Matchbox - Capitol Hill

4.3
792 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Bubbling, thin crust pizzas, mini burgers, crisp salads, and craft cocktails...four great reasons to visit matchbox today. We’re Capitol Hill’s 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.

Located on the bustling 8th Street corridor of Barracks Row, our second location in Washington, D.C. was built out of love for the revered Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Our lofty mezzanine mezzanine accommodates 44 guests seated, or 30 guests standing, so there’s plenty of space for intimate dinners, private parties and get-togethers.
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VictoriaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff and the food always lives up to the Matchbox standard. Everyone loved what they ordered.

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vipNeCee
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

As walked up to the door, I almost slipped and fell on the floor panel. When I walked in, the host laughed (I’m not totally sure if it was at me), but my instinct was she laughed at me….not very good customer. Seems like the appropriate response should have been, “Are you okay. I will have someone look at the area so that no one else trip.”

When my guess and I ordered our food, my guess had hair in it so it had to be recooked. A manager did come to the table to apologize which was great.

The service was not too great, the waitress didn’t ask for water refills …. When the returned the food, there was no silverware with it so after 10 minutes I tracked down someone from the bar to get silverware. The restaurant wasn’t too crowded.

This review should only be used for TRAINING purposes. Don’t want to see anyone loose their job because we all need jobs. Just thought this experience would be a good training opportunity for the staff.

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vipConnieT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice selection on the menu and e setons enjoyed their meal!

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Tony
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for brunch. The bartender was very personable and friendly. The food was prepared perfectly and was delicious. Will definitely do brunch there again.

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vipMarshaF
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I each had pizza and salad. The food was really tasty. The service is excellent.

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Peter
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The fried shrimp is very good, but only getting 5-6 pieces of fried shrimp (along with fries) for an entrée that cost $23 was a little disappointing. The cocktails and draft beers are great. The artichoke and spinach dip is outstanding.

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EbonyF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I think it's overpriced and overhyped. The pizza was just OK...nothing spectacular. I expected more because that's what they're known for. But at least the service was great!

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PatrickS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It's been more than a year since I've visited Matchbox and last night's dinner was good but a slight step down in service and selection than the last time. I was disappointed that the local beers I loved are no longer on tap and our server was nice, but not very attentive. He was probably new and seemed to be spending a lot more attention on the group of 10 next to us compared to my son and I. We enjoyed ourselves, but left a little disappointed.

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Peter
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a good experience overall. Our waiter (who was being trained) did a good job, our appetizer (the artichoke spinach dip) was excellent, and our cocktails were superb. I didn't love that they changed the recipe for their chicken pesto pizza, but I still enjoyed it and it's still my favorite dinner item on the menu. 4/5 experience this time. I will be going back with my family this next weekend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Eggs were disgusting!! Very soft and mushy. I asked for them cooked hard and it came back the same way whist a tab bit burnt. Also, they don’t even have a turkey bacon or turkey sausage selection just the nasty uncooked looking chicken sausage (super disgusting)

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Natalie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Matchbox @CapHill has always been a good place for great food. There are other nice restaurants but the food sucks. The only reason why I gave the food 4 stars is because they use to have a selection of sides to choose from. The only side I noticed on the menu to choose from were between two different salads. Its disappointing and I hope they bring back the selection of sides for folks like me that like options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was nonexistent... Had to ask several different staff members to please grab our waitress.

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The reason for the 4 star for overall experience instead of 5 star is because your entire host(ess) staff left something to be desired. The young lady that was there when we arrived was lackluster at best. And when exiting, there were at least 3 at the host desk and no one thanked us for coming or said goodbye. I guess their personal conversation was more important.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Customer service
Our waitress was the BOMB

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

They forgot my order and my order only somehow out of everyone at my table. Then told me that my order was served to another table, and then charged me for it when I told them
“Don’t worry about it”. But y’all don’t have AC so I guess I should give y’all a break huh?

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food in a fun location. Excellent service. AC was out.

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vipBrandonK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

First time at a Matchbox since they closed their 14th Street location. The food was great and the service was good, but the restaurant had to be at least 80 degrees. We were sweating while eating! Hopefully that's a temporary issue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I don’t like that the tables are not dressed when seated. We had to ask for EVERYTHING. I need a napkin, I need a saucer. Ridiculous. Before seating guests, please properly dress the table.

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vipCoco
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza was excellent as ever. The fried shrimp and french fries were tasty.

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MarionH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unexpectedly good! Brunch is hard to mess up but Matchbox did a really great job providing value for money. The bacon was delicious! Most places give you half a slice of burnt bacon but here I got several chewy full-size slices! The pound cake french toast was also really good. I thought it would be too heavy having pound cake and then egg and then fried but it was still light AND the syrup didn't absorb too much so it stayed moist.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was amazing, as always! This is one of the first visits I have had here where the service was terrible. At one point, it took almost 25/30 minutes between visits to our table from our server. We saw her wait on other tables and she didn’t even glance in our direction so we could get her attention. We were trying to ask for more water as it was a 90° day but were unsuccessful. If this was my first visit here, I would never be back. Fortunately, I’ve been here enough to know (believe) it was a fluke so I will be back.

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StaceyT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was great. I love that they are still being cautions with COVID-19 Our meals were served hot and just delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Server was awful!

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DatenightatCC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome. Very attentive. Wish I remembered her name. NAIA??? Service is everything. Food was great as expected. I had shrimp app and salmon salad

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Rude service and did not pay attention to us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

First time eat brunch their, have eaten lunch and dinner a dozen of times. We will stick to lunch and dinner only

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I've been visiting this location for years...pre and post pandemic - never has an issue before today. We made a reservation for 6:45pm and arrived at 6:42pm and were seated immediately. We watched several servers past our table for 18 minutes without greeting us, saying a simple "we will be with your shortly", or even just placing waters on the table. The hostess even walked by himself and said nothing. After 18 minutes, a server finally came and said "well I'm sure you know what you want now". We left and decided to go else where and will no longer be visiting this location.

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vipDeborahL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our server was very attentive!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My daughters 10th B-Day

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QuentinW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

First of all they sat us right at the entrance under piping and in the access of people coming in and out. Making our exposure risk very high. While we left the server a great tip we only saw her once every 25 mins

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vipLesleyW
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice outdoor brunch with the fam. Good brunch menu

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vipChas
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Waiter was super friendly, but so busy that he could barely keep up. We waited almost 30 minutes and our pizza was burnt.😕

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service and nice atmosphere! Would definitely recommend

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KimberlyS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great lunch! Server was great! I will be coming back.

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AnjanetteP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great!!!!!! I will be back to eat. Thank you!

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vipEllenH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A really nice experience for a casual Friday night dinner. We were seated right away with our reservation. Our waiter, Conner, was prompt, friendly and experienced. Food was fresh and came out exactly as ordered. Grilled chicken was moist, plank salmon was cooked perfectly and burgers were also great! Nice wine choices and specialty cocktails. I would return and recommend to friends.

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AudreyL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,server was awesome. We came to our reservation late and they were still able to seat us with no problems

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food on a nice day!

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vipAviddiner
Philadelphia
113 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very pleasant experience, overall, in this Barracks Row restaurant for our family meal. The host and the server were very accommodating, if a bit tardy. Pizza, the burgers and the fries were excellent, the crab cake sandwich was a bit rich for my taste. This reliable eatery does not let you down!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. I’m usually so picky about being in the industry myself but our girl was polite and knew her stuff! Me and the fam will definitely be back to see her.

FAQs

Matchbox - Capitol Hill does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Matchbox - Capitol Hill is rated 4.3 stars by 792 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.