Matchbox - Capitol Hill

4.4
781 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.

New at matchbox: brunchbox, our new unlimited brunch with small plates and drinks. Think: an endless selection of dishes like our avocado toast, breakfast nachos, chicken + grits and, of course, any of our small pizzas

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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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
6 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
110 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.

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CapHillEast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great place. Good ambiance. Only thing that upset me was that they ran out of French toast during brunch on Valentine's Day. Not a good sign, but everything else was great! Also, we wanted to eat outside, but they have no heaters out there.

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vipAlysonR
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Apple & Pear Salad

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food. Slow service took 20 minutes to get our first drinks and watwr. We were a little mislead about the brunch drink specials.

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DoniceJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Brunch is an excellent value and the menu items

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NavyYardGuru
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Staff here are always friendly. Food is consistently good - my favorites are Shrimp and Grits or Meat Lover's Pizza.

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vipBubbe
Washington DC
200 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We eat at Matchbox on CapitoL Hill 3-5 times a year. Last night, I was disappointed. I ordered a steak salad with pear, bleh cheese & lettuces. The menu simply said steak as an option. The steak arrived breaded in pepper & inedible. I had to send it back & order another dish. Our friend asked for bread. They brought one piece grilled. There were 4 of us. Seemed disappointing. Please share with restaurant.

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MissL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager greated us. Great demeanor. Hostess followed up and seated us. Both were friendly and communicated well. Chyna was our server. She continued with the same pleasant, welcoming customer service from the moment she came over to our table until we finished our meal. Food was good. Cocktails as well. Clean, relatively quiet establishment. Recommend, and will patronize again.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience2

The pizza was pretty bad!! Will not be back

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vipBryanH
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We did not stay to dine. We were seated practically in the kitchen, not waited on, and ignored. After 15 minutes, we walked out and found a wonderful restaurant down the street called Trattoria Alberto. That one we will recommend. Never will we recommend Matchbox.

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vipCoachPaul202
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was not very busy but service was just plain slow and disinterested. Despite every big booth being empty, we were taken an upstairs table. The calamari app was one of the smallest portions I have ever been served. The pizza quality has gone down - can't say why/how but it was just bland and uninteresting - we had 3 different types - all blah. Did not have ingredients for two of the signature cocktails. Have never felt I didn't get my money's worth at Matchbox - today I wished I had gone elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The staff was really nice. We had reservations and was seated five minutes early. We sat at the table for more than twenty minutes before our waitress came. When our meals were brought out, they were cold and the food was average.

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vipCJBoy
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Second time visiting this location and a bit disappointed. Food was subpar compared to last visit. Presentation was not the best for both dishes, sloppy to be exact (we ordered fried calamari and crab cakes). There also was a bit of confusion in seating us. Could’ve been an off night but was not impressed.

FAQs

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

Matchbox - Capitol Hill is rated 4.4 stars by 781 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.