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
254 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (94)neighborhood gem (85)good for groups (84)fit for foodies (77)hot spot (72)kid-friendly (45)late-night find (41)great for brunch (40)special occasion (35)vibrant bar scene (31)great for outdoor dining (24)romantic (20)notable wine list (10)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Great pizza!
    ycomedyVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Just wonderful pizza! Our waitress was really nice as well. Got seated next to a noisy door before the rush... But if you are looking for consistently excellent food, this is a great spot. Vibrant as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was Okay
    Angel
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We ordered pizza. It was ok. Very expensive. 14 inch with sausage and mushroom was $22.00 and was not unique.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great View, Great Food!
    Emmy
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I went to celebrate with my family and friends and had a wonderful time! They seated us (we were a big group) on the third floor which was a great spot with a bit of privacy from the rest of restaurant. The food was fantastic -- save room for dessert, we had the trio and shared with everyone. We left happy and stuffed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Post Post Hunt Late Lunch
    AnniversaryCouple
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Following an afternoon running around DC with friends doing the Washington Post Hunt, we went to Matchbox Chinatown for a late lunch / early dinner (4 PM). The group (7 of us) were seated at one large round table where we could easily converse together. Everyone enjoyed their food (gourmet pizza and burgers, soup and salads). The wait staff was friendly and reasonably attentive but sometimes wandered off for longer than was necessary. Overall the experience was quite pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Post-Shakespeare dining
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Went to Matchbox-Chinatown for dinner after "Henry IV, Part II" at Harman Hall. Tried to eat there about a month ago, after "Henry IV, Part I", but discovered I'd made a reservation at the 14th Street Matchbox instead of this one. (Why Open Table has the 14th Street branch listed among Downtown restaurants is a mystery.) I had the Matchbox Meat pizza, which was very tasty. The Trio dessert overwhelmed me. I finished the sorbets and ice cream but left most of the doughnut holes and brownies. Service was reasonably attentive and the area in which I was the sole diner quiet. I'll return to Matchbox-Chinatown after future Shakespeare plays.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    MandyMVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    This was my first time at Matchbox - thanks to a gift card my office provided us in April for Administrative Professionals' Week. I had the crab cake sandwich with fries - and I think that is one of the best crabcakes I have had in DC! Excellent! The fries were great as well - and our server, Mufasa, took care of us with enthusiasm and knowledge of the menu by advising my friend that she could get the two pizzas she was debating on split on one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 168 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 208 reviews are from the Matchbox - Chinatown reviews archive.
  • Great place
    Obguy
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Our second time here. Always good service from friendly staff. Food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    BFFs
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Brick oven pizza and more! Service was outstanding. Food delicious. We only ended up with pizza and husband got seafood special. All of it was great. Also split the dessert trio....so yummy! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Good food at a moderate price and convenient location. The best steak and cheese in DC.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid spot.
    Aaron
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Nothing awesome, nothing bad. About what you would expect for a touristy area like Chinatown.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Crab Soup was superb and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The Crab Soup was superb and the Cubano excellent. Service was very good, friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Two thumbs up
    mollyVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We came after a game to grab something to eat. The bar was packed with people but the rest of the restaurant was not. We were seated quickly and our server was quick. He was very attentive and cheerful. A lot of servers could learn from him. My husband got the bistro burger and it was cooked to perfection. I got a small pizza that was amazing and great portion. Will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for lunch
    CharlietheclamVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I always enjoy going to Matchbox for lunch with friends. There is a happy vibe. Most of the time everyone gets pizza, so I cannot comment on the rest of the food. The pizza is always good. They have an interesting variety. I recommend the chef's picks.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wood fired wonderful
    MTFoodie
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We ordered the scallops, crab cake & bun less mini burger. All I can say is wow. I come from beef country and I have never tasted better beef. Shrimp & grits had a delicious spin. Highly recommended. Wood fired pizza is a winner every time! Jesus was an excellent server, and he seemed genuinely proud of the product as he should be. What a gr8 experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deeeelish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Mini burgers a must. Great salads, pizzas and rustic rigatoni worth coming back for. Adults and kids will have lots to chose from. We tried the Capitol Hill location for lunch and then China Town location for dinner while in DC from Seattle.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with coworkers
    MissHonestOpinion79
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I really like Matchbox. It has a trendy, cool type of vibe. Making the reservation online was a breeze. Changing it online wasn't (modifying it to lower the number of attendees), I had to call the restaurant. The one thing I dislike about their policy is that you have to wait for at least half of your party to show up before you are seated. Waitress was very nice and a little nervous. I assume this was her first time serving a "large" group. We had to remind her about water, straws,etc. Took awhile for our food to come out- keep that in mind if your on a strict time schedule. the overall experience was nice. My matchbox chicken sandwich was a little dry. I usually get the sandwich and it's delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MrStevensfromCatering
    MrStevensfromCatering
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Best to have a reservation during peak times. That makes the experince a lot nicer. No extended waiting. The food is great, and the service is good. During lunch, they do a great job of getting you in-and-out, without making you feel as if you need to "get out". I highly recommend it for lunch get togethers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Gem...
