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About Matchbox - Capitol Hill

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.

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, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Matchbox - Capitol Hill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
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Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Cozy (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Authentic (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Mary Beth was perfect.

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·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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vip
 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Caribbean)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·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.

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 (Washington DC)·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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·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).

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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 (Richmond)·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.

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 9, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

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 26, 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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 (Washington DC)·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 1, 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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 (Washington DC)·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 28, 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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