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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J
Richmond
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
30 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!

D
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We ordered four bottles of champagne but were given three, then our waiter later delivered us a bottle of Trader Joe's champagne.

We were sat by one waiter, who did not check on us often and did not take our food order. An hour after being sat, a different waiter greeted us and stated that she would be taking care of us, and our previous waiter had gone home.

The noise level within the restaurant was very loud, and I could often not hear what the guests at my table were saying.

I don't recommend this restaurant to anyone. There are many restaurants on 14th street that offer better food options and have a better ambiance .

YM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We waited 20 minutes to get drinks, and 40 mins-1 hour for food. A table of 16 people who arrived 40 minutes after got their food before us, a table of 2. The manager had a bad attitude. Worst service!

SC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I was surprised to have a bad meal experience here. These were the issues:
1. No plates for our apps.
2. That didn’t matter because both of our apps arrived cold and had to go back.
3. We ordered sliders with no pickles. It was obvious that they had added pickles, realized the error and just removed them. Yuck.
4. One of our pizzas was missing two toppings.
5. Super rude staffer when we tried to use the elevator because by friend had a vision issue and we were seated upstairs. “Pardon me” is a lot nicer than a terse “Hey, Miss!”

The manager did remove the errant pizza from our bill and made a new one for my friend to take home.

Overall, I’m not sure I’ll return to this location. Lots of other places to eat in DC.

CK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Unlimited Brunch Menu! The Shrimp and Grits is sooooo delicious! The brunch menu is a great selection of items and their signature pizzas!

IK
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Staff and managers were super friendly! The atmosphere and mood is very inviting. A perfect place to go to on a Friday night. Plus their drinks and Happy Hour were great!

MJ
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I went on a date and it was a nice time waitress came and checked but brought me the wrong soda.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Food was great. Service was slow though staff was very nice.

m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Service was incredibly slow. Initially it took us over an hour to get drinks, and the restaurant was only about 50% occupied, so not sure the

SC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection on menu, good drinks, vibrant atmosphere, good/efficient server:-)

MN
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The restaurant has been a staple for quite some time. The filet entree was incredible but my pizza was dry and cold but probably because of the service. You could tell it had been under a heat lamp for a bit. We would have complained but we were hungry and already had complained about service trying to get a bottle of wine. But the restaurant did offer condolences in purchasing the bottle of wine for us. Not something we asked for but a nice gesture. I hope it fixes whatever is going on since it is a staple on 14th St!

OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our sever - Her name is either Chili or Shelly, was wonderful. The spinach and artichoke dip appetizer was disappointing. It was delicious, but only half the bowl was filled even though it was accompanied by a ton of chips. We were told this is the correct amount. I ordered the special - Swordfish. It was over cooked. BUT My drink was delicious - a sweet and spicy cocktail and the atmosphere was nice. I’ve dined there before and know they have good food, just wasn’t as good as usual this time.

VR
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive servers.
Very tasty food.
Interesting building.

L
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crispy fried chicken was really good. Our waiter was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Took 45 minutes to receive our drink order.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was extremely nice and checked up on us regularly. Definitely coming back

H
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place and always have. The staff are warm and attentive, they always have good recommendations, and the food delivery is quick. I have really only, for the last 4 years, eaten here on the weekends at lunch/brunch time. I have *never* had a time when I had a ridiculous wait; even the special dates where you cannot use OpenTable they have been quick to find tables and extremely accommodating. I'd highly recommend if you are looking for a casual, friendly locale with good pizza, good drinks, and great service.

JG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience on this visit. Our server Cece was the best! She was attentive, provided humor but great service with regular check-ins on how we were doing.

L
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Forgettable lunch experience. Ordered a cheeseburger with only lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise as I am allergic to garlic . I got one with a tomato based sauce so sent it back. Was surprised that I got the replacement burger right away but when I lifted the bun saw that they just scraped off the sauce and no tomato. Sent it back and finally got it after all my friends had finished eating and still without tomato. I gave up and just ate it. Unacceptable service so won’t be going back. The only good thing was that they did not charge me for the burger.

PD
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service especially Darren (?) and mel! We will visit again

L
Philadelphia
78 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a gathering of college friends & it was a perfect choice!

DF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Been to 3 different Matchbox locations and the food is always great. Maybe just an off day for this location; our server was very pleasant but useless. Pretty much anytime we asked for something we had to ask someone else a second time. I asked for a drink refill when our food arrived and had to ask someone else after I was done eating because it had never arrived. I saw managers running around so maybe they were short staffed overall, but it was a lousy experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We ordered a fig and prosciutto pizza. The waiter brought out an olive pizza and we asked about our pizza. He then left with the olive pizza and returned with the same pizza with 3 pieces of prosciutto on it. We complained again and 25 mins later we received our correct order.

MR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for taking care of my clients. They had a lovely time and appreciated the food service! Cheers!

DJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

An overall good experience. Food was great as usual. The patio is just buzzing with mosquitos. Definitely avoid patio seating in the summer.

DR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Went for the Sunday Brunch, the options are limited. For $30 pp you can find a better food option at other restaurant. On the bright side the Mimosas and Bloody Mary are $3, if you order the brunch menu.

JO
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service. Pizza was thin crust, crispy and delicious. Nice options if people are dining that do not want pizza, as well.

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. It was a last minute decision to go here on a Friday night. My boyfriend and Split a pizza and the arancini

BG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great. He gave us great info to make correct choices. He was very personable and reminded me of a Hollywood actor. I wish I could write down his name.

a
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

I haven’t been here in a while but the food is not nearly as good as it used to be. The service was wonderful though. I was disappointed.

S
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

You must be hungry to head over for brunch, but once there, your appetite is satisfied. Lots of little plates for the $40 price - kinda pricey, but worth it if you're hungry for an eclectic meal.
Fun to bring lots of others and taste.

AA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There's a new 'bottom-less' Brunch menu option. Decent value, and pretty good food options if you want to try various dishes. One complaint I have is some of the dishes came out lukewarm, as if they were not prepared to order. Our server was great!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

A bee fell onto my friend from the ceiling. The manager refused to

SW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pizza! Yummy cocktails, friendly staff . The sliders were delicious also! :P