    Mariee
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    This place is really cool and I got the crispy chicken and it was fair. I will return to try the pizza and dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great Pizza
    DCDiner
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I've been to several Matchbox locations and have never been disappointed. I've tried a few of the non-pizza entrees and have found them to be delicious. Matchbox may not knock your socks off, but you can safely schedule a social or business dinner there without worrying the food or service will be sub-par.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, terrible service
    Michelle
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Food was good. Service was terrible. We were a group of 6ppl. One person'sorder came out at least 10 minutes before the rest of the table. When we asked where the rest of our order was, the waitress said pizzas come out faster (this didn't make sense because two others in our group also ordered pizzas). The waitress said she'd have the chef make a new pizza and bring it out when the rest of the food was ready. She didn't do that. All she did was put the old pizza in the oven to warm it -- it came back to us burnt. Also the booth they put us in was very uncomfortable. We are 6 small women and we were up against 6 large men who kept leaning back shifting the seating into us. A table would have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    Foodler
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I'd been to the Matchbox in Eastern Market and liked it so I decided to try the Chinatown Matchbox for brunch. The set up was even much better, the stuff were friendly and the food was great. The hot cinnamon rolls were to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good dining experience,
    Jenn
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Very good dining experience, since this was my first time there. Great food, great service, will come back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No one puts baby in a corner
    AlexD
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I booked a table for a weekday, late after, early evening dinner with friends from out of town. We were seated way upstairs in a back corner despite there being plenty of tables open in the main, sunnier(!), level. Our waiter seemed attentive at first, but after serving drinks, dinner took forever, and I had to walk down to the bar to get our check after we had been waiting for close to 15 minutes after finishing dinner. I love the food at Matchbox, and have had excellent experiences at other locations, but the Chinatown location is definitely lacking I am sad to say.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-game dinner
    WizardsLadies
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This was the perfect ladies night pre-wizards game dinner. Our server was energetic, knowledgeable of all the dishes and drinks and the food was delicious. We each had a few drinks and those were tasty as well. The only drawback I had with the night was the location of bathroom. There is only one set of lavatories which happen to be in the ground level. My friends and I were seated on the top floor which was four flights up. My recommendation for improvement would be to install another set of lavatories either on the top floor or at the very least the third floor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service. Sat at the table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Poor service. Sat at the table for 10 minutes before anyone came around to take a drink order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great For a Quick Bite During Lunch
    Denamar
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Once again, Matchbox did not disappoint in delivering quality food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Matchbox
    Hungry4Pizza
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Lovely experience. We were sat right away. The waitress was very nice. She explained the menu. The food was awesome. We had the meat lovers pizza. Food came out fast. Always an excellent experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot, Hot, Hot!
    MonumentalVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Always a consistent exceptional meal with a vibrant atmosphere. Service too, was over the top. I highly recommend Matchbox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    This was my second visit to Matchbox. Had the same waiter (can't remember his name for the life of me) but he was EXCELLENT~! Extremely knowledgeable and accommodating without hovering. Fantastic smile, perfect amount of humor and just all around great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Duck Confit
    WestinDC
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Monday night's special of Duck Confit with Baked beans and potato chips w/ crispy spinach was to die for! I usually stick with the pizza but this was an amazing dinner along with 10 year anniv red wine blend( CA winery-west coast love).:-) great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server Sho was awesome,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    Our server Sho was awesome, very attentive and knowledgeable about the restaurant and the products they sale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Random Night in DC
    Rahrob
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We were going to order up room service but I stumbled upon Match Box and the menu, ambience and price made us want to check it out. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was. Would highly recommend d this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Excellent Selection
    DCGovtContractor
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Our group enjoyed the lunch... great food and a wonderful selection of excellent dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner
    Nikky
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Everything from the appetizer to dessert was great! No complaints. Our service was excellent as well. Around 5:00 we were the only ones in the upstairs dining area near the windows but by 6:00 the whole place was filled. We split an appetizer sampler, salmon dinner and pistachio cheescake for dessert and left full but not overstuffed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • as always Matchbox was a great
    spatzdoVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    as always Matchbox was a great experience.. Great Pizza. good selection of beer on tap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really a great spot to have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Really a great spot to have some dinner before a game or concert at the Verizon Center. Bring your hiking boots though - there are 3 levels! Food was EXCELLENT. Had their regular salad with the dried cherries - yummy! Also there appetizer trio - which was JUST RIGHT for a meal, 2 bunless sliders cooked to perfection and juicy, 2 crab cakes - very little filler and 2 HUGE seared scallops! Very TASTY! We also got the dessert trio which was extremely good and recommend that you share. Our server was very polite but when asked what his favorites ont he menu he was reluctant to tell us. The service was a little slow, but not so much that it ticked me off. ALL and ALL I would come back again and will check out the Merrifld one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff was great with the two kids.
    caphillny
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Thanks to the staff who were very accommodating. We had a 9 year old and a 2 year old, the servers were patient and were kid friendly in terms of cups and a high chair. Thanks. Pizza as usual was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The entrance is rather small
    InMyOpinion
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    The entrance is rather small and the lighting is sufficient. The seating area is decent and the booths look comfortable. The table server was professional and perky! I saw an order of the 6 minis with onion straws...get the assortment of cheese; BUT, the gouda cheese tastes awesome! The onion strings were delicious too. I had to take half of the order home. The minis come in 3, 6, or 9 servings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    DoveVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The lunch at Matchbox is always good. This time I got the tomato soup which really hit the spot on a very cold day. We were seated promptly and enjoyed very good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great crabcake
    hockeyfan
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Had the crabcake sandwich--generous with the crab and no excess fillers. Nice brioche bun. This casual meal would have gotten 5 stars if the chef hadn't presalted the french fries way to excess. Please let us do the salting if we so desire or avoid it as required for high blood pressure. Lay off the heavy salt!!!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate