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
277 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (102)good for groups (100)neighborhood gem (97)fit for foodies (95)hot spot (83)great for brunch (46)kid-friendly (44)vibrant bar scene (39)late-night find (38)special occasion (34)great for outdoor dining (31)romantic (24)notable wine list (14)scenic view (6)Show More
  • We had a 9 year old boy with
    KKDC
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    We had a 9 year old boy with us at dinner. The waitress was amazing! She brought him pizza dough to play with while we waited for the food and then while we finished our wine the waitress took him to watch the chefs putting the pizzas in the oven. Overall a great experience! Not to mention the food was delicious as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very dissatisfied with the
    FineDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Very dissatisfied with the food. I ordered the calamari salad that was drenched in dressing, awful. Won't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff Communication
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    I left an honoree's name at the front desk as reservation was made under another name and person at the desk didn't relay that update to arriving patrons. This caused confusion unnecessarily.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun Dinner before Hockey Game
    BrianD
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    Looked on Opentable for a spot to get a casual dinner for self and three college students before a Washington Caps hockey game. Half a block from Gallery Place Metro entrance on 7th and H. A block and a half from Verizon Center. Place was great, exceeding expectations. Eclectic setting since it the building is tall and narrow, with may stairs and many different seaing areas. Service was excellent. Appetizers were delicioous (the sliders are a meal in themselves.) Artisan pizza was very good too. I was concerned about getting in and out in an hour, but we did it comfortably and the staff was geared up for pre-game fans. We will definitely return for our annual hockey outing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    bourboninfused
    Dined on 3/10/2013
    I'd heard good things about the brunch here, WaPo even has them on a top brunch list. Although the food was good, it was run of the mill in terms of quality and novelty. Not bad, just nothing exceptional. Our service was friendly and attentive, but didn't seem to get the hint that "less was more" in this situation and getting us set up, then leaving us alone would have gotten a bigger tip than interrupting our conversation every 5 minutes. Again, nothing bad, but to be credited as one of the best brunch places in DC seems like a stretch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try the banana bread french toast!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    We had an early brunch on a cold Sunday morning - restaurant was kinda quiet at 10:30 am but had picked up by the time we left. I had the huevos rancheros which was really good and my friend had the banana bread french toast which was delicious! I kept stealing bites off her plate it was soooo yummy. Server was attentive and the food was good - would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pizza is great... Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Pizza is great... Atmosphere is pretty good. Great place to go before a game.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I'm really not sure what everyone's
    Foodie8627309VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    I'm really not sure what everyone's raving about. It was good, but not that good. It's sort of a slightly better California Pizza Kitchen. Maybe I just ordered the wrong stuff.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK
    NJAKA1994VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    The pizza was decent but a little (a lot actually) over priced.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with a group of 8 - several
    phreddie
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Went with a group of 8 - several had the specialty pizzas- which were excellent - while my wife loved the crab-cake sandwich! I had the Salmon which was also very good and cooked to my specification. One of the party member asked for a substitution which was honored with no push back at all. Overall the experience was Very Good to Excellent! Will definitely go back when in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average at best
    SilverWk2VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Food was good nothing really special just average. Tuna tar tar was probably the best thing we had there. The pizza crust wasn't crisp for a thin crust and the sandwich was kinda bland. Service was a bit slow towards the end but the server was personable. The Bloody Mary lacked any sort of heat it was just salty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All in all we had a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    All in all we had a great experience. The service was slow, but as usual Matchbox was super busy so I guess that is to be expected. The food was worth the trip!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    went around brunch time on a sunday....had the bloody mary burger and it was DELICIOUS. was kind of surprised that there were some families there with smaller children, but they weren't overly loud or anything. also had the matchbox mimosa which was quite delicious and quite strong. would definitely recommend for pretty much anybody.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food for restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    The food for restaurant week for very delicious and unique. This seemed to be a fantastic spot for capitals fans to come before the game to enjoy a good meal with great options for beer and wine. Definitely will be coming back again as a regular customer without restaurant week being the pull.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed Matchbox for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    Enjoyed Matchbox for brunch before a Sunday afternoon at the Verizon Center. Would highly recommend the Banana Bread French Toast. Can't wait until our next visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as always! Pear
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Wonderful as always! Pear salad and pizza. Waiter was knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, but didn't pester me and my lunch mate. We had a lot of catching up to do and this was perfect spot for relatively quick quality lunch. Noise level was perfect for conversation. Pizza is fantastic, even to me as a picky New Yorker. I had reservations but noticed walk-ins were being seated quickly. Wonderful ambience with subtle smell of wood burning fire.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice time there. Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    Nice time there. Food was fine. Service was quite good. Very personable waiter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A group of us met at Matchbox
    jackmaria
    Dined on 1/27/2013
    A group of us met at Matchbox on Sunday for brunch. They have a fantastic selection of bloodys and mimosas. I had a bacon bloody and it was delicious. The food was quite good as well. The only downside is that, for brunch, it's a bit pricey. Other than that, it was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Watch out for Matchbox!! They
    food4thought
    Dined on 1/24/2013
    Watch out for Matchbox!! They report that you haven't showed up for your OpenTable reservation even though you have and then don't reply to your explanation!!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch and Lunch menus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Great place in Chinatown! The actual space is very deceptive. Looking at the outside, you would never guess the interior is as big as it is. The service was very courteous, responsive, and polite. The food was very good for brunch and lunch times. Overall a great experience and I would recommend it and eat there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Three words: Bacon Caramel Sauce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    I had the chicken and waffles brunch special and it was practically a religious experience. The chicken was tender and juicy and the coating was crispy and well-seasoned. The waffles were light and fluffy and the whole thing was served with a perfectly cooked sunny side up egg and an amazing concoction called bacon caramel sauce. It was heavenly. The house Bloody Mary mix isn't spicy enough for me, but they provided extra hot sauce. They were kind of stingy with the olives, though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DC Favorite
    prof1foodieVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Great food! Great atmosphere! Great service! Great experience
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding for what it is
    WGL1VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2012
    Outstanding for what it is the appetizers, sliders and pizza are allgreat. But it is not - and does pretend to be - a gourmet experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/20/2012
    Had reservations and had to wait for a table for over 30 minutes. The host left our group of six standing in the middle of the aisle and never came back as promised. The manager told us that the Opentalble website was to blame instead of taking responsibility for slow service. A free beverage pr appetizer would have been nice since the wait was ridiculous. Will definitely not go back.
