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
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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."
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
  • Enjoyed the food. I was in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/6/2012
    Enjoyed the food. I was in a party of 6 and we were seated in a booth. 5 of us were big guys so it was a little cramped. Food came a little slow but it was so delicious when it came I forgot about the wait.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Appetizers were so late that
    Kathy
    Dined on 2/1/2012
    Appetizers were so late that when lunch came we'd only just started on the apps. And the food was dry and really just not good. I'm usually a fan. I'd recommend just sticking to the pizza, they seem to do really well with their pizzas and only their pizzas.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2012
    I LOVE Matchbox pizza! They have great pizza and at a reasonable price! The servers have always been courteous. I would definitely recommend Matchbox. Try to make reservations though, because it gets crowded and you may have to wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The pizzas were great, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/10/2012
    The pizzas were great, and I really loved the expansive beer list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Went for lunch on a Monday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2012
    Went for lunch on a Monday with a group of seven. The table was the perfect size, we could hear each other perfectly and the waitress was very attentive. Not to mention the wonderfully delicious food! Very pleased with the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived up to our expectations!
    NYFoodie
    Dined on 12/28/2011
    We had a reservation for a group of 6 adults (thank goodness--it was mobbed on a Wednesday night at 5:30pm!) and were seated immediately. Service was better than I'd seen in the reviews--friendly and reasonable wait times. The mini burgers (sliders) were out- of-this-world amazing and I never eat burgers! Nice drink menu. Wood fired pizzas had thin and crispy crusts with fresh toppings--we all raved. This is more than a burger, pizza joint. The crab soup was excellent and the crab crusted rockfish was also wonderful. All of us loved what we ordered and agreed we'd like to return again soon!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with a group of ten and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2011
    Went with a group of ten and Matchbox accommodated us. The food was quite good, lots of options, but the service was lacking. It took quite some time for a server to take our drink orders and our drinks took another twenty minutes to arrive at the table. The place is a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great pizza. High energy place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/5/2011
    Great pizza. High energy place. Will go back when I'm in DC again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my first time visiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/21/2011
    This was my first time visiting the location on H Street in DC. I didn't realize how big it was on the inside. Definitely a cool place to dine with friends. The food was delicious and the service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • This is a favorite spot and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2011
    This is a favorite spot and I try to visit every time I am in the area. Reservations are very helpful, as there seems to always be a wait. Love the specialty drinks and "girly martinis." Favorite dishes include Fire and Smoke Pizza and the burger and onion straw appetizer. Save room for dessert - they are awesome! Within walking distance from Metro Center or Chinatown stations. Parking is very difficult to find, and expensive if you park at the Verizon Center deck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service from the time
    MikeLLogan
    Dined on 8/15/2011
    Great service from the time we walked in until we left. Lots of very customer service oriented staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was our 2nd visit to
    echamp404
    Dined on 8/8/2011
    This was our 2nd visit to Matchbox, and the food was just as wonderful as the first. The Smoke & Fire pizza was amazing, as were the 3/6/9 burger appetizers. Our server was a bit delayed towards the end, but was very helpful otherwise, especially in accomodating my in-laws' 6 year-old daughter. The amuse bouche provided upon seating was a nice treat as well, and the draft beer selection was good. I definitely plan on returning on future visits to DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been to Matchbox many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2011
    I have been to Matchbox many times. The pizza is great, and the service is good. Recently brought a large group to Matchbox during a convention that was in town. The service was great and they were wonderful in accommodating our large group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Objective Foodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2011
    Great food choices for a variety of preferences.....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My group had made reservations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2011
    My group had made reservations for 6, but that day our party expanded to 7 and then9 9. Matchbox happily accommodated us and managed to provide prompt service to the entire group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Group of 8 of us went for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2011
    Group of 8 of us went for a late afternoon/early evening bite to eat before a graduation ceremony at Constitution Hall. Extremely welcoming, pleasant staff. We had two waiters, both of whom were very attentive and competent. Pizza, BY FAR, is the best pizza I've had in my 23 years in the D.C. area. Burgers were as fresh (and HUGE) and tasty as the waiter described - approved by two of the pickiest, toughest burger critics. Prices absolutely reasonable for the quality. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic American fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2011
    Fantastic food at very reasonable prices. Whether I order the delicious pizzas or burgers, I am never disappointed at Matchbox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find in a great part
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/19/2011
    Great find in a great part of D.C., the Chinatown area. Lots happening all around. Within walking distance of the Washington Mall. Neat restaurant with very good food, atmosphere, and service. Highly recomment it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food as always at Matchbox.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2011
    Great food as always at Matchbox. Service was not very good which is unusual for the Chinatown loaction. Our group will still return because the food is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time here -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2011
    We had a great time here - food was delicious and pleased everyone on our group of six. The staff was accommodating to our needs whendining with an infant and also in our group being late for the reservation! Really pleased - would absolutely come again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to bring out of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/5/2011
    Great place to bring out of towners . The atmosphere and the food make for a unique experience. The waitstaff add to the wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to go when in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2011
    Great place to go when in DC and not wanting the 'big' places! Had 12 in our group. Everyone loved the more casual atmosphere and choices. Will go again when in the DC area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The name just doesn't mean
    mikeVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2011
    The name just doesn't mean much anymore. We waited for ever for out food to come and the soup and pizza were cold. Entres were over cooked...medium rare was well but we were so hungry and had to get back to a meeting at the convention center we just dealt with it. We had 2 hours to eat lunch at we finally got the food 15 min before we had to leave so we had to chow down and run.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/27/2011
    We always come here with larger parties, as the restaurant has plenty of large tables (having three floors will help with that). Love the Matchbox chicken sandwich - recommend it every time. Never had a bad time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As always, the food was marvelous.
    JBurellaVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2011
    As always, the food was marvelous. Tried the pear/apple salad for the first time and have a new favorite salad. Shared a large pizza with friends and we were all pleased and satisfied. :) Beware of the pomatea - delicious and packs a punch! Mmm
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Generally I the experience
    jackmaria
    Dined on 3/17/2011
    Generally I the experience I have at Matchbox is wonderful. The food, service, and ambiance are great. This time, however, the food was just alright. The pizzas were slightly burnt. The waitress was great and I always love the scene at Matchbox.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Burgers...horrible buns!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/17/2011
    My hamburger was cooked to order but no sauce or condiments on the bread so is was dry. Only ketchup was brought to the table. I had to ask for Dijon mustard which was brought very quickly. My biggest complaint about the burger (and I found this to be true at other restaurants) is that the burger is big and delicious and hefty but it is served on wimpy bread that cannot stand up to the size and juiciness of the burger. It is too soft a roll so the juiciness seeps thru too quickly and the bottom of the roll becomes soggy within minutes and falls apart rendering the sandwich all but impossible to eat. Why can't restaurants serve hefty burgers with hefty rolls to match? It isn't rock science after all.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3.6.9 are the best and pizzas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/6/2011
    3.6.9 are the best and pizzas are awesome as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were a group who brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/1/2011
    We were a group who brought a colleague to Matchbox for a birthday lunch. The free dessert for the birthday recipient was "icing on the cake". I would definitely recommend Matchbox to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service we received was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2011
    The service we received was outstanding. We went here for my birthday lunch with coworkers and were received with prompt attention. The food was phenomenal - I will definitely be back soon (sooner if there was a location in Union Station!!!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate