Great Place for a Pre-Theater Meal
We had another great meal before going to Studio Theater down the street. We asked for pizzas that were not on the menu and the chef was happy to accommodate. The service was excellent, our server was friendly, efficient and energetic. We'll definitely return. We sat on the second level, which was quieter than the ground level, so we were able to have a good conversation without shouting. We had theater tickets and although we arrived in plenty of time for a leisurely meal, our server was there with the check as soon as we asked for it and we didn't have to wait.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unexpected GF options!
As a gluten-free traveler I am always hesitant at restaraunts. Just around the corner from where we are staying for vacation was Matchbox on 14th street, and I could not have been much more pleased. They had a gluten-free menu guide, delicious food, great atmosphere and wonderful staff. We would definitely go back if we come back to DC.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Matchbox C'mon Baby & Lit My Fire!
The 14th & U Street Corridors run perpendicular to one another and not only symbolize the heart of Washington, D.C. in cultural diversity, thriving development with steady growth of small businesses, a high-end prime real estate market, and let's not forget the wildly entertaining nightlife, but it'a also geographically located as the "heart" of Washington, and so with the addition of Matchbox to our neighborhood community, it's surely a fitting establishment that complements the style and way of this part of town. Great food and bar scene. Check this joint out!
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great location addition
So glad for more Matchbox location options- although parking is really difficult.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic... once again!
We had a great time. We live in the neighborhood and just can't get enough. The restaurant is beautiful. The location is convenient. The service is very strong and the food is delicious. We were there with family from out of town and will have more family next week... and we'll be back again!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for a Group
Had a party of eight for dinner and drinks on a Sunday night. The food was good, reasonably priced and they had a good beer, wine and cocktail list. Everyone enjoyed their meal and I would definitely recommend it.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food, Fun Atmosphere
Our party of 6 sat upstairs for a late lunch in the latest in the local Matchbox group and the décor/atmosphere is just great fun. We all tried different things from the beef stew special (spicy, good) to salads, pizza, and the mini trio appetizer. Matchbox is meant to be for good American food at reasonable prices for a casual dining adventure. It is not fine cuisine or fussy and does not break the bank. We all enjoyed it very much. Biggest problem - PARKING!!!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Matchbox is a great place to grab lunch or dinner in DC. The food is always great and the staff is very friendly.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
tasty and great service
Husband and I finally tried the place and it did not disappoint.great waitress and shrimp snd grits to die for! Food is flavorful and maybe a bit pricey for large families. Save this place for date night.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always great at Matchbox, but on this visit we were able to see how child-friendly the restaurant is. The kids were given 'pizza kits' - dough, cheese, tomato sauce, and pepperonis- and could make their own mini pizzas as they waited for food to arrive. Very nice touch and much appreciated way to keep them amused in a restaurant.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a comfy spot for brunch with friends. Simple menu of good comfort foods with a twist! Energetic staff that help to make the experience easy going and fun.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
The place was great. Everything from the food to the service was top-notch. I will definitely be going here again. Watching the chefs downstairs making our food was pretty cool too. The menu had a section that gave some history about the place and its different uses throughout the years. Definitely a gem in D.C.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kristina is a great bartender
We sat down and ordered a round of beers, and Christina immediately served us our beefs and change the TV to the sports channel that we wanted. We couldn't have asked for more courteous and prompt service as she was extremely attentive. her top-notch service is enough to give this a four star review. In general matchbox had a loud noise level such that conversation required a higher volume but that was okay as we were expecting a more lively atmosphere. Also the chef let my buddy make his own pizza it was a kind and goofy gesture but kind of cool nonetheless. Check this out if you want to grab some beers and sit at the bar, selection is great and Kristina is fantastic.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
They just know how to put
They just know how to put it all together. Friendly staff, beautiful setting, great food and price point.