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  • Always good
    Rado86
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    Been several times in the past few months and am always very happy and satisfied. Menu choices are varied and everything is yummy. Drinks are good and prices par for the neighborhood. Service is always friendly and helpful as well. Thanks Matchbox!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    This was my first time at matchbox. I expected a lot and it definitely delivered. I was there on a weeknight with a large group and it was great. We had two servers and great service overall. I'm sure it would be a different story on a busier night, but the food would more than make up for it. We all had pizza, but they were all really good. Personally, I tried chicken pesto, spicy meatball, and matchbox meat and all were excellent. My favorite was the chicken pesto, definitely. Everyone should go to matchbox; it is reasonably priced and a really good time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time having brunch at
    CC12VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2012
    First time having brunch at matchbox - it was outstanding. The food was superb and the drinks were nice and strong!
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  • I simply wasn't impressed
    JPinDCVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2012
    I simply wasn't impressed with the dough for the pizzas here. The toppings were of excellent excellent, though the "zesty" red sauce is simply spicy, not exactly flavorful. It was all edible, but I find many competitors have better pizza on better crust.
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  • Our group had a great time,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2012
    Our group had a great time, the waitresses were always right on time with refilling our drinks and we did not have to wonder where I waitress was. I would recommend Matchbox to all of my friends and for future group gatherings. Im glad that I made the reservations and we did not have any problems when we got there, we were seated immediately.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Their pizza is amaazing, as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    Their pizza is amaazing, as are their pomegranate martinis :) I had a great birthday dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was great to be in a place
    foodfan72
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    It was great to be in a place that provides comfortable,cozy,and intimate atmosphere for a large group. The thin crust brick oven baked pizza is great. Our servers stayed on top of everything. They were smiling and energetic. This made for a great eating experience. I highly recommend making reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food. Accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2012
    Excellent food. Accommodating staff and wonderful customer service. I'd go there again and definitely recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved everything about Matchbox.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    Loved everything about Matchbox. Excellent Service and wonderful sliders and pizza. I would definitely recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We sat thinking the first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2012
    We sat thinking the first cocktail was good, and another would have really hit the spot...alas we sat looking at empty glasses for nearly 15-20 minutes waiting for our wayward waitress to return...at which point, she said she had "another table that really crazy."
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  • The food was very good, generally,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    The food was very good, generally, although the spicy vegetable soup was way too spicy and tasted like canned soup with hot sauce, pretty inedible. The pizzas were all good as were the desserts. The problem arose with the inattentive service which included being shorted twice as to plates and utensils, including no spoon when the soup was served, and no refills on drinks. We were left alone for long periods and had to hunt down some help when we lacked forks. One would think the number in our party, 11, was clear by then. This was a special occasion that was marred by the poor service. It became a very frustrating experience when it should have been more fun.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, awesome cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2012
    Delicious food, awesome cocktails (especially the infused vodka drinks) and great location.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The pizza was really good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/15/2012
    The pizza was really good, and the drinks were good too. The atmosphere's pretty cool. However, the waitress was not very attentive and the service was very slow. We went for lunch, and it took over an hour and fifteen minutes from start to finish. No appetizers or dessert; just pizza and salads. I would try it again, but would hope for better service next time around...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was my first time there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/26/2012
    It was my first time there and I LOVED IT! I kept hearing about it and I know someone who works there and had to experience it for myself. I will definitely be returning, service was great and food was even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were a group of 7 so we
    JamesP
    Dined on 4/2/2012
    We were a group of 7 so we tried mini burgers with various cheeses and a handful of pizzas and sandwiches. Everything was great. The staff put forth extra effort to make things right when we ordered Irish Coffees for dessert and the originally delivered drinks weren't what we expected (coffee with a shot of Jamison).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/28/2012
    Been to Matchbox Chinatown a number of times, and always have a great experience. Great choice before a concert at Verizon Center. Sliders and onion straws are fantastic, and their pizzas are good. Went with the chicken pesto.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic