Matchbox - 14th Street

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Bubbling, thin crust pizzas, mini burgers, crisp salads, and craft cocktails...four great reasons to visit matchbox today. We’re the 14th Street neighborhood gathering place for fun, upscale casual dining, with local, award-winning beers, broad spectrum wines, and handcrafted signature cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.

Three soaring levels mean plenty of space for intimate dinners, large parties and get-togethers. Every seat in the house has a unique perspective, but everyone is treated to dramatic views of the original exposed brick façade and perfectly-restored grand entrance.

Built at the turn of the century, the 14th Street location has been reborn as a bowling alley, automobile showroom, rehearsal space for Arena Stage, and most importantly, Club Bali where Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Cab Calloway made history.
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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was very greasy and over cooked. Ordered chilaquiles and came out with no chorizo, no green sauce and a tablespoon of black beans. Ended up sending it back. Will not be back.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining with family

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Overall OK. I ordered from the regular menu and liked my food. My wife ordered the brunchbox (unlimited small plates). When her food arrived, she immediately asked for an additional side of potatoes and we waited 40 minutes before they finally arrived. To their credit, they comp’d her meal. But I do t think this is the place for brunch in DC.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Valentine’s Day night, so it was busy but our server seemed as if it was his first week working. Took a half hour to receive water and take our drink order, took another half hour after that to receive our food only after I had spoke to the host. Unfortunately will probably not be back.

NV
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our waitress was very nice, but not all that attentive.

Great food!

f
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were overcharged for happy hour drinks. Waitress first tried to explain it away, then returned with partially corrected bill. Adding insult to injury, the expensive mediocre full priced Manhattan was served without a cherry! Horrors!!!
Seriously the Margarita and Pepperoni pizzas were OK but not special.
We’ve had better food/drinks/service at this location in the past. Overall disappointing experience.

JS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Salmon salad was good but not remarkable.
Server never came back to the table to ask if we wanted coffee and other beverage refills.

OT
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, at a great location.

IJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was nothing unique. Felt rushed by the server who also didn’t go out of his way to make me feel valued. I have no reason to go back to Matchbox bc it wasn’t a meaningful experience; I can spend my time & money elsewhere

Matchbox - 14th Street
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't feel valued in our restaurant. That's very disheartening to hear. I would like to think the experience we give to each of our guests is one that makes them feel warm and welcome. It sounds like we missed the mark with your visit. I'd love to continue the chat with you if you'd be inclined to reach out to me at jason.silerto@matchbox369com Cheers.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

J
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Fist off there is no place to park so we were 30 minutes last for our reservations and they marked us off as a no show! Never an apology . Our waitress was terrible and the food was terrible. The pizza crust was like cardboard. I definitely do not recommend this location. It was a $100 for a disappointing dinner with our college kids. We were visiting for a nice birthday dinner...so disappointing

Matchbox - 14th Street
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hi Jackie, I am so disheartened to hear of your experience. When we are on a wait, we typically wait 20-30 minutes before we mark someone as a "no show". I do apologize that no one corrected or apologized to you when you were able to find parking and join us. That is definitely something I will take and speak with my hosts about. I would love for you to reach out to me so we can continue this conversation and I can invite you back. My email is jason.silerto@matchbox369com. Hope to hear from you.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server we had was outstanding! I wish I could remember his name but on his sleeve it said ‘legit trainer’. He took such great care of not only us but those around us too. Attentive to our food and drink needs but also made really good recommendations and flavor enhancements overall.

C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time to Matchbox since moving out of the DC area 18 months ago, and my experience at the restaurant was as good as I remember it being before! The food was excellent, the service was responsive, and everybody in my party was happy with their meal.

CL
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is the perfect go to place for good food with a relaxed atmosphere. Great for business meetings because its not noisy at all.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was a terrible experience. The hostess was on the phone, the booth was not clean, the waiter was not attentive at all, and the restaurant was out of several dishes.

Matchbox - 14th Street
Responded on January 23, 2020

Hello, I am very saddened to hear of this obviously terrible experience you had with us this past weekend. This sounds well below any standards I like to set and I'd love the opportunity to show you that we are much better than this experience suggests. If you would contact me at jason.silerto@matchbox369com, I would love to continue the conversation and invite you back in to see the kind of service I know we can deliver. Sincerely, Jason Silerto General Manager

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m
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was fine, but service, while pleasant, was disappointing. Main course came out before the appetizers (it’s wasn’t crowded at the time), and overall service was slow. There are better, more reliable, choices in the vicinity.

Matchbox - 14th Street
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hello, I appreciate you feedback and am quite sorry we did not meet or exceed the standards I know we are capable of. Regardless of how busy we are, we should be able to execute the basic service standards you would come to expect (appetizer before entree is a no brainer). I also appreciate your feedback, because without it, we don't know what we need to work on. I'd love to invite you back, if you would be so kind as to reach out to me at Jason.silerto@matchbox369com. Sincerely Jason Silerto GM

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k
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service continues to go down at this location. Over 20 minutes to get a server at the table, 40 minutes wait for an appetizer, and had to request water refills.

Matchbox - 14th Street
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your experience with us at Matchbox. We pride ourselves on excellent service and hospitality, however we've clearly not been able to provide you with that experience. I appreciate your feedback and would love to see about continuing the conversation and maybe invite you in to give us another chance. Please feel free to reach me at jason.silerto@matchbox369com. Sincerely Jason Silerto General Manager

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M
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I came here with my friends from out of town and expected much more. The unlimited brunch seemed like a great deal but the food and service did not meet any expectations.

