Matchbox - 14th Street

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794 reviews
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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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Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I like the idea of choice on brunch menu, & if not finished it can be boxed & taken home. I had breakfast pizza, & couldn’t eat it all. I took the rest home for an evening snack!! 😊

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J
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matchbox on 14th is one of our "go-to's" in the neighborhood for a casual meal out. It's a very pleasant place, the food is great and well-priced, and the staff are very friendly and customer-focused.

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TL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Mike was excellent! I had the pear salad and the chicken and pesto pizza- both were excellent!

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MA
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Apple and pear salad, mini burgers were great. The salads are big so no need to add anything else.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Went on 01/23/19 and had to inform the front desk that Resturant Week was extended. therefore I requested the dinner menu and to my surprise one of the items pizza was not available on the menu. Why wouldn’t pizza be available on the dinner menu for restaurant week? Our server was Great!!!

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t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

2 hours. That is how long my friends and I waited before I did something I have never done -- I got up and left the restaurant. Let me start off by saying that I have visited this location many times: TWO of my birthday parties, multiple friend's birthdays, celebrations, regular lunches, brunches, and dinners. On this date (1/20/19) we were there to do a send off for a friend moving out of town. We had reservations and were seated upstairs in the walkway area in a booth. We should have known that this experience was not going to be great when it took 20-25 minutes for someone to greet us and take our beverage orders (tea, sodas, no alcoholic drinks this time). From then on two different servers took our order as one had to replace the other. Then, as time went on and no food came we spoke to a manager and then he took our order. When it approached the TWO HOUR mark of not receiving our meals my friends and I decided we should leave. On our way out I met with a manager named Michael Hartner who said he would compensate us by sending gift cards. So I sent him an email that night and it has been over 2.5 weeks and have not received a gift card. PLEASE BEWARE WHEN EATING HERE! Don't say I did NOT warn you.

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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

One of the hosts was busy socializing with co-workers rather than seating guests. We were seated next to bar, despite requesting a quiet table on-line. On-line brunch menu did not mention bottomless requirement. Server ignored us for first 10-15 minutes. Crabcake was undercooked and I got ill. Terrible experience overall.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always have a good experience here! Their pizza and cocktails are great.

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f
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The pizza is great. Our server, Clarissa, was nice friendly and attentive. Good cocktails, Good salad. It's popular for good reason. Also, my friend left her cell phone there--they immediately called her ICE contact to let us know they had it. They kept in the safe until she got back. Great customer service :)

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SL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch small plates menu is very nice, but it is the only option for breakfast food. It’s a one-price-all-you-can-eat. There are a lot of interesting dishes/plates. However, bring your appetite to get your money’s worth!

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LJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

The restaurant it self was great and the food we ordered was delicious! The attendees Kara was horrible, she was absolutely rude and I disliked the way she talked to all the people at my table. We observed her interactions with the other tables and she came back to them several times. At times we needed to find other workers to help us. We cut our dinner short and stop ordering because we were so disappointed in the way she interacted with us. She was short with her responses and seems frustrated that we had difficulty with the menu.
We won’t be coming back to this matchbox.

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RL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love Matchbox. We had wine with calamari as an appetizer. Then shared the excellent Pesto Pizza. Yum. Only complaint I had was we were near a side door that people kept using to exit that didn't always close well, and my companion was a bit chilled and I pulled it closed a few times. Our server was very attentive of our needs and did a great job on serving us.

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SV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, delicious food attractively presented

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ZD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I hadn't been to Matchbox in sometime, but I was disappointed as I remember it being better. The pizza was really greasy (with too much pepperoni), and just not that good overall. It was also really expensive for what I ordered. Not planning to return anytime soon, when I think there is much better pizza in DC (see, All Purpose or Timber).

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BT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The bar tenders are great. This time we had Ben that was very lively and very good at making the drinks. The manger Brandon was also very helpful, not only to the patrons but also to his staff. That's is a great leader.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food!

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P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend recommended MatchBox for Brunch I was not disappointed. I had the eggs , roasted red potatoes and turkey sausage and we got the bottomless mimosas. I enjoyed the brunch and I like the fact that when I made reservations , I requested booth seating it was my 1st time here and I didn't know if they had that particular seating arrangement but we were seated by the window which was perfect as we enjoyed our brunch and was able to watch the snow fall. I believe our waiter a guy named Blaine he was very attentive and chatted with us a bit. I will definitely be back I'm kinda of curious now of the dinner side of things. Maybe I will try that also ! :)

Patrick S.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was good but unfortunately there was hair baked into the bread of our spinach artichoke dip. Our waitress was really nice about it but it kind of ruined the whole experience. The pizza was not really that spectacular either, not bad just not something to write home about.

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RA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their new BrunchBox offering is can't miss- order the shrimp and grits, biscuits, and the cinnamon rolls, for sure.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Been coming for years. The pizza was rather soggy. Not as crisp as it used to be.

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H
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious pizza and an incredible calamari!!!!
I highly recommend !

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DH
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were awesome!!!

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PH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the drinks were remarkable. I will definitely be going back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to Matchbox for brunch and were expecting the menu posted online. Matchbox now only has an all you can eat brunch menu - wish I would’ve known this prior to making the reservation, as I would’ve picked another restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

- we were seated next to a loud table.
- the food chicken pesto and Reuben were really greasy.

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p
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you Johnny for a great service.
Food was delicious!

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This dinner was as politely consistent with the Service we have had at Match box on 14th we did not take any photos yet the memories of the evening will not be forgotten. From the Hostess to the Kitchens extra assistance for the band aid for mysel, food was delicious Service exceptional and the evening was Pleasant. Thank you all.

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u
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and a professional, friendly and attentive staff.

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KH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Matchbox now has "bottomless brunch" on Sunday. It's $31 a person. If you want breakfast/brunch, you have to spend at least $31, there is no a la cart menu anymore. I like the food, but it's no longer a place I will pop into for an easy Sunday morning breakfast.

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

JUST AWESOME!!! Starting with Brandon @ the front door with seating / concerns, Brandon was very courteous & professional throughout the night. My wife noticed thru the evening that Brandon also went out of his way to visit each table individually to talk, say thanks and shake their hands. HANDS DOWN THE BEST. Our waitress Christina was also SECOND to NONE, what an absolute breath of fresh air, she was just AMAZING with her knowledge of ALL the food served with the spices, cheeses, creamy sauces etc. AND especially the taste before it arrives to the table and was SPOT ON with the shrimp and grits / appetizers. Myself and my wife will be back several more times before our next anniversary... KUDDO'S to Brandon and Christina at the 14th street D.C. MATCHBOX RESTAURANT.

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K
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service!

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AK
Washington DC
372 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, service was slow.

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to meet friends, a good meal, and time to sit and have a relaxing conversation.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to go for a casual date! Pizza and draft wine!

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JL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch, had a crew of mine assembled to eat together with our entertaining and efficient server Johnny. Just a overall excellent experience and would recommend to anyone. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value cause it’s consistent.

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F
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kevin was a star, he took care of us throughout brunch with a smile and excellent service.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Entree was small for the shrimp and grits and when I made reference to it the waiter made a sarcastic remark. Drinks were late and no attention to detail by server. I had to go get straws from the bar because server was gone for a while from the table.

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a
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Food took 45 minutes and came out cold. The meal lasted 3 hours partly because of that and not being able to ever find the waiter

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p
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Thank you Johnny for the fun you bring to your guests.

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