosa, skillet cinnamon rolls, and the breakfast pizza! All were great. Cinnamon rolls were my fave!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre service
    juke13
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was good. The service was slow. We were thinking of ordering desserts, but it took 15 minutes for our server to return for our selection. I would still return despite that. There are other items on the menu I'd like to try.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Pegs1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a great dinner for four here on Sat night, without breaking the bank. Food was excellent, We ordered the 6 sliders and shrimp and grits as appetizers. My husband loved the shrimp and grits, while the rest of us ate up the fried onions and burgers. Three of us had pizzas, while my daughter had a salad with chicken. Everyone was happy with their choices. We had 2 special cocktails , a glass of wine and lemonade. All for around $140. Will definitely be back again. We sat in a booth upstairs, Had plenty of room and was not noisy. Our waitress was attentive and food was served promptly. Very pleasurable experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great but noise deafening
    BarbinDC
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I would go to this Matchbox more often if they did something to absorb the noise. But it's not fun to yell at your lunch partner!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SwitzerlandVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Outstnding pizza and salmon, preceded by an amazing gazpacho! The special brownie dessert was delicius and perfect for sharing. Nietzsche provided outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Five stars
    foodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I love coming here. Their service is wonderful and food is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change of pace
    Love4food
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The Chinatown location was heads above the one in Rockville. Food was good and server was attentive. Went on week night and it was jammed but had a great time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holy Cinnamon Rolls, Batman
    WingedPeach
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Went for brunch with my sister. The staff is very kind here. We ordered the cinnamon rolls and the prosciutto white pizza. Both were very different and delicious. The cinnamon rolls were fluffy which we liked and the ingredients on the pizza were of very good quality. I hope to visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pre-concert dinner
    TrikkeRider
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had tickets to see Billy Joel at 8PM so made a reservation for 6PM. Skipped past the 25 people waiting for a table and was seated immediately. The cream of crab soup is killer!!!! The pizza was thin crust and had just the right amount of sauce and zesty flavor. Didn't have any dessert but saw some donuts at a neighboring table and they looked divine. Just didn't have room for another bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious brunch, cheerful staff.
    UpforNewSpotsVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great patio with awning. Perfect Chinatown location. Loved the apple pear salad and brunch French toast. Accommodating staff and upbeat vibe. Nice sized space. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    moohp2008
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We dined here on a Thursday night. We had a previous reservation and were automatically taken to an available table. They were busy for later on a Thursday. We were seated on the second level upstairs at a pretty small table. My boyfriend is 6'6 so we could have used some extra space but I do understand it was limited that night. The food was great and had great timing. The highlight was our server. She was friendly and engaging and made great recommendations. I was impressed! This was my first time at this location, having been to the Eastern Market location several times. A different atmosphere but I would return. I love the food!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    sharon
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was absolutely fabulous. A must try if you are anywhere close. Our service was really great as well. The only reason I did not give 5 stars was the 20+ minute wait after our reservation time. And you really shouls make reservations for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Kath
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Good salad, great pizza. No wonder they are always busy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good
    FrequentFoodie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I'm always impressed that they have more than just pizza on the menu, but at the same time, I can never bear to order anything except the pizza because it is so divine. Great and unusual combinations (prosciutto, fig, honey, and arugula), along with some traditionals. The crust is so tasty, and the toppings so good that both my friend and I practically inhaled our pizza. We really had great service-- very polite and attentive, and we were not rushed us in spite of it being lunchtime, which was a nice change for the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • PTJPTJVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Best pizza in DC, along with the best mini-burgers. The service this time was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice service, but...
    tm2000VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had shrimp and grits app (really good); crab cake sandwich (very good); scallops (excellent) and apple cobbler with salted carmel ice cream (coma inducing). The only negative was the two top seating on the second floor at an elevated bar stool/bench configuration which was very uncomfortable and made having a conversation impossible due to the noise. Even though four top booths were available, we heard staff decline requests by other twosomes to sit at them. Aside from the seating issue, the food and service was great. It's in my neighborhood, so I am sure we will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meatball pizza
    kaleykaley13
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I came to Matchbox Chinatown to meet up with a friend I hadn't seen in awhile for dinner. It was a little bit noisy and sometimes hard to hear each other, but the energy of the somewhat small, vertical, warm restaurant was overall nice. It was a Sunday night and still very busy. We each had a salad-- somewhat basic, but delicious-- and then we shared the larger size of one of the pizzas. It had a zesty tomato sauce with bacon bits, onions, and big meatballs. We were feeling hungry and indulgent so it really hit the spot, very cheesy and satisfying if a bit heavy. I would probably visit this restaurant again, mainly just if I wanted some really good pizza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I expected
    Mish
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I've been to other Matchbox restaurants but I was a hot disappointed. The bisque was a bit too salty, but the salad was good. The apple crisp was way too sweet. Each note seemed to be clumps of brown sugar. Normally I love sweet desserts but it was too much for me. However, the service was great. Our waitress was very nice and easy to find when we needed her. After this, I may just stick with the Capitol Hill location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    foodfreak
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. I went to Matchbox for brunch when the menu is only so many items long and I still had so much trouble choosing what to eat. Everything sounded and looked amazing. Great service as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Victoria
    Jane
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The dinner was really good. My only pet peeve was that the description of my dinner did not match up to what came out. I ordered the Shrimp rigattoni, which was advertised as a creamy cajun sauce and shrimp. When it came out, only three shrimp were in the entire dish and it was more of an oily liquid sauce. It was still good though, I just wasn't expecting it. Overall great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but don't sit outside
    ChrissyVA
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was good, albeit a bit overpriced given the ambiance. I also would not recommend sitting outside as you are interrupted frequently by folks on the sidewalk/street.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as normal
    FoodJunkie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I usually not only suggest this for all tourist, but I drag all of my out-of-town guest to this great local chain pizza haunt. I planned this visit for the brunch group outing and it was a disaster from the start. We were seated at the worst seat in the place. I almost asked to be seated elsewhere (probably should have it might have led to better service). They did not give us enough menu's & as one of our guest reached over the table to share my menu we knocked over a full bellini - which they made us replace at full cost! We used all of our napkins to clean up the mess and we were left without replacements for a long time. We got coffee without spoons and without sugar/cream. We had to ask twice. We had long wait for the check. Bad.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Messed up our order slightly, very slow, small portions. Food was kind of salty... has gone downhill lately.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chantina
    JacksonVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I love this place and the food is always excellent and the service is very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely Coming Back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My brother was in town visiting from Houston, TX and he wanted to go somewhere "cool". My husband and I decided to take him to Matchbox-Chinatown on a friends recommendation. It was just that... a very "cool" and happening place. The food and service was outstanding. The aroma of the food was great...it was a pleasure just watching all the amazing pizza's and sliders going by our table on their way to a packed restaurants tables. Our three selections were perfectly prepared and presented. The drinks were heavenly and the dessert was decadent. Will definitely be back for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Parking validation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We called early in the afternoon the day of our reservation to see if they offered valet service because of the torrential down pour that was happening. She said they did not but there was a parking garage and they validated parking. Well, the garage was about 2 blocks away and after dinner they gave us a restaurant manager's card with the date and time on it because they had run out of the validation cards. This did not work at the garage as there was no way for the garage to scan it or know of it was valid. So we paid a lot...which sucked
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.