Matchbox - 14th Street

4.6
736 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for a Date
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.

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.

In warmer months, our 60-seat outdoor patio is perfect for people-watching on 14th Street, while an 8-seat chef’s table overlooks all the action in the kitchen. Like a bowling lane, our 25-foot bar smoothly glides around two wood-fired ovens.

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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thurday: 11:00am - 10:30pm
Friday: 11:00 - 11:30pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm

Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(202) 328-0369
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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5.0Dined 8 hours ago

This is a great restaurant in D.C., great pizza and good selection of beers. We go every tim we come to D.C.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Interesting cocktail menu. Food was very mediocre. Very poor acoustics make it loud and hard to converse with table mate. Server was quick and informative.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Excellent thin crust pizza. Crust is crunchy and cooked perfectly.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Good pizzas but service needs improvement. Great place for casual group dining.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

The pizza was great and it came very quickly. The waiter was friendly and came back several times to ask if we wanted anything else. I will be back many times.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Server was *Jai* who really went out of her way to make us comfortable (two adults and an 8 year old child)

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I can't believe I didn't know about this place! We had the best experience from start to finish. First of all, our server Christina was the best...she was super helpful and friendly. Her enthusiasm for the food got us excited and she has some great recommendations. We started with the Spinach Dip, which was great. I had a pizza and my husband tried the Chicken. Both were cooked perfectly and the portion size was generous! For dessert, we had the doughnuts, which also were delicious. The manager stopped by to great us, which was a bonus. It gave us the chance to brag on our service! We will be back for sure.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Our server, T, was extraordinary! He was attentive, gave great recommendations, and was very personable!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great service and food

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

very enjoyable. only problem was food delivery was slow due to kitchen, not server. They apologized and would not had been a problem but we had to be some where. other than that a great place to eat

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Thanks for allowing the dogs and great waitress.

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2.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Bad service, rude servers.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great service from friendly staff. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Fantastic food and excellent service. Indoors or out it’s a nice, relaxing atmosphere. Appetizers, drinks, entrees and desserts all excellent.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

1st time at Matchbox on 14; historically eat at Capitol Hill or Pentagon City. Was disappointed in the quality of the food. One cheese pizza was not ordered and they rushed the cooking and it looked rushed was not acceptable. I'm not sure if I could get my group to go back to 14th street

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Out of town and brought my date for 1st time visit, have been many times before. Love pizza, service was VERY poor and it was not super busy. Didn't ask how food was or if we needed anything else. Did not ask for 2nd drinks, brought wrong check, and did not bring me copy of my receipt. Could not believe how careless waiter was.

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2.0Dined on June 24, 2018

I would have had a great time, but with mice running around made for a very uncomfortable outing.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Great. Old college friends get together. Menu has a great variety of options and staff was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Best Pizza in DC, in my humble opinion. The venue is also very cool, albeit a little noisy.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Portions have gotten smaller and prices have remained the same.

Asked for bread and was charged for it w/o bring informed when ordered (incorrectly assumed it was provided free of charge)

Felt very rushed like they were trying to turn the tables over faster - they cleared our plates while we were still eating.

Place is ok but will likely go elsewhere next time.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good spot with a very diverse menu. A little something for everyone. Margarita pizza was served with sea salt which , was a little strong but, the Nashville Hot Chicken was 5 stars!!!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Graduation

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Matchbox was great! They gave us a complimentary appetizer for being first time customers and our waitress, Jai, was amazing! She made us feel welcome and did a wonderful job taking care of us. Very glad we chose to go here for dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Great food, atmosphere and service!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food and atmosphere was amazing. John, our server, was attentive, friendly and very fun! Thanks!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The best meatball appetizer EVER. Jonathan was an awesome waiter.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I don’t normally write reviews but this was the worst experience I have ever had. Celebrating my brother’s graduation with my family and we ordered a bottle of wine. The waiter came back with dirty unwashed glasses and had an attitude. To add to this, service was slow and the waiter messed up our order. It was a disappointing experience as I had hoped the restaurant seemed as good as it was on reviews. I would have to add though that the waiter apologized for the mistakes and adjusted the final bill on the order. Food was great but the service was bad. Hopefully it was a one off.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The manager tried to save this often times and it was appreciated but the truth is the service was awful. We saw our server when she finally took the order and when she brought the bill. No room to order more food, drinks, sauces, etc. because there was no one to order it from. The food itself was good.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I’ve really enjoyed past visits. I think the main issue was that our booth was in the back and didn’t get to experience the restaurant vibe.

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Reliably consistent high quality american style food. Have enjoyed this food chain for years. Great value for the price and easy to get reservations due to size. The outdoor patio is wonderful, just be sure it's not going to rain as they have no rain cover over their outdoor space.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Will I get my usual 100 pts for this visit; please answer?

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

I worked with T, he was awesome! When I walked in, I felt at home as the hostess and Manager welcomed me. Place is awesome....a must have in DC!
Thanks,
Alan

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great food and great service

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We were in town for the weekend with some girlfriends and thought this would be a fun place to have dinner and carb load a bit on pizza before a run the next day. The food was very tasty, we had the prosciutto & fig pizza and the sliders. The service was terrible. Although our server was friendly, service was so slow. We waited forever for our meal to come out, only to watch every other table around us be served, finish their meals, and leave, while we were still waiting for ours. Our server laughed it off and said she forgo to put our order in. She kept dropping items and being really sloppy. I will definitely not be back here, no matter how good the food is. Bad service just can't be ignored.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Delicious food and drinks!!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Great service and they accommodated our special order requests.
Thank you!

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I went there for brunch. We got a great table in the window but sadly it was all downhill after that. I had the “omelette of the day” - mozzarella, tomato, and prosciutto. It was the worst omelette I ever ate. Watery, tasteless, yuck. The potatoes also were terrible. Undercooked and bland. We tried to order a dessert to make up for it - but it took so long to arrive we had to cancel it in order to make it to a 2:00 pm play at Studio. The service was slow throughout the meal in fact. Please - if you eat here, stick to pizza. But there are many better choices.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Gluten free pizza - a treat!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Mouika is always a pleasure to work with. Fresh food as usual!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I was there with a large group for a business dinner. The table we had upstairs was perfect. The service was extremely slow but the food was delicious!

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