Matchbox - 14th Street

4.3
858 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

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
47 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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

SW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the brunch. But they orders were mixed up a few times and we were waiting a long time to learn they were out of the biscuits/gravy.

CD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager was GREAT!! He saw to it that my party was seated in great time! He checked on us continuously and the staff was wonderful!! Definitely visiting again!!

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good, reliable local chain. The prosciutto and fig pizza is very delicious and a large was great for two people, but the meatball pizza my friends got came with not many meatballs. The NY cheesecake was a little different too - actual layers of cake with cheesecake filling as the icing, but a nice twist!

t
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve always loved matchbox but they now have a few new things on the menu! The spicy pecorino wings are delicious & so was the glazed salon & chicken fettuccine. Of course the pear apple salad is my favorite starter! Great service!

u
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding and the service is terrific, professional and timely without hovering.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

You can tell when someone isn’t passionate about their job.
I work in retail and I always make sure I go above and beyond to make guests experience a good lasting one.

The food and atmosphere was fantastic!!!

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great variety of food, good service, good drinks.

DC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food & service!

AC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, fantastic for kids. The complimentary fried risotto was an awesome touch for new customers. When visiting DC we will visit again.

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food here is good, but the quality seems to drop a bit when the restaurant gets busy. We had a group of 6 and were able to get drinks, appetizers, and pizzas in and out in about 45 mins. Our drinks did take a while, and showed up after our appetizers were delivered and eaten. Pizza was good, but could have been hotter.

When we got the check, i forgot that i was a rewards member, but the waitress did not offer to adjust the check to use my rewards number. It would have been a nice gesture considering we had a large bill.

d
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Go for the brunch. Thank me later

PD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, as always. Nice atmosphere, solid service, great beer selection, and excellent chicken pesto pizza.

MP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and great service

S
San Antonio
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and our waitress was great and gave us wonderful suggestions. Calamari was so delicious and the pizza was wonderful!

NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The hosts were rude, inconsiderate and inefficient. The service was incredibly slow and unhelpful. Would not return.

HJ
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely experience here. Friendly staff, great value for brunch, tasty food and kid friendly. Couldn’t have asked for more.

CW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the Fried Chicken Cobb and the ribs. Portions were good, the server was awesome, and we like the location. Overall, we had a good dining experience.

SW
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time eating at Matchbox. Food and service was great! If we end up back in Washington DC we will be sure to stop in again!

CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place for my family to eat - the food was really good, the service was on point and the wine and beer selection was great. A nice night for the whole family - even though it was loud, we still had a great time. I would go back, and I definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone with kids looking for a nice place to eat where there are food options for everyone to enjoy - great pizzas, burgers and appetizers.

RM
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had the brunch box all you can eat brunch. Everything we ordered was delicious. It did take quite some time between plates to get the next plate but it was worth the wait. We loved the breakfast pizza. Bring your appetite!

BM
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great we did the endless brunch

S
Washington DC
202 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The crab dip and the calamari made for a fabulous beginning. Salmon was cooked perfectly, the short rib pasta was absolutely delicious, and the chicken bowl was so fresh and flavorful. Darren provided outstanding service-attentive, knowledgeable, and so friendly!

R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience but loud and difficult to talk

TP
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Some of the Appetizers came out after the entre’ was served. Server was not to be found ..... took forever!!!
The manager adjusted the bill but which was nice but the wait/kitchen staff need to get their act together

BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mike was our server and he was amazing. Very kind and informative. I will be back!

AZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Fried foods are now overdone. This was not the case before. Pizza still good.

T
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Air conditioner wasn't working properly. Waitress was absent for long periods of time.

A
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff. Manager came by, outside seating was great! New item fried shrimp were good!

KS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

food was great! The noise level was a bit tough but we just moves closer.

RV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Pizza is not their thing anymore. What used to be a good spot not delivers crackers crusts that seem pre-made. I remember going to Chinatown when it first opened and it was great. They have fallen so far. On the other hand, my table mate got the salmon salad and it looked really good and cooked really well.

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