Matchbox - 14th Street
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi Morgan, I'm so sorry that we didn't live up to the expectations you had for bringing out of town guests. I appreciate your feedback and would love to get a little more information regarding your experience if possible. If you would like to reach out to me at jason.silerto@matchbox369com, I would love to continue the conversation and perhaps invite you back to experience the sort of service I know we are capable of. Sincerely, Jason Silerto General Manager

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a
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible service and poor quality food. Very disappointing.

Matchbox - 14th Street
Responded on January 23, 2020

Hello, I am so sorry to hear about your poor experience with us at Matchbox. I take it very seriously when guests of ours don't leave feeling they've had a wonderful meal and great service. If you would care to, please reach out to me at jason.silerto@matchbox369com so that I can gather a little more info about where we went wrong and perhaps invite you in again. Sincerely Jason Silerto General Manager

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Everything on this street was ridiculously overpriced. Matchbox was the only thing that had reasonably priced options. The food was pretty decent but nothing spectacular and it definitely was pricier than the quality of the food called for. But it was close enough to walk everywhere we wanted to go that night and it was the cheapest thing on the block so I’m not too upset about the price especially considering it was a nice place and the service was awesome. The specialty cocktails were more than worth it too. I’d recommend it for a nice dinner if you’re going out in the area and want some nice drinks and nice atmosphere and don’t care about overpaying a bit on okay food.

DC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We've been to this location a couple of times and this was by far the worst experience. Server was terrible and our food arrived late and then the order was all wrong

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service, from host to server, was spectacular.

F
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were over in DC for New Year and decided to try Matchbox for brunch. We decided to get the unlimited brunch option and it was a great choice. Food was delicious. We loved the pizzas and the lemon pound cake French toast. We tried several of their plates and we lived them all. The services was good and promptly. Definitely worth to come back for another brunch bunge sometime! Come with a big appetite. Excellent!

BE
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We are on vacation and walked to Matchbox for pizza after a long day at the zoo. We were not disappointed. Food was outstanding!

D
Charlotte
51 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in D.C. for a quick trip and went here to eat. The service was top notch. The food was fantastic. The server was great. Unbeknownst to us there was an accident boxing my daughters leftovers and SURPRISE, they gave her another meal. It was an very unexpected surprise. When we returned to Maryland, we did tell everyone about the restaurant and the quality of the food. I had the chicken Alfredo dish and this was the first time in my history of eating every drop! That’s how good it was. My husband had scallops over creamed corn, unusual to say the least but it was extremely good. We had OldBay wings for the first time and they were hot, juicy and just fantastic, overall everything was great. Kudos to this restaurant and the next time we are in the area we will definitely be back.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the brunch!

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waiter was on point! Food was on point! Waiter gave my kids dough to shape into whatever they wanted and then through it in the oven to bake, free of charge. He made the experience 10x better.

KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place to eat before a show at the Lincoln Theatre! Quick, delicious and great service. thanks!!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a pleasant beautiful restaurant with excellent food

S
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sliders are a must have, the drinks are stellar, and our sever "Toy" was an absolute delight!

KG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Our server was terrible. We waited forever for everything. Some items we never received. We had to acquire the assistance of another server.

NC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience!

JD
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love Matchbox. Love the pizza and other entrees. I've never been disappointed with the food.

H
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First time here for a quick happy hour snack. The pizza was nice and lite with good flavor. I would like to see more wine options though. We got a white and red blend. The white chard was terribly sweet and the red was ok. Our waiter was great though, so we'll go back and try again.

J
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matchbox is one of my favorites, with a great menu and lots of comfort food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from San Diego, we stopped here yesterday on a food tour. We loved all our stops, this one seemed like a great place for brunch so we reserved a table. Perfect choice!! Great food, friendly service, great value!! Would definitely come back! Thank you Matchbox!

u
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, professional service from front desk to wait staff. Great value for quality at price.

CD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It took ten minutes before our server came over. She took our drink order and it took five minutes to bring our water back. We both ordered soup and salad and asked for it to come out before the meals. Fifteen minutes later, a different server brought our soup and salad. Their cream of crab soup was very good, their side Cesar salad was fine, but nothing special. About five minutes after that, before we could finish our soup and salad, another server brought out our food. My wife got the chicken cobb salad, again perfectly fine, but nothing special. I got the crispy half chicken. The chicken was very good, but the mashed potatoes were ice cold. I'm sure it could have been easily fixed, but we didn't see our server again until we were done. Then they overcharged for the side salad, but we never saw our server after that! The salads were fine, nothing special. The crab soup and crispy chicken were good. The chicken might have been great if the mashed potatoes were even warm, but we will never know. The food may or may not have warranted a second chance, but the service pushed us FAR over the edge. Tables around us with other servers seemed to be getting much more attention. We saw our server a grand total of three times, when we placed our order, when the water was brought out, and getting our bill. The table next to us, saw their serve three times, between when we were seated and when we were greeted! When we left, the hostesses didn't ask us how everything was, and barely looked up from their phones to tell us to have a good night. Unacceptable!

DW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food tasty, menu reasonably varied for four older folks with differing diet requirements. This location was perfect for our pre-theater meal with friends. Very convenient to be able to make an early reservation & relax before walking a block to the Source Theater.

RF
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great people. Perfect for what we were looking for!