8/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
The staff was amazing and helpful, hostesses, servers, bartender, food runners, etc. The food was delicious. Great drink selection. The black bean bahn mi was amazing
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is great when it
This place is great when it is not busy. We always make sure to get there a little earlier than the normal dinner crowd and this makes for a great time. When you are there and its packed, the service slows and and place is loud. But hit it right and its a really good meal for the money....
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
For diverse tastes and ages
I've eaten there twice and had a very good experience both times. They have a really nice menu with a wide range of choices but I liked their sesame grilled tuna salad enough the 1st timetgatiordered it again. I've sat outside both times which is always quieter than indoors. Everyone's always been happy with their food and drink! Good cocktails.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great brunch! Brought out
Great brunch! Brought out of town folks and they absolutely loved it.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pizza was Delish! Doughnuts
Pizza was Delish! Doughnuts amazing! An waitstaff was friendly and attentive!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Between the mimosas, cinnamon rolls and breakfast pizza there wasn't much more I could have asked for. Left full and with a go box.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aim for the Tree House..
Matchbox on 14th is terrific. The prosciutto and mission fig pizza is excellent and the restaurant has a great energetic feel. If you can snag one of the tree house tables -- do it! Sweeping view of the Matchbox scene.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been to Rockville spot numerous times. This was convenient to Ted's Bulletin where we wanted to have dessert as well as its location. What a location! Handy to metro. More importantly, this early 20th century bowling alley with beautiful facade and fascinating rehab inside showing the buildings structure has wonderful ambience. Ally, our waitress, in her day job was involved with the architectural firm that recreated this place. She was terrific. We always love the pizza and apps. Great drinks and draft beers.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Pizza in DC!
Matchbox's fire & smoke pizza is my favorite pizza in DC. It is also one of the rare places that serves my all-time favorite Belgian trappiste beer. That they have a patio is a huge bonus. A breath of fresh air in a city of over-priced, pretentious restaurants.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My second visit was very good. Sunday night at the bar started slowly. Whoever designed the service bar pick-up area 20 feet from the bartender's wells and beer taps -- leaving them to walk back and forth and back and forth to make and place drinks-- should be beaten with a hose. Such inefficiency is unforgivable in an otherwise well designed space (with the exception of the host-stand and it's 30 electrical cords, did the designers not know that there would be things in need of outlets there.
Food as usual was delightful- great beer selection, and again the salmon filet was perfectly cooked. Shame the onion rings / straws are not made to order. Avoid anything topped with blue cheese, it tastes cheap.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Intro to America
I brought two British friends here as an introduction to the vibrant American food scene in Washington. They loved it! The food is fun and the ambiance is lively. This was a repeat visit for me and I enjoy the fun menu and revel in what 14th Street has become. Read the history of the building on the menu.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was terrific and our waiter was too!!! Everything was superb!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always enjoy Matchbox. The food is good, the beer menu is great. I'd describe it as well above average bar food. We always get a plate of sliders and a couple of small pizzas to share. If you're out with a group of friends and that type of menu sounds good to you, its a great choice.
The wait staff was very good. However, they brought our appetizers and main foods out at exactly the same time. To their credit, the waitress and even the manager came over and apologized about this without our complaining at all - and offered some complimentary dessert. Small mistake, things happen sometimes and it wasn't the end of the world. I appreciated that they knew it was a mistake and that they cared enough to apologize. Nice!
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice, upscale restaurant
Very nice, upscale restaurant with great beer selection (on tap) and great food. Love the pizza!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place on 14th St
Had a very good dining experience at Matchbox on 14th St the other night. Good food, good atmosphere and good service.
We ordered pizza, the kids' mac and cheese (which was delicious) and a salad. The salad didn't come out 'on time' and the waiter comped it for us (nice gesture but not necessary). We will be back.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
Amazing pizza and mini-burgers are what matchbox is known for, but their short ribs were fantastic and I am giddy for the pear salad. I've yet to be disappointed. Our server was also great, and timed out order perfectly to accommodate our dining companions who, due to horrible traffic, could join us for just a few minutes before their play started.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My prior visits to Matchbox were with my spouse and/or other family members; this time I went for what was essentially a business lunch. The restaurant worked well for this purpose; tables are reasonably well-spaced and noise levels do not make conversation difficult. My crabcake was not one of Washington's top efforts (and not as good as Matchbox's burgers or sliders) but was creditable; a little less remoulade would have made for a less messy sandwich. Service, as always for this establishment, was polite and efficient (which makes it hard to believe that the same management operates Ted's Bulletin up the block, where I had a truly awful experience with the service).
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
Reliable Neighborhood Restaurant
Can't go wrong with the chicken pesto pizza. Disappointed that they forgot my drink order but the fire and smoke drink was excellent. Their cocktails are about 1-2 cheaper than other places on 14th but the same quality.
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had a great time from start to finish! My girlfriend and I had a very wonderful and romantic time!!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been to most of the Matchbox locations, but I think if you have a big group then heading to the one on 14th Street makes the most sense. It's very open and well-lit. And the food is delicious as usual.
10/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Pop of fun and flavor
Matchbox has it all - quirky ambiance in a fun space, great service, and food. They've jumped onto the Asian-influenced bandwagon, but definitely didn't leave anything begin in the process. While it adds a pop of spice to their Korean short ribs and results in a bit more ginger in the scallop sauce - it's all for the best. The Asian coloring adds a fun twist on wha would otherwise just be great American food. And that side of the pacific wasn't the only place they were drawing their inspiration from, Italy inspire the thin crust, charred pizza pies. And then good old American food tied it all together.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Celebration Location
We were celebrating a birthday and Matchbox delivered. The food is excellent, the ambience is very comfortable and spacious and the service was impeccable. Just reserve well in advance.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for It
Matchbox is a energetic dining experience that anyone will enjoy.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely brunch experience
We had brunch on Sunday and it was a great experience. I loved the atmosphere and the decor. The staff were very friendly and pleasant. The food was typical brunch food.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & normally good service
Service was very off my visit this past Sunday. The server just kepting making mistake after mistake with our order and then our check. Also was very slow the service, which was strange as the place was really crowded. Maybe the server was just having an off night?
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a really great waitress
Had a really great waitress that had lots of personality and was very efficient. She sold us on the Rockfish special which was to die for. Nice to Matchbox stepping up their game on the 14th St race. Also had a great bottle of wine to boot. The spicy meritage, Por que no-was great with our food and not to pricey either. See you soon!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for out of towners
Brought my family who was visiting here. Very family-friendly. The chicken pesto pizza is always good.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
I absolutely love Matchbox
I absolutely love Matchbox on 14th. This was my second time dining here when in D.C. The food is superb - love the shrimp and grits appetizer and shortribs entree, the service was excellent and the atmosphere is inviting. Brandon and Max were provided excellent service and were attentive without being intrusive. I highly recommend Matchbox on 14th.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites
This place is know for the wood oven pizza. However,their salads are fresh with great drssings because they make their own.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food at great prices!
Logan Circle is thrilled to haveMatchbox in this neighborhood!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and even a few
Great service and even a few extras being seated at the chef's table! An awesome experience and great food.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Matchbox is on fire
Tasty food, friendly and attentive service, diverse menu. The only problem comes from outdoor work lighting that hurts ambience.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went there for friends birthday and the food was great as well as our server Brandy!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the atmosphere to the food, this place
Is top notch. Would highly recommend reservations.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
A real treat!
Really an enjoyable spot for casual dinning. Innovative menu where you can mix or max any of the items to modify any of their dishes so you can customize on it to your liking. Service was exceptional. Both the bar design and the restaurant have an imaginative design. Pizza's were awesome - also a very impressive nitrogen infused selection of wines. Well worth the adventure of finding the restaurant...only a couple of blocks away from the U Metro stop. Will be on my short list of restaurants to return to the next time I'm in DC!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great Go-To!
Love the food! Love the atmosphere! Love the decor! We always try to hit one of the Matchbox locations for some great food while we are visiting the DC area! Definitely a favorite!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM