About Matchbox - 14th Street

Matchbox on 14th Street is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal with family or friends. This legendary spot that Billie Holliday once performed in has three floors, as well as a contemporary setting with exposed brick walls. Matchbox features appetizers like the popular mini burgers served with crispy onion straws and huge meatballs topped with pepperoni sauce. Tasty pan-seared salmon, Cuban short ribs or a half of chicken with grilled asparagus makes a fulfilling entrée. Pizza made with various toppings cooked in a wood-fired oven, hearty sandwiches and scrumptious desserts are also on the menu.



Just blocks from the U Street Metro, Matchbox also hosts private events on the third floor for business luncheons, receptions and more. It has a full bar that serves specialty cocktails like the rum thyme and southern charmer. This eatery has a comfortable outdoor patio and offers weekend brunch.


1901 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thurday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday: 11:00 - 11:30pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 328-0369

Website:
http://matchbox14thstreet.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Whether you’re celebrating a personal milestone or planning a business meeting, matchbox has the perfect private space for your next lunch, dinner or cocktail reception.

Matchbox - 14th Street Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.3

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4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (26)
Good for Groups (15)
Special Occasion (12)
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Fun (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Kid-friendly (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
People Watching (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Spicy (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Authentic (3)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 2 days ago

We enjoyed visiting this location. This location is in what i believe that call Chinatown. It looks like easy walking to many shops after eating if you desired to do that. We went in around 1115am. This was a wise choice for us because it allowed us to beat the crowd. Our servers name was Matthew and he is excellent at his job. I LOVE great customer service and he did not disappoint. The food was delicious and while I did not partake, they do have bottomless Mimosas (if you are interested in that). The brunch menu was tempting so that hubs ate from the brunch menu and I ate from the regular menu.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

It was a great experience. All my friends were in town for our annual Society for Neuroscience (SFN17) conference

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

I like the 14 St. MatchBox. I drive from Merrifield to DC mainly because it’s lively, staff are very cool and engaging. I can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, People Watching, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was horrible, staff was rude, bathroom was filthy, and the food was very mediocre. Overpriced. We ordered the sliders med rare- they were charred. I’ll never go back and absolutely do not recommend.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great service and foog

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

got half the meal and when they were close to being done, rest of meal arrived!!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The cheddar biscuits were burnt and cold (even after sending them back once), while my blackened chicken was undercooked. The server was nice, but kept disappearing for long periods of time. I've had great experiences at this location in the past, but it's been about a year since I've been here. Hopefully, better luck next time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

At a recent double date with out of town friends we decided to go to Matchbox and had the best time! Our waiter, oh I wish I could remember his name, was INCREDIBLE. He gave us great information on the drink/cocktail selection, in which we took his advice and were SO HAPPY. Pizzas came out hot and delish! Such a fun night with incredible service and food. Thank you!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a Dinner gathering after the Congress on Oct 22. Food is great! Service is awesome. Big thank you for our server Jordan for taking care of my group of 23. Even help with our little surprise dinner celebration. Love it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I totally regret having my birthday here. We had a party of 13...so you would think someone would give us good customer service because they're thinking about the tip. Wrong. We had to ask for the appetizer 3 times before they came out together with our actual meal. My wife had asked initially if they could bring a birthday dessert to the table, the waiter said it was a treat on them and when the bill came there was a charge for it. I dont mind paying it's just the principal, seems scammy. All they did was drop off the desert and go away. We had to ask for attention (silverware, refills, our food). I really was disappointed especially after the good reviews I had seen.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Overall just average. The food was good but music was off putting 90’s Rock is better left at home or in the car not for dinner

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I used to love Matchbox, but hadn't been in years. The quality of the food has gone way down.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great Saturday night dinner at the 14th street location. Apple & pear salad was excellent, short ribs perfectly done and thank you Marilyn for suggesting the lemon cake to top off the evening.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server was wonderful. Food was delicious. Dessert was also incredible!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Most folks love the pizza, I love the crabcake more-- usually.
This time, the crabcake came cold in the center. Really cool, not just not hot. The waiter joyously offered to send a manager over. After 7 minutes or so, the manager arrived and joyously offered to bring me a hot one. That took 10+ minutes more. By the time it came, my group meal was just about over, so I asked to forgo any crabcake at all. The server, joyously, took it off the check but packed it to go anyway. That was nice, though the crabcakes don't reheat super well. But still, that was thoughtful.... Next day: I reheat the crabcake and sit down to for delayed gratification. There were many, many pieces of shell in the dish. Oh well.
... I should have gone with the pepperoni pizza like the rest of my group did. That was very good.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really delicious food and extremely kind and quick staff. Would definitely recommend for any occasion!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Terrific! From the friendly welcome to the excellent and attentive wait service staff to the great menu and wonderful food with generous portions, this place is highly recommended. The booths are especially nice. We had both salads and pizzas, and all were very good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The Tuna tar-tar was amazing! All the recommendations from our waiter were delicious. I highly recommend the spicy pizza! Can’t wait to be back there again!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Spicy, Casual, Tapas, Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had to send back my food because it was too cold. Only then did we receive attention from our server who failed to refill our drinks. Slow service.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I was really disappointed with the pizza quality. It’s been several months since my last visit, and they’ve changed the menu and how they make their pizza. Sad to say I won’t be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was excellent and the prices not outrageous. There was something on the menu for every taste. Seating is great, both indoors and out. There service was impeccable. The restrooms were clean and well-stocked. Our server, Marilyn, was great -- personable, dependable, prompt, and made EXCELLENT recommendations. She also checked back to make sure everything was okay and QUICKLY took care of drink order that didn't arrive. I'd come back and request to be seated in her section any time.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 30, 2017

On 30 Sept 2017, Wait staff was not friendly or attentive. 25 minutes to get drinks for 6 people at 515 pm in the evening. Restaurant was less than 1/3 full.
Needed a van taxi and asked front desk to call. 15 minutes later they still had not called and when I asked hostess if they had called, she told me to "wait sir" I will do it in a minute.
If employees in the food service industriy do not want to help the patrons that are spending hard earned money and willing to graciously tip, then find a new job.
We will never return that restaurant!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We sat outside because we had our dog with us. Jordan, our server, was OUTSTANDING. He was personable, professional, made great food recommendations and just couldn't have been better or nicer. Kudos for hiring this young professional. We'll come back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food is always good and the service was excellent!!! Thanks to Tee!!!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our group of 7 ages ranged from 1 to 69. There were a few things for everyone on the food and drink menus. The wait staff and chef were very helpful and accommodating! The food was great!!! The music involved all the hits from 70s-90s.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Good food and ambience, but service was way too slow.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great service and great food. The black bean burgers is absolutely Delicious!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

matchbox has become too inconsistent. each visit is different in terms of food quality, service, etc. our server in our last visit was really good; the food was mediocre. it feels more and more like a typical chain restaurant, and that's too bad because it is in my neighborhood, and i'd like to support it.

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Celebrated sweet 16th birthday with daughter and friends . The hostess was very attentive and the menu was great for the many different palates. The atmosphere was energetic and where we were seated was intimate.
Great experience..

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 31, 2017

This Location has one of the most outstanding service orientated staff I have experienced. Friendly, Attentive and Vibrant. Parking is a killer but worth the walk or Metro.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Meal came and a few things were messed up by the kitchen. Waiter and manager were terrific. I will be back soon.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent service and food on an urban setting.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Wedge salad was delish and the pizza was excellent!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Just great and enjoyable! The food was delicious. The service was friendly and great. We had a wonderful time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Very nice outdoor seating, pizzas have fresh ingredients, and great service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Our server Marilyn was amazing along with the food and our delicious cocktails. So happy to have came across Matchbox!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

I love Match Box for meeting old friends and keeping the table for long talks. The menu is so varied that there is always something excellent for every palate. Service is attentive. It can be noisy and busy, but it's a gem on off days and times. I met one of my oldest friends there on a Monday at noon -- during August when DC is de-populated. It was quiet and no one rushed us, which I usually find true of Match Box. Prices are reasonable -- it is a favorite of mine!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Pizza was delicious and especially loved the crab/ avocado appetizer bread.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (London)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Went for the pizza to share for our group of 7. Really great pizza - v thin crust, properly cooked. Unusually in our expereince in the US, our server recommended too little food for us to share (had 5 hungry teenagers!) - but had a second round of pizzas! Woudl highly recommend - and big pizza max. of 2 people to share.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Food was fabulous and the service was terrific! Will definitely go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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