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Matchbox - Capitol Hill

422 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fun
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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.

A former vending machine warehouse built in 1927, some of the treasures found in this building are skylights covered up for decades, original timber beams, and a shuffleboard that now serves as the main bar top. 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. For the best seat in the house, ask for “the Box.” It’s the original cube booth that we’re famous for.

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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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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
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Phone number
(202) 548-0369
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shannan Troncoso
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Cross street
H Street
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Public transit
Eastern Market Metro
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Sunday Jazz 11am - 2pm
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Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, 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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What 422 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Mary Beth was perfect.

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

The meal has recently changed and it’s subpar compared to the old menu. Smaller portions and it wasn’t seasoned as well as previous visits.

vipDCDeb (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

I arrived before the rest of my party for a 615pm reservation. Resturant seemed pretty dead but they made us sit on the 3rd floor. We're all able-bodied but they also put this man using a cane and his wife (?)who was helping him up on 3 as well. Our server was nice. I don't know if Matchbox makes staff wait tables on different floors. If they don't, she had 3 which doesn't explain why things took so long. While we are waiting for our mains to arrive we smell smoke, like 'the place is on fire kind of smoke' so we jump up and look for where it's coming from and for someone to alert. We can't really see it but it's to the point where it's bothering my eyes and wondering if I'll have to use my inhaler. An employee comes over and tells us it was the pizza oven and they're putting the fans on to dissipate the smoke. It eventually goes away but no one asks us if we're OK or offers us anything as compensation, like a glass of wine or dessert. I had to ask where my wine was anyway. This place is often hit or miss.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great time. My daughter loves their pizza. The staff is very professional and prompt.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We received a notice from open table stating the restaurant notified Open Table that we were a no-show for our reservation. In fact, we arrived 1 hour before our reservation and was seated promptly. No one asked about our third guest until more than halfway into our meal. When asked, the waiter was informed that the third guest was ill and would not make it. To make matters worse, the restaurant reported this information to Open Table while we were still physically in the restaurant having dinner. Overall experience is rated 1 star. I've been to this location a few times before and never had issues. I've also dined at the original location in Chinatown for years as well as the other Matchbox locations in the local area. I will not be returning to this restaurant.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I hadn’t been to Matchbox in a year or two. Everything was fine, but nothing was extraordinary, except for the pepperoni on the pizza. The pizza crust was not as good as it used to be, less airy, crisp, chewy. Good place, but DC has lots of great places now.

Jay202 (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

we sat for over 10 mins and no one came over to take our order

JendayiK (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Never again. Rude hostesses, mediocre food, and inattentive servers.

vipBubbe (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Always good. Delicious pear salad and an excellent pizza - 1/2 mushrooms & 1/2 chicken & arugala. Just delicious. Great service and very nice atmosphere. Went to before Arena and location was good.

CHITOWN (Caribbean)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Very consistent! As usual, my experience was a good one. The food is good, the ambiance is good, service was good, but a little slower than usual, but it was a busy Saturday evening. Overall, it's always a good time.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Loved my waiter. The chicken sandwich was delicious. The egg salad spread was a nice touch to the sandwich. I was pleased and so was my stomach.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Chose restaurant for dc restaurant week but all three lunch options we’re unhealthy. So I ended up ordering seared tuna salad on regular menu, which defeats purpose of dc restaurant week

PDWE (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was excellent as was the server. It did take quite some time for the food to be delivered, we had to get the check and boxes for leftovers right when the pizza came out. May have been a bad day for the kitchen but we were never told why the wait was so long. (over an hour for pizza).

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018


vipGstreet (Washington DC)
3.0  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.

TravelExpert (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

My boys and I loved it. Woof! MAL 2018!

Jill (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  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!