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About Matchbox - Capitol Hill

Matchbox at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., was started by three friends, Drew, Mark and Ty, who aimed to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere where great food is served with a friendly smile. Artisan pizzas are prepared in an authentic brick oven, which is fueled by real wood to infuse various flavors and aromas into each pie. Located across from the Navy yard, Matchbox is conveniently near the Eastern Market metropolitan area.

The menu offers everything from burgers and tasty appetizers to pizzas and sandwiches. Full dinner entrees at Matchbox include favorites like pan-seared salmon, brick chicken and spicy Cajun tuna. Happy hour specials and a full bar ensure there is always the right brew, cocktail or other spirit to pair with each menu choice.

521 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:30pm Friday: 11:00am - 11:30pm Saturday: 10:00am - 11:30pm Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
H Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 548-0369

Website:
http://matchboxcapitolhill.com/

Entertainment:
Sunday Jazz 11am - 2pm

Public Transit:
Eastern Market Metro

Executive Chef:
Shannan Troncoso

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Matchbox - Capitol Hill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (16)
Fun (12)
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Great for Lunch (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (7)
People Watching (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great Beer (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

FOOD WAS GREAT SERVICE WAS COOL, JUST TO MUCH NOISE.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Matchbox used to be a neighborhood gem. Now it’s rundown from the banquets to the bathrooms. No toilet paper. Bathrooms not cleaned for what appears to be for days. The food is still good. The service is far superior to the establishment. I won’t eat there again until something changes.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our food was sooo good. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Great experience. Felt like we could linger also, which was really nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Slow very slow and inattentive waitresses. We had to go and obtain our own to-go boxes.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were staying in Washington DC for New Year's as well as our Anniversary. Wanted a nice place that wasn't fancy and had good food. Matchbox was it! Had a bar and grill feel to it with a hipster menu. We ordered the pepperoni pizza and a side of fries (we honestly were going simple that night) but it was great! I rarely eat pepperoni, and I munched along with my husband. Fries were great too. Filled us both up with no problem. Our water was friendly, though he seemed distracted (which amused us). We sat on the second floor - recommended if you want some quiet conversation. They do have a bar if you want to watch the game. Very much enjoyed this place! And if you are coming to DC when congress isn't in session, you really don't need to make reservations.

BTW, this entire section of DC was nice..there were several restaurants on this street alone that came highly recommended by tripadvisor and opentable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service as always. Glad to have a nice but casual place to bring the whole family - appreciate that Matchbox is welcoming to the littler eaters in the neighborhood. Happy New Year!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The pizza crust left muchbto be desired, it was similar to cardboard. I expect more from brick oven pizza. We had fond memories from matchbox in Rockville, this location is not on the same level at all.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

The Matchbox chain is one of y favorites. I have been to each one in DC and the one in Rockville, MD. The food is consistently good and the staff is always on top of their game. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great place! Good food$ once you get past the unpredictable parking

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was good and professional. The mini burgers are yummy. You can never go wrong with the matchbox meat pizza. We are happy this Matchbox still servers the iconic matchbox punch. I'm not sure why the others do not.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food. Excellent service. That bathroom must be monitored for cleanliness better.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Accommodating front house staff, quick service and great food. Something for everyone.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Service was great. But food was even better (as expected). That's why I scheduled my working lunch there, because I knew that the meeting would go extremely well over great food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great service from the hostess to the server. Very accommodating to children. Crayons and paper provided plus water cup with cap and straw. Will go back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I truly enjoyed the shrimp and grits. Excellence is a common thing done uncommonly well. Thank you!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Love BRUNCH at Matchbox!! Breakfast pizza was so delicious!!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food. Get the coffee and donuts!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Love this place - great food - easy access - street parking and fantastic, friendly staff!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great experience. Food delish.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was really good! It's sophisticated but laid back as well. I ordered the chicken sandwich by recommendation by our server and was not disappointed! I wish I could remember our waiters name because he was awesome! Overall the staff was friendly; service was quick; and the food was great!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This was my first time at Matchbox -- my local customer recommended meeting here and we had a great appetizer and pizza. If you can't decide on one flavor they will do a half and half pizza with any 2 flavors you'd like. Great for a business dinner or date night outside when the weather is nice.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great server. Apple pear salad great. Pizza awesome. One of the waitresses had the most AWFUL perfume ever. MADE ME WANT TO LEAVE.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Fun atmosphere and really good service.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Early dinner with my wife and 18-month old son. Service was very responsive, food was delivered promptly, really great dining experience.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

we've always had great time at this Matchbox. Reservations were always timely and oddly enough parking was a breeze for DC standards. Ambiance in the area is great and the pizza is outstanding with a cold beer.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was on point, per usual, but my group was disappointed in the service. At the initial introduction we were told we had two servers, however, we were never checked on for beverage replenishment or how our meal was. There was initially one larger party near us but they left and we were the only party left on the floor. It seemed as though the servers were more interested in cleaning the section (likely to get out of there) then checking on us. We ended up using our own bottled water to refill our drink glasses for something to drink.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Fair , over all everything was fair

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Service is always friendly and prompt. Love their think-crust pizza - makes a great meal.

Tags: Live Sports, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had specifically requested the quietest table for our party of 8. Other people Had been seated there so we had to seat elsewhere. What's the point of a reservation if you can't get what you want. I should point out there were many empty tables when we arrived; midway thought out dinner the noise from the bar and other diners made conversation impossible.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great for kids

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and great service, but there was an issue with the reservation. We has a reservation for 7:15, but not seated until 7:45. To top it off, I got an email message from Open Table saying I didn't show up. I had to call the restaurant and have them fix my reservation to reflect I was there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent service and great neighborhood eatery. Simple menu resulting in good and fresh food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Best thin crust Pizza we have ever had. Fantastic quality and fresh ingredients. Menu is very diverse with plenty of options from scollops to meat balls

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was awesome and the staff was so accommodating to our large group!

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our server was awesome he was so sharp he didn't even have to write down our orders ! Good came out prompt and nothing was left out , it was a birthday celebration and we got out on time for our uber to pick us up ! Thanks

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Salmon was under cooked (requested medium well) and simple salad was over dressed.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great good & great service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This location continues its long decline of the last couple of years and the food reached a new low this time. They had everything down so well before, and were introducing new menu items and innovating. The last four or five visits have been increasingly disappointing. This time the Q pizza was really not good, with plain chunks of tasteless chicken on top and a less tasty crust; the onion rings were simply horrendous and the crust resembled an inedible corn dog. Even that old standby, the salad with apples and pecans, was thoroughly seeded with overly sweet pecans. A hamburger lover in our group did not finish his. I have to conclude that things have slipped here beyond repair, but the space is beautiful and it seems to remain popular.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent food, and the wait staff really take care of you. They brought dough balls out for the kids to play with, and they have an excellent kids' menu. This is our favorite Matchbox location by far!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

As always good was good, service was acceptable, had to ask waiter several times to assist and at the time it wasn't busy, also there was a lot of flys in the restaurant area which was hard to sit and enjoy our food. We had to cover our food with napkins.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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